Men’s Judo Lee Ha-rim… Defeat Japanese Olympic Champion, World Championship Bronze Medal
Lee Ha-rim (26, Korea Racing Association)토토사이트, a Korean men’s lightweight lightweight judo champion, beat Japan’s Naohisa Takato (30), a gold medalist at the Tokyo Olympics two years ago, to rise to the world championship podium.
Lee Ha-rim won the first medal of the tournament for the Korean team by beating Takato after extra time in the men’s 60kg bronze medal match at the International Judo Federation (IJF) World Championships held in Doha, Qatar on the 8th. Lee Ha-rim, who won the silver medal at the 2015 Junior World Championships, is also the first medal won at the Senior World Championships.
Lee Ha-rim was defeated by Jor Perstraeton (26, Belgium) in the quarterfinals and was pushed back to the losers’ revival. Lee Ha-rim, who won a back-and-forth victory over Younes Sadiki (26, Morocco) in the revival match, faced Takato for the bronze medal. Takato, a gold medalist at the Tokyo Olympics in 2021, is the strongest in his weight class, having reached the top four times (2013, 2017, 2018, 2022) at the world championships.
Lee Ha-rim and Takato exchanged maps one by one 2 minutes and 11 seconds after the game started. Takato received the second coach at 2:57, but the match was not decided within 4 minutes of regular time. At 1:24 of overtime, Lee Ha-rim won by foul as Takato received the third instruction. The IFJ website explained, “Lee Ha-rim won the bronze medal with a tactical victory and pushed Takato to 5th place.” The bronze medal match will consist of two matches, with the two winners winning the bronze medal and the two losers a tie for 5th place. Lee Ha-rim, who is currently ranked third in the 60kg world rankings, earned 1,000 ranking points with the bronze medal in this tournament.
Lee Ha-rim, who won a gold medal at the Jerusalem Masters in December last year and a bronze medal at the Paris Grand Slam in February this year, has brightened the medal prospects for the Hangzhou Asian Games to be held in September and the Paris Olympics in 2024 with this world championship.