Sunday, May 15, 2016

Almaty Grand Prix 2016 - Kazakhstan DAY THREE

(Via IJF)



The Almaty Grand Prix 2016 came to a highly-charged conclusion on Sunday with the final day of the final open Rio 2016 Olympic Games qualification event.


Kazakhstan’s annual leg of the IJF World Judo Tour featured the women’s -78kg and +78kg categories and the men’s -90kg, -100kg and +100kg categories at the Sport Palace Baluan Sholak.  

France finished top of medal table with three gold medals and two bronze ahead of Georgia who won two gold and two bronze medals while Cuba who came third with a haul of two gold medals and one bronze.


Olympic champion Idalys ORTIZ (CUB) celebrated +78kg gold on Sunday

Every judoka on the world stage has harboured the dream of one day representing their country at an Olympics since they first tied their belt and graced a dojo. Now, on the final road to Rio, they had to show more than they ever had before to accomplish their quest which has driven them during all the stages of this four-year cycle. The desire to win can more than match talent in a sport where a single second of inspiration can be the difference between victory and defeat, gold and silver, bronze and fifth-place, Olympic qualification and Olympic heartache.

JUDOKA REACT AS THE WORLD AWAITS RIO 2016

It was a weekend of dejection and despair for some of the judoka fighting in Almaty while others fought above and beyond their own expectations.  

Team USA's -63kg judoka Leilani AKIYAMA (USA) lost her first contest and with it her Olympic dream.

Akiyama said: “Since I was a little girl starting out in judo, I had the dream of fighting for USA at the Olympic Games. With a heavy heart, the road to Rio has come to an end for me. I will not be competing in the Olympics this summer. Today I may have fought in my last competition. After twenty years of competing, it's hard to hang it up and say goodbye. I don't know if that was my last fight, I have yet to make that decision.

“I look back on the last four years and there are things that I could have done differently and unlucky things have happened, but I don't regret trying. Congratulations to all of my friends and teammates who made the team. Only we know how hard we've worked and all of the sacrifices we've made.”

Arleta PODOLAK (POL) – winner of the -57kg gold medal - said: “I feel very happy because it’s my first Grand Prix medal and we are at the end of the Olympic qualification so it’s a perfect time to win gold. I am not sure about everything. I am pretty close to qualification but I feel far away too. We will see from here. I want to have a rest now for a few days and hopefully go to the World Judo Masters.”

London 2012 Olympian Emmanuel NARTEY (GHA) – who lost his continental quota place to his teammate Szandra SZOGEDI (GHA) - said: “It is a very difficult day and moment for me, to announce that I will not be competing in Rio. This is also the last time I will carry the Ghana flag on the international stage. It has been a difficult 12 years, with some good times and some bad times too. I cry many times and I have laughed many times too, but in all I have enjoyed every minute of it. Where we go from here I do not know but I will say good luck to all who have make it to Rio.”

OLYMPIC QUALIFICATION SET TO CULMINATE IN MEXICO

The invite-only World Judo Masters in Guadalajara, Mexico, from 27-29 May closes the Rio 2016 Olympic Games qualification phase with Olympic spots still at stake and an elite group aiming to secure a place in the top eight on the ranking list which would be enough for a seeded place in Rio. The current pecking order is all subject to change and judoka at home will be tuned into the live stream as continental quota spots will change and there will be many twists and turns in the race for Rio in a fortnight's time in Guadalajara.   

Olympic and world champion MATSUMOTO Kaori (JPN) and former world champions Loic PIETRI (FRA) and Lukas KRPALEK (CZE) are among the stars expected to accept their invitations to Mexico. 


Watch #judogdl2016 live and free from 27-29 May at www.ippon.tv


WOMEN

-78kg: Asian champion ZHANG clinches Chinese gold         

Asian Championships winner ZHANG Zhehui (CHN) conquered the -78kg category on Sunday as the Chinese fighter beat former Tashkent Grand Prix bronze medallist Albina AMANGELDIYEVA (KAZ) in the final. ZHANG and AMANGELDIYEVA were both striving to win their first Grand Prix title and the Chinese fighter, who held a qualification position before her first contest, scored a yuko – the only score of the contest – to all but confirm her place at the Olympics where she will a serious medal threat. 


In the first semi-final Olympic silver medallist Gemma GIBBONS (GBR) was beaten by ZHANG who was part of an 11-strong Chinese team in Almaty. GIBBONS, who was fighting for more than a place in the final with an outside chance of making it to her second Olympics, saw ZHANG receive a shido for passivity but was then on the receiving end of harai-makikomi for a waza-ari score. British hero GIBBONS, who moved from London to Edinburgh following her hometown heroics in 2012, scored two yukos in the final minute as ZHANG started to wilt under the pressure. The Chinese held on after a spirited effort from the battling GIBBONS who turned her attention to a push for bronze while her opponent could look forward to a spot on the podium.  In the second semi-final AMANGELDIYEVA convincingly defeated Pan American Championships bronze medallist Yalennis CASTILLO (CUB) by registering a score in all three columns. AMANGELDIYEVA produced a yuko, waza-ari and then ippon to give the home crowd an invested interest in the final as they chased their second gold medal of the competition.


The first bronze medal was won by CASTILLO who returned to winning ways by beating Havana Grand Prix bronze medallist Assunta GALEONE (ITA) on shidos. Both judoka were penalised in the opening minute and one more shido was given as Italian GALEONE was held accountable for not taking a grip and that was the only action of the scoreless contest. The second bronze medal contest was won by former Samsun Grand Prix bronze medallist Victoriia TURKS (UKR) against GIBBONS as the British fighter could not compete due to injury. GIBBONS now has to win the World Judo Masters and outperform teammate Natalie POWELL (GBR) by some distance in Mexico to catch the Welsh judoka in the long-running race for Rio 2016.       
                      
Final
ZHANG, Zhehui (CHN) vs AMANGELDIYEVA, Albina (KAZ)                                    

Bronze Medal Fights
GALEONE, Assunta (ITA) vs CASTILLO, Yalennis (CUB)                              
GIBBONS, Gemma (GBR) vs TURKS, Victoriia (UKR)                                

                                                                                                                                                                       
Final Results 
1. ZHANG, Zhehui (CHN)                                          
2. AMANGELDIYEVA, Albina (KAZ)                                                                          
3. CASTILLO, Yalennis (CUB)                                  
3. TURKS, Victoriia (UKR)                                                                                          
5. GALEONE, Assunta (ITA)
5. GIBBONS, Gemma (GBR)  
7. RAMIREZ, Yahima (POR)
7. POGORZELEC, Daria (POL)                                                                                                                                                                                                                       


+78kg: Olympic champion ORTIZ ready for Rio

Olympic champion Idalys ORTIZ (CUB) prepared to defend her title this summer by taking a confidence boosting win in the women’s heavyweight category. World number two ORTIZ, 26, who was possibly wearing her gold backpatch as the London 2012 winner for the final time, defeated European champion Kayra SAYIT (TUR) on shido penalties in a tentative final. ORTIZ said she is 80% sure that she will fight at the World Judo Masters later this month while SAYIT has been a late bloomer in this cycle for Turkey. The charismatic Cuban, who has won the hearts of the judo family and not just her home nation, won 1:2 on shidos and was all smiles as she left the tatami. 


