Friday, October 24, 2014

Junior World Championships, Fort Lauderdale 2014 - DAY 3

(Via IJF)

-63kg | -70kg | -81kg | -90kg 

The Junior World Championships, Fort Lauderdale 2014, produced a breathless third day at the Broward County Convention Center on Friday. 

Fort Lauderdale's Rio 2016 and Tokyo 2020 hopefuls gave their all in four weight categories as fans watched live on the IJF streaming website ( The junior women’s -63kg, and -70kg categories and the junior men’s -81kg, -90kg categories were all decided at the teeming venue.

Mr. Daniel LASCAU, IJF Sports Director and former world champion, shared his observations on the competition so far.

“We have seen some very open fights and the young judoka are producing big scores in the last seconds. I am pleased to see a lot of tachi-waza and throwing without going into makikomi. This gives me hope that future generations in Rio and beyond will present very nice judo.”

Mr. Luis GUARDIA, IJF 9th Dan, is volunteering at the Junior World Championships as he did in 2013 at the Cadet World Championships and Miami Grand Prix.

GUARDIA, a long-time Cuban international, former referee and coach was one of the founding members of Cuban Judo and the Pan-American Judo Confederation.

The living legend released his book, Origins of Pan-American Judo, in 2012, which was received to international acclaim and is now on display at the Kodokan Museum in Tokyo, Japan.

The 82-year-old said: “I watch all the IJF competitions at home, judo is my life, I am very happy to be at this competition which is so special to these young judoka. I am impressed with the level of the athletes and in particular I am enjoying watching the ne-waza action.”

GUARDIA also put his name behind the upcoming Word Judo Day and thinks the annual event will educate young people and judoka of all levels about the history of the sport and the legacy of KANO Jigoro.

“This is a great day for judo and I am sure judoka around the world will unite on the birthday of Sensei KANO. We remember our Sensei and thank him for teaching us the sport of judo. I hope judoka of all ages will take the time to mark a celebration for KANO Jigoro and World Judo Day next week.”

After three days of competition, Japan remain top of the medal table with five gold medals, four silver and one bronze ahead of France and Brazil.

On day four, the last day of the individual competition, the wait is over for the most accomplished heavyweights in the junior ranks who will get their chance to go for glory in Fort Lauderdale on Saturday. 

The draw for Sunday’s Junior World Team Championships will be held during the break on Saturday at 16.30. The last day of action in Florida will see 16 junior women’s teams and 17 junior men’s go toe-to-toe. 



-63kg: MINEI wins all-Japanese final

The -63kg final was an all-Japanese affair as 17-year-old Junior All Japan Championships winner MINEI Miho (JPN) faced St. Petersburg Junior European Cup winner NABEKURA Nami (JPN). MINEI, who is one of the youngest judoka in the competition, was able to capture the gold medal by a yuko score as NABEKURA never imposed herself in the contest having received two shido penalties for passivity.   

In the first semi-final MINEI bested German Championships bronze medallist Vivian HERRMANN (GER) who was part of the German women’s team who won bronze last year. MINEI secured a place in the final with 81 seconds remaining as she scored ippon with a huge harai-goshi. In the second semi-final NABEKURA guaranteed that the -63kg gold medal would be destined for Japan as she defeated former Cadet European silver medallist Lucy RENSHALL (GBR). NABEKURA went ahead with a waza-ari before adding a yuko score and moments later sealed the win by holding her British rival down in osaekomi for 15 seconds and wazari-awasette-ippon.

The first bronze medal was won by former Cadet European chamion Katie-Jemima YEATS-BROWN (GBR) who defeated teammate RENSHALL who had two shido penalties while former rugby player YEATS-BROWN had an unblemished record. The second bronze medal was captured by the emotional HERRMANN who triumphed against Danielle OLIVEIRA (BRA). HERRMANN settled the fate of the second bronze medal by throwing for ippon with uchi-mata.     

