Saturday, March 22, 2014

Judo Grand Prix, Tbilisi 2014 DAY 2

March 22nd, 2014 (Via IJF)

-63kg | -70kg | -73kg | -81kg 

The Judo Grand Prix, Tbilisi 2014, gathered momentum on the second day as four gold medals were at stake on Saturday at the Tbilisi Sports Palace.

The enthusiastic Georgian crowd some of their biggest names take to the tatami in search of Grand Prix honours as the women’s -63kg and -70kg categories and men’s-73kg and -81kg categories were all in action.

Ahead of final block, officials and judoka gathered on the stage to mark the inaugural International Day of Sport for Development and Peace which will be held on 6 April as declared by the UN General Assembly.

Mr. Marius VIZER, IJF President, and Mr. David KEVKHISHVILI, Georgian Judo Federation President, were joined by the athletes due to compete in the medal contests on the second day. Every member of the group held a white piece of card as a symbol of peace in front of the capacity crowd while the images were sent live around the world on the IJF’s online streaming website.

Mr. Marius VIZER, IJF President and Mr. David KEVKHISHVILI, Georgian Judo Federation President, joined athletes and officials 

The IJF Judo for Peace Commission will be supporting the day with a range of activities around the world as the power of judo and its values will be used as a method of creating awareness and a notion for peace.

After two days of action, Russia lead the medal table with two gold, one silver and six bronze while hosts Georgia moved up to second place after a stunning performance on Saturday.

On Sunday, the competition will be come to a close with the heavyweights as the -90kg, -100kg and +100kg men will be in action alongside the -78kg and +78kg women. 

The draw can be seen at:
Live stream on Ippon TV:
Official event hash tag:


-63kg: GWEND grabs glory from GERBI     

Former European silver medallist Edwige GWEND (ITA) won her first Grand Prix gold medal at the expense of world champion Yarden GERBI (ISR) who was irresistible in the previous rounds. GWEND, 24 was confident in attack and opened the scoring with a yuko from a determined ouchi-gari and went back to the same technique to add a waza-ari. The 24-year-old raised her hands in the air to celebrate as fighting champion GERBI stayed on her back on the tatami knowing she didn’t do herself justice in the final.  

In the first semi-final GERBI ruthlessly disposed of Almaty Grand Prix bronze medallist Nina MILOSEVIC (SLO) by ippon with a minute left to go having edged in front with a yuko from a uchi-mata. At the same stage GWEND defeated Casablanca African Open bronze medallist Hannah MARTIN (USA) by ippon with 46 seconds left on the clock.

The first bronze medal was won by former Junior European Championships bronze medallist Pari SURAKATOVA (RUS) who dispatched world number 11 MARTIN in her first attack after just 15 seconds for ippon. The second bronze medal was claimed by MILOSEVIC who profited from the inactivity of her opponent and World Military Championships bronze medallist Andreja DAKOVIC (CRO) who received four shido penalties for passivity to receive hansoku-make.            

GERBI, Yarden (ISR) vs GWEND, Edwige (ITA)         

Bronze Medal Fights
SURAKATOVA, Pari (RUS) vs MARTIN, Hannah (USA)      
DAKOVIC, Andreja (CRO) vs MILOSEVIC, Nina (SLO)           

Final Results
1. GWEND, Edwige (ITA)          
2. GERBI, Yarden (ISR)            
3. SURAKATOVA, Pari (RUS)             
3. MILOSEVIC, Nina (SLO)              
5. MARTIN, Hannah (USA)              
5. DAKOVIC, Andreja (CRO)                   
7. CHEPURINA, Svitlana (UKR)        
7. SHARADZE, Shorena (GEO)         

-70kg: Junior star MATIC steps up to win for Croatia 
Junior world champion Barbara MATIC (CRO) made a major breakthrough on the senior World Judo Tour as she won her first Grand Prix gold medal with victory against Qingdao Grand Prix bronze medallist Ekaterina DENISENKOVA (RUS). The Russian toiled and received four shido penalties but MATIC was good value for the win and is one of the most exciting young names in of the sport’s toughest weight categories. 

In the first semi-final DENISENKOVA (RUS) toppled top seed Lior WILDIKAN (ISR) by a waza-ari while in the second semi-final MATIC bested Qingdao Grand Prix bronze medallist Irina GAZIEVA (RUS) by a harai-goshi for ippon.

