Saturday, November 28, 2015

Jeju Grand Prix 2015 - DAY 3

(Via IJF)

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

The Jeju Grand Prix 2015, the final Grand Prix of the year, reached its conclusion on Saturday as four current Olympic champions took to the tatami in South Korea at the Halla Gymnasium.

South Korea’s third edition of the Jeju Grand Prix attracted a record entry as the stars of the IJF World Judo Tour turned out in force ahead of the season’s conclusion next week in Japan at the Tokyo Grand Slam.

The home fans saw the women’s -78kg and +78kg categories and the men’s -90kg, -100kg and +100kg categories compete for the remaining five Grand Prix titles on day three.  

Hosts South Korea finished top of the medal table with five gold medals, two silver medals and three bronze medals. France were second with three gold medals including the peerless Teddy RINER (FRA) on the last day while Japan finished third with two gold medals including teenage Rio 2016 Olympic hopeful ASAHINA Sarah (JPN) who won the women's heavyweight title. 

The international judo community will now remain in Asia as they travel to Japan for the fifth and final Grand Slam of the year from 4-6 December. Over 500 judoka from 96 nations will now descend on judo’s homeland for one of the most spectacular and well attended events in the sport. Judo fans can watch all the action live and free at   


-78kg: TCHEUMEO improves on Qingdao silver medal             

Qingdao Grand Prix runner-up Audrey TCHEUMEO (FRA) went one better than her silver medal from a week ago in China as Olympic champion Kayla HARRISON (USA) could not compete in the final due to injury. HARRISON dislocated her shoulder in her opening match and fought on until she reached the final and then withdrew before the contest as she wants to fight at the Tokyo Grand Slam next week.  

In the first semi-final HARRISON won a rematch of the London 2012 Olympic final against Gemma GIBBONS (GBR). GIBBONS, whose one victory over her American rival came at the 2007 British Open, fell behind to a yuko as HARRISON drove her familiar foe over for the lowest score. GIBBONS was twice penalised before HARRISON held the Briton down for 20 seconds and a place in the gold medal contest.

In the second semi-final TCHEUMEO guaranteed her second appearance on an IJF medal podium in as many weeks by defeating Ulaanbaatar Grand Prix bronze medallist TAKAYAMA Rika (JPN). Both judoka failed to produce a score as the contest was decided on shido penalties with three shidos against the Japanese and two against her French opponent. 

The first bronze medal was won by TAKAYAMA, her second at this level, as she defeated former Moscow Grand Slam silver medallist PUREVJARGAL Lkhamdegd (MGL) for the right to step onto the -78kg medal podium. TAKAYAMA, who showed her intent by running into the arena towards the tatami, floored her opponent with an osoto-gari for ippon after 80 seconds.                   

The second bronze medal contest was won by GIBBONS who beat Abu Dhabi Grand Slam bronze medallist Guusje STEENHUIS (NED) to record another invaluable result as she seeks one more attempt at winning Olympic gold next year. STEENHUIS was penalised twice which was once more than her opponent as GIBBONS climbed onto a Grand Prix medal podium for the second week in succession.                              
TCHEUMEO Audrey (FRA) vs HARRISON, Kayla (USA)                                                                                                                                                                                                       
Bronze Medal Fights
PUREVJARGAL, Lkhamdegd (MGL) vs TAKAYAMA, Rika (JPN)                        
STEENHUIS, Guusje (NED) vs GIBBONS, Gemma (GBR)                          

Final Results
1. TCHEUMEO Audrey (FRA)  
2. HARRISON, Kayla (USA)                                                             
3. TAKAYAMA, Rika (JPN)                                                    
3. GIBBONS, Gemma (GBR)                                                  
5. PUREVJARGAL, Lkhamdegd (MGL)                                                 
5. STEENHUIS, Guusje (NED)     
7. TORT MERINO, Marta (ESP)                          
7. CHOI, Mi-Young (KOR)                                                                                                                          

+78kg: Teenage starlet ASAHINA powers to maiden Grand Prix title 

World number 37 ASAHINA Sarah (JPN) produced a sublime display as she won all five of her contests by ippon including the final against European Games bronze medallist Belkis Zehra KAYA (TUR). Former Junior world champion ASAHINA, 19, who was supported by her parents in the crowd, was a breath of fresh air in the division with her ippon judo flowing all day long. The Japanese youngster, who started practicing judo at the Kodokan, scored a yuko from a harai-makikomi and held down an overmatched KAYA with a kuzure-kesa-gatame for 20 seconds and the maximum score. 

In the first semi-final Olympic champion Idalys ORTIZ (CUB) lost out to KAYA with an underwhelming performance as she tends to save her best judo for the World Championships and Olympic Games as a big stage performer. KAYA secured her place in the final by waza-ari. In the second semi-final three-time Kodokan Cup winner ASAHINA bested Paris Grand Slam bronze medallist Iryna KINDZERSKA (UKR) by ippon from a harai-goshi with 61 seconds remaining after the Ukrainian had received three shidos for passivity.

