Friday, March 20, 2015

Tbilisi Grand Prix 2015 - DAY 1

(Via IJF)

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

The second IJF Grand Prix of the season burst into life on Friday as fans were enthralled by opening day of the Tbilisi Grand Prix 2015 – Georgia, at the atmospheric Tbilisi Sports Palace.

The second edition of the three-day event, which will be promptly followed next week by Turkey’s Samsun Grand Prix, has attracted 345 judoka from 42 nations as the city’s reputation for hosting a top-class event is now established in the thriving Olympic sport.

On day one in Georgia the women’s -48kg, -52kg and -57kg categories and men’s -60kg and -66kg categories kicked off the action in the second IJF event of the new season following February’s opener in Dusseldorf.

Before the final block the organising committee held the opening ceremony for the Tbilisi Grand Prix 2015. After the flags of the 42 competing nations were introduced on the stage to the Georgian faithful, the event was officially opened by IJF and Georgian delegates.

Mr. David KEVKHISHVILI, Georgian Judo Federation President, said: “Dear friends, ladies and gentleman, and spectators, I would like to welcome you to the Tbilisi Grand Prix 2015 in Georgia. This event is a great responsibility and honour for us. I would like to thank the IJF for such an honour and pleasure and especially it’s President Mr. Marius VIZER.

“To organise such a great event required a lot of work and because of that I want to thank the Ministry of Sport and Government of Georgia. I would like to mention the role of our supporters, not just here but at international events. You are very important to us. I wish you all a lot of success.”

Mr. Levan KIPIANI, Minister of Sport and Youth Affairs of Georgia, said: “Dear ladies and gentleman, athletes and spectators, I welcome you to Tbilisi, it is a great honour for us to host this event again in 2015. Judo is one of the main sports for us. The best sportsman of Georgia last year was world judo champion Avtandili TCHRIKISHVILI. We hope you all enjoy this event. I would like to say a special thanks to the IJF, GJF and to IJF President Mr. Marius VIZER.”

Mr. Juan CARLOS BARCOS, IJF Head Referee Director, said: “Dear judo friends, on behalf of our President Mr. Marius VIZER and the IJF we would like to thank the Georgian Judo Federation and Ministry of Sport. I declare the Tbilisi Grand Prix 2015 officially open.”

Georgian national team with GJF President Mr. David KEVKHISHVILI and Mr. Levan KIPIANI, Minister of Sport and Youth Affairs of Georgia

In the build-up to this year’s highly-anticipated Grand Prix, members of Georgia’s star-studded national team made a special visit to the Georgian Technical University in Tbilisi on Wednesday to inspire the next generation of judoka in the host city.

National heroes and judo idols around the world, world bronze medallist Varlam LIPARTELIANI, world champion Avtandili TCHRIKISHVILI and Olympic champion Lasha SHAVDATUASHVILI were joined by GJF President Mr. David KEVKHISHVILI.

On Saturday the action continues on the two tatami with four weight categories competing in Georgia’s capital city. The women’s -63kg and -70kg judoka will be joined in action by the men’s -73kg and -81kg judoka. World silver medallist Yarden GERBI (ISR) and world champion Avtandili TCHRIKISHVILI (GEO) will be among the top names to look out for on day two along with Olympic champion Lasha SHAVDATUASHVILI (GEO). 

World champions Teddy RINER (FRA) and Avtandili TCHRIKISHVILI (GEO) have been nominated for SportAccord's Sports Hero of the Year and Sportsman of the Year respectively. Voting closes on Tuesday at midnight CET.

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-48kg: CHERNIAK improves on 2014 silver for Ukraine    

Jeju Grand Prix silver medallist Maryna CHERNIAK (UKR) took her career to new heights as she won her first Grand Prix gold medal at the expense of Zagreb Grand Prix silver medallist Julia FIGUEROA (ESP) who was also fighting to achieve the same feat. World number nine CHERNIAK went one better than her Tbilisi Grand Prix 2014 silver medal as she opened the scoring after exactly 91 seconds as she produced a waza-ari score. Gutsy Spaniard FIGUEROA battled away but was second best in every department as the day belonged to the Ukrainian in the lightest weight category.  

