Saturday, November 29, 2014

Judo Grand Prix, Jeju 2014 - DAY 3

(Via IJF)

-78kg | +78kg | -90kg | -100kg | +100kg 

The Judo Grand Prix, Jeju 2014, produced a gripping third and final day as the heavyweights battled it out at the Jeju Halla Sport Complex on Saturday. 


The Korean faithful saw the women’s -78kg and +78kg categories and the men’s -90kg, -100kg and +100kg categories compete for the remaining five gold medals.

After a gruelling year on the IJF World Judo Tour, the finest judoka in the world will have one last outing next week in Japan as the Tokyo Grand Slam brings the years to a close.

The Tokyo Grand Slam takes place from 5-7 December at the Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnsium and fans can watch all the action live at www.ippon.tv  


French legend RINER before the competition today

Hosts South Korea starred throughout the second edition of their home Grand Prix. The powerhouse judo nation won six gold medals, three silver and five bronze to finish ahead of a star-laden French team who won six gold, one silver and one bronze medal.

Full results from the Judo Grand Prix, Jeju 2014, can be seen at http://www.ippon.org/gp_kor2014.php


WOMEN

-78kg: TCHEUMEO prevails for France     

World silver medallist and Olympic bronze medallist Audrey TCHEUMEO (FRA) chalked up a richly-deserved victory in Jeju as she claimed gold by defeating Abu Dhabi Grand Slam winner Luise MALZAHN (GER). World number four MALZAHN twice with the latter indiscretion coming for stepping out of the area which TCHEUMEO was also called up on. Neither judoka could register a score as two of the leading judoka in the category contested a competitive contest.   


In the first semi-final TCHEUMEO defeated Olympic champion Kayla HARRISON (USA) to secure a place in the final. In their five previous meetings, HARRISON had won two, with their last meeting coming at the 2011 World Championships when the Frenchwoman won a semi-final on her way to gold. TCHEUMEO and HARRISON traded shido penalties before TCHEUMEO seized the initiative with a yuko and held on to take a narrow win.   

In the second semi-final MALZAHN bested African Championships silver medallist Sarah Myriam MAZOUZ (GAB). The German wasted little time in guaranteeing herself a medal as she scored a yuko immediately before putting the Gabon judoka away with an osoto-makikomi for ippon.

The first bronze medal was won by 2013 Jeju Grand Prix bronze medallist CHOI Mi-Young (KOR) as the impressive MAZOUZ was unable to win her country’s first medal on the IJF World Judo Tour. The host nation added one more medal to their haul as CHOI submitted her opponent with a koshi-jime. The second bronze medal contest was won by HARRISON who outperformed former Moscow Grand Slam bronze medallist Vera MOSKALYUK (RUS). HARRISON initiated a ouchi-gari attack which set her opponent off balance and the American followed through with upper body control to drive the Russian over for a waza-ari.               
  
Final
TCHEUMEO, Audrey (FRA) vs MALZAHN, Luise (GER)                                                                                  

Bronze Medal Fights
MAZOUZ, Sarah Myriam (GAB) vs CHOI, Mi-Young (KOR)                 
HARRISON, Kayla (USA) vs MOSKALYUK, Vera (RUS)                  
                                                                                                
  

Final Results
1. TCHEUMEO, Audrey (FRA)  
2. MALZAHN, Luise (GER)                                                                          
3. CHOI, Mi-Young (KOR)                                                                     
3. HARRISON, Kayla (USA)                                       
5. MAZOUZ, Sarah Myriam (GAB)  
5. MOSKALYUK, Vera (RUS)                                      
7. PORTUONDO ISASI, Ana Laura (CAN)                     
7. LEE, Jeongyun (KOR)                                                           


+78kg: KIM wins all-Korean final  

Former Paris Grand Slam bronze medallist KIM Jiyoun (KOR) earned more gold for the high-flying hosts as she saw off teammate Taipei Asian Open bronze medallist LEE Eun-Ju (KOR) who added a silver medal to their collection. LEE was penalised three times while her colleague was penalised only once in a contest which proved just how well the heavyweights knew each other’s skillset and capacity.   


In the first semi-final LEE defeated World bronze medallist Emilie ANDEOL (FRA) on shido penalties while in the second semi-final KIM defeated Tashkent Grand Prix silver medallist Iryna KINDZERSKA (UKR) by a yuko.

