Top 10 Best Judo Players 2016

Judo is a very popular combat sport that not only combines brute strength but also immense balance and technique. Judo which originated from Japan is now a worldwide phenomenon and judo players are some of the most famous combat sports personalities in the world. Here are the Top 10 Best Judo Players 2016.

Top 10 Best Judo Players 2016
Top 10 Best Judo Players 2016

Top 10 Best Judo Players 2016

10. Hitoshi Saito

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At number 10 in Top 10 Best Judo Players 2016 is Hitoshi Saito from Japan. Hitoshi Saito is among the select few athletes to have won Olympic gold in consecutive Olympics (1984 and 1988). His first major breakthrough came in the form of the gold medal in the 1983 World Judo Championships. His expertise in judo earned him the job of an instructor of All Japan Judo Federation after his retirement and the 2004 Olympics Japanese Judo team was coached by him.

9. Wim Ruska

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At number 9 in Top 10 Best Judo Players 2016 is Wim Ruska from Netherlands. He is the only person in the world to win two gold medals in Judo in the same Olympic (heavyweight and absolute categories in 1972). He had achieved quite a tally of silverware of 7 European titles, two world titles and two Olympic titles. Wim also pursued Pro-Wrestling after his stint with Judo and has competed in 150 matches. He was inducted in 2013 into Hall of Fame of the International Judo Federation.

8. David Douillet

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At number 8 in Top 10 Best Judo Players 2016 is David Douillet from France. He is one of the most decorated Judokas of all time having won four world titles, a European crown and also two Olympic gold medals in heavyweight category of judo (1996 and 200). Even after his retirement he continued to be a popular persona due to his many charity events and 2011 became the Sports Ministers of France after a successful foray into politics.

7. Teddy Riner

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At number 7 is Teddy Riner from France. Often considered as among the best the game has ever produced, Teddy is the first and only Judoka to win eight World Championships and was the youngest to win the European Crown. He has also won four European Championships and a gold medal 2012 Olympics and Bronze at 2008. He was also awarded the Chevalier de la Legion d’honneur in 2013 for his excellence at Judo.

6. Ilias Iliadis

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At number 6 in Top 10 Best Judo Players 2016 is Ilias Iliadis from Greece. One of Europe’s finest Judokas, Ilias has won almost every competition that he has participated yet which includes a gold at Olympics (2004), 3 World Championships, 2 European Champions and 2 Mediterranean games crown. He had also had the honor of being the first athlete to enter the Bird’s Nest Stadium during the opening ceremony of 2008 Olympics as Greece’s flag bearer.

5. Masato Uchishiba

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At number 5 in Top 10 Best Judo Players 2016 is Masato Uchishiba from Japan. Masato is one of the champions of the game from Japan whose highly successful career includes two Olympic gold medals (2004 and 2008), silver at the World Championships and Bronze at the Asian games. After his career, he has gotten into coaching but then following sexual harassment charges and that of rape, he is currently sentenced to 5 years in prison.

4. Anton Geesink

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At number 4 in Top 10 Best Judo Players 2016 is Anton Geesink from Netherland. Towering at 6ft 6 in, Geesink was a giant of a man who used his immense stature to his advantage and scripted one of the most amazing judoka career. He has won world championship two times, one Olympic gold (1964) and has been crowned the European Champion a staggering 21 times! Apart from that he was also one the few 10th Dan judoka recognized by IJF.

3. Tadahiro Nomura

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At number 3 is Tadahiro Nomura from Japan. Tadahiro is not only one of the most prominent faces of Judo in Japan but in the whole world and he is the only Judo player to have won three Olympic gold medals in a row. Often regarded as the best player in the 60kg category, Nomura has also won All-Japan selected Judo Championship (1996, 1997) and World Championship (1997).

2. Yasuhiro Yamashita

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At number is Yasuhiro Yamashita from Japan. Yasuhiro’s career is often regarded as one the most successful careers of all time despite for the fact that he retired at only 28. He won his Olympic gold in 1984 and also won four world championships. At only 19, he became the youngest in history to win in open category of All-Japan Judo Championships and has had a winning streak of 203 matches (with only 7 draws in between). Now he is an instructor for IJF, All Japan Judo Federation and Tokai University.

1. Kano Jigoro

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At number 1 in Top 10 Best Judo Players 2016 is Kano Jigoro from Japan. Kano Jigoro is regarded as the founder of judo and the one who made judo spread worldwide and making into to the popular contact sport that it is today. He was the one who introduced the white and black belt system into judo and is also famous for his motto, “Maximum Efficiency with Minimum Effort”. Kano was the first Asian member of IOC and represented Japan at most Olympic games from 1912 and 1936. He has also been awarded the First Order of Merit and Grand Order of the Rising Sun and was the first person to be inducted into IJF’s Hall of Fame.

These players have been instrumental in the spread of judo and its popularity due to their skills and strength. Judo is now a pretty popular martial art that is learnt by youngsters for both professional careers and also self defense.

Top 10 Judo Players 2016

1. Kano Jigoro
2. Yasuhiro Yamashita
3. Tadahiro Nomura
4. Anton Geesink
5. Masato Uchishiba
6. Ilias Iliadis
7. Teddy Riner
8. David Douillet
9. Wim Ruska
10. Hitoshi Saito