Saturday, October 18, 2014

Judo Grand Prix, Tashkent 2014 - DAY 3

(Via IJF)

-78kg | +78kg | -90kg | -100kg | +100kg 

The Judo Grand Prix, Tashkent 2014, produced a stirring conclusion as the heavyweights went toe-to-toe at the “UZBEKISTAN” sport complex on Saturday. The Uzbek crowd saw the women’s -78kg and +78kg categories and the men’s -90kg, -100kg and +100kg categories compete for the remaining five gold medals.

The IJF World Judo Tour continues over the next weeks as the Asian leg gains momentum in Abu Dhabi with the Grand Prix, which this year has become a Grand Slam. Abu Dhabi will be followed by Qingdao GP and Jeju GP, before the end of the year, which will be marked by the Judo Grand Slam in Tokyo. But in the meanwhile, the IJF will hold the Junior World Championships in Fort Lauderdale, FL, next week.



-78kg:  POGORZELEC Tops the Medal Podium

The final of the women’s +78kg category saw the winner of the European Tallinn Open this year, Daria POGORZELEC (POL), against Ivana MARANIC (CRO), who finished third in Samsun in March. After a long period with no score and only penalties given to MARANIC, POGORZELEC finally immobilized her opponent for ippon.

The first bronze medal fight saw the top seeded athlete of the competition and Astana’s silver medallist, Luise MALZAHN (GER) facing Laia TALARN (ESP), who had finished first at the Pan-American open in Santiago last July. Halfway through the contest, MALZAHN seemed to be more active and more dangerous for her opponent but was still not capable of scoring. Nevertheless, as TALARN was twice penalized, the GERMAN took the lead. In an o-soto-o-soto attempt from both sides, MALZAHN was finally able to score a yuko that she kept until the end winning a well deserved bronze medal. The second bronze medal fight was between two medallists of last week’s Grand Prix in Astana, the Gold medallist Natalie POWELL (GBR), and bronze medallist, Assunta GALEONE (ITA). A little more than two minutes were necessary to POWELL to secure the bronze medal. After having scored a first yuko, she immobilized GALEONE for ippon.


Bronze medal fights
MALZAHN, Luise (GER) vs. TALARN, Laia (ESP)
POWELL, Natalie (GBR) vs. GALEONE, Assunta (ITA)

Final Results
2. MARANIC, Ivana (CRO)
3. MALZAHN, Luise (GER)
3. POWELL, Natalie (GBR)
5. GALEONE, Assunta (ITA)
5. TALARN, Laia (ESP)
7. DMITRIEVA, Anastasiya (RUS)

+78kg: 100% Ukrainian Final

The final of the last woman’s category saw teamates Iryna KINDZERSKA (UKR) and Svitlana IAROMKA (UKR) competing for the gold medal, IAROMKA finally won with only a penalty difference after a kumikata battle for four minutes.

Only penalties were distributed during the first bronze medal fight between Sarah ADLINGTON (GBR) and Gulsah KOCATURK (TUR), to the advantage of the British fighter, who won after the Turkish athlete was disqualified for passivity and not respecting the limit of the fighting area. Only 11 seconds were necessary for Franziska KONITZ (GER) to win against Zarina ABDRASSULOVA (KAZ) with a superb uchi-mata.

KINDZERSKA, Iryna (UKR) vs. IAROMKA, Svitlana (UKR)

Bronze medal fights
ABDRASSULOVA, Zarina (KAZ) vs. KONITZ, Franziska (GER)

Final Results
1. IAROMKA, Svitlana (UKR)
3. KONITZ, Franziska (GER)
5. KOCATURK, Gulsah (TUR)
7. ERKINBAEVA, Saneayim (UZB)
7. NAGOROVA, Aydana (RUS)


-90kg: After Bronze in Astana, Iddir (FRA) confirms in Tashkent

The final opposed the silver team world medallist (Chelyabinsk 2014), Kirill DENISOV (RUS) and Astana’s bronze medallist, Alexandre IDDIR (FRA), who did not offer a single chance to his opponent with an outstanding reverse sode-tsuri-komi-goshi for ippon.

