By Laman Ismayilova
Azerbaijan`s Rustam Orujov and Elmar Gasimov have remained at the top of the International Judo Federation's updated ranking.
Orujov retained his leadership in the 73kg weight category, while Gasimov topped the ranking in the 100kg division, Azertac reported. Another Azerbaijani judo fighter Orkhan Safarov ranked third in the 60kg class.
Last year, Orujov became the champion of Europe. The silver medalist of Rio-2016 Summer Olympic Games, Rustam Orujov was named the best in Azerbaijan's male team in 2016.
Elmar Gasimov competed at the 2012 and 2016 Olympics and won a silver medal in 2016. He also won a gold medal at the 2009 European Youth Championship in Yerevan, after defeating Lukáš Krpálek in the final.
The adult judo team of Azerbaijan made considerable progress in 2016. The team led by the Autsrian coach Peter Seisenbacher won 51 awards in competitions of various levels. His clutch includes 14 gold, 10 silver and 27 bronze medals. The Federation's results showed that Azerbaijani judokas won 351 times out of 710 fights during the year.
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