Friday, May 22, 2015

Judo World Masters Mohammed VI, Rabat 2015 - Preview

(Via IJF)


RABAT REACHES THE TOP


The IJF World Judo Tour has now moved on to Morocco for the invite-only World Judo Masters event which will take place from 23-24 May at the Palace of Sport in Rabat. For the very first time in history, after Suwon (KOR 2010), Baku (AZE 2011), Almaty (KAZ 2012) and Tyumen (RUS 2013) the event gathering the top sixteen athletes per weight category will be held on the African soil. Under the patronage of the King of Morocco, his Highness Mohammed VI, the World Judo Masters will offer 700 points to the winners.


The efforts made by the Moroccan Judo Federation with the support of the International Judo Federation, to welcome delegations and officials and to propose a world class event, are impressive and the stadium which hosts the event, totally dressed in red, is visible from afar. The welcome conditions, the accommodation and preparation are optimal.

During the official draw of the competition, Mr. Marius Vizer, the IJF President, declared: “It is a great honour and occasion to be united in Rabat, one year prior to the Olympic Games and I am convinced that we will have a fantastic event. Year by year, the popularity of judo is increasing and we have had so far a lot of successes. I can already announce that next year, the event will be held in Mexico, in Guadalajara. I wish good luck to all the participants.“


Mr. Vizer also added: “I want to underline the very good synergy between the African Judo Union and the IJF to organise this edition of the World Masters. This event, which under the hospices of the King of Morocco, his Majesty Mohammed VI, is very important. It is a great promotion for our sport that will be broadcasted over 150 countries. It is a fantastic tool to show the values, the tradition and the culture of Morocco worldwide.“

After his address to the 51 heads of delegations, who were present for the draw, Mr. Marius Vizer presented the IJF Golden Plaque to the Moroccan Judo Federation President, Mr. Chafik El KETTANI, who said: “In the name of the federation, the Olympic Committee and the Ministry of Youth and Sports, I want to welcome you all in Rabat, the capital of Morocco, on African soil. Thank you very much to his Majesty, the King Mohammed VI, who has been strongly supporting us since the beginning. My gratitude goes to Mr. Vizer, to his staff and to the AJU staff. This event is important for Morocco and for Africa. We want to transform our continental open into a Grand Prix. We also want to open a new training African Centre in our country. Having such an event here, will help us to succeed in our goals. Morocco is a county of peace and confidence. I am looking forward to watching great judo during the next two days and to see the spirit of our sport and the fairplay fly over the world.“

Mr. Marius Vizer presents the IJF Golden Plaque to Mr. Chafik El KETTANI

General Lasana Palenfo, the African Judo Union President said: “It is with great pleasure that I see you all here. Welcome to Morocco. After several continental events, I am happy to welcome the IJF back on our continent. I thank his Majesty, Mohammed VI, for his support and all of you, who made that event possible.“

The format of the competition, that brings together the top sixteen athletes per weight category of the moment, ensures a quality show and every fight will be the equivalent of a World Judo Tour final. Places on the podium will be particularly expensive, in a context where it is very difficult to make any predictions.

Last year, Morocco, which has a long tradition of organizing international events (Junior World Championships Agadir 2010, Casablanca continental open), proposed its candidature to host the Masters 2015. After the world championships, the World Masters is the most important competition in the world.

Since 2007 and the election of Mr. Marius Vizer as the IJF President, judo has deeply evolved and modernized. In recent years, the international calendar was extended by numerous events (Grand Prix, Grand Slam, Masters) which all give points for the world ranking, which itself determines the Olympic qualifications. The rules have been adapted to offer a more dynamic and spectacular judo and to offer to the athlete the opportunity to restore their taste to score ippon. Undoubtedly, the competitions of this weekend will perfectly illustrate this evolution and the medalists of Rabat might step again in the podium of the Rio Games in 2016.