In the semi-finals ORTIZ defeated former Paris Grand Slam bronze medallist Larisa CERIC (BIH) as the latter was unable to challenge the supremacy of the Cuban. CERIC was penalised four times to receive hansoku-make and set her sights on a bronze medal charge instead of a berth in the +78kg final. In the second semi-final Asian Championships winner KIM Minjeong, who was sporting some red highlights, was held down by the high-flying SAYIT for 20 seconds and ippon.   

The first bronze medal was won by Pan American Championships bronze medallist Melissa MOJICA (PUR) against beaten semi-finalist KIM. A yuko from MOJICA was the only score of the contest as MOJICA made it two bronze medals from the two Puerto Rican judoka in Almaty. The Pan American nation has never won an Olympic judo medal but will be putting everything behind MOJICA and -70kg bronze medallist Maria PEREZ this summer. The second bronze medal was won by CERIC as she extended her unblemished head-to-record against Warsaw European Open bronze medallist Santa PAKENYTE (LTU) to 5-0. CERIC was penalised once while PAKENYTE received three shidos in a contest which failed to develop any rhythm but was still appreciated by the respectful crowd.                   
                                             
Final
ORTIZ, Idalys (CUB) vs SAYIT, Kayra (TUR)                                                                      
                                                                                                                          
Bronze Medal Fights
MOJICA, Melissa (PUR) vs KIM, Minjeong (KOR)                              
CERIC, Larisa (BIH) vs PAKENYTE, Santa (LTU)                 

                                                                                                                        
Final Results
1. ORTIZ, Idalys (CUB)  
2. SAYIT, Kayra (TUR)                                  
3. MOJICA, Melissa (PUR)                                                           
3. CERIC, Larisa (BIH)                    
5. KIM, Minjeong (KOR)                                
5. PAKENYTE, Santa (LTU)                                                               
7. ISSANOVA, Gulzhan (KAZ)          
7. ODKHUU, Javzmaa (MGL)                                                                                                                     

MEN

-90kg: Cool CLERGET shows his class for France         

Baku Grand Slam bronze medallist Axel CLERGET (FRA) won -90kg gold on Sunday with a win against Asian Championships bronze medallist CHENG Xunzhao (CHN) in the final. CHENG came to Almaty holding 30th position on the Olympic qualification list and the one-time IJF Grand Prix winner (Qingdao 2012) fell behind to a waza-ari from a harai-makikomi and CLERGET, who respectfully praised his teammate and Rio 2016 front-runner Alexandre IDDIR in the post-event television interview, literally wrapped up his opponent and the gold medal with a hold down for 15 seconds. IDDIR is up at the lofty heights of eighth in the Olympic qualification zone and it remains to be seen what France has up their sleeves for the World Judo Masters. 


In the first semi-final CHENG defeated Samsun Grand Prix silver medallist Mammadali MEHDIYEV (AZE) with a thunderous osoto-gari for ippon which sparked huge celebrations as his coach jumped out of the chair and CHENG fell down to his knees as he can expect to compete for his country in Rio with greater certainty. In the second semi-final CLERGET past home fighter Dauletkhan ZHAKYPOV (KAZ) by ippon after leading by a waza-ari as the Frenchman did everything in his powers to improve his ranking and with it his growing candidacy for Rio.


The first bronze medal was awarded to Tashkent Grand Prix bronze medallist Mihael ZGANK (SLO) who kept alive his Olympic ambitions by defeating home judoka ZHAKYPOV on shido penalties. ZGANK was down in 31st place on Olympic qualification list at the start of the day and had to win a medal to push himself towards the top 22 and a potential invite to the World Judo Masters if members of the top 16 are unable to take their place in Guadalajara. A single shido against the Kazakh fighter was the only time the referee was called into action and Slovenian ZGANK had achieved his goal. The second bronze medal went to MEHDIYEV as he came from behind to see off African Championships winner Abderrahmane BENAMADI (ALG). Azeri MEHDIYEV was rolled partially over for the lowest score but responded with a textbook left-sided ouchi-gari for the maximum score and bronze.  
           
Final
CLERGET, Axel (FRA) vs CHENG, Xunzhao (CHN)                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                           
Bronze Medal Fights
ZHAKYPOV, Dauletkhan (KAZ) vs ZGANK, Mihael (SLO)                                 
MEHDIYEV, Mammadali (AZE) vs BENAMADI, Abderrahmane (ALG)    

                                                                                                             
Final Results
1. CLERGET, Axel (FRA)                                      
2. CHENG, Xunzhao (CHN)                                 
3. ZGANK, Mihael (SLO)                                        
3. MEHDIYEV, Mammadali (AZE)                          
5. ZHAKYPOV, Dauletkhan (KAZ)                                   
5. BENAMADI, Abderrahmane (ALG)                            
7. BROWN, Colton (USA)                               
7. ABD EL AKHER, Hatem (EGY)                                                                                                                                                                                   


-100kg: Azeri MAMMADOV aces Almaty     

Former world champion Elkhan MAMMADOV (AZE) defeated Samsun Grand Prix silver medallist Rafael BUZACARINI (BRA) in the -100kg final for a highly-popular result as the winner had a considerable travelling party of Azerbaijan fans behind him. Brazil will enter a 14-strong full team at the Olympic Games with one fighter per category as the home nation and one of their toughest choices will be who to pick in the -100kg category. MAMMADOV scored a waza-ari with seven seconds left from a combination as he spun his opponent before finishing with an osoto-gari which meant that his country won more gold medals in Almaty then they did at their home event, the Baku Grand Slam, a week ago. Brazil’s -100kg selection quandary could be settled at the World Judo Masters. 


In the first semi-final BUZACARINI defeated former world silver medallist Jose ARMENTEROS (CUB) by a waza-ari score while in the second semi-final MAMMADOV rushed past Baku Grand Slam runner-up CIRJENICS Miklos (HUN) by ippon after 96 seconds.   

