Saturday, March 28, 2015

Samsun Judo Grand Prix 2015 - DAY 2

(Via IJF)

-63kg | -70kg | -73kg | -81kg


SAMSUN GRAND PRIX CONTINUES ITS DELIVERY OF GREAT CHAMPIONS


 

The Samsun Grand Prix 2015 produced a brilliant second day of competition as four categories (men’s -73kg and -81kg and women’s -63kg and -70kg) were in action at the Yasar Dogu Sports Arena. 169 athletes competed in front of an enthusiastic all-red-dressed public, who came to support their home favourites and to cheer for the beautiful judo that has been delivered by the competitors for the last two days.



Young enthousiastic spectators today in the venue

The president of the Turkish Judo Federation, Mr. Fatih Uysal, declared during the opening ceremony: “Dear Mr. Minister, Dear Mr. Al-Tamimi, dear judoka, dear referees, dear officials and guest, dear spectators, dear friends, I am happy to welcome you all here in Samsun for the Judo Grand Prix 2015. I would like to thank the Minister of Sport, for supporting us, and I would like to thank the organising committee, which produced a great effort to organise such a high level competition. I wish to all of you, good success and I hope that you will leave our country happy.“

Mr. Naser Al-Tamimi, the IJF General Treasurer declared: “Dear Your Excellency, Mr. Minister of Youth and Sports, dear President of the Turkish Judo Federation. I am here in Samsun for the first time and I would like to thank the Federation for the great organisation. I wish to all of the participant’s good luck. I wish to all the spectators to enjoy the judo and I want to congratulate your country for the results of your athletes.“

Then Mr. Akif CAGATAY KILIC, Minister of Youth and Sport said: “Dear representatives of the International Judo Federation, dear President of the national Federation, dear public, dear judoka, it is an honour for me to be with you today in Samsun and to welcome all the participating delegations in our country. Congratulations to the Federation for their outstanding work to organise this Grand Prix and thank you to the IJF for supporting them in such a way. I wish good success to everybody and especially to our national team. I can see that this competition is very well organised and I hope that in the future we will be able to organise more events of that level.“

Then Mr. Akif CAGATAY KILIC and Mr. Naser Al-Tamimi, jointly declared the Samsun Grand Prix 2015 in Turkey officially open.


Mr. Naser Al-TAMIMI (left), Mr. Akif CAGATAY KILIC (center) and Mr. Fatih UYSAL (right) during the opening ceremony

Just before the start of the final block, Mr. Naser Al-Tamimi also added: “For two days, we already had very good judo. It’s interesting to watch and this event is a good preparation for all the athletes who came to Turkey. The organisation is good. The Turkish Judo Federation put a lot of effort to deliver a top level competition.“

Then Mr. Vladimir Barta, the IJF Head Sport Director, said: “The Turkish Judo Federation has reached a very good level of organisation and with one medal yesterday and one today, it is already a big success for Turkey, knowing that the level in particularly high. Yesterday and today, we have noticed that the number of winning scores is very high, which is very good for everybody.“

Daniel Lascau, the IJF Sport Director, confirmed Mr. Barta’s analysis: “The spirit of the athletes is very good. They want to win and win by ippon and this is true until the last second of the fights. Nothing is secured. Being a favourite doesn’t mean having a guarantee to win. The athletes must stay focused until the final gong. All competitors are focused on the Olympic qualification and every point is important. This is good for the athletes, the spectators and it looks really good in TV. I am also pleased to see the increase of level in ne-waza. More and more athletes are concluding their matches after a good groundwork session.“

Mr. Mohamed Meridja, the IJF Education and Coaching Director, said: “The motivation of everybody is particularly high. It is interesting to see that the judoka came here to win precious points for the Olympic qualification, but also to go to the World Judo Masters in May, which will be very valuable in terms of points. During the first two days, we have seen really beautiful judo, with a lot of action and engagement. The show is superb.“


Opening ceremony


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WOMEN

-63kg: VAN EMDEN Brings the Gold Back to the Netherlands

The final opposed the top seeded athlete Anicka VAN EMDEN (NED), bronze medallist of the 2013 World Championships (Rio) and the third seeded athlete of the category, Hilde DREXLER (AUT), her teammate and second seed, Kathrin UNTERWURZACHER (AUT) having been eliminated during the preliminary rounds.

The first strong attack came from the Dutch side, VAN EMDEN launching a right-side shoulder technique for no score. The second attack of the Dutch athlete was more precise, her sode-tsuri-komi-goshi being rewarded with a yuko, while DREXLER was also penalised for passivity. Despite a stronger kumikata (grip), the Austrian was incapable of finding any opportunity to score and was even penalised a second time, VAN EMDEN easily controlling until the final gong.

Anicka VAN EMDEN said: “I am very happy. I felt very good all day long. I was the top seeded athlete of the category. But it doesn’t guarantee the victory anymore because the level is very high. It feels really good to have a perfect day and to stand on the top of the podium at the end. I won several medals over the past months, but I am back on the top and I am happy“.


In the first bronze medal contest, Ekaterina VALKOVA (RUS) and Alice SCHLESINGER (GBR), who is now competing for Great Britain, were opposed for a place on the podium. SCHLESINGER demonstrated her perfect technique, throwing her opponent with a superb koshi-guruma technique, VALKOVA landing in a bridge position. This attempt from the Russian to escape, automatically gave the victory to the British, as bridge position is not allowed.

The second Dutch athlete, Juul FRANSSEN, and the second British fighter of the category, Gemma HOWELL, met for the last spot on the podium. A few seconds were necessary for FRANSSEN to score a first waza-ari with an opportunistic counterattack. Then she just had to control her opponent to make sure that she was the one the step on the podium.

Final
VAN EMDEN, Anicka (NED) vs. DREXLER, Hilde (AUT)

Bronze Medal Fights
VALKOVA, Ekaterina (RUS) vs. SCHLESINGER, Alice (GBR)
FRANSSEN, Juul (NED) vs. HOWELL, Gemma (GBR)


Final Results
1. VAN EMDEN, Anicka (NED)
2. DREXLER, Hilde (AUT)
3. FRANSSEN, Juul (NED)
3. SCHLESINGER, Alice (GBR)
5. HOWELL, Gemma (GBR)
5. VALKOVA, Ekaterina (RUS)
7. KATIPOGLU, Busra (TUR)
7. TSEDEVSUREN, Munkhzaya (MGL)


-70kg: BOLDER Stronger than ALVEAR
With no surprise, top seeded athlete and two-time world champion, Yuri ALVEAR (COL), entered the final of the women’s -70kg category. Competing now for Israel, Linda BOLDER joined the Columbian hero to determine who would top the podium on the occasion of the second day of competition in Samsun.

With her red back number, the current world champion is easily recognisable, but this did not intimidate Linda BOLDER who executed a perfect counterattack (ko-soto-gari) after the o-uchi-gari attempt of ALVEAR. Within a second, the Columbian was on her back, with force, speed and control, and Linda Bolder had a huge smile on her face.

