Thursday, November 27, 2014

Judo Grand Prix, Jeju 2014 - DAY 1

(Via IJF)

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

The last Grand Prix of the season, Jeju 2014, exploded into life on Thursday at the Jeju Halla Sport Complex as hosts Korea were prominent throughout. 


The second edition of the Jeju Grand Prix, which will be promptly followed next week by the season-ending Tokyo Grand Slam, has surged in popularity this year with 278 judoka competing from 42 nations.

On day one in South Korea the women’s -48kg, -52kg and -57kg categories and men’s -60kg and -66kg kicked off the action in the last but one IJF event of 2014.

Before the final block the organising committee held the opening ceremony for the Judo Grand Prix, Jeju 2014.

Mr. Mohamed MERIDJA, IJF Education and Coaching Director, said: “Dear Mr. President, athletes, officials, colleagues, ladies and gentlemen, I welcome you all to Jeju for the last IJF Grand Prix of the year. The Korean Judo Association is hosting this event for the second time and we have already seen a progression from last year. On behalf of our President, Mr. Marius Vizer, I wish good luck to all the athletes and declare the Jeju Grand Prix 2014 open.”

Mr. Mr. NAM Jong-Hyun, Korean Judo Association President, said: “I welcome you all and especially the IJF Executive Committee. I thank you all for your effort and support at this event and throughout the year. This event offers the opportunity to promote judo and, now that we are hosting second edition, we have even better organisation than in 2014. To the athletes I say please do your best for your country and your honour. Good luck and I hope you all enjoy the event.”

Mr. KIM Jung-Haeng, President of the Korean Olympic Association, said: “I welcome you all to Jeju for the second year of this Grand Prix. I wish all the players to do their best throughout the event. I encourage you all to share this moment and make new friendships here on the beautiful island of Jeju.”

On Friday, the action continues on the tatami with four weight categories competing. The women’s -63kg and -70kg judoka will be joined by the men’s -73kg and -81kg athletes. World champion Clarisse AGBEGNENOU (FRA) is the overwhelming favourite in the -63kg category while home hopes will be pinned on Olympic champion KIM Jae-Bum (KOR) in the -81kg category.  

FOLLOW THE COMPETITION
The draw can be seen at: www.ippon.org/gp_kor2014.php
Live stream on Ippon TV: http://www.ippon.tv
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/ijudo
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/IntJudoFed
Official event hashtag: #JudoJeju2014
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WOMEN

-48kg: French teenager wins gold    

World bronze medallist Amandine BUCHARD (FRA) defeated European bronze medallist Maryna CHERNIAK (UKR) to win the first gold medal of the Judo Grand Prix, Jeju 2014. BUCHARD, 19, will move into the world top 10 with the victory and will no doubt remain there for the foreseeable future. The French starlet opened the scoring with a waza-ari from a sode-tsurikomi-goshi and went back to the same technique to add a second to secure the gold. 


In the first semi-final Shira RISHONY (ISR) was dispatched by a confident and composed Amandine BUCHARD (FRA). RISHONY was penalised for a false attack after 30 seconds before her French rival secured her place in the final by ippon after just 52 seconds. In the second semi-final CHERNIAK profited from an indiscretion by Qingdao Grand Prix winner Monica UNGUREANU (ROU) in a scoreless content. The Romanian was separated from her opponent by a solitary shido after four minutes to limit her chances of back-to-back Grand Prix medals as she entered the repechage.

The first bronze medal was awarded to Asian Games bronze medallist JEONG Bo Kyeong (KOR) against  UNGUREANU. JEONG made sure the medal would remain in Korea by defeating her Romanian opponent by ippon with just over a minute gone. The second bronze medal was won by a delighted RISHONY who outfought Glasgow European Open silver medallist Melanie CLEMENT (FRA) who crucially received two shido penalties in the final minute to separate the rivals after four minutes.                                    

Final
BUCHARD, Amandine (FRA) vs CHERNIAK, Maryna (UKR)                                                   

Bronze Medal Fights
UNGUREANU, Monica (ROU) vs JEONG, Bo Kyeong (KOR)                  
RISHONY, Shira (ISR) vs CLEMENT, Melanie (FRA)                                                                                                                  


Final Results
1. BUCHARD, Amandine (FRA)                                                         
2. CHERNIAK, Maryna (UKR)                  
3. JEONG, Bo Kyeong (KOR)                                                                         
3. RISHONY, Shira (ISR)                                                    
5. UNGUREANU, Monica (ROU)                                                           
5. CLEMENT, Melanie (FRA)                                      
7. KANG, Yujeong (KOR)                 
7. CHOI, Soohee (KOR)                                                            


-52kg: CHITU goes unbeaten in Jeju

World silver medallist Andreea CHITU (ROU) earned her latest Grand Prix title on the opening day in Jeju with a win in the -52kg final over Kodokan Cup runner-up SHISHIME Ai (JPN). CHITU, who won the Tashkent Grand Prix last month, fought 20-year-old Japanese judoka SHISHIME for the right to stand on top of the podium and scored ippon with an uki-goshi in the second minute without too much resistance from her opponent. 


