World Judo Championships

World Judo Championships
Current event or competition:
2018 World Judo Championships
Competition details
Discipline Judo
Type Judo, biennial
Organiser International Judo Federation (IJF)
History
First edition 1956 in Tokyo, Japan
Editions 53 (2017)
Most wins  Japan - 337 medals
(145 gold medals)

The World Judo Championships are the highest level of international judo competition, along with the Olympic judo competition. The championships are held once every year (except the years when the Olympics take place) by the International Judo Federation, and qualified judoka compete in their respective categories as representatives of their home countries. Team competitions have also been held since 1994. The men's championships began in 1956, though the format and periodicity of the championships have changed over time. The last edition of the championships took place in Budapest, Hungary in 2017.

History

The first edition of the world championships took place in Tokyo, Japan in 1956. There were no weight classes at the time and Japanese judoka Shokichi Natsui became the first world champion in history, defeating fellow countryman Yoshihiko Yoshimatsu in the final. The second world championship was also held in Tokyo two years later, with the Japanese winning the top two spots in the competition for the second time. In 1961, the championship was held outside Japan for the first time, and Dutch judoka Anton Geesink defeated the prior world champion, Koji Sone, in Paris, France, to become the first non-Japanese world champion.

The 1965 World Judo Championships were held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and weight classes were implemented for the first time with the addition of the -68 kg, -80 kg, and +80 kg categories. Judo had become an Olympic sport at the 1964 Summer Olympics held in Tokyo, and a permanent sport after a brief absence at the 1968 Summer Olympics.

Despite this progressive enlargement, it took until 1980 for women to participate in the world championships. The first women's world championships were held in New York City in 1980, and were held in alternating years as the men's championships until the 1987 World Judo Championships in Essen, where the two competitions were merged into one world championship. The mixed championships have been held biannually since 1987. In 2005, the world championships made its debut on the African continent in Cairo, Egypt. In the International Judo Federation meeting held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in 2007 (during the 2007 World Judo Championships), it was decided that France would host the world championships for the fifth time in 2011.

Weight classes

There are currently 16 tournaments in the world championships, with 8 weight classes for each gender.

Competitions

The world championships have been held in every continent except Oceania and Antarctica.

Men's competitions

Number Year Dates City and host country Venue # Countries # Athletes
1 1956 3 May Tokyo, Japan Kuramae Kokugikan 21 31
2 1958 30 November Tokyo, Japan Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium 18 39
3 1961 2 December Paris, France Stade Pierre de Coubertin 25 57
4 1965 14–17 October Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 28 150
5 1967 9–11 August Salt Lake City, United States Gymnasium at the University of Utah 29 129
6 1969 23–25 October Mexico City, Mexico 36 250
7 1971 2–4 September Ludwigshafen, West Germany Friedrich-Ebert-Halle 49
8 1973 22–24 June Lausanne, Switzerland 42
9 1975 23–25 October Vienna, Austria 42
_ 1977 Cancelled
10 1979 6–9 December Paris, France Stade Pierre de Coubertin 60 about 240
11 1981 3–6 September Maastricht, Netherlands Euro Hall 54 250
12 1983 13–16 October Moscow, Soviet Union Luzhniki Palace of Sports 41
13 1985 26–29 September Seoul, South Korea Jamsil Arena 37

Women's competitions

Number Year Dates City and host country Venue # Countries # Athletes
1 1980 29–30 November New York, United States Madison Square Garden 27 135
2 1982 4–5 December Paris, France Stade Pierre de Coubertin 35 174
3 1984 10–11 November Vienna, Austria 33 about 180
4 1986 24–26 October Maastricht, Netherlands Geusselt Sports Hall 35 162