Linda BOLDER said: “I am super happy tonight, because I changed nationality and I am now competing for Israel, so I lost all my points. With this victory, I am back in the World Ranking List and I qualified for the European Games. In the final I was against the three times world champion, but that was really not a problem, because I had good sensations throughout my competition day. It was an instinctive reaction to Alvear’s attack and I was successful. I am happy for my new team, which is helping me a lot.“


Brazilian, Maria PORTELA, winner of the Moscow Grand Slam in 2012 and today world number 22, and TSEND AYUSH Naranjargal (MGL), who won the Ulaanbaatar Grand Prix last year, also qualified for the final block to determine the destination of the first bronze medal. Maria PORTELA quickly scored a waza-ari, but she was not able to control TSEND AYUSH Naranjargal, who put tremendous pressure on her shoulders and the Brazilian was penalised four times, for hansoku-make.

The second bronze medal fight opposed Roxane TAEYMANS (BEL) and Sally CONWAY (GBR), silver medallist on the occasion of last year’s Baku Grand Slam. Roxane TAEYMANS was rapidly penalised with a first shido for stepping outside on the fighting area, followed by two other penalties, when the British athlete was only penalised two times, enough for her to reach the podium of the Samsun Grand Prix this year.

Final
ALVEAR, Yuri (COL) vs. BOLDER, Linda (ISR)

Bronze Medal Fights
PORTELA, Maria (BRA) vs. TSEND AYUSH, Naranjargal (MGL)
TAEYMANS, Roxane (BEL) vs. CONWAY, Sally (GBR)


Final Results
1. BOLDER, Linda (ISR)
2. ALVEAR, Yuri (COL)
3. CONWAY, Sally (GBR)
3. TSEND AYUSH, Naranjargal (MGL)
5. PORTELA, Maria (BRA)
5. TAEYMANS, Roxane (BEL)
7. MARZOK, Iljana (GER)
7. ROBRA, Juliane (SUI)


MEN

-73kg: ORUJOV Disappoints the Local Public but Great Fair play

To the delight of the numerous public of the Yasar Dogu Sports Arena, Hasan VANLIOGLU (TUR) created a big sensation by entering the final of the day in the men’s -73kg category. For that he successively defeated SUN Shuai (CHN) by ippon, Igor WANDTKE (GER) by penalties, Akil GJAKOVA (KOS), Nugzari TATALASHVILI (GEO) by yuko and the top seeded competitor Dex ELMONT (NED) by penalties. In the final he was opposed to Rustam ORUJOV (AZE), winner of the Baku Grand Slam in 2013.

The most awaited fight of the day could begin under the hurrahs of the public, but after three minutes, Hasan VANLIOGLU was in a difficult situation having been penalised three times, while Rustam ORUJOV had only received two shidos. The sound level raised again, when the Azeri fighter also received a third penalty. When the gong echoed in the venue, both athletes had three shido. It was time for the golden score, where everything is possible. 27 seconds were necessary for Rustam ORUJOV to suddenly surprise his opponent with a quick left handed uki-goshi for ippon. In a beautiful sportsmanship gesture, ORUJOV raised VANLIOGLU’s arm to celebrate the local silver medallist.

Rustam ORUJOV said: “I had a perfect day. Everything went well until the final where I had an extra pressure due to the fact that I was against a Turkish athlete, but that didn’t bother me at all. I did my judo. It’s only the beginning of the season but that a very good result.“


The first bronze medal fight opposed the winner of Ulaanbaatar Grand Prix in 2014, Nugzari TATALASHVILI (GEO) and the bronze medallist of the last World Championships in Chelyabinsk, Victor SCVORTOV from the United Arab Emirates. Totally controlled by the strong kumikata of the Georgian, SCVORTOV was not able to engaged a single powerful attack and was even penalised with a shido, which looked enough to give the win to TATALASHVILI until the last three seconds. SCVORTOV launched an attack for no score on the edge of the fighting area but was able to immediately follow it on the floor to catch his opponent with an unstable immobilisation. However, this was enough for SCVORTOV to win one more medal for the United Arab Emirates on the occasion of a major international event.

The second bronze medal fight would secure another medal for the Dutch delegation as the two teammates Sam VAN T WESTENDE (NED) and Dex ELMONT (NED) faced off for the right to step on the podium. World number one ELMONT finally won the bronze with two waza-ari giving no chance to VAN T WESTENDE.

Final
VANLIOGLU, Hasan (TUR) vs. ORUJOV, Rustam (AZE)

Bronze Medal Fights
TATALASHVILI, Nugzari (GEO) vs. SCVORTOV, Victor (UAE)
VAN T WESTENDE, Sam (NED) vs. ELMONT, Dex (NED)


Final Results
1. ORUJOV, Rustam (AZE)
2. VANLIOGLU, Hasan (TUR)
3. ELMONT, Dex (NED)
3. SCVORTOV, Victor (UAE)
5. TATALASHVILI, Nugzari (GEO)
5. VAN T WESTENDE, Sam (NED)
7. ALVES, Andre (POR)
7. RAHIMLI, Huseyn (AZE)
                         


-81kg: 2013 World Champions Reigns in Samsun


The last category of the day was the largest of the whole competition as 58 athletes were in action. Among the favourites, the 2013 world champion from France, Loïc PIETRI, and the finalist of the last Tokyo Grand Slam in December 2014, Sergiu TOMA (UAE) were the strongest and entered the final, even if their way to the podium was not an easy one. In the absence of world number one and Georgian hero, Avtandili TCHRIKISHVILI, PIETRI was the top seeded athlete of the category. Despite the fact that he was looking a bit slow and tired, the French fighter secured four victories: Aliaksandr STSIASHENKA (BLR), UNGVARI Attila (HUN), ZOLOEV Vladimir (KYR) and Ushangi MARGIANI (GEO) while TOMA won against Andranik CHAPARYAN (ARM), Ivan VOROBEV (RUS), OTGONBAATAR Uuganbaatar (MGL) and Saeid MOLLAEI (IRI).

The first five minutes consisted of a kumikata battle, both athletes perfectly neutralising one another. Three more minutes were necessary to finally discover the last winner of the day. Totally exhausted after more than eight minutes of battling, TOMA tried a last leg attack, immediately countered by PIETRI for ippon.

“For me it was the best scenario. It feel really good to win such a tournament. There were a lot of athletes this morning having the potential to win the competition. I am in the middle of my preparation for the World Championships. I am not ready yet. Of course I am happy to win, but the objective was to compete, to do judo, my judo. Now I am always among the favorites. The situation is different from a fews years ago. I have to adapt. In the final, against TOMA, who is a very strong opponent, we were not able to find the solution, but I felt confident. At one point, I tried to change the direction of attack, and he put me in danger. So I went back to my classics and then he changed direction, so I took the opportunity to produce my effort for a great ippon.“


The first bronze medal contest opposed the winner of the 2015 first Grand Prix in Düsseldorf, Joachim BOTTIEAU (BEL) and MOLLAEI, Saeid (IRI). The Iranian secured his place on the podium with a waza-ari scored with a variant of kata-guruma.

In the second bronze medal fight, number 19 in the World Ranking List, OTGONBAATAR Uuganbaatar (MGL) faced the Tbilisi Grand Prix 2015 silver medallist, Ushangi MARGIANI (GEO). After one minute and thirty seconds, MARGIANI scored the first waza-ari with a counterattack. One minute later, it was OTGONBAATAR’s turn to score waza-ari with a superb shoulder movement. One minute later, a clear koshi-waza technique for ippon offered the victory to MARGIANI.

