Three-hundred judo experts have been taking part in the three-day World Judo Championships in Lausanne, Switzerland.
Three-hundred judo experts have been taking part in the three-day World Judo Championships in Lausanne, Switzerland. They began on the 22nd June.
54 of the 90 National Federations which belong to the International Federation are taking part. The Championships are organised by the International Federation, and are held at the Sports Pavilion at the Palais de Beaulieu.
On the first day, the light heavy-weight category was won by Nobuyuki Sato - a world champion in 1967 who teaches physical education at university. He had a complete victory over his fellow countryman Takafumi Ueguchi, a Tokyo policeman.
The heavy weight section was won by another Tokyo policeman, Chonosuke Tagaki. He also had a complete victory over Dimitri Nijeradtze of the Soviet Union. Nijeraditze earlier beat the British heavyweight Remfrey in the semi-finals.
SYNOPSIS: A former palace in Switzerland provides a glamorous setting for the World Judo Championships. The 300 competitors who came to Lausanne to practice the ancient oriental art paraded at the official opening. They represent 54 countries - more than half the membership of the International Judo Federation.
Two Japanese contestants were the finalists in the light heavyweight section. The winner, Nobuyuki Sato, a former world champion, teaches physical education at university. He had a complete victory over Takafumi Ueguchi, a Tokyo policeman. Ueguchi won the International tournament in Paris recently, but his luck was out on this occasion.
Sato adds his winning medal to a growing collection. As well as his world champion title won in Salt Lake City in 1967, he has a silver medal as runner up in the 1971 world championships.
Great Britain and East Germany tied for third in the light heavyweight section of the championships.
The heavyweight section, which was also held on the first day, was won by a Japanese entrant Chonosuke Tagaki, another Tokyo policeman. He also had a complete victory over Dimitri Nijeradtze of the Soviet Union. Nijeradtze had an earlier victory in the semi-finals over the British heavyweight Remfrey, but the Russian's form was not good enough to win the finals.
The performance of the Japanese team demonstrates the dominance they still have in Judo, a traditional Japanese martial art.
Britain and the Soviet Union tied for third in the heavyweight section.