The first bronze medal was won by KINDZERSKA who overpowered Marine ERB (FRA) in their heavyweight duel. The Ukrainian took the lead with a yuko from a makikomi effort before holding down her rival for ippon as the young French fighter could find not find a way out and remained pinned to the tatami for 20 seconds. The second bronze medal was won by KIM Minjeong (KOR) who defeated ORTIZ whose golden backpatch - as the London 2012 winner - is in jeopardy next year. KIM won on shido penalties 1:2 as ORTIZ was penalised twice after a below-par outing.    
ASAHINA, Sarah (JPN) vs KAYA, Belkis Zehra (TUR)                                                                                                                                 
Bronze Medal Fights
ERB, Marine (FRA) vs KINDZERSKA, Iryna (UKR)                        
KIM, Minjeong (KOR) vs ORTIZ, Idalys (CUB)                                                                                                

Final Results
1. ASAHINA, Sarah (JPN)                          
2. KAYA, Belkis Zehra (TUR)                                                    
3. KINDZERSKA, Iryna (UKR)                          
3. KIM, Minjeong (KOR)       
5. ERB, Marine (FRA)                                                    
5. ORTIZ, Idalys (CUB)                          
7. KIM, Jiyoun (KOR)        
7. KUELBS, Jasmin (GER)                                                 


-90kg: South Korean world champion completes Jeju hat-trick 

World champion GWAK Dong Han (KOR) won his third consecutive Jeju Grand Prix as he beat former World Judo Masters silver medallist Axel CLERGET (FRA) in the -90kg final. The Asian champion, 23, ruled in Jeju in 2013, 2014 and now 2015, as he opened the scoring with a yuko before adding a waza-ari to seal one more home triumph. 

In the first semi-final GWAK advanced with a win over Ilias ILIADIS (GRE) who had beaten IDDIR (FRA) in golden score in the quarter-final. The scoreless contest was settled on shido penalties as ILIADIS was penalised three times while the former was penalised once. In the second semi-final CLERGET recorded a notable win over world silver medallist Kirill DENISOV (RUS) by a waza-ari as Russia’s dependable -90kg front-runner was sent into the bronze medal contest.  

The first bronze medal was awarded to DENISOV as Magomed MAGOMEDOV (RUS) received four shidos as he was unable to challange his more accomplished teammate. The second bronze medal went to former Olympic and world champion ILIADIS who beat former world silver medallist TOTH Krisztian (HUN) in a rematch of the World Championships final from 2014. The latter went in front with a yuko before ILIADIS responded with a waza-ari and smothered TOTH in osaekomi for 15 seconds for bronze. TOTH and ILIADIS both showed their exemplary etiquette and the tremendous respect for each other as they shared a touching embrace which earned the applause of their peers in the crowd.             
GWAK, Dong Han (KOR) vs CLERGET, Axel (FRA)                                                                                                                                              
Bronze Medal Fights
MAGOMEDOV, Magomed (RUS) vs DENISOV, Kirill (RUS)                           
TOTH, Krisztian (HUN) vs ILIADIS, Ilias (GRE)                                                                                                                 

Final Results
1. GWAK, Dong Han (KOR   
2. CLERGET, Axel (FRA)                           
3. DENISOV, Kirill (RUS)                                                                             
3. ILIADIS, Ilias (GRE)                  
5. MAGOMEDOV, Magomed (RUS)                                                     
5. TOTH, Krisztian (HUN)              
7. IDDIR, Alexandre (FRA)                         
7. GONZALEZ, Asley (CUB)                                                                                                                                          

-100kg: CHO captures his second Jeju Grand Prix gold    

Reigning Tokyo Grand Slam winner CHO Guham (KOR) recorded his second Grand Prix win in his homeland as he defeated Pan American Games bronze medallist Jose ARMENTEROS (CUB) in the -100kg final. CHO, 23, who is a hugely popular member of the South Korean team, stormed past the 22-year-old Cuban by ippon after 60 seconds with a reverse-seoi-nage. The home fighter was all smiles as his teammates lapped up the achievement of their hard-working colleague. 

In the first semi-final former world silver medallist ARMENTEROS saw off World Judo Masters winner GASIMOV by ippon while in the second semi-final CHO stunned Olympic champion Tagir KHAIBULAEV (RUS) after three minutes by ippon.  

The first bronze medal was won by KHAIBULAEV who trapped Pan American Games winner Luciano CORREA (BRA) in osaekomi with a ushiro-kesa-gatame. KHAIBULAEV has now won four Grand Prix medals and secured today’s with the aforementioned holddown for 20 seconds to earn ippon. The second bronze medal was won by GASIMOV, who despite looking lethargic all day long, had enough quality to defeat 21-year-old IJF World Judo Tour rookie SAKAMOTO Kensuke (JPN). The Azerbaijan ace caught SAKAMOTO with a ko-soto-gake for ippon with 101 seconds left. 
CHO, Guham (KOR) vs ARMENTEROS, Jose (CUB)                                                                                                                                                                   
Bronze Medal Fights
CORREA, Luciano (BRA) vs KHAIBULAEV, Tagir (RUS)                 
SAKAMOTO, Kensuke (JPN) vs GASIMOV, Elmar (AZE)                                                                                                

Final Result
1. CHO, Guham (KOR)                           
2. ARMENTEROS, Jose (CUB)                            
3. KHAIBULAEV, Tagir (RUS)                                        
3. GASIMOV, Elmar (AZE)          
5. CORREA, Luciano (BRA)                       
5. SAKAMOTO, Kensuke (JPN)     
7. OMAROV, Arsen (RUS)                            
7. MAMMADOV, Elkhan (AZE)                                                                                                                     

+100kg: Rampant record-breaker RINER races to gold      

Record-breaking eight-time world champion and Olympic champion Teddy RINER (FRA) produced four ippons in as many contests to win heavyweight gold as he beat Abu Dhabi Grand Slam gold medallist KIM Sung-Min (KOR) in a Grand Prix final for the second week in a row. 

