Sunday, March 23, 2014

Judo Grand Prix, Tbilisi 2014 DAY 3

March 23rd, 2014 (Via IJF)

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

The third and final day of the Judo Grand Prix, Tbilisi 2014, left a lasting impression as the powerhouses of judo closed the event on Sunday. 

The women’s -78kg and +78kg categories graced the tatami along with the men’s -90kg, -100kg and +100kg categories.

Hosts Georgia delivered a great finale with seven judoka in the final block as they sent the home supporters away happy and with even higher expectations for next year’s event.

IJF Competition Manager Dr. Lisa ALLAN said: “We’ve had a really fantastic event this weekend thanks to the great cooperation with the Ministry of Sport and Youth Affairs in Georgia and the Georgian Judo Federation. There was a vocal and knowledgeable crowd who enjoyed the action.

“The Georgian Judo Federation have set a very high standard in their first Grand Prix and we look forward to returning in 2015 for the second edition of the Tbilisi Grand Prix.”

Mr. David KEVKHISHVILI, Georgian Judo Federation President, said: “It’s been a great honour for us and I thank Mr. VIZER, IJF President for giving us such a big responsibility. We’ve done our best to show we can organise a tournament at this level. We’ve had many strong countries so it was a very event for the Georgian team but we can be very pleased with our results.”

Following the medal ceremony there was a special presentation for the best female judoka of the competition which went to -63kg gold medallist Edwige GWEND (ITA) while -90kg winner Zviad GOGOTCHURI (GEO) was a popular choice as the best male judoka.

GOGOTCHURI alongside the Italian coach who represented Edwige GWEND (ITA) and Mr. Levan KIPIANI, Minster of Sport and Youth Affairs for Georgia  

Georgia powered to the top of the medal table as they finished with four gold, one silver and four bronze medals ahead of Russia who secured two gold, two silver and nine bronze.

After a thrilling start to the season, the IJF World Judo Tour will continue next week in Turkey for the second edition of the Samsun Grand Prix from 28-30 March before the continental championships in April.  

The full results can be seen at


-78kg: GALEONE stars for impressive Italy     

Sofia European Open winner Assunta GALEONE (ITA) won -78kg gold by defeating Jeju Grand Prix runner-up Victoriia TURKS (UKR) in Tbilisi. GALEONE, 28, took her career to new heights in Georgia by ippon from a osoto-gari to follow the success of her teammate Edwige GWEND (ITA) who won -63kg gold on Saturday.  

In the first semi-final GALEONE defeated Abu Dhabi Grand Prix bronze medallist Anastasiya DMITRIEVA (RUS). The Italian edged ahead with a yuko and followed up with osaekomi-waza to book a place in the final. In the second semi-final TURKS defeated European u23 Championships bronze medallist Ivana MARANIC (CRO) by osaekomi after throwing her for a yuko to open the scoring.

The first bronze medal was won by MARANIC who triumphed against Abu Dhabi Grand Prix bronze medallist Alena KACHOROVSKAYA (RUS) as she countered an o-goshi attempt with a tani-otoshi for a yuko which was the only score of their contest. The second bronze medal contest was won by Junior World Championships bronze medallist Brigita MATIC (CRO) who saw her older sister Barbara win -70kg gold on Saturday. The Croatian was tied three shido penalties apeiece against DMITRIEVA with 10 seconds left but found an extra gear when it mattered the most to throw her opponent for a waza-ari and hold her down with kesa-gatame for wazari-awasette-ippon.          
GALEONE, Assunta (ITA) vs TURKS, Victoriia (UKR)        
Bronze Medal Fights
MATIC, Brigita (CRO) v DMITRIEVA, Anastasiya (RUS)                  

Final Results
1. GALEONE, Assunta (ITA)                   
2. TURKS, Victoriia (UKR)                  
3. MARANIC, Ivana (CRO)                      
3. MATIC, Brigita (CRO)           
5. KACHOROVSKAYA, Alena (RUS)          
5. DMITRIEVA, Anastasiya (RUS)                      
7. ODZELASHVILI, Nino (GEO)         
7. TURCHYN, Anastasiya (UKR)           

+78kg: Turkish delight for KOCATURK 
Baku Grand Slam bronze medallist Gulsah KOCATURK (TUR) was in top form ahead of her home Grand Prix in Samsun next week as she topped the medal podium in the Georgian capital. Former Junior world bronze medallist Sandra JABLONSKYTE (LTU) was comprehensively beaten by a yuko, waza-ari and osaekomi-waza for 15 seconds yielding wazari-awasette-ippon in a polished performance by KOCATURK.  

