Friday, February 21, 2014

Judo Grand Prix, Dusseldorf 2014, DAY 1

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

The Judo Grand Prix, Dusseldorf 2014, captivated the German crowd at the Mitsubishi Electric Halle on Friday. 

The opening day of the first Grand Prix of the year crowned five gold medallists as the women’s -48kg, -52kg and -57kg categories and men’s -60kg and -66kg categories were the centre of attention in Dusseldorf.

Dusseldorf has attracted a world-class field of judoka who are already building momentum to be in peak physical condition for the start of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games qualification in May.  

World champion MUNKHBAT Urantsetseg (MGL) was in -48kg action, world silver medallist Erika MIRANDA (BRA) fought in the -52kg category and Olympic champion MATSUMOTO Kaori (JPN) made her return to the IJF World Judo Tour in the -57kg category alongside home favourite and world bronze medallist Miryam ROPER (GER).

Paris Grand Slam winner GANBAT Boldbaatar (MGL) was in action in the -60kg category while world number one DAVAADORJ Tumurkhuleg (MGL) was joined in the -66kg field by world champion EBINUMA Masashi (JPN)  who is part of a 17-strong Japanese team in Germany.

On Saturday, the attention turns to the women’s -63kg and -70kg categories along with the men’s -73kg and -81kg categories. 

The draw can be seen at:
Live stream on Ippon TV:
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-48kg: Golden girl WU wins for China   

Qingdao Grand Prix silver medallist WU Shugen (CHN) defeated World champion MUNKHBAT Urantsetseg (MGL) to win the first gold medal of the Dusseldorf Grand Prix 2014. There was little to separate the finalists and, as MUNKHBAT aimed to win her first gold medal since Rio 2013, she was penalised with a shido for not taking a grip and twice for a false attack while WU only received one shido for a false attack. 

MUNKHBAT booked her place in the final by defeating teenage Tokyo Grand Slam winner KONDO Ami (JPN) in the first semi-final. The Mongolian and her Japanese rival cancelled each other out for the first three minutes with just a shido each on the scoreboard. After a pause in the action for KONDO to receive treatment for a bloody nose, MUNKHBAT struck with a waza-ari and with 30 seconds remaining her rival could only reply with a yuko. WU sealed a place in the gold medal contest by thwarting the progess of 18-year-old Sofia European Open winner Distria KRASNIQI (KOS) on shido penalties. 

The first bronze medal was won by KRASNIQI who earned the first Grand Prix medal of her flourishing career by defeating Minsk European Open silver medallist Sonja WIRTH (GER). As both judoka failed to trouble the scoreboard, WIRTH, who was already guaranteed a career-best result, received three shido penalties for passivity while the Kosovan judoka was only penalised once and that was also for passivity. The second bronze medal was won by losing semi-finalist KONDO as she blasted her way past 2013 Dusseldorf Grand Prix runner-up JEONG Bo Kyeong (KOR) in 26 seconds with a crowd-pleasing hane-goshi earning ippon. 

MUNKHBAT, Urantsetseg (MGL) vs WU, Shugen (CHN)        

Bronze Medal Fights
WIRTH, Sonja (GER) vs KRASNIQI, Distria (KOS)  
JEONG, Bo Kyeong (KOR) vs KONDO, Ami (JPN)  

Final Results
1. WU, Shugen (CHN)                 
2. MUNKHBAT, Urantsetseg (MGL)           
3. KRASNIQI, Distria (KOS)          
3. KONDO, Ami (JPN)
5. WIRTH, Sonja (GER)         
5. JEONG, Bo Kyeong (KOR)      
7. AKKUS, Sumeyye (TUR)   
7. LABORDE, Maria Celia (CUB)     

-52kg: KUZIUTINA reigns for Russia 

Paris Grand Slam bronze medallist Natalia KUZIUTINA (RUS) was in top form as she rounded off a high-quality display by grinding out a victory against world bronze medallist HASHIMOTO Yuki (JPN). As the scoreless contest looked set for golden score, HASHIMOTO was penalised with a shido for passivity with 40 seconds left which was all that separated the leading judoka in the -52kg category after a tense final.

In the first semi-final world number six HASHIMOTO conquered world silver medallist Erika MIRANDA (BRA) in a high octane clash with produced some rapid exchanges. After evading a juji-gatame attempt with ease MIRANDA tried her luck with a yoko-tomoe-nage but HASHIMOTO was alert to the imminent threat. Both judoka entered the last 20 seconds with a shido against their name for passivity and the Brazilian was penalised once more for the same offence to miss out on a place in the final. KUZIUTINA secured a final berth by besting European u23 Championships silver medallist Gili COHEN (ISR) with a slick sangaku-gatame after engineering an opening with a determined approach to her ne-waza. 

