Saturday, June 21, 2014

Judo Grand Prix, Budapest 2014 - DAY 1

(Via IJF)

-48kg | -52kg | -57kg | -63kg | -60kg | -66kg | -73kg


The opening day of the first Budapest Grand Prix was hotly-contested in the capital city as some of the most exciting lightweight in judo took to the tatami at the Papp Laszlo Sport Arena.  

The World Judo Tour’s first stop in Hungary featured seven weight categories on day one as the women’s -48kg, -52kg, -57kg and -63kg categories and men’s -60kg, -66kg and -73kg categories were all contested.

Ahead of the final block, the Hungarian Judo Association staged an opening ceremony which celebrated the first IJF competition in one of Europe’s largest cities.

From L-R: Dr. Laszlo TOTH, Mr. Marius VIZER, Dr. Simicsko ISTUAN

Dr. Simicsko ISTUAN, State Secretary of Sport and Youth Affairs, said: “Hungary has enjoyed outstanding results in judo. I have pleasure to welcome supporters of this sport in Budapest and I wish you a great time and a lot of success in the competition.”

Dr. Laszlo TOTH, Hungarian Judo Association President, said: “I welcome you all to this important event and first IJF Grand Prix in Hungary. I would like to thank the Hungarian government and all the athletes for supporting us.
This competition counts towards the Olympic qualification for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games and with that said I wish you all good luck and hope to see you here next year.”

Dr. Laszlo TOTH presented commemorative medals to Mr. Marius VIZER, IJF President and Dr. ISTUAN.  

Mr. VIZER presented an IJF Gold Medal to Dr. ISTUAN, to recognise his contribution to the development of national judo in the country.

Mr. Marius VIZER, IJF President, then addressed the crowd, athletes and officials to open the competition.

“After 56 editions of successful Hungarian Cup, the Hungarian Association has now hosted a Grand Prix for the first time. I would like to thank the government and say a special thank you to OTB Bank for their continued support. I declare the Grand Prix of Hungary officially open.”

After day one in Budapest, four-star Japan lead the way having won gold in the four of the seven categories while Kondo Ami (JPN) won -48kg bronze to ensure all five judoka fighting for Japan on day one clinched a richly-deserved medal.  



-48kg: European champion wins at home 

European champion Eva CSERNOVICZKI (HUN) was the pride of Hungary on Saturday as she won her country’s first gold medal with victory against Sofia European Open bronze medallist Valentina MOSCATT (ITA). Olympic bronze medallist CSERNOVICZKI was a hot favourite coming into the event and the crowd sensed they were going to witness something special as they reacted to every movement from their lightweight ace. MOSCATT received a shido after 90 seconds for going out of the area and that set the tone for the contest as her opponent was more active and more assured. Both judoka received a shido for not taking a grip and MOSCATT was penalised again for passivity to settle the contest on penalties in the favour of the home figher after four minutes.  

In the first semi-final CSERNOVICZKI (HUN) downed the highly-capable African champion Taciana LIMA-BALDE (GBS) by ippon with 18 seconds remaining in their contest after her challenger stalled with false attacks earning her two shido penalties. In the second semi-final MOSCATT bested Havana Grand Prix bronze medallist Julia FIGUEROA (ESP) by a slender advantage as a yuko went unanswered by the in-form Spaniard.

The first bronze medal was won by Ulaanbaatar Grand Prix silver medallist GALBADRAKH Otgontsetseg (MGL) against world number 15 LIMA-BALDE. The Mongolian trailed by two penalties for a false attack and a gripping infringement but fought back to score a waza-ari from ashi-waza and transitioned to hold down her opponent for 15 seconds to earn a second and match-winning waza-ari. The second bronze medal was won by 19-year-old Tokyo Grand Slam winner KONDO Ami (JPN) who held down FIGUEROA with a mune-gatame to earn the biggest victory of her career outside of her homeland. 