The first semi-final saw Andreea CHITU (ROU) face ADIYASAMBUU Tsolmon (MGL) in a rematch of the Tashkent Grand Prix final. The outcome was the same as in Uzbekistan with the Romanian victorious as a result of a hold down being so forceful that the Mongolian elected to submit. In the second semi-final SHISHIME Ai (JPN) dismissed European bronze medallist Gili COHEN (ISR) to guarantee her first appearance on an IJF podium in 2014.

The first bronze medal was clinched by beaten semi-finalist COHEN who defeated Glasgow European Open winner Lucile DUPORT (FRA). COHEN scored a yuko from a ko-uchi-gake which proved to be the only score of the contest as Israel’s women continued their successful start in Jeju. The second bronze medal was won by former European bronze medallist Laura GOMEZ (ESP) who defeated 22-year-old World Team silver medallist ADIYASAMBUU. GOMEZ, who was coached by former world bronze medallist AN Jeong-Hwan for the first time, executed a neat turnover in ne-waza with control of her opponent to then apply tate-shiho-gatame. 
         
Final
CHITU, Andreea (ROU) vs SHISHIME, Ai (JPN)      

Bronze Medal Fights
COHEN, Gili (ISR) vs DUPORT, Lucile (FRA)               
GOMEZ, Laura (ESP) vs ADIYASAMBUU, Tsolmon (MGL)                                                                        


Final Results
1. CHITU, Andreea (ROU)
2. SHISHIME, Ai (JPN)                                          
3. COHEN, Gili (ISR)  
3. GOMEZ, Laura (ESP)                                              
5. DUPORT, Lucile (FRA)                                                    
5. ADIYASAMBUU, Tsolmon (MGL)                 
7. HEYLEN, Ilse (BEL)                  
7. KRAEH, Mareen (GER)                                                 


-57kg: World number one PAVIA defeats teammate for gold 

World bronze medallist Automne PAVIA (FRA) had the measure of teammate and Budapest Grand Prix silver medallist Helene RECEVEAUX (FRA) along with the remainder of -57kg category on Thursday. The Frenchwoman took control with a harai-goshi earning a yuko score before adding a waza-ari with an osoto-gari which RECEVEAUX led herself into. RECEVEAUX battled and registered a score as she countered a loose effort from PAVIA for a yuko but the result was never in doubt. 


In the first semi-final PAVIA downed former world bronze medallist Vlora BEDETI (SLO) by the narrowest of margins. BEDETI received three shido penalties which was one more than her French opponent who failed to produce a score in their four minute contest. In the second semi-final RECEVEAUX defeated Tashkent Grand Prix silver medallist Camila MINAKAWA (ISR) by ippon after 51 seconds as she ensured the final would come down to France’s -57kg duo.

The first bronze medal was won by former Rome European Open silver medallist Ivelina ILIEVA (BUL) who secured a place on an IJF medal podium for the first time. ILIEVA defeated beaten semi-finalist MINAKAWA as a result of a solitary shido in a scoreless contest. The second bronze medal was won by BEDETI as national champion Stefanie TREMBLAY (CAN) was disqualified for receiving four penalties. World number 28 TREMBLAY was penalised for the fourth and final time for going out of the area as her Slovenian foe clinched the final spot on the -57kg podium.  
               
Final
PAVIA, Automne (FRA) vs RECEVEAUX, Helene (FRA)                                                                       

Bronze Medal Fights
MINAKAWA, Camila (ISR) vs ILIEVA, Ivelina (BUL)      
BEDETI, Vlora (SLO) vs TREMBLAY, Stefanie (CAN)               
                               

Final Results 
1. PAVIA, Automne (FRA)
2. RECEVEAUX, Helene (FRA)                                                                 
3. ILIEVA, Ivelina (BUL)                                                    
3. BEDETI, Vlora (SLO)           
5. MINAKAWA, Camila (ISR)                                                  
5. TREMBLAY, Stefanie (CAN)          
7. OHAI, Loredana (ROU)                 
7. ROPER, Miryam (GER)                                             


MEN

-60kg: Korea's KIM retains Jeju title 

Reigning Jeju Grand Prix champion KIM Won Jin (KOR) retained his title as he defeated All Japan University Championships winner and IJF World Judo Tour newcomer KAWANO Ryoya (JPN) in the -60kg final. 2013 world bronze medallist KIM, who is still only 22, won bronze at the Asian Games recently and was successful in Jeju in an all-Asian final. The classy young Korean scored a yuko to open the contest and added a waza-ari which left no way back for his new opponent but judo fans can expect much more from both men in the coming years. 


