Sunday, July 19, 2015

Tyumen Grand Slam 2015 - DAY 2

(Via IJF)

Women: -70kg  -78kg  +78kg 
Men: -81kg | -90kg | -100kg | +100kg 

The Tyumen Grand Slam 2015 concluded on Sunday with a pulse-pounding finale at the Tyumen Athletic Centre.


On day two gold medallists were crowned in the remaining seven categories as the full judo programme delighted the home audience who have embraced their annual Grand Slam with their traditional enthusiasm and patriotism.

The women’s -70kg, -78kg and +78g categories and men’s -81kg, -90kg, -100kg and +100kg categories were all contested as 153 judoka stepped into the arena in Tyumen with the upcoming World Championships at the forefront of their minds.

The second Grand Slam of the season, following Baku in May, is also the last senior IJF event before the sport’s annual showpiece event, the World Championships, which will captivate a global audience in Kazakhstan’s capital city of Astana.

The sell-out crowd entering the arena for the last day of the Tyumen Grand Slam  

IJF Sports Director Armen BAGDASAROV said: “The organisation has been fantastic here in Tyumen for this second edition of their Grand Slam.”

The 1996 Olympic silver medallist looked ahead to the World Championships in Astana, Kazakhstan which is the most crucial event in this Olympic cycle as athlete’s eye qualification for Rio 2016.

“The Kazakhstan Judo Federation has an enormous task this year, they have modified the venue to suit our sport and the scale of hosting a World Championships.

“Of course the Worlds will be very important as always but especially this year as the last World Championships before the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. The most World Ranking points will be on offer in Astana and athletes and nations are all counting down the days until the event.

“We expect to see a large crowd of judo fans at the competition and tickets are now in huge demand both in Kazakhstan and internationally.”

IJF Hall of Famer and 1981 world champion Neil ADAMS also turned his attention to the World Championships and outlined the importance of the eagerly-awaited seven-day competition.

The double Olympic silver medallist said: “There are a lot of opportunities to earn points towards Rio 2016 now but the World Championships are the pinnacle and every athlete is doing everything they can to be there to aid their quest for the Games.

“Some judoka in the latter part of their career will be World Championships heading into their last Olympics and that’s another factor.”

ADAMS shared his personal experience of the emotions that the newly-crowned world champions will experience in Kazakhstan.

“If you win any major events, a Worlds or Olympics, then you are at the very top of the sport, whether its once or more than that it is one of the greatest feelings of your life to be the best in the world. That is a very special feeling to be the best at one stage in your life.”

The World Championships will take centre stage from 24-30 August and judo fans will be able to watch the action live at www.ippon.tv

Tyumen Grand Slam results: http://www.ippon.org/gs_rus2015.php



WOMEN

-70kg: Triumphant TACHIMOTO earns third Grand Slam title      

Tokyo Grand Slam silver medallist TACHIMOTO Haruka (JPN) starred in the -70kg category on the last day in Tyumen as she swept past the opposition with an exceptional showing. All Japan Championships winner TACHIMOTO, 24, was competing on the international stage for the first time this year and looked stronger and stronger with every contest. Reigning Paris Grand Slam winner Linda BOLDER (ISR) lost out to the inspired Japanese judoka who threw with a sumptuous uchi-mata for ippon with 90 seconds remaining. 


TACHIMOTO said: “I feel awesome. I treated today as if it was my World Championships, I put everything into my competition and I am very happy to stay unbeaten in 2015. Rio 2016 is my goal and I hope today’s result will mean that I can compete in more international events.”          
   
In the first semi-final former world bronze medallist KIM Seongyeon (KOR) – who won the Universiade in Gwangju two weeks ago – was undone by BOLDER after 80 seconds as the Korean had to tap out to a juji-gatame. In the second semi-final TACHIMOTO was all business as she dispatched European Games bronze medallist Szaundra DIEDRICH (GER) with a tai-otoshi for ippon.

The first bronze medal was won by DIEDRICH who submitted top seed and Ulaanbaatar Grand Prix winner Bernadette GRAF (AUT) to secure a podium spot. The second bronze medal was claimed by Pan American Games winner Kelita ZUPANCIC (CAN) who defeated KIM by the margin of a single yuko score which came 11 seconds from time with a beautiful uchi-mata.  
                         
Final
BOLDER, Linda (ISR) vs TACHIMOTO, Haruka (JPN)                                                                                                                                                          
Bronze Medal Fights
DIEDRICH, Szaundra (GER) vs GRAF, Bernadette (AUT)    
KIM, Seongyeon (KOR) vs ZUPANCIC, Kelita (CAN)                                                                                                  
                                                                                                
  
Final Results
1. TACHIMOTO, Haruka (JPN)                                                                      
2. BOLDER, Linda (ISR)                       
3. DIEDRICH, Szaundra (GER)                                
3. ZUPANCIC, Kelita (CAN)                          
5. GRAF, Bernadette (AUT)                  
5. KIM, Seongyeon (KOR)
7. NUNIRA, Karen (JPN)                        
7. KRIUKOVA, Iana (RUS)                  

-78kg: STEENHUIS set for world title challenge after Tyumen gold     

European Games bronze medallist Guusje STEENHUIS (NED) topped the podium in the -78kg category as she defeated Tokyo Grand Slam silver medallist SATO Ruika (JPN) in the final. STEENHUIS maintained a 100% record in Grand Slams this year as she followed up on her Baku victory with an unbeatable display in Tyumen. Two-time Grand Slam winner SATO, who is one of the most physical judoka in the category, failed with a tai-otoshi attempt and lost out on shido penalties with two against SATO and one against the eventual winner with both indiscretions as a result of the judoka going out of the contest area.  


In the first semi-final contest STEENHUIS bested Tokyo Grand Slam bronze medallist HAMADA Shori (JPN) on shido penalties. STEENHUIS was penalised once while HAMADA was penalised twice as both judoka failed to register any scores and the Dutch judoka advanced.

In the second semi-final SATO defeated World Judo Masters silver medallist Natalie POWELL (GBR) by ippon with 37 seconds left. SATO had the advantage on shido penalties with two against POWELL for passivity but that became irrelevant when the Japanese fighter produced the maximum score to take her place in the -78kg gold medal contest.

The first bronze medal was claimed by European Games silver medallist and top seed Luise MALZAHN (GER) who defeated POWELL in just 24 seconds by ippon to redeem herself after her semi-final loss. The second bronze medal contest was won by HAMADA who bested European Games winner Marhinde VERKERK (NED) by trapping her in osaekomi for 20 seconds and ippon. HAMADA marked her second Grand Slam appearance with a hard-fought result which will lift her confidence.  
                          