The first bronze medal was won by Tbilisi Grand Prix silver medallist Javad MAHJOUB (IRI) who was throwing CIRJENICS regularly and with elevation but onto his side for two yuko scores. CIRJENICS was penalised for passivity before MAHJOUB made sure of bronze by throwing with ippon seoi-nage for the maximum score. The second bronze medal was won by Asian Championships silver medallist Soyib KURBONOV (UZB) as top seed ARMENTEROS left Almaty empty-handed. Both judoka had two shidos each going into the final minute as both judoka were still searching for their first score. KURBONOV came through for Uzbekistan as he threw his Cuban opponent with a makikomi effort for a yuko with eight seconds left and ran down the remaining time.                 
     
Final
BUZACARINI, Rafael (BRA) vs MAMMADOV, Elkhan (AZE)                                                                                                                                                                                                                                
Bronze Medal Fights
MAHJOUB, Javad (IRI) vs CIRJENICS, Miklos (HUN)                     
ARMENTEROS, Jose (CUB) vs KURBONOV, Soyib (UZB)         

                                                                                         
Final Result
1. MAMMADOV, Elkhan (AZE)                                
2. BUZACARINI, Rafael (BRA)                                     
3. MAHJOUB, Javad (IRI)  
3. KURBONOV, Soyib (UZB)                                    
5. CIRJENICS, Miklos (HUN)                                                                       
5. ARMENTEROS, Jose (CUB)             
7. BEN KHALED, Anis (TUN)                                  
7. SAIDOV, Saidzhalol (TJK)                                                                                                                                                                          


+100kg: OKRUASHVILI takes a crucial step for Georgia             

Former world bronze medallist Adam OKRUASHVILI (GEO) delivered on the Grand Prix stage in Almaty as he defeated Ushangi KOKAURI (AZE) to top the +100kg podium after winning the last final in Kazakhstan. OKRUASHVILI took the lead with a yuko with a fast ashi-waza movement and kept his distance for the remainder of the contest as he played it safe to come away with gold as teammate and fellow Rio 2016 hopeful Levani MATIASHVILI (GEO) finished with bronze.                 


In the first semi-final KOKAURI (AZE) held down Islam EL SHEHABY (EGY) with a kami-shiho-gatame for 20 seconds while in the second semi-final MATIASHVILI lost out to OKRUASHVILI by ippon.

The first bronze medal went to MATIASHVILI who revived his case for Rio 2016 selection with one of the ippons of the day against number one seed Faicel JABALLAH (TUN). African contender JABALLAH was unsuccessful with a harai-goshi attempt as he lost his footing and MATIASHVILI produced a heavyweight ippon for a resounding finish and declaration of his untapped potential on the IJF World Judo Tour. The second bronze medal went to African Championships silver medallist Mohammed Amine TAYEB (ALG) who inflicted a second and successive defeat for EL SHEHABY on shido penalties with one against the former and three against the latter.                                
                                                                              
Final
KOKAURI, Ushangi (AZE) vs OKRUASHVILI, Adam (GEO)                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          
Bronze Medal Fights
JABALLAH, Faicel (TUN) vs MATIASHVILI, Levani (GEO)                 
EL SHEHABY, Islam (EGY) vs TAYEB, Mohammed Amine (ALG)                             

            
                                                                                                                                                                    
Final Result
1. OKRUASHVILI, Adam (GEO)                                          
2. KOKAURI, Ushangi (AZE)                                   
3. MATIASHVILI, Levani (GEO)                   
3. TAYEB, Mohammed Amine (ALG)                                                                          
5. JABALLAH, Faicel (TUN)
5. EL SHEHABY, Islam (EGY)                                    
7. SARNACKI, Maciej (POL)                       
7. TANGRIEV, Abdullo (UZB)                                                                                       

Saturday, May 14, 2016

Almaty Grand Prix 2016 - Kazakhstan DAY TWO

(Via IJF)


The Almaty Grand Prix 2016 served up an unforgettable day of judo which saw an Olympic champion close in on Rio 2016 and a host of world-rated judoka settle their own destiny for this summer at the Sport Palace Baluan Sholak on Saturday.  


Day two was flowing with ippons as the field went went toe-to-toe and held nothing back as they aimed for a decisive finish to their Olympic bid. The race for qualification goes on to Mexico in two weeks’ time for the invite-only World Judo Masters (top 16 ranked judoka in each weight category) but the Almaty spectacle was the final IJF event open to all judoka in the race fo Rio.   

There were inspirational performances across the board as judoka chasing a place in the qualification zones (top 14 for women and top 22 for men) emerged from outside of the pack of front-runners to throw their names into contention.

For every judoka who earnt a place in the qualification zones, there were several occasions where one judoka outperformed a teammate to put themselves at the forefront of their Federation’s minds while some took a continental quota place from their own teammates.

Qualification was hotly-contested in the preliminaries with the points even from individual contests having immediate and significant ramifications.

African Championships bronze medallist Szandra SZOGEDI (GHA) won her opening contest against Altynai KHABI (KAZ) to displace London 2012 Olympian Emmanuel NARTEY (GHA) in the continental quota place. 

Olympic champion Lasha SHAVDATUASHVILI (GEO) moved ahead of his teammate and the top -73kg seed in Almaty in Nugzari TATALASHVILI (GEO) by winning gold as his dream of winning the Olympics at two weights is very much alive.

The three-day competition has generated domestic interest far beyond the Olympic sport as Kazakhstan’s world-beating judoka are national icons and ambassadors for the Asian nation which hosted the World Championships in Astana last year.


Andrey ARSHAVIN with former world champion Maxim RAKOV (KAZ)

Grand Prix host city Almaty is also home to Kazakhstan’s most famous and successful football club FC Kairat who have Russian star Andrey ARSHAVIN and club captain Bauyrzhan ISLAMKHAN among their ranks. UEFA Super Cup winner ARSHAVIN and Kazakhstan international ISLAMKHAN welcomed two of Kazakhstan’s finest judoka to the club’s ultra-modern training base on Thursday.

Current world champion Yeldos SMETOV (KAZ) and former world champion Maxim RAKOV (KAZ) went along to present personalised judogi to ARSHAVIN and ISLAMKHAN as judo has become a leading sport in the country and is well-known to athletes in other fields.


Club captain Bauyrzhan ISLAMKHAN with fellow Taraz native and world champion Yeldos SMETOV (KAZ)

ISLAMKHAN hails from Taraz in central Kazakhstan which is the same region as SMETOV and the pair were deep in conversation about their backgrounds and respective journeys to the top of  their sports.

