Judo brackets for Rio Olympics finalized at competition draw

Kayla Harrison

On the eve of the Opening Ceremony, the brackets have officially been set for judo competitions at the Rio Games.

The top eight judokas in each weight class, based off the world ranking list as of May 30, will be seeded in the tournament, with all other competitors subjected to a random draw. The International Judo Federation conducted that draw for all 14 divisions on Thursday.

A look at the draw in each weight class is below, along with a few notes.

Women’s 48kg (Day 1)

Men’s 60kg (Day 1)

Women’s 52kg (Day 2)

Team USA: Angelica Delgado (world ranking No. 25) will face Mongolia’s Tsolmon Adiyasambuu (world ranking No. 16) in the first round. Should she advance, No. 3 seed Misato Nakamura (JPN) would await in Round 2.

Men’s 66kg (Day 2)

Women’s 57kg (Day 3)

Team USA: No. 3 seed Marti Malloy has a first-round bye. Her first match will be against the winner of Arleta Podolak (POL) vs. Lien Chen-Ling (TPE).

Men’s 73kg (Day 3)

Team USA: Nick Delpopolo’s first match will be against Nigeria’s Ahmed Goumar (world ranking No. 116).

Women’s 63kg (Day 4)

Men’s 81kg (Day 4)

Team USA: No. 5 seed Travis Stevens will face Sweden’s Robin Pacek (world ranking No. 26) in his first match.

Women’s 70kg (Day 5)

Men’s 90kg (Day 5)

Team USA: Colton Brown (world ranking No. 27) drew Sudan’s Iszlam Monier Suliman (awarded an invitational place by the IOC Tripartite Commission) for his opening match.

Women’s 78kg (Day 6)

Team USA: No. 1 seed Kayla Harrison will start her quest for back-to-back gold against China’s Zhang Zhehui (world ranking No. 13) in the Round of 16. No. 2 seed Audrey Tcheumeo (FRA) and No. 3 seed Mayra Aguiar (BRA) are on the opposite side of the bracket, meaning that Harrison would not have to face them until the final round. Aguiar, who will have the backing of the Brazilian crowd behind her, is widely considered the top threat to Harrison.

Men’s 100kg (Day 6)

Women’s 78+kg (Day 7)

Men’s 100+kg (Day 7)

Story to watch: No. 1 seed Teddy Riner, who has not lost a match in nearly six full years, is seeking his second straight Olympic gold medal. He will have a first-round bye before starting competition in the Round of 16. Two judokas to watch out for are No. 2 seed Hisayoshi Harasawa (JPN) and No. 6 seed Daniel Natea (ROU). Harasawa, long considered the top threat to Riner, went nearly two years without losing until he was defeated by Natea at the World Masters in May. Neither Harasawa nor Natea has faced Riner before, and both are on opposite sides of the bracket from Riner. A Harasawa/Natea rematch could take place in the semfinals, with the winner potentially getting a crack at Riner in the final.

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