Final
STEENHUIS, Guusje (NED) vs SATO, Ruika (JPN)                                                                                                                                                                       
Bronze Medal Fights
POWELL, Natalie (GBR) vs MALZAHN, Luise (GER)                       
HAMADA, Shori (JPN) vs VERKERK, Marhinde (NED)                                                                                          
                                                                                                
  
Final Results
1. STEENHUIS, Guusje (NED)                          
2. SATO, Ruika (JPN)                                               
3. MALZAHN, Luise (GER)                                                                         
3. HAMADA, Shori (JPN)   
5. POWELL, Natalie (GBR)                        
5. VERKERK, Marhinde (NED)                                                                
7. PUREVJARGAL, Lkhamdegd (MGL)                            
7. GALEONE, Assunta (ITA)                                                                                                        


+78kg: Grand Slam breakthrough for MA  

Ulaanbaatar Grand Prix bronze medallist MA Sisi (CHN) made her Grand Slam breakthrough in the best style possible as she claimed heavyweight gold in Russia. MA defeated Tokyo Grand Slam winner INAMORI Nami (JPN) in the final despite the Japanese judoka making a bright start with a robust harai-goshi attack which almost opened the scoring. INAMORI pressed with a left-sided drop seoi-nage effort but it took three minutes and 58 seconds for the deadlock to be dramatically broken as MA scored a yuko to capture the gold. 
  

In the first semi-final contest MA surpassed teammate World Judo Masters winner YU Song (CHN). MA edged her colleague by the only score of the contest which was a yuko from a harai-makikomi to reach her first Grand Slam final at the expense of her training partner who was sent into the bronze medal contest.

In the second semi-final World Judo Masters bronze medallist Franziska KONITZ (GER) lost out to INAMORI by ippon with 36 seconds left on the clock.

The first bronze medal was claimed by European Games silver medallist Jasmin KUELBS (GER) who had to stop the medal ambitions of colleague and world number three KONITZ on shido penalties. The second bronze medal contest was won by YU who showed the power of China in the heavyweight division as she defeated Budapest Grand Prix silver medallist Nihel CHEIKH ROUHOU (TUN) also on shido penalties. 
                     
Final
INAMORI, Nami (JPN) vs MA, Sisi (CHN)                                                                                                                

Bronze Medal Fights
KONITZ, Franziska (GER) vs KUELBS, Jasmin (GER)                       
YU, Song (CHN) vs CHEIKH ROUHOU, Nihel (TUN)                                                                                                                          

Final Results
1. MA, Sisi (CHN)                                                
2. INAMORI, Nami (JPN)                      
3. KUELBS, Jasmin (GER)                                                                         
3. YU, Song (CHN)    
5. KONITZ, Franziska (GER)                       
5. CHEIKH ROUHOU, Nihel (TUN)                                                                 
7. NUNES, Rochele (BRA)                            
7. SLUTSKAYA, Maryna (BLR)                                                                                                          


MEN

-81kg: Victory for Tyumen's own VOROBEV

Former world bronze medallist Ivan VOROBEV (RUS) rose to the occasion in his home city and home event as he defeated Olympic bronze medallist Antoine VALOIS-FORTIER (CAN) for the first time to clinch -81kg gold. VALOIS-FORTIER, who is the in-form judoka in the category after triumphing at the Ulaanbaatar Grand Prix, and is ready launch his strongest challenge yet for world gold next month, was penalised with a shido with 60 seconds remaining and that breathed new life into the chants of ‘Russia, Russia’ among the animated crowd. When the Russian team calls on VOROBEV he always delivers and he proved himself again today.  


In the first semi-final VALOIS-FORTIER was cool and collected as the home fans rooted for Tbilisi Grand Prix bronze medallist Sirazhudin MAGOMEDOV (RUS). VALOIS-FORTIER took the lead with a waza-ari as he countered a weak uchi-mata attempt from the Russian by taking control of the movement and rolling his opponent onto his back for the score. In the second semi-final Aslan LAPPINAGOV (RUS) saw his dreams of a home win evaporate courtesy of his compatriot VOROBEV on shido penalties. The crowd applauded both judoka off the tatami as they could only be separated by shido penalties after five minutes with three shidos against LAPPINAGOV and only two against VOROBEV. 

Both bronze medal contests pitted Russian judoka against German opposition in the opening contests of the final block and the visitors triumphed to take home both medals.

The first bronze medal was clinched by European Games bronze medallist Alexander WIECZERZAK (GER) who beat 21-year-old LAPPINAGOV. A waza-ari from WIECZERZAK was the only score registered as LAPPINAGOV lacked any real impetus at the most important time. The second bronze medal was won by Budapest Grand Prix bronze medallist Sven MARESCH (GER) who defeated former European champion MAGOMEDOV. The Russian judoka was penalised for passivity before MARESCH was penalised for a false attack but the German fighter came through to score a waza-ari with a ko-uchi-gari and held down MAGOMEDOV for 15 seconds to seal his place on the podium. 
             
Final
VALOIS-FORTIER, Antoine (CAN) vs VOROBEV, Ivan (RUS)                                                                                                                            
Bronze Medal Fights
LAPPINAGOV, Aslan (RUS) vs WIECZERZAK, Alexander (GER)                        
MAGOMEDOV, Sirazhudin (RUS) vs MARESCH, Sven (GER)                                                                                                                       

Final Results
1. VOROBEV, Ivan (RUS)                                                                              
2. VALOIS-FORTIER, Antoine (CAN)                                              
3. WIECZERZAK, Alexander (GER)                                                  
3. MARESCH, Sven (GER)                                                                 
5. LAPPINAGOV, Aslan (RUS)                            
5. MAGOMEDOV, Sirazhudin (RUS)                                                 
7. LUZ, Carlos (POR)                         
7. LIMA, Diogo (POR)                                           

-90kg: Worlds-bound BAKER battles to victory

Baku Grand Slam winner BAKER Mashu (JPN) won back-to-back Grand Slams for the first time in his thriving career as the 20-year-old Japanese ace outfought former Junior World Championships winner Magomed MAGOMEDOV (RUS) in the final. The young Japanese fighter meets every challenge with total commitment and was pushed to his physical limits today as he came up against three Russian judoka. BAKER scored a yuko with an ouchi-gari and absorbed every attack from MAGOMEDOV as the 23-year-old had to settle for silver. 


BAKER said: "I am very happy, it was a hard day. I really wanted to fight in Russia again after my experience at the World Championships last year. Now I want to win the gold medal in Astana and I will prepare at a national training camp and at my University which is Tokai.”