MINEI, Miho (JPN) vs NABEKURA, Nami (JPN)     

Bronze Medal Fights
RENSHALL, Lucy (GBR) vs YEATS-BROWN, Katie-Jemima (GBR)    
HERRMANN, Vivian (GER) vs OLIVEIRA, Danielle (BRA)        

Final Results
1. MINEI, Miho (JPN)           
2. NABEKURA, Nami (JPN)             
3. YEATSBROWN, Katie-Jemima (GBR)              
3. HERRMANN, Vivian (GER)      
5. RENSHALL, Lucy (GBR)          
5. OLIVEIRA, Danielle (BRA)             
7. DEL TORO CARVAJAL, Maylin (CUB)     
7. DZHIGAROS, Diana (RUS) 

-70kg: Maestro MATIC retains world crown
Budapest Grand Prix runner-up Barbara MATIC (CRO) retained her Junior World title by outworking Berlin Junior European Cup bronze medallist Ebony DRYSDALE DALEY (GBR) in the -70kg final. DRYSDALE DALEY was unable to show her tenacity and power which was on full show in the previous rounds as MATIC, who is already a leading name on the senior stage, never gave her rival a look in as she purposefully clinched the top spot on the podium. DRYSDALE DALEY received four shido penalties to hand the title to the Croatian by hansoku-make. 

In the first semi-final MATIC (CRO) bested Junior European bronze medallist Melissa HELEINE (FRA) by ippon from an ouchi-gari after opening with a yuko before adding a waza-ari. In the second semi-final DRYSDALE DALEY defeated 2013 Cadet world champion Marie Eve GAHIE (FRA). DRYSDALE DALEY led with a waza-ari before GAHIE responded with a yuko. The British fighter held off her French opponent in the closing seconds to progress to the final as her victim was consoled by her coach.

The first bronze medal was captured by GAHIE who was superior to 17-year-old Junior European bronze medallist Aleksandra SAMARDZIC (BIH). The French teen scored a waza-ari and yuko while SAMARDZIC was unable to penetrate the scoreboard. The second bronze medal was won by HELEINE who saw off the spirited Junior Pan American Championships gold medallist Diana BRENES (CRC) who produced her country’s best ever result at a Junior World Championships. HELEINE secured her place next to compatriot GAHIE on the medal podium by scoring a waza-ari and yuko without reply.   
 FinalMATIC, Barbara (CRO) vs DRYSDALE DALEY, Ebony (GBR)   
Bronze Medal Fights
GAHIE, Marie Eve (FRA) vs SAMARDZIC, Aleksandra (BIH)   
HELEINE, Melissa (FRA) vs BRENES, Diana (CRC)    

Final Results
1. MATIC, Barbara (CRO)           
2. DRYSDALE DALEY, Ebony (GBR)           
3. GAHIE, Marie Eve (FRA)           
3. HELEINE, Melissa (FRA)       
5. SAMARDZIC, Aleksandra (BIH)             
5. BRENES, Diana (CRC)           
7. VAN DIJKE, Sanne (NED)     
7. FUENTES MONTOYA, Nairelis (CUB)     


-81kg: Brazil's top seed becomes Junior World Champion 

Top seed and Berlin Junior European Cup winner Rafael MACEDO (BRA) defeated Youth Olympic Games winner Mikhail IGOLNIKOV (RUS) to win his country’s first gold medal in Fort Lauderdale. MACEDO, who clinically showed why he entered as the favourite, started the contest by receiveing a shido for a false attack but that was never a factor in the fate of the title as he threw with harai-goshi and trapped the Russian in osaekomi for 20 seconds and ippon.     

In the first semi-final MACEDO was at his explosive best against former Cadet European bronze medallist Jonas BJORKTORP (SWE) who was subdued by two waza-ari scores with a spinning uchi-mata the pick of the the Brazilian’s wide repertoire. In the second semi-final GOLNIKOV downed Junior European bronze medallist Levan GUGAVA (GEO) by ippon with 16 seconds left in their bout.