In a repeat of the Qingdao Grand Prix gold medal contest, where KIM was disqualified for four shidos in a highly-disappointing challenge against the formidable Frenchman, the South Korean fighter offered more on home soil this week. Nevertheless RINER was always in control and threw his opponent for ippon after 96 seconds with a superb sasae-tsurikomi-ashi to take their-to-head record to 9-0.

In the first semi-final RINER was given a test by Paris Grand Slam bronze medallist Roy MEYER (NED) who made the French great work for his victory. RINER led by two yuko scores before forcing the Dutchman to submit to a koshi-jime in the first meeting between the European powerhouses. In the second semi-final Wollongong Oceania Open silver medallist Ushangi KOKAURI (AZE) was beaten by KIM Sung-Min (KOR) by ippon as he sealed one more shot against RINER.

The first bronze medal went to Baku Grand Slam bronze medallist Andrey VOLKOV (RUS) who held down KOKAURI with a mune-gatame and he elected to tap out after 17 seconds. The second bronze medal went to MEYER who bested Pan American Games bronze medallist GARCIA MENDOZA (CUB) by a shido. MEYER put everything into a driving ouchi-gari which sent the Cuban out of the area but he turned out onto his front to avoid giving away a score and the solitary shido decided the contest.            
KIM, Sung-Min (KOR) vs RINER, Teddy (FRA)                                                                               


Bronze Medal Fights
VOLKOV, Andrey (RUS) vs KOKAURI, Ushangi (AZE)             
GARCIA MENDOZA, Alex (CUB) vs MEYER, Roy (NED)                       

Final Result
1. RINER, Teddy (FRA)                                                                                     
2. KIM, Sung-Min (KOR)                              
3. VOLKOV, Andrey (RUS)                                                        
3. MEYER, Roy (NED)                       .                                              
5. KOKAURI, Ushangi (AZE)                                        
5. GARCIA MENDOZA, Alex (CUB)                            
7. CUEVAS, Jose (MEX)                  
7. SASSON, Or (ISR)                                                                   

Friday, November 27, 2015

Jeju Grand Prix 2015 - DAY 2

(Via IJF)

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

The Jeju Grand Prix 2015 showcased 128 judoka across four weight categories as the world’s premier judoka took one step closer to qualification for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Halla Gymnasium on Friday.

On day two gold medallists were crowned in the women’s -63kg and -70kg categories and the men’s -73kg and -81kg categories.

The Jeju Grand Prix 2015 is the final Grand Prix of the year

Mr. Vladimir BARTA, IJF Head Sports Director, took the occasion of the last Grand Prix of 2015 to reflect on the year thus far and shared his observations from a scintillating IJF World Judo Tour 2015.

“We’ve seen the universality of our sport at every event and we’ve seen not only interest and participation in our events from all corners of the world but also positive results right across the board,” said Mr. BARTA.  

“The IJF supports the international judo family and athletes from nations with less resources and with less financial aid. We have seen some magnificent competitions all over the world so far this year and after one more successful edition of the Jeju Grand Prix, the judo family will look forward to the Tokyo Grand Slam next week.”

On Saturday, the ninth and final Grand Prix of the season will culminate with the remaining five categories which will feature the men’s -90kg, -100kg and +100kg categories and the women’s -78kg and +78kg categories.

World champion GWAK Dong Han (KOR) is the leading man in the -90kg category while Olympic champions Teddy RINER (FRA) and Kayla HARRISON (USA) will see action in the +100kg and -78kg categories respectively. Fellow London 2012 gold medallists Tagir KHAIBULAEV (RUS) and Idalys ORTIZ (CUB) will campaign in the -100kg category and +78kg category respectively with an all-star cast rounding off the Jeju Grand Prix on Sunday.

The -90kg champion from the London 2012 Olympics, SONG Dae Nam (KOR), will also be present in Jeju but the national hero will be in the chair coaching the South Korean team rather than competing having retired after his Olympic success.

Judo fans can watch the final day of the last Grand Prix of the year live and free at from 10am local time. 

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Official event hashtag: #JudoJeju2015


-63kg: AGBEGNENOU grafts to sixth Grand Prix title 

Three-time consecutive world medallist Clarisse AGBEGNENOU (FRA) won the sixth Grand Prix title of her outstanding career as she beat Tashkent Grand Prix winner Edwige GWEND (ITA) for -63kg gold. AGBEGNENOU, who only turned 23 in October, stretched her lopsided head-to-head record to an astonishing 7-0 against the Italian. The Frenchwoman lifted GWEND up with a trademark ura-nage but given the volume and result of their previous meetings the Italian judoka was able to avoid giving away a score as she had her elbows down and kept her back upright. GWEND was penalised with a shido for going out of the area and that was the only time that the scoreboard was in action during the four minutes.    

In the first semi-final AGBEGNENOU profited from the lack of awareness of former Tyumen Grand Slam silver medallist Ekaterina VALKOVA (RUS) who was penalised twice for going out of the area. VALKOVA was able to stop AGBEGNENOU from scoring which is a rare achievement on the IJF World Judo Tour but the French fighter was in command of the contest despite being unable to produce a score. In the second semi-final GWEND countered an attack from Abu Dhabi Grand Slam bronze medallist Anicka VAN EMDEN (NED) for a waza-ari score before holding down her opponent with a tate-shiho-gatame for 15 seconds and a place in the -63kg final.