After stepping off the medal podium the jubilant gold medallist CHERNIAK said: “Being the number three seed, I knew that a lot was expected of me. An IJF Grand Prix medal is always good but I came here for gold today and I’m delighted to have achieved my aim.

“I had fought FIGUEROA twice before and it was one win each. I did not really have a special plan prepared for the fight and I just did what I had to as the fight progressed. I’ll be in Samsun next week and of course I’m looking forward to taking part in the European Games in Baku.”

In the first semi-final FIGUEROA bested Glasgow European Open bronze medallist Aurore CLIMENCE (FRA) by a waza-ari. In the next contest and second semi-final Oberwart European Open winner Ebru SAHIN (TUR) fell to CHERNIAK (UKR) who conjured up a devastating piece of ashi-waza to earn ippon in the second minute.

The first bronze medal was awarded to the impressive SAHIN who inflicted a frustrating defeat for Abu Dhabi Grand Slam silver medallist CSERNOVICZKI Eva (HUN). Turkish lightweight star SAHIN secured a morale-boosting win ahead of her home event in Samsun next week and was tenacious all day long. CSERNOVICZKI lost out on shido penalties as she had two against her name which was one more indiscretion then her game opponent received. The second bronze medal was won by CLIMENCE who outwitted KIM Sol Mi (PRK) in the second contest of the final block. KIM, who lacked her usual vigour today, gifted the contest to her French opponent as she received three shido penalties to allow CLIMENCE onto the podium to earn the second Grand Prix medal of her career.                              
FIGUEROA, Julia (ESP) vs CHERNIAK, Maryna (UKR)                                                                  

Bronze Medal Fights
SAHIN, Ebru (TUR) vs CSERNOVICZKI, Eva (HUN)                    
CLIMENCE, Aurore (FRA) vs KIM, Sol Mi (PRK)                                                                                                                                                       

Final Results
1. CHERNIAK, Maryna (UKR)                                                                           
2. FIGUEROA, Julia (ESP)                     
3. CLIMENCE, Aurore (FRA)  
3. SAHIN, Ebru (TUR)                                                       
5. KIM, Sol Mi (PRK)                                       
5. CSERNOVICZKI, Eva (HUN)                                                             
7. PERSIDSKAIA, Mariia (RUS)                   
7. LIMA-BALDE, Taciana (GBS)                                                             

-52kg: Winning return for Finn SUNDBERG

World number 13 Jaana SUNDBERG (FIN) made a successful return to the IJF World Judo Tour after an injury –ravaged end to 2014. The hard-working Finn triumphed against the ageless Ilse HEYLEN (BEL) who turns 39 on Saturday but continues to defy the odds as she looks on course to compete at the Rio 2016 Olympics at the age of 40. SUNDBERG took the lead with a yuko after 25 seconds as she held her opponent with a yoko-shiho-gatame for 13 seconds and that proved to be the only score of the absorbing four minute contest.  

In the first semi-final 20-year-old Odette GIUFFRIDA (ITA) lost out to fit-again SUNDBERG after a plucky effort as we come to expect from the supremely skilled young Italian. GIUFFRIDA started well with a yuko but let the contest slip away in the closing seconds as SUNDBERG threw her rival with an uchi-mata for a waza-ari.

In the second semi-final veteran HEYLEN (BEL) was successful against Jeju Grand Prix bronze medallist Laura GOMEZ (ESP) who she confidently subdued by ippon. 