In the first semi-final KAWANO Ryoya (JPN) blocked the route of GANBOLD Kherlen (MGL) with a last-gasp effort as he scored a waza-ari with three seconds left on the clock having trailed by a yuko for four and a half minutes. In the second semi-final KIM bested Baku Grand Slam winner Orkhan SAFAROV (AZE) by ippon after 73 seconds to ensure an all-Asian final between Japan and Korea in Jeju.  

The first bronze medal was claimed by top seed and former world silver medallist DASHDAVAA Amartuvshin (MGL) who dominated SAFAROV. The Mongolian would have expected more from his day but will be pleased with beating one of the top seeds and most dangerous judoka in the category for bronze. DASHDAVAA won with a waza-ari and yuko proving too much for the Azerbaijan fighter to respond to. The second bronze medal went to 22-year-old Abu Dhabi Grand Slam bronze medallist GANBOLD Kherlen (MGL) who defeated Havana Grand Prix bronze medallist Ashley MCKENZIE (GBR). Both bronze medals were captured by Mongolia with GANBOLD successful as a result of a waza-ari score which went unanswered.
  
Final
KAWANO, Ryoya (JPN) vs KIM, Won Jin (KOR)                       

Bronze Medal Fights
SAFAROV, Orkhan (AZE) vs DASHDAVAA, Amartuvshin (MGL)                 
GANBOLD, Kherlen (MGL) vs MCKENZIE, Ashley (GBR)                                                                                                


Final Results
1. KIM, Won Jin (KOR)            
2. KAWANO, Ryoya (JPN)                                               
3. DASHDAVAA, Amartuvshin (MGL)                                                          
3. GANBOLD, Kherlen (MGL)                     
5. SAFAROV, Orkhan (AZE)    
5. MCKENZIE, Ashley (GBR)                    
7. KULIKOV, Dmitriy (RUS)                  
7. CHAMMARTIN, Ludovic (SUI)                          


-66kg: Japanese youngster defeats home fighter    

Ulaanbaatar Grand Prix bronze medallist TATEYAMA Sho (JPN) won the first IJF gold medal of his young career with victory against 2013 Junior world champion AN Baul (KOR). Both judoka were unseeded but made their presence felt all day long to earn the right to decide the fate of the gold medal. TATEYAMA, 21, defeated AN, 20 – who fights in Tokyo next week – by a single shido which was all that separated the judoka after five minutes of regulation time.   


In the first semi-final world bronze medallist and top seed Georgii ZANTARAIA (UKR) was undone by the determined young Japanese fighter TATEYAMA. ZANTARAIA was humbled on shido penalties with three against his record and two against TATEYAMA who booked a place on his second IJF medal podium of the year. In the second semi-final a similar story unfolded as the more experienced and accomplished judoka was denied by a hard-working fighter on his home continent. Baku Grand Slam winner Colin OATES (GBR) fell to AN who registered two scores as the former conceded a yuko and waza-ari but still maintained hope of his first Asian medal in the repechage.  

The first bronze medal was won by former European bronze medallist OATES who won his country’s first medal in Jeju at the expense of Baku Grand Slam bronze medallist Golan POLLACK (ISR). OATES took the lead with a yuko and added a waza-ari by holding his opponent down with a mune-gatame for exactly 15 seconds. The second bronze medal went to Tyumen Grand Slam bronze medallist Anzaur ARDANOV (RUS) who won a battle of attrition against ZANTARAIA. After a scoreless five minutes the judoka required golden score. The rivals matched each other still and were both at their physical limit. With two and a half minutes of golden score on the clock, ZANTARAIA walked on to his Russian opponent who caught him with ashi-waza for ippon as the appreciative Korean crowd showed their appreciation for the immense efforts of both judoka. 
  
Final
TATEYAMA, Sho (JPN) vs AN, Baul (KOR)                                                    
         
Bronze Medal Fights
OATES, Colin (GBR) vs POLLACK, Golan (ISR)                  
ZANTARAIA, Georgii (UKR) vs ARDANOV, Anzaur (RUS)                                                          


Final Result
1. TATEYAMA, Sho (JPN)                                                             
2. AN, Baul (KOR)                                                   
3. OATES, Colin (GBR)                                                      
3. ARDANOV, Anzaur (RUS)                                                                         
5. POLLACK, Golan (ISR)                      
5. ZANTARAIA, Georgii (UKR)                                                 
7. BATTSETSEG, Batgerel (MGL)             
7. VAN GANSBEKE, Kenneth (BEL)                                                  

COMPETITION PROGRAMME

Friday

10:00 Preliminaries on three mats
16:00 Final block on one mat

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

Saturday

10:00 Preliminaries on three mats
16:00 Final block on one mat

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

LocationJeju Halla Sport Complex

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