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The Best Olympic Athletes in Judo

Updated June 10, 2020 5.2k votes 1.1k voters 36.5k views

This is a list of the best Olympic athletes in the sport of judo. Olympians on this list have competed at the Olympic games in judo. Olympic athletes on this list have made it all the way to the Olympics in their sport and have either won their event or did not even place. But this list isn't just about winners, times, distances and points, it's about who are the public's favorite Olympic athletes in judo. Olympians on this list have captured the hearts of the public in one way or another, and have led their peers in judo competitions.

Only the greatest judo Olympic athletes are featured on the front page of this list, so vote for your favorites and let only the best judo Olympians see the top. Judo athletes who have competed in the Olympics don't all have what it takes to be called the "best" in their Olympic sport, so vote carefully and make sure that only the true greats get a place on the front page of this list. Athletes here include everyone from Oscar Braison, to Leandro Guilheiro, to Ronda Rousey. You may copy this fact-based list to build your own just like it, re-rank it to fit your opinions, then publish it to share it on Facebook, Twitter or any other social sites you frequent. {#nodes}

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  • 1
    Kayla Harrison
    115
    19

    Olympic CountryUnited States of America

    Date Of Birth1990-07-02

    Place Of BirthMiddletown, Ohio

    Olympic SportJudo

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Olympic Medalist Event CompetitionJudo at the 2012 Summer Olympics – Women's 78 kg

    Weight75

    Olympic Medalist EventWomen's Judo, 70 - 78kg (half-heavyweight)

    Olympic Medalist GamesThe London 2012 Summer Olympics

    Olympic Games ParticipantThe London 2012 Summer Olympics

    Olympic Medals WonGold medal

    Kayla Harrison (born July 2, 1990) is an American former judoka and who competed in the 78 kg... more on Wikipedia
  • 2
    Lukáš Krpálek
    117
    22

    Olympic CountryCzech Republic

    Date Of Birth1990-11-15

    Place Of BirthJihlava, Czech Republic

    Olympic SportJudo

    NationalityCzech Republic

    Weight100

    Olympic Games ParticipantThe London 2012 Summer Olympics

    Lukáš Krpálek is an athlete.
  • 3
    Henk Grol
    124
    29

    Henk Grol

    Age: 33

    Olympic CountryNetherlands

    Date Of Birth1985-04-14

    Olympic SportJudo

    NationalityNetherlands

    Olympic Medalist Event CompetitionJudo at the 2008 Summer Olympics – Men's 100 kg

    Olympic Medalist EventMen's Judo, 90 - 100kg (half-heavyweight)

    Olympic Medalist Games2008 Summer Olympics

    Olympic Games Participant2008 Summer Olympics

    Olympic Medals WonBronze medal

    Hindrik Harmannus Arnoldus "Henk" Grol (born 14 April 1985 in Veendam) is a Dutch judoka.
  • 4
    Anton Geesink
    103
    31

    Anton Geesink

    Dec. at 76 (1934-2010)

    Date Of Birth1934-04-06

    Place Of BirthUtrecht,Netherlands,Kingdom of the Netherlands,Utrecht,Europe

    Olympic Medalist Event CompetitionJudo at the 1964 Summer Olympics - Open Category

    Olympic Medalist EventJudo, Open Category

    Olympic Medalist Games1964 Summer Olympics

    Olympic Medals WonGold medal

    Antonius Johannes Geesink (6 April 1934 – 27 August 2010) was a Dutch 10th dan judoka. He was... more on Wikipedia
  • 5
    Benjamin Behrla
    82
    26

    Olympic CountryGermany

    Date Of Birth1985-08-31

    Place Of BirthEmsdetten,Germany,Steinfurt,Europe,Western Europe

    Olympic SportJudo

    NationalityGermany

    Olympic Medalist Event CompetitionJudo at the 2008 Summer Olympics – Men's 100 kg

    Weight100.0

    Olympic Medalist EventMen's Judo, 90 - 100kg (half-heavyweight)

    Olympic Medalist Games2008 Summer Olympics

    Olympic Games Participant2008 Summer Olympics

    Benjamin Behrla is a German judoka, competing in the 100 kg-category. Behrla, who is currently... more on Wikipedia
  • 6
    Ole Bischof
    79
    29

    Olympic CountryGermany

    Date Of Birth1979-08-27

    Olympic SportJudo

    NationalityGermany

    Olympic Medalist Event CompetitionJudo at the 2008 Summer Olympics - Men's Half Middleweight (81 kg)