Sherali JURAEV (UZB) and Walter FACENTE (ITA) met in the first bronze medal contest. Supported by his public, JURAEV was ready to bring one more medal for Uzbekistan but this was not FACENTE’s plan, who launched a powerful left-handed tai-otoshi, that gave no chance for the Uzbek, for ippon. In a nice demonstartion of fairplay, the public applauded the Italian. In the second bronze medal contest, Hatem ABD EL AKHER (EGY) was rapidly penalized with two shidos against Komronshoh USTOPIRIYON (TJK), giving the lead to the Tajik athlete. Just before the last minute, USTOPIRIYON was also penalized two times and then a third time, changing the lead and giving the bronze medal going to the Egyptian.

DENISOV, Kirill (RUS) vs. IDDIR, Alexandre (FRA)

Bronze medal fights
JURAEV, Sherali (UZB) vs. FACENTE, Walter (ITA)
ABD EL AKHER, Hatem (EGY) vs. USTOPIRIYON, Komronshoh (TJK)

Final Results
1. IDDIR, Alexandre (FRA)
2. DENISOV, Kirill (RUS)
3. ABD EL AKHER, Hatem (EGY)
3. FACENTE, Walter (ITA)
5. JURAEV, Sherali (UZB)
5. USTOPIRIYON, Komronshoh (TJK)
7. DARWISH, Mohamed (EGY)
7. NHABALI, Quedjau (UKR)

-100kg: Gold for Egypt and Darwish

The final of the men’s -100kg opposed the winner of the first edition of the Havana Grand Prix this year, Toma NIKIFOROV (BEL), and the bronze medallist of last week at the Astana Grand Prix, Ramadan DARWISH (EGY). None of the two athletes were really able to show something interesting until the very last seconds of the fight when Ramadan DARWISH scored a yuko, giving him the first place.

The first bronze medal fight opposed the winner of the Zagreb Grand Prix last September, Adlan BISULTANOV (RUS), and the world number seven and Tyuman Grand Slam Bronze medallist, Martin PACEK (SWE). The strongest action came after three minutes of tactical fighting when the tall PACEK launched a sutemi-waza but for no score and just 17 seconds before the end of the match, after a major mistake from BISULTANOV, PACEK could apply a o-soto-gari technic for ippon. When the two athletes, Ramziddin SAYIDOV (UZB) and Jorge FONSECA (POR), entered the stadium for the second bronze medal fight, the public which was a little asleep, suddenly woke up and both fighters gave really good reasons to cheer as they were totally engaged in an incredible combat. But in this incredible ‘battle’, FONSECA was several times penalized for false attacks and SAYIDOV could control the score until the last seconds, despite some very strong and powerful attacks from the Portuguese. Both athletes literally felt into one another arms at the end of the bout.

NIKIFOROV, Toma (BEL) vs. DARWISH, Ramadan (EGY)

Bronze medal fights
BISULTANOV, Adlan (RUS) vs. PACEK, Martin (SWE)
SAYIDOV, Ramziddin (UZB) vs. FONSECA, Jorge (POR)

Final results
1. DARWISH, Ramadan (EGY)
3. PACEK, Martin (SWE)
3. SAYIDOV, Ramziddin (UZB)
5. FONSECA, Jorge (POR)
7. KURBONALIEV, Dadakhon (TJK)

+100kg: Last Gold Medal of the Tournament Goes to Mongolia

The very last final of the day was won by Temuulen BATTULGA (MGL), who defeated Daniel ALLERSTORFER (AUT) with an opportunist kansetsu-waza technique for ippon.