Final
PIETRI, Loic (FRA) vs. TOMA, Sergiu (UAE)

Bronze Medal Fights
BOTTIEAU, Joachim (BEL) vs. MOLLAEI, Saeid (IRI)
OTGONBAATAR, Uuganbaatar (MGL) vs. MARGIANI, Ushangi (GEO)


Final Results
1. PIETRI, Loic (FRA)
2. TOMA, Sergiu (UAE)
3. MARGIANI, Ushangi (GEO)
3. MOLLAEI, Saeid (IRI)
5. BOTTIEAU, Joachim (BEL)
5. OTGONBAATAR, Uuganbaatar (MGL)
7. PENALBER, Victor (BRA)
7. ZOLOEV, Vladimir (KGZ)

Friday, March 27, 2015

Samsun Judo Grand Prix 2015 - DAY 1

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-48kg | -52kg | -57kg | -60kg | -66kg 

SAMSUN GRAND PRIX ALREADY A SUCCESS


184 athletes competed on the tatami at the ‘Yasar Dogu Sports Arena’ in Samsun, Turkey on the occasion of the opening day of the Samsun Grand Prix 2015. After three fantastic days of judo in Tbilisi last weekend, all judoka came to Turkey to win some more important points for the Olympic qualification. Thus, on day one the women’s -48kg, -52kg and -57kg categories and men’s -60kg and -66kg categories kicked off the action.


Just before the start of the final block, which saw the best 30 players of the day, competing for medals, the President of the Turkish Judo Federation, Mr. Fatih Uysal, explained to the IJF what this Grand Prix represents for his country: “This is the third time that we organise the Grand Prix in Samsun and every year we increase the level. This year we have put a lot of efforts on the preparation of the hall, the transportation and the catering. The number of participants (judoka and countries) has increased a lot compared to the last editions of the event and I am confident that next year the level will be even stronger knowing that we will come closer to the Olympic Games. The Turkish government and local authorities from the Province and city of Samsun were very supportive throughout the process of organising the Grand Prix. We have been working hand in hand for many years.


Such a big event is very positive for Turkey. It is a good promotion of our country and it helps to demonstrate our hospitality. Having 499 athletes representing 68 delegations is very important. I do hope that all of them will go back home with a very good image of Turkey. For us the priority is that the IJF is confident in our capacity to host a Grand Prix of such a level. I would like to thank all participants, referees, officials, spectators and media who attend the event.

This year, we also put a lot of effort on the promotion. For more than three weeks, nobody could miss the information about the Grand Prix. Throughout the city of Samsun, there are advertising boards. Public relations campaigns were conducted throughout the city and the province to attract as much people as possible to watch judo, live in the venue or on TV.

Today, Turkish judo is growing. We had some very good results in the past and today we are building the next generation of champions. We are strong in some categories. For those top athletes, the idea is to meet the best judo players in the world. As the organising country, we can have up to four athletes per weight category. We use the full quota, to also give the chance to young judoka to discover what the world top level means. The Olympic Games are coming closer and I hope that our team will be very strong in Rio 2016.“

Mr. Mehmet Yilmaz, general coordinator of the organizing committee, gave some more details about the organization: “This event offers the opportunity to all the Turkish staff to get some experience. After three editions of the Grand Prix, we really start to have an experienced team made of technicians from the Federation and from the local people. They are 60 people from the federation working in the hall and also 60 people from the region involved to run the event. We have been working for three months to deliver the best event possible and especially the last week which has been very busy for everybody.“


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WOMEN

-48kg: PARETO Unchallenged in Samsun

The first surprise of the day came from the early defeat of world number one, MUNKHBAT Urantsetseg (MGL), eliminated in the first round by the Polish judoka, Ewa KONIECZNY, whose best result to date was a bronze medal in Rijeka in 2013. KONIECZNY was then defeated by the future finalist Nathalia BRIGIDA (BRA). In the final the Brazilian faced, world number four and silver medallist of the last World Championships in Russia, Paula PARETO (ARG). In the same half of the draw as the world silver medallist, the current Olympic champion, Sarah MENEZES, could not do better than to qualify for the bronze final after having been beaten by Monica UNGUREANU (ROU) in the preliminary rounds.

BRIGIDA was penalized with a first shido when she stepped outside of the fighting area after a few seconds. Just before the first minute, Pareto who looked dominated by the long arms of BRIGIDA, engaged a right handed drop-sode-tsuri-komi-goshi for a beautiful waza-ari. A few strategic penalties later, the Argentinian could finally let her joy explode, confirming that she is one of the best judoka in the world in this weight category.


After her win against the Olympic champion MENEZES, Monica UNGUREANU, winner of the Qingdao Grand Prix in 2014, conceded the victory in the semi-finals and then was opposed to the double African champion, Taciana LIMA (GBS), for a place on the podium. After one minute and fifteen seconds, the scoreboard was already showing three yuko, one for UNGUREANU and two for LIMA, who twice scored with a beautiful o-uchi-gari, one in the middle of the tatami, the other on the edge of the fighting area. LIMA was then penalised twice with shidos for false attacks. Only twenty seconds were remaining when she was penalised again getting very close to the disqualification, but the athlete from Guinea Bissau could maintain her advantage to win a beautiful bronze medal.

For the second bronze medal, a misfiring Sarah MENEZES was opposed to the local athlete, Dilara LOKMANHEKIM (TUR), who until the semi-final, where she was defeated by PARETO, had achieved victories throughout the preliminary rounds in front of her public. After a first strong attempt, MENEZES tried to escape the counterattack of her opponent but was penalised for a false attack with a shido, giving the smallest advantage to LOKMANHEKIM, but enough to generate and audible approval from the home fans. A little later the Turkish athlete was penalised for passivity to restore parity. A little more than one minute was remaining, when MENEZES and LOKMANHEKIM launched several simultaneous attacks, which ended with osaekomi just outside of the competition area in favour of the Brazilian. However, MENEZES, was able to maintain the grip only for seven seconds and not long enough to score. The fight seemed to end with this tight score when one second before the final gong, MENEZES launched a last false attack for a shido, offering the victory to LOKMANHEKIM for a first medal for the home delegation.

Final
BRIGIDA, Nathalia (BRA) vs. PARETO, Paula (ARG)

Bronze Medal Fights
LIMA, Taciana (GBS) vs. UNGUREANU, Monica (ROU)
MENEZES, Sarah (BRA) vs. LOKMANHEKIM, Dilara (TUR)


Final Results
1. PARETO, Paula (ARG)
2. BRIGIDA, Nathalia (BRA)
3. LIMA, Taciana (GBS)
3. LOKMANHEKIM, Dilara (TUR)
5. MENEZES, Sarah (BRA)
5. UNGUREANU, Monica (ROU)
7. ERDENETSOGT, Gerelmaa (MGL)
7. KONIECZNY, Ewa (POL)



-52kg: KRASNIQI in the Shadow of KELMENDI

Winner of the last Grand Prix, one week ago in Tbilisi, Jaana SUNDBERG (FIN) came to Turkey full of confidence but she was quickly defeated by Larisa FLORIAN (ROU) in the preliminary rounds. This was the perfect scenario for the experienced Ilse HEYLEN (BEL) to enter for the second time in a row (after Tbilisi last weekend) into the final of a major international event. In the final she faced the Kosovan, Distria KRASNIQI, who demonstrated throughout the competition that double world champion Majlinda KELMENDI is not the only top level athlete of the country to be able to reach World Judo Tour podiums.