The first bronze medal was won by GUGAVA who was successful against Wroclaw Junior European Cup silver medallist Rico HARDER (NED). The Dutchman scored first with a waza-ari before the Georgian looked to fight back with a yuko. HARDER attacked with uchi-mata but GUGAVA took control of it to flip his opponent over for ippon. The second bronze medal was clinched by Junior European Team bronze medallist Pape Doudou NDIAYE (FRA) who bested Kaunas Junior European silver medallist Jonas BJORKTORP (SWE) by ippon with 41 seconds remaining.    
MACEDO, Rafael (BRA) vs IGOLNIKOV, Mikhail (RUS)    

Bronze Medal Fights
GUGAVA, Levan (GEO) vs HARDER, Rico (NED)  
BJORKTORP, Jonas (SWE) vs NDIAYE, Pape Doudou (FRA)        

Final Result
1. MACEDO, Rafael (BRA)            
2. IGOLNIKOV, Mikhail (RUS)            
3. GUGAVA, Levan (GEO)          
3. NDIAYE, Pape Doudou (FRA)         
5. HARDER, Rico (NED)           
5. BJORKTORP, Jonas (SWE)           
7. MARGIANI, Ushangi (GEO)       
7. MAJDOV, Nemanja (SRB)    

-90kg: World silver medallist TOTH triumphs in Florida

World silver medallist Krisztian TOTH (HUN) won Junior world gold on Friday in the last final of the day in Fort Lauderdale. The 20-year-old Hungarian powerhouse defeated 18-year-old Junior European bronze medallist Nikoloz SHERAZADISHVILI (ESP). TOTH was penalised for a gripping infringement before SHERAZADISHVILI was penalised twice as the title was decided on shido penalties. 

In the first semi-final Junior European Championships bronze medallist Max DE VREEZE (NED) lost out to 18-year-old Junior European bronze medallist Nikoloz SHERAZADISHVILI (ESP). DE VREEZE led by a waza-ari and a yuko before his opponent suggested a comeback could be on the cards by scoring a waza-ari and the Spaniard was sharper in ne-waza as he held DE VREEZE in osaekomi for 15 seconds. In the second semi-final the contest that many neutrals hoped for was realised as TOTH squared off against reigning Junior world champion Beka GVINIASHVILI (GEO) who beat the former in the Ulaanbaatar Grand Prix final this year. The rivals traded shido penalties before TOTH registered his first win in their fascinating head-to-head series which has gripped the junior and senior circuit by a yuko score.  

The first bronze medal was won by GVINIASHVILI who dispatched Paks Junior European Cup winner David TEKIC (GER) by ippon after two minutes. The second bronze medal was clinched by DE VREEZE who overcame national champion Piotr KUCZERA (POL) with an armlock with a minute left on the clock. 

SHERAZADISHVILI, Nikoloz (ESP) vs TOTH, Krisztian (HUN)    

Bronze Medal Fights
DE VREEZE, Max (NED) vs KUCZERA, Piotr (POL)   

Final Resul
1. TOTH, Krisztian (HUN)                
2. SHERAZADISHVILI, Nikoloz (ESP)        
3. GVINIASHVILI, Beka (GEO)       
3. DE VREEZE, Max (NED)      
5. TEKIC, David (GER)            
5. KUCZERA, Piotr (POL)             
7. DADASHOV, Firudin (AZE)     
7. KOCHMAN, Li (ISR)      



10:00 Preliminaries on three tatami
17:00 Final block on two tatami 

Women: -78kg, +78kg
Men: -100kg, +100kg

Sunday – Team Competition

10:00 Preliminaries on three tatami
17:00 Final block on one tatami

Junior women team event
Junior men team event 

Location: Broward County Convention Center

Junior World Championships, Fort Lauderdale 2014 - DAY 2

(Via IJF)

-52kg | -57kg | -66kg | -73kg 

The Junior World Championships, Fort Lauderdale 2014, was the focus of the judo world once again as four new world champions were inaugurated at the Broward County Convention Center on Thursday.

Four weight categories were in action in Florida as the junior women’s -52kg and -57kg categories were contested along with the junior men’s -66kg and -73kg categories.

While the judo world is consumed by the pulsating Junior World Championships, judoka and dojos around the world are preparing for World Judo Day which will be celebrated on Tuesday 28 October, the birthday of judo founder KANO Jigoro.

The theme this year is HONOUR and judo luminaries took the occasion of the competition in Fort Lauderdale to show their support for the annual judo celebration.