The first bronze medal was won by KINDZERSKA against TAKIGAWA Mao (JPN). The latter was penalised with a shido for passivity before falling behind to a waza-ari from a harai-makikomi. KINDZERSKA applied the osaekomi for 15 seconds to win by wazari-awasette-ippon. The second bronze medal was clinched by ANDEOL who bested Abu Dhabi Grand Slam silver medallist Franziska KONITZ (GER) in a scoreless bout. KONITZ was penalised with a shido for passivity before her opponent was penalised for going out of the area. With everything to fight for with 30 seconds to go, KONITZ was penalised for going out of the area and that proved the difference after four minutes of engrossing action.        
            
Final
LEE, Eun-Ju (KOR) vs KIM, Jiyoun (KOR)                                

Bronze Medal Fights
KINDZERSKA, Iryna (UKR) vs TAKIGAWA, Mao (JPN)                   
ANDEOL, Emilie (FRA) vs KONITZ, Franziska (GER)                                                                


Final Results
1. KIM, Jiyoun (KOR)                                                       
2. LEE, Eun-Ju (KOR)
3. KINDZERSKA, Iryna (UKR)                           
3. ANDEOL, Emilie (FRA)                                                 
5. TAKIGAWA, Mao (JPN)                                         
5. KONITZ, Franziska (GER)                                                   
7. SOKOLOVA, Nataly (RUS)   
7. PARK, Da-Eun (KOR)                               


MEN

-90kg: GWAK does it again for the hosts 

GWAK Dong Han (KOR) won Jeju Grand Prix gold for the second year in a row as he bested Baku Grand Slam bronze medallist Mammadali MEHDIYEV (AZE) in the -90kg final. Korea’s -90kg hope duly delivered once again as he went ahead with a waza-ari from an osoto-gari before bring the crowd to their feet with a morote-eri-seoi-nage for ippon. 


In the first semi-final MEHDIYEV conquered 20-year-old Junior World Team Championships bronze medallist KIM Jae Yun (KOR) by ippon after 32 seconds. In the second semi-final GWAK dismissed former Junior World Championships bronze medallist Ramin GURBANOV (AZE) by ippon with eight seconds remaining.

The first bronze medal was awarded to beaten semi-finalist GURBANOV who threw London European Open winner David RUIZ ZAJAC (ESP) with an uchi-mata for a yuko score. The Spaniard probed his opponent but was unable to penetrate the scorecard because of the robust defence from his opponent. The second bronze medal was captured by Paris Grand Slam winner LEE Kyu-Won (KOR) as teammate KIM was penalised twice in a scoreless contest. LEE, who is best known for winning world gold in 2009, asserted himself with greater effect to edge out his Korean colleague and ensure a place alongside GWAK on the -90kg podium. 
     
Final
MEHDIYEV, Mammadali (AZE) vs GWAK, Dong Han (KOR)                                     

Bronze Medal Fights
GURBANOV, Ramin (AZE) vs RUIZ ZAJAC, David (ESP)                   
KIM, Jae Yun (KOR) vs LEE, Kyu-Won (KOR)                                                                                      


Final Results
1. GWAK, Dong Han (KOR)                                                                      
2. MEHDIYEV, Mammadali (AZE)
3. GURBANOV, Ramin (AZE)                                       
3. LEE, Kyu-Won (KOR)                                               
5. RUIZ ZAJAC, David (ESP)                                         
5. KIM, Jae Yun (KOR)                                               
7. GROSSKLAUS, Ciril (SUI)                  
7. NHABALI, Quedjau (UKR)                                            


-100kg: CHO chalks up home victory   

Asian Games bronze medallist CHO Guham (KOR) steered his country to the top of the podium once again as Beijing Olympic champion NAIDAN Tuvshinbayar (MGL) was upstaged by the younger Asian fighter. CHO, 22, a former heavyweight who moved down a category in the summer, proved too tricky for NAIDAN who was been there and done it all in judo. NAIDAN was penalised repeatedly for false attacks and negative gripping before being penalised for a fourth and final time for passivity to receive hansoku-make.  


