Saturday, May 10, 2014

2014 Judo Grand Slam, Baku - DAY 1

(Via IJF)


The Judo Grand Slam, Baku 2014 started on Friday as the teeming Azerbaijan crowd saw the stars of the World Judo Tour compete for five gold medals. 


The opening day of the Baku Grand Slam, the second Grand Slam of the year following February’s season opener in Paris, saw the -48kg, -52kg and -57kg categories and men’s -60kg and -66kg categories all in action.

Before the medals were decided in the final block, the Azerbaijan Judo Federation staged an opening ceremony to mark the participation of the 44 competing nations at the country’s flagship judo event.

Azerbaijan’s Minister of Youth and Sports Mr. Azad RAHIMOV said: “Dear athletes, I am very delighted to welcome you all here to our capital city. I hope you can enjoy the experience of victory. Judo is at the centre of attention in our community, we organise high level events and are very proud to host this event. As with many kinds of sports, we have been very successful in judo and have great athletes who represent Azerbaijan.


From L-R: Mr. ALAKBAROV, Mr. RAHIMOV and Mr. AL-TAMEEMI opened the 2014 Baku Grand Slam

"The Grand Slam is one in our series of elite events and I hope judoka can benefit from this competition, I wish everyone to be brave and gain victory in this competition.”

Mr. Fizouli ALAKBAROV, Azerbaijan Judo Federation President, said: “In the real meaning of life, we have champions in everyday life and in sport. We as a nation are flourishing in this respect and judo is very important to us. The Grand Slam is a premier event and sporting contribution to mark the third President of Azerbaijan Heydar ALIYEV whose birthday it would be on Saturday.”

Mr. Naser AL-TAMEEMI, IJF General Treasurer, said: “Dear ladies and gentleman, I would like to thank the Azerbaijan Judo Federation for the well organisation of the event, I hope all spectators enjoy the competition and I say good luck to all the athletes. I officially declare the Judo Grand Slam, Baku 2014, open and thank you for your attention.”

Azerbaijan’s judo icon Elnur MAMMADLI, the 2008 Beijing Olympic champion, is now the Azerbaijan Judo Federation Vice President and is encouraged by his federation’s growth over the intervening years.

“We have really developed a high level in our federation and this applies to our team, our events and all aspects of our organisation. After 2008 judo became more popular here and the participation is continuing to grow at all levels.

“The Baku Grand Slam is central to our plans to develop the sport here and we already have experience in hosting major competitions after staging the World Judo Masters in 2011. Azerbaijan will host the first European Games in Baku next year and that is something we are all very excited about."

MAMMADLI, who retired from competing after the London 2012 Olympics, also talked about his transition from being an elite sportsman to a key member of his national judo federation.

“When I was an athlete I was focused on myself and being the best judoka I could be. Now I am responsible for all sectors of judo in this country and it is something I take great pride in and I am committed to using my experience and knowledge to grow our federation.”

After the first day of the competition, France lead the way with one gold medal, one silver and two bronze ahead of hosts Azerbaijan who clinched one medal of each colour.

On Saturday, the action continues in Baku as the women’s -63kg and -70kg categories along with the men’s -73kg and -81kg categories will all be contested on day two. 

FOLLOW THE COMPETITION
The draw can be seen atwww.ippon.org/gs_aze2014.php
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WOMEN

-48kg: World champion strikes first in Baku    

World champion MUNKHBAT Urantsetseg (MGL) captured -48kg gold with victory against Tbilisi Grand Prix bronze medallist Amelie ROSSENEU (ISR) who finished fifth at the European Championships in April. MUNKHBAT, who was targeting her first gold medal since winning the world crown in Rio, took the lead with a yuko and was sharp in ne-waza as she trapped the arm of ROSSENEU while on her back and traded places with her opponent to force her to submit after 47 seconds. 