Mr. HOSOKAWA Shinji, 1984 Olympic champion and 1985 world champion, said: “I have the pleasure to show my support for World Judo Day here in Fort Lauderdale. I have been involved in previous editions and encourage the international judo community to take part and to organise activities to celebrate the sport.

“Honour is something very important to all judoka and is a perfect theme for World Judo Day. We see honour displayed at every dojo in the world, every judo competition and by judoka of all levels in everyday life. I am excited to learn about the projects which will take place around the world on 28 October and expect another highly-successful edition in 2014.”

After day two in Fort Lauderdale, Japan remain out in front with four gold medals, three silver and one bronze ahead of France and Russia who struck gold today for the first time this week.  



-52kg: Senior star BUCHARD celebrates Junior World gold

World Championships bronze medallist Amandine BUCHARD (FRA) won the Junior World Championships on Thursday as she capped off a stunning year in style. The 19-year-old European silver medallist, who moved up to -52kg for this competition, faced off against fellow senior star and Jeju Grand Prix bronze medallist Larisa FLORIAN (ROU). The French prodigy went in front with a waza-ari with just under two minutes left and scored her second waza-ari to win her first world title. 

In the first semi-final BUCHARD (FRA) bested Croatian u23 Championships winner Tena SIKIC (CRO) by waza-ari while in the second semi-final FLORIAN (ROU) came out on top against Junior Asian Championships winner UCHIO Mako (JPN) as she won by ippon from a ura-nage.

The first bronze medal was won by UCHIO who defeated 2013 Junior world silver medallist Jessica PEREIRA (BRA) while the second bronze medal went to Junior European silver medallist Astride GNETO (FRA) who beat SIKIC on shido penalties.     

FLORIAN, Larisa (ROU) vs BUCHARD, Amandine (FRA)        

Bronze Medal Fights
UCHIO, Mako (JPN) vs PEREIRA, Jessica (BRA)    
SIKIC, Tena (CRO) vs GNETO, Astride (FRA)  

Final Results
1. BUCHARD, Amandine (FRA)                 
2. FLORIAN, Larisa (ROU)          
3. UCHIO, Mako (JPN)      
3. GNETO, Astride (FRA)    
5. PEREIRA, Jessica (BRA)          
5. SIKIC, Tena (CRO)     
7. NICOLAESCU, Oana (ROU)     
7. ANTONIS, Nica (BEL)    

-57kg: Japan take gold and silver 

Junior Asian Championships winner TAMAOKI Momo (JPN) defeated compatriot and Tokyo Grand Slam bronze medallist Tokyo Grand Slam to win -57kg world gold in Fort Lauderdale. TAMAOKI, who defeated DEGUCHI in the Junior All Japan Championships a month ago, showed her supremacy by throwing her teammate for ippon after just 54 seconds with a thunderous osoto-otoshi. 

In the first semi-final TAMAOKI subdued Tyumen Grand Slam winner Catherine BEAUCHEMIN-PINARD (CAN). The Japanese fighter took the lead with a waza-ari and trapped her opponent in a yoko-shiho-gatame for 15 seconds and wazari-awasette-ippon. In the second semi-final DEGUCHI Christa (JPN) downed former Junior European silver medallist Daria MEZHETSKAIA (RUS) by a waza-ari from an ouchi-gari.

The first bronze medal was captured by MEZHETSKAIA who dismissed Prague Junior European Cup winner Timna NELSON LEVY (ISR) by ippon after two minutes to win her country’s first medal at the Junior World Championships. The second bronze medal was won by BEAUCHEMIN-PINARD against 18-year-old Junior European bronze medallist Dewy KARTHAUS (NED) on shido penalties. 
 FinalDEGUCHI, Christa (JPN) vs TAMAOKI, Momo (JPN)
Bronze Medal Fights

Final Results
1. TAMAOKI, Momo (JPN)          
2. DEGUCHI, Christa (JPN)           
3. MEZHETSKAIA, Daria (RUS)          
3. BEAUCHEMIN-PINARD, Catherine (CAN)       
5. NELSON LEVY, Timna (ISR)               
5. KARTHAUS, Dewy (NED)             
7. SCHWILLE, Jennifer (GER)     
7. HARACHI, Sarah (FRA)       