CSERNOVICZKI, Eva (HUN) vs MOSCATT, Valentina (ITA)            

Bronze Medal Fights
GALBADRAKH, Otgontsetseg (MGL) vs LIMA-BALDE, Taciana (GBS)  
KONDO, Ami (JPN) vs FIGUEROA, Julia (ESP)    

Final Results
1. CSERNOVICZKI, Eva (HUN)                  
2. MOSCATT, Valentina (ITA)                         
3. GALBADRAKH, Otgontsetseg (MGL)             
3. KONDO, Ami (JPN)        
5. LIMA-BALDE, Taciana (GBS)                  
5. FIGUEROA, Julia (ESP)            
7. ROSSENEU, Amelie (ISR)     
7. CHERNIAK, Maryna (UKR)      

-52kg: Kosovo ace KELMENDI earns more plaudits 

World champion Majlinda KELMENDI (KOS) was the outstanding performer in the -52kg category but was unable to win the final in the crowd-pleasing fashion she is accustomed to as 19-year-old Odette GIUFFRIDA (ITA) was ruled out by an ankle injury. 

In the first semi-final Madrid European Open winner GIUFFRIDA defeated Baku Grand Slam bronze medallist Petra NAREKS (SLO) on shido penalties while at the same stage all-action KELMENDI dispatched Baku Grand Slam winner Annabelle EURANIE (FRA) who toiled her way to a disqualification for four shido penalties.

The first bronze medal was won by NAREKS as French hopes were dashed in the -52kg category. The interesting dynamic saw Olympic bronze medallist Priscilla GNETO (FRA) lose out by disqualification for four shido penalties as she lived dangerously on the edge of the tatami and paid the price. Moments later Oleksandra STARKOVA (UKR) inflicted a last-ditch defeat on EURANIE by a yuko score as France missed out on the medal podium. 

GIUFFRIDA, Odette (ITA) vs KELMENDI, Majlinda (KOS)  

Bronze Medal Fights
GNETO, Priscilla (FRA) vs NAREKS, Petra (SLO)
STARKOVA, Oleksandra (UKR) vs EURANIE, Annabelle (FRA)    

Final Results
1. KELMENDI, Majlinda (KOS)               
2. GIUFFRIDA, Odette (ITA)       
3. NAREKS, Petra (SLO)             
3. STARKOVA, Oleksandra (UKR)           
5. GNETO, Priscilla (FRA)         .            
5. EURANIE, Annabelle (FRA)               
7. MAROS, Barbara (HUN)
7. SUNDBERG, Jaana (FIN)         

-57kg: Olympic champion stars for Japan 

Olympic champion MATSUMOTO Kaori (JPN) defeated Madrid European Open silver medallist Helene RECEVEAUX (FRA) to remain undefeated on the World Judo Tour since her London 2012 success.MATSUMOTO countered an ouchi-gari attempt from her opponent with a ko-soto-gari for a waza-ari score and that effort separed both judoka after four minutes. 

In the first semi-final MATSUMOTO defeated long-time rival Corina CAPRIORIU (ROU) in a rematch of the London 2012 Olympic final as she scored successive waza-ari efforts from an osoto-gari and a de-ashi-barai. In the second semi-final Baku Grand Slam runner-up Vlora BEDETI (SLO) fell to RECEVEAUX by ippon after just 84 seconds.

The first bronze medal was won by home judoka Hedvig KARAKAS (HUN) who triumphed against CAPRIORIU to earn not only her country’s first medal of the competition but also Hungary’s 500th international judo medal. KARAKAS was eager to take the contest to the ground and grafted away to eat up the clock having opening the scoring with a yuko which went unanswered. The second bronze medal was won by Vlora BEDETI (SLO) who edged out former World Judo Masters winner DORJSUREN Sumiya (MGL) on shido penalties with three against the Mongolian and only one against the busier Slovenian.      

MATSUMOTO, Kaori (JPN) vs RECEVEAUX, Helene (FRA)       

Bronze Medal Fights
KARAKAS, Hedvig (HUN) vs CAPRIORIU, Corina (ROU)       
DORJSUREN, Sumiya (MGL) vs BEDETI, Vlora (SLO)          

Final Results
1. MATSUMOTO, Kaori (JPN)                       
2. RECEVEAUX, Helene (FRA)          
3. KARAKAS, Hedvig (HUN)                 
3. BEDETI, Vlora (SLO)                     
5. CAPRIORIU, Corina (ROU)                    
5. DORJSUREN, Sumiya (MGL)                
7. ROPER, Miryam (GER)       
7. LU, Tongjuan (CHN)       

-63kg: TASHIRO triumph in Budapest  

Paris Grand Slam bronze medallist TASHIRO Miku (JPN) continued Japan’s hot streak as she beat Havana Grand Prix bronze medallist Martyna TRAJDOS (GER) to win the -63kg gold medal. TRAJDOS chalked up two shido penalties before TASHIRO seized control by scoring a waza-ari and there was no way back for the German. 