Having exactly the double of age of her opponent, Ilse HEYLEN remains one of the toughest athletes of the category. Never tired of winning medals at the international level, the Belgian shows that when the desire to win still exists everything is possible. But today, Distria KRASNIQI proved with her young age that she also represents the future generation of champions, after having thrown HEYLEN with a o-soto-gari for waza-ari.

Distria KRASNIQI said: “I feel really happy. Everything went perfectly well today. I know that Majlinda Kelmendi is already to world number one in the category and I am not here to challenge her. She is the best. But it’s good to have some opposition.“

The first bronze medal fight saw Agata PERENC (POL) and Kelly EDWARDS (GBR) fighting for a medal. The medal went to Agata PERENC (POL) who scored a waza-ari with a strong arai-akikomi. Jaana SUNDBERG (FIN) and Gili COHEN (ISR) having been defeated in the early rounds, the next favourite to enter the final block was ADIYASAMBUU Tsolmon (MGL).

In the second bronze medal fight, she was opposed to Lisa KEARNEY (IRL), world number 30 and only owner of continental open medals so far. After 35 seconds, both athletes were penalised with a shido for passivity. ADIYASAMBUU was penalised a second time for a false attack, giving a small advantage to the Irish fighter. Even if several more penalties were distributed on both sides, Lisa KEARNEY, who had already one foot on the podium, could finally totally step on it.

Final
HEYLEN, Ilse (BEL) vs. KRASNIQI, Distria (KOS)

Bronze Medal Fights
PERENC, Agata (POL) vs. EDWARDS, Kelly (GBR)
ADIYASAMBUU, Tsolmon (MGL) vs. KEARNEY, Lisa (IRL)


Final Results
1. KRASNIQI, Distria (KOS)
2. HEYLEN, Ilse (BEL)
3. KEARNEY, Lisa (IRL)
3. PERENC, Agata (POL)
5. ADIYASAMBUU, Tsolmon (MGL)
5. EDWARDS, Kelly (GBR)
7. FLORIAN, Larisa (ROU)
7. TSCHOPP, Evelyne (SUI)


-57kg: WAECHTER in for Gold in Turkey

As the top seeded athlete of the category, Sabrina FILZMOSER (AUT), was eliminated during the first rounds, the last female final of the day opposed the bronze medallist of the last world championships in Chelyabinsk, Sanne VERHAGEN (NED) and Viola WAECHTER (GER), who was not among the favourites at the beginning of the day.

Taller than her opponent, WAECHTER produced a first attempt to score with a uchi-mata, but as VERHAGEN was reacting backwards, the German combined with an extraordinary o-soto-gari for a clear ippon.

Viola WAECHTER said: “Technically and mentally speaking I was on the top all day long. It was hard, tough and very long, but I remained focus throughout the day. I am happy that I could score with different technic and even in ne-waza. I concluded the day with a fantastic movement. This is good. Tomorrow I’m going back home and then we are leaving for a two-week-training-camp in Japan.“


The first bronze medal fight opposed the second German athlete of the category, Johanna MUELLER (GER) and the silver medallist of the last Olympic Games Corina CAPRIORIU (ROU), who was defeated by WAECHTER in the semi-final. But while one German was destined for gold, this time CAPRIORIU did not release the pressure to score a yuko with a tomo-nage, before controlling the rest of the fight for a place on the podium.

In the second bronze medal contest, the bronze medallist of the last year Ulaanbaatar Grand Prix, Tina ZELTNER (AUT) faced Nekoda SMYTHE DAVIS (GBR), who also obtained a bronze medal last year on the occasion of a World Judo Tour event, but that was in Astana, where the upcoming World Championships are going to be held in August 2015. An incredible scenario was offered to the public by both athletes, Tina ZELTNER leading with a yuko and a waza-ari before Nekoda SMYTHE DAVIS came back to finally win the medal.

Final
VERHAGEN, Sanne (NED) vs. WAECHTER, Viola (GER)

Bronze Medal Fights
MUELLER, Johanna (GER) vs. CAPRIORIU, Corina (ROU)
ZELTNER, Tina (AUT) vs. SMYTHE DAVIS, Nekoda (GBR)


Final Results
1. WAECHTER, Viola (GER)
2. VERHAGEN, Sanne (NED)
3. CAPRIORIU, Corina (ROU)
3. SMYTHE DAVIS, Nekoda (GBR)
5. MUELLER, Johanna (GER)
5. ZELTNER, Tina (AUT)
7. GJAKOVA, Nora (KOS)
7. PODOLAK, Arleta (POL)
                   


MEN

-60kg: Second Gold in a Row for LUTFILLAEV (UZB)

World number 10 and winner of the Tbilisi Grand Prix last weekend, Sharafuddin LUTFILLAEV (UZB) qualified again for the final after his victories against Aibek IMASHEV (KAZ), Mehman SADIGOV (AZE), Lukhumi CHKHVIMIANI (GEO) and Robert MSHVIDOBADZE (RUS). In the final, he was opposed to Orkhan SAFAROV (AZE), who was the second top seeded athlete of the category.

The first dangerous attack came from the Azeri side, with a drop-shoulder movement, but for no score. More active than LUTFILLAEV, SAFAROV seemed to have a little advantage despite the shido he got at the start of the final. But totally missing his control on one of his attempts to score, LUTFILLAEV was perfectly counterattacked with a o-soto-gari for waza-ari. The Uzbek then scored a yuko with a modified kata-guruma but this was not enough to come back, Sharafuddin LUTFILLAEV earning a first gold medal for Uzbekistan on the occasion of the 2015 edition of the Grand Prix.

Sharafuddin LUTFILLAEV: “I felt good all day long, as last week in Tbilisi. It is a good series for me and for Uzbekistan. I am happy that Rishod also got the gold today.“


For the first bronze medal fight, Lukhumi CHKHVIMIANI (GEO) faced Diyorbek UROZBOEV (UZB), finalist of the last Tashkent Grand Prix. CHKHVIMIANI was penalised with a first shido just before the second minute. A little later, being less active than his opponent, the Georgian was again penalised for passivity and things looked really complicated when he received his third penalty for stepping outside of the competition area. Putting pressure on UROZBOEV, CHKHVIMIANI forced his opponent into receiving two shidos, which was still not enough for victory, but this pressure finally paid off as the Georgian counterattacked a very last time for yuko a few seconds before the final gong, giving him the victory and the bronze medal.

In the second bronze medal contest, the 19-year-old TSENDOCHIR Tsogtbaatar (MGL) and Robert MSHVIDOBADZE (RUS), bronze medallist last year in Qingdao and Samsun, were opposed for a place on the podium. Exactly at the halfway point of the match, the Mongolian fighter had a small advantage of one shido and despite his young age looked more active than his opponent, perfectly controlling him and launching opportunistic attacks to finally win the match and step on the podium. It’s probably not the last time that the name of TSENDOCHIR Tsogtbaatar will echo in a judo venue.