In the first semi-final CHO defeated another emerging -100kg fighter in Havana Grand Prix winner Toma NIKIFOROV (BEL) by ippon. In the second semi-final Olympic and Qingdao Grand Prix bronze medallist Dimitri PETERS (GER) fell to NAIDAN by a yuko score.

The first bronze medal was won by PETERS who scored a yuko against little-known WON Jonghoon (KOR) before showing his ability on the ground as he locked on the juji-gatame to force the home judoka to submit. The second bronze medal was won by NIKIFOROV who saw off Tokyo Grand Slam silver medallist Kyle REYES (CAN) in a contest between two of the most talented young judoka in the category. NIKIFOROV countered an ouchi-gari for yuko before adding a second yuko and shutting out his Canadian foe for the remainder of the contest. 
                
Final
CHO, Guham (KOR) vs NAIDAN, Tuvshinbayar (MGL)                                                             
         
Bronze Medal Fights
PETERS, Dimitri (GER) vs WON, Jonghoon (KOR)         
NIKIFOROV, Toma (BEL) vs REYES, Kyle (CAN)                                                                               


Final Result
1. CHO, Guham (KOR)                                     
2. NAIDAN, Tuvshinbayar (MGL)                  
3. PETERS, Dimitri (GER)                                       
3. NIKIFOROV, Toma (BEL)                                                        
5. WON, Jonghoon (KOR)                                                                   
5. REYES, Kyle (CAN)                     
7. ERDENEBILEG, Enkhbat (MGL)                     
7. ORLIK, Flavio (SUI)                                               


+100kg: French legend RINER adds to legacy in Jeju   

Olympic champion and seven-time world champion Teddy RINER (FRA) eased to victory in the heavyweight category and the last final of the day on Saturday. RINER defeated number two seed KIM Sung-Min (KOR) who was unwilling to engage with the French legend and paid the price as he received four shido penalties. RINER earns 300 points for gold but remains second on the World Ranking List 40 points behind Rafael SILVA (BRA) who competes next week in Tokyo. 


In the first semi-final RINER, who is undefeated since 2010, swept past Abu Dhabi Grand Slam silver medallist Vladut SIMIONESCU (ROU) with little resistance. RINER scored waza-ari with an ouchi-gari on the edge of the area and added a second waza-ari to take his anticipated place in the final. In the second semi-final 2011 world bronze medallist KIM saw off Abu Dhabi Grand Maciej SARNACKI (POL). The Korean produced a waza-ari from a harai-makikomi and the Polish fighter was unable to continue due to injury.

The first bronze medal went to SARNACKI defeated Lisbon European Open silver medallist Sergey KESAEV (RUS) who come from behind to claim a place on the podium. SARNACKI trailed by a waza-ari until KESAEV lost his footing and was held down for 20 seconds to lose by ippon. The second bronze medal went SIMIONESCU who beat Tashkent Grand Prix winner BATTULGA Temuulen (MGL) by ippon with one minute and 27 seconds left on the clock.                 

Final

RINER, Teddy (FRA) vs KIM, Sung-Min (KOR)                                                                          


Bronze Medal Fights
SARNACKI, Maciej (POL) vs KESAEV, Sergey (RUS)       
SIMIONESCU, Vladut (ROU) vs BATTULGA, Temuulen (MGL)                                                                           


Final Result
1. RINER, Teddy (FRA)                                                   
2. KIM, Sung-Min (KOR)                      
3. SARNACKI, Maciej (POL)                                              
3. SIMIONESCU, Vladut (ROU)
5. BATTULGA, Temuulen (MGL)                                                      
5. KESAEV, Sergey (RUS)                                                                 
7. KOKAURI, Ushangi (AZE)           
7. BONDARENKO, Stanislav (UKR)              

Friday, November 28, 2014

Judo Grand Prix, Jeju 2014 - DAY 2

(Via IJF)

-63kg | -70kg | -73kg | -81kg  

The final Grand Prix of 2014, Jeju 2014, produced a blistering second day as the top seeds shone at the Jeju Halla Sports Complex on Friday. 


Home interest was largely on Olympic champion KIM Jae-Bum, Olympic silver medallist and double world champion WANG Ki-Chun and Junior world champion AN Changrim.

On day two gold medallists were crowned in the women’s -63kg and -70kg categories and men’s -73kg and -81kg categories.