Mixed competitions

Number M/W Year Dates City and host country Venue # Countries # Athletes
14/5 1987 19–22 November Essen, West Germany Grugahalle 65
15/6 1989 10–15 October Belgrade, Yugoslavia Pionir Hall 61
16/7 1991 25–28 July Barcelona, Spain Palau Blaugrana 57 487
17/8 1993 30 September – 3 October Hamilton, Canada Copps Coliseum 78
18/9 1995 28 September – 1 October Chiba, Japan Makuhari Messe 100 625
19/10 1997 9–12 October Paris, France Palais Omnisports de Paris-Bercy 92 531
20/11 1999 7–10 October Birmingham, United Kingdom National Indoor Arena 87 572
21/12 2001 26–29 July Munich, Germany Olympiahalle 88 554
22/13 2003 11–14 September Osaka, Japan Osaka-jō Hall 97 671
23/14 2005 8–11 September Cairo, Egypt Cairo Stadium Indoor Halls Complex 93 544
24/15 2007 13–16 September Rio de Janeiro, Brazil HSBC Arena 138 748
25/16 2009 27–30 August Rotterdam, Netherlands Ahoy Rotterdam 100 543
26/17 2010 9–13 September Tokyo, Japan Yoyogi National Gymnasium 111 847
27/18 2011 23–28 August Paris, France Palais Omnisports de Paris-Bercy 132 871
28/19 2013 26 August – 1 September Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Maracanãzinho 123 673
29/20 2014 25–31 August Chelyabinsk, Russia Traktor Arena 118 712
30/21 2015 24–30 August Astana, Kazakhstan Alau Ice Palace 120 729
31/22 2017 28 August – 3 September Budapest, Hungary László Papp Budapest Sports Arena 126 731
32/23 2018 20–27 September Baku, Azerbaijan National Gymnastics Arena
33/24 2019 TBD Tokyo, Japan Nippon Budokan

Openweight competitions

Number Year Dates City and host country Venue # Countries # Athletes
1 2008 20–21 December Levallois-Perret, France Marcel Cerdan Palace of Sports 18 51
_ 2009 Cancelled
2 2011 29–30 October Tyumen, Russia Judo Centre 21 40
3 2017 11–12 November Marrakech, Morocco Palais des Congrès 28 58

Men's medal count - individual events (1956-2017)

Rank Nation Gold Silver Bronze Total
1 Japan944852194
2 France23172565
3 South Korea2273766
4 Soviet Union11123356
5 Russia7122544
6 Netherlands7111432
7 Germany561122
8 Brazil471425
9 Poland421420
10 Great Britain341320
11 East Germany331420
12 Greece3216
13 Uzbekistan31711
14 Georgia291526
15 Hungary251017
16 Cuba25916
17 United States23712
18 Kazakhstan2327
19 Mongolia22610
20 Iran2046
21 Azerbaijan14813
22 Ukraine13711
23 Austria1135
24 Czech Republic1023
 Tunisia1023
 Yugoslavia1023
27 Serbia1001
28 West Germany051318
29 Belgium051116
30 Italy04913
31 North Korea0347
32 Turkey0336
33 Estonia0314
34 Belarus0268
 Canada0268
36 Egypt0235
37 Czechoslovakia0224
 Israel0224
 Spain0224
40  Switzerland0213
41 Romania0145
42 Bulgaria0123
 Moldova0123
44 Algeria0101
 Montenegro0101
 Slovenia0101
47 China0033
48 Portugal0022
 United Arab Emirates0022
50 Armenia0011
 Finland0011
 Latvia0011
 Lithuania0011
 Tajikistan0011
Total210210420840

Women's medal count - individual events (1980-2017)

Rank Nation Gold Silver Bronze Total
1 Japan393745121
2 France27154688
3 China20121446
4 Cuba16142959
5 Great Britain13131844
6 Belgium89926
7 Netherlands7102744
8 Italy53816
9 North Korea52411
10 South Korea511824
11 Brazil351119
12 Austria3159
13 Colombia3025
14 Spain27817
15 Germany251320
16 West Germany251219
17 United States251017
18 Argentina2204
19 Poland21912
20 Mongolia2158
21 Slovenia13711
22 Israel1225
23Independent Participantsa1001
 Kosovo1001
 Venezuela1001
26 Portugal0437
27 Romania0358
28 Australia0336
29 Russia02911
30 Hungary0257
31 Norway0112
 Puerto Rico0112
 Ukraine0112
34 Bosnia and Herzegovina0101
 Soviet Union0101
 Sweden0101
37 Azerbaijan0033
38 Tunisia0022
39 Algeria0011
 Belarus0011
 Bulgaria0011
 Chinese Taipei0011
 Czech Republic0011
 Greece0011
 Kazakhstan0011
 New Zealand0011
 Serbia and Montenegro0011
  Switzerland0011
 Turkey0011
Total173173346692