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WOMEN

-48kg

The 2013 world champion and world number one, MUNKHBAT Urantsetseg (MGL) has much to do in a category where the differences between the athletes are less and less visible. The silver medallist of the last World Championships, Paula PARETO (ARG) is demonstrating great consistency at the international level and the Japanese, KONDO Ami, who despite a small hiccup in Düsseldorf earlier this year, remains on a nice series in 2015. The recent African champion, Taciana LIMA (GBS) has also shown that she has a great international potential, as well as the Romanian Monica UNGUREANU, who won a superb gold medal in Baku a few weeks ago.

-52kg

With the two top athletes of the category being absent (especially Majlinda KELMENDI from Kosovo), the top seeded athlete of the Masters will be Andreea CHITU (ROU) who might take this opportunity to move forward in the world ranking. Natalia KUZIUTINA (RUS), who won the Qingdao Grand Prix last year and was present on the podium in Chelyabinsk, will also try to gain some precious points to secure Olympic qualification. The other favourites for a place in the final block will be Mareen KRAEH (GER), Gili COHEN (ISR), Yuki HASHIMOTO (JPN), Jaana SUNDBERG (FIN), Yulia RYZHOVA (RUS) and MA Yingnan (CHN).

-57kg

The -57kg category will feature some of the best athletes in the world with the presence of world leader, Telma MONTEIRO (POR), Olympic medallist and silver medallist of the 2013 worlds Marti MALLOY (USA), the Romanian Corina CAPRIORIU and Miryam ROPER of Germany, who despite her feeling of having a little trouble coming back to her best, could still show her experience at this level of competition. But the leading name of the category remains the Olympic champion, MATSUMOTO Kaori (JPN) who will face Sabrina FILZMOSER (AUT) in the first round. If the Japanese fell slightly in the world rankings, she remains one of the undisputed favourites for the title.

-63kg

Due to a foot injury just before the Masters, the world number one, Clarisse AGBEGNENOU (FRA), will follow the competition from the stands. Her friend, Yarden GERBI (ISR) might take this opportunity to steal the spotlight. She will find on her way to the title, Kathrin UNTERWURZACHER (AUT), Martyna RAJDOS (GER), Edwige GWEND (IRA), TASHIRO Miku (JPN), Anne-Laure BELLARD (FRA), Hilde DREXLER (AUT) and YANG Junxia (CHN). Rizlen ZOUAK (MAR), will represent Morocco with good chance to reach the final four.

-70kg

The world number one, back in top-level action, Kim POLLING (NED), could secure her superiority over the category in Rabat. Nevertheless, she will have to thwart the medal desires of the other contenders: Laura VARGAS KOCH (GER), the current world champion, Yuri ALVEAR (COL), the Pan-American champion, Kelita ZUPANCIC (CAN), Bernadette GRAF (GER), Sally CONWAY (GBR), ARAI Chizuru (JPN), and the Olympic medallist, Gevrise EMANE (FRA). An other chance for the host country will come from Assmaa NIANG.

-78kg

With the Brazilian world champion and world number one, Mayra AGUIAR, absent, it is the French judoka Audrey TCHEUMEO, who will be the favourite in the category. But it is difficult to make predictions while the world and Olympic champion, Kayla HARRISON (USA) is in second position and other athletes such as Luise MALZAHN (GER), JOO Abigel (HUN), both dutch athletes, Marhinde VERKERK and Guusje STEENHUIS, Victoriia TURKS (UKR) and Natalie POWELL (GBR) are also in the draw.

+78kg


World champion and Olympic champion, Idalys ORTIZ (CUB), may this weekend go down in history of world judo by adding a World Masters title to her already impressive prize list. The heiress of TONG Wen (CHN), YU Song, could prevent the Cuban to obtain a new worldwide honour. Among the other favourites for the title will be Franziska KONITZ (GER), YAMABE Kanae (JPN), Nihel CHEIKH ROUHOU (TUN), TACHIMOTO Megumi (JPN), another Chinese, MA Sisi, and the Ukrainian, Svitlana IAROMKA.