The first bronze medal fight of the last category of the day, saw Barna BOR (HUN), winner of the Astana Grand Prix last week, and the former member of the top five in the world Islam EL SHEHABY (EGY). Slowly coming back after a long absence, EL SHEHABY is still not at his best. Barna BOR won the bronze with an easy looking uchi-mata, which is far from being evident when you have the Egyptian in front of you. The second bronze medal contest saw the victory of Elyor MASHARIPOV (UZB) against Andrey VOLKOV (RUS).


Bronze Medal Fights
BOR, Barna (HUN) vs. EL SHEHABY, Islam (EGY)
MASHARIPOV, Elyor (UZB) vs. VOLKOV, Andrey (RUS)

Final Results
1. BATTULGA, Temuulen (MGL)
3. BOR, Barna (HUN)
5. EL SHEHABY, Islam (EGY)
5. VOLKOV, Andrey (RUS)
7. BALTAEV, Boltoboy (UZB)
7. TANGRIEV, Abdullo (UZB)

Friday, October 17, 2014

Judo Grand Prix, Tashkent 2014 - DAY 2

(Via IJF)

-63kg | -70kg | -73kg | -81kg

The Judo Grand Prix, Tashkent 2014, continued with the focus on the middleweights on Friday as the home fans packed out the “UZBEKISTAN” sport complex on day two. Uzbek’s judo enthusiasts saw four weight categories take to the tatami in search of Grand Prix honours as the women’s -63kg and -70kg categories and men’s -73kg and -81kg categories were contested.

Daniel Lascau, the IJF Head Sports Director said: “We saw many ippons today and we noticed that for many combats the decision was made within the last minute. It shows that the athletes are concentrating until the very last seconds. Today the women’s categories were dominated by the European countries, when in the men’s divisions, the Asian nations took the lead, Roman MOUSTOPOULOS (GRE), being the only non-Asian fighter who was present in the finals. Mongolia was very impressive for this second day of competition with athletes who are used to collect medals at the international level. Generally speaking three out of four medallists are standing within the top 8 in the world. It shows how important the World Ranking List is.”

Jan Snijders, the IJF Head Refereeing Director said: “On Thursday we had already really good judo, especially with athletes such as Rishod Sobirov, but I can say that today was even better and when the judo gets better, the refereeing level also improves. We are very satisfied with the group of referees that we have brought to Tashkent.”

Dr. Lisa Allan, the IJF Competition Manager underlined the quality of the audience: “This second day of competition was a real success. We are all very impressed by the quality of the public. The stadium is fully packed from the morning on with a very knowledgeable audience, which is of course cheering for the Uzbek athletes but not only for the home judoka. Everybody is showing fair play.”
Sunday will be the last competition day in Tashkent. The heavyweight categories will be in action: women’s -78kg and +78kg, and men’s -90kg, -100kg and +100kg.

The draw can be seen at:
Live stream on Ippon TV:
Official event hashtag: #JudoAstana2014


-63kg: Unstoppable Gerbi (ISR)

Who can stop Yarden GERBI (ISR), who, since her silver medal last August in Russia on the occasion of the World Judo Championships, seems unbeatable? That was the question at the beginning of the day. It won’t be Kathrin UNTERWURZACHER (AUT), who was strangled by the GERBI, who added a second victory in a major IJF event with a week.

The Israeli champion said: “I really feel happy tonight. It was my goal to come in Astana and Tashkent and to win both gold medals. I’ve done it. This is really good. I won’t rest now. We have Japanese coach coming to Israel for a training camp. Hanna Martin from the US is also coming to my country next week. It’s good to have new training partners. And then I know that I’ll participate in two of this end of the year’s events in Asia, but I am not exactly sure which one from Abu Dhabi, Qingdao, Jeju or Tokyo.”