The first bronze medal was claimed by GAZIEVA by ippon after 87 seconds against Junior European Championships bronze medallist Valeria FERRARI (ITA). The second bronze medal was destined for in-form Israel as WILDIKAN thwarted 20-year-old compatriot Yarden MAYERSOHN (ISR) after the youngster received four shido penalties for hansoku-make.  
DENISENKOVA, Ekaterina (RUS) vs MATIC, Barbara (CRO)                

Bronze Medal Fights
FERRARI, Valeria (ITA) vs GAZIEVA, Irina (RUS)      
MAYERSOHN, Yarden (ISR) vs WILDIKAN, Lior (ISR)                

Final Results
1. MATIC, Barbara (CRO)                            
2. DENISENKOVA, Ekaterina (RUS)           
3. GAZIEVA, Irina (RUS)          
3. WILDIKAN, Lior (ISR)              
5. FERRARI, Valeria (ITA)                
5. MAYERSOHN, Yarden (ISR)                   
7. SZABO, Franciska (HUN)         
7. MATNIYAZOVA, Gulnoza (UZB)        


-73kg: Olympic champion beaten to gold by teammate    

European silver medallist Nugzari TATALASHVILI (GEO) won Georgia’s first gold medal of the competition by upsetting Olympic champion Lasha SHAVDATUASHVILI (GEO). After a tense opening both judoka settled down and attacked with purpose and the will of SHAVDATUASHVILI was broken first as he was caught with a tani-otoshi for a waza-ari.  

In the first semi-final Paris Grand Slam bronze medallist Victor SCVORTOV (UAE) lost out to SHAVDATUASHVILI (GEO) after an epic contest which required six additional minutes in golden score. They traded shido penalties until the last second and finished the regular time with three each to send the contest into golden score. With both judoka breathing heavily and the crowd chanting ‘Georgia’ the hard-fought battle continued for another six minutes until SHAVDATUASHVILI was awarded a yuko for narrowly countering a ura-nage attempt. In the second semi-final TATALASHVILI (GEO) outlasted Dusseldorf Grand Prix bronze medallist Musa MOGUSHKOV (RUS) who found new way through with repeated sutemi-waza attempts and in the closing seconds received a shido for a false attack in the scoreless contest.

The first bronze medal was clinched by MOGUSHKOV who defeated Jeju Grand Prix winner Serhiy DREBOT (UKR). MOGUSHKOV blocked a sutemi-waza effort from DREBOT who had a medical bandage around his chin after an inadvertent collision in the preliminary rounds. The Russian judoka successfully turned to ashi-waza to unlock the Ukrainian’s defence with a ko-soto-gari after three minutes for ippon. The second bronze medal was won by European Championships bronze medallist Zebeda REKHVIASHVILI (GEO) in a comprehensive win over SCVORTOV. The Georgian picked up a waza-ari after 90 seconds followed up with ippon to become the third Georgian on the -73kg medal podium. 

Bronze Medal FightsDREBOT, Serhiy (UKR) vs MOGUSHKOV, Musa (RUS)     
REKHVIASHVILI, Zebeda (GEO) vs SCVORTOV, Victor (UAE)                  

Final Resul
1. TATALASHVILI, Nugzari (GEO)                          
2. SHAVDATUASHVILI, Lasha (GEO)             
3. MOGUSHKOV, Musa (RUS)                
3. REKHVIASHVILI, Zebeda (GEO)               
5. DREBOT, Serhiy (UKR)                 
5. SCVORTOV, Victor (UAE)             
7. NIKOGHOSYAN, Davit (ARM)         
7. ORUJOV, Rustam (AZE)       

-81kg: World number one unbeatable at home

European champion Avtandili TCHRIKISHVILI (GEO) was unbeatable in his homeland as Dusseldorf Grand Prix winner Travis STEVENS (USA) had to settle for silver. TCHRIKISHVILI countered a ura-nage attempt after 90 seconds for ippon to the delight of the magnificent home supporters who reacted to every movement of their favourite with encouragement and expectancy. 

In the first semi-final TCHRIKISHVILI conquered Tashkent Grand Prix silver medallist Amir GHASEMI NEJAD (IRI) by ippon after four minutes while in the second semi-final STEVENS advanced by besting Junior European and Junior world bronze medallist Mammadali MEHDIYEV (AZE) with a yuko and waza-ari.

The first bronze medal was won by Junior World Team Championships gold medallist Ushangi MARGIANI (GEO) who had the better of MEHDIYEV from a yuko scored courtesy of a ko-uchi-gari. The Georgian chalked up three shido penalties (false attack twice and for going out of the area) but held on to grab a place on the podium. The second bronze medal was captured by national championships silver medallist Asaf CHEN (ISR) as GHASEMI NEJAD could not compete due to injury.  

TCHRIKISHVILI, Avtandili (GEO) vs STEVENS, Travis (USA)  

Bronze Medal Fights
MARGIANI, Ushangi (GEO) vs MEHDIYEV, Mammadali (AZE)  
CHEN, Asaf (ISR) vs GHASEMI NEJAD, Amir (IRI)            

Final Result
1. TCHRIKISHVILI, Avtandili (GEO)          
2. STEVENS, Travis (USA)         
3. MARGIANI, Ushangi (GEO)        
3. CHEN, Asaf (ISR)                 
5. MEHDIYEV, Mammadali (AZE)             
5. GHASEMI NEJAD, Amir (IRI)                      
7. SAFGULIYEV, Tural (AZE)       
7. SEMENOV, Stanislav (RUS)          

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