Sunday, July 23, 2017

-78kg Analysis

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+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)

Former World Champion Audrey Tcheumeo has the best track record in this category and is the likely gold medalist in Budapest.

For the longest time, the -78kg division saw a fierce tussle among three top players: USA's Kayla Harrison, France's Audrey Tcheumeo and Brazil's Mayra Aguiar.

Harrison has since retired. Aguiar has only competed once since Rio and she won at the 2017 Cancun Grand Prix. But Tcheumeo is the Olympic silver medallist and the current European Champion. She also won the Paris Grand Slam this year so she is in good form. She is probably the top favorite.

Former World Champion Mami Umeki of Japan is also a top contender. She is also in good form having won the 2017 Ekaterinaburg Grand Slam and the 2017 Dusseldorf Grand Prix.

Holland's Guusje Steenhuis has been performing well and is ranked No. 1 but she doesn't have the track record or experience of Tcheumeo, Umeki of Aguiar.

Hungary's Abigel Joo has a distinguished track record and is among the Top 5 in the IJF rankings. Home ground advantage might inspire her greatly.

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