The absence of ten dominating countries had interesting effects on the overall field.
The 2017 Worlds are now history. With 10 of the sport’s superpowers absent, there were bound to be some interesting side stories. I covered some of the highlights in this space previously, but now I would like to look at the stats behind the stories. There were 358 athletes who competed in Los Angeles; 202 men and 156 women spread over eight bodyweight categories each, including the new 90kg women’s category.