ISLAMKHAN said: “I appreciate the sport of judo and we hear a lot about it and the Kazakhstan athletes achieving success. I am pleased to see someone from the same area as me achieving such success and I wish Yeldos and whole Kazakhstan team well at the Almaty Grand Prix and the Rio 2016 Olympics.”

SMETOV said: “It is good to meet top-level athletes from other sports and to share experiences. I think both footballers looked at home in their judogi and hope this will develop their interest in the sport. Judo is very dear to the Kazakhstan people and it is our way of exerting ourselves with energy and making our people proud.”

The Almaty Grand Prix will come to its conclusion on Sunday with Olympic champion Idalys ORTIZ (CUB) among the heavyweight elite in action on day three. Judo fans can watch the final day the Almaty Grand Prix 2016 live and free at www.ippon.tv

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WOMEN

-63kg: PINOT beats top seed for French victory 

Samsun Grand Prix winner Margaux PINOT (FRA) was on top of a Grand Prix medal podium again as she beat Asian Championships bronze medallist and top seed TSEND-AYUSH Tserennadmid (MGL) in the -63kg final. The Mongolian is ranked 11th in the Olympic qualification zone while her opponent was given a run out with former world champion Clarisse AGBEGNENOU (FRA) resting at home. PINOT made sure that their head-to-head series would start with an entry in the win column for the Frenchwoman as she prevailed on shido penalties 1:2. TSEND-AYUSH received a shido for passivity before spinning off a drop seoi-nage onto her knees. The Mongolian, who is the second highest ranked fighter from her country in the category, as she trails world bronze medallist TSEDEVSUREN Munkhzaya, was penalised again while PINOT was only penalised once durng the four minute contest to capture gold in the first final of the day.  


In the first semi TSEND-AYUSH Tserennadmid (MGL) won against world number 21 Mia HERMANSSON (SWE) who started her day in a qualification position but only by way of the continental quota so came to Almaty to try to win a place outright. TSEND-AYUSH left HERMANSSON with work still to do to book a place at Rio as the Swede could still be invited to the World Judo Masters in two weeks. The former won by ippon with four seconds remaining in the contest to advance to the final and send HERMANSSON into one of the two bronze medal contests. In the second semi-final PINOT defeated former Paris Grand Slam silver medallist Juul FRANSSEN (NED) to guarantee herself a medal on the Grand Prix stage. FRANSSEN, who entered with 17th place on the Olympic qualification list, was unable to break down the defence of her French opponent and was penalised on three occasions while PINOT was only penalised once.

The first bronze medal was won by FRANSSEN who beat Pan American Championships bronze medallist Stefanie TREMBLAY (CAN). The Canadian was 28th on the Olympic qualification list when she started her competition while her opponent is second choice in the Dutch -63kg ranks behind two-time world bronze medallist Anicka VAN EMDEN (NED). The first medal contest of the final block was decided when FRANSSEN threw for a waza-ari and immediately moved into osaekomi as she held down TREMBLAY with a kami-shiho-gatame for 15 seconds. The second bronze medal was claimed by HERMANSSON who defeated Baku Grand Slam bronze medallist Maricet ESPINOSA (CUB). The Cuban was below her best and her Swedish opponent took advantage as she scored a waza-ari and countered a ura-nage attempt to add a yuko. HERMANSSON ran the down the clock by avoiding to take a grip and was penalised but the result was never in doubt as the victor fought back the tears and the sense of her accomplishment was felt by the crowd who gave a warm round of applause.  

Final
PINOT, Margaux (FRA) vs TSEND-AYUSH, Tserennadmid (MGL)                                                                                                                                                                                  
Bronze Medal Fights
FRANSSEN, Juul (NED) vs TREMBLAY, Stefanie (CAN)         
HERMANSSON, Mia (SWE) vs ESPINOSA, Maricet (CUB)                               

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
Final Results 
1. PINOT, Margaux (FRA)                            
2. TSEND-AYUSH, Tserennadmid (MGL)                         
3. FRANSSEN, Juul (NED)                                                     
3. HERMANSSON, Mia (SWE)         
5. TREMBLAY, Stefanie (CAN)                                              
5. ESPINOSA, Maricet (CUB)                                                             
7. KATIPOGLU, Busra (TUR)                              
7. BARRIOS, Anriquelis (VEN)           

  

-70kg: French teenager blocks Olympic hopefuls    

Former Asian Championships winner TSEND AYUSH Naranjargal (MGL) faced former cadet world champion Marie Eve GAHIE (FRA) - who could be one of the biggest stars in this category during the next Olympic cycle – in the -70kg final and the French fighter pulled off one of the biggest wins of her career. Samsun Grand Prix winner GAHIE, 19, is France’s third choice behind world champion Gevrise EMANE (FRA) and world bronze medallist Fanny ESTELLE POSTIVE, but was irresistible as she won a Grand Prix at a time when judoka are frantically chasing down points with Olympic places at stake. GAHIE led with a yuko until the Mongolian equalled the score from a ura-nage. TSEND AYUSH hit her head on the tatami as she blocked a technique and was unable to continue to hand the top place on the podium to France. 


In the first semi-final former world bronze medallist Katarzyna KLYS (POL) was denied by GAHIE who scored two yukos without reply while KLYS, who was targeting a medal to cement her place inside the top 14, had to turn her hopes to a bronze medal tilt. In the second semi-final TSEND AYUSH Naranjargal (MGL) defeated Asian Championships bronze medallist ZHOU Chao (CHN) who held a provisional qualification position at the start of play via the continental quota.

The first bronze medal was claimed by Baku Grand Slam bronze medallist Maria PEREZ (PUR) who swept past ZHOU. PEREZ held a qualification position at the start of the day via the continental quota and will be even closer to Rio 2016 now as she opened the scoring with a waza-ari from a ko-uchi-gari and added a yuko before winning the contest with ashi-waza from her second waza-ari score. The second bronze medal contest was won by KLYS who held off former world bronze medallist Onix CORTES ALDAMA (CUB) to boost her Rio chances and guarantee an invite to the World Judo Masters. A yuko from KLYS was the only score of the contest as Poland’s medal haul was supplemented once again.  
    