In the first semi-final Baku Grand Slam winner BAKER shaded Dusseldorf Grand Prix silver medallist Kazbek ZANKISHIEV (RUS) on a single shido penalty as the home fighter lost out but could still salvage a medal via the repechage. In the second semi-final MAGOMEDOV defeated former Budapest Grand Prix bronze medallist Khusen KHALMURZAEV (RUS) by ippon at the halfway point to make sure that he would be the recipient of the fans’ passionate support in the final.

The first bronze medal was won by KHALMURZAEV who defeated African Championships silver medallist Zack PIONTEK (RSA). KHALMURZAEV produced the first and only score of the contest which was a yuko and the bold bid from PIONTEK saw him finish with a credible fifth-place. The second bronze medal was captured by Tyumen judoka ZANKISHIEV as former Tallinn European Open bronze medallist Aigars MILENBERGS (LAT) received four penalties and hansoku-make after a lethargic display which was unfitting of the stage.                    
     
Final
MAGOMEDOV, Magomed (RUS) vs BAKER, Mashu (JPN)                                                                           

Bronze Medal Fights
KHALMURZAEV, Khusen (RUS) vs PIONTEK, Zack (RSA)                
ZANKISHIEV, Kazbek (RUS) vs MILENBERGS, Aigars (LAT)                                                                                                                                                

Final Results
1. BAKER, Mashu (JPN)                                              
2. MAGOMEDOV, Magomed (RUS)                     
3. KHALMURZAEV, Khusen (RUS)  
3. ZANKISHIEV, Kazbek (RUS)
5 PIONTEK, Zack (RSA)                                                                          
5. MILENBERGS, Aigars (LAT)                                                                  
7. HILDEBRAND, Aaron (GER)      
7. DVARBY, Joakim (SWE)                                                                                                                   


-100kg: Swedish Grand Slam history for PACEK   

Ulaanbaatar Grand Prix silver medallist Martin PACEK (SWE) took Swedish Judo to a new level in Tyumen as he won his country’s first Grand Slam gold medal by beating Tbilisi Grand Prix bronze medallist Jevgenijs BORODAVKO (LAT) in the -100kg final. World number 27 BORODAVKO, who led 4-2 in their head-to-head record before today, was beaten in their highest profile meeting to date as world number 11 PACEK scored an ouchi-gari with a yuko which was decisive. 



PACEK said: “This is a real honour for me and is not something that I take lightly. I am pleased with where I am at the moment and physically I feel good. I will now step up my preparations for the World Championships.”

In the first semi-final PACEK defeated former Zagreb Grand Prix silver medallist Aleksandre MSKHALADZE (GEO). The Swedish judoka attacked with a harai-goshi but MSKHALADZE dangerously tried to catch the standing leg of his rival with an ouchi-gari from being behind PACEK and received hansoku-make for that illegal infringment. In the second semi-final BORODAVKO was too strong for African champion Lyes BOUYACOUB (ALG) as he prevailed by ippon from osaekomi as the Algerian judoka could not escape the clutches of his rival.  

The first bronze medal was won by European Games bronze medallist Toma NIKIFOROV (BEL) who overwhelmed BOUYACOUB by ippon. The second bronze medal was captured by Samsun Grand Prix silver medallist Karl-Richard FREY (GER) as MSKHALADZE had been disqualified in the previous round and could not compete.                                     

Final
PACEK, Martin (SWE) vs BORODAVKO, Jevgenijs (LAT)                                                                                                  
Bronze Medal Fights
BOUYACOUB, Lyes (ALG) vs NIKIFOROV, Toma (BEL)               
MSKHALADZE, Aleksandre (GEO) vs FREY, Karl-Richard (GER)                                                                                                                                             

Final Result
1. PACEK, Martin (SWE)                                            
2. BORODAVKO, Jevgenijs (LAT)                       
3. NIKIFOROV, Toma (BEL)               
3. FREY, Karl-Richard (GER)                     
5. BOUYACOUB, Lyes (ALG)                                                             
5. MSKHALADZE, Aleksandre (GEO)                                           
7. KOSYASHNIKOV, Mikhail (RUS)       
7. TAKAGI, Kaihan (JPN)                                                                                                                 


+100kg: HARASAWA halts Russian KAMBIEV for the top prize     

Reigning Tyumen Grand Slam bronze medallist HARASAWA Hisayoshi (JPN) showed the difference the last year has made to his judo as he defeated Tbilisi Grand Prix bronze medallist Aslan KAMBIEV (RUS) to win +100kg gold. The heavyweight finalists had never met before and it was HARASAWA who registered his name first in the win column as he threw beautifully with an uchi-mata after 90 seconds for ippon having led by a yuko. 


In the first semi-final All Japan Championships winner HARASAWA dismissed Maciej SARNACKI (POL) by ippon as he built on his initial waza-ari advantage while in the second semi-final KAMBIEV downed teammate Soslan BOSTANOV (RUS) by pinning him down for 20 seconds.  

The first bronze medal was won by BOSTANOV who saw off Astana Grand Prix bronze medallist Andre BREITBARTH (GER) by a waza-ari score in a highly-charged contest. The second bronze medal was captured by SARNACKI who defeated former European bronze medallist Jean-Sebastien BONVOISIN (FRA) by ippon at the two minute mark.                      
                      
Final

HARASAWA, Hisayoshi (JPN) vs KAMBIEV, Aslan (RUS)     

                                                                                                               

Bronze Medal Fights
BOSTANOV, Soslan (RUS) vs BREITBARTH, Andre (GER)                
SARNACKI, Maciej (POL) vs BONVOISIN, Jean-Sebastien (FRA)                                                                                                                                                           

Final Result
1. HARASAWA, Hisayoshi (JPN)                                            
2. KAMBIEV, Aslan (RUS)                       
3. BOSTANOV, Soslan (RUS)  
3. SARNACKI, Maciej (POL)  
5. BREITBARTH, Andre (GER)                                                                            
5. BONVOISIN, Jean-Sebastien (FRA)                                                                 
7. HEINLE, Sven (GER)       
7. NATEA, Daniel (ROU)                                         

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Tyumen Grand Slam 2015 - DAY 1

(Via IJF)

Women: -48kg | -52kg | -57kg | -63kg
Men:  -60kg | -66kg | -73kg 

The second IJF Grand Slam of the season started on Saturday with a sensational judo spectacle at the sold out Tyumen Athletic Centre in Siberia.


The two-day centrepiece of Russian Judo has welcomed 312 judoka from 53 nations who are all looking to strengthen their case for world honours next month in Astana, Kazakhstan.

