Judo world rankings: Women

05.11.2016
kayla_harrison_2015_panam_games_usatsi_8696835

The end of the qualifying period in judo for the 2016 Rio Olympics is fast-approaching, and the International Judo Federation’s world rankings list will be the basis for determing which athletes earn the privilege of competing in Rio.

The final Grand Slam of the Olympic qualifying period was held May 6-8 in Baku, Azerbaijan. Those results are reflected in the newest rankings.

The qualifying period ends on May 30, 2016. There are only two events left at which athletes can earn qualifying points: this weekend’s Almaty Grand Prix and the invite-only World Masters competition. While many of the top athletes are in a secure position to qualify, the remaining events will be very important for those who currently find themselves on the bubble. For a detailed look at the qualifying process for Olympic judo, visit the Judo 101 section.

These rankings are up-to-date as of May 9, 2016. Click here for the men’s rankings.

Weight classes: 48kg | 52kg | 57kg | 63kg | 70kg | 78kg | 78+kg

Women’s 48kg
1. Urantsetseg Munkhbat (MGL), 3134
2. Paula Parerto (ARG), 2860
3. Otgontsetseg Galbadrakh (KAZ), 1880 (+1 spot)
4. Sarah Menezes (BRA), 1872 (-1 spot)
5. Eva Csernoviczki (HUN), 1846 (+2 spots)
6. Julia Figueroa (ESP), 1784 (+7 spots)
7. Monica Ungureanu (ROU), 1711 (-2 spots)
8. Charline van Snick (BEL), 1671 (-2 spots)
9. Ami Kondo (JPN), 1623 (-1 spot)
10. Irina Dolgova (RUS), 1584 (-1 spot)

Julia Figueroa earned gold at the Baku Grand Slam.

Women’s 52kg
1. Andreea Chitu (ROU), 2920
2. Majlinda Kelmendi (KOS), 2550
3. Erika Miranda (BRA), 2418
4. Annabelle Euranie (FRA), 2042
5. Misato Nakamura (JPN), 1880
6. Natalia Kuziutina (RUS), 1694
7. Ma Yingnan (CHN), 1690 (+1 spot)
8. Odette Giuffrida (ITA), 1614 (+4 spots)
9. Ai Shishime (JPN), 1600 (-2 spots)
10. Priscilla Gneto (FRA), 1504 (-1 spot)

26. Angelica Delgado (USA), 718

Angelica Delgado was defeated in her first match in Baku.

Women’s 57kg
1. Sumiya Dorjsuren (MGL), 2751
2. Corina Caprioriu (ROU), 2160
3. Kim Jan-Di (KOR), 2103
4. Marti Malloy (USA), 1894
5. Kaori Matsumoto (JPN), 1866
6. Helene Receveaux (FRA), 1770
7. Tsukasa Yoshida (JPN), 1768 (+8 spots)
8. Automne Pavia (FRA), 1682 (-1 spot)
9. Telma Monteiro (POR), 1574 (-1 spot)
10. Catherine Beauchemin-Pinard (CAN), 1560 (-1 spot)

Tsukasa Yoshida climbed into the top ten after winning the Baku Grand Slam, but she still sits two spots behind compatriot Kaori Matsumoto, the 2012 Olympic gold medalist.

Women’s 63kg
1. Tina Trstenjak (SLO), 3800
2. Clarisse Agbegnenou (FRA), 2850
3. Martyna Trajdos (GER), 2362
4. Kathrin Unterwurzacher (AUT), 2194
5. Yarden Gerbi (ISR), 2050
6. Miku Tashiro (JPN), 1980
7. Munkhzaya Tsedevsuren (MGL), 1674
8. Anicka van Emden (NED), 1564
9. Alice Schlesinger (GBR), 1542 (+3 spots)
10. Edwige Gwend (ITA), 1429 (-1 spot)

32. Hannah Martin (USA), 523 (-2 spots)
34. Leilani Akiyama (USA), 492 (-2 spots)

Both American entrants at the Baku Grand Slam, Hannah Martin and Leilani Akiyama, dropped their opening matches. Martin’s loss came at the hands of tournament winner Alice Schlesinger.

Women’s 70kg
1. Kim Polling (NED), 2735
2. Gevrise Emane (FRA), 2208
3. Yuri Alvear (COL), 2161
4. Laura Vargas Koch (GER), 2022
5. Bernadette Graf (AUT), 1840
6. Sally Conway (GBR), 1732
7. Maria Bernabeu (ESP), 1706 (+7 spots)
8. Chizuru Arai (JPN), 1642 (-1 spot)
9. Kim Seong-Yeon (KOR), 1598 (-1 spot)
10. Kelita Zupancic (CAN), 1592 (-1 spot)

Maria Bernabeu joined the top ten after earning a gold medal at the Baku Grand Slam.

Women’s 78kg
1. Kayla Harrison (USA), 3400
2. Guusje Steenhuis (NED), 2644 (+1 spot)
3. Audrey Tcheumeo (FRA), 2600 (-1 spot)
4. Mayra Aguiar (BRA), 2248
5. Luise Malzahn (GER), 2120 (+1 spot)
6. Anamari Velensek (SLO), 2110 (-1 spot)
7. Marhinde Verkerk (NED), 2070
8. Natalie Powell (GBR), 1768
9. Mami Umeki (JPN), 1680
10. Madeleine Malonga (FRA), 1331

Guusje Steenhuis was the only member of the top four to compete in Baku. She moved up to #2 in the rankings after winning the tournament.

Women’s 78+kg
1. Yu Song (CHN), 3530
2. Idalys Ortiz (CUB), 2322
3. Ma Sisi (CHN), 2172
4. Svitlana Iaromka (UKR), 1840
5. Emilie Andeol (FRA), 1785 (+4 spots)
6. Nihel Cheikh Rouhou (TUN), 1760 (+1 spot)
7. Kanae Yamabe (JPN), 1754 (+7 spots)
8. Megumi Tachimoto (JPN), 1700 (-3 spots)
9. Kim Min-Jeong (KOR), 1688 (-3 spots)
10. Franziska Konitz (GER), 1605 (-2 spots)

31. Nina Cutro-Kelly (USA), 489

After winning gold at the Baku Grand Slam, Kanae Yamabe joined the top ten and has narrowly overtaken compatriot Megumi Tachimoto (who did not compete) in the rankings. Nina Cutro-Kelly lost her first-round match.