In the first semi-final MUNKHBAT disposed of Samsun Grand Prix bronze medallist Sumeyye AKKUS (TUR). The Mongolian was penalised with a shido for tucking underneath the advancing arm of the attacking AKKUS before some assured ne-waza saw her free the arm of her opponent to win by juji-gatame with 54 seconds remaining. In the second semi-final ROSSENEU surged past Valentina MOSCATT (ITA) in just 35 seconds as she also won by juji-gatame as her Italian opponent held her arm before eventually returning to her feet for the referee to award the contest to the Israeli judoka.

The first bronze medal was awarded to London 2012 Olympian Nataliya KONDRATYEVA (RUS) who submitted  MOSCATT who had to tap out to a juji-gatame for a second successive contest after exactly two minutes. KONDRATYEVA was penalised with a shido for not taking a grip after 80 seconds but swiftly increased her efforts to subdue her opponent. The second bronze medal was won by LOKMANHEKIM against compatriot AKKUS in a contest which will surely have repercussions with regards to future selections for Turkey who still have the highly-rated Ebru SAHIN to return to action from injury. LOKMANHEKIM, a slow starter, received a shido for passivity and picked up a second for going out of the area at the halfway mark with both judoka yet to score. LOKMANHEKIM was victorious as she defeated her teammate by yuko from an ouchi-gari having repeatedly threatened with ashi-waza. There was no way back for AKKUS who had to settle for fifth-place. 

Final
MUNKHBAT, Urantsetseg (MGL) vs ROSSENEU, Amelie (ISR)                 

Bronze Medal Fights
MOSCATT, Valentina (ITA) vs KONDRATYEVA, Nataliya (RUS)     
AKKUS, Sumeyye (TUR) vs LOKMANHEKIM, Dilara (TUR)        


Final Results
1. MUNKHBAT, Urantsetseg (MGL)                      
2. ROSSENEU, Amelie (ISR)                              
3. KONDRATYEVA, Nataliya (RUS)                   
3. LOKMANHEKIM, Dilara (TUR)          
5. MOSCATT, Valentina (ITA)                   
5. AKKUS, Sumeyye (TUR)              
7. GURBANLI, Aisha (AZE)       
7. JIANG, Yahong (CHN)         


-52kg: EURANIE wins all-French final 

Former world silver medallist Annabelle EURANIE (FRA) upstaged Olympic bronze medallist Priscilla GNETO (FRA) who never established herself in the -52kg final. EURANIE, 31, who sustained a black eye during a ne-waza exchange in the preliminaries, has a tall frame and her style starkly contrasts that of her 22-year-old opponent who was making her long-anticipated return from injury. GNETO chalked up four shido penalties to receive hansoku-make as she toiled to defeat with penalties coming her way for not taking a grip, going out of the area and two false attacks. 


In the first semi-final top seed and Tashkent Grand Prix bronze medallist Roni SCHWARTZ (ISR) lost to the hard-working Annabelle EURANIE (FRA) by waza-ari in a tentative contest. In the second semi-final compatriot GNETO (FRA) defeated Warsaw European Open winner Petra NAREKS (SLO) by ippon after 92 seconds with a koshi-guruma.

The first bronze medal was clinched by NAREKS who submitted Casablanca Open bronze medallist Ilona BURYACHENKO (RUS) with a koshi-jime in the final minute of their previously scoreless contest. The second bronze medal was won by top seed SCHWARTZ who bested Gulbadam BABAMURATOVA (TKM) who had produced a career-best fifth-place at the Tbilisi Grand Prix in her last event. SCHWARTZ was penalised with a shido for passivity and fell behind to a waza-ari from a harai-makikomi. With two minutes remaining the Israeli judoka was awarded ippon for a forceful ko-soto-gake but that score was downgraded to waza-ari by the referee commission. SCHWARTZ was not to be denied as she countered a weak ouchi-gari attempt with ashi-waza for ippon.  

