Judo: Iran, Kazakhstan, Turkey and Ukraine with two world champions on day 1

The eight new world champions were found on day one of the IBSA World Judo Championships 2022 at the Heydar Aliyev Arena, Baku, Azerbaijan. The men’s and women’s lightweight categories in both classes (J1 and J2) were the first to get the blind and visually impaired judo rules.

Iran, Kazakhstan, Turkey and Ukraine lead the hunt for gold at these fabulous world championships, with nearly 250 athletes from 41 countries battling it out on three tatami mats but focusing their attention on the finals. In fact, this competition has been dominated, so far, by Turkey and Ukraine. To the two gold medals we already have, we must add two silver medals, which means four appearances in the final fight in eight categories so far. In other words, Turkey and Ukraine put their flags up in the half of the finals on the first day.

A few surprises occurred, the most unexpected being in the J2 class, -73kg category. Victory smiled on Iranian judoka Vahid Jeddi, but on the road to gold, Tokyo 2020 Paralympic champion Huseyn Rahimli was sidelined by Kazakh Olzhas Orazalyuli (bronze medalist in Baku). Rahimli was even knocked out of the medals by fellow countryman Namig Abasli (also a bronze medalist).

Discover the new world champions and the complete podium of the eight categories contested on Day 1:

D1 -60kg
1st – Seyed Abadi (IRI)
2nd – Abdurrahim Ozalp (TUR)
3rd – Marcos Blanco (VEN)
3rd – Henri Borges (URU)

#Accessibility – Men’s J1 -60kg category podium with Iranian Seyed Abadi in the center with his gold medal

D1 -73kg
1st – Yergali Shamey (KAZ)
2nd – Lennart Sass (GER)
3rd – Alex Bologa (ROU)
3rd – Dong Dong Camanni (ITA)

#Accessibility – Podium from left to right: Lennart Sass (GER), Yergali Shamey (KAZ), Dong Dong Camanni (ITA) and Alex Bologa (ROU)

D2 -60kg
1st – Davyd Khorava (UKR)
2nd – Thiego Marques (BRA)
3rd – Luis Gavilan (ESP)
3rd – Zurab Zurabiani (GEO)

#Accessibility – Khorava (UKR) and Marques (BRA) share the podium with the two bronze medalists: Gavilan (SPA) and Zurabiani (GEO)

D2 -73kg
1st – Vahid Jeddi (IRI)
2nd – Rufat Mahomedov (UKR)
3rd – Namig Abasli (AZE)
3rd – Olzhas Orazalyuli (KAZ)

#Accessibility – Last podium of Day 1 with Iranian gold medalist Vahid Jeddi in the middle

D1 -48kg
1st – Nataliya Nikolaychyk (UKR)
2nd – Ecem Cavdar (TUR)
3rd – Rocio Dure (ARG)
3rd – Rosicleide Andrade (BRA)

#Accessibility – Podium with the three judokas of the J1 -48kg final celebrating their medals smiling and arms raised

D1 -57kg
1st – Dondu Yesilyurt (TUR)
2nd – Priscilla Gange (CAN)
3rd – Anzhela Havrysiuk (UKR)
3rd – Liana Mutia (USA)

#Accessibility – Dondu Yesilyurt (TUR) on the podium with the silver and bronze medalists in the J1 -57kg category

D2 -48kg
1st – Akmaral Nauatbek (KAZ)
2nd – Sandrine Martinet (FRA)
3rd – Shahana Hajiyeva (AZE)
3rd – Yulia Yvanitska (UKR)

#Accessibility – Podium with the four medal-winning judokas from Kazakhstan, France, Azerbaijan and Ukraine

D2 -57kg
1st – Zeynep Celik (TUR)
2nd – Inna Sych (UKR)
3rd – Dayana Fedosova (KAZ)
3rd – Junko Hirose (JAP)

#Accessibility – Podium and guests of honor stand to hear Turkey’s national anthem for gold medalist Zeynep Celik

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