The first bronze medal was won by Tyumen Grand Slam bronze medallist Alice SCHLESINGER (GBR) who came from behind to beat VAN EMDEN. The Dutch fighter led by a yuko from a ouchi-gari but SCHLESINGER has character and battled back to throw her opponent with a koshi-guruma for a waza-ari and that’s how the contest finished as Britain won their first medal of day two. The second bronze medal was claimed by Ulaanbaatar Grand Prix winner TSEND-AYUSH Tserennadmid (MGL) who showed the trademark Mongolian fighting spirit to defeat VALKOVA. It was the Russian fighter who struck first after 20 seconds with a waza-ari from a picturesque yoko-tomoe-nage. VALKOVA was penalised twice in quick succession for passivity and then for going out before TSEND-AYUSH scored a waza-ari from an osoto-gari and those needless indiscretions from the Russian came back to haunt her as the contest was decided on shido penalties.              

GWEND, Edwige (ITA) vs AGBEGNENOU, Clarisse (FRA)                                                                  
Bronze Medal Fights
SCHLESINGER, Alice (GBR) vs VAN EMDEN, Anicka (NED)     
TSEND-AYUSH, Tserennadmid (MGL) vs VALKOVA, Ekaterina (RUS)                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
Final Results
1. AGBEGNENOU, Clarisse (FRA)                                                                          
2. GWEND, Edwige (ITA)                                          
3. SCHLESINGER, Alice (GBR)                                       
3. TSEND-AYUSH, Tserennadmid (MGL)  
5. VAN EMDEN, Anicka (NED)                      
5. VALKOVA, Ekaterina (RUS)                                                  
7. PUCHE, Isabel (ESP)                          
7. TSUGANE, Megumi (JPN)                                                                 

-70kg: Britain's CONWAY climbs to the top of the podium          

Baku Grand Slam winner Sally CONWAY (GBR) returned to the top of the IJF World Judo Tour podium at the expense of home judoka  Qingdao Grand Prix bronze medallist KIM Seongyeon (KOR). Bristol-born CONWAY looked to take the contest to the ground at every opportunity and is ruthlessly precise with every movement in ne-waza. KIM defended well from a juji-gatame attempt as she kept a leg trapped and was relieved to see the matte called as CONWAY could not develop the technique into a potentially match-winning opportunity. The South Korean was second best against the irresistible Briton and was penalised with a shido which settled the scoreless final.  

In the first semi-final contest KIM defeated Qingdao Grand Prix winner Barbara MATIC (CRO). The home judoka gradually took control of the contest and with a minute remaining was finally able to break the stubborn resistance of MATIC by throwing her with a drop seoi-nage for waza-ari and that’s how the contest finished as KIM moved into a defensive mode and was penalised twice for going out of the area. In the second semi-final former World Judo Masters winner HWANG Ye-Sul (KOR) was eying a place in the final against her teammate KIM but CONWAY is a tenacious opponent and asked questions of her opponent until she could show her lethal groundwork as she tapped out the home fighter with a juji-gatame with 56 seconds left. 

The first bronze medal was claimed by Abu Dhabi Grand Slam gold medallist Laura VARGAS KOCH (GER) who held down HWANG for 20 seconds. The German fighter has been in top form in recent months after a silver medal in Paris and gold in the U.A.E and has strengthened her ranking even further today after winning bronze. The second bronze medal contest was won by MATIC – the sixth Grand Prix medal of her career – as she scored a waza-ari from a tani-otoshi against Tyumen Grand Slam runner-up Linda BOLDER (ISR) and then accumulated two shido penalties to wind down the clock.

World champion Gevrise EMANE (FRA) fell to HWANG in her opening contest on shido penalties 1:2. 
CONWAY, Sally (GBR) vs KIM, Seongyeon (KOR)                                                           
Bronze Medal Fights
VARGAS KOCH, Laura (GER) vs HWANG, Ye-Sul (KOR)                       
BOLDER, Linda (ISR) vs MATIC, Barbara (CRO)                                                                                                                                                                                
Final Results
1. CONWAY, Sally (GBR)                                                 
2. KIM, Seongyeon (KOR)                                                
3. VARGAS KOCH, Laura (GER)                                                     
3. MATIC, Barbara (CRO)                                             
5. HWANG, Ye-Sul (KOR)                                                                         
5. BOLDER, Linda (ISR)                                               
7. KLYS, Katarzyna (POL)                              
7. MARZOK, Iljana (GER)                                                                                                                                                       


-73kg: AN leads the way for South Korea   

World bronze medallist AN Changrim (KOR) successfully defended his 2014 Jeju crown with victory against two-time world bronze medallist Dirk VAN TICHELT (BEL) in the -73kg final. AN, 21, the 2014 Junior world champion, spectacularly won the final in just 40 seconds with a majestic ko-uchi-gari for the maximum score.      