Final
EURANIE, Annabelle (FRA) vs GNETO, Priscilla (FRA)                 

Bronze Medal Fights
NAREKS, Petra (SLO) vs BURYACHENKO, Ilona (RUS)     
SCHWARTZ, Roni (ISR) vs BABAMURATOVA, Gulbadam (TKM)             


Final Results
1. EURANIE, Annabelle (FRA)
2. GNETO, Priscilla (FRA)                      
3. NAREKS, Petra (SLO)                   
3. SCHWARTZ, Roni (ISR)                        
5. BURYACHENKO, Ilona (RUS)                       
5. BABAMURATOVA, Gulbadam (TKM)                   
7. NAZAROVA, Gulshan (AZE)       
7. KEARNEY, Lisa (IRL)         


-57kg: FILZMOSER wins gold for Austria

Top seed Sabrina FILZMOSER (AUT) emerged triumphant as she defeated world bronze medallist Vlora BEDETI (SLO) in the -57kg final. Former European champion FILZMOSER and her 22-year-old opponent failed to inspire the crowd as the contest lacked any notable action and ambition by the fighters. BEDETI earned four successive shido penalties for passivity, one more than her opponent, to receive hansoku-make in the last contest of the opening day. 


In the first semi-final FILZMOSER bested Azerbaijan hope Kifayat GASIMOVA (AZE) with her trademark skills on the ground to reach the final. At the same stage BEDETI conquered Sindelfingen European Cup bronze medallist Tatiana NOSKOVA (RUS) by a yuko with three shido penalties against the Russian showing the gap in quality in the four minute bout.

The first bronze medal was won by the much-fancied Samsun Grand Prix winner Laetitia BLOT (FRA) who eventually saw off NOSKOVA in golden score after both judoka failed to score in the four minutes of regular time. An additional minute was required to separate the duo as NOSKOVA received a shido for passivity after she failed to match the attacking efforts of her tenacious opponent. The second bronze medal was won by GASIMOVA who made an immediate impact against Sofia European Open silver medallist Carla GROL (NED) by scoring a waza-ari after just 15 seconds. After exchanging shido penalties GASIMOVA captured her country’s first medal on the competition with a drop seoi-nage and matched her result from last year. 
    
Final
FILZMOSER, Sabrina (AUT) vs BEDETI, Vlora (SLO)                  

Bronze Medal Fights
NOSKOVA, Tatiana (RUS) vs BLOT, Laetitia (FRA)        
GASIMOVA, Kifayat (AZE) vs GROL, Carla (NED)                       


Final Results
1. FILZMOSER, Sabrina (AUT)                         
2. BEDETI, Vlora (SLO)                    
3. BLOT, Laetitia (FRA)                             
3. GASIMOVA, Kifayat (AZE)                        
5. NOSKOVA, Tatiana (RUS)                       
5. GROL, Carla (NED)                        
7. VERHAGEN, Sanne (NED)      
7. TSCHOPP, Evelyne (SUI)            


MEN

-60kg: Azerbaijan aces battle for top spot     

World Championships bronze medallist Orkhan SAFAROV (AZE) had the measure of his teammate and Samsun Grand Prix bronze medallist Vugar SHIRINLI (AZE) in the -60kg final. Tbilisi Grand Prix winner SAFAROV, 22, and SHIRINLI, 21, are two of Azerbaijan’s most accomplished young judoka as the hosts are blessed with an abundance of riches in the men’s lightweight category. SHIRINLI was second best as he accumulated three shido penalties and finally succumbed to his compatriot as he frantically tapped out as SAFAROV pulled on his arm. 


In the first semi-final Samsun Grand Prix bronze medallist Robert MSHVIDOBADZE (RUS) fell to SHIRINLI as both judoka entered the contest after three victories by ippon. SHIRINLI defiantly resisted a juji-gatame and when the referee brought them back to their feet he seized the moment by scoring ippon from an ippon seoi-nage with 16 seconds remaining to bring the crowd to their feet. SAFAROV (AZE) had to distinguish the hopes of his teammate European Championships bronze medallist Ilgar MUSHKIYEV (AZE). SAFAROV, who built invaluable experience of fighting a colleague ahead of the final, prevailed by ippon with a minute left in the contest.

