Daria Bilodid Becomes Youngest World Judo Champion
She is the first Ukrainian woman to win a world championship
Photo from the Facebook page of the Ukrainian Judo Federation
Daria Bilodid, a Ukrainian judoka, has become the youngest world champion, the National Olympic Committee of Ukraine (NOC) wrote on Facebook.
She defeated the defending champion, the Japanese Funa Tonaki at the World Judo Championships in Baku, Azerbaijan.
“17-year-old Daria Bilodid defeats the Japanese champion Funa Tonaki in the finals, and wins the world championship: the first in the history of Ukrainian women’s judo, and the second in general, after the victory of Georgii Zantaraia in Rotterdam 2009. Congratulations to the athlete and her parents-coaches, Svetlana Kuznetsova and Gennady Bilodid. Ukraine is proud of you!” the NOC wrote.
Tonaki lost out to Bilodid for the third time this year.
Bilodid beat the record set by all-time great, Tani Ryoko from Japan, who was 18 when she won her first world title in 1993. The 17-year-old, who had already won five World Judo Tour events this season, won the world title at her second attempt and added her name to record books.