The first bronze medal fight opposed Mariana SILVA (BRA) and Martyna TRAJDOS (GER), who was the first to score with a ko-uchi-gari for waza-ari really close to ippon, followed by another yuko a few seconds later. Martyna TRAJDOS was able to maintain the score until the end of the fight to win the bronze. The second bronze medal fight saw Munkhzaya TSEDEVSUREN (MGL) and Isabel PUCHE (ESP) fight for a place on the podium of the Grand Prix. After one minute, Isabel PUCHE was the first to score a yuko. Then the fight entered into a more tactical phase until TSEDEVSUREN also scored a yuko 30 seconds before the end. Penalties having been distributed to both fighters, it was finally the Mongolian who won the medal with one less penalty than the Spanish judoka on the scoreboard.


Bronze Medal Fights
SILVA, Mariana (BRA) vs. TRAJDOS, Martyna (GER)
TSEDEVSUREN, Munkhzaya (MGL) vs. PUCHE, Isabel (ESP)

Final Results
1. GERBI, Yarden (ISR)
3. TRAJDOS, Martyna (GER)
3. TSEDEVSUREN, Munkhzaya (MGL)
5. PUCHE, Isabel (ESP)
5. SILVA, Mariana (BRA)
7. GWEND, Edwige (ITA)
7. SHOR, Rotem (ISR)

-70kg: Vargas Koch Tops the Medal Podium

For the second time of the day, an Austrian athlete entered the final. Thus Bernadette GRAF was opposed to Laura VARGAS KOCH (GER). But this was not a golden day for Austria, as Bernadette GRAF was defeated by the German after Laura VARGAS KOCH engaged an o-uchi-gari that was turned into a uchi-mata for waza-ari just before the end of the final.

Vargas Koch declared: "I wouldn't say that it was my best competition day, but I was really concentrated and I took round after round to enter the final. Then in the final, I felt really good and confident. Everything went well and of course I am super happy with this victory on the international circuit."

The first bronze medal of the women’s -70kg was secured by Katarzyna KLYS (POL) against Nadia MERLI (BRA) with a single shido scored during the regular time. Lior WILDIKAN (ISR) and Maria PORTELA (BRA) were opposed for the second bronze medal of the category. A few seconds before the end of the bout, it seemed that both athletes would have to enter the golden score to decide the winner, when finally Maria PORTELA could immobilize her opponent with a tateshio-gatame for 20 seconds for ippon.

VARGAS KOCH, Laura (GER) vs. GRAF, Bernadette (AUT)

Bronze Medal Fights
MERLI, Nadia (BRA) vs. KLYS, Katarzyna (POL)

Final Results
2. GRAF, Bernadette (AUT)
3. KLYS, Katarzyna (POL)
3. PORTELA, Maria (BRA)
5. MERLI, Nadia (BRA)
7. BERNABEU, Maria (ESP)


-73kg: 100% Mongolia

The final of the day opposed the two Mongolian teammates Nyam-Ochir SAINJARGAL (MGL), bronze medallist at the Olympic Games and Tsagaanbaatar KHASHBAATAR (MGL), 2009 world champion. The two fighters gave no chance to any of their opponents today but they could only make the difference based on the number of penalties that were distributed during the final. The gold medal finally went to Nyam-Ochir SAINJARGAL.

The first bronze medal was disputed between Pierre DUPRAT (FRA), winner of the Astana Grand Prix, last week and Denis IARTCEV (RUS), gold medallist on the occasion of the Tyumen Grand Slam, last summer. After only a few seconds, IARTCEV seemed to be able to quickly win on the ground with a strong immobilisation from which the French could finally escape. Both fighters then looked capable of scoring but DUPRAT was the most opportunistic as he caught IARTCEV’s foot for a superb sweep movement (de-ashi-barai) for ippon and a second medal at the international level for DUPRAT within one week. The sound level within the arena went one step higher for the second bronze medal fight as local fighter Giyosjon BOBOYEV was opposed to Russian, Zelimkhan OZDOEV. But despite the hurrahs coming from the stands, BOBOYEV was not able to overcome the power and agility of OZDOEV who won by yuko scored during a attack-counter-attack situation.