Total medal count - individual events (1956-2017)

Rank Nation Gold Silver Bronze Total
1 Japan1338597315
2 France503271153
3 South Korea2785590
4 China20121749
5 Cuba18193875
6 Great Britain16173164
7 Netherlands14214176
8 Soviet Union11133357
9 Belgium8142042
10 Russia7143455
11 Brazil7122544
12 Germany7112442
13 Poland632332
14 Italy571729
15 North Korea55818
16 United States481729
17 Mongolia431118
18 Austria42814
19 East Germany331420
20 Greece3227
21 Uzbekistan31711
22 Colombia3025
23 West Germany2102537
24 Georgia291526
25 Spain291021
26 Hungary271524
27 Kazakhstan2338
28 Argentina2204
29 Iran2046
30 Azerbaijan141116
31 Ukraine14813
32 Slovenia14712
33 Israel1449
34 Tunisia1045
35 Czech Republic1034
36 Yugoslavia1023
37Independent Participantsa1001
 Kosovo1001
 Serbia1001
 Venezuela1001
41 Romania04913
42 Portugal0459
43 Turkey0347
44 Australia0336
45 Estonia0314
46 Belarus0279
47 Canada0268
48 Egypt0235
49 Czechoslovakia0224
  Switzerland0224
51 Bulgaria0134
52 Moldova0123
53 Algeria0112
 Norway0112
 Puerto Rico0112
56 Bosnia and Herzegovina0101
 Montenegro0101
 Sweden0101
59 United Arab Emirates0022
60 Armenia0011
 Chinese Taipei0011
 Finland0011
 Latvia0011
 Lithuania0011
 New Zealand0011
 Serbia and Montenegro0011
 Tajikistan0011
Total3833837661532

Judo Team World Championships

The World Judo Championships team competition began in 1994. women's competition began in 1997,[1] and after 1998 it was held once every four years until 2006. The competition will be held every year from 2007. Judoka who participate in the individual world championships often do not participate in the team competition.

Year Location Men Women
Gold Silver Bronze Gold Silver Bronze
1994 Paris, France  France  Germany  Japan
 Russia
no women's competition
1997 Osaka, Japan no men's competition  Cuba  South Korea  Japan
 France
1998 Minsk, Belarus  Japan  Brazil  Russia
 France
 Cuba  France  Belgium
 China
2002 Basel, Switzerland  Japan  Georgia  France
 Italy
 Japan  Cuba  Italy
 China
2006 Paris, France  Georgia  Russia  France
 South Korea
 France  Cuba  Japan
 China
2007 Beijing, China  Japan  Brazil  China
 South Korea
 China  Cuba  Japan
 Mongolia
2008 Tokyo, Japan  Georgia  Uzbekistan  Russia
 Brazil
 Japan  France  China
 Germany
2010 Antalya, Turkey  Japan  Brazil  Russia
 South Korea
 Netherlands  Germany  Japan
 Turkey
2011 Paris, France  France  Brazil  South Korea
 Japan
 France  Japan  Germany
 Cuba
2012 Salvador, Brazil  Russia  Japan  Brazil
 Georgia
 Japan  China  Brazil
 Cuba
2013 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil  Georgia  Russia  Germany
 Japan
 Japan  Brazil  Cuba
 France
2014

Chelyabinsk, Russia

 Japan  Russia  Germany
 Georgia
 France  Mongolia  Germany
 Japan
2015

Astana, Kazakhstan

 Japan  South Korea  Georgia
 Mongolia
 Japan  Poland  Germany
 Russia
Year Location Mixed
Gold Silver Bronze
2017 Budapest, Hungary  Japan  Brazil  France
 South Korea

