An increased number of Australian Judo players have improved their
International Judo Federation (IJF) World rankings following the team's success
at the recent Oceania Judo Union World Cup in Samoa. Australia now has a
record number of 28 competitors in the World Ranking List.
NSW competitor Kylie Koenig's ranking at 22 (up 17 places from 39) in the U/63Kg
division caps off a very successful year in international competition and continues
her position as Australia's highest internationally ranked competitor. Kylie's key
international achievements in 2009 have been; 2nd at the World Cup in Samoa,
top 16 at the World Championships, 3rd at PAC RIM in Taiwan and 1st in the
International Tournament Glaspalast in Germany.
Mark Anthony (VIC) has moved up 16 places to be ranked 24 in the U/90Kg
consolidating his status as a rising star. This follows winning Gold at Samoa, a
top 16 finish at the World Championships in Rotterdam in September 2009 and a
Silver medal at the Pacific RIM Championships in Taiwan.
Highlights among the new entrants to break into top 30 positions following their
Gold medals at Samoa are Tasmanian, Stephanie Grant ranked 27 in the U/78Kg
division, Janelle Shepherd from NSW in the women’s over 78kg category, ranked
28, and Jake Andrewartha from SA ranked 29 in the Over 100+ division. The other
World Cup Gold medalist, Emily Bensted (VIC) ranked 31 narrowly missed the top
World ranking points are currently used to seed the top players in the draws, so a
number of Australians are now better placed for their next international
competitions as a result of their performances here. From May 2010 WRL points
will be used for Olympic Selection for London 2012.
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