Thursday, September 18, 2014

The IJF App (iPhone & Android) now available... free!

(Sept 17) Today, the International Judo Federation released its brand new official application, available on smartphones (Iphone and Android). The application, which has been developped in English and is free to download, features all necessary information about the world judo life: News - Calendar - Results - Photo Gallery. It is automatically synchronized with the IJF official home page and gives direct access to the IJF Facebook page, to the twitter acount and to the IJF live TV web chanel. Information about all the IJF members and about the IJF itself and its partners are also available through an easy navigation system.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

A very tiring match

Certain kinds of judo styles are more tiring than others. Georgia's Beka Gviniashvili is a powerful player but his fighting style leaves him -- and his opponent -- totally exhausted. Watch his enervating battle against Japan's Masyu Beiker in the 2014 Paris Grand Slam and you will see what I mean. As the five-minute match progresses, both men take longer and longer to get up from the tatami after an attack.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Judo Grand Prix, Zagreb 2014 - DAY 3

(Via IJF)

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

The Judo Grand Prix, Zagreb 2014, came to a close on Sunday as five gold medals were up for the grabs in Croatia.  

The first edition of the Zagreb Grand Prix attracted a high-quality field which showcased the women’s -78kg and +78kg categories and the men’s -90kg, -100kg and +100kg categories on the final day in the capital city.

Following the World Championships, Chelyabinsk 2014, 328 judoka from 46 countries showed their high regard for Croatia’s premier judo event as they gave their all at the Dom Sportova with all-important World Ranking List points at stake and a total of $100,000 in prize money.   

Day three featured two of the top performers from Chelyabinsk as world bronze medallist Anamari VELENSEK (SLO) and world silver medallist Krisztian TOTH (HUN) were both closely watched in Zagreb.

Ms. Sanda CORAK, CJF President, said: “Zagreb is a beautiful city, always attracting tourists’ attention especially since Croatia has become a full member of the European Union.

“I hope that you have enjoyed the historical locations, rich gastronomic offers and Zagreb’s special ambiance and atmosphere that combines the best of two worlds – Central European and Mediterranean. Through the year Zagreb is hosting many cultural and sport events and we are glad that the IJF Grand Prix became one of those events.”

The IJF World Judo Tour continues with the Judo Grand Prix, Astana 2014, from 10-12 October as judoka have the opportunity to compete in the host city of the World Championships 2015 and a get feel for what will be the most important event before the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

Before then the Kata World Championships will be held in Malaga, Spain, from 20-21 September and a week later the city hosts the World Veterans Championships from 25-27 September. 

Full results from the Judo Grand Prix, Zagreb 2014, can be seen at


-78kg: VELENSEK victorious for Slovenia    

Two household names clashed in the -78kg category in world bronze medallist Anamari VELENSEK (SLO) and European bronze medallist Abigel JOO (HUN). Paris Grand Slam winner VELENSEK, 23, made sure she won back-to-back Grand Prix in Croatia but had to come from behind to do it after JOO scored a waza-ari. VELENSEK was alert on the ground while JOO had a lapse in concentration as she failed to realise the extent of the danger she was in as the Slovenian come round the front with a koshi-jime to force JOO to submit.  

In the first semi-final top seed VELENSEK defeated Commonwealth Games winner Natalie POWELL (GBR) by a waza-ari which was scored two minutes into the contest. POWELL had her moments but VELENSEK had more about her and was the form fighter. In the second semi-final JOO conquered Ulaanbaatar Grand Prix bronze medallist Catherine ROBERGE (CAN) with a crowd-pleasing uchi-mata which had elevation and overwhelmed the Canadian after just 64 seconds.

The first bronze medal was won by Tbilisi Grand Prix silver medallist Victoriia TURKS (UKR) who was separated from seven-time continental championships medallist ROBERGE in golden score. The scoreless contest was settled after 55 seconds of added time when ROBERGE was penalised for passivity. The second bronze medal contest was won by POWELL who secured Britain’s second medal in Zagreb after bronze medallist Gemma HOWELL (GBR) got them off the mark on Saturday. POWELL defeated French youngster and Paris Grand Slam silver medallist Madeleine MALONGA (FRA) to maintain her perfect record in their head-to-head series with three wins. MALONGA was penalised after seven seconds for going out of the area and received a second shido for the same reason but POWELL locked her up on the ground to see out the closing seconds. 

VELENSEK, Anamari (SLO) vs JOO, Abigel (HUN)                                              

Bronze Medal Fights
ROBERGE, Catherine (CAN) vs TURKS, Victoriia (UKR)              
POWELL, Natalie (GBR) vs MALONGA, Madeleine (FRA)                            

Final Results
1. VELENSEK, Anamari (SLO)                                                   
2. JOO, Abigel (HUN)                                               
3. TURKS, Victoriia (UKR)                                              
3. POWELL, Natalie (GBR)                                 
5. ROBERGE, Catherine (CAN)                                                     
5. MALONGA, Madeleine (FRA)                                                                
7. ZHANG, Kaili (CHN)                  
7. APOTEKAR, Klara (SLO)                              

+78kg: YU on song for China

Dusseldorf Grand Prix bronze medallist YU Song (CHN) clinched heavyweight gold in the last women’s contest of the Judo Grand Prix, Zagreb 2014. YU, who won the invite-only 2013 World Judo Masters featuring the world’s top 16 judoka, defeated Budapest Grand Prix silver medallist Svitlana IAROMKA (UKR) with a yuko from an osoto-otoshi and a trip adding a waza-ari before YU held IAROMKA with a kesa-gatame for 15 seconds to win by wazari-awasette-ippon. 

