Sunday, May 11, 2014

2014 Judo Grand Slam, Baku - DAY 3

(Via IJF)

The third and final day of the Judo Grand Slam, Baku 2014, produced a glimpse into the future and cast an eye towards Rio 2016 and beyond as a host of accomplished juniors shone on Sunday at the Sarhadchi Olympic Centre.  

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

Hosts Azerbaijan, who were pinning their gold medal hopes on day three on world champion Elkhan MAMMADOV (AZE), finished fourth in the medal table with a haul of one gold, two silver and three bronze medals.

France cruised through the second edition of the Baku Grand Slam as they finished top of the medal table with three gold, two silver and two bronze ahead of the Netherlands and Russia.

The IJF World Judo Tour now heads to Cuba for the first time for the first Havana Grand Prix from 6-8 June which will be the first IJF competition in the Rio 2016 Olympic qualification phase which starts on 31 May. 

The IJF referees and  IJF Refereeing Commission celebrated the career of their colleague David Browne (back row - third from the right) who retired in Baku

The +100kg final was a fitting send-off for IJF referee David BROWNE from New Zealand who brought an end to his highly-successful career as respected referee after conducting the last contest of the competition and awarding one last ippon.  

The full results can be seen at


-78kg: MALONGA shines for France    

Paris Grand Slam runner-up Madeleine MALONGA (FRA) was unbeatable in the -78kg category as she defeated Tbilisi Grand Prix winner Assunta GALEONE (ITA). MALONGA, 20, who missed out on selection for the European Championships, went one better than she did in Paris to catapult herself up towards the summit of the world ranking list. The precocious Frenchwoman denied GALEONE by scoring a waza-ari from a ko-soto-gake as the Italian earned her first Grand Slam medal.

In the first semi-final Abu Dhabi Grand Prix bronze medallist Anastasiya DMITRIEVA (RUS) lost out to GALEONE after receiving four shido penalties for hansoku-make with the final indiscretion coming for passivity. In the second semi-final MALONGA defeated Warsaw European Open winner Guusje STEENHUIS (NED) despite tiring early in the contest. STEENHUIS, 21, who like her opponent is a new force in the category,  was penalised with shido penalties for passivity and a false attack while the Frenchwoman had one shido for passivity.

The first bronze medal was won by STEENHUIS who dealt with Tashkent Grand Prix silver medallist Samantha BLEIER (USA) in convincing fashion. The Dutch fighter made a breakthrough with an uchi-mata for waza-ari and went back to the same technique to add a yuko before holding down her opponent with a kami-shiho-gatame to win by wazari-awasette-ippon. The second bronze medal contest was won by DMITRIEVA as European Championships bronze medallist Lucie LOUETTE KANNING (FRA) lacked intent and received three shido penalties for passivity and going out of the area on two occasions while her foe was penalised once for going out of the area.    

GALEONE, Assunta (ITA) vs MALONGA, Madeleine (FRA)                     

Bronze Medal Fights
STEENHUIS, Guusje (NED) vs BLEIER, Samantha (USA)        
DMITRIEVA, Anastasiya (RUS) v LOUETTE KANNING, Lucie (FRA)                

Final Results
1. MALONGA, Madeleine (FRA)                                
2. GALEONE, Assunta (ITA)                     
3. STEENHUIS, Guusje (NED)                        
3. DMITRIEVA, Anastasiya (RUS)            
5. BLEIER, Samantha (USA)                      
5. LOUETTE KANNING, Lucie (FRA)                                
7. DE SAEDELAERE, Sofie (BEL)            
7. POWELL, Natalie (GBR)              

+78kg: South Korean KIM clinches Baku gold 

Jeju Grand Prix winner KIM Eunkyeong (KOR) was triumphant in the +78kg category as she defeated former African Games winner Nihel CHEIKH ROUHOU (TUN) in the final. CHEIKH ROUHOU started slowly and failed to increase her workrate as she was penalised with a shido for a false attack and a shido for passivity in a scoreless contest which lacked bite from both judoka. 