MEN

-60kg

The world number one, GANBAT Boldbaatar (MGL) will undoubtedly be one of the favourites. But the World Master title could go back to world number two Amiran PAPINASHVILI (GEO), while TAKATO Naohisa (JPN), number four in the ranking list, will try to take points to move up in the rankings. The Russian team, which came into Rabat in force, could also put a man on the podium, in the form of Beslan MUDRANOV. But it is without counting on other outsiders who could upset the established order.

-66kg

Russian, Mikhail PULYAEV, will be the favourite in the category of -66kg, while the Mongolian DAVAADORJ Tumurkhuleg could meet him in the final if all goes well for both leaders. But they will find on their way the magician Georgii ZANTARAIA (UKR), Dzmitry SHERSHAN (BLR) and the British fighter Colin OATES, who finished second on the occasion of the Baku Grand Slam a few weeks ago. One must not forget the former world champion and Olympic medallist Rishod SOBIROV (UZB), who is committed to showing that he is still among the best judo players in the world.

-73kg

The Dutchman Dex ELMONT will be challenged for the title in a category that will be hotly-disputed. Rustam ORUJOV (UZB), who recently won the Grand Slam of Baku, is ambushed at the second place in the world ranking, while SAINJARGAL Nyam-Ochir (MGL) and his third place at the world ranking, also wants to demonstrate his strength. But Israeli, Sagi MUKI, could thwart all predictions, while world medallist, Victor SCVORTOV (UAE), could allow the UAE to win a first medal at the World Masters.

-81kg

The -81kg category will definitely be one of the most anticipated categories of the weekend with the presence of world number one and world champion, Avtandili TCHRIKISHVILI (GEO) who has shown some flaws during his last appearances. He will be closely followed by the 2013 world champion, Loic PIETRI (FRA) who would like to show him that he is the leader of the category. But what about Antoine VALOIS-FORTIER, Olympic and world medallist, who always raises his level at major events, or the Russian roster which has no fewer than four athletes competing, Ivan NIFONTOV, Khasan KHALMURZAEV, Alan KHUBETSOV and Sirazhudin MAGOMEDOV. American Travis Stevens will look to take the advantage of the World Masters occasion.

-90kg

Georgia will present its second world leader in the person of Varlam LIPARTELIANI who almost steps on the podium on every appearance. In the absence of world number two, it's Noel VAN T END (NED) who is waiting to snatch the trophy from LIPARTELIANI. But it will probably not be the idea of the reiging world and 2004 Olympic champion, Ilias ILIADIS (GRE), who could once again show his experience at this level. The two Russians Kirill VOPROSOV and Kirill DENISOV, will also be part of the favourites to claim a medal, while the Cuban, Asley GONZALEZ, world champion in 2013, marks a comeback on the international scene.
  

-100kg

The world champion and world leader, Lukas KRPALEK (CZE), could add another important line to his prize list here in Rabat, though Elmar GASIMOV (AZE) will be a serious contender for the title. It will also be interesting to follow the fight between the two German judoka, Karl-Richard FREY and Dimitri PETERS, who are battling to decide who will go to the Games next year. The French Cyril MARET, who still lacks consistency, could seize the opportunity to shine at the highest level, while Dutch Henk GROL is always in pursuit of a major title in the category. One must not forget, another world champion from 2013, who is fighting, Elkhan MAMMADOV (AZE).

+100kg

Who can dethrone the seven-time world champion and Olympic champion, Teddy RINER (FRA), who will be expected to win by everybody in Rabat. Slightly injured a few weeks ago, these World Masters are a real test for the king RINER. Will it be Adam OKRUASHVILI (GEO), Faicel JABALLAH (TUN) who can destabilise him? Or should one count on a repeat of the final of the last world championships between the French and the Japanese, SHICHINOHE Ryu, who was close to score to discover who will be the next opponent to RINER? Answer Sunday.