In the first semi-final world number one Rustam ORUJOV (AZE) was second best against VAN TICHELT. The Azerbaijan fighter lacked his usual vigour as he was penalised twice early on for passivity and the Belgian was in the ascendancy. VAN TICHELT was able to trap ORUJOV in osaekomi and after an initial struggle to escape, the latter could not overpower his opponent who pinned him down for 20 seconds and ippon. In the second semi-final AN outperformed Tyumen Grand Slam bronze medallist Musa MOGUSHKOV (RUS). With 55 seconds left on the clock and the contest tied with no scores registered, AN threw his rival with a drop seoi-nage for a yuko score. MOGUSHKOV was penalised for passivity and in the last 44 seconds AN managed to accrue three shidos as he wisely used up the remaining time to seal his safe passage into the gold medal contest.

The first bronze medal was clinched by MOGUSHKOV who denied 22-year-old IJF World Judo Tour tyro CHAE Seonghee (KOR) a dream debut in Jeju. MOGUSHKOV won by wazari-awasette-ippon with a ko-uchi-gari on the edge of the area giving him the contest. The second bronze medal was won by ORUJOV who bested Sofia European Open silver medallist Sami CHOUCHI (BEL) to secure a place on the podium. CHOUCHI scored first as he registered a yuko from an osoto-gari before being penalised twice as his attacks lacked their usual energy. ORUJOV equalled the score with a yuko by countering his opponent to take control and drive CHOUCHI over onto his back and the contest was decided on shidos.     
AN, Changrim (KOR) vs VAN TICHELT, Dirk (BEL)                          
Bronze Medal Fights
CHAE, Seonghee (KOR) vs MOGUSHKOV, Musa (RUS)                         
CHOUCHI, Sami (BEL) vs ORUJOV, Rustam (AZE)                                   
Final Results
1. AN, Changrim (KOR)  
2. VAN TICHELT, Dirk (BEL)                                                                         
3. MOGUSHKOV, Musa (RUS)                                                       
3. ORUJOV, Rustam (AZE)                                                                      
5. CHAE, Seonghee (KOR)                                                     
5. CHOUCHI, Sami (BEL)                                                           
7. DELPOPOLO, Nicholas (USA)                           
7. CHAINE, Guillaume (FRA)                                                                                                                    

-81kg: Japanese debutant steals the show           

IJF World Judo Tour newcomer SATO Seidai (JPN), 21, made a riveting start to life on the world circuit as he beat Olympic medallists on his way to -81kg gold. The Japanese youngster beat Baku Grand Slam winner Khasan KHALMURZAEV (RUS) in his sixth fight of the day and started as he meant to go on by registering a yuko. SATO added a second from a drop seoi-nage and concluded a breathless performance by ippon to leave KHALMURZAEV in awe of his conqueror. 

In the first semi-final KHALMURZAEV saw off Budapest Grand Prix bronze medallist Roman MOUSTOPOULOS (GRE). The Russian took the lead with a yuko from an uchi-mata as MOUSTOPOULOS repeatedly infringed and was eventually disqualified for receiving four penalties. In the second semi-final LEE Sungho (KOR) was making his second appearance on the IJF World Judo Tour and for a place in the final lined up opposite SATO. The Japanese fighter trailed a yuko from a ko-soto-gake but fought back and produced a yuko from a 10-second holddown. SATO was able to re-establish his control on the ground to trap LEE with a kami-shiho-gatame for 20 seconds and ippon.  

The first bronze medal was won by beaten semi-finalist LEE against Owen LIVESEY (GBR), a former rugby league academy player for St Helens RFLC in his native Merseyside. LEE added to the home nation’s plentiful medal collection by throwing his opponent with a huge drop morote-seoi-nage for ippon with three minutes remaining. The South Korean had threatened with similar techiques on multiple occasions as LIVESEY was unable to assert himself in his first Grand Prix medal contest.

The second bronze medal was clinched by MOUSTOPOULOS who had to come from behind in the final 14 seconds to defeat Dusseldorf Grand Prix winner Joachim BOTTIEAU (BEL). The Belgian judoka scored a waza-ari with a neatly executed piece of ashi-waza before forcing his Greek rival to narrowly turn out of a ko-uchi-gari attack. MOUSTOPOULOS took control of his opponent on the ground and held him down with a yoko-shiho-gatame for 20 seconds and the contest.         
SATO, Seidai (JPN) vs KHALMURZAEV, Khasan (RUS)                                                       
Bronze Medal Fights
LEE, Sungho (KOR) vs LIVESEY, Owen (GBR)                 
BOTTIEAU, Joachim (BEL) vs MOUSTOPOULOS, Roman (GRE)                        

Final Result
1. SATO, Seidai (JPN)                                               
2. KHALMURZAEV, Khasan (RUS)                               
3. LEE, Sungho (KOR)     
3. MOUSTOPOULOS, Roman (GRE)                           
5. LIVESEY, Owen (GBR)                  
5. BOTTIEAU, Joachim (BEL)
7. LUZ, Carlos (POR)         
7. LIMA, Diogo (POR)                                                                                                                                                       


10:00 Preliminaries on three mats
17:00 Final block on one mat

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

Location: Halla Gymnasium

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Jeju Grand Prix 2015 - DAY 1

(Via IJF)

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

The Jeju Grand Prix 2015, the final Grand Prix of the year, got underway on Thursday with 148 judoka fighting in South Korea across the five lightest weight categories at the Halla Gymnasium.

The ninth Grand Prix of the season is part of a triple-header of successive events in Asia as the IJF World Judo Tour has arrived in South Korea following last week’s visit to China for the Qingdao Grand Prix while the season reaches its conclusion next week in Japan at the Tokyo Grand Slam.