In the first semi-final KIM battled past Tbilisi Grand Prix bronze medallist Ksenia CHIBISOVA (RUS) by submitting her rival while at the same stage CHEIKH ROUHOU (TUN) defeated Tbilisi Grand Prix bronze medallist Mariia SHEKEROVA (RUS).

The first bronze medal was won by Tbilisi Grand Prix silver medallist Sandra JABLONSKYTE (LTU) who shaded SHEKEROVA on shido penalties. World number 28 JABLONSKYTE was penalised twice for passivity while her Russian rival had three shido penalties to her name for a false attack and two passivity infringements. The second bronze medal was clinched by CHIBISOVA who launched Minsk European Open silver medallist Santa PAKENYTE (LTU) with a thunderous harai-goshi for ippon after just 40 seconds in a reserve of the previous contest as Russia defeated Lithuania at the second opportunity.        

KIM, Eunkyeong (KOR) vs CHEIKH ROUHOU, Nihel (TUN)                        

Bronze Medal Fights
SHEKEROVA, Mariia (RUS) vs JABLONSKYTE, Sandra (LTU)         
CHIBISOVA, Ksenia (RUS) vs PAKENYTE, Santa (LTU)                  

Final Results
1. KIM, Eunkyeong (KOR)                                 
2. CHEIKH ROUHOU, Nihel (TUN)                       
3. JABLONSKYTE, Sandra (LTU)              
3. CHIBISOVA, Ksenia (RUS)                       
5. SHEKEROVA, Mariia (RUS)                         
5. PAKENYTE, Santa (LTU)                           
7. QI, Xiaonan (CHN)          
7. KARA, Kubra (TUR)               


-90kg: ELMONT conquers countryman for gold     

Samsun Grand Prix silver medallist Guillaume ELMONT (NED) proved to be too experienced and cunning for his teammate and Dusseldorf Grand Prix silver medallist Noel VAN T END (NED) in the -90kg final. ELMONT, who won world gold in 2005, is still a teak-tough and highly-capable judoka almost a decade on from his success in Egypt. VAN T END, tried to find a way to break through the resistance of his vastly more experienced compatriot but the wily vet won through. ELMONT had two shido penalties to his name for passivity and going out of the area while his opponent earned three penalties for going out of the area and the last two for passivity. 

In the first semi-final ELMONT dispatched Tbilisi Grand Prix silver medallist Walter FACENTE (ITA) by ippon while his teammate VAN T END defeated Prague European Open winner Murat GASIEV (RUS) after teasing an ippon seoi-nage attack only to launch with a ko-uchi-gake for ippon.

The first bronze medal was won by GASIEV as his colleague Samsun Grand Prix bronze medallist Magomed MAGOMEDOV (RUS) could not compete due to injury. The second bronze medal was captured by Junior world champion Beka GVINIASHVILI (GEO) who showed lethal precision against FACENTE. Teenage powerhouse GVINIASHVILI, 18, powered to victory by ippon from a determined uchi-mata after his opponent was penalised with a shido for going out of the area. 
ELMONT, Guillaume (NED) vs VAN T END, Noel (NED     

Bronze Medal Fights
GASIEV, Murat (RUS) vs MAGOMEDOV, Magomed (RUS)          
FACENTE, Walter (ITA) vs GVINIASHVILI, Beka (GEO)                                    

Final Result
1. ELMONT, Guillaume (NED)                         
2. VAN T END, Noel (NED)                          
3. GASIEV, Murat (RUS)                          
3. GVINIASHVILI, Beka (GEO)                      
5. MAGOMEDOV, Magomed (RUS)                       
5. FACENTE, Walter (ITA)                        
7. DONIYOROV, Erkin (UZB)          
7. GAHRAMANOV, Shahin (AZE)         

-100kg: RAKOV defeats Azerbaijan's world champion   

Former world champion Maxim RAKOV (KAZ) defeated reigning world title winner Elkhan MAMMADOV (AZE) in a dramatic contest which captivated the home crowd. As MAMMADOV entered the arena his fans erupted with a chant of his name as RAKOV looked to dethrone Azerbaijan’s leading man having himself won world gold in 2009. The rivals traded shido penalties in a lethargic contest which was settled in golden score when the home fighter received his fourth shido for passivity. 

