Friday, October 31, 2014

Judo Grand Slam, Abu Dhabi 2014 - DAY 1

(Via IJF)

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

The first day of the first Judo Grand Slam (after five editions of the Grand Prix) in Abu Dhabi was completed in the UAE capital with the first five gold medals which were awarded at the end of a day of beautiful and spectacular judo. Today 61 men and 64 women were in action in five categories: men’s -60kg and 66kg and women’s -48kg, -52kg and -57kg. 


Dr. Lisa Allan, the IJF competition manager said: “From an organizational point of view, the UAE Judo federation really did a great job. There are a lot of improvements compared to last year. The hall looks fantastic. After this first day of competition, we can be really proud of the job done by everybody. If there are still some areas to be improved, we can confirm that this is a real Grand Slam and I am sure that next year it will be even better. Knowing that several years ago, judo was not developed at all in the UAE, this is really impressive. The organizing committee is keen to work in close cooperation with the IJF and this is appreciated.”

Mr. Vladimir Barta, the IJF Head Sport Director, and Armen Bagdasarov, the IJF Sport Director, agreed to say: ”Today we have seen really beautiful judo. Fight after fight the level was increasing while the best players of the day were entering the final rounds of the preliminaries.” Mr. Barta added: “We can see a new generation showing that we will have to count on them for the future. Young juniors are already ready to fight in the senior categories. This is very positive.”

Naser Al Tamimi, the IJF General Treasurer, who is leading the organizing team here in Abu Dhabi under the leadership of H.E. Mohammed Bin Tha’aloob Al Dirai, President of the UAE Judo Federation, said: “We are really happy so far. We put a lot of effort to organize this Grand Slam. It is only the beginning but the result looks really good. We got some really good feedback from the IJF and that is what is important for us.”

One important aspect that reflects the level of the event is the TV production. According to the IJF TV department, the best equipment possible is available to film the combats in all possible angles. This includes several super slow motion cameras and a crane camera for top images. The final block today and in the two upcoming days, will be filmed and broadcasted in high definition. Nine replays are immediately available after each action. But the TV coverage starts from the very first fights of the preliminary rounds. A studio for live transmission from the field of play is also available for the national TV. All together it represents more than 40 people involved for the TV production.


Andreea BUZATU (born ISARESCU), Olympic (Sydney 2000) and World Champion in gymnastics, who is now working in Abu Dhabi, was present today for this first day of competition. She said: « Judo is amazing. I was a gymnast and I know the feeling to be competing at that level. I am impressed by the public which were quite numerous today. I came here last year as well and I’m happy to be present again. It’s always a pleasure to watch high level sport. »


The best judo players of the day were: Telma MONTEIRO (POR) and Dzmitry SHERSHAN (BLR).

FOLLOW THE COMPETITION


WOMEN

-48kg:  More Points for the World Number One, Urantsetseg MUNKHBAT (MGL)

The first final of the day opposed world number one and 2013 world champion, Urantsetseg MUNKHBAT (MGL) and world number eight and double European champion, CSERNOVICZKI Eva (HUN). A first shido was given to CSERNOVICZKI for not respecting the limit of the fighting area and a few seconds later the Hungarian was sent to the tatami with a precise ko-uchi-gari from MUNKHBAT for waza-ari. Despite a second and a third shido given to the Mongolian, she could keep her advantage to win another major title and gain more points to remain on the top of the World Ranking List.


The first bronze medal fight opposed, Dilara LOKMANHEKIM (TUR) and Taciana LIMA (GBS). After a minute, Lima was penalized with a first shido for passivity, as she looked dominated by LOKMANHEKIM. But half way to the end, Lima scored with a first uchimata for yuko, followed immediately by a second yuko. The two athletes entered the last minute with a small but still strong lead by LIMA who started to defend. As a consequence she was penalized a second time. 12 second before the end, LOKMANHEKIM also scored a yuko, giving her a little hope but Lima again scored with an opportunist uki-goshi and immobilized her opponent for ippon.

In the second bronze medal fight, Violeta DUMITRU (ROU), for the first time at that level of competition met the bronze medallist of the last Asian Games, Mi KIM Sol (PRK). The first penalty was given to the Romanian after 2 minutes and 30 seconds for a wrong cross-grip position. Keeping the smallest advantage (1 penalty) until the end, KIM won the first medal of here delegation, confirming what Mr. BARTA declared earlier during the day: “North Korea is back. They are here in Abu Dhabi with a strong team.”

Final
MUNKHBAT, Urantsetseg (MGL) vs. CSERNOVICZKI, Eva (HUN)

Bronze Medal Fights
LOKMANHEKIM, Dilara (TUR) vs. LIMA, Taciana (GBS)
DUMITRU, Violeta (ROU) vs. KIM, Sol Mi (PRK)


Final Results
1. MUNKHBAT, Urantsetseg (MGL)
2. CSERNOVICZKI, Eva (HUN)
3. KIM, Sol Mi (PRK)
3. LIMA, Taciana (GBS)
5. DUMITRU, Violeta (ROU)
5. LOKMANHEKIM, Dilara (TUR)
7. FIGUEROA, Julia (ESP)
7. JIANG, Yahong (CHN)



-52kg: KELMENDI Again Reaches the Summit

As a remake of the last World Championships in Chelyabinsk, the final of the day opposed the world number one and double World Champion, Majlinda KELMENDI (KOS) and Andreea CHITU (ROU) who won the last Judo Grand Prix in Tashkent a couple of weeks ago. With her World champion red back number perfectly attached to her judogi, Kelmendi once again looked untouchable throughout the day, even if the French EURANIE impeached her to develop her explosive judo. After two minutes, CHITU, being under the pressure of the world number one, received a first penalty for passivity. CHITU put all her power in a risky uchi-mata attempt, from where KELMENDI easily escaped to counter attack with her own left-handed uchi-mata for waza-ari. And once again, the 23-year-old from Kosovo won a major title. Who will be able to stop her?


For the first bronze medal fight, Joana RAMOS (POR), one of the top eight seeded athletes faced Natalia KUZIUTINA (RUS), world number four, European champion (Budapest 2013) and bronze medal at the world Championships, in Chelyabinsk this summer. After a few seconds the Russian already scored a waza-ari with a shoulder movement and then could control the fight before immobilizing the Portuguese for ippon.

The second bronze medal fight saw MA Yingnan (CHN) and Annabelle EURANIE (FRA) fighting for a place on the podium. Much smaller than her opponent, MA did not seem to be afraid of EURANIE and her long arms and legs until the last 30 seconds when the French launched a last uchi-mata for waza-ari.

Final
KELMENDI, Majlinda (KOS) vs. CHITU, Andreea (ROU)

Bronze Medal Fights
RAMOS, Joana (POR) vs. KUZIUTINA, Natalia (RUS)
MA, Yingnan (CHN) vs. EURANIE, Annabelle (FRA)


Final Results
1. KELMENDI, Majlinda (KOS)
2. CHITU, Andreea (ROU)
3. EURANIE, Annabelle (FRA)
3. KUZIUTINA, Natalia (RUS)
5. MA, Yingnan (CHN)
5. RAMOS, Joana (POR)
7. GIUFFRIDA, Odette (ITA)
7. HEYLEN, Ilse (BEL)



-57kg: Unstoppable MONTEIRO (POR)

The last final of the day saw Laetitia BLOT (FRA) and Telma MONTEIRO (POR) fighting for gold. After only a few seconds, MONTEIRO launched a brilliant drop seoi-nage, from where BLOT miraculously escaped for no score. Being too passive the French judoka was penalized with a shido. By putting pressure on BLOT, MONTEIRO scored a superb waza-ari after a combination with an ashi-waza (leg) technique. Nothing seemed to be able to stop Monteiro today and after perfectly controlled ground work, she finally immobilized BLOT for ippon.


World number five and Grand Slam Baku 2014 winner, Sabrina FILZMOSER (AUT), was again present in a medal fight of a major IJF event against RI Hyo Sun (PRK), who was in the position to win a second medal for her delegation on the occasion of this first day of the Grand Slam. More than two minutes were necessary to see the referee giving one penalty to each of the athletes for passivity which was followed by another shido a few seconds later. The Golden Score period was getting closer, when FILZMOSER finally found a tiny opportunity to immobilize her opponent for ippon.