SAINJARGAL, Nyam-Ochir (MGL) vs. KHASHBAATAR, Tsagaanbaatar (MGL)

Bronze Medal Fights
DUPRAT, Pierre (FRA) vs. IARTCEV, Denis (RUS)
BOBOYEV, Giyosjon (UZB) vs. OZDOEV, Zelimkhan (RUS)

Final Results
1. SAINJARGAL, Nyam-Ochir (MGL)
2. KHASHBAATAR, Tsagaanbaatar (MGL)
3. DUPRAT, Pierre (FRA)
3. OZDOEV, Zelimkhan (RUS)
5. BOBOYEV, Giyosjon (UZB)
5. IARTCEV, Denis (RUS)
7. MUKI, Sagi (ISR)
7. SHOKA, Vadzim (BLR)

-81kg: Incredible Scenario and Gold for MOUSTOPOULOS (GRE)

For the last final of day, the fantastic public of the “UZBEKISTAN” sport complex had a good reason to cheer for their local athlete, Yakhyo IMAMOV who was opposed to Roman MOUSTOPOULOS (GRE). If the scenario was not the one expected by the audience, it was an incredible turn of events. MOUSTOPOULOS scored the first waza-ari, imitated shortly later by IMAMOV with a superb sasae-tsuri-comi-ashi, but Uzbek athlete was probably not attentive enough and the Greek immediately took the opportunity to immobilize him for ippon and for gold.

Once again the sound level raised in the venue, when Shaxzod SOBIROV (UZB) entered the field of play against Carlos LUZ (POR) for the first bronze medal fight of the men’s -81kg category. After lest than a minute of kumikata (gripping) fight, Shaxzod SOBIROV engaged a left handed tai-otoshi movement for a superb ippon. The public literally exploded with joy, while SOBIROV raised his arms in victory. The second bronze medal fight opposed Ivan VOROBEV (RUS) and Uuganbaatar OTGONBAATAR (MGL). After 1 minute and thirty seconds, VOROBEV was menalized a first time for passivity, giving a very little advantage to the Mongolian. On minute later, at the limit of the fighting area, OTGONBAATAR applied an irresistible action/reaction technic (tani-otoshi) for ippon.


Bronze Medal Fights
SOBIROV, Shaxzod (UZB) vs. LUZ, Carlos (POR)
VOROBEV, Ivan (RUS) vs. OTGONBAATAR, Uuganbaatar (MGL)

Final Results
2. IMAMOV, Yakhyo (UZB)
3. OTGONBAATAR, Uuganbaatar (MGL)
3. SOBIROV, Shaxzod (UZB)
5. LUZ, Carlos (POR)
5. VOROBEV, Ivan (RUS)
7. ABDELAAL, Mohamed (EGY)
7. KRIZSAN, Szabolcs (HUN)



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

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

Location: Uzbekistan Sport Complex, Tashkent, Yunus-Abad District

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Judo Grand Prix, Tashkent 2014 - DAY 1

(Via IJF)

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

The first day of the second Judo Grand Prix in Tashkent was completed in the Uzbek capital with the first five gold medals which were awarded at the end of a day of beautiful and spectacular judo, to the delight of a public that came in droves to the ‘UZBEKISTAN Sport Complex’.

M. Armen Bagdasarov, the President of the Uzbek Judo Federation said: “It was a challenge to organise the event for the second year in a row. The IJF standards to have such an event are really high and more than 50 people were involved and worked really hard to make sure that everything would work smoothly. But even if we only are at the beginning of the competition, from an organisational point of view, we can already say that this is a success. We cannot relax yet and we have to stay focused on the goal to deliver a very good Grand Prix, but now everything is on its way to that success.”

Hosting an event such as a Grand Prix in Uzbekistan gives opportunity to the national federation, as explained Mr. Bagdasarov: “As I said before, it is a challenge, but it is through challenges that we can move forward and form new teams. Our country is still a very young country. We have a lot to learn. For our athletes it is also important. Being the host of the event, we can have up to four athletes per weight category. Thus we can test new athletes. For instance, Diyorbek UROZBOEV (UZB), who was in the final of the -60kg, is a silver medallist of the last Junior World Championships. We are really pleased with his progression. And of course, we can still count on our national hero, Rishod SOBIROV, who, once again demonstrated his outstanding capacities to go for medals. It is a chance for a federation, to have such a champion, who is a real ambassador of our sport.”