IJF Sports Director Mr. Daniel LASCAU praised the level of the competition in Korea and the IJF World Tour’s Asian leg which brings the season to an electrifying finale in Tokyo next week.

“The last three events of the year, the Asian leg of the tour, has gone very well and will close out the year next week with the Tokyo Grand Slam. In Japan, judoka can earn 500 World Ranking List points so there is a big incentive for all judoka to continue on to Japan next week.

“There are 42 countries here in Jeju and we are very happy with the level. We have Olympic and world champions competing which shows how seriously the top athletes are taking the final events of the year. I am confident that in 2015, when points count 100% towards Olympic qualification, that the quality of the teams and events will be even greater. There is a great deal to look forward to as we get closer to the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.”

After the second day France are top of the medal table with four gold medals ahead of hosts Korea who have earned three gold while Japan are third with one gold.  

On Saturday, the three-day competition will come to a close with five gold medals set to be decided. Judo fans around the world will follow the action on TV and live on the internet (www.ippon.tv) in the men’s -90kg, -100kg and +100kg categories and the women’s -78kg and +78kg categories.  

Three of the biggest stars in judo will be in action as Olympic champions Teddy RINER (FRA) and Kayla HARRISON (USA) will compete along with Athens Olympic champion and reigning world champion Ilias ILIADIS (GRE).

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
Instagram: http://instagram.com/judogallery


WOMEN

-63kg: AGBEGNENOU remains unbeaten in 2014    

World champion Clarisse AGBEGNENOU (FRA) was untouchable yet again on the IJF World Judo Tour as she dismissed Casablanca African Open silver medallist Isabel PUCHE (ESP) to top the podium in Jeju. AGBEGNENOU, 22, was competing for the first time since winning the world title in August and could be identified by her new red backpatch which is reserved only for world champions. PUCHE, whose one and only previous IJF World Judo Tour medal was a silver medal at the Rijeka Grand Prix 2013, was penalised with a shido for negative posture before AGBEGNENOU took the lead with a yuko and sealed her seventh gold medal of the year with a huge osoto-gari earning ippon. 


In the first semi-final AGBEGNENOU swept past Glasgow European Open bronze medallist Nadja BAZYNSKI (GER) with a yuko setting her on her way to victory by ippon. In the second semi-final PUCHE showed her grit by coming from behind to deny an all-French final as she beat 21-year-old French Championships silver medallist Lindsay TSANG SAM MOI (FRA). The French judoka was a waza-ari up but her Spanish foe kept positive and got her just rewards as she prevailed by ippon.

The first bronze medal was won by reigning Jeju Grand Prix bronze medallist BAK Jiyun (KOR). The Korean claimed the first medal of the day and her country’s first medal on day two with a yuko score at the hallway point against losing semi-finalist TSANG SAM MOI. The second bronze medal was claimed by BAZYNSKI in a highly entertaining contest against Asian Games gold medallist JOUNG Da-Woon (KOR). JOUNG, who won gold here a year ago, had to settle for fifth-place as her German rival scored a yuko with a morote seoi-nage on the edge of the tatami. BAZYNSKI won her first meeting against Korean and embraced with her father and German coach Michael BAZYNSKI.     

Final
AGBEGNENOU, Clarisse (FRA) vs PUCHE, Isabel (ESP)                                                   

Bronze Medal Fights
TSANG SAM MOI, Lindsay (FRA) vs BAK, Jiyun (KOR)
BAZYNSKI, Nadja (GER) vs JOUNG, Da-Woon (KOR)                                                                                                                

Final Results
1. AGBEGNENOU, Clarisse (FRA)                               
2. PUCHE, Isabel (ESP)                                                                     
3. BAK, Jiyun (KOR)                      
3. BAZYNSKI, Nadja (GER)                                                         
5. TSANG SAM MOI, Lindsay (FRA)    
5. JOUNG, Da-Woon (KOR)                     
7. BALDORJ, Mungunchimeg (MGL)                  
7. HAN, Hee Ju (KOR)                                                                         


-70kg: Evergreeen EMANE tops the podium 

Olympic bronze medallist Gevrise EMANE (FRA) was in sensational form as she emphatically worked her way through the quality field to earn -70kg gold. EMANE defeated Abu Dhabi Grand Slam winner Laura VARGAS KOCH (GER) in the final having spent just 94 seconds on the mat in total in her previous three contests. EMANE and VARGAS KOCH failed to unlock their respective defences as the latter lost out by one shido which she received for passivity in the final minute. 


