JUDO: $50,000 award for end-of-year world leaders

From International Judo Federation:


IJF President Marius Vizer announces extra reward for judo’s elite

The International Judo Federation has awarded all 14 judoka who ended 2016 as the world number ones with an extra $50,000 each in prize money.

Seven male judoka and seven female judoka received the cash windfall as 10 countries were represented at the top of the final world ranking list for 2016.

Rio 2016 Olympic champion Majlinda Kelmendi (KOS) said: “This is a great moment for all high level athletes including myself. The IJF President, Mr. Vizer, is thinking a lot for athletes. I feel great looking back on my 2016. Winning the Olympic title was the greatest achievement of my life.”

Rio 2016 Olympic siver medallist Rustam Orujov (AZE) said: “I am very happy that in 2016 I was the first in the world ranking! 2016 was very successful for me, I won gold at the European Championships and silver at the Olympic Games! I want to thank the President of the International Judo Federation this gift!”

Prize money winners:

  • MUNKHBAT Urantsetseg (MGL) – 48kg
  • Majlinda KELMENDI (KOS) – 52kg
  • DORSUREN Sumiya (MGL) – 57kg
  • Tina TRSTENJAK (SLO) – 63kg
  • Kim POLLING (NED) -70kg
  • Kayla HARRISON (USA) -78kg
  • Idalys ORTIZ (CUB) +78kg
  • Orkhan SAFAROV (AZE) -60kg
  • An BAUL (KOR) -66kg
  • Rustam ORUJOV (AZE) -73g
  • NAGASE Takanori (JPN) -81kg
  • BAKER Mashu (JPN) -90kg
  • Elmar GASIMOV (AZE) -100kg
  • Teddy RINER (FRA) +100kg

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