The second bronze medal fight of the category opposed the bronze medallist of the Junior World Championships, Catherine BEAUCHEMIN-PINARD (CAN) and the London Olympic silver medallist, Corina CAPRIORIU (ROU). The Romanian scored first taking the lead with a yuko from a superb sode-tsuri-komi-goshi, CAPRIORIU finally secured her place on the podium.

Final
BLOT, Laetitia (FRA) vs. MONTEIRO, Telma (POR)

Bronze Medal Fights
FILZMOSER, Sabrina (AUT) vs. RI, Hyo Sun (PRK)
BEAUCHEMIN-PINARD, Catherine (CAN) vs. CAPRIORIU, Corina (ROU)


Final Results
1. MONTEIRO, Telma (POR)
2. BLOT, Laetitia (FRA)
3. CAPRIORIU, Corina (ROU)
3. FILZMOSER, Sabrina (AUT)
5. BEAUCHEMIN-PINARD, Catherine (CAN)
5. RI, Hyo Sun (PRK)
7. MALLOY, Marti (USA)
7. QUINTAVALLE, Giulia (ITA)
                            


MEN

-60kg: SAFAROV (AZE) Adds a Second Grand Slam Victory to His Prize List in 2014

The first male final of today’s category opposed Amartuvshin DASHDAVAA (MGL) and Orkhan SAFAROV (AZE). At the half of the fight, DASHDAVAA was leading with only one shido given to SAFAROV. Then a shido was also given to DASHDAVAA. DASHDAVAA was again penalized just before SAFAROV scored a waza-ari with an action-reaction movement (tani-otoshi).


Ashley MCKENZIE (GBR), bronze medallist of the Havana Grand Prix this year, and Kherlen GANBOLD (MGL), bronze medallist on the occasion of the last two Grand Prix met for the first bronze medal fight. After two minutes both fighters were penalized with a shido. Not able to respect the limits of the fighting area, MCKENZIE was penalized a second time with shido, just before GANBOLD launched a quick and aerial uchimata for a clear ippon, giving him his third bronze medal in a row on the occasion of a World Judo Tour event.

The second bronze medal fight opposed Francisco GARRIGOS (ESP) and Ilgar MUSHKIYEV (AZE) and was won by Ilgar MUSHKIYEV with a single shido.

Final
DASHDAVAA, Amartuvshin (MGL) vs. SAFAROV, Orkhan (AZE)

Bronze Medal Fights
MCKENZIE, Ashley (GBR) vs. GANBOLD, Kherlen (MGL)
GARRIGOS, Francisco (ESP) vs. MUSHKIYEV, Ilgar (AZE)


Final Results
1. SAFAROV, Orkhan (AZE)
2. DASHDAVAA, Amartuvshin (MGL)
3. GANBOLD, Kherlen (MGL)
3. MUSHKIYEV, Ilgar (AZE)
5. GARRIGOS, Francisco (ESP)
5. MCKENZIE, Ashley (GBR)
7. IMASHEV, Aibek (KAZ)
7. PAISCHER, Ludwig (AUT)



-66kg:  Top of the Podium for Dzmitry SHERSHAN (BLR)

The second male final of the day opposed Dzmitry SHERSHAN (BLR) and Tarlan KARIMOV (AZE). Only 45 seconds were necessary for Dzmitry SHERSHAN to secure the victory with an immobilisation for ippon.


In the first bronze medal fight between Sebastian SEIDL (GER) and Alim GADANOV (RUS), the Russian was rapidly penalized with a first shido after 16 seconds. Seidl scored the first yuko of the bout with a counter-attack. A few penalties later, he was still leading with this yuko, enough to win the bronze medal.

The second bronze medal fight opposed Patrick GAGNE (CAN) and Adrian GOMBOC (SLO). After two minutes, GAGNE was penalized with a first shido, which was largely compensated by the superb uchimata for waza-ari scored by the Canadian before the last minute. Even if he was penalized two more times for passivity for false attacks, GAGNE won the bronze.

Final
SHERSHAN, Dzmitry (BLR) vs. KARIMOV, Tarlan (AZE)

Bronze Medal Fights
SEIDL, Sebastian (GER) vs. GADANOV, Alim (RUS)
GAGNE, Patrick (CAN) vs. GOMBOC, Adrian (SLO)


Final Results
1. SHERSHAN, Dzmitry (BLR)
2. KARIMOV, Tarlan (AZE)
3. GAGNE, Patrick (CAN)
3. SEIDL, Sebastian (GER)
5. GADANOV, Alim (RUS)
5. GOMBOC, Adrian (SLO)
7. DOVDON, Altansukh (MGL)
7. TUTKHALIAN, Vae (BLR)
                                   

COMPETITION PROGRAMME

Saturday

11:00 Preliminaries on three mats
17:00 Final block on one mat

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

Sunday

11:00 Preliminaries on three mats
17:00 Final block on one mat

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

Location:  FGB Arena, Abu Dhabi

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Judo Grand Slam, Abu Dhabi 2014 Official Draw - PREVIEW

(Via IJF)


This weekend, the IJF World Judo Tour is making a stop in Abu Dhabi, the capital and the second most populous city in the United Arab Emirates and also capital of the largest of the UAE's seven member emirates. With approximately 1 million inhabitants, the city is today the country's center of political and industrial activities, and a major cultural and commercial centre.

 


After five successful editions of the IJF Grand Prix, Abu Dhabi will host this year its first Grand Slam, joining the club of the Grand Slam organizers together with Paris, Baku, Tyumen and Tokyo, which will be the last event of 2014 in December.

The event will allocate points for the Olympic qualification, Rio 2016. The official draw of the competition was held today at the brand new FGB Arena, which will feature 322 athletes. The draw took place in the presence of IJF and UAE Judo Federation officials and in front of the representatives of the 59 delegations engaged in the tournament.

Mr. Mohamed Meridja, the IJF Education and Coaching Director, welcomed all the delegates: "On behalf of the IJF President, Mr. Marius Vizer, it is an honor for me to welcome you all in Abu Dhabi to what has become a Grand Slam, after five editions of the Grand Prix. This week, on October 28th, the IJF celebrated the World Judo Day and particularly underlined ‘HONOR’ as one of the major values of our sport. We are now collating all the information and we will publish them very soon. This weekend, we will celebrate the best athletes in the world, who will compete for the Grand Slam title. I wish them good luck."

On behalf of H.E. Mohammed Bin Tha’aloob Al Dirai, President of the UAE Judo Federation, Mr. Nasser Al Tamimi, IJF General Treasurer said: "Welcome to Abu Dhabi. I hope that you will enjoy your stay during the next three days. Enjoy our city and its atmosphere. We are at your entire disposal to support you."

Mr. Al Tamimi also explained: "Our Grand Prix became a Grand Slam. It gives more credit to the development of judo in this country. Judo already had a very good image in the UAE and this positive image will be even stronger now. It will bring more people to our dojos. Of course, it puts also more responsibilities on our shoulders, but we are ready for that. We want to offer a real Grand Slam standard. It is a challenge, since we are now organizing an event, which has the same scale as the Paris or the Tokyo Tournaments. It will help us to become better and better."


Concerning the venue, Mr. Al Tamimi declared: "This sports facility is brand new. We were waiting for it at least for two years. We are really lucky that we can use it for this first Grand Slam. Thank you to the IJF for giving us the opportunity to be among the strong judo nations."

Rainer Schueler, General Manager of the FGB Arena added: “We are thrilled to be hosting the IPIC Judo Grand Slam in our Arena. Such an event enhances the commitment to the development of Martial Arts and overall sports in Abu Dhabi, and we are delighted to be the home of such an exciting initiative that highlights the trust in which the UAE Wrestling, Judo, Jiu-Jitsu & kickboxing Federation has in our facilities. FGB Arena, which opened its doors to the public in February 2014, is a new facility for sport, entertainment, corporate and social events located in Zayed Sports City, Abu Dhabi. Built with the needs of the community in mind, the 6,000 capacity indoor arena provides an event experience like no other, year round."