In the first semi-final TRAJDOS conquered European bronze medallist Agata OZDOBA (POL) in a bout which was settled on shido penalties. OZDOBA was denied a final berth as she received three shido penalties while her opponent was punished with two. In the second semi-final TASHIRO sent world number three Anicka VAN EMDEN (NED) into the repechage as a solitary shido against the popular Dutchwoman was the difference.

The first bronze medal was won Madrid European Open bronze medallist Maelle DI CINTIO (FRA) who dismissed OZDOBA by scoring a waza-ari with a minute left to break the deadlock and had the composure to see out the remaining time. The second bronze medal went to VAN EMDEN who defeated Sofia European Open bronze medallist Ekaterina VALKOVA (RUS) by a yuko score from osaekomi-waza as the Russian slipped out after 14 seconds. 

TRAJDOS, Martyna (GER) vs TASHIRO, Miku (JPN)           

Bronze Medal Fights
DI CINTIO, Maelle (FRA) vs OZDOBA, Agata (POL)       
VALKOVA, Ekaterina (RUS) vs VAN EMDEN, Anicka (NED)   

Final Results
1. TASHIRO, Miku (JPN)                         
2. TRAJDOS, Martyna (GER)              
3. DI CINTIO, Maelle (FRA)                  
3. VAN EMDEN, Anicka (NED)             
5. OZDOBA, Agata (POL)                      
5. VALKOVA, Ekaterina (RUS)           
7. SZABO, Franciska (HUN)        
7. PUCHE, Isabel (ESP)


-60kg: Unstoppable world champion TAKATO maintains winning run

World champion TAKATO Naohisa (JPN) preserved his world number one status as he defeated European silver medallist and world number two Amiran PAPINASHVILI (GEO) in the -60kg final. TAKTAO, 21, who is unbeaten on the World Judo Tour since 2012, fired forward to win by ippon with 90 seconds later after absorbing the best attacks of his opponent. TAKATO pointed at the Japanese flag on his judogi to show his pride and note the success of his team on the opening day. 

In the first semi-final PAPINASHVILI (GEO) wore down world silver medallist DASHDAVAA Amartuvshin (MGL) who was penalised four times with a shido to receive hansoku-make. In the second semi-final TAKATO defeated European bronze medallist and world number 14 Ilgar MUSHKIYEV (AZE) by submitting him with shime-waza after just 40 seconds.

The first bronze medal was won by Baku Grand Slam bronze medallist Sofiane MILOUS (FRA) who overtook after his rival opening the scoring with the same score before the Frenchman followed up on an attack on the edge of the area by grabbing the arm of his opponent and applying a juji-gatame in a breathtaking example of speed and ingenuity. The second bronze medal was claimed by MUSHKIYEV who defeated Tbilisi Grand Prix silver medallist Yerkebulan KOSSAYEV (KAZ) with two waza-ari scores for a comprehensive victory. 
PAPINASHVILI, Amiran (GEO) vs TAKATO, Naohisa (JPN)             

Bronze Medal Fights
MILOUS, Sofiane (FRA) vs DASHDAVAA, Amartuvshin (MGL)        
KOSSAYEV, Yerkebulan (KAZ) vs MUSHKIYEV, Ilgar (AZE)   

Final Result
1. TAKATO, Naohisa (JPN)                               
2. PAPINASHVILI, Amiran (GEO)           
3. MILOUS, Sofiane (FRA)                  
3. MUSHKIYEV, Ilgar (AZE)                 
5. DASHDAVAA, Amartuvshin (MGL)                      
5. KOSSAYEV, Yerkebulan (KAZ)                
7. GERCHEV, Yanislav (BUL)         
7. SHIRINLI, Vugar (AZE)       

-66kg: TAKAICHI wins his first Grand Prix gold medal

Jeju Grand Prix silver medallist TAKAICHI Kengo (JPN) won the first Grand Prix gold medal of his flourishing career as he defeated the in-form Madrid European Open winner Dzmitry SHERSHAN (BLR). TAKACIHI, 21, scored a waza-ari and yuko in quick succession before world number 17 SHERSHAN replied with a yuko. The Japanese youngster resisted the late rally from his opponent to ensure a significant jump on the World Ranking List ahead of competing in his first World Championships in August. 