-66kg: Russian ace defeats Youth Olympic Games winner

Berlin Junior European Cup winner Egor MGDSYAN (RUS) came from behind to deny Japan one more gold medal as he forced Youth Olympic Games gold medallist ABE Hifumi (JPN) to settle for silver. ABE took command with a waza-ari from an osoto-otoshi before adding a yuko from an ouchi-gari which started in the middle of the tatami and ended in front of the scoreboard. Few expected MGDSYAN to find a route back into the contest but the resolute Russian continued to graft and scored a waza-ari with a pick-up and added a second waza-ari from a sasae-tsurikomi-ashi with 47 seconds left in a thrilling final.  

In the first semi-final MGDSYAN defeated former Cadet Pan American champion Ricardo SANTOS JUNIOR (BRA) by a waza-ari while in the second semi-final Junior European champion Baruch SHMAILOV (ISR) fell to ABE who won by ippon after two minutes having opened the scoring with a waza-ari.

The first bronze medal was won by SHMAILOV who had the character to come back from a semi-final loss and defeat 17-year-old Youth Olympic Games silver medallist Bogdan IADOV (UKR) by ippon. The second bronze medal was clinched by SANTOS JUNIOR who triumphed against La Coruna Junior European Cup runner-up Adrian LABRADO FERNANDEZ (ESP) by a waza-ari which was the only score of the contest. 
ABE, Hifumi (JPN) vs MGDSYAN, Egor (RUS)    

Bronze Medal Fights
SHMAILOV, Baruch (ISR) vs IADOV, Bogdan (UKR)   

Final Results
1. MGDSYAN, Egor (RUS)                
2. ABE, Hifumi (JPN)         
3. SHMAILOV, Baruch (ISR)          
3. SANTOS JUNIOR, Ricardo (BRA)      
5. IADOV, Bogdan (UKR)              
5. LABRADO FERNANDEZ, Adrian (ESP)              
7. GOLOD, Rodion (ISR)      
7. ARAUJO, Eduardo (MEX)   

-73kg: South Korea's AN Changrim tops the podium

The Junior World Championsips -73kg title went to the exceptional AN Changrim (KOR) who won four of his six contests by ippon. The unseeded Korean concluded his unforgettable day by defeating Junior All Japan Championships winner YAMAMOTO Yuji (JPN). AN scored two waza-ari without reply to win by wazari-awasette-ippon. 

In the first semi-final YAMAMOTO Yuji (JPN) of Tenri University defeated former Cadet World Championships bronze medallist Huseyn RAHIMLI (AZE) while in the second semi-final AN prevailed against two-time national medallist Sharofiddin BOLTABOEV (UZB) on shido penalties.

The first bronze medal was won by Lisbon European Open bronze medallist Nuno SARAIVA (POR) as BOLTABOEV received four shido penalties for hansoku-make. The second bronze medal was awarded to17-year-old Koba MCHEDLISHVILI (GEO) who defeated RAHIMLI by ippon after two minutes. Cadet world champion MCHEDLISHVILI was able to win Georgia’s first medal in Florida and more is expected of the European powerhouse nation in the coming days. 
YAMAMOTO, Yuji (JPN) vs AN Changrim (KOR)     

Bronze Medal Fights
BOLTABOEV, Sharofiddin (UZB) vs SARAIVA, Nuno (POR)  

Final Result
1. AN Changrim (KOR)               
2. YAMAMOTO, Yuji (JPN)          
3. MCHEDLISHVILI, Koba (GEO)      
3. SARAIVA, Nuno (POR)         
5. RAHIMLI, Huseyn (AZE)          
5. BOLTABOEV, Sharofiddin (UZB)            
7. NEVES, Lincoln (BRA)     
7. PAL, Gyula (HUN)     



10:00 Preliminaries on three tatami
17:00 Final block on two tatami 

Women: -63kg, -70kg
Men: -81kg, -90kg


10:00 Preliminaries on three tatami
17:00 Final block on two tatami 

Women: -78kg, +78kg
Men: -100kg, +100kg

Sunday – Team Competition

10:00 Preliminaries on three tatami
17:00 Final block on one tatami

Junior women team event
Junior men team event 

Location: Broward County Convention Center

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Junior World Championships, Fort Lauderdale 2014 - DAY 1

-44kg | -48kg | -55kg | -60kg 

The Junior World Championships, Fort Lauderdale 2014, made a compelling start as the brightest judoka in the sport became the centre of the judo on the opening day of the Championships at the Broward County Convention Center on Wednesday.