Russia are every bit adept at hosting major judo events as they are at producing judo champions and the second instalment of the Grand Slam in the Siberian region features a 56-strong home team with four Russian judoka in every category which the visiting nations all have to overcome.
  
On the opening day in the Tyumen the women’s -48kg, -52kg, -57kg and -63kg categories and men’s -60kg, -66kg and -73kg categories opened the second of five Grand Slams on the IJF calendar with upcoming editions due in Paris, Abu Dhabi and Tokyo.   


The opening ceremony took place ahead of the final block and saw a parade of the flags of the participating countries before the event was officially opened.

Mr. Alexander MOORE, Head of Administration of Tyumen, made the first address in the teeming venue. “Dear friends, I am glad to welcome athletes from all over the world and fans of the Tyumen Grand Slam on our hospitable land. It is a great honour for us to host a top level judo event again. Tyumen held the Grand Slam for the first time in 2014, a spectacular and perfectly organised event.

Mr. Alexander MOORE made the first speech at the opening ceremony

“The Tyumen citizens really love judo and thousands of children from different sport sections do judo with the dream of winning world and Olympic medals. Judo is an example of a healthy way of life and is a sport we can all be proud to be part of. I wish all the athletes to fully realise their fighting ambitions and to earn ranking points and wish them good luck. I hope judo fans enjoy spectacular fights and get a positive feeling from the competition.”

Mr. Sergey SOLOVEYCHIK, IJF Vice President and EJU President, said: “Dear athletes, coaches, fans and guests, on behalf of IJF I welcome you all to the Tyumen Grand Slam 2015. This event is one of most prestigious on the IJF calendar and will help athletes to be seeded for the World Championships in August.

“We wish the athletes spectacular fights, good luck and a straight forward road to Rio 2016. I also thank the local organising committee for their efforts and the Russian Judo Federation, the city administration and regional judo federation for a perfect organisation of this event. Ladies and gentlemen we declare the Tyumen Grand Slam open.”

Mr. Sergey SOLOVEYCHIK (above) opened the Tyumen Grand Slam

On Sunday the heavyweights get their chance to secure vital world ranking points in the race to be seeded for the World Championships and ultimately to qualify for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. The women’s -70kg, -78kg and +78kg judoka will be joined in action on day two by the men’s -81kg, -90kg, -100g and +100kg judoka.  

Germany’s -81kg hope Alexander WIECZERZAK said: “Over the past few weeks we’ve had a busy programme: From the European Games to the training camp in Spain and three days later we are here at the Grand Slam in Tyumen. I focus on the World Championships in Astana. There's no need to say that I will give my best on Sunday, but the focus is definitely on Astana.”

Britain’s World Judo Masters silver medallist and -78kg star Natalie POWELL said: “My goals for this year are to win Grand Slam and Grand Prix medals to accumulate enough points to qualify in the world’s top four for Rio 2016. The medal I really want this year as at the World Championships.”

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WOMEN

-48kg: Faultless FIGUEROA frustrates the hosts to strike gold    

Tbilisi Grand Prix silver medallist Julia FIGUEROA (ESP) won her first IJF gold medal on Saturday as she dispatched former European bronze medallist Kristina RUMYANTSEVA (RUS) in the -48kg final. The Spanish fighter fought and defeated three Russian judoka to issue a statement of intent in the last senior IJF event before the World Championships. RUMYANTSEVA, who won bronze at the Russian Grand Slam in 2012, had the chance to win her country’s first gold medal of the Grand Slam, but FIGUEROA still had to measure of the home judoka at the third time of asking as she trapped her opponent in osaekomi for 20 seconds and the gold medal.           


FIGUEROA said: “I am very happy to win gold, this was my first Grand Slam final. All three Russian judoka I fought were very tough. Now I will think of the World Championships as that is next for me.”

In the first semi-final RUMYANTSEVA bested teammate and Budapest Grand Prix bronze medallist Nataliya KONDRATYEVA (RUS) by ippon after just 46 seconds as the home crowd found out who would be their representative in a Tyumen Grand Slam final. In the second semi-final the gutsy FIGUEROA, who was described by her coach AN as one of the most hard working judoka he has ever worked with, went the distance with the World Judo Masters and European Games bronze medallist Irina DOLGOVA (RUS). Despite both judoka cancelling each other out, the initial four minutes were lively and an exciting conclusion was anticipated in golden score. Teenager DOLGOVA was thrown with a left morote-seoi-nage for a yuko and the Spaniard FIGUEROA guaranteed her first Grand Slam medal.

The first bronze medal was awarded to 19-year-old DOLGOVA who defeated Baku Grand Slam winner Monica UNGUREANU (ROU) who had started the day as the top seed. The Russian youngster won her first medal at one of the IJF’s five Grand Slams – and on home soil - in golden score by a yuko and that memory is something that will stay with her for the first of her career. The second bronze medal was won by former Qingdao Grand Prix winner Alesya KUZNETSOVA (RUS) who defeated former Baku Grand Slam bronze medallist KONDRATYEVA with a breathaking illustration of her ne-waza prowess. KUZNETSOVA stepped onto a Grand Slam podium for the first time as she came from behind to score a yuko, a waza-ari and then held down her compatriot for 15 seconds to win by wazari-awasette-ippon.  
                                                
Final
FIGUEROA, Julia (ESP) vs RUMYANTSEVA, Kristina (RUS)                                                                                                                        
Bronze Medal Fights
DOLGOVA, Irina (RUS) vs UNGUREANU, Monica (ROU)                        
KONDRATYEVA, Nataliya (RUS) vs KUZNETSOVA, Alesya (RUS)                                                                                                                                               

Final Results
1. FIGUEROA, Julia (ESP)                          
2. RUMYANTSEVA, Kristina (RUS)                                      
3. DOLGOVA, Irina (RUS)       
3. KUZNETSOVA, Alesya (RUS)
5. UNGUREANU, Monica (ROU)                         
5. KONDRATYEVA, Nataliya (RUS)    
7. XIE, Shishi (CHN)                     
7. RISHONY, Shira (ISR)                                                                    


-52kg: Emotional RAMOS rules in Russia 

Budapest Grand Prix bronze medallist Joana RAMOS (POR) celebrated winning her first Grand Slam gold medal as she continues to defy the odds at the age of 33. Asian Championships winner MA Yingnan (CHN), who was fifth at the World Championships last year in Chelyabinsk, fell behind to a waza-ari after 40 seconds and that was the difference at the end of the contest as the Portuguese fighter, who won silver at the 2010 Russia Grand Slam, showed the world that she is truly in her prime.    