The first bronze medal was clinched by GOMEZ who returned to winning ways by beating Tashkent Grand Prix silver medallist ADIYASAMBUU Tsolmon (MGL). GOMEZ showed her superior conditioning as she outworked her opponent to seal a place on the podium and more success for her in-form team. The second bronze medal was won by GIUFFRIDA who lived dangerously as she amassed three shidos but protected her yuko score - the only score of the four minute contest - to defeat Jeju Grand Prix bronze medallist Gili COHEN (ISR).                    
SUNDBERG, Jaana (FIN) vs HEYLEN, Ilse (BEL)           

Bronze Medal Fights
GOMEZ, Laura (ESP) vs ADIYASAMBUU, Tsolmon (MGL)                
GIUFFRIDA, Odette (ITA) vs COHEN, Gili (ISR)                                                                                           

Final Results
1. SUNDBERG, Jaana (FIN)
2. HEYLEN, Ilse (BEL)                                                  
3. GOMEZ, Laura (ESP)     
3. GIUFFRIDA, Odette (ITA)                                                 
5. ADIYASAMBUU, Tsolmon (MGL)                                                                       
5. COHEN, Gili (ISR)                                        
7. KRAEH, Mareen (GER)
7. EURANIE, Annabelle (FRA)                                                              

-57kg: DORJSUREN delivers for Mongolia 

Former World Judo Masters winner DORJSUREN Sumiya (MGL) topped the -57kg medal podium by seeing off the challenge of former world bronze medallist Vlora BEDETI (SLO). DORJSUREN registered a yuko from a drop seoi-nage and was too wily in the final to ensure a memorable day for the vast Mongolian team. 

In the first semi-final world number four Miryam ROPER (GER) was submitted by DORJSUREN who applied sufficient pressure to force the German standout to tap out to a sankaku-jime. In the second semi-final BEDETI (SLO) beat Tunisia African Open bronze medallist Viola WAECHTER (GER) to book her place in the final on shido penalties with one against the German fighter and three against the Slovenian athlete.

Both bronze medal contests pitted Germany against Romania and the former came out on top on both occasions.  

The first bronze medal was won by world number 74 WAECHTER who bested Olympic silver medallist Corina CAPRIORIU (ROU) by wazari-awasette-ippon. The German scored her second waza-ari from a powerful ko-uchi-gari. The second bronze medal was won by Qingdao Grand Prix winner ROPER who showed her resolve to bounce back from defeat and conquer Zagreb Grand Prix bronze medallist Loredana OHAI (ROU). ROPER trailed to a yuko but responded with sheer quality as she produced a sublime ouchi-gari for ippon. 
DORJSUREN, Sumiya (MGL) vs BEDETI, Vlora (SLO)                                                                                         

Bronze Medal Fights
WAECHTER, Viola (GER) vs CAPRIORIU, Corina (ROU)        
ROPER, Miryam (GER) vs OHAI, Loredana (ROU)                   

Final Results 
1. DORJSUREN, Sumiya (MGL)    
2. BEDETI, Vlora (SLO)                     
3. WAECHTER, Viola (GER)                                                       
3. ROPER, Miryam (GER)             
5. CAPRIORIU, Corina (ROU)                                                             
5. OHAI, Loredana (ROU)                 
7. NOSKOVA, Tatiana (RUS)                   
7. FILZMOSER, Sabrina (AUT)                                                             


-60kg: Uzbek LUTFILLAEV conquers world number 43 for gold 

Baku Grand Slam bronze medallist Sharafuddin LUTFILLAEV (UZB) was the leading man in the -60kg category as he ended the surprise run of world number 43 Tobias ENGLMAIER (GER). World number 14 LUTFILLAEV threw with uchi-mata for ippon with 78 seconds remaining to follow up on his Warsaw European Open gold medal and continue his superb start to the new season. ENGLMAIER will jump up the rankings and aim to make himself a regular medal contender at this level. 

In the first semi-final world bronze medallist and world number two Amiran PAPINASHVILI (GEO) was remarkably undone by Sharafuddin LUTFILLAEV (UZB) on three occasions with an uchi-mata. The Uzbek scored a yuko, a waza-ari and a second and match-winning waza-ari all from the same technique to spoil the Georgian’s gold medal hopes. In the second semi-final Warsaw European Open silver medallist Diyorbek UROZBOEV (UZB) lost to rank outsider ENGLMAIER (GER) by osaekomi as he trapped his opponent with a kami-shiho-gatame for 15 seconds.