In the first semi-final YU was successful against Ulaanbaatar Grand Prix silver medallist Gulsah KOCATURK (TUR). The former went ahead with a yuko score and managed to maneuverer her way into osaekomi where KOCATURK stayed for 20 seconds despite her initial attempts to escape. In the second semi-final IAROMKA defeated 22-year-old Sindelfingen European Cup bronze medallist Tessie SAVELKOULS (NED). The Ukrainian fighter seized the initiative with the waza-ari and utilised osaekomi-waza for 15 seconds to earn wazari-awasette-ippon.   

The first bronze medal was won by SAVELKOULS who threw former Minsk European Open silver medallist Santa PAKENYTE (LTU) with a drop seoi-nage for ippon. PAKENYTE had been on the cusp of IJF World Judo Tour honours after seventh-place finishes at Grand Prix in Samsun and Budapest either side of a fifth-place finish at the Baku Grand Slam. The second bronze medal was clinched by Buenos Aires Pan American Open winner Rochele NUNES (BRA) who defeated KOCATURK in an uneventful contest. The Turkish judoka was penalised four times for going out of the area to receive hansoku-make as NUNES was marginally better with three shido penalties to her name.   
YU, Song (CHN) vs IAROMKA, Svitlana (UKR)                                                  

Bronze Medal Fights
SAVELKOULS, Tessie (NED) vs PAKENYTE, Santa (LTU)               
KOCATURK, Gulsah (TUR) vs NUNES, Rochele (BRA)                        

Final Results
1. YU, Song (CHN)                                                   
2. IAROMKA, Svitlana (UKR)                                             
3. SAVELKOULS, Tessie (NED)                     
3. NUNES, Rochele (BRA)                                           
5. PAKENYTE, Santa (LTU)                                                            
5. KOCATURK, Gulsah (TUR)                                   
7. ADLINGTON, Sarah (GBR)       
7. JABLONSKYTE, Sandra (LTU)                                         


-90kg: TOTH rises to third in the world after Zagreb triumph     

World silver medallist Krisztian TOTH (HUN) continued his dramatic ascension towards the summit of the -90kg category by beating San Salvador Pan American Open winner Aleksandar KUKOLJ (SRB) to win gold. TOTH, 20, who jumped up to fourth place in the world after his career-making performance at the Worlds, showed once again that he means business on the senior stage to move up one place on the World Ranking List. World number 30 KUKOLJ was considered by many as a rank outsider at the start of the day but took a richly-deserved first Grand Prix medal after TOTH narrowly defeated him by a yuko from countering a half-hearted attack on the edge with a foot sweep. 

In the first semi-final TOTH had a tricky assignment against two-time European bronze medallist Karolis BAUZA (LTU). The young Hungarian was far busier than BAUZA and profited from the Lithuanian being unable to really get to grips with him before losing out by ippon. In the second semi-final KUKOLJ bested Baku Grand Slam silver medallist Noel VAN T END (NED). In an absorbing tussle, the contest just ran away from a physically spent VAN T END who was thrown with uchi-mata for ippon with 90 seconds left.

The first bronze medal was awarded to VAN T END after he defeated Boras European Cup bronze medallist Joakim DVARBY (SWE) after 66 seconds. DVARBY will have to bid for his first Grand Prix medal another day after tapping out after 14 seconds in osaekomi-waza as the Dutchman restricted his opponent’s movement by holding him with a neck crank. The second bronze medal was captured by BAUZA who defeated against two-time Junior European Championships bronze medallist Mihael ZGANK (SLO). Both judoka were penalised for passivity after 90 seconds before ZGANK infringed again for the same offence. BAUZA scored with a sumi-gaeshi for waza-ari and made sure by adding a second waza-ari to clinch the final place on the podium with 29 seconds left.  
TOTH, Krisztian (HUN) vs KUKOLJ, Aleksandar (SRB)                             

Bronze Medal Fights
VAN T END, Noel (NED) vs DVARBY, Joakim (SWE)               
BAUZA, Karolis (LTU) vs ZGANK, Mihael (SLO)                                            

Final Result
1. TOTH, Krisztian (HUN)                                 
2. KUKOLJ, Aleksandar (SRB)                                                          
3. VAN T END, Noel (NED)                                  
3. BAUZA, Karolis (LTU)                                   
5. DVARBY, Joakim (SWE)                                                                   
5. ZGANK, Mihael (SLO)                                    
7. DIAS, Celio (POR)               
7. SASSON, Alon (ISR)                                      

-100kg: BISULTANOV sends Russia to the top of the medal table   

European bronze medallist Adlan BISULTANOV (RUS) produced a clinical display to come away with the gold medal for Russia. BISULTANOV guided his country to the top of the medal table in Croatia by coming out on top against former European Team Championships bronze medallist Aleksandre MSKHALADZE (GEO). The Georgian, who finished seventh at the Paris Grand Slam this year, secured a career-best result despite losing out with only seven seconds left as he tapped out to a powerful yoko-shiho-gatame hold after BISULTANOV, who was leading by waza-ari, had executed a neat turnover. 