In the first semi-final RAMOS defeated two-time Grand Slam winner Jaana SUNDBERG (FIN) in golden score. After four minutes the contest was tied with one shido to each fighter and no scores registered and so the action continued with an unlimited period of golden score. RAMOS showed her superior conditioning level by moving forward at every opportunity and was rewarded with the win as she scored a yuko after 68 seconds of additional time. In the second semi-final former world bronze medallist Mareen KRAEH (GER) was defeated by MA by a waza-ari score as the latter made sure that the nine-strong all-female Chinese team made a positive start in Tyumen.

The first bronze medal was clinched by KRAEH who dismissed Jeju Grand Prix bronze medallist Gili COHEN (ISR) by ippon after 79 seconds. The second bronze medal was won by two-time Grand Slam bronze medallist Roni SCHWARTZ (ISR) who bested SUNDBERG by a waza-ari as the Finnish fighter was off form in the last contest.          
         
Final
MA, Yingnan (CHN) vs RAMOS, Joana (POR)            
                  
Bronze Medal Fights
KRAEH, Mareen (GER) vs COHEN, Gili (ISR)                  
SUNDBERG, Jaana (FIN) vs SCHWARTZ, Roni (ISR)                         
                                                                                                                                      

Final Results
1. RAMOS, Joana (POR)                 
2. MA, Yingnan (CHN)                                                     
3. KRAEH, Mareen (GER)                            
3. SCHWARTZ, Roni (ISR)                                                                             
5. COHEN, Gili (ISR)                       
5. SUNDBERG, Jaana (FIN)
7. CHITU, Andreea (ROU)  
7. HEYLEN, Ilse (BEL)                                                                                                            


-57kg: Teen YOSHIDA defeats top seed CAPRIORIU  

Tokyo Grand Slam bronze medallist YOSHIDA Tsukasa (JPN) defeated World Judo Masters bronze medallist Corina CAPRIORIU (ROU) – who turned 29 today – in the -57kg final. YOSHIDA, 19, is one of a plethora of Japanese riches in the category including the reigning world and Olympic champions and was competing in only her second senior IJF event. YOSHIDA initially attacked with a kosoto-gari and drove the Romanian over towards the edge of the tatami to take the lead and after four minutes that was enough to win her first Grand Slam title. 


In the first semi-final CAPRIORIU showed her desire to celebrate her birthday by winning in Tyumen. The Romanian was successful against world bronze medallist Sanne VERHAGEN (NED) in the semi-final by a yuko in a close contest where both judoka traded shido penalties. In the second semi-final YOSHIDA ended the title defence of 2014 Tyumen Grand Slam winner Catherine BEAUCHEMIN-PINARD (CAN) in golden score. YOSHIDA sealed her place in the -57kg final with a yuko score after 79 seconds of extra time.

The first bronze medal was won by BEAUCHEMIN-PINARD who was successful against Beijing 2008 Olympic champion Giulia QUINTAVALLE (ITA) by ippon in the third minute. The second bronze medal was won by beaten semi-finalist VERHAGEN who came back to form for the Netherlands by triumphing against 35-year-old stalwart Sabrina FILZMOSER (AUT) by a waza-ari which was the only score of the contest. 
               
Final
YOSHIDA, Tsukasa (JPN) vs CAPRIORIU, Corina (ROU)                                                                                                                                                       
Bronze Medal Fights
BEAUCHEMIN-PINARD, Catherine (CAN) vs QUINTAVALLE, Giulia (ITA)            
VERHAGEN, Sanne (NED) vs FILZMOSER, Sabrina (AUT)                                  
                               

Final Results 
1. YOSHIDA, Tsukasa (JPN)          
2. CAPRIORIU, Corina (ROU)                                                                 
3. BEAUCHEMIN-PINARD, Catherine (CAN)                                                            
3. VERHAGEN, Sanne (NED)                      
5. QUINTAVALLE, Giulia (ITA)                           
5. FILZMOSER, Sabrina (AUT)                           
7. KAZENYUK, Tatiana (RUS)                      
7. MINAKAWA, Camila (ISR)                                                        


-63kg: TSEDEVSUREN wins all-Mongolian final

Asian Championships winner TSEDEVSUREN Munkhzaya (MGL) won an-all Mongolian -63kg final as the force of one of judo’s powerhouse nations was on display following the recent Ulaanbaatar Grand Prix. TSEDEVSUREN prevailed in a scrappy contest as TSEND-AYUSH Tserennadmid (MGL), who won her home event earlier this month, was penalised on three occasions while her colleague was penalised twice. 


In the first semi-final Alice SCHLESINGER (GBR) – who overcame world silver medallist Yarden GERBI (ISR) in the quarter-finals – lost out to TSEDEVSUREN in the last four stage. SCHLESINGER has enjoyed a new lease of life under the British regime but was convincingly defeated by ippon from a makikomi effort after trailing to a waza-ari score. In the second semi-final TSEND-AYUSH matched the efforts of her teammate as she squeezed past Zagreb Grand Prix bronze medallist Edwige GWEND (ITA) on shido penalties. The Italian judoka was penalised twice while her Mongolian opponent was only reprimanded once by the referee.

The first bronze medal was won by 2013 world champion Yarden GERBI (ISR) who found herself in the repechage which has been familiar territory for the two-time Grand Slam winner this year. GERBI was at her ruthless best in this contest as she scored a yuko and added a second from a kesa-gatame hold for 12 seconds against GWEND and wrapped up the victory by ippon with 43 seconds left. The second bronze medal was won by SCHLESINGER against Budapest Grand Prix bronze medallist Anna BERNHOLM (SWE) as the latter toiled and was penalised four times to receive hansoku-make.   
               
Final
TSEND-AYUSH, Tserennadmid (MGL) vs TSEDEVSUREN, Munkhzaya (MGL)                                                                                                                                                        
Bronze Medal Fights
GWEND, Edwige (ITA) vs GERBI, Yarden (ISR)            
SCHLESINGER, Alice (GBR) vs BERNHOLM, Anna (SWE)                              
                               

Final Results 
1. TSEDEVSUREN, Munkhzaya (MGL)                                
2. TSEND-AYUSH, Tserennadmid (MGL)                                               
3. GERBI, Yarden (ISR)                                                                        
3. SCHLESINGER, Alice (GBR)                      
5. GWEND, Edwige (ITA)              
5. BERNHOLM, Anna (SWE)                          
7. MISKOVIC, Marijana (CRO)                       
7. QUADROS, Ketleyn (BRA)                    


MEN

-60kg: KIDO retains Tyumen title for Japan 

All Japan Championships winner and reigning Tyumen Grand Slam champion KIDO Shinji (JPN) successfully defended his 2014 gold medal as he beat former European bronze medallist Ashley MCKENZIE (GBR) in the -60kg final. World number 28 MCKENZIE, who celebrated his 26th birthday on Friday, had never won a Grand Slam before day and needed a strong showing to book his ticket to the World Championships. KIDO proved his quality on the international stage once again as he submitted the British judoka with shime-waza after leading with a yuko.    