In the first semi-final contest VARGAS KOCH held down 19-year-old Monika BURGESS (CAN) with a kesa-gatame for 20 seconds and ippon after two and a half minutes.The German judoka had defeated her colleague Szaundra DIEDRICH (GER) in the quarter-final. In the second semi-final EMANE bested Tbilisi Grand Prix bronze medallist Irina GAZIEVA (RUS) in 59 seconds by ippon with a textbook ouchi-gari.

The first bronze medal was claimed by Tallinn European Open bronze medallist Lior WILDIKAN (ISR) who bested GAZIEVA. After exchanging shido penalties GAZIEVA failed with a ko-soto-gake effort and was countered with a ko-soto-gari for ippon with two minutes remaining. The second bronze medal contest was won by Qingdao Grand Prix silver medallist Assmaa NIANG (MAR) who won back-to-back Grand Prix medals by narrowly defeating BURGESS. There are 12 years between the two judoka but there was little to separate them on the tatami as 31-year-old NIANG won on shido penalties with two against the Canadian while her conqueror registered an unblemished record. 
           
Final
VARGAS KOCH, Laura (GER) vs EMANE, Gevrise (FRA)                                  

Bronze Medal Fights
GAZIEVA, Irina (RUS) vs WILDIKAN, Lior (ISR)                   
BURGESS, Monika (CAN) vs NIANG, Assmaa (MAR)                                                                                    


Final Results
1. EMANE, Gevrise (FRA)                                                                               
2. VARGAS KOCH, Laura (GER)                                                
3. WILDIKAN, Lior (ISR)                     
3. NIANG, Assmaa (MAR)                                                
5. GAZIEVA, Irina (RUS)                                                         
5. BURGESS, Monika (CAN)                   
7. DIEDRICH, Szaundra (GER)                      
7. CONWAY, Sally (GBR)                                                                  

MEN

-73kg: Junior world champion wins at home 

Junior world champion AN Changrim (KOR) produced a sublime performance on the biggest stage of his blossoming career as he delighted his home crowd. AN defeated the top seed and Baku Grand Slam winner Sagi MUKI (ISR) in the final having bested two Mongolian’s (KHASHBAATAR and GANBAATAR) in his route to the final. MUKI, who finished second at the Astana Grand Prix a month ago, fell behind to a waza-ari but responded with the same score against AN who was aiming for his first IJF medal on the senior stage. AN settled the fate of the gold medal by throwing beautifully with a tai-otoshi and will now look forward to testing himself in Tokyo next week. 


In the first semi-final MUKI defeated Abu Dhabi Grand Slam bronze medallist Rustam ORUJOV (AZE) in golden score. MUKI was able to take his place in the final after scoring waza-ari 39 seconds into added time as his conditioning showed. In the second semi-final AN produced another notable win against the seasoned Qingdao Grand Prix runner-up Dirk VAN TICHELT (BEL).

The first bronze medal was clinched by VAN TICHELT as the medal podium eluded Port Luis African Open winner Nick DELPOPOLO (USA). Belgium’s former world bronze medallist scored a waza-ari with a drop seoi-nage to capture the first bronze medal as DELPOPOLO was unable to trouble the scoreboard. The second bronze medal was destined for Azerbaijian as ORUJOV bested Asian Games silver medallist GANBAATAR Odbayar (MGL) on shido penalties with two against the Mongolian and one against the former for passivity.      