Final
LUTFILLAEV, Sharafuddin (UZB) vs. SAFAROV, Orkhan (AZE)

Bronze Medal Fights
CHKHVIMIANI, Lukhumi (GEO) vs. UROZBOEV, Diyorbek (UZB)
TSENDOCHIR, Tsogtbaatar (MGL) vs. MSHVIDOBADZE, Robert (RUS)


Final Results
1. LUTFILLAEV, Sharafuddin (UZB)
2. SAFAROV, Orkhan (AZE)
3. CHKHVIMIANI, Lukhumi (GEO)
3. TSENDOCHIR, Tsogtbaatar (MGL)
5. MSHVIDOBADZE, Robert (RUS)
5. UROZBOEV, Diyorbek (UZB)
7. DASHDAVAA, Amartuvshin (MGL)
7. KHOUSROF, Ali (YEM)



-66kg: SOBIROV Back on the Top of the Category

The last male final of the day opposed the top seeded athlete of the category DAVAADORJ Tumurkhuleg from Mongolia and former World and World Masters champion Rishod SOBIROV (UZB) who after an early defeat last week in Georgia showed that he was still a great fighter.

After the first minute of the fight only penalties were distributed and it looked like the final will continue on the same rhythm, DAVAADORJ controlling all attacks from SOBIROV, and the Uzbek being penalised for false attacks or for stepping outside of the competition area but suddenly the former world champion launched a majestic uchi-mata for waza-ari, before DAVAADORJ caught him on the floor with an immobilisation but for no score.

Rishod Sobirov said: “Last weekend was a bad day for me, today is a good one. I feel good to be on the top of the podium again. Now we can really prepare the next challenges and especially the Astana World Championships.“


Having three penalties against him made the situation a little more complicated for SOBIROV but he beautifully concluded the fight with a counterattack for ippon. The first bronze medal contest opposed the bronze medallist of the 2014 Zagreb Grand Prix, Adrian GOMBOC (SLO) and the winner of the Asian Open in Taipei, Sergiu OLEINIC (POR), who after a period of observation, applied an unstoppable strangulation technique for ippon, giving no chance for GOMBOC to escape.

Tristan PEIKRISHVILI (GEO) and Abdula ABDULZHALILOV (RUS) concluded the series of bronze medal fights of the day. ABDULZHALILOV scored the first with a counterattack (ura-nage) for yuko. After he was penalised with a shido for a defensive position, ABDULZHALILOV scored again but this time for waza-ari. Only ippon was missing but not for long as the Russian launched an incredibly powerful o-soto-otoshi.

Final
DAVAADORJ, Tumurkhuleg (MGL) vs. SOBIROV, Rishod (UZB)

Bronze Medal Fights
GOMBOC, Adrian (SLO) vs. OLEINIC, Sergiu (POR)
PEIKRISHVILI, Tristan (GEO) vs. ABDULZHALILOV, Abdula (RUS)


Final Results
1. SOBIROV, Rishod (UZB)
2. DAVAADORJ, Tumurkhuleg (MGL)
3. ABDULZHALILOV, Abdula (RUS)
3. OLEINIC, Sergiu (POR)
5. GOMBOC, Adrian (SLO)
5. PEIKRISHVILI, Tristan (GEO)
7. CHIBANA, Charles (BRA)
7. FLICKER, Tal (ISR)
         

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Samsun Grand Prix 2015 - PREVIEW

(Via IJF)


SAMSUN ATTRACKS THE WORLD


499 athletes (311 men and 188 women) from 68 countries will gather together during the next three days on the tatami of the ‘Yasar Dogu Sports Arena’ in Samsun, Turkey. With a seating capacity of 7,500 spectators, the venue was officially opened in 2013, when the first Turkish Grand Prix was organized in the capital city of the Samsun Province, one of the major black sea ports.


The official draw of the competition took place today at the Serra Hotel in front of a large audience of heads of delegations, who were keen to find out what would be the chances of their athletes to collect some precious points for the Olympic qualification. Exactly one week after the Tbilisi Grand Prix 2015 in Georgia, the IJF is now stopping in Turkey and is attracting the best judoka in the world for this third IJF competition of the 2015 World Judo Tour.

It is the also the third time that the city of Samsun welcomes the world judo family. During the draw, Mr. Naser Al Tamimi, IJF General Treasurer, said: "Dear judo friends, I am very honoured to welcome you here in Samsun. Thank you very much to the Turkish Judo Federation and to the IJF team for organising this event. I wish you a very good stay and good luck to all the participants."

Mr. Fatih Uysal, President of the Turkish Judo Federation declared: "On behalf of the Turkish Judo Federation, I am pleased to welcome guests, participants and spectators to this Grand Prix in Turkey. The Samsun Grand Prix 2015 will be the third major event of this season. Such a great tournament contributes to the development of judo in Turkey. Throughout the weekend, we will follow world and Olympic medallist and talented judoka, trying to get more points for their qualification to the upcoming Games in Rio 2016. I wish all the participants an interesting and fair tournament. We are happy to welcome you in Turkey."


The draw was conducted by Mr. Vladimir Barta, IJF Head Sport Director, who underlined the high level of the competition: "Every event is now important. Having almost 500 athletes from 68 countries here in Turkey is a record. I am also very pleased to see a full Turkish team, which shows how judo has become a major sport in the country. I want to congratulate Mr. Fatih Uysal and his team for their outstanding work and achievement."

Within 25 minutes, the official draw, led by Mr. Daniel Lascau, IJF Sport Director, was delivered to the delegations. After the draw Mr. Barta, Mr. Uysal, together with Mr. Güven Ozyurt, Youth and Sport Manager of the city of Samsun and Mr. Mehmet Yilmaz, General Coordinator of the organizing committee participated in the official press conference. Mr. Ozyurt said: "Thank you very much to the IJF for guiding the Turkish Judo Federation to organize such a beautiful competition and to give to the city of Samsun the possibility to host the event. Samsun is a city dedicated to the promotion of sports. Thanks to the Governor of the Samsun Province and the Mayor of the city, we have been organising major sporting events, which attract a lot of attention. I particularly want to thank the media and especially our national television TRT, which is covering the event. For the public in Samsun, this is also very important. The Grand Prix is a good promotion for our city and judo definitely shows the example to other sports."

Mr. Fatih Uysal added: "I want to thank Mr. Marius Vizer and his professional team, who are so much supportive of all our efforts to deliver the best event possible. Thank you also to the Minister of Youth and Sport. Without their long-time support, we wouldn’t be able to achieve our goals. For more than three weeks, a lot of public relations were conducted throughout the city. Judo was and is at the centre of all attention and is present in all corners of the city as well as at the national level. The Grand Prix is one of the biggest competitions in the world."



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Find hereafter the top 8 seeded athletes per weight category, their World Ranking List position and their best results.