In the first semi-final JABLONSKYTE prevailed against Miami Grand Prix silver medallist Mariia SHEKEROVA (RUS). The Lithuanian was penalised with a shido for going out of the area but pressed forward with devastating effect as she floored her opponent with a ko-soto-gake for ippon after three minutes. At the same stage KOCATURK (TUR) swept past Qingdao Grand Prix bronze medallist Ksenia CHIBISOVA (RUS) by holding her down in osaekomi with a mune-gatame as she squeezed the life out of the Russian’s title aspirations.

The first bronze medal was won by CHIBISOVA who defeated 19-year-old Elene KEBADZE (GEO) who finally succumb to a harai-makikomi with for ippon with 22 seconds left after a spirited performance. The Liberec Junior European Cup bronze medallist still secured the best result of her young career and will be confident of posing a greater challenge in her homeland next year.The second bronze medal was clinched by SHEKEROVA as Russia clinched both bronze medals in the heavyweight category. Junior European Championships bronze medallist Anastasiia SAPSAI (UKR) was overpowered on the ground and had no answer to a kami-shiho-gatame from her rival. 
JABLONSKYTE, Sandra (LTU) vs KOCATURK, Gulsah (TUR)                      

Bronze Medal Fights
KEBADZE, Elene (GEO) vs CHIBISOVA, Ksenia (RUS)      
SAPSAI, Anastasiia (UKR) vs SHEKEROVA, Mariia (RUS)                   

Final Results
1. KOCATURK, Gulsah (TUR)                              
2. JABLONSKYTE, Sandra (LTU)         
3. KEBADZE, Elene (GEO)  
3. SHEKEROVA, Mariia (RUS)                   
5. CHIBISOVA, Ksenia (RUS)                      
5. SAPSAI, Anastasiia (UKR)                 
7. LEONIDZE, Irine (GEO)        
7. TARASOVA, Galyna (UKR)       


-90kg: Golden showing from Georgia's GOGOTCHURI    

Dusseldorf Grand Prix bronze medallist Zviad GOGOTCHURI (GEO) was Georgia’s star performer on the final day as he bested Abu Dhabi Grand Prix winner Walter FACENTE (ITA). While Varlam LIPARTELIANI (GE) was ruled out with a thigh injury his teammate GOGOTCHURI stepped up to occasion and held the Italian with yoko-shiho-gatame after throwing him for waza-ari. 

In the first semi-final FACENTE conquered 22-year-old Kamoliddin KHOLMAMATOV (UZB) in a nerve-jangling affair with a place in the final on the line. KHOLMAMATOV, who was already assured of a career-best result, was penalised on three occasions for a false attack, passivity and a second false attack while his opponent only earned one shido in the closing seconds for passivity. In the second semi-final the crowd were gripped by the fascinating duel between three-time senior world medallist Kirill DENISOV (RUS) and home judoka GOGOTCHURI. The Georgian grinded out the victory on shido penalties as both men were more than competent in their defensive work. DENISOV received a shido for passivity and a second for the same indiscretion while his rival was only being penalised once and for the same reason.

The first bronze medal was won by DENISOV as he bested four-time Georgian Championships medallist Paata GVINIASHVILI (GEO). DENISOV, who was fighting his third Georgian opponent of the day, was tactically more astute as his opponent failed to remain within the rules as he received four shido penalties for going out of the area to lose out by hansoku-make. The second bronze medal was captured by former Dusseldorf Grand Prix bronze medallist Vadym SYNYAVSKY (UKR) who defeated KHOLMAMATOV with ashi-waza for ippon.         
FACENTE, Walter (ITA) vs GOGOTCHURI, Zviad (GEO)      

Bronze Medal FightsGVINIASHVILI, Paata (GEO) vs DENISOV, Kirill (RUS)       
SYNYAVSKY, Vadym (UKR) vs KHOLMAMATOV, Kamoliddin (UZB)                       

Final Resul
1. GOGOTCHURI, Zviad (GEO)                       
2. FACENTE, Walter (ITA)             
3. DENISOV, Kirill (RUS)                       
3. SYNYAVSKY, Vadym (UKR)           
5. GVINIASHVILI, Paata (GEO)          
5. KHOLMAMATOV, Kamoliddin (UZB)                     
7. GURBANOV, Ramin (AZE)       
7. NHABALI, Quedjau (UKR)       

-100kg: BLOSHENKO battles to success for Ukraine

Jeju Grand Prix runner-up Artem BLOSHENKO (UKR) was the leading man in the -100kg category as he conquered Oberwart European Open bronze medallist Ivan REMARENCO (UAE) in the final. BLOSHENKO scored a yuko from a yoko-otoshi and jumped onto his opponent in ne-waza as he sat through and held REMARENCO with a kesa-gatame for ippon. 

