Chelsie Giles becomes the latest British judoka to top the judo world rankings as she rises to the top
of the -52kg category.
It is the first time in history that British Judo has topped the world rankings in two weight categories
as Giles joins -63kg judoka, Lucy Renshall in ruling the world!
Giles has enjoyed a medal-laden last 3 years. Following winning European Championship bronze at
the Minsk European Games in 2019 she has gone on to win 6 IJF World Tour medals, including gold
at the 2021 Tel Aviv Grand Slam, before securing a bronze medal at the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games.
Earlier this year Giles improved upon her European bronze medal to win gold at the European
Championships in Sofia before joining an illustrious group of British judoka by adding a World
Championship silver medal to her haul.
Speaking after receiving the news of her new world ranking, Giles said: “It’s amazing to be world
number one. It’s great to see all the years of hard work in training paying off. I have to say a massive
thanks to the support team around me, as I would not be here without them helping me.
“I am always looking to reach higher goals, so whilst I am so happy to have achieved this, I am
already looking forward towards the final competition of the year – the Judo World Masters.”
British Judo Senior Women’s Performance Coach, Jamie Johnson said: “A huge congratulations to
Chelsie on becoming British Judo’s latest world number one. To have two judoka at the top of the
world rankings is outstanding.
“The performances we see today are a result of years of hard work and dedication by the entire team
both on and off the mat. It is that consistency over the years that has led to this moment.
“I have to say a huge thank you to the support team that have helped Chelsie, and Lucy, in achieving
this achievement. From the backing of the National Lottery and UK Sport to the team at the
University of Wolverhampton for giving the team access to world-class training facilities that enable
our judoka to achieve incredible performances consistently.”
British Judo Performance Director, Nigel Donohue added: “Following last week’s Abu Dhabi
Grand Slam gold medal-winning performance, Lucy Renshall retained her world no.1 status
and today, following the updated IJF world rankings, we now have a second GB judoka in the
British Judo Olympic programme ranked No.1 in the world, in Chelsie Giles.
“Chelsie never ceases to amaze. A European, World and Olympic medallist and now world
no1. To be ranked world number 1 in your chosen sport is a fantastic achievement and we
are all extremely proud of both Lucy and Chelsie for achieving this incredible milestone. Both
the -52kg and -63kg weight categories are arguably the most fiercely competitive weight
categories in world judo at the moment, so for Chelsie and Lucy to have the success they
have had at this stage of their careers, is a testament to their dedication and hard work and
all the hard work of the British Judo staff that support the team day in, day out.
“The challenge now for Chelsie and Lucy is to retain this ranking throughout the Paris
Olympic qualification cycle, though if past performances are anything to go by, I have no
doubt that they will only continue to improve and lead their respective weight categories.”