Men

Rank Country Gold Silver Bronze Total
1 Japan61310
2 Georgia3137
3 France2035
4 Russia1348
5 Brazil0426
6 South Korea0145
7 Germany0123
8 Uzbekistan0101
9 China0011
 Italy0011
 Mongolia0011
Total12122448

Total

Rank Country Gold Silver Bronze Total
1 Japan122822
2 France52613
3 Georgia3137
4 Cuba2338
5 Russia1359
6 China1157
7 Netherlands1001
8 Brazil0639
9 Germany0268
10 South Korea0257
11 Mongolia0123
12 Poland0101
 Uzbekistan0101
14 Italy0022
15 Belgium0011
 Turkey0011
Total252550100

Women

Rank Country Gold Silver Bronze Total
1 Japan51511
2 France3227
3 Cuba2338
4 China1146
5 Netherlands1001
6 Germany0145
7 Brazil0112
 Mongolia0112
9 Poland0101
 South Korea0101
11 Belgium0011
 Italy0011
 Russia0011
 Turkey0011
Total12122448

Mixed

Rank Country Gold Silver Bronze Total
1 Japan1001
2 Brazil0101
3 France0011
 South Korea0011
Total1124

All-time medal count

Updated after the 2017 World Judo Open Championships.

This table include all medals in the individual and team competitions won at the World Judo Championships as well as at the separate Judo Team World Championships and separate World Judo Open Championships.

Rank Nation Gold Silver Bronze Total
1 Japan14587105337
2 France553477166
3 South Korea27106097
4 China21132256
5 Cuba20224183
6 Great Britain16173164
7 Netherlands15214177
8 Soviet Union11133357
9 Russia8173964
10 Belgium8142143
11 Brazil7182853
12 Germany7133050
13 Poland642333
14 Georgia5101833
15 Italy571931
16 North Korea55818
17 United States481729
18 Mongolia441321
19 Austria42814
20 East Germany331420
21 Uzbekistan32712
22 Greece3227
23 Colombia3025
24 West Germany2102537
25 Spain291021
26 Hungary271524
27 Kazakhstan2338
28 Argentina2204
29 Iran2046
30 Azerbaijan141116
31 Ukraine14813
32 Slovenia14712
33 Israel1449
34 Tunisia1045
35 Czech Republic1034
36 Yugoslavia1023
37Independent Participantsa1001
 Kosovo1001
 Serbia1001
 Venezuela1001
41 Romania04913
42 Portugal0459
43 Turkey0358
44 Australia0336
45 Estonia0314
46 Belarus0279
47 Canada0268
48 Egypt0235
49 Czechoslovakia0224
  Switzerland0224
51 Bulgaria0134
52 Moldova0123
53 Algeria0112
 Norway0112
 Puerto Rico0112
56 Bosnia and Herzegovina0101
 Montenegro0101
 Sweden0101
59 United Arab Emirates0022
60 Armenia0011
 Chinese Taipei0011
 Finland0011
 Latvia0011
 Lithuania0011
 New Zealand0011
 Serbia and Montenegro0011
 Tajikistan0011
Total4084088161632
a^ Unlike in 2013, Majlinda Kelmendi did not compete at the 2014 World Judo Championships under the Kosovo flag but under the International Judo Federation flag, as Russia does not recognise Kosovo's independence. Kosovo is the subject of a territorial dispute between the Republic of Kosovo and the Republic of Serbia. The Republic of Kosovo unilaterally declared independence on 17 February 2008, but Serbia continues to claim it as part of its own sovereign territory. The two governments began to normalise relations in 2013, as part of the Brussels Agreement. Kosovo has received formal recognition as an independent state from 113 out of 193 United Nations member states.

Multiple gold medalists

Boldface denotes active judokas and highest medal count among all judokas (including these who not included in these tables) per type.