COMPETITION PROGRAMME

Saturday

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

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

Sunday

11:00 Preliminaries on two mats
17:00 Final block on one mat

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

Location: Palace of Sport - Palais des Sports Prince My Abdellah Rabat - Address: Avenue Hassan II, Rabat, Morocco

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Why no bridge call?

I was going through some Zantaraia fights and came across this match from the 2013 Rio World Championships where he almost lost to his Algerian opponent who managed to throw him in the last minute of their bout with a tai-otoshi. Zantaraia spun out with what looks very much like a bridging action. The referee initially awarded a waza-ari to the Algerian but that was later changed to no score.


Actually far from no score, I think the Algerian deserved an ippon. Watch the clip below, as well as the slow motion replays, and tell me that's not a bridge.

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Baku Grand Slam 2015 - DAY 3

(Via IJF)

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

The Baku Grand Slam 2015 produced a stirring third and final day as the heavyweights lit up the Sarhadchi Olympic Sport Centre with a flurry of ippons on Sunday.


The Azerbaijan audience saw the women’s -78kg and +78kg categories and the men’s -90kg, -100kg and +100kg categories compete for the remaining five gold medals.

IJF Sports Director Mr. Daniel LASCAU reflected on the first Grand Slam of the year and in particular the strength of the competition in Baku.

“We have seen very motivated delegations here in Baku and especially the athletes who have shown a very high rate of activity," said the former world champion.

"We are still in a period where athletes who are not seeded are coming through for medals and that is good to see. As for the organisation, it has been very good and in addition we have seen good judo. It is clear to me that Azerbaijan is well prepared to host the European Games in June.”


Judo will be part of the inaugural  European Games in June

European Judo Union Vice President Mr. Michael VACHUN was in attendance on Sunday ahead of June’s inaugural European Games which will effectively serve as this year’s European Championships.

Mr. VACHUN said: “Fans can expect to see the best judoka in Europe in June and many are ranked at the top of the world. The European Games will be a great presentation of judo and a wonderful occasion we are all very much looking forward to. We will have worldwide television coverage and it will be a must-see spectacle for not just judo fans but anyone who considers themselves as a sports fan.”

Hosts Azerbaijan and talent-laden Romania shared top spot on the medal table as both countries accumulated exactly the same medal haul of two gold medals and one silver medal with two fifth-place finishes and one seventh-place. 

The IJF World Judo Tour now moves on to Africa for the invite-only World Judo Masters event which takes place from 23-24 May at the Palace of Sport in Rabat, Morocco and as always fans can watch all the action live at www.ippon.tv.   




WOMEN

-78kg: STEENHUIS stars for the Netherlands      

Qingdao Grand Prix silver medallist Guusje STEENHUIS (NED) took her career to new heights as she improved on her 2014 bronze medal by taking gold with a scintillating display of heart and talent. The 22-year-old squared off against former world silver medallist OGATA Akari (JPN) in the -78kg final. London 2012 Olympian OGATA has fallen out of favour in the Japanese team in recent times but reminded judo fans of her ability while STEENHUIS starred despite trailing to a yuko from an osoto-gari after 52 seconds. The Dutch fighter replied with a waza-ari from a strong harai-makikomi effort and went on to secure a fine gold medal and her maiden Grand Slam title.  



In the first semi-final Zagreb Grand Prix bronze medallist Daria POGORZELEC (POL) lost out to OGATA who opened the scoring with a waza-ari from an osoto-gari and continued to press in ne-waza. OGATA trapped her Polish opponent in osaekomi and finally settled into a yoko-shiho-gatame for 15 seconds and a place in the final.


In the second semi-final STEENHUIS defeated Tbilisi Grand Prix bronze medallist Kerstin THIELE (GER). Dutch fighter STEENHUIS was reactive on the ground as she countered a tame attack with shime-waza and Olympic silver medallist THIELE was sent into the bronze medal contest.  