Daniel Lascau, the IJF Sport Director, said: “I am really pleased with the level so far. Of course, we are only at the beginning of the tournament, but we can already draw some conclusions that will need to be confirmed over the next two days. Thus today, we have seen an increasing number of situation from standing position to group work judo. For that we can say that the kumikata (gripping) plays an important role. We have also seen many combinations of techniques and very nice and clean throws, which is exactly what we want to show to our young judoka.” Then, from an organisational point of view, Mr. Lascau explained: “It was a good decision to go for a three-day competition on three mats. Everything is more fluid and I do hope that in the upcoming days, we’ll be able to confirm the very good technical tendency of this first day.”

Mr. Mohamed Meridja, the IJF Education and Coaching Director, was also happy about this first day of competition: “We had a very good first day here in Tashkent and the level is much higher than during the first edition of the event last year. All athletes look super motivated and we can feel that we are now in the Olympic Qualification period. Every match is important and can give access to the precious points that will determine within several months who will go or not to Rio 2016. Nevertheless, I am happy with the behaviour of the coaches as well. This is something really important for us and I want to thank everybody for their great efforts to keep our sport very clean.”

During the opening ceremony, Mr. Jan Snijders, the IJF Head Refereeing Director, declared: “Dear Minister of Sport, organisers, coaches and referees, and of course dear spectators, I would like to congratulate you on behalf of the IJF President, Mr. Marius Vizer, for the outstanding work that you have done so far to create a wonderful event. I wish to all of you a great success and I wish to all the spectators a beautiful judo show. Tashkent is part of the World Judo Tour. We were in Astana last week. We are now here before heading toward Abu Dhabi, Qingdao and Tokyo. Our world circuit is becoming more and more important and our Uzbek friends are part of this success.”

Mr. Murodjon Aliev, first Deputy Minister of Sport Affairs of the Republic of Uzbekistan officially opened the Judo Grand Prix, Tashkent 2014: “Good afternoon ladies and gentlemen, coaches, athletes, officials and guests. Welcome to Uzbekistan. Welcome to Tashkent. History has proved that sport is a great ambassador for peace and unity. Sport does not only develop the physical capacities but also develops morally and spiritually. Here in Uzbekistan, we are paying great attention to the education of the youth. One of our ambassadors is a judoka, Rishod Sobirov. We are really proud of him. Holding such an event during a difficult period for the world, is crucial. I want to thank the IJF President, Mr. Marius Vizer and his team for trusting us and I now declare the Grand Prix open.”

The draw can be seen at:
Live stream on Ippon TV:
Official event hashtag: #JudoAstana2014


-48kg: Charline Van Snick (BEL) is Back  

The very first final of the 2014 edition of the Judo Grand Prix in Tashkent opposed Sumeyye AKKUS (TUR) and Charline VAN SNICK (BEL) who needed the enter the golden score to secure her first victory of the season after a bronze medal in Zagreb last September. A further 52 seconds of added time was required following the regular four minutes before VAN SNICK scored a yuko for the victory as both judoka took an eternity to return to their feet after a lung-busting contest.