Mr. Vladimir Barta, the IJF Head Sport Director, who conducted the official draw of the Grand Slam said: "The country is strongly supporting the development of sports and especially of judo. They obtained their first medals on the occasion of the World Judo Championships, Chelyabinsk 2014. It shows that the UAE are now strong in Judo but also in organizing major international judo events."


FOLLOW THE COMPETITION



WOMEN

-48kg

The top seeded athletes of the category are:
MUNKHBAT Urantsetseg (MGL) - World Number 1 - World Championships Rio de Janeiro 2013: 1st, Grand Slam Baku 2014: 1st, Asian Games Incheon 2014: 1st
LIMA Taciana (GBS) - World Number 6 - African Championships 2014: 1st, African Championships Maputo 2013: 1st, Grand Slam Tyumen 2014: 3rd
CSERNOVICZKI Eva (HUN) - World Number 8 - European Championships Montpellier 2014: 1st, European Championships Budapest 2013: 1st, Grand Prix Budapest 2014: 1st - Olympic Bronze Medallist.
GALBADRAKH Otgontsetseg (MGL) - World Number 9 - Grand Prix Astana 2014: 1st, Grand Slam Moscow 2013: 2nd, Grand Slam Baku 2013: 2nd

Other favorites
MOSCATT Valentina (ITA) - CHERNIAK Maryna (UKR) - KUZNETSOVA Alesya (RUS) - FIGUEROA Julia (ESP)

-52kg

The top seeded athletes of the category are:
KELMENDI Majlinda (KOS) - World Number 1 - World Championships Chelyabinsk 2014: 1. place, World Championships Rio de Janeiro 2013: 1. place, Masters Tyumen 2013: 1. place
CHITU Andreea (ROU) - World Number 3 - World Championships Chelyabinsk 2014: 2. place, Grand Prix Tashkent 2014: 1. place, Masters Tyumen 2013: 3. place
KUZIUTINA Natalia (RUS) - World Number 4 - European Championships Budapest 2013: 1. place, World Championships Chelyabinsk 2014: 3. place, Grand Prix Dusseldorf 2014: 1. place
EURANIE Annabelle (FRA) - World Number 10 - Grand Slam Baku 2014: 1. place, Grand Prix Zagreb 2014: 1. place, African Open Casablanca 2014: 1. place

Other favorites 
RAMOS Joana (POR) - HEYLEN Ilse (BEL) - MA Yingnan (CHN) - GIUFFRIDA Odette (ITA)

-57kg

The top seeded athletes of the category are:
FILZMOSER Sabrina (AUT) - World Number 5 - Grand Slam Baku 2014: 1. place, Grand Prix Samsun 2013: 1. place, European Championships Budapest 2013: 2. place
MALLOY Marti (USA) - World Number 6 - World Championships Rio de Janeiro 2013: 2. place, Panamerican Championships Guayaquil 2014: 1. place, Grand Slam Tyumen 2014: 2. place - Olympic Bronze Medallist
MONTEIRO Telma (POR) - World Number 8 - World Championships Chelyabinsk 2014: 2. place, Masters Baku 2011: 1. place, Grand Slam Paris 2012: 1. place
DORJSUREN Sumiya (MGL ) - World Number 9 - Masters Tyumen 2013: 1. place, Grand Prix Ulaanbaatar 2013: 1. place, Grand Slam Baku 2013: 3. place

Other favorite
CAPRIORIU Corina (ROU) - BEAUCHEMIN-PINARD Catherine (CAN) - KARAKAS Hedvig (HUN) - BLOT Laetitia (FRA)

-63kg

The top seeded athletes of the category are:
VAN EMDEN Anicka (NED) - World Number 4 - World Championships Rio de Janeiro 2013: 3. place, Grand Slam Moscow 2013: 2. place, Grand Slam Paris 2013: 2. place
TRSTENJAK Tina (SLO) - World Number 5 - World Championships Chelyabinsk 2014: 3. place, Grand Prix Zagreb 2014: 1. place, Grand Slam Baku 2013: 2. place
UNTERWURZACHER Kathrin (AUT) - World Number 6 - Grand Slam Baku 2014: 2. place, Grand Prix Samsun 2014: 1. place, Grand Prix Abu Dhabi 2013: 1. place
TRAJDOS Martyna (GER) - World Number 8 - Grand Prix Qingdao 2013: 1. place, Grand Slam Moscow 2013: 3. place, Grand Slam Baku 2013: 3. place

Other favorites
GWEND Edwige (ITA) - DREXLER Hilde (AUT) - YANG Junxia (CHN) - GARCIA Estefania (ECU)

-70kg

The top seeded athletes of the category are:
VARGAS KOCH Laura (GER) - World Number 3 - World Championships Rio de Janeiro 2013: 2. place, Grand Prix Tashkent 2014: 1. place, Grand Prix Havana 2014: 1. place
ZUPANCIC Kelita (CAN) - World Number 4 - Grand Slam Baku 2013: 1. place, Masters Tyumen 2013: 2. place, Panamerican Championships San Jose 2013: 1. place
GRAF Bernadette (AUT) - World Number 6 - Grand Slam Moscow 2013: 1. place, Grand Prix Astana 2014: 1. place, Grand Prix Tashkent 2014: 2. place
CONWAY Sally (GBR) - World Number 7 - Grand Slam Baku 2014: 2. place, Grand Prix Samsun 2013: 1. place, Grand Slam Baku 2013: 3. place

Other favorites
NIANG Assmaa (MAR) - KLYS Katarzyna (POL) - MOREIRA Antonia (ANG) - TSEND AYUSH Naranjargal (MGL)

-78kg

The top seeded athletes of the category are:
VELENSEK Anamari (SLO) - World Number 3 - Grand Slam Paris 2014: 1. place, World Championships Chelyabinsk 2014: 3. place, Grand Prix Zagreb 2014: 1. place
MALZAHN Luise (GER) - World Number 5 - Grand Prix Samsun 2014: 1. place, Grand Prix Dusseldorf 2014: 1. place, Grand Slam Baku 2013: 2. place
JOO Abigel (HUN) - World Number 7 - Grand Slam Moscow 2013: 1. place, Grand Slam Baku 2013: 1. place, Masters Tyumen 2013: 2. place
SOL Kyong (PRK) - World Number 8 -  World Championships Rio de Janeiro 2013: 1. place, Grand Prix Ulaanbaatar 2014: 1. place, Asian Games Incheon 2014: 2. place

Other favorites
POWELL Natalie (GBR) - HARRISON Kayla (USA) - GALEONE Assunta (ITA) - DMITRIEVA Anastasiya (RUS)

+78kg

The top seeded athletes of the category are:
KONITZ Franziska (GER) - World Number 7 - Grand Prix Astana 2014: 1. place, Grand Prix Abu Dhabi 2013: 1. place, World Championships Chelyabinsk 2014: 5. place
KOCATURK Gulsah (TUR) - World Number 12 - Grand Prix Tblisi 2014: 1. place, Grand Slam Baku 2013: 3. place, Grand Prix Ulaanbaatar 2014: 2. place
YU Song (CHN) - World Number 13 - Masters Tyumen 2013: 1. place, Grand Prix Zagreb 2014: 1. place, Grand Prix Qingdao 2012: 1. place
IAROMKA Svitlana (UKR) - World Number 14 - Grand Prix Tashkent 2014: 1. place, Grand Prix Zagreb 2014: 2. place, Grand Prix Budapest 2014: 2. place

Other favorites
CHIBISOVA Ksenia (RUS) - KINDZERSKA Iryna (UKR) - ADLINGTON Sarah (GBR) - VIVEROS Marlin (ECU)