In the first semi-final Astana Grand Prix bronze medallist Askhat TELMANOV (KAZ) fell to Asian Championships silver medallist KIDO by a waza-ari score. In the second semi-final MCKENZIE saw off Budapest Grand Prix silver medallist Aibek IMASHEV (KAZ). Both judoka had registered waza-ari scores but MCKENZIE also had a yuko next to his name and stayed firm to advance. 

The first bronze medal was claimed by beaten semi-finalist IMASHEV who subdued Casablanca African Open bronze medallist Islam YASHUEV (RUS) by ippon. The second bronze medal also went to Kazakhstan as TELMANOV defeated Yann SICCARDI (MON) by wazari-awasette-ippon. 
                   
Final
MCKENZIE, Ashley (GBR) vs KIDO, Shinji (JPN)                                                                          

Bronze Medal Fights
IMASHEV, Aibek (KAZ) vs YASHUEV, Islam (RUS)                       
TELMANOV, Askhat (KAZ) vs SICCARDI, Yann (MON)                                                                         
                                                                                                                   

Final Results
1. KIDO, Shinji (JPN)                                     
2. MCKENZIE, Ashley (GBR)
3. IMASHEV, Aibek (KAZ)     
3. TELMANOV, Askhat (KAZ)                                                 
5. YASHUEV, Islam (RUS)                                                                      
5. SICCARDI, Yann (MON)                                                                           
7. MILOUS, Sofiane (FRA)                       
7. TSAI, Ming Yen (TPE)                                                   


-66kg: TAKAJO adds to Japan's gold medal streak    

Former World Judo Masters silver medallist TAKAJO Tomofumi (JPN) thwarted 25-year-old former Junior world bronze medallist Gabit YESSIMBETOV (KAZ) in the -66kg final to keep his country on the gold medal trail. World number 207 YESSIMBETOV, who was last seen on the tour in 2014 finishing fifth at the first Tbilisi Grand Prix, was second best in the final as he was behind to a waza-ari and accumulated shido penalties which were a sign of his struggles in dealing with the ability of his world-class rival. 


In the first semi-final Qingdao Grand Prix winner Yakub SHAMILOV (RUS) was surprised by YESSIMBETOV who won by ippon with a ura-nage with two minutes left on the clock. YESSIMBETOV silenced the home crowd when he took the lead with a waza-ari and never looked back as he grew in confidence and was a worthy winner. In the second semi-final TAKAJO sent Ulaanbaatar Grand Prix bronze medallist DOVDON Altansukh (MGL) into the repechage to fight for bronze and sealed his own progression into the -66kg final. TAKAJO held down DOVDON for 20 seconds and ippon as he adjusted his body to keep the pressure on the Mongolian who could not escape despite a spirited attempt.  

The first bronze medal was won by Ulaanbaatar Grand Prix bronze medallist DOVDON against 21-year-old newcomer Iman SULTANOV (RUS) who faded in the closing minute as the Mongolian upped his pace and took control of the contest as he won by ippon. The second bronze medal went to SHAMILOV who saw off Minsk European Open silver medallist Anzaur ARDANOV (RUS) by ippon after 91 seconds.                 
       
Final
TAKAJO, Tomofumi (JPN) vs YESSIMBETOV, Gabit (KAZ)                                                                                                                                   
Bronze Medal Fights
DOVDON, Altansukh (MGL) vs SULTANOV, Iman (RUS)                       
SHAMILOV, Yakub (RUS) vs ARDANOV, Anzaur (RUS)                                                                                                                                     

Final Result
1. TAKAJO, Tomofumi (JPN)                                          
2. YESSIMBETOV, Gabit (KAZ)                                                                             
3. DOVDON, Altansukh (MGL)
3. SHAMILOV, Yakub (RUS)                       
5. SULTANOV, Iman (RUS)                       
5. ARDANOV, Anzaur (RUS)                      
7. OATES, Colin (GBR)                   
7. ABDULZHALILOV, Abdula (RUS)                                            


-73kg: KURZHEV wins Russia's first home gold medal     

Reigning Tyumen Grand Slam bronze medallist Uali KURZHEV (RUS) defeated Minsk European Open winner Guillaume CHAINE (FRA) in the -73kg final. Frenchman CHAINE was contesting his first World Judo Tour final and was good value for that inaugural appearance but KURZHEV was not going to be denied in his home country and endeared himself to the home faithful as he won by a yuko score. 


In the first semi-final KURZHEV shocked Abu Dhabi Grand Slam silver medallist Musa MOGUSHKOV (RUS) with alarming ease. The 26-year-old defeated his colleague by ippon after leading the favourite MOGUSHKOV by a waza-ari score. In the second semi-final CHAINE powered past Minsk European Open bronze medallist Igor WANDTKE (GER). The Frenchman started by scoring a waza-ari in under 30 seconds and WANDTKE never recovered as he was caught again by his opponent and moved down to the repechage to fight for bronze. 

The first bronze medal was won by WANDTKE as he defeated Pan American Championships bronze medallist Arthur MARGELIDON (CAN). The German judoka finished fifth at the Baku Grand Slam earlier this year and showed his improvement since then by earning his first Grand Slam medal. MARGELIDON was penalised twice for passivity in the scoreless contest while his German foe recorded an unblemished record. The second bronze medal went to MOGUSHKOV as 2010 world champion AKIMOTO Hiroyuki (JPN) could not compete for a place on the podium after sustaining a leg injury in his previous contest.    
      
