The second IJF event of 2020 has concluded and it was an amazing showing of high-level judo. Athletes from all over had a lot on the line as they were looking to set the precedent for the world to see.
Hatashita Sports Athletes / Team USA did not make it to the podium this time around but a lot of valuable experience was gained. Plus most of the team stayed for the training camp which will be sure to help refine and sharpen their skills.
A LOT of things happened at this year's event ...
Leandro Guilheiro from Brazil at 36 years old showed signs of possibly retiring from competition. Guilheiro fell to Italy in the first round. The Brazilian is no stranger to success having two Olympic Bronze medals under his belt. We wish him the best of luck on whatever path he chooses whether it be competition or retirement! Read the full article from the IJF here.
TEDDY RINER LOST! After 152 consecutive wins, Riner of France fell to Kageura Kokoro of Japan in the third round. However, while you may see articles flood the internet, it's important to understand that Riner wins with grace and as we saw losses with it too. He bowed, shook his opponent's hand and walked off toward a loving crowd who STILL regardless of the result - loving him. Riner is a two time Olympic Champion and eight-time World Judo Champion. Read the full article and watch the video from the IJF here.