MEN

-60kg

The top seeded athletes of the category are:
DASHDAVAA Amartuvshin (MGL) - World Number 6 - World Championships Rio de Janeiro 2013: 2. place, Grand Slam Baku 2013: 1. place, Grand Prix Tashkent 2014: 1. place
SAFAROV Orkhan (AZE) - World Number 8 - Grand Slam Baku 2014: 1. place, World Championships Rio de Janeiro 2013: 3. place, Grand Prix Tblisi 2014: 1. place
GANBOLD Kherlen (MGL) - World Number 10 - Grand Prix Miami 2013: 1. place, Grand Prix Qingdao 2012: 1. place, Grand Prix Qingdao 2013: 2. place
MUSHKIYEV Ilgar (AZE) - World Number 12 - Grand Slam Tyumen 2014: 3. place, Grand Slam Moscow 2013: 3. place, Grand Prix Baku 2012: 1. place

Other favorites
MCKENZIE Ashley (GBR) - PAISCHER Ludwig (AUT) - PETRIKOV Pavel (CZE) - GERCHEV Yanislav (BUL)

-66kg

The top seeded athletes of the category are:
PULYAEV Mikhail (RUS) - World Number 2 - World Championships Chelyabinsk 2014: 2. place, Grand Slam Paris 2014: 1. place, Grand Prix Havana 2014: 1. place
OATES Colin (GBR) - World Number 9 - Grand Slam Baku 2014: 1. place, Grand Slam Moscow 2013: 2. place, Grand Prix Samsun 2014: 3. place
GADANOV Alim (RUS) - World Number 12 - Grand Prix Zagreb 2014: 2. place, Grand Prix Havana 2014: 3. place, Grand Prix Tbilisi 2014: 3. place
SHERSHAN Dzmitry (BLR) - World Number 13 - Grand Prix Budapest 2014: 2. place, Grand Prix Almaty 2013: 2. place, European Championships Montpellier 2014: 3. place

Other favorites
URIARTE Sugoi (ESP) - GAGNE Patrick (CAN) - LEFEVERE Jasper (BEL) - DOVDON Altansukh (MGL)

-73kg

The top seeded athletes of the category are:
SCVORTOV Victor (UAE) - World Number 1 - World Championships Chelyabinsk 2014: 3. place, Grand Prix Budapest 2014: 1. place, Grand Prix Abu Dhabi 2013: 1. place
DRAKSIC Rok (SLO) - World Number 4 - European Championships Budapest 2013: 1. place, Grand Slam Paris 2014: 2. place, Masters Baku 2011: 2. place
ELMONT Dex (NED) - World Number 5 - Masters Tyumen 2013: 2. place, European Championships Montpellier 2014: 1. place, World Championships Rio de Janeiro 2013: 3. place
HONG Kuk Hyon (PRK) - World Number 11 - World Championships Chelyabinsk 2014: 2. place, Asian Championships Bangkok 2013: 1. place, Asian Games Incheon 2014: 3. place

Other favorite
VAN TICHELT Dirk (BEL) - LEGRAND Ugo (FRA) - ORUJOV Rustam (AZE) - MOGUSHKOV Musa (RUS)

-81kg

The top seeded athletes of the category are:
VALOIS-FORTIER Antoine (CAN) - World Number 4 - World Championships Chelyabinsk 2014: 2. place, Panamerican Championships Guayaquil 2014: 2. place, Panamerican Championships San Jose 2013: 2. place - Olympic Bronze medallist
NIFONTOV Ivan (RUS) - World Number 11 - Masters Tyumen 2013: 1. place, World Championships Chelyabinsk 2014: 3. place, Olympic Games London 2012: 3. place
MOUSTOPOULOS Roman (GRE) - World Number 16 - Grand Prix Tashkent 2014: 1. place, Grand Prix Budapest 2014: 3. place, European Championships Montpellier 2014: 5. place
SCHMITT Alain (FRA) - World Number 17 - World Championships Rio de Janeiro 2013: 3. place, Grand Slam Baku 2013: 2. place, Grand Prix Amsterdam 2011: 1. place

Other favorite
TOMA Sergiu (UAE) - MRVALJEVIC Srdjan (MNE) - ELIAS Nacif (LIB) - CSOKNYAI Laszlo (HUN)

-90kg

The top seeded athletes of the category are:
TOTH Krisztian (HUN) - World Number 3 - World Championships Chelyabinsk 2014: 2. place, Grand Prix Zagreb 2014: 1. place, Grand Prix Ulaanbaatar 2014: 2. place
VAN T END Noel (NED) - World Number 6 - Grand Slam Baku 2014: 2. place, Grand Prix Dusseldorf 2014: 2. place, Grand Prix Abu Dhabi 2013: 2. place
VOPROSOV Kirill (RUS) - World Number 7 - World Championships Chelyabinsk 2014: 3. place, European Championships Montpellier 2014: 2. place, Masters Almaty 2012: 2. place
ELMONT Guillaume (NED) - World Number 11 - Grand Slam Baku 2014: 1. place, Grand Prix Samsun 2013: 2. place, Grand Slam Paris 2011: 2. place

Other favorites
USTOPIRIYON Komronshoh (TJK) - GASIEV Murat (RUS) - KUKOLJ Aleksandar (SRB) - BAUZA Karolis (LTU)

-100kg

The top seeded athletes of the category are:
MARET Cyrille (FRA) - World Number 2 - Grand Slam Paris 2014: 1. place, Grand Prix Samsun 2014: 1. place, Grand Prix Dusseldorf 2013: 1. place
GASIMOV Elmar (AZE) - World Number 5 - Grand Slam Tyumen 2014: 1. place, Masters Tyumen 2013: 3. place, European Championships Montpellier 2014: 2. place
FREY Karl-Richard (GER) - World Number 6 - World Championships Chelyabinsk 2014: 3. place, Grand Prix Qingdao 2013: 1. place, Grand Prix Rijeka 2013: 1. place
DARWISH Ramadan (EGY) - World Number 13 - African Championships Maputo 2013: 1. place, Grand Prix Tashkent 2014: 1. place, African Championships Vacoa Fenix 2014: 2. place

Other favorites
PETERS Dimitri (GER) - NIKIFOROV Toma (BEL) - REMARENCO Ivan (UAE) - ORLIK Flavio (SUI)

+100kg

The top seeded athletes of the category are:
SAIDOV Renat (RUS) - World Number 6 - World Championships Chelyabinsk 2014: 3. place, Grand Prix Havana 2014: 1. place, Masters Tyumen 2013: 3. place
MEYER Roy (NED) - World Number 10 - Grand Prix Zagreb 2014: 1. place, World Championships Chelyabinsk 2014: 5. place, Grand Prix Abu Dhabi 2013: 2. place
BOR Barna (HUN) - World Number 13 - Grand Prix Astana 2014: 1. place, European Championships Budapest 2013: 3. place, Grand Prix Tashkent 2014: 3. place
BREITBARTH Andre (GER) - World Number 15 - Grand Prix Tashkent 2013: 1. place, European Championships Montpellier 2014: 3. place, Grand Prix Astana 2014: 3. place

Other favorites
NATEA Daniel (ROU) - EL SHEHABY Islam (EGY) - ALLERSTORFER Daniel (AUT) - SARNACKI Maciej (POL)

COMPETITION PROGRAMME
Friday
11:00 Preliminaries on three mats
17:00 Final block on one mat

Women: -48kg, -52kg, -57kg 
Men: -60kg, -66kg 

Saturday
11:00 Preliminaries on three mats
17:00 Final block on one mat

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

Sunday
11:00 Preliminaries on three mats
17:00 Final block on one mat

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

Location:  FGB Arena, Abu Dhabi

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

IJF Supports IOC Provisional Recognition of Kosovo Olympic Committee

Following the Policy that Has Been followed for Several Years by the International Judo Federation, the IJF Supports the IOC Provisional Recognition of the Kosovo Olympic Committe

Majlinda Kelmendi in full action on the occasion of the last edition of the World Championships

Mr. Vizer said: "Following the IOC decision to recognize the Kosovo Olympic Committee I consider that it was a human, mature and fair decision from a sports and Olympic Movement point of view, as well as an act of fair play towards the members of the sports community, with a major impact on the future of sports in Kosovo and the Balkan region.