    Olympic Medalist EventMen's Judo, 73 - 81kg (half-middleweight)

    Olympic Medalist Games2008 Summer Olympics

    Olympic Games Participant2008 Summer Olympics

    Olympic Medals WonGold medal

    Ole Bischof (born 27 August 1979 in Reutlingen) is a German judoka. He is trained by 1984... more on Wikipedia
  • 7
    Toshihiko Koga
    176
    115

    Date Of Birth1967-11-21

    Place Of BirthFukuoka,Japan,Kyūshū,Fukuoka Prefecture,Earth

    NationalityJapan

    Olympic Medalist Event CompetitionJudo at the 1992 Summer Olympics - Men's Lightweight (71kg),Judo at the 1996 Summer Olympics - Men's Half Middleweight (78kg)

    Olympic Medalist EventMen's Judo, 65-71kg (Lightweight),Men's Judo, 71-78kg (half middleweight)

    Olympic Medalist Games1992 Summer Olympics,1996 Summer Olympics

    Olympic Medals WonGold medal,Silver medal

    Toshihiko Koga (古賀 稔彦, Koga Toshihiko, born November 21, 1967) is a retired judoka and Olympic... more on Wikipedia
  • 8
    Teddy Riner
    337
    256

    Olympic CountryFrance

    Date Of Birth1989-04-07

    Olympic SportJudo

    NationalityFrance

    Olympic Medalist Event CompetitionJudo at the 2008 Summer Olympics – Men's Heavyweight (+100 kg)

    Olympic Medalist EventMen's Judo, + 100kg (heavyweight)

    Olympic Medalist Games2008 Summer Olympics

    Olympic Games Participant2008 Summer Olympics

    Olympic Medals WonBronze medal

    Teddy Pierre-Marie Riner (French: [tɛ.di/te.di ʁi.nœʁ/ʁi.nɛʁ]; born 7 April 1989) is a French... more on Wikipedia
  • 9
    Yael Arad
    131
    77

    Yael Arad

    Age: 51

    Olympic CountryIsrael

    Date Of Birth1967-05-01

    Olympic SportJudo

    NationalityIsrael

    Olympic Medalist Event CompetitionJudo at the 1992 Summer Olympics - Women's 61 kg

    Olympic Medalist EventWomen's Half Middleweight, 56-61kg

    Olympic Medalist Games1992 Summer Olympics

    Olympic Games Participant1992 Summer Olympics

    Olympic Medals WonSilver medal

    Yael Arad (Hebrew: יעל ארד‎; born May 1, 1967) is an Israeli judoka. She was the first Israeli... more on Wikipedia
  • 10
    67
    23

    Shohei Ono

  • 11
    Travis Stevens
    86
    39

    Travis Stevens

    Age: 32

    Olympic CountryUnited States of America

    Date Of Birth1986-02-28

    Place Of BirthTacoma, Washington, United States of America

    Olympic SportJudo

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Weight81

    Olympic Games ParticipantThe London 2012 Summer Olympics, 2008 Summer Olympics

    Travis Stevens (born February 28, 1986) is a judoka and Brazilian jiu-jitsu practitioner from... more on Wikipedia
  • 12
    Tadahiro Nomura
    115
    84

    Tadahiro Nomura

    Age: 44

    Date Of Birth1974-12-10

    Olympic Medalist Event CompetitionJudo at the 2004 Summer Olympics - Men's Extra Lightweight (-60 kg),Judo at the 2000 Summer Olympics - Men's Extra Lightweight (-60 kg),Judo at the 1996 Summer Olympics - Men's Extra Lightweight (-60 kg)

    Olympic Medalist EventMen's Judo, - 60 kg Men (extra lightweight)

    Olympic Medalist Games2004 Summer Olympics,2000 Summer Olympics,1996 Summer Olympics

    Olympic Medals WonGold medal

    Tadahiro Nomura (野村 忠宏, Nomura Tadahiro, born December 10, 1974 in Kōryō, Nara, Japan) is one... more on Wikipedia
  • 13
    Ruben Houkes
    45
    18

    Olympic CountryNetherlands

    Date Of Birth1979-06-08

    Place Of BirthSchagen,Netherlands,Kingdom of the Netherlands,North Holland,Europe

    Olympic SportJudo

    NationalityNetherlands

    Olympic Medalist Event CompetitionJudo at the 2008 Summer Olympics – Men's Extra Lightweight (-60 kg)

