Tuesday, September 18, 2007


Tiago Camilo voted best of Worlds
Japan finishes tournament second on medals table

With a perfect performance, Tiago Camilo was voted the best judoka in the world after the World Championship in Rio de Janeiro was wrapped up. In seven fights he scored seven ippons, one being by penalty. His "stroll" on his way to becoming medium middleweight champion was one of the high points in the tournament that ended this Sunday in the Olympic Areca. For the second World Championship in a row a Brazilian was chosen as best of the event. In 2005, Joao Derly was given the award.

“It really was a great tournament. I dreamed of becoming world champion and I did it. Now I will go after an Olympic title. I go for perfection in everything in life and in judo perfection is the ippon," says Tiago.

Camilo won the deciding bout of the division beating the French fighter Antony Rodriguez in only 1:09. In his six other fights, Tiago was also quick. Against the Polish judoka Richard Krawcyk it took 1:10 min to get the ippon. In the quarter finals, ten seconds to beat the Croatian Tomisi Marijanovic. In the previous stage the points for the ippon came for times. In the opening fight, it took 1:30 to beat Fiderd Vis, of Aruba. Soon thereafter, 1:26 to beat Franklin Cisneiros, of El Salvador and in the third fight 1:35 against the Montenegrin Srdjan Mrvaljevic.

The Japanese took the last gold medal of the Judo World Championship, this Sunday, in the Olympic Arena in Rio de Janeiro, and also managed to finish the tournament ahead on the medals board. The team from Japan's count was of three golds, two silvers and four bronzes. As Breno Alves, Daniela Polzin, Daniel Hernandes and Priscila Marques did not make it to the podium yesterday, the final day of the competition, Brazil took second place in the overall score with three golds and one bronze.