In the first semi-final SHERSHAN ended the run of world number eight Nijat SHIKHALIZADA (AZE) by ippon with 15 seconds remaining in their previously scoreless contest. In the second semi-final TAKAICHI upstaged former world champion Georgii ZANTARAIA (UKR) as a waza-ari was the difference after both men earned yuko scores.

The first bronze medal was won by SHIKHALIZADA who was good value for a place on the podium after defeating former Baku Grand Slam bronze medallist Shalva KARDAVA (GEO) following some flashes of quality in the preliminaries. SHIKHALIZADA left it late as he prodced the first and only score of the contest with 20 seconds left as his Georgian rival was caught with a a ko-uchi-gari for a waza-ari score. The second bronze medal went to ZANTARAIA who bested rank outsider Pawel ZAGRODNIK (POL) by ippon from an o-goshi after 90 seconds.

SHERSHAN, Dzmitry (BLR) vs TAKAICHI, Kengo (JPN)         

Bronze Medal Fights
KARDAVA, Shalva (GEO) vs SHIKHALIZADA, Nijat (AZE)       
ZAGRODNIK, Pawel (POL) vs ZANTARAIA, Georgii (UKR)         

Final Results
1. TAKAICHI, Kengo (JPN)                            
2. SHERSHAN, Dzmitry (BLR)              
3. SHIKHALIZADA, Nijat (AZE)                           
3. ZANTARAIA, Georgii (UKR)                       
5. KARDAVA, Shalva (GEO)              
5. ZAGRODNIK, Pawel (POL)                
7. DEGEN, Junior (NED)      
7. FLICKER, Tal (ISR)       

-73kg: Top seed SCVORTOV delivers the gold

Top seed Victor SCVORTOV (UAE) delivered the goods in Hungary as Olympic champion Lasha SHAVDATUASHVILI (GEO) suffered an injury during the -73kg and had to pull out of the contest. Both judoka had three shido penalties as the final minute approached as they infringed for negative gripping and passivity. SCVORTOV tried a sweep and SHAVDATUASHVILI, who cut a forlorn figure after his early exit in Havana, landed awkwardly and suffered a knee injury. Classy SCVORTOV was concerned about his opponent and remained by his side to check on his condition. 

In the first semi-final SHAVDATUASHVILI defeated former world champion KHASHBAATAR Tsagaanbaatar (MGL) by ippon from an ouchi-gari after scoring with a yuko and waza-ari. In the second semi-final SCVORTOV battled past Zebeda REKHVIASHVILI (GEO) as he scored a waza-ari with 70 seconds left from a hold down which sucked the energy out of his opponent.

The first bronze medal was won by KHASHBAATAR who defeated teammate GANBAATAR Odbayar (MGL). KHASHBAATAR scored a waza-ari from ashi-waza and added a second by holding his compatriot down in a mune-gatame for 15 seconds. The second bronze medal went to REKHVIASHVILI who battled past former European bronze medallist Pierre DUPRAT (FRA). The Georgian struck with three minutes on the clock as he registered the maximum score to end the contest. 


Bronze Medal Fights
GANBAATAR, Odbayar (MGL) vs KHASHBAATAR, Tsagaanbaatar (MGL)       
DUPRAT, Pierre (FRA) vs REKHVIASHVILI, Zebeda (GEO)           

Final Results
1. SCVORTOV, Victor (UAE)                    
2. SHAVDATUASHVILI, Lasha (GEO)             
3. KHASHBAATAR, Tsagaanbaatar (MGL)                 
3. REKHVIASHVILI, Zebeda (GEO)                 
5. GANBAATAR, Odbayar (MGL)                      
5. DUPRAT, Pierre (FRA)                    
7. DREBOT, Serhiy (UKR)        
7. PARLATI, Enrico (ITA)       

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