Saturday, July 22, 2017

-90kg 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)

Krisztian Toth has not been in his best form lately but home ground advantage may be enough to push him all the way to the top.
The top favorite for the -90kg gold won't be in Budapest due to injury. Japan's Olympic Champion Mashu Baker seriously injured his shoulder in the All-Japan Weight Class Championships, and had to undergo an operation. This unfortunately meant that he would have to skip the World's.

The Olympic silver medalist Varlam Liparteliani of Georgia has moved up to -100kg so he won't be competing in this division either. His fellow Georgian, Beka Gviniashvili, who fought at -100kg in Rio, has moved back down to -90kg. He is a powerful player and certainly a contender for the top spot but there are many others who are good prospects for the gold.

Krisztian Toth is both powerful and technical and was a World silver medalist. So, he's definitely a top prospect but his form has been a bit off lately. Still, he has the benefit of home ground advantage and that could be enough to tip the scales in his favor. By virtue of this, he probably is the top favorite.

Two other hot contenders are Aleksandar Kukolj of Servbia, the reigning European champion; and Cheng Xunzhao of China who amazed everyone at the Olympic Games when he demolished the legendary Ilias Iliadis of Greece, Hungary's Toth and Marcus Nyman of Sweden, with his trademark ippon-osoto-gari. Cheng later used that same technique to win himself the 2017 Paris Grand Slam gold medal. He has been absent from international competition since then though.

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