Four world champions were crowned as the junior men’s -55kg and -60kg categories saw action along with the junior women’s -44kg and -48kg categories.  

A colossal 521 judoka are competing over the course of the five-day event in Fort Lauderdale with full teams of 20 judoka (10 junior men, 10 junior women) entered by hosts USA, Russia and Japan.  

Mr. Lance NADING, USA Judo President, said: “I would like to welcome you all to America. We have 72 nations taking part in this Judo World Championships which is the single most prestigious event in this country since the 1967 World Championships in Salt Lake City, Utah. I want to thank from the bottom of my heart, the athletes who trained here so diligently and will go to the the next Olympics in 2016 and 2022 and many of you will capture medals.

“We, the US public, are very grateful to have you here. Thank you to referees and officials, our sponsors, mostly thank you to the IJF for the guidance and the opportunity to have this event here. These World Championships can change the future of USA Judo – it is a meaningful event in the eyes of USA judo – I want to personally thank our President Mr. Marius VIZER for his guidance and support.”

Mr. Marius VIZER, IJF and SportAccord President, said: “Dear members of USA Judo, dear colleagues, guests, judoka, welcome to the 2014 World Championships in Fort Lauderdale. I want to thank all the national federations which took the opportunity to take part in this event. Thank you to all sponsors and partners, I officially open the 2014 World Championships in Fort Lauderdale.”

Japan lead the medal table after day one after winning three of the four gold medals up for grabs on the opening day as Spain broke through to win the remaining gold medal.  

Mongolia are third in the medal table after earning one silver medal and two bronze medals.

Day two will feature the junior men’s -66kg and -73kg categories while the junior women from the -52kg and 57kg categories will have their tilt at world glory.  



-44kg: Golden start for Japan

Junior Asian Championships winner SAKAGUCHI Hitomi (JPN) made a winning start for Japan as she won the first final of the Junior World Championships in Florida. The 20-year-old defeated Pan American Championships winner Larissa FARIAS (BRA) to win the first world title of her career. FARIAS was penalised for passivity and that was all the encouragement SAKAGUCHI needed to make a flurry of attacks which ended with a yuko score from a morote-seoi-nage. The Japanese dynamo showed her ne-waza prowess with a series of turnovers before engineering the opportunity to hold her rival down with a kuzure-yoko-shiho-gatae for 20 seconds and ippon.   

In the first semi-final SAKAGUCHI downed Youth Olympic Games winner and Junior European silver medallist Melisa CAKMAKLI (TUR). SAKAGUCHI won on the ground as she subdued 16-year-old CAKMAKLI with osaekomi-waza for 20 seconds which came after both judoka were penalised for passivity. In the second semi-final FARIAS defeated reigning Junior world bronze medallist Olfa SAOUDI (TUN) and was crying as she came off the mat. The jubilant Brazilian won by tate-shiho-gatame and glanced to the clock before breaking down in tears. 

The first bronze medal was won by Junior African Championships winner SAOUDI who bested Catarina COSTA (POR). The contest was scoreless after two minutes but the momentum shifted to the Tunisian after she countered a ko-soto-gake attack for waza-ari which was decisive after four minutes. The second bronze medal was awarded to 16-year-old hotshot CAKMAKLI who showed her fortitude by coming back from a semi-final defeat to humble Junior Asian Championships silver medallist GANBAATAR Narantsetseg (MGL). GANBAATAR went a waza-ari up but CAKMAKLI was unfazed as she responded by scoring ippon after 80 seconds to secure a superb result. 