Although that in many cases the organization of major global sports events depends very much on political decisions, in this case, solving the status of Kosovo is a purely sports decision and must be considered and treated as such. All members of humanity have the right to the universal values. Sport definitely is one of the most important universal values of the society.

This decision will open new horizons and opportunities and will generate enthusiasm and positive spirit among the youth of Kosovo for the benefit of friendship, unity and peace among nations.

Majlinda Kelmendi won her first senior world title last year in Rio de Janeiro

The flag bearer of this project, from the point of view of the athletes’ representatives in Kosovo, was judoka Majlinda Kelmendi. Through her results – two times World Champion, participant in the London Olympic Games (under the Albanian flag at the time), numerous titles obtained on the occasion of the IJF World Masters, Grand Slam and Grand Prix competitions, as well as her no. 1 position in the World Ranking List of the -52 kg category -, she demonstrates that she is the most eloquent example who marks, proves and represents the potential of Kosovo athletes.

I would like to congratulate the Kosovo Olympic Committee and its President, Mr. Besim Hasani, the Ministry of Sports of Kosovo and Minister Memli Krasniqi, the Kosovo Judo Federation and its President, Mr. Agron Kuka, as well as the entire sports community of Kosovo and all the International Federations who had the courage and wisdom to support this project from the very beginning, wishing them a lot of success in the future and many achievements at all levels."

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Sunday, October 26, 2014

Junior World Championships, Fort Lauderdale 2014 - DAY 5 (TEAM COMPETITION)

(Via IJF)


The Junior World Championships, Fort Lauderdale 2014, were concluded with an exhilarating team competition in Fort Lauderdale on Sunday.


The men’s team competition featured 18 teams of five judoka while the women’s team competition featured 16 teams of five judoka which is a record for this event.

Japan emulated their individual success in the team format as the swept the board by winning gold in the men’s event and women’s event.


Mr. Marius VIZER, IJF President, used the occasion of the last day of the competition in Florida to look ahead to World Judo Day on Tuesday 28 October. The theme this year is honour and all week long famed judoka have been supporting the initiative which was introduced in 2011.

“Dear Judo Community Members, Partners and Friends, on the occasion of the World Judo Day, I would like to congratulate the entire world Judo community and I would like to thank you, in the name of the International Judo Federation, for your entire activities during this year,” said Mr. VIZER.

“I thank you for the results achieved at sports level and not only, wishing you at the same time a lot of success and the same level of application in the project of continuous development of international Judo.

“Being convinced that the judo principles – courtesy, courage, sincerity, honour, modesty, respect, self-control, friendship – are incontestable values not only in our sport, but for the entire society, I consider that these values must be spread within our community as well as a message to society, because this is the way to transfer the values of our sport in order to continuously educate the new generations and to have a real impact on all sectors of civil society. I congratulate you and I wish you all the best.”


Junior World Team Championships Medallists 

Judoka from around the world have also raised awareness for the annual judo festival and encouraged the international judo community to hold activities. Olympic and world medallists along with Junior World Championships medallists used the occassion of the five-day competition in Fort Lauderdale to give thei full support to World Judo Day. 


The Best Male Judoka Award went to -66kg Junior World champion Egor MGDSYAN (RUS) while the Best Female Judoka Award was presented to KONDO Ami (JPN). MGDSYAN won four of his five fights by ippon and won team gold today while senior world champion KONDO won all five fights by ippon and claimed team gold. 


Best Judoka at the Junior World Championships, Fort Lauderdale 2014
   

MEN'S TEAMS

Japan edge out Georgia in thriller 

Japan’s men’s team were able to outlast the reigning champions Georgia as their titanic duel went down to the very last contest. High school student and Youuth Olympic Games winner ABE Hifumi, who tool silver on day two, made a winning start for Japan as he beat KELIKHASHVILI (GEO) by a waza-ari.


Junior World silver medallist YAMAMOTO Yuji (JPN) extended his country’s advantage by subduing MCHEDLISHVILI with an armlock before MARGIANI (GEO) keep his team alive by defeating OGATA (JPN) on shido penalties.


Junior World bronze medallist GVINIASHVILI (GEO) was awarded victory in the next contest to make it all square at 2-2. In the winner-take-all contest, TUSHISHVILI (GEO) met OGAWA, Yusei (JPN). The rivals went toe-to-toe for four minutes and could not be separated as they both received three shido penalties for passivity and gripping infringements. A further two and a half minutes were required to separate them as the Japanese women’s team and officials were highly animated on the arena floor. OGAWA, 18, the son of 1992 Olympic silver medallist and four-time world champion OGAWA Naoya (JPN) produced the finest moment of his burgeoning career as he caught his Georgian opponent for a yuko score. 

After stepping off the medal podium OGAWA said: “Before coming out to the competition my dad’s advice was to go forward and be positive, to attack. I felt so much pressure in the final contest and I was still unhappy with my individual performance so this was more motivation for me. I really enjoyed my experience of the team competition and now I will prepare to compete at the Kodokan Cup in November.”

Teammate ABE said: “I am still disappointed with my result in the individual competition (silver) but this was my first Junior World Championships. I am very proud to win team gold today, I had a strong motivation to be on top of the podium with my teammates. I felt pressure because I was the first to fight and I needed to make a positive result for the team.”

In the first semi-final Georgia defeated Russia with a battling display which took a lot out of them ahead of the final. The match went to the fifth and final contest as TUSHISHVILI (GEO) defeated Junior World bronze medallist SHAKHBAZOV (RUS) by ippon after countering a desperate pick up attempt with five seconds left as the Georgian had already scored a waza-ari from a drop seoi-nage. In the second semi-final Japan whitewashed Ukraine 5-0 with OGATA beating MAKUKHA (UKR) to win their third fight and secure their place in the final.

The first set of bronze medals were captured by South Korea who defeated Ukraine 4-1 while the second set of bronze medals were awarded to Russia who defeated Brazil 3-2.

Former Junior world champion AN Baul (KOR) said: “Now that I’ve had more time to adjust to the time difference I feel better and had more energy today. I was in good condition and fought better than I did in the individual event. We are really happy four our bronze medals and personally now I am excited and nervous about moving up to fight in the senior circuit.”

Final
Japan vs Georgia  

Bronze Medal Fights
Ukraine vs South Korea
Russia vs Brazil  

Final Results
1. Japan       
2. Georgia         
3. South Korea       
3. Russia   
5. Ukraine          
5. Brazil       
7. Austria   
7. Egypt         

WOMEN'S TEAMS 

Masterful Japan close out the Junior World Championships with women's gold 

Japan’s women put on a masterclass against France as they won the final 4-1 to clinch gold. Junior and senior world champion KONDO Ami (JPN) set her team on their way to victory by defeating Junior World champion Amandine BUCHARD (FRA). KONDO caught the senior world bronze medallist with an armbar with 86 seconds left to force the Frenchwoman to tap out. This was the second meeting between the precocious judoka after the Japanese fighter won their first meeting at the 2011 Cadet World Championships. Junior World silver medallist DEGUCHI Christa (JPN) added a second win by osaekomi before fellow runner-up NABEKURA (JPN) guaranteed the gold medal by ippon.  


Junior World bronze medallist Marie Eve GAHIE (FRA) pulled one back for her country by ippon after just 52 seconds before Junior World champion ASAHINA Sarah (JPN) won the heavyweight contest to seal a 4-1 rout. 


Junior world champion and Junior World Team champion ASAHINA said: “This was my first time competing at the Junior World Championships and I loved it. I am so happy to win gold for Japan. I wasn’t very pleased with my performance today but the team came together was a unit and were strong. It was also special for us to watch our men’s team win gold.”

In the first semi-final Japan beat Russia 4-1 as DEGUCHI Christa (JPN) was the only member of her team to lose out. In the second semi-final France demolished South Korea by the same score with wins for BUCHARD, GUIHUR, GAHIE and CAMARA as the latter scored a consolation by AHN Saho who threw MARY for ippon with an ouchi-gari.  