Final
TSEND AYUSH, Naranjargal (MGL) vs GAHIE, Marie Eve (FRA)                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
Bronze Medal Fights
ZHOU, Chao (CHN) vs PEREZ, Maria (PUR)                            
KLYS, Katarzyna (POL) vs CORTES ALDAMA, Onix (CUB)   

                                                                                                                                                                          
Final Results
1. GAHIE, Marie Eve (FRA)                                                                                         
2. TSEND AYUSH, Naranjargal (MGL)                                  
3. PEREZ, Maria (PUR)                              
3. KLYS, Katarzyna (POL)   
5. ZHOU, Chao (CHN)
5. CORTES ALDAMA, Onix (CUB)                                                         
7. GERCSAK, Szabina (HUN)                                 
7. MOREIRA, Antonia (ANG)                                                                                                                                                                                                 

MEN

-73kg: Olympic champion SHAVDATUASHVILI settles domestic battle  

Georgia’s leading men in the -73kg category, Almaty Grand Prix top seed Nugzari TATALASHVILI (GEO) and reigning -66kg Olympic champion Lasha SHAVDATUASHVILI (GEO), were both in action on Saturday with the outcome destined to decide which fighter the powerhouse judo nation would select for Rio 2016. SHAVDATUASHVILI defeated first-time Grand Prix finalist Jaromir JEZEK (CZE) – having seen the Czech erase TATALASHVILI in the semi-final – with a fantastic transition into ne-waza and immediately locked on the juji-gatame to yield the tap out and move ahead of SHAVDATUASHVILI in the Olympic qualification places.  


In the first semi-final TATALASHVILI was overwhelmed by two-time Grand Prix bronze medallist Jaromir JEZEK (CZE). A right-sided seoi-nage for JEZEK in the first minute started the scoring and he built on that yuko by adding a waza-ari from a drop seoi-nage as the Georgian saw his Olympic aspirations evaporating and was powerless to stop it. JEZEK continued his barrage of attacks and earned the win by ippon from a ko-uchi-gari with two minutes left. In the second semi-final SHAVDATUASHVILI outfoxed Olympic bronze medallist SAINJARGAL Nyam-Ochir (MGL) which is a victory by itself. This was the first meeting between two stars and national treasurers in their respective countries and it went in favour of the Georgian who won on shido penalties 1:2.

The first bronze medal was won by Asian Championships silver medallist Didar KHAMZA (KAZ) who was rallied on to victory against SAINJARGAL by the vocal crowd. KHAMZA sent an already energised home set of supporters into raptures when he scored a waza-ari with just 10 seconds left and moved into osaekomi before returning to his feet after nine seconds as there was no time left for Mongolia’s Olympic bronze medallist to respond. The second bronze medal was won by TATALASHVILI who held his nerve after his semi-final disappointment to beat Zagreb Grand Prix bronze medallist Pierre DUPRAT (FRA). The Georgian was penalised for passivity and a false attack either side of taking the lead with a yuko as DUPRAT could not salvage a place on the podium for France. TATALASHVILI was given one more shido for going out of the area as he used up the remaining time to secure a crucial result.                      

Final
SHAVDATUASHVILI, Lasha (GEO) vs JEZEK, Jaromir (CZE)                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                    
Bronze Medal Fights
SAINJARGAL, Nyam-Ochir (MGL) vs KHAMZA, Didar (KAZ)                              
TATALASHVILI, Nugzari (GEO) vs DUPRAT, Pierre (FRA)                 

                                                           
                                                                               
Final Results
1. SHAVDATUASHVILI, Lasha (GEO)                                   
2. JEZEK, Jaromir (CZE)                                                                   
3. KHAMZA, Didar (KAZ)                                
3. TATALASHVILI, Nugzari (GEO)                               
5. SAINJARGAL, Nyam-Ochir (MGL)    
5. DUPRAT, Pierre (FRA)                      
7. SAI, Yinjirigala (CHN)                               
7. BOBOEV, Giyosjon (UZB)                                                                                                                                                              


-81kg: Cuban SILVA MORALES the cream of the crop

Baku Grand Slam bronze medallist Ivan Felipe SILVA MORALES (CUB) defeated Games hopeful Matteo MARCONCINI (ITA) to level up their head-to-head series at 1-1 and put forward his candidacy for Olympic silverware this summer. MARCONCINI took the lead with a yuko from a tomoe-nage with two minutes left and went back to the same technique but it failed along with the subsequent juji-gatame attempt which has been a common transition in Almaty this weekend. SILVA MORALES showed his worth as he sent MARCONCINI flying towards the tatami with a powerful attack and held on for the remaining seconds.  


In the first semi-final SILVA MORALES defeated double Olympic bronze medallist Leandro GUILHEIRO (BRA) who had showed flashes of brilliance in previous rounds as he produced finishes such as uchi-mata and a hane-goshi. The 32-year-old GUILHEIRO lost out on shidos 2:3 as the Pan American judoka could only be separated on shido penalties. In the second semi-final MARCONCINI (ITA) scored three times against Vladimir ZOLOEV (KGZ) and every time the score was greater than the last. A yuko, a waza-ari and then a ippon sealed the fate of the Italian who moved on to the -81kg final.  


The first bronze medal was won by ZOLOEV who countered an ouchi-gari from Junior world champion Frank DE WIT (NED) to send the Dutchman onto his back for the maximum score. The second bronze medal was won by Asian Championships winner NYAMSUREN Dagvasuren (MGL) who outfought GUILHEIRO to provide the only score in the contest. GUILHEIRO had his moment in the previous rounds but struggled to impose himself and received three shidos by the end of the contest for passivity and twice for not taking a grip while NYAMSUREN was penalised once for not taking a grip having been in front from the first 10 seconds.                                  
Final
MARCONCINI, Matteo (ITA) vs SILVA MORALES, Ivan Felipe (CUB)                 
                                                         
Bronze Medal Fights
ZOLOEV, Vladimir (KGZ) vs DE WIT, Frank (NED)                       
GUILHEIRO, Leandro (BRA) vs NYAMSUREN, Dagvasuren (MGL)                             
                                       

                                                                                                                                                                                            
Final Result
1. SILVA MORALES, Ivan Felipe (CUB)              
2. MARCONCINI, Matteo (ITA)                                                
3. ZOLOEV, Vladimir (KGZ)                                           
3. NYAMSUREN, Dagvasuren (MGL)                                                                
5. DE WIT, Frank (NED)                                             
5. GUILHEIRO, Leandro (BRA)
7. SABIROV, Shakhzodbek (UZB)              
7. DUMINICA, Valeriu (MDA)                                                          

Friday, May 13, 2016

Almaty Grand Prix 2016 - Kazakhstan DAY ONE

(Via IJF) 



The Almaty Grand Prix 2016, the last open qualification event for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, opened with the eyes of the sporting world watching judoka suffer heartache and delight in equal measure on Friday at the Baluan Sholak.