The first bronze medal was won by Olympic champion Kayla HARRISON (USA) as THIELE was penalised twice in a scoreless contest. HARRISON suffered a surprise defeat to POGORZELEC in the quarter-finals and while the American’s appearance in the bronze medal contest might have been a rare sight, the reigning world bronze medallist continued her prolific medal spree on the World Judo Tour. HARRISON has won more medals on the IJF World Judo Tour since 2009 than any other judoka and long will that be expected to continue. The second bronze medal contest was won by the determined Pole POGORZELEC by a slender margin of one shido against Budapest Grand Prix winner Marhinde VERKERK (NED) as POGORZELEC continued her rise to -78kg notoriety.        
                      
Final
OGATA, Akari (JPN) vs STEENHUIS, Guusje (NED)                                                                                                                            
Bronze Medal Fights
THIELE, Kerstin (GER) vs HARRISON, Kayla (USA)                   
POGORZELEC, Daria (POL) vs VERKERK, Marhinde (NED)                                                     
                                                                                                
  
 Final Results
1. STEENHUIS, Guusje (NED)                           
2. OGATA, Akari (JPN)
3. HARRISON, Kayla (USA)                    
3. POGORZELEC, Daria (POL)                                         
5. THIELE, Kerstin (GER)
5. VERKERK, Marhinde (NED)                                                          
7. DMITRIEVA, Anastasiya (RUS)                      
7. TURKS, Victoriia (UKR)                                                                                 


+78kg: Outsized IAROMKA puts Ukraine on the board  

Tbilisi Grand Prix silver medallist Svitlana IAROMKA (UKR) showed Tallinn European Open bronze medallist her ne-waza prowess as she subdued Santa PAKENYTE (LTU) after some good movement which had conviction and yielded her country’s first and last medal of the Baku Grand Slam. Both judoka were penalised after 25 seconds and after exchanging further penalties for passivity, IAROMKA sensed an opening on the ground and held her taller Lithuanian rival with a kesa-gatame for another hard-fought result. 
  

In the first semi-final PAKENYTE held off Pan American Championships runner-up Rochele NUNES (BRA) in a contest which was only settled on shido penalties. One shido against Brazil’s number two heavyweight NUNES was the difference as PAKENYTE guaranteed a place on the medal podium. In the second semi-final IAROMKA humbled Tokyo Grand Slam bronze medallist Ksenia CHIBISOVA (RUS). The Ukrainian fighter showed more industry and was a worthy winner as she went through to the final by ippon to leave no doubt in her mind that she could claim gold.


The first bronze medal was won by Zagreb Grand Prix bronze medallist and top seed Jasmin KUELBS (GER) who returned to winning ways by defeating CHIBISOVA by a waza-ari after four minutes. The second bronze medal was clinched by Zagreb Grand Prix winner Belkis Zehra KAYA (TUR) who scored two waza-ari and recognised the respectful ovation from the judo-loving crowd by making a heart sign with her hands. KAYA made sure of victory with just 23 seconds left as she turned to osaekomi-waza for the second and match-winning waza-ari.  
                       
Final
IAROMKA, Svitlana (UKR) vs PAKENYTE, Santa (LTU)                                                                  

Bronze Medal Fights
CHIBISOVA, Ksenia (RUS) vs KUELBS, Jasmin (GER)                     
NUNES, Rochele (BRA) vs KAYA, Belkis Zehra (TUR)                                                                                  


Final Results
1. IAROMKA, Svitlana (UKR)                                                         
2. PAKENYTE, Santa (LTU)                     
3. KUELBS, Jasmin (GER)                            
3. KAYA, Belkis Zehra (TUR)                                                            
5. CHIBISOVA, Ksenia (RUS)                                            
5. NUNES, Rochele (BRA)                                                      
7. OZEN, Gulsah (TUR)    
7. WEISS, Carolin (GER)                                                                    