The first bronze medallists were South Korea who defeated Brazil 3-2 as HAN Mi Jin (KOR) bested Camila NOGUEIRA (BRA) in the deciding contest. HAN Mi Jin scored a yuko from a ko-uchi-gari to steer her team onto the podium. The second set of bronze medals were won by Russia who inflicted a heavy defeat on Mongolia. Russia cruised through the match as they were undefeated until the last contest when INOZEMTSEVA (RUS) lost out to BATBAATAR (MGL).  
 FinalJapan vs France
Bronze Medal Fights
South Korea vs Brazil
Russia vs Mongolia 

Final Results
1. Japan       
2. France       
3. South Korea       
3. Russia
5. Brazil      
5. Mongolia  
7. Italy  
7. Kazakhstan   

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Junior World Championships, Fort Lauderdale 2014 - DAY 4

(Via IJF)

-78kg | +78kg | -100kg | +100kg 


The Junior World Championships, Fort Lauderdale 2014, continued with a spectacular day of judo on the last day of the individual competition on Saturday.   


Four weight categories were in action as the junior women’s -78kg, +78kg categories and the men’s -100kg and +100kg categories all graced the tatami. The world’s leading young heavyweights illustrated their quality at the last IJF World Championships of the year. 

The Junior World Championships will come to a close on Sunday with the pulse-pounding team competition. Judo fans will see 18 teams compete in the men’s event and 16 teams compete in the women’s event.

Mr. Daniel LASCAU, IJF Sports Director, conducted the draw ahead of the final block on day four in Fort Lauderdale.

Reigning junior men world champions Georgia were drawn against Uzbekistan while junior women title holders Japan will start the defence of their crown against Great Britain.

BUKHBAT Mashbat, Mongolan Judo Association General Secretary, was satisfied with the team draw but believes anything can happen in the hugely exciting format which made its Youth Olympic Games debut at Nanjing 2014.

“Our men’s team will face the Bahamas while the women will fight Argentina. We are pleased with the draw but these are tough matches. Everything can change in one contest and we will have to be focused. All of our judoka are excited to take part in the team competition on Sunday and many people will be watching in Mongolia on the live IJF online stream.”

Japan finished top of the individual medal table with seven gold medals, four silver and two bronze ahead of France (one gold, two silver, five bronze) and Russia (one gold, two silver, three bronze). 
   
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JUNIOR WOMEN

-78kg: Tunisia's MZOUGUI strikes gold

African Championships bronze medallist Sarra MZOUGUI (TUN) became Junior world champion as she defeated Junior European bronze medallist Sama Hawa CAMARA (FRA) in the first final of the day on Saturday. Both judoka were active and ambitious which made for an exciting contest. After two minutes the Tunisian fighter was penalised with a shido for going out of the area. The 20-year-old MZOUGUI launched a ko-soto-gake which earned waza-ari and advanced into osaekomi to hold down her French opponent for 15 seconds. 


The Tunsian fighter said: "I am very happy. I worked really good with my federation, my coach Slah Rekik. The fight which wasn't very easy was the fight with the Polish fighter because she was moving and running very much on the mat. I train three times a day with boys and girls. I am working on physical and technical preparation and I want to thank the IJF because they invited me here and I would also like to thank the Tunisian Federation."

In the first semi-final CAMARA dismissed 18-year-old Paks Junior European Cup silver medallist Anna Maria WAGNER (GER) by two yuko scores after starting the contest by receiving two shido peanlties for passivity. In the second semi-final MZOUGUI bested Evelin SALANKI (HUN) who finished seventh at the Junior European Championships. The Tunisian won three of her four contests by ippon including the semi-final after just 43 seconds.

The first bronze medal was won by 18-year-old Commonwealth Games bronze medallist Ana Laura PORTUONDO ISASI (CAN) who convincingly defeated SALANKI. All three victories for the Canadian were by ippon as she sealed a spot on the podium in front of Judo Canada President Mike TAMURA. The second bronze medal went to 18-year-old Junior European silver medallist Beata PACUT (POL) who saw off WAGNER. PACUT registered the only score of the contest after 67 seconds with a tani-otoshi before being penalised once for passivity and twice for false attacks. 

Final
MZOUGUI, Sarra (TUN) vs CAMARA, Sama Hawa (FRA)          

Bronze Medal Fights
SALANKI, Evelin (HUN) vs PORTUONDO ISASI, Ana Laura (CAN)    
WAGNER, Anna Maria (GER) vs PACUT, Beata (POL)     


Final Results
1. MZOUGUI, Sarra (TUN)             
2. CAMARA, Sama Hawa (FRA)                  
3. PORTUONDO ISASI, Ana Laura (CAN)              
3. PACUT, Beata (POL)                
5. SALANKI, Evelin (HUN)          
5. WAGNER, Anna Maria (GER)         
7. GROENWOLD, Larissa (NED)     
7. PIERRET, Julie (FRA)     


+78kg: ASAHINA powers to Junior World gold for Japan 

Tokyo Grand Slam bronze medallist ASAHINA Sarah (JPN) delivered a virtuoso performance which culminated with a victory in the heavyeight final against Junior European bronze medallist Anastasiia SAPSAI (UKR). ASAHINA, who turned 18 on Wednesday, has another reason to celebrate after throwing SAPSAI for ippon with an emphatic harai-goshi after only 24 seconds. After stepping off the medal podium the Japanese judoka said: “I’m really happy because I was injured in March and I’ve worked hard to come back for this competition. I am now looking forward to fighting at the Kodokan Cup and the Tokyo Grand Slam.”


In the first semi-final Junior Asian Championships bronze medallist HAN Mi Jin (KOR) fell to SAPSAI (UKR) by ippon after trailing to a yuko. In the second semi-final ASAHINA absorbed every attack Junior European bronze medallist Marine ERB (FRA) could muster to win on shido penalties. ERB was penalised twice for gripping infringements and once for passivity while ASAHINA was only penalised once for passivity in the scoreless contest.

The first bronze medal was captured by ERB who held down Junior European Team gold medallist Ivana SUTALO (CRO) while the second bronze medal was destined for Ecuador as Junior Pan American gold medallist Marlin VIVEROS (ECU) entered her name into the record books. The impressive 19-year-old won her country’s first ever world medal at any level by ippon after 65 seconds.

Ecuador Head Coach Roberto IBANEZ said: “I am lost for words, I am so happy. When I was a fighter the best I managed was a seventh-place at the Junior World Championships in Hungary. Marlin has been working so hard, she deserves this result and I am delighted for her. Next up for her is the Abu Dhabi Grand Slam next week.”    
 FinalASAHINA, Sarah (JPN) vs SAPSAI, Anastasiia (UKR)   
Bronze Medal Fights
ERB, Marine (FRA) vs SUTALO, Ivana (CRO)   
HAN, Mi Jin (KOR) vs VIVEROS, Marlin (ECU)    
  

Final Results
1. ASAHINA, Sarah (JPN)           
2. SAPSAI, Anastasiia (UKR)            
3. ERB, Marine (FRA)                
3. VIVEROS, Marlin (ECU)                      
5. SUTALO, Ivana (CRO)              
5. HAN, Mi Jin (KOR)                     
7. GOSCHIN, Michelle (GER)    
7. GARCIA SAVIGNE, Gusmary (CUB)     

JUNIOR MEN

-100kg: GOTO wins for Japan in front of the great INOUE

Junior All Japan Championships silver medallist GOTO Ryutaro (JPN) became Junior World Champion in the -100kg category in front of Japanese Head Coach and -100kg legend INOUE Kosei. GOTO defeated Junior European champion and top seed Niyaz ILYASOV (RUS) to suggest that he could be a contender to fill the senior void for Japan in this weight category. GOTO received a shido for going out of the area but went a waza-ari up after two minutes which was enough as the best ILYASOV could conjure up was a yuko score. INOUE Kosei, who was sat next to IJF President Mr. Marius VIZER in the crowd, nodded with approval during the contest as GOTO looked sharp and full of industry. 