WOMEN

-48kg

MUNKHBAT Urantsetseg (MGL - WRL1) - World Championships Rio de Janeiro 2013: 1. place, Grand Slam Abu Dhabi 2014: 1. place, Grand Slam Baku 2014: 1. place
MENEZES Sarah (BRA - WRL2) - Olympic Games London 2012: 1. place, Grand Slam Tyumen 2014: 1. place, Grand Slam Moscow 2013: 1. place
PARETO Paula (ARG - WRL4) - World Championships Chelyabinsk 2014: 2. place, Grand Slam Rio de Janeiro 2012: 1. place, Grand Slam Tokyo 2014: 3. place
LIMA Taciana (GBS - WRL6) - African Championships Vacoa Fenix 2014: 1. place, African Championships Maputo 2013: 1. place, Grand Slam Abu Dhabi 2014: 3. place
CHERNIAK Maryna (UKR - WRL7) - Grand Prix Jeju 2014: 2. place, Grand Prix Samsun 2014: 2. place, Grand Prix Tblisi 2014: 2. place
VAN SNICK Charline (BEL - WRL11) - Grand Prix Dusseldorf: 1. place, Grand Prix Tashkent 2014: 1. place, Grand Prix Samsun 2013: 1. place
UNGUREANU Monica (ROU - WRL13) - Grand Prix Qingdao 2014: 1. place, Grand Prix Zagreb 2014: 1. place, Grand Slam Moscow 2013: 3. place
FIGUEROA Julia (ESP - WRL17) - Grand Prix Zagreb 2014: 2. place, Grand Prix Havana 2014: 3. place, Grand Prix Jeju 2013: 3. place

-52kg

SUNDBERG Jaana (FIN - WRL 6) - Grand Slam Moscow 2013: 1. place, Grand Slam Baku 2013: 1. place, Grand Slam Paris 2014: 2. place
COHEN Gili (ISR - WRL10) - Grand Prix Tblisi 2014: 1. place, Grand Slam Moscow 2013: 3. place, Grand Prix Tashkent 2013: 2. place
ADIYASAMBUU Tsolmon (MGL - WRL13) - Masters Tyumen 2013: 2. place, Grand Slam Baku 2013: 2. place, Grand Prix Tashkent 2014: 2. place
HEYLEN Ilse (BEL - WRL14) - Grand Prix Tashkent 2013: 1. place, Grand Prix Almaty 2013: 1. place, Grand Prix Rijeka 2013: 2. place
GOMEZ Laura (ESP - WRL15) - Grand Prix Abu Dhabi 2013: 2. place, European Championships Budapest 2013: 3. place, Masters Baku 2011: 3. place
GNETO Priscilla (FRA - WRL20) - Grand Slam Baku 2014: 2. place, Olympic Games London 2012: 3. place, Grand Prix Baku 2011: 1. place
MUNKHBAATAR Bundmaa (MGL - WRL23) - Grand Prix Jeju 2013: 1. place, Grand Slam Moscow 2011: 1. place, Grand Slam Paris 2011: 1. place
KEARNEY Lisa (IRL - WRL30) - Oceanian Open Wollongong 2014: 1. place, African Open Port Louis 2013: 1. place, Panamerican Open Buenos Aires 2013: 1. place

-57kg

FILZMOSER Sabrina (AUT - WRL5) - Grand Slam Baku 2014: 1. place, Grand Prix Samsun 2013: 1. place, European Championships Budapest 2013: 2. place
DORJSUREN Sumiya (MGL - WRL6) - Masters Tyumen 2013: 1. place, Grand Prix Ulaanbaatar 2013: 1. place, Grand Slam Baku 2013: 3. place
CAPRIORIU Corina (ROU - WRL8) - Olympic Games London 2012: 2. place, Grand Prix Tashkent 2014: 1. place, Grand Prix Qingdao 2013: 1. place
ZABLUDINA Irina (RUS - WRL17) - Grand Prix Tblisi 2014: 1. place, European Championships Budapest 2013: 3. place, Grand Prix Dusseldorf 2014: 3. place
VERHAGEN Sanne (NED - WRL18) - World Championships Chelyabinsk 2014: 3. place, Grand Prix Qingdao 2014: 3. place, European Open Madrid 2014: 1. place
OHAI Loredana (ROU - WRL20) - Grand Slam Tyumen 2014: 3. place, Grand Slam Paris 2013: 3. place, Grand Prix Zagreb 2014: 3. place
MINAKAWA Camila (ISR - WRL23) - Grand Prix Tashkent 2014: 2. place, Grand Prix Almaty 2013: 2. place, Grand Slam Rio de Janeiro 2012: 3. place
SMYTHE DAVIS Nekoda (GBR - WRL28) - Grand Prix Astana 2014: 3. place, Oceanian Open Wollongong 2014: 1. place, African Open Port Louis 2014: 1. place

-63kg

VAN EMDEN Anicka (NED - WRL4) - World Championships Rio de Janeiro 2013: 3. place, Grand Slam Abu Dhabi 2014: 2. place, Grand Slam Moscow 2013: 2. place
UNTERWURZACHER Kathrin (AUT - WRL5) - Grand Slam Baku 2014: 2. place, Grand Prix Samsun 2014: 1. place, Grand Prix Abu Dhabi 2013: 1. place
DREXLER Hilde (AUT - WRL13) - Grand Slam Tyumen 2014: 3. place, Grand Prix Tashkent 2013: 3. place, Grand Slam Moscow 2012: 3. place
ZOUAK Rizlen (MAR - WRL14) - African Championships Maputo 2013: 1. place, Grand Prix Samsun 2014: 2. place, African Championships Agadir 2012: 1. place
MARTIN Hannah (USA - WRL18) - Grand Prix Tashkent 2013: 2. place, Panamerican Championships San Jose 2013: 3. place, Grand Prix Abu Dhabi 2013: 3. place
AGOUAR Imene (ALG - WRL19) - African Championships Vacoa Fenix 2014: 1. place, African Championships Maputo 2013: 2. place, African Open Port Louis 2014: 2. place
PUCHE Isabel (ESP - WRL20) - Grand Prix Jeju 2014: 2. place, Grand Prix Rijeka 2013: 2. place, African Open Casablanca 2014: 2. place
HAECKER Katharina (AUS - WRL22) - Oceanian Championships Auckland 2014: 1. place, Oceanian Open Wollongong 2014: 1. place

-70kg

ALVEAR Yuri (COL - WRL4) - World Championships Chelyabinsk 2014: 1. place, World Championships Rio de Janeiro 2013: 1. place, Panamerican Championships Guayaquil 2014: 1. place
GRAF Bernadette (AUT - WRL5) - Grand Slam Moscow 2013: 1. place, Grand Slam Abu Dhabi 2014: 2. place, Grand Prix Astana 2014: 1. place
NIANG Assmaa (MAR - WRL6) - African Championships Maputo 2013: 1. place, Grand Prix Dusseldorf 2014: 1. place, Grand Prix Qingdao 2014: 2. place
CONWAY Sally (GBR - WRL7) - Grand Slam Baku 2014: 2. place, Grand Prix Samsun 2013: 1. place, Grand Slam Baku 2013: 3. place
MARZOK Iljana (GER - WRL13) - Grand Prix Qingdao 2014: 1. place, Grand Prix Budapest 2014: 1. place, Grand Prix Miami 2013: 1. place
MOREIRA Antonia (ANG - WRL14) - African Championships Vacoa Fenix 2014: 1. place, African Championships Maputo 2013: 2. place, African Championships Agadir 2012: 2. plac
TSEND AYUSH Naranjargal (MGL - WRL15) - Grand Prix Ulaanbaatar 2014: 1. place, Asian Championships Bangkok 2013: 2. place, Grand Prix Ulaanbaatar 2013: 2. plac
PORTELA Maria (BRA - WRL22) - Grand Slam Moscow 2012: 1. place, Grand Prix Abu Dhabi 2012: 1. place, Panamerican Championships Montreal 2012: 1. place