For those who are superstitious, Friday 13th, was inevitably an unlucky experience for some but for the winners the Greatest Show on Earth will await them this summer in Rio de Janeiro. Athletes on the cusp had one last chance in Almaty with the Olympic qualification race closing after the invite-only World Judo Masters in Guadalajara, Mexico, from 27-29 May.

The incentive for the majority of the field was like no other competition in their careers and an exceptional few were able to outstrip all of their previous accomplishments to move into qualification positions for the Olympics.

The vast entry was also lifted by a host of leading countries sending their back-up choices for the Games to cover themselves for every possible scenario by ensuring their seconds are ready to fight should such an opportunity present itself as it does every four years.

On day one in Almaty, the competition opened with the women’s -48kg, -52kg and -57kg categories and the men’s -60kg and -66kg categories. A Grand Prix gold medal has never had more value than today as the 300 points for gold, 180 for silver and 120 for bronze, propelled new names towards the Olympics and pushed others out of contention.  
  
Before the final block, Mr. Marius VIZER, IJF President (below- left), joined Mr. Bauyrzhan Baibek KYDYRGALIULY, Mayor of Almaty City, Mr. Arystanbek MUHAMEDIULY (below - right), Minister of Culture and Sports of the Republic of Kazakhstan, Mr. Obaid AL-ANZI, IJF Vice President and Judo Union of Asia President, along with Mr. Kenges RAKISHEV, Kazakhstan Judo Federation President, to open a new state-of-the art Kazakhstan Judo Academy in the city.


In front of a mass of national and international media, Mr. VIZER and Mr. MUHAMEDIULY, cut the red ribbon at the entrance of the new Academy to officially open the facility.

The guests of honour greeted the media, judoka and officials with a few words before members of the Kazakhstan youth teams provided a demonstration of their skills on the new tatami.  


Mr. Marius VIZER, IJF President, addressed the audience at the newly-opened academy

Mr. KYDYRGALIULY said: “Today is a very important day for Kazakhstan, to open this fine judo academy. This in itself is a great achievement and it is extra special to be taking place at the same time as the Almaty Grand Prix. We have a lot of guests here today which I am grateful for and I would like to say a special thank you to Mr. VIZER and Mr. RAKISHEV. I would like to wish you all a good time in Almaty.”

Mr. VIZER said: “It is a great honour for the International Judo Federation and the Judo Union of Asia to open this new academy in Kazakhstan. The Kazakhstan Judo Federation has a very high level and is a developed Federation with a great President. I want to congratulate this city of Almaty and all the particiapnts who have supported this project.”

Mr. Obaid AL-ANZI said: “I congratulate the Kazakhstan Judo Federation for the opening of this new academy and I thank the Ministry of Sport, the Kazakhstan Olympic Committee and all contributors who have helped to realise this project. I would also like to thank the IJF President Mr. Marius VIZER for pushing judo around the world and collaborating so well with the continental unions and national federations.”


The Almaty Grand Prix opening ceremony was held following the new Academy opening as the delegation arrived at the competition venue.

Mr. Arystanbek MUHAMEDIULY, Minister of Culture and Sports of the Republic of Kazakhstan, said: “It is a pleasure to have such a major sports event here in Almaty. I would like to thank the IJF President Mr. Marius VIZER and for the trust placed in us to host the World Championships last year in Astana. I thank you all very much and I wish good you all good luck."

Mr. Marius VIZER, IJF President, said: “Dear Mr. MUHAMEDIULY, Minister of Culture and Sports of the Republic of Kazakhstan, dear Mr. AL-ANZI, President of the Judo Union of Asia, dear representatives of the Kazakhstan Olympic committee, dear Mr. RAKISHEV, Kazakhstan Judo Federation President, dear judo family members, dear guests and media representatives, today we had the honour of inaugurating one of the biggest and most spectacular academies in the world.

“I want to congratulate Mr. RAKISHEV for this and the continued work and achievements of the Kazakhstan Judo Federation. I would like to thank all the 83 delegations taking part in the Almaty Grand Prix and I wish you all a lot of success and good luck not only in this event but also at the World Judo Masters and the Olympic Games.

“I hope you all enjoy the Almaty Grand Prix, I wish the best to all of you and I officially open the Almaty Grand Prix 2016.” 


The opening ceremony of the Almaty Grand Prix 2016

 

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WOMEN

-48kg: GALBADRAKH going to first Games with chance of glory    

World number three Otgontsetseg GALBADRAKH (KAZ) defeated Dusseldorf Grand Prix winner JEONG Bo Kyeong (KOR) in the -48kg final to strengthen her grasp of a seeded position for her first Olympic Games. JEONG was targeting gold to close in on a seeded position at the Olympics having started her day positioned 11th on the Olympic qualification list. GALBADRAKH has now medalled in all seven of her 2016 events including gold at the Paris Grand Slam. The Kazakh dynamo is only behind former world champion MUNKHBAT Urantsetseg and world champion Paula PARETO (ARG) and went some way to closing that gap by seeing off JEONG on shido penalties. The South Korean was penalised for the second time with five seconds left which kept the gold medal in Kazakhstan as GALBADRAKH was only penalised once. 

  
In the first semi-final GALBADRAKH dominated Tbilisi Grand Prix bronze medallist Maryna CHERNIAK (UKR) despite only winning by a shido. An onslaught from the Kazakh fighter captured the imagination of the home crowd who roared on their fighter against the Ukranian who at the start of the day was qualified for the Olympics but only via continental quota which is subject to change until the end of the qualification period in two weeks’ time. GALBADRAKH was the first home fighter to guarantee a medal and had too much for her opponent throughout their battle. In the second semi-final European bronze medallist Dilara LOKMANHEKIM (TUR) who started her competition in 13th place on the Olympic qualification list lost out to JEONG. LOKMANHEKIM, who has seemingly won the domestic battle with Ebru SAHIN for their -48kg Olympic place, was penalised with a shido as JEONG was a constant threat with committed attacks in the form of her ippon seoi-nage and sode-tsurikomi-goshi. A yuko for JEONG was the only score in the four minute contest which set in stone an all-Asian -48kg final.