Final
MUKI, Sagi (ISR) vs AN, Changrim (KOR)                                                  

Bronze Medal Fights
VAN TICHELT, Dirk (BEL) vs DELPOPOLO, Nick (USA)                  
ORUJOV, Rustam (AZE) vs GANBAATAR, Odbayar (MGL)                                                                                 


Final Results
1. AN, Changrim (KOR)                                                               
2. MUKI, Sagi (ISR)                                      
3. VAN TICHELT, Dirk (BEL)                                                           
3. ORUJOV, Rustam (AZE)                                         
5. DELPOPOLO, Nick (USA)                   
5. GANBAATAR, Odbayar (MGL)              
7. BENSTED, Jake (AUS)                     
7. UEMATSU, Kiyoshi (ESP)                                   


-81kg: Korean hero KIM stars in Jeju   

Olympic champion KIM Jae-Bum (KOR) repeated his gold medal showing from a year ago as he retained his Jeju Grand Prix title. KIM, 29, who is now targeting a third Olympic medal at Rio 2016, defeated former European bronze medallist Joachim BOTTIEAU (BEL) after 99 seconds. BOTTIEAU started by being penalised for passivity and was the latest victim for Korean superstar KIM who left fans purring with satisfaction as he threw with a stunning morote seoi-nage. 


In the first semi-final KIM was too much for long-time -73kg standout WANG Ki-Chun (KOR). KIM and WANG, two of the most experienced and successful members of the 56-strong Korean team in Jeju, are both aiming for a third consecutive Olympic Games in 2016 but only one can go. WANG lost on shido penalties as KIM had plenty in reserve against the shorter fighter who was penalised three times while KIM was penalised twice. The second semi-final was also scoreless as BOTTIEAU outlasted Tallinn European Open silver medallist Attila UNGVARI (HUN) on shido penalties in a tight affair.  

The first bronze medal was won by Asian Games bronze medallist NYAMSUREN Dagvasuren (MGL) who shut out UNGVARI who was separated from the former after being penalised twice during the scoreless five minute contest. The second bronze medal was captured by crowd favourite WANG who saw off Aleksandr ULIAKHOV (RUS). The Russian was penalised with a shido for passivity before being caught with a low tai-otoshi for waza-ari. WANG wrapped up the victory with osaekomi-waza as he started with a tate-shiho-gatame and continued to move around the body of his opponent for 15 seconds and a match-winning second waza-ari score.  
  
Final
KIM, Jae-Bum (KOR) vs BOTTIEAU, Joachim (BEL)                                                           
         
Bronze Medal Fights
UNGVARI, Attila (HUN) vs NYAMSUREN, Dagvasuren (MGL)           
WANG, Ki-Chun (KOR) vs ULIAKHOV, Aleksandr (RUS)                                                                              


Final Result
1. KIM, Jae-Bum (KOR)                                     
2. BOTTIEAU, Joachim (BEL)             
3. NYAMSUREN, Dagvasuren (MGL)                                                    
3. WANG, Ki-Chun (KOR)                                                    
5. UNGVARI, Attila (HUN)                                        
5. ULIAKHOV, Aleksandr (RUS)                   
7. LUCENTI, Emmanuel (ARG)  
7. MOUSTOPOULOS, Roman (GRE)                                                                        

COMPETITION PROGRAMME

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

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
Instagram: http://instagram.com/judogallery


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

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Judo Grand Prix, Jeju 2014 Official Draw - PREVIEW

(Via IJF)

The IJF World Judo Tour has arrived in Jeju for the final Grand Prix of the season at the Jeju Halla Sports Complex from Thursday 27 – Saturday 29 November. 

The Judo Grand Prix, Jeju 2014, is the 11th and final Grand Prix of the season which culminates next week in Japan at the Tokyo Grand Slam. After Grand Prix events in Germany, Georgia, Turkey, Cuba, Hungary, Mongolia Croatia, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan and China, the stars of the judo will compete in South Korea in the second edition of the Jeju event.

Jeju’s showcase falls in the middle of three back-to-back events as judoka bid for a World Ranking List points windfall to end their year on a successful note. The Asian leg of the IJF World Judo Tour, which stopped in Qingdao, China, a week ago, ensures a gripping conclusion which attracts the finest judoka in the sport and a mass of media and spectators.

Hosts South Korea have fielded a full strength team of 56 judoka including Olympic champion KIM Jae-Bum who won the Asian Games in September. Olympic silver medallist and double world champion WANG Ki-Chun (KOR) is still trying to impose himself at -81kg, the same category as his teammate KIM, the former having moved up from -73kg in 2014. 


Korea’s new generation of judoka will aim to kickstart their senior exploits on home soil. Junior world champion AN Changrim (KOR) sees action at -73kg while 2013 Junior World champion AN Baul (KOR) battles in the -66kg category.