-78kg

MALZAHN Luise (GER - WRL3) - Grand Slam Abu Dhabi 2014: 1. place, Grand Prix Samsun 2014: 1. place, Grand Prix Dusseldorf 2014: 1. place
SOL Kyong (PRK - WRL5) - World Championships Rio de Janeiro 2013: 1. place, Grand Prix Qingdao 2014: 1. place, Grand Prix Ulaanbaatar 2014: 1. place
POWELL Natalie (GBR - WRL10) - Grand Prix Astana 2014: 1. place, Grand Prix Samsun 2014: 2. place, Grand Prix Abu Dhabi 2013: 2. place
TURKS Victoriia (UKR - WRL12) - Grand Slam Abu Dhabi 2014: 2. place, Grand Prix Tblisi 2014: 2. place, Grand Prix Jeju 2013: 2. place
MALONGA Madeleine (FRA - WRL13) - Grand Slam Baku 2014: 1. place, Grand Slam Paris 2014: 2. place, African Open Casablanca: 1. place
GALEONE Assunta (ITA - WRL14) - Grand Slam Baku 2014: 2. place, Grand Prix Tblisi 2014: 1. place, Grand Prix Astana 2014: 3. place
STEENHUIS Guusje (NED - WRL16) - Grand Slam Baku 2014: 3. place, Grand Prix Qingdao 2014: 2. place, European Open Warsaw 2014: 1. place
MARANIC Ivana (CRO - WRL17) - Grand Prix Tashkent 2013: 1. place, Grand Slam Baku 2013: 3. place, Grand Prix Tashkent 2014: 2. place

+78kg

CHEIKH ROUHOU Nihel (TUN - WRL6) - African Championships Vacoa Fenix 2014: 1. place, African Championships Maputo 2013: 1. place, Grand Slam Baku 2014: 2. place
KUELBS Jasmin (GER - WRL9) - Grand Slam Moscow 2013: 3. place, World Championships Chelyabinsk 2014: 5. place, Grand Prix Samsun 2014: 2. place
MA Sisi (CHN - WRL11) - Asian Games Incheon 2014: 1. place, Grand Prix Havana 2014: 1. place, Grand Prix Qingdao 2013: 2. place
CERIC Larisa (BIH - WRL19) - European Championships Montpellier 2014: 2. place, World Championships Rio de Janeiro 2013: 5. place, Grand Prix Budapest 2014: 3. place
ISSANOVA Gulzhan (KAZ - WRL26) - Grand Prix Tashkent 2013: 1. place, Grand Prix Almaty 2013: 1. place, Masters Almaty 2012: 3. place
SLUTSKAYA Maryna (BLR - WRL27) - Grand Prix Almaty 2013: 2. place, European Open Minsk 2013: 1. place, World Cup Tashkent 2012: 1. place
ASSELAH Sonia (ALG - WRL29) - African Championships Vacoa Fenix 2014: 2. place, Grand Prix Abu Dhabi 2013: 2. place, African Championships Agadir 2012: 1. place
ODKHUU Javzmaa (MGL - WRL30) - Grand Prix Tashkent 2013: 2. place, Grand Prix Ulaanbaatar 2013: 2. place, European Open Warsaw 2014: 1. place


MEN

-60kg

DASHDAVAA Amartuvshin (MGL - WRL3) - World Championships Rio de Janeiro 2013: 2. place, Grand Slam Baku 2013: 1. place, Grand Slam Abu Dhabi 2014: 2. place
SAFAROV Orkhan (AZE - WRL7) - Grand Slam Abu Dhabi 2014: 1. place, Grand Slam Baku 2014: 1. place, World Championships Rio de Janeiro 2013: 3. place
KITADAI Felipe (BRA - WRL9) - Panamerican Championships Guayaquil 2014: 1. place, Panamerican Championships San Jose 2013: 1. place, Grand Slam Tyumen 2014: 2. place
LUTFILLAEV Sharafuddin (UZB - WRL10) - Grand Prix Tashkent 2013: 1. place, Grand Slam Baku 2014: 3. place, Grand Prix Abu Dhabi 2013: 2. place
PAISCHER Ludwig (AUT - WRL14) - Grand Prix Zagreb 2014: 1. place, Grand Prix Qingdao 2014: 3. place, European Open Glasgow 2013: 1. place
MCKENZIE Ashley (GBR - WRL16) - European Championships Budapest 2013: 3. place, Grand Prix Havana 2014: 3. place, Grand Prix Miami 2013: 3. place
ARSHANSKI Artiom (ISR - WRL18) - World Championships Chelyabinsk 2014: 5. place, European Championships Budapest 2013: 3. place, European Open Sofia 2014: 2. place
MSHVIDOBADZE Robert (RUS - WRL 22) - Grand Slam Baku 2013: 3. place, Grand Prix Qingdao 2014: 3. place, Grand Prix Samsun 2014: 3. place

-66kg

DAVAADORJ Tumurkhuleg (MGL - WRL2) - Grand Slam Baku 2013: 1. place, Asian Games Incheon 2014: 1. place, Asian Championships Bangkok 2013: 1. place
CHIBANA Charles (BRA - WRL3) - Grand Slam Tyumen 2014: 1. place, Grand Slam Moscow 2013: 1. place, Panamerican Championships Guayaquil 2014: 1. place
SHERSHAN Dzmitry (BLR - WRL7) - Grand Slam Abu Dhabi 2014: 1. place, Grand Prix Budapest 2014: 2. place, Grand Prix Almaty 2013: 2. place
LAROSE David (FRA - WRL11) - Grand Slam Paris 2013: 1. place, Grand Prix Samsun 2014: 1. place, Grand Slam Paris 2012: 1. place
SHIKHALIZADA Nijat (AZE - WRL15) - Grand Prix Tblisi 2014: 1. place, Grand Slam Baku 2013: 2. place, Grand Prix Abu Dhabi 2012: 1. place
SOBIROV Rishod (UZB - WRL19) - World Championships Paris 2011: 1. place, Masters Baku 2011: 1. place, Grand Prix Tashkent 2014: 1. place
KHALFAOUI Houcem (TUN - WRL22) - African Championships Maputo 2013: 1. place, African Championships Vacoa Fenix 2014: 2. place, African Championships Agadir 2012: 2. place
FLICKER Tal (ISR - WRL27) - Grand Prix Zagreb 2014: 3. place, European Open Rome: 1. place, European Open Bucharest 2013: 1. place

-73kg

ELMONT Dex (NED - WRL1) - Grand Slam Abu Dhabi 2014: 1. place, Masters Tyumen 2013: 2. place, European Championships Montpellier 2014: 1. place
SCVORTOV Victor (UAE - WRL3) - World Championships Chelyabinsk 2014: 3. place, Grand Prix Budapest 2014: 1. place, Grand Prix Abu Dhabi 2013: 1. place
ORUJOV Rustam (AZE - WRL5) - Grand Slam Baku 2013: 1. place, Grand Slam Abu Dhabi 2014: 3. place, Grand Slam Baku 2014: 3. place
SAINJARGAL Nyam-Ochir (MGL - WRL6) - Masters Tyumen 2013: 1. place, Grand Prix Tashkent 2014: 1. place, Grand Prix Ulaanbaatar 2013: 1. place
TATALASHVILI Nugzari (GEO - WRL9) - Grand Prix Ulaanbaatar 2014: 1. place, Grand Prix Tblisi 2014: 1. place, European Championships Budapest 2013: 2. place
DRAKSIC Rok (SLO - WRL10) - European Championships Budapest 2013: 1. place, Grand Slam Paris 2014: 2. place, Masters Baku 2011: 2. place
UNGVARI Miklos (HUN - WRL14) - Olympic Games London 2012: 2. place, Grand Slam Tokyo 2014: 3. place, Grand Prix Miami 2013: 2. place
DELPOPOLO Nicholas (USA - WRL19) - Panamerican Championships San Jose 2013: 1. place, Panamerican Championships Guayaquil 2014: 3. place, African Open Port Louis 2014: 1. place

