The 2018 International Blind Sports Federation (IBSA) Judo World Championships concluded in Odivelas, Portugal, on 18 November after three days of epic action.
It was a record-breaking competition in many ways. Here are some of the key numbers:
Athletes - 268
Nearly 300 judoka from 42 countries competed in 13 individual and two team events over three days. The total of 268 is a new record for the sport and made it the most competitive World Championships to date.
Five golds for South Korea
With their dedicated training centre and full support from the government, South Korea’s development came to fruition at Odivelas 2018. They left with three individual golds and both men’s and women’s team titles, making them a formidable force for the next Paralympics at Tokyo 2020.
Soohee Choi and Jung Min Lee were stand out performers.
Choi beat two Paralympic champions in France’s Sandrine Martinet and Li Liqing on her way to gold in the women’s up to 48kg. Lee grabbed the win in the men’s up to 81kg despite nursing a serious knee injury.
Credit: Rui Telmo
One gold for Brazil
Brazil’s Alana Maldonado was delighted with her country’s gold two years after it hosted the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games.
Competing in the women’s up to 70kg against a strong field, Maldonado made her way to the top of the podium after a tense fight with Uzbekistan’s Asian champion Vasila Aliboeva.
Mexico’s Paralympic champion Lenia Ruvalcaba was also in the mix, but could only manage bronze.
Media – 40
Journalists and broadcasters from all over the world came to cover the 2018 IBSA Judo World Championships. More than 40 from countries such as Japan, Ukraine, Great Britain, Poland and France attended, making it the most covered Worlds in the history of the sport.
Live broadcast – 57,000 viewers
All three days of Odivelas 2018 were shown live on IBSA’s YouTube channel and IBSA Judo’s Facebook page. Expert insight and commentary was delivered by Georgian Olympian Esther Stam.
The coverage was viewed by more than 57,000 people who watched the competition unfold for in excess of 3,600 hours.
Full results of the 2018 IBSA Judo World Championships can be found here
. Videos can be viewed at IBSA's YouTube channel.