In the first semi-final ILYASOV (RUS) triumphed against teammate and Junior European silver medallist Ramazan MALSUIGENOV (RUS). ILYASOV was penalised for passivity but that was never a considerable factor in the contest as he opened the scoring with a waza-ari and wrapped up the victory with a ko-soto-gake to win by wazari-awasette-ippon. In the second semi-final GOTO bested Junior European bronze medallist Zlatko KUMRIC (CRO) by a waza-ari which came with just four seconds left on the clock as the contest looked set for golden score with both judoka receiving two shido penalties.   

The first bronze medal was won by All Japan Junior Championships winner WOLF Aaron (JPN) who defeated losing semi-finalist KUMRIC. WOLF led with a waza-ari from a ko-soto-gake after only 35 seconds and went on to score a second and match-winning waza-ari by holding down KUMRIC for 15 seconds. The second bronze medal was clinched by MALSUIGENOV who beat former Cadet world champion Guram TUSHISHVILI (GEO). MALSUIGENOV built a considerable lead as he scored a yuko and waza-ari but the Georgian fought back to score a waza-ari of his own with a drop seoi-nage. With two minutes gone the Russian secured his place on the podium by ippon.     

Final
ILYASOV, Niyaz (RUS) vs GOTO, Ryutaro (JPN)    

Bronze Medal Fights
KUMRIC, Zlatko (CRO) vs WOLF, Aaron (JPN)  
MALSUIGENOV, Ramazan (RUS) vs TUSHISHVILI, Guram (GEO)          


Final Result
1. GOTO, Ryutaro (JPN)               
2. ILYASOV, Niyaz (RUS)          
3. WOLF, Aaron (JPN)             
3. MALSUIGENOV, Ramazan (RUS)       
5. KUMRIC, Zlatko (CRO)          
5. TUSHISHVILI, Guram (GEO)               
7. STRUEBER, Leon (GER)       
7. SALIMGEREYEV, Nurym (KAZ)    


+100kg: ULZIIBAYAR is the pride of Mongolia 

Asian Games silver medallist ULZIIBAYAR Duurenbayar (MGL) showed the progress he has made over the last year as he went one better than he did at the 2013 Junior World Championships to win heavyweight gold on Saturday. ULZIIBAYAR, 20, was an immovable force as not one of his five opponents could score against him. Guga KIBORDZALIDZE (GEO), who finished fifth at the Junior European Championships this year, was diaptched by ippon in the +100kg final to send the Mongolian team wild in the stands. KIBORDZALIDZE tried osoto-gari but the Mongolian took his leg away to drive him down for ippon. 


After celebrating with his teammates following the awarding ceremony, ULZIIBAYAR said: “I’ve managed to win today because I’ve worked hard over the last year to improve my ability. I’ve also worked with a psychologist to make sure my mind is focused on every fight and everything went well today.

“My toughest fight was in the second round against SELIM Khaled (EGY) as I was really challenged and was able to win by just a yuko. I can’t wait to celebrate with my family and friends, this moment means so much to me.”  

In the first semi-final top seed Iakiv KHAMMO was surpassed by ULZIIBAYAR. The Mongolian was penalised with a shido for going out of the area before scoring a yuko with a modified kata-guruma. KHAMMO attacked with a sumi-gaeshi and ULZIIBAYAR pressed forward with a drop seoi-nage but there were no further scores. In the second semi-final KIBORDZALIDZE (GEO) defeated Prague Junior European Cup winner Anton RUDNYK (UKR). RUDNYK broke the deadlock with a waza-ari score from an ura-nage but KIBORDZALIDZE replied with a waza-ari of his own and added a second by trapping his opponent in osaekomi for 15 seconds.

The first bronze medal was won by Junior European silver medallist Ruslan SHAKHBAZOV (RUS) who denied RUDNYK a place on the podium by scoring ippon after three minutes. The second bronze medal was clinched by KHAMMO who saw off Prague Junior European Cup bronze medallist Sebastian FAGERHILL (SWE) by a waza-ari and a yuko.    

Final
KIBORDZALIDZE, Guga (GEO) vs ULZIIBAYAR, Duurenbayar (MGL)    

Bronze Medal Fights
RUDNYK, Anton (UKR) vs SHAKHBAZOV, Ruslan (RUS)   
KHAMMO, Iakiv (UKR) vs FAGERHILL, Sebastian (SWE)      


Final Result
1. ULZIIBAYAR, Duurenbayar (MGL)             
2. KIBORDZALIDZE, Guga (GEO)         
3. SHAKHBAZOV, Ruslan (RUS)        
3. KHAMMO, Iakiv (UKR)        
5. RUDNYK, Anton (UKR)         
5. FAGERHILL, Sebastian (SWE)           
7. CHOI, Minyoung (KOR)    
7. WAHID, Ahmed (EGY)     

Sunday – Team Competition

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

Junior women team event
Junior men team event 

Location: Broward County Convention Center

Friday, October 24, 2014

Junior World Championships, Fort Lauderdale 2014 - DAY 3

(Via IJF)

-63kg | -70kg | -81kg | -90kg 

The Junior World Championships, Fort Lauderdale 2014, produced a breathless third day at the Broward County Convention Center on Friday. 


Fort Lauderdale's Rio 2016 and Tokyo 2020 hopefuls gave their all in four weight categories as fans watched live on the IJF streaming website (www.ippon.tv). The junior women’s -63kg, and -70kg categories and the junior men’s -81kg, -90kg categories were all decided at the teeming venue.

Mr. Daniel LASCAU, IJF Sports Director and former world champion, shared his observations on the competition so far.

“We have seen some very open fights and the young judoka are producing big scores in the last seconds. I am pleased to see a lot of tachi-waza and throwing without going into makikomi. This gives me hope that future generations in Rio and beyond will present very nice judo.”

Mr. Luis GUARDIA, IJF 9th Dan, is volunteering at the Junior World Championships as he did in 2013 at the Cadet World Championships and Miami Grand Prix.



GUARDIA, a long-time Cuban international, former referee and coach was one of the founding members of Cuban Judo and the Pan-American Judo Confederation.

The living legend released his book, Origins of Pan-American Judo, in 2012, which was received to international acclaim and is now on display at the Kodokan Museum in Tokyo, Japan.

The 82-year-old said: “I watch all the IJF competitions at home, judo is my life, I am very happy to be at this competition which is so special to these young judoka. I am impressed with the level of the athletes and in particular I am enjoying watching the ne-waza action.”

GUARDIA also put his name behind the upcoming Word Judo Day and thinks the annual event will educate young people and judoka of all levels about the history of the sport and the legacy of KANO Jigoro.

“This is a great day for judo and I am sure judoka around the world will unite on the birthday of Sensei KANO. We remember our Sensei and thank him for teaching us the sport of judo. I hope judoka of all ages will take the time to mark a celebration for KANO Jigoro and World Judo Day next week.”

After three days of competition, Japan remain top of the medal table with five gold medals, four silver and one bronze ahead of France and Brazil.

On day four, the last day of the individual competition, the wait is over for the most accomplished heavyweights in the junior ranks who will get their chance to go for glory in Fort Lauderdale on Saturday. 

The draw for Sunday’s Junior World Team Championships will be held during the break on Saturday at 16.30. The last day of action in Florida will see 16 junior women’s teams and 17 junior men’s go toe-to-toe. 

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JUNIOR WOMEN

-63kg: MINEI wins all-Japanese final

The -63kg final was an all-Japanese affair as 17-year-old Junior All Japan Championships winner MINEI Miho (JPN) faced St. Petersburg Junior European Cup winner NABEKURA Nami (JPN). MINEI, who is one of the youngest judoka in the competition, was able to capture the gold medal by a yuko score as NABEKURA never imposed herself in the contest having received two shido penalties for passivity.   


In the first semi-final MINEI bested German Championships bronze medallist Vivian HERRMANN (GER) who was part of the German women’s team who won bronze last year. MINEI secured a place in the final with 81 seconds remaining as she scored ippon with a huge harai-goshi. In the second semi-final NABEKURA guaranteed that the -63kg gold medal would be destined for Japan as she defeated former Cadet European silver medallist Lucy RENSHALL (GBR). NABEKURA went ahead with a waza-ari before adding a yuko score and moments later sealed the win by holding her British rival down in osaekomi for 15 seconds and wazari-awasette-ippon.