The first bronze medal contest was won by Pan American Championships bronze medallist Nathalia BRIGIDA (BRA) who defeated LOKMANHEKIM. The Turkish fighter was penalised with a shido for gripping for too long on one side without attacking and that decided the scoreless contest. BRIGIDA, 23, who was 19th on the Olympic qualification list, had the hardest task of all during this cycle with the reigning Olympic champion Sarah MENEZES as her teammate. There was a time when BRIGIDA was in contention for her home Olympics as the pressure and expectancy on the shoulders of MENEZES saw her endure a difficult spell on the IJF World Judo Tour as results were hard to come by. BRIGIDA meanwhile has been a very worthy competitor for her country in her own right and despite MENEZES returning to form, the young Brazilian could be the leading candidate for Tokyo 2020. The second bronze medal was won by beaten semi-finalist CHERNIAK who defeated 29-year-old ippon seoi-nage specialist Dayaris MESTRE ALVAREZ (CUB). The first moment of note came when MESTRE ALVAREZ was penalised with a shido for a false attack. CHERNIAK took the lead with a waza-ari after two minutes and added a yuko score from a ko-soto-gake. MESTRE ALVAREZ failed with a sode-tsurikomi-goshi and was penalised for an overly defensive posture in the next exchange before CHERNIAK was reprimanded for a gripping infringement. 
                                               
Final
JEONG, Bo Kyeong (KOR) vs GALBADRAKH, Otgontsetseg (KAZ)        
                                                                     
Bronze Medal Fights
LOKMANHEKIM, Dilara (TUR) vs BRIGIDA, Nathalia (BRA)                                 
CHERNIAK, Maryna (UKR) vs MESTRE ALVAREZ, Dayaris (CUB)           

                                                                                                                                                                
Final Results
1. GALBADRAKH, Otgontsetseg (KAZ)                                                   
2. JEONG, Bo Kyeong (KOR)  
3. BRIGIDA, Nathalia (BRA)                                   
3. CHERNIAK, Maryna (UKR)                               
5. LOKMANHEKIM, Dilara (TUR)     
5. MESTRE ALVAREZ, Dayaris (CUB)                                  
7. PAYET, Laetitia (FRA)                             
7. RISHONY, Shira (ISR)                                                                                       


-52kg: Swiss timing on cue as TSCHOPP triumphs             

Former Paris Grand Slam silver medallist Evelyne TSCHOPP (SUI) was one of the biggest winners of the day as the outsider bested Baku Grand Slam winner Gili COHEN (ISR) in the -52kg final. TSCHOPP (SUI) started her competition placed 24th on the Olympic qualification list and had to medal to keep alive her Olympic dream. A superb gold medal, which came from a kesa-gatame hold for 20 seconds, lifted TSCHOPP up into contention for the qualification zone and such was her delight that she was unaware of an added bonus of a place in the record books. The 24-year-old became the first Swiss woman to win gold at an IJF Grand Prix and could now be in line for an invitation to the World Judo Masters. 


In the first semi-final Baku Grand Slam winner Gili COHEN (ISR) saw off world bronze medallist Darya SKRYPNIK (BLR) who was in a continental quota position at the start of day one five points off qualifying by right. COHEN had a spring in her step and was too forceful on the ground for her rival who could not escape a ushiro-kuzure-kesa-gatame as the Israeli sealed a second consecutive final on the IJF World Judo Tour in the space of a week. In the second semi-final TSCHOPP beat former Ulaanbaatar Grand Prix winner PARK Da Sol (KOR) who was hoping to earn a spot for her team at the Olympics. Surprise contender TSCHOPP threw PARK for a waza-ari and held down the 20-year-old South Korean with a ushiro-kuzure-kesa-gatame for 15 seconds and a spot in the final. 


The first bronze medal was clinched by PARK who beat two-time Grand Slam winner Jaana SUNDBERG (FIN) who has fallen away at the worst time possible time, lying down in 29th place on the Olympic qualification list. PARK defeated SUNDBERG by a yuko score to earn 120 points for bronze but is still be a large distance off qualification and will rely on an invite to the World Judo Masters which would only be offered if the judoka above her elect not to compete.                           

The second bronze medal was won by two-time Grand Prix bronze medallist Agata PERENC (POL) who beat SKRYPNIK for the final place on the -52kg podium. PERENC took control of the contest with a left-sided drop seoi-nage which is always one of her most successful techniques. The Polish team are out in force in Almaty and they were a regular feature in the final block on day one. 
                  
Final
TSCHOPP, Evelyne (SUI) vs COHEN, Gili (ISR)                                                                          

Bronze Medal Fights
PARK, Da Sol (KOR) vs SUNDBERG, Jaana (FIN)                           
SKRYPNIK, Darya (BLR) vs PERENC, Agata (POL)                                

                           
Final Results
1. TSCHOPP, Evelyne (SUI)                                          
2. COHEN, Gili (ISR)                                                             
3. PARK, Da Sol (KOR)                                                        
3. PERENC, Agata (POL)                                                                       
5. SUNDBERG, Jaana (FIN)                                                                
5. SKRYPNIK, Darya (BLR)     
7. PIENKOWSKA, Karolina (POL)              
7. ADIYASAMBUU, Tsolmon (MGL)                                                                                                                                                               


-57kg: PODOLAK provides Polish power

Former Tashkent Grand Prix bronze medallist Arleta PODOLAK (POL) defeated Buenos Aires Pan American Open winner Jaione EQUISOAIN (ESP) to win -57kg gold and is now hopeful of an invitation to the World Judo Masters. PODOLAK entered the competition as the number 27 on the Olympic qualification list and won her first Grand Prix gold medal with a display of power and precision. The Polish fighter went ahead of with a waza-ari from an ippon seoi-nage out of nowhere and then made sure of her first Grand Prix title by submitting her Spanish opponent with a juji-gatame. 


In the first semi-final European champion Automne PAVIA (FRA) fell to EQUISOAIN after 46 seconds of golden score as the latter executed a harai-makikomi for a match-winning waza-ari score and a guaranteed place on the podium. In the second semi-final PODOLAK (POL) defeated 21-year-old European Championships bronze medallist Timna NELSON LEVY (ISR) by ippon after only 44 seconds.

The first bronze medal was won by former Qingdao Grand Prix bronze medallist LIU Yang (CHN) who controlled NELSON LEVY on the ground by wrapping up the Israeli to the extent that the latter had to submit. NELSON LEVY had a tame uchi-mata effort which was more of a prodding attack but failed to create any opening. LIU persevered in ne-waza and there was always progression in her work which allowed her the time to trap NELSON LEVY with a vice-like sankaku-gatame and tap out was instant. The second bronze medal was won by PAVIA against former world bronze medallist and world number 18 Sanne VERHAGEN (NED). Their clash could have been a medal contest on any stage given their talent but it was PAVIA who showed the better judo as she shaped up for harai-goshi but finished with an attack more becoming of an uchi-mata.              
               