-81kg

PIETRI Loic (FRA - WRL3) - World Championships Rio de Janeiro 2013: 1. place, World Championships Chelyabinsk 2014: 3. place, Grand Slam Paris 2014: 2. place
PENALBER Victor (BRA - WRL4) - Grand Slam Tyumen 2014: 1. place, Panamerican Championships Guayaquil 2014: 1. place, Panamerican Championships San Jose 2013: 1. place
TOMA Sergiu (USA - WRL12) - Grand Slam Tokyo 2014: 2. place, Grand Prix Abu Dhabi 2013: 1. place, Grand Prix Ulaanbaatar 2013: 1. place
BOTTIEAU Joachim (BEL - WRL13) - Grand Prix Dusseldorf: 1. place, Grand Prix Jeju 2014: 2. place, European Championships Budapest 2013: 3. place
MARGIANI Ushangi (GEO - WRL15) - Tbilisi Grand Prix 2015: 2. place
OTGONBAATAR Uuganbaatar (MGL - WRL19) - World Championships Rio de Janeiro 2013: 5. place, Grand Prix Ulaanbaatar 2013: 2. place, Asian Championships Bangkok 2013: 3. place
IMAMOV Yakhyo (UZB - WRL20) - Grand Slam Paris 2013: 1. place, Grand Prix Tashkent 2014: 2. place, Grand Slam Moscow 2012: 2. place
KHALMURZAEV Khasan (RUS - WRL21) - Grand Prix Budapest 2014: 1. place, Grand Prix Almaty 2013: 1. place, Grand Prix Astana 2014: 2. place

-90kg

VAN T END Noel (NED - WRL6) - Grand Prix Qingdao 2014: 1. place, Grand Slam Abu Dhabi 2014: 2. place, Grand Slam Baku 2014: 2. place
ELMONT Guillaume (NED - WRL11) - Grand Slam Baku 2014: 1. place, Grand Prix Samsun 2013: 2. place, Grand Slam Paris 2011: 2. place
USTOPIRIYON Komronshokh (TJK - WRL15) - Grand Prix Astana 2014: 1. place, Grand Prix Tashkent 2013: 3. place, Grand Prix Almaty 2013: 3. place
GROSSKLAUS Ciril (SUI - WRL16) - Grand Slam Abu Dhabi 2014: 3. place, Grand Prix Rijeka 2013: 3. place, Grand Prix Miami 2013: 3. place
CAMILO Tiago (BRA - WRL17) - Panamerican Championships Guayaquil 2014: 1. place, Panamerican Championships San Jose 2013: 2. place, Grand Prix Amsterdam 2011: 1. place
BAUZA Karolis (LTU - WRL18) - European Championships Budapest 2013: 3. place, Grand Prix Zagreb 2014: 3. place, Grand Prix Baku 2011: 3. place
KUKOLJ Aleksandar (SRB - WRL21) - Grand Prix Zagreb 2014: 2. place, Panamerican Open San Salvador 2014: 1. place, World Cup Lisbon 2012: 1. place
JURAEV Sherali (UZB - WRL26) - Grand Prix Tashkent 2013: 1. place, World Championships Chelyabinsk 2014: 5. place, Grand Prix Abu Dhabi 2012: 2. place

-100kg

GASIMOV Elmar (AZE - WRL3) - Grand Slam Tyumen 2014: 1. place, Masters Tyumen 2013: 3. place, European Championships Montpellier 2014: 2. place
FREY Karl-Richard (GER - WRL5) - World Championships Chelyabinsk 2014: 3. place, Grand Slam Abu Dhabi 2014: 2. place, Grand Prix Qingdao 2013: 1. place
PETERS Dimitri (GER - WRL6) - Grand Slam Abu Dhabi 2014: 1. place, World Championships Rio de Janeiro 2013: 3. place, Grand Prix Abu Dhabi 2013: 1. place
GROL Henk (NED - WRL7) - World Championships Rio de Janeiro 2013: 2. place, Masters Tyumen 2013: 2. place, Grand Prix Budapest 2014: 1. place
SAYIDOV Ramziddin (UZB - WRL13) - Grand Slam Moscow 2013: 2. place, Grand Slam Moscow 2012: 1. place, Grand Slam Baku 2014: 3. place
NIKIFOROV Toma (BEL - WRL18) - Grand Prix Havana 2014: 1. place, Grand Prix Tashkent 2014: 2. place, Grand Prix Jeju 2014: 3. place
REMARENCO Ivan (UAE - WRL24) - World Championships Chelyabinsk 2014: 3. place, Grand Prix Tblisi 2014: 2. place, World Cup Almata 2011: 1. place
MAHJOUB Javad (IRI - WRL25) - Grand Slam Moscow 2013: 1. place, Asian Championships Bangkok 2013: 1. place, Grand Prix Samsun 2014: 3. place

+100kg

SILVA Rafael (BRA - WRL2) - World Championships Rio de Janeiro 2013: 2. place, Grand Slam Tyumen 2014: 1. place, Masters Tyumen 2013: 2. place
JABALLAH Faicel (TUN - WRL5) - Grand Slam Baku 2014: 1. place, African Championships Vacoa Fenix 2014: 1. place, African Championships Maputo 2013: 1. place
MEYER Roy (NED - WRL8) - Grand Prix Zagreb 2014: 1. place, Grand Slam Abu Dhabi 2014: 3. place, World Championships Chelyabinsk 2014: 5. place
NATEA Daniel (ROU - WRL9) - Grand Slam Abu Dhabi 2014: 1. place, Grand Slam Baku 2014: 3. place, Grand Prix Ulaanbaatar 2014: 3. place
PASKEVICIUS Marius (LTU - WRL11) - Grand Prix Samsun 2014: 1. place, Grand Prix Qingdao 2012: 1. place, Grand Prix Budapest 2014: 2. place
MOURA David (BRA - WRL12) - Grand Slam Paris 2014: 2. place, Grand Slam Baku 2013: 2. place, World Championships Chelyabinsk 2014: 5. place
BOR Barna (HUN - WRL13) - Grand Prix Astana 2014: 1. place, European Championships Budapest 2013: 3. place, Grand Prix Tashkent 2014: 3. place
BREITBARTH Andre (GER - WRL14) - Grand Prix Tashkent 2013: 1. place, European Championships Montpellier 2014: 3. place, Grand Prix Astana 2014: 3. place

COMPETITION PROGRAMME

Friday

09:30 Preliminaries on three mats
17:00 Final block on one mat

Women: -48kg, -52kg, -57kg 
Men: -60kg, -66kg 

Saturday

9:30 Preliminaries on three mats
16:00 Opening Ceremony
17:00 Final block on one mat

Women: -63kg, -70kg
Men: -73kg, -81kg

Sunday

9:30 Preliminaries on three mats
17:00 Final block on one mat

Women: -78kg, +78kg
Men: -90kg, -100kg, +100kg

LocationYasar Dogu Sports Arena, Samsun, Turkey