MEN

-90kg: Brilliant BAKER blasts through in Baku 

All Japan Championships winner BAKER Mashu (JPN) won the second Grand Slam gold medal of his fast-rising career as he showed his quality all day long. BAKER defeated Samsun Grand Prix winner Noel VAN T END (NED) in the -90kg final with a yuko from an ouchi-gari opening the scoring. Tokyo Grand Slam 2013 winner BAKER defiantly resisted a ko-uchi-gake attack and protected his advantage for top spot. 


BAKER said: "This is the second time I have won a Grand Slam gold medal and I want to stay at this level. I won all my fights by ippon before the final which is important to me. Now my goal is to be seeded for the World Championships this year after being officially selected for the competition."

In the first semi-final VAN T END was in devastating form as he threw Zagreb Grand Prix bronze medallist Joakim DVARBY (SWE) twice for waza-ari inside 90 seconds to leave the Swede reeling. In the second semi-final BAKER beat Tashkent Grand Prix bronze medallist Walter FACENTE (ITA) after 99 seconds with an emphatic ko-soto-gake which sent the Italian out of the area with velocity.

The first bronze medal was awarded to FACENTE who saw off Zagreb Grand Prix silver medallist Aaron HILDEBRAND (GER) in just 55 seconds. The Italian started with a waza-ari fom an osoto-gari and immediately followed up with a kesa-gatame hold for 15 seconds and HILDEBRAND lost by wazari-awasette-ippon. The second bronze medal was captured by DVARBY who came from behind to triumph against Samsun Grand Prix runner-up Aleksandar KUKOLJ (SRB). DVARBY trailed to a yuko score and struggled to establish himself in the contest as he was penalised three times for gripping infringements. To his credit DVARBY kept his belief and toppled KUKOLJ with a tomoe-nage for ippon with nine seconds remaining.          
     
Final
BAKER, Mashu (JPN) vs VAN T END, Noel (NED)                                                                          

Bronze Medal Fights
FACENTE, Walter (ITA) vs HILDEBRAND, Aaron (GER)                     
DVARBY, Joakim (SWE) vs KUKOLJ, Aleksandar (SRB)                                                                                                       

Final Results
1. BAKER, Mashu (JPN)  
2. VAN T END, Noel (NED)                      
3. FACENTE, Walter (ITA)                                          
3. DVARBY, Joakim (SWE)                                                  
5. HILDEBRAND, Aaron (GER)                                                                
5. KUKOLJ, Aleksandar (SRB)                                                           
7. JURECKA, Alexandr (CZE)                    
7. ELMONT, Guillaume (NED)                                                                            


-100kg: Russian BISULTANOV denies GASIMOV gold   

World number two Elmar GASIMOV (AZE) produced some highlight reel moments during his charge to the final but 2014 Zagreb Grand Prix winner Adlan BISULTANOV (RUS) did not read the script as he denied the Azerbaijan fighter a fitting finale. Former World Judo Masters bronze medallist GASIMOV, 24, trailed to a yuko score and the crowd played their part in willing on their compatriot but BISULTANOV was unperturbed and silenced the home crowd to take the title.   


In the first semi-final GASIMOV came from behind to spectacularly throw Zagreb Grand Prix bronze medallist Jorge FONSECA (POR) with 13 seconds left. FONSECA broke the deadlock with 35 seconds on the clock and GASIMOV had enough in reserve to lift up FONSECA who was literally hanging over his back for a split second and was driven up and over for a majestic ippon which will be played over and over again. In the second semi-final BISULTANOV bested Dusseldorf Grand Prix winner HAGA Ryunosuke (JPN). The Russian fighter had a waza-ari advantage when HAGA executed an appealing uchi-mata for a yuko but his opponent was cautious enough to the increasing threat of the Japanese fighter who could not conjure up a second score.