    Olympic Medalist EventMen's Judo, - 60 kg Men (extra lightweight)

    Olympic Medalist Games2008 Summer Olympics

    Olympic Games Participant2008 Summer Olympics

    Olympic Medals WonBronze medal

    Ruben Houkes (born 8 June 1979 in Schagen, North Holland) is a Dutch judoka. Houkes won gold... more on Wikipedia
  • 14
    Edith Bosch
    47
    25

    Olympic CountryNetherlands

    Date Of Birth1980-05-31

    Olympic SportJudo

    NationalityNetherlands

    Olympic Medalist Event CompetitionJudo at the 2008 Summer Olympics - Women's 70 kg,Judo at the 2004 Summer Olympics - Women's 70 kg,Judo at the 2004 Summer Olympics - Women's 78 kg

    Olympic Medalist EventWomen's Judo, 63-70kg (Middleweight),Women's Judo, 70 - 78kg (half-heavyweight)

    Olympic Medalist Games2008 Summer Olympics,2004 Summer Olympics

    Olympic Games Participant2008 Summer Olympics

    Olympic Medals WonBronze medal,Silver medal

    Edith Bosch (born 31 May 1980) is a Dutch judoka. Her Olympic debut was at the 2000 Olympics... more on Wikipedia
  • 15
    Ryoko Tani
    107
    95

    Ryoko Tani

    Age: 43

    Olympic CountryJapan

    Date Of Birth1975-09-06

    Place Of BirthFukuoka,Japan,Kyūshū,Fukuoka Prefecture,Earth

    Olympic SportJudo

    NationalityJapan

    Olympic Medalist Event CompetitionJudo at the 2008 Summer Olympics - Women's 48 kg,Judo at the 2004 Summer Olympics - Women's 48 kg,Judo at the 2000 Summer Olympics - Women's 48 kg,Judo at the 1992 Summer Olympics - Women's 48 kg

    Olympic Medalist EventWomen's Judo, - 48kg (extra-lightweight)

    Olympic Medalist Games2008 Summer Olympics,2004 Summer Olympics,2000 Summer Olympics,1992 Summer Olympics

    Olympic Games Participant2004 Summer Olympics,2008 Summer Olympics,1992 Summer Olympics,2000 Summer Olympics

    Olympic Medals WonBronze medal,Gold medal,Silver medal

    Ryoko Tani (谷 亮子, Tani Ryōko, née Tamura (田村), born September 6, 1975) is a retired Japanese... more on Wikipedia
  • 16
    Naidangiin Tüvshinbayar

    Olympic CountryMongolia

    Date Of Birth1984-06-01

    Olympic SportJudo

    NationalityMongolia

    Olympic Medalist Event CompetitionJudo at the 2008 Summer Olympics – Men's 100 kg

    Olympic Medalist EventMen's Judo, 90 - 100kg (half-heavyweight)

    Olympic Medalist Games2008 Summer Olympics

    Olympic Games Participant2008 Summer Olympics

    Olympic Medals WonGold medal

    Naidangiin Tüvshinbayar (Mongolian: Найдангийн Түвшинбаяр born 1 June 1984) is a Mongolian... more on Wikipedia
  • 17
    Wang Ki-Chun
    22
    10

    Olympic CountrySouth Korea

    Date Of Birth1988-09-13

    Olympic SportJudo

    NationalitySouth Korea

    Olympic Medalist Event CompetitionJudo at the 2008 Summer Olympics – Men's Lightweight 73 kg

    Olympic Medalist EventMen's Judo, 66 - 73kg (lightweight)

    Olympic Medalist Games2008 Summer Olympics

    Olympic Games Participant2008 Summer Olympics

    Olympic Medals WonSilver medal

    Wang Ki-Chun (Hangul: 왕기춘, Korean pronunciation: [waŋ.ɡi.tɕʰun]; born September 13, 1988 in... more on Wikipedia
  • 18
    Yvonne Bönisch
    23
    12

    Olympic CountryGermany

    Date Of Birth1980-12-29

    Place Of BirthLudwigsfelde,Germany,Brandenburg,Europe,Western Europe

    Olympic SportJudo

    NationalityGermany

    Olympic Medalist Event CompetitionJudo at the 2004 Summer Olympics - Women's 57 kg

    Olympic Medalist EventWomen's Judo, 52 - 57kg (Lightweight)

