Sunday, July 23, 2017

-100kg Analysis

Full Analysis

+100kg Men: Riner (FRA)
+78kg Women: Asahina (JPN)
-100kg Men: Haga (JPN)
-78kg Women: Tcheumeo (FRA)
-90kg Men: Toth (HUN)
-70kg Women: Arai (JPN)
-81kg Men: Khalmurzaev (RUS)
-63kg Women: Trstenjak (SLO)
-73kg Men: Soichi Hashimoto (JPN)
-57kg Women: Tsukasa Yoshida (JPN)
-66kg Men: Hifumi Abe (JPN)
-52kg Women: Majlinda Kelmendi (KOS)
-60kg Men: Naohisa Takato (JPN)
-48kg Women: Urantsetseg Munkhbat (MGL)

Defending World Champion Ryonosuke Haga has not competed much since the Olympics but he is a top prospect for Budapest.
The clear favorite here is defending World Champion Ryonosuke Haga of Japan. He had lost to the Czech Republic's Lukas Krpalek in the 2016 Rio Olympics but Krpalek has since moved up a category. Haga has competed in only one IJF World Tour event since the Olympics -- the 2017 Hohhot Grand Prix -- and he won that one, defeating Russia's Kirll Denisov in the final.

His compatriot Aaron Wolf is also representing Japan in this weight category. While Wolf has done well in domestic competitions, his international track record is not as impressive as Haga's. This is reflected in their rankings. Haga is 7th while Wolf is 31st.

Other exciting players to watch out for are former World Champion Elkhan Mammadov of Azerbaijan; Olympic silver medalist Elmar Gasimov also of Azerbaijan; and double World Silver Medallist Kirill Denisov, who has just moved up to this weight class. And don't forget, Georgia's Varlam Liparteliani is in this weight category too. 

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