Asian Games bronze medallist JEONG Bo Kyeong fights on the opening day in the -48kg category while 18-year-old Ulaanbaatar Grand Prix winner PARK Da Sol competes in the -52kg category on Thursday.

The international stars of the World Judo Tour are out in force as Olympic and world champions will be in action. Olympic champion and seven-time senior world champion Teddy RINER (FRA) is joined by Olympic champion Kayla HARRISON (USA) and world champion Ilias ILIADIS (GRE) as three judo heroes present in Jeju. 

The official draw took place at the Jeju Grand Hotel on Wednesday where it was revealed that 282 judoka will compete from 42 countries over the three-day Grand Prix.


Mr. Mohamed MERIJDA, IJF Education and Coaching Director, said: “Dear judo friends, I would like extend the warmest welcome on behalf of the International Judo Federation. I would like to thank the Korean Judo Association for assisting us and the IJF is very pleased with the work done so far. We are convinced that the organisation will deliver a great event like last year. We hope to have a successful competition for all the athletes and I wish you good luck.”

Mr. MOON Won-Bae, Jeju Judo Association President, said: “Dear Mr. Mohamed MERIJDA, as well as all officials from IJF, participating representatives from all over the world, we would like to thank you all for this Grand Prix. This event is second edition of the Grand Prix in Jeju, I wish you a great event and a pleasant stay in Jeju which is blessed to have you all here."


Mr. Carlo KNOESTER, IJF Referee Commission member, said: “We encourage you all to take care to stay positive and to watch for negative action. I wish you all a fantastic competition and good results for everyone.”

FOLLOW THE COMPETITION



WOMEN

-48kg

Beijing Olympic bronze medallist Paula PARETO (ARG) has returned to the fore in 2014 with silver at the World Championships and bronze medals at the Paris Grand Slam and Pan American Championships. The Argentine judoka is the top seed in Jeju while world bronze medallist Amandine BUCHARD (FRA), European bronze medallist Maryna CHERNIAK (UKR) and Qingdao Grand Prix winner Monica UNGUREANU (ROU) are also seeded. 

-52kg

World silver medallist Andreea CHITU (ROU) is the top seed in the -52kg category. The Romanian star, who won the Tashkent Grand Prix last month, will be eager to improve on her Qingdao performance where she finished in fifth-place. Qingdao Grand Prix bronze medallist Mareen KRAEH (GER), European bronze medallist Gili COHEN (ISR) and Tashkent Grand Prix silver medallist ADIYASAMBUU Tsolmon (MGL) are the best ranked judoka after CHITU. 

-57kg

World bronze medallist Automne PAVIA (FRA) is the number one seed having won continental gold and multiple IJF medals this year. PAVIA won the European title in April and followed up with victory at the Havana Grand Prix. Miryam ROPER (GER) made a successful return from injury by winning the Qingdao Grand Prix a week ago while fellow 2013 world bronze medallist Vlora BEDETI (SLO) and Abu Dhabi Grand Slam bronze medallist Corina CAPRIORIU (ROU) are all among the favourites. 

-63kg

World champion Clarisse AGBEGNENOU (FRA) leads the field into action and the 22-year-old has been in inspired form all year long. The French ace has won European and world gold in both the individual and team competitions in addition to winning the Paris Grand Slam and Havana Grand Prix. Abu Dhabi Grand Slam bronze medallist Martyna TRAJDOS (GER), Asian Games winner JOUNG Da-Woon (KOR) and World Team silver medallist BALDORJ Mungunchimeg (MGL) are also seeded. 

-70kg

Abu Dhabi Grand Slam winner Laura VARGAS-KOCH (GER) is poised to continue her rich vein of form as the top seed in the -70kg category. VARGAS-KOCH also won the Tashkent Grand Prix last month and will be confident of adding to her late season collection of medals with a win in Jeju. Glasgow European Open winner Sally CONWAY (GBR), Tallinn European Open bronze medallist Lior WILDIKAN (ISR) and Qingdao Grand Prix silver medallist Assmaa NIANG (MAR) are the remaining standouts. 

