JUDO – Giles climbs the rankings to become world number one

CHELSIE Giles is now the world’s number one ranked judoka in the -52kg category after the publication of the latest ranking from the International Judo Federation.

Giles is the second British judoka to currently top the world rankings along with -63kg judoka Lucy Renshall.

The athlete from Coventry has won medals at the World and European Championships as well as at the Olympics.

Giles said: “It’s amazing to be number one in the world. It’s great to see all those years of hard work in training paying off.

“I have to say a big thank you to the support team around me, because I wouldn’t be here without them helping me.

“I always strive for higher goals, so while I’m so happy to have achieved that, I’m already looking forward to the final competition of the year – the World Judo Masters.”

Giles won gold at the European Championships in Sofia in April this year and backed up that performance with silver at the World Championships in Tashkent last month.

She won Olympic bronze in Tokyo last year, Team Britain’s first Games medal, in what has been a medal-rich three-year spell for the Coventry judoka.

UK Judo Senior Women’s Performance Coach Jamie Johnson added: “Big congratulations to

Chelsie on becoming Britain’s latest world number one judo player.

“Having two judokas at the top of the world rankings is exceptional. The performances we see today are the result of years of hard work and dedication from the entire team on and off the mat.

“It’s this consistency over the years that has led to this moment. I have to say a huge thank you to the support team who helped Chelsie and Lucy achieve this achievement.

“From the support of the National Lottery and UK Sport to the team at the University of Wolverhampton for giving the team access to world class training facilities which enable our judoka to put in incredible performances steadily.”

British Judo Performance Director Nigel Donohue said: “Following the gold medal winning performance at the Abu Dhabi Grand Slam last week, Lucy Renshall retained her world No 1 status and today oday, following the updated IJF World Rankings, we now have a second British judoka in the British Olympic Judo Program ranked No. 1 in the world, in Chelsie Giles.

“Chelsie never ceases to amaze. A European, World and Olympic medalist and now World No. 1. To be ranked World No. 1 in your chosen sport is a fantastic achievement and we are all extremely proud of Lucy and Chelsie for reaching this incredible milestone.

“The -52kg and -63kg weight classes are arguably the most fiercely competitive weight classes in world judo at the moment, so for Chelsie and Lucy, the success they have had at this point in their careers is a testament to their dedication and the hard work and all the hard work of the British Judo team who support the team day in and day out.

“The challenge now for Chelsie and Lucy is to maintain this ranking throughout the Paris Olympic qualifying cycle, although based on past performances I have no doubt they will only continue to improve. improve and lead their respective weight classes.”