Can Nicola Fairbrother (GBR) retain her -56kgs World title and resist the challenge of Jung (KOR) and Gonzalez (CUB)? Can Verdica (CUB) overcome the exciting new face Argentina, Mariani and the stylish Restoux (FRA) in the -52kgs.
Is there anyone who can stop the sensational fireball Ryoko Tamura (JPN) in the -48kgs? Her speed, style and fighting spirit have earned her the nickname Yawara in Japan and her electric contests raise the roof in the Mauhari hall.
In the Womens Open Moniqu Van der Lee (NED) is looking to match the achievement of her countrywomen Seiese at heavyweight.
In the Mens -71kgs Hideshima (JPN) is determined to better his bronze medal in 1993 while team mate Nakimira (JPN) is in dramatic form defending his -65kgs title against the 1991 Champion Udo Quellmalz (GER). At -60kgs Ryusi Sonada (JPN), the 1993 champion, faces a new challenge from the unknown Russian Ojjequine, as well as the Georgian Terrier Georgi Vazagachvili.
The Mens OPen features David Douillet (FRA) attempting the double of +95kgs and OPen against tremendous opposition, Moreno (CUB), Shinohara (JPN) and Kossorotoc (RUS). Can he join Yamashita and Ogawa as on the the all time greats of Judo?