On day one in Jeju, an event which is now in its third edition, the action opened with the women’s -48kg, -52kg and -57kg categories and the men’s -60kg and -66kg categories with Olympic champion Sarah MENEZES (BRA) among the hopefuls.    

The opening ceremony took place ahead of the first final block as South Korean’s top judo competition was officially opened by IJF Head Sports Director Mr. Vladimir BARTA.   

IJF Executive Committee members and Presidents of the Korean Judo Association and Korean Olympic Committee. From L-R: Mr. KIM Jindo, Mr. Mohamed MERIJDA, Mr. KIM Junghaeng, Mr. Vladimir BARTA and Mr. Armen BAGDASAROV

The opening speech was made by Mr. KIM Jindo (above - left), President of Korea Judo Association, who welcomed everyone to Jeju and recognised the contributions of those integral to the Association hosting such as high-profile competition which is the latest Rio 2016 Olympic qualification event.

“I would like to welcome you to the beautiful island of Jeju,” said Mr. KIM.

“I would like to thank Mr. Marius VIZER, IJF President and Mr. MOON Wonbae, Korean Judo Association Referee Director, as well as all the officials, judoka and interested parties who all worked hard to prepare this event. I wish you all the best in your own nation’s honour with a sense of fairplay and sportsmanship. I wish all of the judo family all over the world good health and thank you.”

Mr. KIM Byungrip read the next speech on behalf of Mr. WON Heeryong, Governor of the Jeju Province.   

“Judo athletes, coaches, referees, guests from home and abroad, welcome to an international treasure of the world. We are proud to host the Judo Grand Prix here in Jeju, one of the biggest events towards qualification for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. Participants have come from all over the world and I would like to express my gratitude to Mr. Marius VIZER, IJF President and everyone who has supported this event.

“This event will serve to show the ability and talents from around the world as well as the spirit of judo and we can share our mutual friendships. The athletes will display all of their skills that they have cultivated for this moment and I hope their dreams come true.”

The opening speeches of the Jeju Grand Prix 2015

Mr. KIM Junghaeng, President of Korean Olympic Committee and former Korean Judo Association President, said: “First of all I would like to give my thanks to Mr. Marius VIZER, IJF President, as well as all members of the IJF Executive Committee and the Governor of Jeju. I hope all participants show their best of judo and I hope we all consider the friendship of athletes from different countries. I trust that you will enjoy our culture and I hope that this event will be a great success and wish you the best victory here.”

The stage was set for Mr. Vladimir BARTA, IJF Head Sports Director, to open the three-day Grand Prix.

“Dear Presidents, dear Governor, judoka, officials and guests, it is a pleasure to be here in Jeju for the third edition of this Grand Prix which is our final Grand Prix of the year.

“We are delighted to have a record entry for this edition with 421 judoka competing from 70 nations including five current Olympic champions.

“After the Qingdao Grand Prix last week, the circuit has moved on to Jeju as part of our ongoing Asian leg of the IJF World Judo Tour and the season will conclude next week at the Tokyo Grand Slam. I wish good luck to all the athletes and thank you all for your continued support throughout this year.”

Mr. BARTA (above - right) presented the IJF World Judo Tour gold card to Mr. KIM Jindo, President of Korea Judo Association.

On Friday the action on Jeju island continues on the three tatami with four weight categories competing as the women’s -63kg and -70kg judoka will be joined in action on day two by the men’s -73kg and -81kg judoka.   

IJF President on Twitter:
Official event hashtag: #JudoJeju2015


-48kg: GALBADRAKH shines for Kazakhstan                                      

Qingdao Grand Prix bronze medallist GALBADRAKH Otgontsetseg (KAZ) won her first tile for Kazakhstan as she defeated Olympic bronze medallist CSERNOVICZKI Eva (HUN) in the -48kg final. GALBADRAKH is always in the medal hunt at IJF events and her result is not unexpected after bronze medals at the Grand Prix events in Tashkent and Qingdao in recent outings. GALBADRAKH led by a waza-ari and doubled her advantage with ashi-waza before receiving a shido for a false attack as she switched to a more tactical approach and maintained her modest advantage. CSERNOVICZKI was shut out for all four minutes as Kazakhstan made a golden start to the Jeju Grand Prix. 

In the first semi-final former World Judo Masters bronze medallist Dayaris MESTRE ALVAREZ (CUB) lost out to CSERNOVICZKI. Both judoka exchanged shido penalties after an opening stage which lacked potency and the highlight came when CSERNOVICZKI threw her Cuban opponent for ippon with a sode-tsurikomi-goshi with 28 seconds left. In the second semi-final Olympic champion Sarah MENEZES (BRA) suffered a miserable day as she was well-beaten by the determined GALBADRAKH Otgontsetseg (KAZ). GALBADRAKH held down the struggling Brazilian for 10 seconds for a yuko score and added a second yuko which proved enough for a place in the final.