The first bronze medal was clinched by world number five Mareen KRAEH (GER) who opened the scoring against COHEN with a waza-ari at halfway mark and held her opponent for 15 seconds with osaekomi-waza for wazari-awasette-ippon to win her country’s first medal of the Dusseldorf Grand Prix. The second bronze medal was awarded to MIRANDA who beat world number three Jaana SUNDBERG (FIN) after one minute of golden score. Both judoka had three shido penalties to their name after the regulation four minutes to force the action into golden score and SUNDBERG lost the battle of attrition by receiving a fourth and final shido for passivity and hansoku-make. 

HASHIMOTO, Yuki (JPN) vs KUZIUTINA, Natalia (RUS)     

Bronze Medal Fights
KRAEH, Mareen (GER) vs COHEN, Gili (ISR)
SUNDBERG, Jaana (FIN) vs MIRANDA, Erika (BRA  

Final Results
1. KUZIUTINA, Natalia (RUS)                    
2. HASHIMOTO, Yuki (JPN)          
3. KRAEH, Mareen (GER)          
3. MIRANDA, Erika (BRA)             
5. COHEN, Gili (ISR)           
5. SUNDBERG, Jaana (FIN)        
7. MUNKHBAATAR, Bundmaa (MGL)   
7. CHITU, Andreea (ROU)     

-57kg: Olympic champion makes successful return in Germany 

Olympic champion MATSUMOTO Kaori (JPN) made a successful return as she ominously put down a marker on her claim to -57kg supremacy two years after her London heroics. MATSUMOTO, 26, bested World Judo Masters winner DORJSUREN Sumiya (MGL) in the last final and contest on the opening day in Germany as she was too quick and too busy for her highly-regarded opponent. DORJSUREN was penalised twice for passivity which separated the finalists after four minutes as the Japanese icon, who wore her gold backpatch for the first time, was as unrelenting as ever in her return to the World Judo Tour.    

MATSUMOTO booked a place in the final by subduing Irina ZABLUDINA (RUS) by ippon after just 90 seconds while at the same stage DORJSUREN Sumiya (MGL) toppled Beijing Olympic bronze medallist Ketleyn QUADROS (BRA) on shido penalties with three against the Brazilian and only one against the hard-working Mongolian. In the preliminary rounds Olympic champion MATSUMOTO Kaori (JPN) defeated Corina CAPRIORIU (ROU) by osaekomi-waza in a repeat of the London 2012 Olympic final.

The first bronze medal was won by QUADROS as world bronze medallist Miryam ROPER (GER) was frustrated on home soil. The Brazilian scored a waza-ari after 45 seconds as she countered an ouchi-gari attempt with a yuko-otoshi and added a yuko with 28 seconds left after ROPER had registered the same score from an osoto-gari. The second bronze medal was won by losing semi-finalist ZABLUDINA who submitted Tashkent Grand Prix silver medallist Hana CARMICHAEL (USA) with 40 seconds remaining in their previously scoreless contest via an juji-gatame.         

MATSUMOTO, Kaori (JPN) vs DORJSUREN, Sumiya (MGL)     

Bronze Medal Fights
ROPER, Miryam (GER) vs QUADROS, Ketleyn (BRA)    
CARMICHAEL, Hana (USA) vs ZABLUDINA, Irina (RUS)        

Final Results
1. MATSUMOTO, Kaori (JPN)              
2. DORJSUREN, Sumiya (MGL)         
3. QUADROS, Ketleyn (BRA)              
3. ZABLUDINA, Irina (RUS)           
5. ROPER, Miryam (GER)           
5. CARMICHAEL, Hana (USA)           
7. FILZMOSER, Sabrina (AUT)   
7. BEAUCHEMIN-PINARD, Catherine (CAN)      


-60kg: Japan unleashes new generation as SHISHIME defeats OSHIMA     

Tokyo Grand Slam bronze medallist SHISHIME Toru (JPN) narrowly defeated his teammate and Junior world bronze medallist OSHIMA Yuma (JPN) in the -60kg final. SHISHIME, 21, and OSHIMA, 19, two of Japan’s latest starlets from their unrivalled production line, were well-matched and respected their counterparts ability as they failed to register a score but the former received only one shido for passivity while his opponent picked up two for passivity and a false attack.  

