G.Boldbaatar conquers World Judo Championship

Paris Grand Slam winner G.Boldbaatar made history for Mongolia as he won Mongolia’s first men’s 60kg world championship title, against European champion Beslan Mudranov of Russia.
The World Judo Championships is taking place in Chelyabinsk, Russia, from August 25 to 31, in the Traktor Ice Arena.
Having a bye in the first round, G.Boldbaatar defeated opponents from Turkey, Taiwan and Kazakhstan. In the semi-final, G.Boldbaatar beat Georgian judoka Amiran Papinashvili, with shido penalties.
In the finals, G.Boldbaatar defeated a two-time European champion Beslan Mudranov, with shido penalties.
A total of 751 judokas from 120 countries are fighting in the championships.
On the first day of the championships on August 25, men’s -60 kg and women’s -48 kg contests were held.
Silver medalist of the 2013 World Judo Championships and International Sports Master D.Amartuvshin and International Sports Master G.Boldbaatar fought in the men’s event. Mongolian State Honored Athlete M.Urantsetseg and International Sports Master G.Otgontsetseg fought in the women’s event.

 The following is a brief interview of World Champion G.Boldbaatar with gogo.mn.

Congratulations on your victory. How do you feel?

I am extremely happy because I won. I have to express my gratitude for my family, relatives, parents, the Mongolian Judo Association, Khangarid sports committee and Erdenet Mining Corporation.

How long have you been training for today’s victory?

I started my judo training at Khangarid sports committee in 2001. After 13 years, I became a world champion.

What was going through your mind before the final round? What advice did your trainers give you?

My instructors said that I might lose through shido penalties so be careful. I only thought about what my coaches told me. So I defeated my opponents with shido penalties.

Olympic Champion N.Tuvshinbayar gave you advice and helped you before the final round.

Yes. He did. He said, “You are stronger than them. Use your hidden skills, you can defeat them.”

You fought with top world ranking judokas Naohisa Takato of Japan and Beslan Mudranov of Russia at the semi-final. Did you expect to face off against world’s top judokas?

I expected the Japanese judoka.

Have you fought against Beslan Mudronav before?

Yes. I fought against him at Qingdao Grand Prix in 2009 and won. We haven’t fought again since 2009.

You were taking a nap in the training hall after you qualified for the semi-final. You were very calm in every fight. Were you mentally well prepared?

My expectation was low. That’s why I fell asleep without a problem.

Your brother and childhood friends came to root for you. You did not fail their expectations. The Mongolian audience were more supportive than a hall full of Russian audiences.

Of course. All Mongolians shouted “Boldbaatar” and “Mongolia”. It was nice to see our state flag. Mongolians were so strong.


Trans. by B.TUNGALAG


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