The first bronze medal was won by former Cadet European chamion Katie-Jemima YEATS-BROWN (GBR) who defeated teammate RENSHALL who had two shido penalties while former rugby player YEATS-BROWN had an unblemished record. The second bronze medal was captured by the emotional HERRMANN who triumphed against Danielle OLIVEIRA (BRA). HERRMANN settled the fate of the second bronze medal by throwing for ippon with uchi-mata.     

Final
MINEI, Miho (JPN) vs NABEKURA, Nami (JPN)     

Bronze Medal Fights
RENSHALL, Lucy (GBR) vs YEATS-BROWN, Katie-Jemima (GBR)    
HERRMANN, Vivian (GER) vs OLIVEIRA, Danielle (BRA)        


Final Results
1. MINEI, Miho (JPN)           
2. NABEKURA, Nami (JPN)             
3. YEATSBROWN, Katie-Jemima (GBR)              
3. HERRMANN, Vivian (GER)      
5. RENSHALL, Lucy (GBR)          
5. OLIVEIRA, Danielle (BRA)             
7. DEL TORO CARVAJAL, Maylin (CUB)     
7. DZHIGAROS, Diana (RUS) 


-70kg: Maestro MATIC retains world crown
Budapest Grand Prix runner-up Barbara MATIC (CRO) retained her Junior World title by outworking Berlin Junior European Cup bronze medallist Ebony DRYSDALE DALEY (GBR) in the -70kg final. DRYSDALE DALEY was unable to show her tenacity and power which was on full show in the previous rounds as MATIC, who is already a leading name on the senior stage, never gave her rival a look in as she purposefully clinched the top spot on the podium. DRYSDALE DALEY received four shido penalties to hand the title to the Croatian by hansoku-make. 



In the first semi-final MATIC (CRO) bested Junior European bronze medallist Melissa HELEINE (FRA) by ippon from an ouchi-gari after opening with a yuko before adding a waza-ari. In the second semi-final DRYSDALE DALEY defeated 2013 Cadet world champion Marie Eve GAHIE (FRA). DRYSDALE DALEY led with a waza-ari before GAHIE responded with a yuko. The British fighter held off her French opponent in the closing seconds to progress to the final as her victim was consoled by her coach.

The first bronze medal was captured by GAHIE who was superior to 17-year-old Junior European bronze medallist Aleksandra SAMARDZIC (BIH). The French teen scored a waza-ari and yuko while SAMARDZIC was unable to penetrate the scoreboard. The second bronze medal was won by HELEINE who saw off the spirited Junior Pan American Championships gold medallist Diana BRENES (CRC) who produced her country’s best ever result at a Junior World Championships. HELEINE secured her place next to compatriot GAHIE on the medal podium by scoring a waza-ari and yuko without reply.   
 FinalMATIC, Barbara (CRO) vs DRYSDALE DALEY, Ebony (GBR)   
Bronze Medal Fights
GAHIE, Marie Eve (FRA) vs SAMARDZIC, Aleksandra (BIH)   
HELEINE, Melissa (FRA) vs BRENES, Diana (CRC)    
  

Final Results
1. MATIC, Barbara (CRO)           
2. DRYSDALE DALEY, Ebony (GBR)           
3. GAHIE, Marie Eve (FRA)           
3. HELEINE, Melissa (FRA)       
5. SAMARDZIC, Aleksandra (BIH)             
5. BRENES, Diana (CRC)           
7. VAN DIJKE, Sanne (NED)     
7. FUENTES MONTOYA, Nairelis (CUB)     

JUNIOR MEN

-81kg: Brazil's top seed becomes Junior World Champion 

Top seed and Berlin Junior European Cup winner Rafael MACEDO (BRA) defeated Youth Olympic Games winner Mikhail IGOLNIKOV (RUS) to win his country’s first gold medal in Fort Lauderdale. MACEDO, who clinically showed why he entered as the favourite, started the contest by receiveing a shido for a false attack but that was never a factor in the fate of the title as he threw with harai-goshi and trapped the Russian in osaekomi for 20 seconds and ippon.     


In the first semi-final MACEDO was at his explosive best against former Cadet European bronze medallist Jonas BJORKTORP (SWE) who was subdued by two waza-ari scores with a spinning uchi-mata the pick of the the Brazilian’s wide repertoire. In the second semi-final GOLNIKOV downed Junior European bronze medallist Levan GUGAVA (GEO) by ippon with 16 seconds left in their bout.

The first bronze medal was won by GUGAVA who was successful against Wroclaw Junior European Cup silver medallist Rico HARDER (NED). The Dutchman scored first with a waza-ari before the Georgian looked to fight back with a yuko. HARDER attacked with uchi-mata but GUGAVA took control of it to flip his opponent over for ippon. The second bronze medal was clinched by Junior European Team bronze medallist Pape Doudou NDIAYE (FRA) who bested Kaunas Junior European silver medallist Jonas BJORKTORP (SWE) by ippon with 41 seconds remaining.    
  
Final
MACEDO, Rafael (BRA) vs IGOLNIKOV, Mikhail (RUS)    

Bronze Medal Fights
GUGAVA, Levan (GEO) vs HARDER, Rico (NED)  
BJORKTORP, Jonas (SWE) vs NDIAYE, Pape Doudou (FRA)        


Final Result
1. MACEDO, Rafael (BRA)            
2. IGOLNIKOV, Mikhail (RUS)            
3. GUGAVA, Levan (GEO)          
3. NDIAYE, Pape Doudou (FRA)         
5. HARDER, Rico (NED)           
5. BJORKTORP, Jonas (SWE)           
7. MARGIANI, Ushangi (GEO)       
7. MAJDOV, Nemanja (SRB)    


-90kg: World silver medallist TOTH triumphs in Florida

World silver medallist Krisztian TOTH (HUN) won Junior world gold on Friday in the last final of the day in Fort Lauderdale. The 20-year-old Hungarian powerhouse defeated 18-year-old Junior European bronze medallist Nikoloz SHERAZADISHVILI (ESP). TOTH was penalised for a gripping infringement before SHERAZADISHVILI was penalised twice as the title was decided on shido penalties. 


In the first semi-final Junior European Championships bronze medallist Max DE VREEZE (NED) lost out to 18-year-old Junior European bronze medallist Nikoloz SHERAZADISHVILI (ESP). DE VREEZE led by a waza-ari and a yuko before his opponent suggested a comeback could be on the cards by scoring a waza-ari and the Spaniard was sharper in ne-waza as he held DE VREEZE in osaekomi for 15 seconds. In the second semi-final the contest that many neutrals hoped for was realised as TOTH squared off against reigning Junior world champion Beka GVINIASHVILI (GEO) who beat the former in the Ulaanbaatar Grand Prix final this year. The rivals traded shido penalties before TOTH registered his first win in their fascinating head-to-head series which has gripped the junior and senior circuit by a yuko score.  

The first bronze medal was won by GVINIASHVILI who dispatched Paks Junior European Cup winner David TEKIC (GER) by ippon after two minutes. The second bronze medal was clinched by DE VREEZE who overcame national champion Piotr KUCZERA (POL) with an armlock with a minute left on the clock. 

Final
SHERAZADISHVILI, Nikoloz (ESP) vs TOTH, Krisztian (HUN)    

Bronze Medal Fights
GVINIASHVILI, Beka (GEO) vs TEKIC, David (GER)  
DE VREEZE, Max (NED) vs KUCZERA, Piotr (POL)   


Final Resul
1. TOTH, Krisztian (HUN)                
2. SHERAZADISHVILI, Nikoloz (ESP)        
3. GVINIASHVILI, Beka (GEO)       
3. DE VREEZE, Max (NED)      
5. TEKIC, David (GER)            
5. KUCZERA, Piotr (POL)             
7. DADASHOV, Firudin (AZE)     
7. KOCHMAN, Li (ISR)      

COMPETITION PROGRAMME  

Saturday

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

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

Sunday – Team Competition

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

Junior women team event
Junior men team event 

Location: Broward County Convention Center