There was double delight for Japan in the semi-finals as they defeated Kazakhstan opposition in both contests. SHISHIME booked his place in the final by humbling Asian Championships bronze medallist Yeldos SMETOV (KAZ) on shido penalties after a hard-fought contest. OSHIMA confirmed an all-Japanese final by defeating Almaty Grand Prix bronze medallist Rustam IBRAYEV (KAZ) by ippon with a minute remaining.

The first bronze medal was claimed by former Junior European Championships silver medallist Vincent LIMARE (FRA) who defeated losing-semi-finalist SMETOV. After receiving a shido for passivity the Frenchman had to be alert to block a bold tai-otoshi attempt before scoring a yuko with ko-uchi-gari only for it to be removed upon removed by the IJF Referee Commission. LIMARE improved as the contest went on and there was no doubting his score when he caught SMETOV with an osoto-gari for a waza-ari to claim the first Grand Prix medal of his career with a workman like display. The second bronze medal went to Olympic champion Arsen GALSTYAN (RUS) who ended the medal tilt of IBRAYEV by dispatching him for ippon with a ko-uchi-gari to bounce back from a frustrating morning in Dusseldorf with a much-needed place on the podium.     
OSHIMA, Yuma (JPN) vs SHISHIME, Toru (JPN)  

Bronze Medal FightsLIMARE, Vincent (FRA) vs SMETOV, Yeldos (KAZ)     
GALSTYAN, Arsen (RUS) vs IBRAYEV, Rustam (KAZ)           

Final Result
1. SHISHIME, Toru (JPN)               
2. OSHIMA, Yuma (JPN)
3. LIMARE, Vincent (FRA)          
3. GALSTYAN, Arsen (RUS)        
5. SMETOV, Yeldos (KAZ)               
5. IBRAYEV, Rustam (KAZ)             
7. GRIGORYAN, Aram (RUS)       
7. MILOUS, Sofiane (FRA)    

-66kg: World champion EBINUMA clinches more gold   

World champion EBINUMA Masashi (JPN) won -66kg gold in Dusseldorf as he defeated Oberwart European Open bronze medallist Rene SCHNEIDER (GER) in the final. SCHNEIDER, who was guaranteed the first Grand Prix medal of his career, had won all four of his previous contests by ippon in a breakout display. However, Olympic bronze medallist EBINUMA was in electric form as he threw for waza-ari twice in quick succession with the second coming from a drop seoi-nage. Despite seeing their only finalist of the day defeated in ruthless fashion the crowd showed their appreciation for the sublime skill of the Japanese star with a warm ovation as he won by wazari-awasette-ippon.  

EBINUMA progressed to the final at the expense of Moscow Grand Slam bronze medallist Luiz REVITE (BRA) who fell by ippon to ashi-waza after just 90 seconds. SCHNEIDER denied an all-Japanese final by over coming 21-year-old Tokyo Grand Slam bronze medallist MIYAZAKI Ren (JPN) by ippon in 73 seconds which earned an emphatic ovation from the home fans.  

The first bronze medal was won by world number one DAVAADORJ Tumurkhuleg (MGL) who saved his best until last as he produced a ko-soto-gake with 30 seconds remaining for ippon to defeat REVITE with the first score in their contest. The second bronze medal contest former European champion Alim GADANOV (RUS) who dominated MIYAZAKI with a waza-ari from an ouchi-gari before sealing the victory in style with a second ouchi-gari which floored the Japanese judoka with a powerful execution of ashi-waza.  

EBINUMA, Masashi (JPN) vs SCHNEIDER, Rene (GER)   

Bronze Medal Fights
DAVAADORJ, Tumurkhuleg (MGL) vs REVITE, Luiz (BRA)    

Final Result
1. EBINUMA, Masashi (JPN)          
2. SCHNEIDER, Rene (GER)              
3. DAVAADORJ, Tumurkhuleg (MGL)      
3. GADANOV, Alim (RUS)       
5. REVITE, Luiz (BRA)               
5. MIYAZAKI, Ren (JPN)            
7. FLICKER, Tal (ISR)    
7. ZINGG, Anthony (GER)     



11:00 Preliminaries on three mats
17:00 Final block on one tatami

Women: -63kg, -70kg
Men: -73kg, -81kg


11:00 Preliminaries on three mats
17:00 Final block on one tatami

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

Location: Mitsubishi Electric Halle  


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