Final
EQUISOAIN, Jaione (ESP) vs PODOLAK, Arleta (POL)                                                                        
                                                                                                                                               
Bronze Medal Fights
LIU, Yang (CHN) vs NELSON LEVY, Timna (ISR)  
PAVIA, Automne (FRA) vs VERHAGEN, Sanne (NED)                

                                                                     
Final Results 
1. PODOLAK, Arleta (POL)                                                 
2. EQUISOAIN, Jaione (ESP)     
3. LIU, Yang (CHN)                               
3. PAVIA, Automne (FRA)  
5. NELSON LEVY, Timna (ISR)                                                           
5. VERHAGEN, Sanne (NED)                                                                    
7. NISHANBAYEVA, Sevara (KAZ)                               
7. ROGIC, Jovana (SRB)                                                                                       


MEN

-60kg: Magnificent MANZI opens the door for Rio  

Italian upstart Elios MANZI (ITA) shone on day one as his ambition and ability could yet guide him to the Olympics four years earlier than originally planned. The 20-year-old European Championships bronze medallist looked completely detached from any emotional investment as he faced off with world silver medallist Rustam IBRAYEV (KAZ) with maturity beyond his years and beyond his experience. MANZI was in 60th place on the Olympic qualification list this morning but he picked off all five opponents to stand on top of an IJF podium for the first time. The Italian scored two yukos without reply as IBRAYEV was denied while Kazakhstan’s reigning -60kg world champion Yeldos SMETOV (KAZ) was rested and watched from the stands.


In the first semi-final world silver medallist IBRAYEV blocked the passage of Baku Grand Slam bronze medallist Diyorbek UROZBOEV (UZB). IBRAYEV won by ippon from a juji-gatame as he gave his opponent a masterclass having fought off the same technique from the Uzbek earlier in the contest. In the second semi-final MANZI surpassed Sharafuddin LUTFILLAEV (UZB) by a yuko to fast-track his Olympic dream as he was assured of a medal at this stage.


The first bronze medal was claimed by LUTFILLAEV who bested Tyumen Grand Slam bronze medallist Aibek IMASHEV (KAZ). The rivals’ accidentally had a coming together as they went to the ground and IMASHEV received some treatment for a bloody nose before returning to continue his home bid against his near neighbour from Uzbekistan. LUTFILLAEV produced the only score of the contest and that waza-ari gave Uzbekistan the first medal in the -60kg category as both judoka showed their respect and sportsmanship which was applauded by the Kazakh crowd.

The second bronze medal in the men’s lightest weight category also matched hosts Kazakhstan against Uzbekistan. The outcome was the same as the medal will leave Kazakhstan with UROZBOEV who defeated Tyumen Grand Slam bronze medallist Askhat TELMANOV (KAZ). Both judoka were penalised for not taking a grip before the Uzbek received a second shido which was given for his passivity at the halfway stage. UROZBOEV and TELMANOV scored a yuko apiece and finished the five minute contest with two shidos also on their records which meant that golden score would follow. After 74 seconds of added time it was UROZBOEV who came through as he threw TELMANOV with a tomoe-nage for waza-ari and bronze to the frustration of the crowd.     
                               
Final
IBRAYEV, Rustam (KAZ) vs MANZI, Elios (ITA)                                                                                                                       
Bronze Medal Fights
IMASHEV, Aibek (KAZ) vs LUTFILLAEV, Sharafuddin (UZB)                               
UROZBOEV, Diyorbek (UZB) vs TELMANOV, Askhat (KAZ)      

 
Final Results 1. MANZI, Elios (ITA)                                   
2. IBRAYEV, Rustam (KAZ)                                                
3. LUTFILLAEV, Sharafuddin (UZB)                                
3. UROZBOEV, Diyorbek (UZB)                
5. IMASHEV, Aibek (KAZ)   
5. TELMANOV, Askhat (KAZ)                  
7. BESTAEV, Otar (KGZ)                           
7. YERENKAIYPOV, Kylysh (KAZ)                                                                                                                                                                                                                                


-66kg: One down, one to go for MARUYAMA brothers and Japan    

Japanese newcomer MARUYAMA Joshiro (JPN) won all five of his contests on his Grand Prix debut to capture an impressive gold medal and can now relax and prepare to watch his older and more accomplished brother MARUYAMA Goki (JPN) in -81kg action on Saturday. 

                   
Japanese head coach INOUE Kosei is in town with his two-man team as he will coach the MARUYAMA brothers on successive days. MARUYAMA Joshiro, 22, had made his one and only previous appearance on the IJF World Judo Tour in 2013 when he finished seventh at home at the Tokyo Grand Slam. The Tenri University member has fully recovered from a run of injuries and based on today’s showing could become a fixture in the Japanese team going forward. The young Japanese fighter launched SMAGULOV into the air with a uchi-mata – a technique which is shared by his brother and most famously by his coach in Almaty – for a yuko score and that was the only time the scoreboard was called upon.

In the first semi-final MARUYAMA defeated Yeldos ZHUMAKANOV (KAZ) by ippon while in the second semi-final former world silver medallist Azamat MUKANOV (KAZ) lost out to teammate Zhansay SMAGULOV (KAZ) on shido penalties 2:3.
The first bronze medal was won by Paris Grand Slam bronze medallist Kilian LE BLOUCH (FRA) as MUKANOV endured a torrid contest as he was penalised on four occasions to receive hansoku-make and gift the medal to his French opponent. MUKANOV led with a neat piece of ashi-waza but lost his way after that as he looked to use up the clock but it backfired and it was the Frenchman who left with bronze.

The second bronze medal went to ZHUMAKANOV who never stopped working against European Championships bronze medallist Fabio BASILE (ITA). ZHUMAKANOV uprooted BASILE, 21, who was 26th on the Olympic qualification list coming into the event, with a tai-otoshi which had the crowd on their feet but the youngster turned out onto his front. The Italian was penalised for passivity and a false attack as the one-sided contest went to the home fighter. 

Final
MARUYAMA, Joshiro (JPN) vs SMAGULOV, Zhansay (KAZ)                                                                                                                                                                                                            
Bronze Medal Fights
LE BLOUCH, Kilian (FRA) vs MUKANOV, Azamat (KAZ)                                
ZHUMAKANOV, Yeldos (KAZ) vs BASILE, Fabio (ITA)               

                                                                                                                    
Final Result
1. MARUYAMA, Joshiro (JPN)                                                           
2. SMAGULOV, Zhansay (KAZ)                                                            
3. LE BLOUCH, Kilian (FRA)  
3. ZHUMAKANOV, Yeldos (KAZ)                                                       
5. MUKANOV, Azamat (KAZ)                                                                           
5. BASILE, Fabio (ITA)                                               
7. ZOURDANI, Houd (ALG)                             
7. VERDE, Elio (ITA)