FARIAS, Larissa (BRA) vs SAKAGUCHI, Hitomi (JPN)      

Bronze Medal Fights
SAOUDI, Olfa (TUN) vs COSTA, Catarina (POR)    
CAKMAKLI, Melisa (TUR) vs GANBAATAR, Narantsetseg (MGL)       

Final Results
1. SAKAGUCHI, Hitomi (JPN)                
2. FARIAS, Larissa (BRA)          
3. SAOUDI, Olfa (TUN)            
3. CAKMAKLI, Melisa (TUR)       
5. COSTA, Catarina (POR)                  
5. GANBAATAR, Narantsetseg (MGL)          
7. PAVLENKO, Anastasia (RUS)    
7. RODRIGUEZ, Tiffani (MEX)    

-48kg: Three of a kind for KONDO

World champion KONDO Ami (JPN) returned to junior action on Wednesday and was a class apart as she ruled the -48kg category with plenty still in reserve. KONDO won the cadet world title in 2011, the senior world title in August of this year and has now completed the list with the junior title. KONDO defeated Junior European champion and Baku Grand Slam bronze medallist Dilara LOKMANHEKIM (TUR) in the -48kg final. The Japanese ace initiated an attack with a sumi-gaeshi movement before extending her other leg to lift her Turkish opponent into the air for ippon after 82 seconds. 

In the first semi-final LOKMANHEKIM defeated Wroclaw Junior European Cup bronze medallist Patrycia SZEKELY (GER) who finished fifth at the Cadet World Championships in Miami last year. The difference after four minutes was a single shido given to the German in the scoreless contest. In the second semi-final former Junior European Championships bronze medallist Cristina BUDESCU (MDA) was well beaten by world champion KONDO who put on a scoring clinic. The senior world number three went ahead with a yuko after 36 seconds from ashi-waza and added a waza-ari and two further yuko scores before putting the Moldovan away. KONDO trapped BUDESCU with a kami-shiho-gatame hold for 15 seconds to win by wazari-awasette-ippon.

The first bronze medal was won by Junior European silver medallist Alexandra POP (ROU) who defeated losing semi-finalist BUDESCU by a waza-ari in golden score after a scoreless four minutes of regular time. The second bronze medal was won by 17-year-old Patrycia SZEKELY (GER) who bested Serbian u23 Chapionships winner Milica NIKOLIC (SRB). NIKOLIC was disqualified with a direct hansoku-make for diving to send the German judoka onto the medal podium.       
 FinalKONDO, Ami (JPN) vs LOKMANHEKIM, Dilara (TUR)   
Bronze Medal Fights
BUDESCU, Cristina (MDA) vs POP, Alexandra (ROU)   
SZEKELY, Patrycia (GER) vs NIKOLIC, Milica (SRB)      

Final Results
1. KONDO, Ami (JPN)           
2. LOKMANHEKIM, Dilara (TUR)             
3. POP, Alexandra (ROU)                
3. SZEKELY, Patrycia (GER)        
5. BUDESCU, Cristina (MDA)           
5. NIKOLIC, Milica (SRB)              
7. DIOGO, Joana (POR)     
7. PUPP, Reka (HUN)       


-55kg: UMEKITA earns his first major title
Junior All Japan Championships winner UMEKITA Wataru (JPN) who finished fifth at the Cadet World Championships a year ago lit up the lightest category in the junior men’s ranks to continue his country’s prominence on day one. In the -55kg final UMEKITA defeated Junior European Championships bronze medallist Kamal FIKRI (FRA) with a huge ippon which had the crowd purring in satisfaction. 

In the first semi-final FIKRI was able to progress on a single shido score which was given against former Cadet Asian Championships winner Kemran NURILLAYEV (UZB) to settle an otherwise even match where both judoka went all out. In the second semi-final UMEKITA saw off Prague Junior European cup bronze medallist Vahagn HOVSEPYAN (ARM). The Japanese starlet took the lead with a yuko and added a waza-ari from an uchi-mata before adding one more yuko as the Armenian was unable to reply.