Final
CHAINE, Guillaume (FRA) vs KURZHEV, Uali (RUS)                                                                                                                                
Bronze Medal Fights
WANDTKE, Igor (GER) vs MARGELIDON, Arthur (CAN)                       
MOGUSHKOV, Musa (RUS) vs AKIMOTO, Hiroyuki (JPN)                                                                                                                                   

Final Result
1. KURZHEV, Uali (RUS)                                                            
2. CHAINE, Guillaume (FRA)                                                            
3. WANDTKE, Igor (GER)  
3. MOGUSHKOV, Musa (RUS)                       
5. MARGELIDON, Arthur (CAN)                       
5. AKIMOTO, Hiroyuki (JPN)                      
7. SAINJARGAL, Nyam-Ochir (MGL)                  
7. MACIAS, Tommy (SWE)                                                                                                              

COMPETITION PROGRAMME

Sunday

10:00 Preliminaries on four mats
17:00 Final block on two mats

Women: -70kg, -78kg, +78kg
Men: -81kg, -90kg, -100kg, +100kg

Location: Tyumen Athletic Centre

Friday, July 17, 2015

Tyumen Grand Slam 2015 - PREVIEW

(Via IJF)

Russia’s premier judo competition, the Tyumen Grand Slam, has become the focal point of the sport this week as the world’s elite judoka prepare for the final IJF competition before August’s World Championships in Astana, Kazakhstan.


The second edition of the Tyumen Grand Slam will illuminate the Siberian region from 18-19 July at the Tyumen Athletic Centre as judoka bid to make one last push towards the last World Championships before the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

Tyumen, which is located on the Tura River 2,500 kilometres east of Moscow, was the first Russian settlement in Siberia and has a population of 600,000 people. The city is a hub of judo and this weekend hosts 312 judoka from 53 nations.

Mr. Sergey SOLOVEYCHIK (centre) made the IJF address

The official draw took place at the West Siberian Innovation Centre (WSIC) on Friday afternoon as the delegations discovered who their athletes will stand opposite to in the preliminary rounds.

Mr. Sergey SOLOVEYCHIK, IJF Vice President, made the opening address on behalf of the International Judo Federation.

Mr. Sergey KUSHKOV (centre) spoke on behalf of the local organising committee

“Dear friends, colleagues and guests, I welcome you to the prestigious event of the Tyumen Grand Slam 2015. As one of the top events on the World Judo Tour, I would like to thank all 53 participating nations for their participation and support as they have sent their best athletes here to take part in the tournament.

“I would like to express my gratitude to the Governor of Tyumen, Mr. Vladimir YAKUSHEV and the Russian Judo Federation for their support and I wish good luck to everyone in Tyumen.”

Mr. Sergey KUSHKOV, President of the Tyumen Judo Federation, said: “Dear colleagues, guests and officials, it is my pleasure to see you all here for the second edition of the Tyumen Grand Slam. This is a great honour for the region and especially as seven judoka from Tyumen will take part in the event. There will be a lot of excitement and I wish you all a successful competition.”

At the press conference, Russian General Team Manager and IJF Hall of Famer Mr. Ezio Gamba said: "For us at the draw we look for our athletes to be among the top seeds, then we know we are on track. We have entered many judoka with four per weight category and if they are well placed for the draw in terms of their seeding then they are in a good position. 

"i don't want to single any judoka out, as we have a very large team here and I am confident that they can all compete well and everyone is very excited to see the Russian team compete in Tyumen."

The Official Draw of The Tyumen Grand Slam 2015

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WOMEN

-48kg

Baku Grand Slam winner Monica UNGUREANU (ROU) will look to win the second Grand Slam of the year and will start her campaign on Saturday as the top seed. Zagreb Grand Prix bronze medallist Valentina MOSCATT (ITA) won bronze in Tyumen a year ago while 19-year-old European Games and World Judo Masters bronze medallist Irina DOLGOVA (RUS) and Tbilisi Grand Prix silver medallist Julia FIGUEROA (ESP) are also focused on gracing the podium in Russia.

Julia FIGUEROA (ESP) said: “I am confident about the weekend and I am excited to fight here with the World Championships coming up soon.”

-52kg

Romania also occupy pole position in the -52kg category as Andreea CHITU (ROU) – who has finally ousted double world champion Majlinda KELMENDI (KOS) as the new world number one – could well eclipse the field in Tyumen. World Judo Masters bronze medallist Odette GIUFFRIDA (ITA) and European Games bronze medallist Mareen KRAEH (GER) will both be among the leading candidates to challenge CHITU in Siberia. 

Odette GIUFFRIDA (ITA) said: “I feel good, I have trained well in Spain at the camp, but the most important thing for me is that I will feel good in the World Championships.”

-57kg

World Judo Masters bronze medallist Corina CAPRIORIU (ROU) maintains her country’s impressive billing with three top seeds from the three lightest women’s categories. World bronze medallist Sanne VERHAGEN (NED) and Nekoda SMYTHE DAVIS (GBR), who won the London European Cup last weekend, will be out to add to their growing resumes. 

Nekoda SMYTHE DAVIS (GBR) said: “I'm feeling good, I am in good shape and I'm confident I can take a result at this level now following my silver from the Baku Grand Slam. It is going to be tough tournament no doubt as this is the first Grand Slam to carry 100% qualification points towards the Olympic Games.”

-63kg

World silver medallist and 2013 world champion Yarden GERBI (ISR) will believe that she is primed for a tilt at her third straight world medal if she can win in Russia. GERBI, who won bronze at the European Games in June, will face opposition from double world bronze medallist Anicka VAN EMDEN (NED) and Tokyo Grand Slam silver medallist Edwige GWEND (ITA). VAN EMDEN has won a phenomenal 11 Grand Slam medals to date but never gold and is in a relaxed mood ahead of the event.  

Anicka VAN EMDEN (NED) said: “I've been training in Castelldefels, getting in shape for the World Championships. I've been out for a while with injury, so I'm going to use the Tyumen Grand Slam just to get back into it and go from there."

-70kg

Ulaanbaatar Grand Prix winner Bernadette GRAF (AUT) is out to win her second IJF event in a row and can expect to be pushed by judoka such as the ever-improving Szaundra DIEDRICH (GER) who is doing a stellar job of keeping pace with her teammate Laura VARGAS KOCH (GER) who will not be present in Tyumen. Returning two-time Grand Slam winner TACHIMOTO Haruka (JPN) – who won the All Japan Championships in April - will see action along with the Tokyo Grand Slam bronze medallist Kelita ZUPANCIC (CAN), who won Pan American Games gold on Monday.    

TACHIMOTO Haruka (JPN) said: “Despite struggles, I have been trying to do my best, setting the Rio 2016 Olympics as my goal.  It's the same for this competition. I'll just do my best and see what happens.”

-78kg

European Games silver medallist Luise MALZAHN (GER) is the top seed in the -78kg category and will hope that status will give her the platform to gain one last rankings boost before the World Championships. World Judo Masters silver medallist Natalie POWELL (GBR) - who started judo aged 8 at Irfon Judo Club in Builth Wells, Wales – should be in contention alongside names such as European Games winner Marhinde VERKERK (NED) and Baku Grand Slam winner Guusje STEENHUIS (NED).  

