Top 10 Female Judo Players 2016

Top 10 Female Judo Players 2016

Judo is often regarded as one of the toughest combat sports in the world as it not only requires technique and strength but also complete balance over one’s body. As with any other combat sports, Judo was initially men’s domain but soon women made it their own with their skills. Here we countdown the Top 10 Female Judo Players 2016.

Top 10 Female Judo Players 2016

 

10. Idalys Ortiz

Top 10 Female Judo Players 2016

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At number 10 is Idalys Ortiz from Cuba. At only 18, she became the youngest Olympic medalist in the heavyweight category of Judo when she won bronze in 2008 Olympics. One of the biggest emerging talents of the game, Ortiz has also won Pan American Judo Championship 7 times (3 times in open weight and 4 times in heavyweight category).

9. Guilia Quintavalle

Top 10 Female Judo Players 2016

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At number 9 in Top 10 Female Judo Players 2016 is Guilia Quintavalle from Italy. One of the biggest faces of Italian Judo scene, she was 2008 Olympic gold winner and 2010 European Champion. She also has a hattrick to her name for winning three consecutive National Judo Championships.

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8. Monkhbatyn Urantsetseg

Top 10 Female Judo Players 2016

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At number 8 in Top 10 Female Judo Players 2016 is Monkhbatyn Urantsetseg from Mongolia. She is currently one of the best judoka in the world who has every laurel in her hat except an Olympic medal. She has won World Championships, Asian Games, Asian Judo Championship and IJF World Masters. Its only a matter of time before she adds an Olympic medal to her name.

7. Marti Malloy

Top 10 Female Judo Players 2016

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At number 7 in Top 10 Female Judo Players 2016 is Marti Malloy from USA. She first became popular as a 16 year old who won her first tournament in the senior leagues and since then has went on to win a bronze at Olympics, silver at World Championship and 2 gold at Pan American Judo Championships.

6. Edith Bosch

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At number 6 in Top 10 Female Judo Players 2016 is Edith Bosch from Netherlands. Nicknamed “The Boss”, Edith towers at 6 ft and uses her height to her advantage in her fights. She has racked up quite a tally of 2 silver and a bronze at Olympics, 4 gold and 1 silver at European Championship and a gold and silver at World Championships.

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5. Eva Csernoviczki

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At number 5 in Top 10 Female Judo Players 2016 is Eva Csernoviczki from Hungary. She is the biggest Judo star from Hungary who is also the first Hungarian woman to win Olympic medal in Judo (she won bronze in 2012 Olympics). Apart from that she also bronze in world championships, 2 consecutive golds and 3 consecutive silvers at the European Championships.

4. Kaori Matsumoto

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At number 4 is Kaori Matsumoto from Japan. Kaori started Judo at an early age of 6 and had shown great promise. She has lived up to her talent by winning gold at 2012 Olympic, 2010 and 2015 World Championships, Asian Games 2010 and Asian Championship 2008.

3. Masae Ueno

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At number 3 in Top 10 Female Judo Players 2016 is Masae Ueno from Japan. Coming from a family in which both her sibling are into Judo and both of them have been world champion, it’s no surprise is Masae herself is so accomplished. Her consecutive gold medals at 2004 and 2008 Olympics are the highlight of her career. She also has 2 World Championships and 3 Asian Championships under her belt.

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2. Ryoko Tani

Top 10 Female Judo Players 2016

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At number 2 is Ryoko Tani from Japan. No other female judoka is as decorated as her with record 7 World Titles and 5 Olympic medals (two of them being gold). Currently serving as a politician, she has also been declared “best female judoka ever” by IJF.

1. Majlinda Kelmendi

Top 10 Female Judo Players 2016

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At number 1 in Top 10 Female Judo Players 2016 is Majlinda Kelmendi from Kosovo. With 15 gold medals in various Judo competitions like World Championships, European Championships, Grand Slam, Grand Prix and IJF World Masters. She is not only top ranked in her 52 kg category but in 2014 was announced to be the best judoka in all categories by IJF president.

Judo is one of the most popular contact sports in the world which is being learnt by people around the world both for amateur or professional careers and for self defense and these women players are as much instrumental in Judo’s success as their male counterparts.

Top 10 Female Judo Players 2016

1. Majlinda Kelmendi
2. Ryoko Tani
3. Masae Ueno
4. Kaori Matsumoto
5. Eva Csernoviczki
6. Edith Bosch
7. Marti Malloy
8. Monkhbatyn Urantsetseg
9. Guilia Quintavalle
10. Idalys Ortiz