The first bronze medal was claimed by the UROZBOEV who beat Astana Grand Prix winner Yeldos SMETOV (KAZ) with a high-quality display. UROZBOEV commanded the action from the outset and built up a significant lead by scoring a yuko and a waza-ari as SMETOV was outmanoeuvred for all five minutes of the contest. The second bronze medal went to world number three DASHDAVAA Amartuvshin (MGL) who dashed the hopes of the home fans as PAPINASHVILI - their only participant in the final block - was humbled. DASHDAVAA led through a yuko and looked to increase his advantage but his Georgian opponent showed his agility by turning out of an ouchi-gari attempt. DASHDAVAA showed his compassion after he was awarded the victory as he shook hands with his bitterly disappointed foe at the end of the contest and after both judoka had left to the tatami.   
LUTFILLAEV, Sharafuddin (UZB) vs ENGLMAIER, Tobias (GER)                                 

Bronze Medal Fights
UROZBOEV, Diyorbek (UZB) vs SMETOV, Yeldos (KAZ)                   
PAPINASHVILI, Amiran (GEO) vs DASHDAVAA, Amartuvshin (MGL)                                                                                                                    

Final Results
1. LUTFILLAEV, Sharafuddin (UZB)               
2. ENGLMAIER, Tobias (GER)                                                              
3. UROZBOEV, Diyorbek (UZB)                                                             
3. DASHDAVAA, Amartuvshin (MGL)                                            
5. SMETOV, Yeldos (KAZ)                         
5. PAPINASHVILI, Amiran (GEO)                       
7. SADIGOV, Mehman (AZE)                    
7. ARSHANSKI, Artiom (ISR)                                         

-66kg: Top seed DAVAADORJ comes through for Mongolia     

World number three DAVAADORJ Tumurkhuleg (MGL) was the only top seed to come out triumphant on the opening day as he dispatched world number 198 Baruch SHMAILOV (ISR) in the -66kg final. Junior World bronze medallist SHMAILOV, 21, put up a spirited display and will be a name to keep tabs on this year after a performance which suggested there is much more to come from him. 

In the first semi-final DAVAADORJ overcame world number 13 Nijat SHIKHALIZADA (AZE) as he scored a waza-ari from a tani-otoshi and added a second waza-ari with a mune-gatame to wrap up a stylish victory. In the second semi-final Georgii ZANTARAIA (UKR) was shocked by SHMAILOV who scored ippon from a ko-soto-gake with exactly a minute remaining after leading by a yuko and waza-ari.

The first bronze medal was won by ZANTARAIA against Qingdao Grand Prix winner Yakub SHAMILOV (RUS) as he scored a yuko and waza-ari in the final seconds and shut out his opponent who ran out of ideas against the revered Ukrainian fighter. The second bronze medal went to Abu Dhabi Grand Slam silver medallist Tarlan KARIMOV (AZE) who outlasted teammate SHIKHALIZADA in a key victory which could prove decisive in his country’s selections for the inaugural European Games in June which will act as this year’s European Championships. KARIMOV won by a single yuko score with a sasae-tsurikomi-ashi as his compatriot was unable to respond. 
SHMAILOV, Baruch (ISR) vs DAVAADORJ, Tumurkhuleg (MGL)                                                                   
Bronze Medal Fights
ZANTARAIA, Georgii (UKR) vs SHAMILOV, Yakub (RUS)                    
SHIKHALIZADA, Nijat (AZE) vs KARIMOV, Tarlan (AZE)                                                                          

Final Result
1. DAVAADORJ, Tumurkhuleg (MGL)                  
2. SHMAILOV, Baruch (ISR)                                                      
3. ZANTARAIA, Georgii (UKR)                                                        
3. KARIMOV, Tarlan (AZE)                  
5. SHAMILOV, Yakub (RUS)                       
5. SHIKHALIZADA, Nijat (AZE)                                                   
7. SMAGULOV, Zhansay (KAZ)               
7. URIARTE, Sugoi (ESP)                                                  

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