The first bronze medal was won by FONSECA, his first at this level, as he returned from an agonising defeat against a home fighter to gain a taste of revenge by beating former world champion Elkhan MAMMADOV (AZE). The home fans chanted the name of their judoka and he needed the support as he gasped for oxygen against a workman like FONSECA who took the bronze medal by a single shido. The second bronze medal was won by African Championships silver medallist Ramadan DARWISH (EGY) who overcame HAGA with a single yuko which was the only time the scoreboard was in action during a nervy five minutes.      

FONSECA said: "I feel good, I am growing stronger with every competition and I have more and more belief in myself. I was disappointed with the way I lost the semi-final, I felt very bad as it was a difficult moment for me. I moved forward and was pleased to win the medal. Now I hope to qualify for the World Masters."       
                
Final
BISULTANOV, Adlan (RUS) vs GASIMOV, Elmar (AZE)                                                                                                 
         
Bronze Medal Fights
FONSECA, Jorge (POR) vs MAMMADOV, Elkhan (AZE)           
HAGA, Ryunosuke (JPN) vs DARWISH, Ramadan (EGY)                                                                                                   

Final Result
1. BISULTANOV, Adlan (RUS)                                        
2. GASIMOV, Elmar (AZE)                                        
3. DARWISH, Ramadan (EGY)                                         
3. FONSECA, Jorge (POR)                                                           
5. HAGA, Ryunosuke (JPN)
5. MAMMADOV, Elkhan (AZE)                                   
7. PALTCHIK, Peter (ISR)                       
7. GROL, Henk (NED)                                                                       


+100kg: New territory for Hungarian heavyweight BOR     

Samsun Grand Prix bronze medallist BOR Barna (HUN) entered unchartered territory on the last day in Baku as he contested a Grand Slam final and dually won his first gold medal on this stage. World number eight BOR has grown into being a serious heavyweight contender and claimed the last contest of the Baku Grand Slam against Zagreb Grand Prix bronze medallist Roy MEYER (NED). BOR and MEYER cancelled each other out for the full five minutes with only two shido penalties to their names but the result was determined 30 seconds later when a ko-soto-gari earned a yuko score and the winner screamed with delight.    


In the first semi-final BOR was too powerful for Aslan KAMBIEV (RUS) as he won by ippon at the halfway stage while in the second semi-final MEYER also saw off Russian opposition. The Dutch fighter shaded Budapest Grand Prix bronze medallist Andrey VOLKOV (RUS) with a drop seoi-nage enough for a yuko score.


The first bronze medal went to VOLKOV who dismissed Tbilisi Grand Prix bronze medallist Oleksandr GORDIIENKO (UKR) by ippon after only 36 seconds. The second bronze medal went to Tbilisi Grand Prix winner Levani MATIASHVILI (GEO) who bested KAMBIEV. Georgian youngster MATIASHVILI went ahead with a waza-ari from ashi-waza and wrapped up a crucial result with osaekomi-waza for 15 seconds as he outperformed teammate and top seed Adam OKRUASHVILI (GEO) who had fallen to KAMBIEV in the second round.             
                
Final

MEYER, Roy (NED) vs BOR, Barna (HUN)     

                                                                                                               

Bronze Medal Fights
VOLKOV, Andrey (RUS) vs GORDIIENKO, Oleksandr (UKR)         
KAMBIEV, Aslan (RUS) vs MATIASHVILI, Levani (GEO)                                                                                                                

Final Result
1. BOR, Barna (HUN)                                                                            
2. MEYER, Roy (NED)                      
3. VOLKOV, Andrey (RUS)                                                
3. MATIASHVILI, Levani (GEO)                     
5. GORDIIENKO, Oleksandr (UKR)                                                                  
5. KAMBIEV, Aslan (RUS)
7. NATEA, Daniel (ROU)             
7. MASHARIPOV, Elyor (UZB)