Hangzhou 2022 APG Judo Preview: World champions from Iran, Kazakhstan in focus

There will be a total of 16 medal events in Judo at the Hangzhou 2022 Asian Para Games. Last time around in Jakarta, the Republic of Korea topped the medal table with Uzbekistan in second place, despite Uzbekistan winning a medal in every men’s event. The Republic of Korea’s medal table dominance was due to their female athletes winning five of the seven medals on offer.

It’s likely to be a very different story this time around though, as the Republic of Korea haven’t entered any female Judokas and results from the 2022 IBSA World Championships indicate that athletes from Mongolia, Japan, Uzbekistan, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, and India are the ones in-form.

In fact, all the Asian male and female medallists from these World Championships are scheduled to appear in Hangzhou, making for a very exciting three days of competition at the Xiaoshan Linpu Gymnasium.

These include three world champions from Iran: Banitaba Khoram Abadi (M J1 -60kg), Vahid Jeddi (M J2 -73kg), Vahid Nouri (M J2 +90kg) and Kazakhstan’s Yergali Shamey (M J1 -73kg) and Akmaral Nauatbek (F J2 -48kg).

Don’t discount Uzbekistan’s athletes whose performances at the Tokyo Paralympic Games saw them finish second on the medal table, ahead of Iran in third place.

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