    Olympic Medalist Games2004 Summer Olympics

    Olympic Games Participant2004 Summer Olympics,2008 Summer Olympics

    Olympic Medals WonGold medal

    Yvonne Bönisch (born 29 December 1980 in Ludwigsfelde, East Germany) was a German judoka. She... more on Wikipedia
  • 19
    Kim Jae-Bum
    48
    43

    Olympic CountrySouth Korea

    Date Of Birth1985-01-25

    Place Of BirthGimcheon,South Korea,Asia,East Asia,Korean Peninsula

    Olympic SportJudo

    NationalitySouth Korea

    Olympic Medalist Event CompetitionJudo at the 2008 Summer Olympics - Men's Half Middleweight (81 kg)

    Olympic Medalist EventMen's Judo, 73 - 81kg (half-middleweight)

    Olympic Medalist Games2008 Summer Olympics

    Olympic Games Participant2008 Summer Olympics

    Olympic Medals WonSilver medal

    Kim Jae-bum (Korean pronunciation: [kim.dʑɛ̝.bʌm]; born January 25, 1985 in Gimcheon,... more on Wikipedia
  • 20
    Brian Olson
    26
    17

    Brian Olson

    Age: 46

    Olympic CountryUnited States of America

    Date Of Birth1973

    Olympic SportJudo

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Olympic Games Participant2008 Summer Olympics

    Brian Perry Olson (born March 6, 1973 in Tallahassee, Florida) has been a competitor on four... more on Wikipedia
  • 21
    Irakli Tsirekidze
    118
    131

    Olympic CountryGeorgia

    Date Of Birth1982-05-03

    Olympic SportJudo

    NationalityGeorgia

    Olympic Medalist Event CompetitionJudo at the 2008 Summer Olympics – Men's Middleweight (90 kg)

    Olympic Medalist EventMen's Judo, 81 - 90kg (middleweight)

    Olympic Medalist Games2008 Summer Olympics

    Olympic Games Participant2008 Summer Olympics

    Olympic Medals WonGold medal

    Irakli Tsirekidze (Georgian: ირაკლი ცირეკიძე) (born 3 May 1982) is a Georgian judoka. On... more on Wikipedia
  • 22
    Benjamin Darbelet

    Olympic CountryFrance

    Date Of Birth1980-11-13

    Olympic SportJudo

    NationalityFrance

    Olympic Medalist Event CompetitionJudo at the 2008 Summer Olympics – Men's Half Lightweight (66 kg)

    Olympic Medalist EventMen's Judo, 60 - 66kg (half-lightweight)

    Olympic Medalist Games2008 Summer Olympics

    Olympic Games Participant2008 Summer Olympics

    Olympic Medals WonSilver medal

    Benjamin Darbelet (born 13 November 1980 in Dijon) is a French judoka. He earned a silver... more on Wikipedia
  • 23
    Ryan Reser
    21
    13

    Ryan Reser

    Age: 35

    Olympic CountryUnited States of America

    Place Of BirthDallas,Texas,United States of America

    Olympic SportJudo

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Olympic Games Participant2008 Summer Olympics

    Ryan Reser is a male judoka from the United States, who won the gold medal in the men's... more on Wikipedia
  • 24
    Amar Benikhlef
    21
    14

    Olympic CountryAlgeria

    Date Of Birth1982-01-11

    Olympic SportJudo

    NationalityAlgeria

    Olympic Medalist Event CompetitionJudo at the 2008 Summer Olympics – Men's Middleweight (90 kg)

    Olympic Medalist EventMen's Judo, 81 - 90kg (middleweight)

    Olympic Medalist Games2008 Summer Olympics

    Olympic Games Participant2008 Summer Olympics

    Olympic Medals WonSilver medal

    Amar Benikhlef (born 11 January 1982) is an Algerian judoka who competed in the middleweight... more on Wikipedia
  • 25
    Paweł Nastula
    18
    12

    Date Of Birth1970-06-26

    Place Of BirthWarsaw,Poland,Masovian Voivodeship,Warsaw Voivodeship - II RP,Earth

    NationalityPoland

    Olympic Medalist Event CompetitionJudo at the 1996 Summer Olympics - Men's Half-Heavyweight (95kg)

    Olympic Medalist EventMen's Judo, Half Heavyweight (95kg)

    Olympic Medalist Games1996 Summer Olympics

    Olympic Medals WonGold medal

    Paweł Marcin Nastula (born 26 June 1970 in Warsaw) is a Polish judoka and mixed martial... more on Wikipedia