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Emerging Judo Stars to Watch at the 2024 Paris Olympics

2024 Paris Olympics Judo Stars
Via - Hans van Essen / judo news, results and photos
Black Belt Plus

The judo competition at the 2024 Paris Olympic Games is set to capture the attention of fans worldwide. This Japanese martial art continues to grow in popularity, bolstered by the global platform the Olympics provide, attracting new enthusiasts and seasoned followers alike.

This year, a fresh crop of judokas is poised to make their mark on the international stage in Paris.

Who are the breakout judo stars at the 2024 Paris Olympics?

The Paris Games offer a prime opportunity for emerging talents to shine. With numerous divisions in play, new stars are expected to emerge in both men's and women’s categories.

In the men’s competition, keep an eye on Giorgi Sardalashvili from Georgia, a notable competitor in the lightweight division known for his dynamic performance. His compatriot, Tato Grigalashvili, and Belgium’s Matthias Casse, known for his strategic prowess, are also ones to watch.

In the women’s division, Anna-Maria Wagner of Germany and Christa Deguchi of Canada represent the future of judo. Wagner combines power with technique, while Deguchi’s resilience and tactical approach make her a formidable opponent.

Who are the standout judokas to watch?

Teddy Riner, competing in the men’s heavyweight division, remains a significant draw. The 11-time World Champion and three-time Olympic gold medalist, despite being 35, is an outstanding athlete with robust local support.

Temur Rakhimov of Tajikistan and Inal Tasoev of Russia, both relatively new to the scene, are expected to provide stiff competition, especially Tasoev, the defending champion, who may be Riner's most formidable rival.

In the women's category, Clarisse Agbegnenou is a top contender for the 63kg division gold. The Tokyo 2020 gold medalist continues to excel in judo despite recent motherhood. Challengers like Miku Tashiro of Japan and recent world champion Joanne van Lieshout of the Netherlands are also in strong contention for the top spot.

The 2024 Paris Olympics are set to be a defining moment for these judokas, potentially catapulting them into the limelight and affording them the recognition their talents deserve.

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