Olympic Games in Sydney, Australia
MEDIA TEAM PREDICTIONS
With the Olympic Games Judo tournament about to start on Saturday
16th September, with the draw now available, official IJF journalist,
Barnaby Chesterman sticks his neck out to predict the first 14 Judo
champions of the new millennium.
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: Ryoko Tamura (Japan) Having
lost the last two Olympic finals, this is surely the time for
to finally land that elusive title.
-52kgs : Legna Verdecia (Cuba) She's
just completed an excellent season in the European A tournaments
many feel she was robbed in last year's
World Championship final.
-57kgs : Cheryle Peel (Great Britain) Since
stepping down from -63kgs, she's won
four out of four European A tournaments
and no fighter has yet got close to her.
-63kgs : Sung Sook Jung (Korea) Convincing
victories in the Tournoi de Paris and the Asian Championships
her principal rivals has installed Jung as a firm favourite.
-70kgs : Sibelis Veranes (Cuba) Her
rugged and combative style makes her very difficult to beat
and like the
other Cubans this season, she has dominated her weight category.
-78kgs : Noriko Anno (Japan) Although
a seasoned competitor, with the absence of Yufeng Yin of China,
throwing abilities are unrivalled in the division.
+78kgs : Hua Yuan (China) Few
other heavyweights can match the explosive throwing capability
Yuan who has edged out two former Olympic champions from her
own country to
-60kgs : Tadahiro Nomura (Japan) The Japanese can boast
most of the best :60kgs fighters in the World and Nomura will
be keen to make up for being dropped from the 1999 World Championships.
-66kgs : Yordanis Arencibia (Cuba) His brilliant and
dynamic victory at the Tournoi de Paris in February demonstrated
his the ability needed to go all the way in Sydney.
-73kgs : Vitali Makarov (Russia) The silver medallist
from last year's World Championships
has looked classy all season, despite a surprising defeat in
the European Championship final.
-81kgs : In Chul Cho (Korea) The word from inside the Korean
camp is that the 1997 World Champion is on fire and is being
tipped as their most likely gold medallist.
-90kgs : Adrian Croitoru (Romania) Having finally broken
his gold medal duck at the European Championships this year,
the masterful Croitoru should continue to go from strength to
-100kgs : Kosei Inoue (Japan) There aren't enough words
of praise to describe this man and already most of his opponents
are conceding they are fighting for silver.
+100kgs : Shinichi Shinohara (Japan) With David Douillet
only just back from injury, Shinohara is likely to continue
the dominant form he demonstrated in Birmingham last year.
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NOMURA Tadahiro (JPN)
OZKAN Huseyin (TUR)
MADDALONI Giuseppe (ITA)
TAKIMOTO Makoto (JPN)
HUIZINGA Mark (NED)
INOUE Kosei (JPN)
DOUILLET David (FRA)
TAMURA Ryoko (JPN)
VERDECIA Legna (CUB)
FERNANDEZ Isabel (ESP)
VANDENHENDE Severine (FRA)
VERANES Sibelis (CUB)
TANG Lin (CHN)
YUAN Hua (CHN)
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