Top 10 Judo Champions of all Time
Judo is a very popular combat sport that not only combines brute strength but also immense balance and technique. Judo which is originated from Japan is now a worldwide phenomenon and judo players are some of the most famous combat sports personalities in the world. Here are the Top 10 Judo champions of all time (Judoka).
10. Dimitri dragin
French judoka Dimitri Dragin won the Grand Slam in Paris in 2009. He ranked 5th at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games U66kg. In 2013 he won bronze at the European Championships in Budapest.
9. Hiroaki hiraoka
Hiroaki Hiraoka was finalist of the 2012 Olympic Games in London and he won silver at the 2013 World Championships in Rio and 2011 in Paris. He won bronze in 2010 in Tokyo. He Asian Champion in 2008. Hiraoka won World Junior bronze in 2004. Won the Grand Slam in Paris in 2008.
8. David Douillet
One of the most decorated Judokas of all time having won four world titles, a European crown and also two Olympic gold medals in heavyweight category of judo (1996 and 200). He first won the Olympic gold medal at the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games and defended his title successfully again at the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games both in the heavyweight division. David Douillet, during his active judo career, won four world championship titles and a European title. He is also noted as one of the most decorated judo artist in the history of Olympic Games. Douillet, after his retirement from active sports, was appointed as the Secretary of State for Abroad French nationals on 29 June 2011 in the François Fillon Cabinet. He then became Minister of Sports on 26 September 2011.