In the first semi-final BLOSHENKO bested Georgian Championships bronze medallist David LORIASHVILI (GEO) with a yuko after receiving a shido for a false attack and passivity.  
In the second semi-final Georgia’s gold medal hopes were dashed again as 19-year-old Junior European champion Guram TUSHISHVILI (GEO) was humbled by REMARENCO who held him down with a mune-gatame for ippon after three minutes of action.

The first bronze medal was won by former Moscow Grand Slam winner Javad MAHJOUB (IRI) who defeated TUSHISHVILI by two yuko both from a ko-uchi-gari as the Georgian was unable to reply. After scoring his second yuko MAHJOUB switched off for a second and there was an opening for a kame-shiho-gatame but TUSHISHVILI was not quick enough to apply the pin. The second medal was won by World Judo Masters bronze medallist Elmar GASIMOV (AZE) as LORIASHVILI was punished with a shido for deliverately pushing his opponent out of the area after some unrpdocutive work on the fringe of the tatami. LORIASHVILI had already received two shido penalties for passivity which was matched by his opponent.   

BLOSHENKO, Artem (UKR) vs REMARENCO, Ivan (UAE)     

Bronze Medal Fights
MAHJOUB, Javad (IRI) vs TUSHISHVILI, Guram (GEO)      
GASIMOV, Elmar (AZE) vs LORIASHVILI, David (GEO)                  

Final Result
1. BLOSHENKO, Artem (UKR)              
2. REMARENCO, Ivan (UAE)            
3. MAHJOUB, Javad (IRI)                
3. GASIMOV, Elmar (AZE)          
5. TUSHISHVILI, Guram (GEO)                      
5. LORIASHVILI, David (GEO)                       
7. MSKHALADZE, Aleksandre (GEO)        
7. LUCHYN, Dmytro (UKR)   

+100kg: OKRUASHVILI ends the Grand Prix on a high

Dusseldorf Grand Prix bronze medallist Adam OKRUASHVILI (GEO) produced a perfect ending to the first Tbilisi Grand Prix as he defeated Junior world champion Anton KRIVOBOKOV (RUS) in the heavyweight final. European silver medallist OKRUASHVILI opened the scoring with a waza-ari at the halfway mark from a harai-makikomi and ensured victory by holding down Russia’s young contender with a mune-gatame as the crowd rose to their feet and applauded. 

In the first semi-final OKRUASHVILI defeated European u23 Championships bronze medallist Daniel NATEA (ROU) as the young Romanian showed his inexperience by accumulating four shido penalties to fall into the repechage. In the second semi-final 20-year-old KRIVOBOKOV confidently dispatched Stanislav BONDARENKO (UKR) by a yuko and waza-ari to seal a place in his first Grand Prix final.

The first bronze medal went to BONDARENKO who won a lacklustre contest as Vakhtangi BITIEV (AZE) who finished seventh at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix last year received four shido penalties for passivity. The second bronze medal was won by Junior world bronze medallist Levani MATIASHVILI (GEO) as NATEA received four shido penalties for passivity. MATIASHVILI won his country’s first medal of the day and the first Grand Prix medal podium of his career. 

OKRUASHVILI, Adam (GEO) vs KRIVOBOKOV, Anton (RUS)        

Bronze Medal Fights
BITIEV, Vakhtangi (AZE) vs BONDARENKO, Stanislav (UKR)     
MATIASHVILI, Levani (GEO) vs NATEA, Daniel (ROU)                

Final Result
1. OKRUASHVILI, Adam (GEO)                     
2. KRIVOBOKOV, Anton (RUS)                  
3. BONDARENKO, Stanislav (UKR)                  
3. MATIASHVILI, Levani (GEO)           
5. BITIEV, Vakhtangi (AZE)                 
5. NATEA, Daniel (ROU)                       
7. METTIS, Juhan (EST)          

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