In the first semi-final MAMMADOV confidently beat Sofia European Open runner-up Flavio ORLIK (SUI) by two waza-ari scores as the Swiss fighter was outclassed despite a bold effort in the preliminary rounds to reach this stage. In the second semi-final RAKOV progressed by toppling Ramziddin SAYIDOV (UZB) as he opened the scoring with a ko-soto-gari after 15 seconds and submitted him with a koshi-jime.

The first bronze medal was won by SAYIDOV who threw Qingdao Grand Prix silver medallist Zafar MAKHMADOV (RUS) for ippon after initially being awarded a waza-ari after 90 seconds the score was upgraded to the maximum score to settle the contest. The second medal was comprehensively won by Tashkent Grand Prix winner Soyib KURBONOV (UZB) who humbled ORLIK in style. KURBONOV started his onslaught with a yuko which was amended to a waza-ari and added two further yuko scores before bringing an end to the Swiss fighter’s misery by submitting him with a juji-gatame.         

MAMMADOV, Elkhan (AZE) vs RAKOV, Maxim (KAZ)                

Bronze Medal Fights
SAYIDOV, Ramziddin (UZB) vs MAKHMADOV, Zafar (RUS)         
ORLIK, Flavio (SUI) vs KURBONOV, Soyib (UZB)                  

Final Result
1. RAKOV, Maxim (KAZ)                        
2. MAMMADOV, Elkhan (AZE)                
3. SAYIDOV, Ramziddin (UZB)                    
3. KURBONOV, Soyib (UZB)                    
5. MAKHMADOV, Zafar (RUS)                                  
5. ORLIK, Flavio (SUI)                           
7. KOZYBAYEV, Adilkhan (KAZ)           
7. REMARENCO, Ivan (UAE)      

+100kg: Joy for JABALLAH  

World bronze medallist medallist Faicel JABALLAH (TUN) was the heavyweight winner as dominated Junior world champion Anton KRIVOBOKOV (RUS) in the final. JABALLAH received a shido for going out of the area after 50 seconds but sprung forward two seconds later to throw the young Russian with a harai-makikomi for ippon. JABALLAH has been in a major force on the World Judo Tour this year after winning bronze at the Paris Grand Slam and silver at the Dusseldorf Grand Prix. 

In the first semi-final JABALLAH defeated European u23 Championships bronze medallist Daniel NATEA (ROU) who did not do himself justice as he accumulated four shido penalties in an insipid display that belied the occasion. In the second semi-final Paris Grand Slam bronze medallist Renat SAIDOV (RUS) was upstaged countryman KRIVOBOKOV who prevailed by ippon after three minutes of action.

The first bronze medal went to SAIDOV who outclassed world number 73 Vakhtangi BITIEV (AZE) after it looked like the Russian would attempt a tomoe-nage he adjusted his body and feet to wrap his legs around his opponents arm and submit him with a juji-gatame. Little-known home fighter BITIEV earned a career-best result despite succumbing and missing out on a medal. The second bronze medal was won by NATEA who threw Ushangi KOKAURI (AZE) with a harai-makikomi after three minutes and punched the air in celebration while his Azerbaijan opponent rued getting to close and missing out on his first senior international medal.

JABALLAH, Faicel (TUN) vs KRIVOBOKOV, Anton (RUS)                    

Bronze Medal Fights
SAIDOV, Renat (RUS) vs BITIEV, Vakhtangi (AZE)        
NATEA, Daniel (ROU) vs KOKAURI, Ushangi (AZE)             

Final Result
1. JABALLAH, Faicel (TUN)                         
2. KRIVOBOKOV, Anton (RUS)                                
3. SAIDOV, Renat (RUS)                     
3. NATEA, Daniel (ROU)               
5. BITIEV, Vakhtangi (AZE                   
5. KOKAURI, Ushangi (AZE)                                   
7. MALKI, El Mehdi (MAR)
7. BALTAEV, Boltoboy (UZB)           

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