The first bronze medal was claimed by Abu Dhabi Grand Prix runner-up Sharafuddin LUTFILLAEV (UZB) who emphatically defeated losing semi-finalist MUSHKIYEV after just 40 seconds as he picked up his opponent and dispatched him for ippon. The second bronze medal went to former European champion Sofiane MILOUS (FRA) who outlasted 2013 Baku Grand Slam bronze medallist MSHVIDOBADZE in a gutsy performance which saw him prevail in golden score. MSHVIDOBADZE had one shido for not taking a grip while his opponent had received three shido penalties after two minutes but the Russian failed to protect his advantage. The Russian eased off but time was not on his side and he received a second shido and third with three seconds remaining. MILOUS now had the initiative and made MSHVIDOBADZE rue his wastefulness by forcing his opponent to receive a fourth shido for hansoku-make.    
  
Final
SHIRINLI, Vugar (AZE) vs SAFAROV, Orkhan (AZE)     

Bronze Medal Fights
MUSHKIYEV, Ilgar (AZE) vs LUTFILLAEV, Sharafuddin (UZB)         
MSHVIDOBADZE, Robert (RUS) vs MILOUS, Sofiane (FRA)                           


Final Result
1. SAFAROV, Orkhan (AZE)                             
2. SHIRINLI, Vugar (AZE)
3. LUTFILLAEV, Sharafuddin (UZB)                             
3. MILOUS, Sofiane (FRA)                      
5. MUSHKIYEV, Ilgar (AZE)                    
5. MSHVIDOBADZE, Robert (RUS)                          
7. GANBOLD, Kherlen (MGL)          
7. UROZBOEV, Diyorbek (UZB)       


-66kg: OATES so easy for British standout  

Samsun Grand Prix bronze medallist Colin OATES (GBR) defeated former European Championships silver medallist Kamal KHAN-MAGOMEDOV (RUS) to win -66kg gold in Azerbaijan. OATES, who once again had the measure of former double world champion Rishod SOBIROV (UZB) in the preliminaries, made a slow start with two shido penalties against his name for passivity but those indiscretions were deemed irrelevant when he marched in front with a yuko from a sumi-gaeshi on the edge of the tatami. Edinburgh-based OATES made sure of the victory by adding a waza-ari from osaekomi moments but the five minutes expired. 


In the first semi-final KHAN-MAGOMEDOV dispatched KIM Limwhan (KOR) who switched off on the edge of the tatami and the Russian pounced as he clinched the arm of his opponent and sat back to force the Korean to submit to a juji-gatame. OATES booked his place in the final with victory against World Judo Masters bronze medallist Golan POLLACK (ISR) who started the contest by receiving a shido for not taking a grip. The Israeli coach was asked to leave the competition floor for coaching his judoka during the contest. POLLACK fared little better as he was penalised with his second shido for a false attack and OATES took command with a yuko before trapping his rival with osaekomi for 10 seconds to double his advantage.

The first bronze medal was won by POLLACK who returned to form after his semi-final loss by defeating Zhansay SMAGULOV (KAZ). POLLACK edged out his opponent by a single yuko in a closely contested contest to seal a place on the -66kg medal podium. The second bronze medal contest was won by KIM against Almaty Grand Prix winner Yeldos ZHUMAKANOV (KAZ) who was rolled over with a tomoe-nage after two minutes of action. 

Final
KHAN-MAGOMEDOV, Kamal (RUS) vs OATES, Colin (GBR)            

Bronze Medal Fights
POLLACK, Golan (ISR) vs SMAGULOV, Zhansay (KAZ)        
KIM, Limwhan (KOR) vs ZHUMAKANOV, Yeldos (KAZ)         


Final Result
1. OATES, Colin (GBR)                     
2. KHAN-MAGOMEDOV, Kamal (RUS)                    
3. POLLACK, Golan (ISR)          
3. KIM, Limwhan (KOR)             
5. SMAGULOV, Zhansay (KAZ)                                     
5. ZHUMAKANOV, Yeldos (KAZ)                          
7. VERDE, Elio (ITA)       
7. KARDAVA, Shalva (GEO)         

COMPETITION PROGRAMME

Saturday

10:00 Preliminaries on three tatami
17:00 Final block on one tatami

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

Sunday

10:00 Preliminaries on three tatami
17:00 Final block on one tatami

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

Location: Sarhadchi Olympic Sport Centre 

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