Sandrine Martinet of France is one of five Paralympic champions to lead the IBSA judo world rankings ©Getty Images

Five Paralympic champions lead the International Blind Sports Federation (IBSA) judo world rankings, after the lists were updated.

Zviad Gogotchuri, who won Georgia's first-ever Paralympic gold medal at Rio 2016 in September, tops the pile in the men's 90 kilograms division.

Britain's double Paralympic medallist Samuel Ingram now follows in second place.

South Korea’s Rio 2016 champion Gwang Geun Choi is another to top his list, after his gold in the under-100kg class.

France's Sandrine Martinet, another Rio 2016 podium topper, leads the way in the women's under-52kg while Ukraine's gold medallist Inna Cherniak sits on top of the women's under-57kg standings.

Lenia Ruvalcaba is the fifth Paralympic champion to be out in front, with the Mexican the one to catch in the women's under-70kg class.

Lenia Ruvalcaba heads the women's under-70kg rankings after her Rio 2016 gold ©Getty Images
Lenia Ruvalcaba heads the women's under-70kg rankings after her Rio 2016 gold ©Getty Images

Elsewhere, Japan's Makoto Hirose still leads the men's under-60kg category despite only gaining silver behind Uzbekistan's Sherzod Namozov at Rio 2016.  

As well as Cherniak, three more Ukrainians top their respective divisions, with Davyd Korava leading the way in the men's under-66kg division.

Dmytro Solovey is the men’s under-73kg leader while women's under-63kg judoka Iryna Husieva also heads her category.

Other male leaders are South Korea's Jung Min Lee at under-81kg and Brazil's Willians Araujo at over-100kg.

Carmen Brussig of Germany heads the women's under-48kg class with Arina Kachan of Belarus out in front in the female over-79kg class.

The new IBSA judo season will begin with the German Open in Heidelberg, between February 24 and 28.