-78kg

World silver medallist Audrey TCHEUMEO (FRA) is the judoka to beat in the -78kg category. The top seed, who won the European title in April, captured the French title in the heavyweight category three weeks ago. Olympic champion Kayla HARRISON (USA), Abu Dhabi Grand Slam winner Luise MALZAHN (GER) and silver medallist Victoriia TURKS (UKR) are also in action. 

+78kg

World bronze medallist Emilie ANDEOL (FRA) is the top seed in the women’s heavyweight category which will be contested on the final day. The French fighter has won European individual and team gold along with World Team gold this year and will be tipped to win her first IJF gold medal of the year. Commonwealth Games winner Sarah ADLINGTON (GBR), Abu Dhabi Grand Slam silver medallist Franziska KONITZ (GER) and Tashkent Grand Prix silver medallist Iryna KINDZERSKA (UKR) will all be expected to mount a medal challenge. 


MEN

-60kg

Former world silver medallist DASHDAVAA Amartuvshin (MGL) is the lightweight judoka to beat on the opening day in Jeju. The Mongolian star won the Tashkent Grand Prix last month and has the ability to match that result in Korea. Orkhan SAFAROV (AZE), winner of the Baku and Abu Dhabi Grand Slams already this year, is among the top seeds along with former world bronze medallist KIM Won Jin (KOR) and Abu Dhabi Grand Slam bronze medallist Ilgar MUSHKIYEV (AZE). 

-66kg

World bronze medallist Georgii ZANTARAIA (UKR) is the top seed in the -66kg category in Jeju. The judo idol, a five-time senior world medallist, is part of a 12-strong team from Ukraine. Former European bronze medallist Colin OATES (GBR) and former world silver medallist Sugoi URIARTE (ESP) are among the best-ranked judoka along with Baku Grand Slam bronze medallist Golan POLLACK (ISR). 

-73kg

Baku Grand Slam winner MUKI Sugi (ISR) could be the leading man in the -73kg category. The top seed won the Havana Grand Prix and finished second in Astana to underline his credentials. Tashkent Grand Prix silver medallist KHASHBAATAR Tsagaanbaatar (MGL), Abu Dhabi Grand Slam bronze medallist Rustam ORUJOV (AZE) and Qingdao Grand Prix silver medallist Dirk VAN TICHELT (BEL) will be among the leading forces in Korea. 

-81kg

Olympic champion KIM Jae-Bum (KOR) is the top seed in the category and could be unstoppable in his homeland as he was at the first edition of the Jeju Grand Prix a year ago. Asian Games winner KIM will be in action along with Samsun Grand Prix silver medallist Alexander WIECZERZAK (GER), European u23 champion Roman MOUSTOPOULOS (GRE) and national champion Joachim BOTTIEAU (BEL). 

-90kg

World champion Ilias ILIADIS (GRE) is the leading attraction in the -90kg category. The Greek superstar is the top seed and much will be expected from the highlight reel favourite. Abu Dhabi Grand Slam bronze medallist Ciril GROSSKLAUS (SUI), Paris Grand Slam winner and 2009 world champion LEE Kyu-Won (KOR) and his teammate GWAK Dong Han (KOR) will also be among the medal favourites. 
  

-100kg

Tyumen Grand Slam winner Elmar GASIMOV (AZE) is the top seed in the -100kg category. The Azerbaijan fighter has been a fixture on medal podiums across the world this year and will be focused on another appearance this weekend. Tashkent Grand Prix silver medallist Toma NIKIFOROV (BEL), Olympic and Qingdao Grand Prix bronze medallist Dimitri PETERS (GER) and Asian Games winner NAIDAN Tuvshinbayar (MGL) will all have their own gold medal ambitions. 

+100kg

Olympic and seven-time senior world champion Teddy RINER (FRA) is back in action on Saturday. The living legend, who was last seen winning his seventh world title in Chelyabinsk, is back to reclaim top sport on the World Ranking List which currently belongs to Rafael SILVA (BRA). Those taking aim at RINER include Junior world champion ULZIIBAYAR Duurenbayar (MGL), 2011 world bronze medallist KIM Sung-Min (KOR) and Abu Dhabi Grand Slam winner Daniel NATEA (ROU). 

COMPETITION PROGRAMME
Thursday
10:00 Preliminaries on three mats
15:00 Opening ceremony
16:00 Final block on one mat

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

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

Location: Jeju Halla Sport Complex