The first medal contest of the Jeju Grand Prix 2015 pitted the out-of-form MENEZES against Tashkent Grand Prix silver medallist JEONG Bo Kyeong (KOR). A waza-ari from the home judoka via a drop seoi-nage proved to be the only score of the contest as MENEZES cut a despondent figure after her latest disappointment and has a lot to do to be in a position to defend her Olympic crown next summer. The second bronze medal was won by Abu Dhabi Grand Slam bronze medallist Dilara LOKMANHEKIM (TUR) in golden score as MESTRE ALVAREZ was disqualified for a leg grab. With two shidos apiece and no scores registered after four minutes the contest required added time and having gone close with a prodding ko-uchi-gari the Cuban judoka gifted the contest and medal to her rival after 42 seconds of added time. 
GALBADRAKH, Otgontsetseg (KAZ) vs CSERNOVICZKI, Eva (HUN)                                                                              
Bronze Medal Fights
MENEZES, Sarah (BRA) vs JEONG, Bo Kyeong (KOR)                           
MESTRE ALVAREZ, Dayaris (CUB) vs LOKMANHEKIM, Dilara (TUR)                                                                                                                                                     

Final Results
1. GALBADRAKH, Otgontsetseg (KAZ)                               
2. CSERNOVICZKI, Eva (HUN)                       
3. JEONG, Bo Kyeong (KOR)            
3. LOKMANHEKIM, Dilara (TUR)             
5. MENEZES, Sarah (BRA)                                                        
5. MESTRE ALVAREZ, Dayaris (CUB)          
7. RISHONY, Shira (ISR)                         
7. UNGUREANU, Monica (ROU)                                                                             

-52kg: CHITU returns to the top of the podium     

World silver medallist Andreea CHITU (ROU) reigned in Jeju as the Romanian star was unmatched on day one in the -52kg category. CHITU met a new opponent in the final as she was matched up against former Junior World Championships bronze medallist UCHIO Mako (JPN). Japan have sent a 12-strong youthful team replete with accomplished juniors bidding to make an impression in South Korea. Grand Prix debutant UCHIO was caught with a lethal piece of ashi-waza in the final with 94 seconds remaining as CHITU showed her class and now moves on to Japan for the season-ending Tokyo Grand Slam. 

In the first semi-final CHITU (ROU) bested Olympic bronze medallist Priscilla GNETO (FRA) by ippon with 31 seconds remaining in a highly-competitive contest which showed why both judoka are among the -52kg elite. In the second semi-final France’s second -52kg competitor Annabelle EURANIE (FRA) was surprised by UCHIO Mako (JPN) as the former faded in the final minute as she visibly tired in the closing stages against the Japanese youngster. UCHIO prevailed on shido penalties 1:2 to move into the final on her first appearance at this level.

The first bronze medal was clinched by Tyumen Grand Slam bronze medallist Roni SCHWARTZ (ISR) who narrowly defeated EURANIE. SCHWARTZ led by a yuko and that margin was maintained until the time elapsed as the Israeli won her third Grand Prix bronze medal. The second bronze medal was won by world number 11 GNETO as Taipei Asian Open bronze medallist KIM Mi-Ri (KOR) was penalised four times to receive hansoku-make.     
UCHIO, Mako (JPN) vs CHITU, Andreea (ROU)                                 

Bronze Medal Fights
EURANIE, Annabelle (FRA) vs SCHWARTZ, Roni (ISR)                     
GNETO, Priscilla (FRA) vs KIM, Mi-Ri (KOR)                                                                                                                                                                                       
Final Results
1. CHITU, Andreea (ROU)                                 
2. UCHIO, Mako (JPN)
3. SCHWARTZ, Roni (ISR)                                                                          
3. GNETO, Priscilla (FRA)  
5. EURANIE, Annabelle (FRA)                             
5. KIM, Mi-Ri (KOR)                                 
7. MUNKHBAATAR, Bundmaa (MGL)        
7. BABAMURATOVA, Gulbadam (TKM)                                                                                                                                

-57kg: Unbeatable KIM Jan-Di closes on category leaders  

Abu Dhabi Grand Slam gold medallist KIM Jan-Di (KOR) is in the form of her life having today won her third IJF event in two months. KIM won in the U.A.E and the Tashkent Grand Prix before that as she’s catapulted herself to become one of the leading names in the category. KIM was handed a tough assignment in the final against the ever-improving Nekoda SMYTHE DAVIS (GBR) and arrived into the arena to a big ovation from her teammates and the partisan home crowd. A yuko from the home judoka settled the contest and now KIM will rest before returning to the tatami to compete in 2016 with realistic ambitions of winning an Olympic medal in Rio. 

In the first semi-final SMYTHE DAVIS was successful against home opposition as she beat KIM Minju (KOR) who was looking to open her IJF World Judo Tour medal account on day one. The South Korean was penalised twice in a scoreless contest which was once more than her British foe and it was the latter who advanced to the final. In the second semi-final Abu Dhabi Grand Slam silver medallist LIEN Chen-Ling (TPE) took KIM Jan-Di to golden score in a fascinating battle between two in-form judoka. A shido for LIEN after 31 seconds for passivity settled the outcome and KIM progressed while LIEN went into one of the two bronze medal contests. 