The first bronze medal of the category went to the winner of the 2014 edition of the Samsun Grand Prix, Irina DOLGOVA (RUS), who defeated Ebru SAHIN (TUR), with two waza-ari, the second waza-ari being scored with a well-controlled ko-uchi-gari. The second bronze medal opposed Valentina MOSCATT (ITA) and Otgontsetseg GALBADRAKH (MGL). The first four minutes of the regular time were not enough to differentiate the two athletes, but only 13 seconds in the golden score were enough for GALBADRAKH to score a small yuko with a sutemi-waza to win the bronze medal

AKKUS, Sumeyye (TUR) vs. VAN SNICK, Charline (BEL)

Bronze Medal Fights
DOLGOVA, Irina (RUS) vs. SAHIN, Ebru (TUR)
MOSCATT, Valentina (ITA) vs. GALBADRAKH, Otgontsetseg (MGL)

Final Results
1. VAN SNICK, Charline (BEL)
2. AKKUS, Sumeyye (TUR)
3. DOLGOVA, Irina (RUS)
3. GALBADRAKH, Otgontsetseg (MGL)
5. MOSCATT, Valentina (ITA)
5. SAHIN, Ebru (TUR)
7. RISHONY, Shira (ISR)
7. ROSSENEU, Amelie (ISR)

-52kg: Chitu to Win First Gold for Romania in Tashkent

The second final of today’s women’s categories opposed two World silver medallists, Andreea CHITU (ROU), finalist in Chelyabinsk in the individual tournament and Tsolmon ADIYASAMBUU (MGL), silver medallist also in Russia but in the team event. If the Romanian athlete was very powerful all day long, she seemed a little tired in the final against the strong opposition of ADIYASAMBUU. Turning into a tactical fight, CHITU showed more experience and won the title with a one shido difference on the scoreboard.

Joana RAMOS (POR) looked dominated by Ecaterina GUICA (CAN) in the first bronze medal fight of the category, but after two minutes and a half, the Portuguese launched a left handed harai-makikomi for waza-ari, immediately followed with an immobilization for ippon. 15 years separated the two athletes competing for the second bronze medal in the women’s -52kg: Ilse HEYLEN (BEL) being 37 years old, when Eleudis VALENTIM (BRA) is only 22. Nevertheless, nothing seemed to be able to decide the winner of the combat until Ilse HEYLEN was penalized for passivity in the golden score, giving the victory and the medal to Valentim.

CHITU, Andreea (ROU) vs. ADIYASAMBUU, Tsolmon (MGL)

Bronze Medal Fights
GUICA, Ecaterina (CAN) vs. RAMOS, Joana (POR)
VALENTIM, Eleudis (BRA) vs. HEYLEN, Ilse (BEL)

Final Results
1. CHITU, Andreea (ROU)
3. RAMOS, Joana (POR)
3. VALENTIM, Eleudis (BRA)
5. GUICA, Ecaterina (CAN)
5. HEYLEN, Ilse (BEL)

-57kg: Caprioriu doubles the Score for Romania

With three athletes engaged during this first day of competition, Romania almost got the perfect score as Corina CAPRIORIU wins the second gold medal for her delegation in Tashkent, against Camila MINAKAWA (ISR). Easily dominating the fight, the Romanian, won with two waza-ari with 21 seconds left.

The 2008 Olympic Champion, Giulia QUINTAVALLE (ITA) was opposed to Arleta PODOLAK (POL) in the first bronze medal fight of the category. Being less active than the Polish, QUINTAVALLE was penalized more. PODOLAK then decided to launch a real first attack with a combination ippon-ko-uchi-gari for yuko, enough to secure her place on the podium. In the second bronze medal contest, the 24-year-old Canadian competitor, Stefanie TREMBLAY (CAN) met Jovana ROGIC (SRB), bronze medallist at the Zagreb Grand Prix, in the middle of September and once again, the Serbian athlete wrote her name in the medal table of an IJF world Judo Tour event, taking the bronze medal with a single yuko.