In the first semi-final BISULTANOV wore down Madrid European Open silver medallist Jevgenijs BORODAVKO (LAT). Both were penalised with a shido before the Latvian received a second for passivity and with 96 seconds left BISULTANOV come straight through the middle to throw with uchi-mata for ippon. In the second semi-final MSKHALADZE saw off African champion Lyes BOUYAKOUB (ALG) in a scoreless contest which would send one of the judoka to their first Grand Prix final. MSKHALADZE advanced to guarantee at least a silver medal as his Algerian adversary recieved a fourth and final shido to receive hansoku-make.

The first bronze medal was won by European u23 champion Jorge FONSECA (POR) who was tactically spot on as he let BOUYAKOUB accumulate four shido penalties. FONSECA trailed to a waza-ari score after 35 seconds but his Algerian foe thought he had already done enough and sat back on his slender advantage which was called up on by referee who gave him a fourth and final shido with eight seconds left for passivity. The second bronze medal was won by Latvia’s BORODAVKO who dispatched Sarajevo European Cup bronze medallist Miklos CIRJENICS (HUN) by ippon after 57 seconds.           

BISULTANOV, Adlan (RUS) vs MSKHALADZE, Aleksandre (GEO)                                   

Bronze Medal Fights
BOUYAKOUB, Lyes (ALG) vs FONSECA, Jorge (POR)     
BORODAVKO, Jevgenijs (LAT) vs CIRJENICS, Miklos (HUN)                                               

Final Result
1. BISULTANOV, Adlan (RUS)                                
2. MSKHALADZE, Aleksandre (GEO)                                                     
3. FONSECA, Jorge (POR)                                 
3. BORODAVKO, Jevgenijs (LAT)                                                  
5. BOUYAKOUB, Lyes (ALG)                                             
5. CIRJENICS, Miklos (HUN)                                                  
7. FOGASY, Gergo (HUN)                 
7. JURISIC, Stefan (SRB)          

+100kg: MEYERS tastes IJF World Judo Tour gold for the first time  

Dutch powerhouse Roy MEYER (NED) confidently collected the first IJF gold medal of his career which is going one way and that is towards the upper echelons of the category. Abu Dhabi Grand Prix silver medallist MEYER, 23, finished seventh at the European Championships and Paris Grand Slam this year before putting in a solid performance in Chelyabinsk where he finished fifth.  MEYER defeated former Algerian Championships winner Mohammed Amine TAYEB (ALG) in the final as the Dutchman put in a top draw performance in his first IJF World Judo Tour final. Both judoka were penalised after 43 seconds for passivity before the Algerian was penalised a second time for the same offence and that was how the contest was settled after five minutes.  

In the first semi-final MEYER showed his stamina to defeat Havana Grand Prix bronze medallist Barna BOR (HUN) in golden score. The content was scoreless after five minutes and would severely test the conditioning of both men in unlimited golden score where the first shido or score decides the winner. BOR was penalised for passivity after 24 seconds and MEYER was through to the final. In the second semi-final TAYEB narrowly defeated Budapest Grand Prix bronze medallist Andrey VOLKOV (RUS). TAYEB went in front with a yuko before receiving shido penalties for going out of the area and an attempted bear hug but kept his opponent at bay to seal his progression into the gold medal contest.

The first bronze medal went to London 2012 Olympian Vladut SIMIONESCU (ROU) who was good value for his victory against VOLKOV. SIMIONESCU produced a yuko to open the scoring and found a way through again to score ippon from an uchi-mata with 90 seconds remaining. The second bronze medal went to former Ulaanbaatar Grand Prix bronze medallist Or SASSON (ISR) who surged past BOR by want a fantastic seoi-nage having teased it in the previous exchanges.  

MEYER, Roy (NED) vs TAYEB, Mohammed Amine (ALG)                                                    

Bronze Medal Fights
VOLKOV, Andrey (RUS) vs SIMIONESCU, Vladut (ROU)   
BOR, Barna (HUN) vs SASSON, Or (ISR)                                    

Final Result
1. MEYER, Roy (NED)                                             
2. TAYEB, Mohammed Amine (ALG)                                                        
3. SIMIONESCU, Vladut (ROU)                                        
3. SASSON, Or (ISR)                                                 
5. VOLKOV, Andrey (RUS)                          
5. BOR, Barna (HUN)                                                     
7. SARNACKI, Maciej (POL)       
7. NATEA, Daniel (ROU)