The first bronze medal was won by LIEN who bested former world champion Rafaela SILVA (BRA) on shido penalties. SILVA was penalised three times while LIEN was penalised twice as the coach of the Chinese Taipei judoka TANIMOTO Ikumi looked on with glee during the awarding ceremony. The second bronze medal was won by Abu Dhabi Grand Slam bronze medallist Viola WAECHTER (GER) against KIM by two yuko scores without reply.
KIM Jan-Di (KOR) vs SMYTHE DAVIS, Nekoda (GBR)                          
Bronze Medal Fights
LIEN, Chen-Ling (TPE) vs SILVA, Rafaela (BRA)               
KIM, Minju (KOR) vs WAECHTER, Viola (GER)                                      
Final Results 
1. KIM Jan-Di (KOR)              
2. SMYTHE DAVIS, Nekoda (GBR)                                                     
3. LIEN, Chen-Ling (TPE)     
3. WAECHTER, Viola (GER)                                         
5. SILVA, Rafaela (BRA)                                                
5. KIM, Minju (KOR)                                
7. MINAKAWA, Camila (ISR)                          
7. ZABLUDINA, Irina (RUS)                                                                    


-60kg: KIM Won Jin excels at home  

World number one and world bronze medallist KIM Won Jin (KOR) defeated 2014 world champion GANBAT Boldbaatar (MGL) in the -60kg final in Jeju. GANBAT, who is still targeting his first gold medal since his success in Chelyabinsk last year, went ahead with a waza-ari before KIM was penalised with a shido for passivity. GANBAT received a shido for going out of the area before KIM scored a waza-ari of his own and stepped up his workrate as he actively hunted down the Mongolian in the last minute. GANBAT received two shidos for passivity and KIM prevailed with three shidos against the former and only one against the home fighter.  
In the first semi-final KIM defeated Paris Grand Slam silver medallist Vincent LIMARE (FRA) by a yuko score after the Frenchman only went close with ashi-waza. In the second semi-final GANBAT bested World Judo Masters silver medallist Orkhan SAFAROV (AZE) with waza-ari and yuko scores going unanswered as both judoka were penalised twice.

The first bronze medal was claimed by European Games silver medallist SAFAROV who beat former Pan American Championships bronze medallist Javier GUEDEZ (VEN). The 33-year-old Venezuelan veteran was competing for an IJF medal for the first time in his career and caught the eye in the opening rounds with some explosive ippon judo. SAFAROV is one of the premier judoka in the lightest men’s category and had too much quality for GUEDEZ who didn’t give up a score but lost out on shido penalties with two against him while the Azerbaijan fighter posted an unblemished record. The second bronze medal went to Pan American Championships silver medallist Eric TAKABATAKE (BRA) who defeated LIMARE in an absorbing contest. TAKABATAKE won his fifth Grand Prix medal with victory against the young Frenchman. Brazil’s TAKABATAKE opened the scoring with a yuko from an uchi-mata before adding a waza-ari from a ura-nage. To his credit LIMARE continued to press into the last seconds and registered a waza-ari on the buzzer but lost out by just a yuko.                                
GANBAT, Boldbaatar (MGL) vs KIM, Won Jin (KOR)                                                                                               

Bronze Medal Fights
SAFAROV, Orkhan (AZE) vs GUEDEZ, Javier (VEN)                          
LIMARE, Vincent (FRA) vs TAKABATAKE, Eric (BRA)                                                                   
Final Results
1. KIM, Won Jin (KOR)                                                                
2. GANBAT, Boldbaatar (MGL)                                        
3. SAFAROV, Orkhan (AZE)                                 
3. TAKABATAKE, Eric (BRA)    
5. GUEDEZ, Javier (VEN)                             
5. LIMARE, Vincent (FRA)  
7. ABELRAHMAN, Ahmed (EGY)                      
7. MUSHKIYEV, Ilgar (AZE)                                                                                                              

-66kg: PULYAEV rules for Russia      

World silver medallist Mikhail PULYAEV (RUS) defeated 21-year-old IJF World Judo Tour debutant FUJISAKA Taroh (JPN) in the -66kg final as he ensured that his team improved on last week’s Qingdao Grand Prix where they left empty-handed. A yuko for the Russian was the difference as seasoned campaigner PULYAEV was made to work by the Japanese newcomer who had won his four previous contests by ippon.                    

In the first semi-final PULYAEV (RUS) saw off Glasgow European Open bronze medallist Fabio BASILE (ITA) with a yuko in the final 40 seconds as he pulled away from his game opponent in the closing stretch. In the second semi-final former world silver medallist Azamat MUKANOV (KAZ) was downed by FUJISAKA after just 51 seconds as the Kazakh fighter was forced to tap out to shime-waza.

The first bronze medal was won by Golan POLLACK (ISR) by wazari-awasette-ippon against MUKANOV and the Israeli was joined by his teammate Tal FLICKER (ISR) on the podium as he beat losing semi-finalist BASILE who was penalised with a shido for going out which settled the scoreless contest.                         
PULYAEV, Mikhail (RUS) vs FUJISAKA, Taroh (JPN)                     
Bronze Medal Fights
MUKANOV, Azamat (KAZ) vs POLLACK, Golan (ISR)                           
BASILE, Fabio (ITA) vs FLICKER, Tal (ISR)                                                                                                            

Final Result
1. PULYAEV, Mikhail (RUS)  
2. FUJISAKA, Taroh (JPN)                        
3. POLLACK, Golan (ISR)                                                                                   
3. FLICKER, Tal (ISR)                                 
5. MUKANOV, Azamat (KAZ)                                  
5. BASILE, Fabio (ITA)               
7. OLEINIC, Sergiu (POR)                       
7. SHIKHALIZADA, Nijat (AZE)                                                                                                                                          

10:00 Preliminaries on three mats
17:00 Final block on one mat

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

10:00 Preliminaries on three mats
17:00 Final block on one mat

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

Location: Halla Gymnasium