MINAKAWA, Camila (ISR) vs. CAPRIORIU, Corina (ROU)

Bronze Medal Fights
TREMBLAY, Stefanie (CAN) vs. ROGIC, Jovana (SRB)

Final Results
1. CAPRIORIU, Corina (ROU)
2. MINAKAWA, Camila (ISR)
3. PODOLAK, Arleta (POL)
3. ROGIC, Jovana (SRB)
5. TREMBLAY, Stefanie (CAN)
7. FILZMOSER, Sabrina (AUT)
7. ZELTNER, Tina (AUT)


-60kg: Mongolia Takes Gold

The final of the men’s -60kg saw Amartuvshin DASHDAVAA (MGL) face off against home judoka Diyorbek UROZBOEV (UZB). Strongly supported by an enthusiastic public, UROZBOEV quickly took the lead giving the impression to control the fight. But this was definitely not the idea of DASHDAVAA, who finally immobilized his opponent for ippon. The significance of the victory was apparent as the Mongolian looks to chase down world number one and world champion GANBAT Boldbaatar (MGL) in the race for Rio 2016.

In the first bronze medal fight, after less than a minute, Bakhrom INOYATOV (UZB) and Gumar KYRGYZBAYEV (KAZ) had both scored a yuko. Engaging full power, the two athletes gave the impression that either fighter could win on either side, when KYRGYZBAYEV scored a waza-ari, immediately followed by an immobilization but for no score. A few second later the Kazakh athlete scored again a yuko with a magical movement from which Inoyatov hardly escaped to avoid the ippon. KYRGYZBAYEV could then easily control the match to win the bronze medal. In the second bronze medal fight, Kherlen GANBOLD (MGL) faced Sharafuddin LUTFILLAEV (UZB). And once again the Uzbek athlete was the first one to score a yuko with a ko-uchi-gari. LUTFILLAEV again scored a few second later but this time a waza-ari. Totally put out of balance by GANBOLD, the Uzbek was able to escape and return the situation to his advantage. But in the meanwhile, he was also penalised three times and then a fourth time for not respecting the limit of the fighting area, offering the victory to the Mongolian athlete.

DASHDAVAA, Amartuvshin (MGL) vs. UROZBOEV, Diyorbek (UZB)

Bronze Medal Fights
GANBOLD, Kherlen (MGL) vs. LUTFILLAEV, Sharafuddin (UZB)

Final Results
1. DASHDAVAA, Amartuvshin (MGL)
2. UROZBOEV, Diyorbek (UZB)
3. GANBOLD, Kherlen (MGL)
5. INOYATOV, Bakhrom (UZB)
5. LUTFILLAEV, Sharafuddin (UZB)
7. ARSHANSKI, Artiom (ISR)
7. MILOUS, Sofiane (FRA)

-66kg:  Sobirov Wins Gold in his Home Country

He is definitely the star in Uzbekistan. Two-time world champion and Olympic medallist, Rishod Sobirov couldn’t please his public more than by entering the final against Altansukh DOVDON (MGL). The final was a perfect example of the opposition of two different styles: the Mongolian proposing strength when Sobirov tried to apply his technique, which he could for the first time after 3:45 which a superb left handed uchi-mata for waza-ari. Sobirov doubled the score a few seconds later with a counter attack. The public could finally celebrate their champion.

The first bronze medal fight saw Dzmitry SHERSHAN (BLR) opposed to Sugoi URIARTE (ESP). None of the athletes looked really in the position to score until URIARTE held his opponent with an immobilization for waza-ari and then scored a yuko with a sumi-gaeshi at the limit of the fighting area. The two Russian athletes were engaged in the second bronze medal fight of the men’s -66kg, Anzaur ARDANOV (RUS) and Denis LAVRENTIEV (RUS), the second wining the medal against his teammate with an immobilization for ippon.

SOBIROV, Rishod (UZB) vs. DOVDON, Altansukh (MGL)

Bronze Medal Fights
SHERSHAN, Dzmitry (BLR) vs. URIARTE, Sugoi (ESP)

Final Results
1. SOBIROV, Rishod (UZB)
2. DOVDON, Altansukh (MGL)
3. URIARTE, Sugoi (ESP)
5. ARDANOV, Anzaur (RUS)
5. SHERSHAN, Dzmitry (BLR)
7. BRUNO, Emanuele (ITA)



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: Uzbekistan Sport Complex, Tashkent, Yunus-Abad District