Natalie POWELL (GBR) said: “My goals for this year are to win Grand Slam and Grand Prix medals to accumulate enough points to qualify in the world’s top four for Rio 2016. The medal I really want this year is at the World Championships.”

+78kg

World Judo Masters winner YU Song (CHN) has won her last three competitions to propel herself towards an imminent world title bid. YU won the Tbilisi Grand Prix and Asian Championships before topping the podium at the invite-only Masters and is now the heavyweight front-runner. World Judo Masters bronze medallist Franziska KONITZ (GER) and African champion Nihel CHEIKH ROUHOU (TUN) will both be seeded on Sunday as members of the category’s top eight in the world.

Franziska KONITZ (GER) said: “In Baku at the European Games, it was not a perfect day for me, I was sick and injured, and I lost my first fight. It was a bitter defeat. Now in Tyumen and then at the World Championships I will show again my good performance this year and show that I'm one of the best in the world.”


MEN

-60kg

Ulaanbaatar Grand Prix winner and former world silver medallist DASHDAVAA Amartuvshin (MGL) is hoping a top draw performance this weekend will spur him on to world glory this summer. The 27-year-old is the top seed in the men’s lightest weight category which also features the long-serving Ludwig PAISCHER (AUT), teenage Paris Grand Slam bronze medallist TSAI Ming Yen (TPE) and former European bronze medallist Ashley MCKENZIE (GBR) along with All Japan Championships winner KIDO Shinji (JPN).

Ashley MCKENZIE (GBR) – who turned 26 on Friday - said: “I feel good and fit and I want to see where I am at the moment. I feel tidy from winning gold at the British Open, but that is not going to stop me from trying to perform. I need a good performance to earn a selection for the World Championships.”
   

-66kg

Top seed Colin OATES (GBR) took silver at the Russian Grand Slam in 2013 and won the same colour medal at the Baku Grand Slam this year. The 32-year-old Brit is set to bolster his place in the world’s top eight this weekend with Astana in mind while Asian champion TAKAJO Tomofumi (JPN), Baku Grand Slam bronze medallist Sugoi URIARTE (ESP) and World Judo Masters bronze medallist here in 2013, Golan POLLACK (ISR), provide a taster of the depth in the plentiful -66kg field.

Colin OATES (GBR) said: “I'm feeling good and it's nice to be the top seed for the event. I had a disappointing European Games and it will be nice to put that behind me. I have had a silver here in Russia before and it would be great to stick some more ranking and Olympic qualifying points on the board before the Worlds.”

-73kg

Mongolia will lead the -73kg category into action in Tyumen as Olympic bronze medallist SAINJARGAL Nyam-ochir (MGL) is the number one seed and former world champion KHASHBAATAR Tsagaanbaatar (MGL) is the second seed. Reigning Tyumen Grand Slam runner-up Marcelo CONTINI (BRA) will be confident of a repeat performance while double world bronze medallist Musa MOGUSHKOV (RUS) should figure for the hosts.
  
Marcelo CONTINI (BRA) said: “I'm feeling prepared, the Grand Slam will be an important competition for me. I hope to achieve a good result. Last year I won a silver medal, so this year, I think a gold medal would really be perfect.”

-81kg

Olympic bronze medallist Antoine VALOIS-FORTIER (CAN) enters the second Grand Slam of the year on the back of a straightforward victory at the Ulaanbaatar Grand Prix. The classy Canadian shares the category with a wealth of talent as Budapest Grand Prix bronze medallist Sven MARESCH (GER), European Games bronze medallist Alexander WIECZERZAK (GER) and Pan American Games winner Travis STEVENS (USA) are among the leading names in Tyumen.

Alexander WIECZERZAK (GER) said: “Over the past few weeks we’ve had a busy programme: From the European Games to the training camp in Spain and three days later we are here at the Grand Slam in Tyumen. I focus on the World Championships in Astana. There's no need to say that I will give my best on Sunday, but the focus is definitely on Astana.”

-90kg

Baku Grand Slam winner BAKER Mashu (JPN) is the top seed in the -90kg category and has world honours is his sights next month in Kazakhstan The 20-year-old is a Grand Slam specialist with two gold and two bronze medals already to his name and is widely expected to star in Tyumen. Baku Grand Slam bronze medallists Joakim DVARBY (SWE) and Walter FACENTE have the quality to challenge while Ulaanbaatar Grand Prix winner and Worlds hopeful LKHAGVASUREN Otgonbaatar (MGL) can build on his home triumph.

BAKER Mashu (JPN) said: “I am looking forward to fighting in Tyumen having won the Baku Grand Slam. We look forward to the world stage but first we look to do well at the Grand Slam this weekend.”
  

-100kg

Olympic bronze medallist Dimitri PETERS (GER) and Abu Dhabi Grand Slam runner-up Karl-Richard FREY (GER) are the number one and two seeds respectively as their nail-biting battle for the one place in Rio looks set to go down to the wire. Abu Dhabi Grand Slam bronze medallist and African champion Lyes BOUYACOUB (ALG) could come through for Algeria while Baku Grand Slam winner Adlan BISULTANOV (RUS) will be tasked with guiding the home team to the top of the -100kg podium.  

Lyes BOUYACOUB (ALG) said: “I am in Kazakhstan for preparation of the World Championships for one year. I feel ready for Tyumen and to raise my performance level in Russia.”

+100kg

Budapest Grand Prix bronze medallist Faicel JABALLAH (TUN) will aim to live up to his top seed status as Abu Dhabi Grand Slam winner Daniel NATEA (ROU) and teammate Vladut SIMIONESCU (ROU) are equipped to mount a serious title tilt as the number two and number three seeds respectively. Astana Grand Prix bronze medallist Andre BREITBARTH (GER) and All Japan Championships winner HARASAWA Hisayoshi (JPN) will be tipped to be in medal contention.

Andre BREITBARTH (GER) said: “We had a good preparation in Castelldefels with many international fighters. To fight in Tyumen or rather in Russia has always been a great experience with a stunning atmosphere. Of course I want to fight for a medal, but it's also about to set a position in view of the World Championships."

COMPETITION PROGRAMME

Saturday

10:00 Preliminaries on four mats
16:30 Opening ceremony 
17:00 Final block on two mats 

Women: -48kg, -52kg, -57kg, -63kg
Men: -60kg, -66kg, -73kg

Sunday

10:00 Preliminaries on four mats
17:00 Final block on two mats

Women: -70kg, -78kg, +78kg
Men: -81kg, -90kg, -100kg, +100kg

Location: Tyumen Athletic Centre