Willem Ruska Judoka

Willem Ruska

Willem Ruska

  • Country:Netherlands
  • Born:29 August 1940
  • Passed away:14 February 2015 (74 years)
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Wim Ruska was the 1972 double Olympic Champion of Munich. The strong Dutchman was one of the most legendary fighters. He was 7 times European Champion 1966-1972 and won 3 World medals, World champion in 1967 and 1971. Although he was younger, Anton Geesink was his rival. Ruska passed away in 2015.
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History in the make at OpenWeight World Championships

7 Nov 2017 14:10

There is no weight category in judo which is more steeped in history, tradition and icons of the Gentle Way than the Openweight category. Geesink, Ruska, Uemura, Lorenz, Yamashita. These are the five judo titans who won Olympic Openweight gold when it was part of judo's programme at the Games from 1964 - 1984. Read more


Double Olympic Judo Champion Willem Ruska passed away

14 Feb 2015 14:45

Double Olympic Champion Wim Ruska passed away on Saturday. The 7 times Olympic Champion became 74 years old and was among the best judoka ever. In 1972 he won the double Olympic title 93kg and open weight class. He was also double World Champion in 1967 and 1971. He was tremendously strong and was seen as the opponent of Anton Geesink although he was younger. Read more

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