The first bronze medal was won by 2013 Cadet World Championships bronze medallist BAYARAA Amartuvshin (MGL) who defeated HOVSEPYAN. The Mongolian won with three yuko scores to his name while the Armenian was unable to show his quality which was evident in the early rounds and failed to score in the bronze medal contest. The second bronze medal was also clinched by a Mongolian as Taipei Asian Open winner GANBAATAR Battulga (MGL) bested former Cadet Asian Championships gold medallist Kemran NURILLAYEV (UZB). GANBAATAR again illustrated his country’s incredible depth in the lightweight categories as he scored a yuk before winning by ippon after just 41 seconds. 
FIKRI, Kamal (FRA) vs UMEKITA, Wataru (JPN)  

Bronze Medal Fights
HOVSEPYAN, Vahagn (ARM) vs BAYARAA, Amartuvshin (MGL)   
NURILLAYEV, Kemran (UZB) vs GANBAATAR, Battulga (MGL)          

Final Results
1. UMEKITA, Wataru (JPN)             
2. FIKRI, Kamal (FRA)        
3. BAYARAA, Amartuvshin (MGL)                 
3. GANBAATAR, Battulga (MGL)                 
5. HOVSEPYAN, Vahagn (ARM)              
5. NURILLAYEV, Kemran (UZB)                    
7. ZAIRBEKOV, Gamzat (RUS)        
7. ALIPIEV, Valentin (BUL)       

-60kg: Spain celebrates Junior World gold

Junior European champion Francisco GARRIGOS (ESP) produced a remarkable day of judo as he followed up on his continental success by winning the world title in Fort Lauderdale. GARRIGOS, who was regarded by many fans and experts as the fighter of the day, defeated the gutsy 2013 Cadet World Championships bronze medallist TSENDOCHIR Tsogtbaatar (MGL) who pushed him all the way in a glorious -60kg final. GARRIGOS sent his team wild by securing the shime-waza which forced SENDOCHIR to tap out after 90 seconds. 

After stepping off the medal podium GARRIGOS said: “No doubt this has been a fantastic year for me, winning Junior European and Junior World gold. The hardest fight was the first one when I was losing by two shido penalties against BAZARSAD Sumiyabazar (MGL) with 10 seconds left. I changed the scoreboard by scoring a waza-ari. Next week I go to the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. My big dream is to get to the Rio 2016 Olympics and give my best there.”

In the first semi-final GARRIGOS defeated Junior All Japan Championships winner HAYASHI Kohei (JPN) to end Japan’s hopes of a full house on day one. The Spaniard scored a yuko with a sumi-gaeshi and that minor score proved to be the pivotal moment as HAYASHI could not break down the spirited defence of his determined foe. In the second semi-final TSENDOCHIR saw off Qingdao Grand Prix gold medallist CHOI In Hyuk (KOR). TSENDOCHIR prevailed by way of a single shido penalty which separated the rivals after four minutes of action at the last four stage.

The first bronze medal was won by CHOI who beat Prague Junior European Cup winner Davud MAMMADOV (AZE) by a waza-ari while the second bronze medal went to Mehman SADIGOV (AZE) by ippon against HAYASHI as Japan missed out on a medal in the -60kg category. 

TSENDOCHIR Tsogtbaatar (MGL) vs GARRIGOS, Francisco (ESP)     

Bronze Medal Fights
CHOI, In Hyuk (KOR) vs MAMMADOV, Davud (AZE)  
HAYASHI, Kohei (JPN) vs SADIGOV, Mehman (AZE)  

Final Result
1. GARRIGOS, Francisco (ESP)                 
2. TSENDOCHIR Tsogtbaatar (MGL)         
3. CHOI, In Hyuk (KOR)       
3. SADIGOV, Mehman (AZE)         
5. MAMMADOV, Davud (AZE)    
5. HAYASHI, Kohei (JPN)          
7. DIAZ, Adonis (USA)    
7. REBAHI, Salim (ALG)         



10:00 Preliminaries on three tatami
17:00 Final block on two tatami

Junior women: -52kg, -57kg
Junior men: -66kg, -73kg


10:00 Preliminaries on three tatami
17:00 Final block on two tatami 

Women: -63kg, -70kg
Men: -81kg, -90kg


10:00 Preliminaries on three tatami
17:00 Final block on two tatami 

Women: -78kg, +78kg
Men: -100kg, +100kg

Sunday – Team Competition

10:00 Preliminaries on three tatami
17:00 Final block on one tatami

Junior women's team event
Junior mens team event 

Location: Broward County Convention Center