Men

Individual events

Rank Judoka Country Weights From To Gold Silver Bronze Total
1Teddy Riner France+100 kg / Open20072017101-11
2Naoya Ogawa Japan+95 kg / Open198719954-37
3David Douillet France+95 kg / Open199319974--4
Shōzō Fujii Japan-80 kg / -78 kg197119794--4
Yasuhiro Yamashita Japan+95 kg / Open197919834--4
6Ilias Iliadis Greece-90 kg200520143216
7Alexander Mikhaylin Russia-100 kg / +100 kg / Open199920113137
8Toshihiko Koga Japan-71 kg / -78 kg198719953-14
9Masashi Ebinuma Japan-66 kg201120143--3
Kōsei Inoue Japan-100 kg199920033--3
Jeon Ki-young South Korea-78 kg / -86 kg199319973--3

All events

Rank Judoka Country Events From To Gold Silver Bronze Total
1Teddy Riner France+100 kg / Open / Team20072017111 1 # 13 #
2Masashi Ebinuma Japan-66 kg / Team201120155117
Riki Nakaya Japan-73 kg / Team20112017 5 **1 1 * 7 ***
4David Douillet France+95 kg / Open / Team19931997 5 *-- 5 *
5Alexander Mikhaylin Russia-100 kg / +100 kg / Open / Team199820134 3 *5 12 *
6Naoya Ogawa Japan+95 kg / Open198719954-37
7Shohei Ono Japan-73 kg / Team20132015 4 *-1 5 *
8Shōzō Fujii Japan-80 kg / -78 kg197119794--4
Kōsei Inoue Japan-100 kg / Team199920034--4
Takanori Nagase Japan-81 kg / Team20142017 4 #-- 4 #
Yasuhiro Yamashita Japan+95 kg / Open197919834--4

# including one medal of the Team World Championships won as reserve
* including one medal of the Team World Championships won for participation in the qualifying only
** including two medals of the Team World Championships won for participation in the qualifying only
*** including three medals of the Team World Championships won for participation in the qualifying only

Women

Individual events

Rank Judoka Country Weights From To Gold Silver Bronze Total
1Ryōko Tani (Tamura) Japan-48 kg199120077-18
Tong Wen China+78 kg / Open200120117-18
3Ingrid Berghmans Belgium+72 kg / -72 kg / Open1980198964111
4Gao Fenglian China+72 kg / Open198419894116
Kye Sun-hui North Korea-52 kg / -57 kg199720074116
6Noriko Anno Japan+72 kg / -72 kg / -78 kg1993200341-5
Karen Briggs Great Britain-48 kg1982199141-4
8Driulis González Cuba-56 kg / -57 kg / -63 kg199320073227
9Gévrise Émane France-70 kg / -63 kg200520153115
10Lucie Décosse France-63 kg / -70 kg2005201131-4
Brigitte Deydier France-66 kg1982198731-4
Misato Nakamura Japan-52 kg2009201531-4

All events

Rank Judoka Country Events From To Gold Silver Bronze Total
1Tong Wen China+78 kg / Open / Team200120118-210
2Ryōko Tani (Tamura) Japan-48 kg199120077-18
3Ingrid Berghmans Belgium+72 kg / -72 kg / Open1980198964111
4Driulis González Cuba-56 kg / -57 kg / -63 kg / Team1993200754211
5Misato Nakamura Japan-52 kg / Team200620155218
6Gévrise Émane France-70 kg / -63 kg / Team20052015 5 *12 8 *
7Noriko Anno Japan+72 kg / -72 kg / -78 kg / Team199320035117
8Clarisse Agbegnenou France-63 kg / Team20112017 4 #2 2 * 8 *#
Yoshie Ueno Japan-63 kg / Team20022011 4 *2 2 # 7 *#
10Daima Beltrán Cuba+72 kg / +78 kg / Open / Team199520034138

# including one medal of the Team World Championships won as reserve
* including one medal of the Team World Championships won for participation in the qualifying only
*# including one medal of the Team World Championships won for participation in the qualifying only and one won as reserve

Records

Category Men Women
Youngest world champion

Video footage

References

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