Saturday, March 21, 2015

Tbilisi Grand Prix 2015 - DAY 2

(Via IJF)

-63kg | -70kg | -73kg | -81kg  

The Tbilisi Grand Prix 2015 produced a blistering second day in front of an expectant and teeming crowd at the Sports Palace on Saturday. 

On day two gold medallists were crowned in the women’s -63kg and -70kg categories and men’s -73kg and -81kg categories as home hopes were focused on the fortunes of world champion Avtandili TCHRIKISHVILI (GEO) and Olympic champion Lasha SHAVDATUASHVILI (GEO).

The Georgian Judo Federation's delivery of this year's event won praise from IJF Sports Director Mr. Armen BAGDASAROV who recognised the development of the Tbilisi Grand Prix since the inaugural edition a year ago.

Mr. BAGDASAROV said: “The organisation has improved a lot this year and that is a credit to Georgian Judo Federation and Ministry of Sport. The level of the competition is also stronger with countries and athletes all excited to compete in Georgia.

“The Olympic qualification process is well underway and every tournament has great incentive for all athletes. Our new season has started well and we are looking forward to next week’s Samsun Grand Prix.”

One more accolade for Georgia's judo hero 

Before the final block on day two, world champion Avtandil TCHRIKISHVILI (GEO) was honoured by national newspaper Lelo after winning their Sportsman of the Year Award.

The Georgian hero, who was also the Ministry of Sport’s Sportsman of the Year in 2013 and 2014, was presented with a trophy and certificate by Lelo’s chief editor Tengiz GACHECHILADZE on the stage.

There was a special awarding ceremony to honour Dr. Zurab KAKHABRISHVILI for his contributions to the development of world judo.   

Mr. KAKHABRISHVILI received a Special Recognition IJF plaque for his work with the Georgian national team over the last 25 years during which time he has been an integral team member at five Olympic Games. The presentation was made by IJF Head Sports Director Mr. Vladimir BARTA.

Mr. BARTA said: “I have known Zurab for many, many years and in that time he’s occupied many roles as a coach, doctor and team leader to name a few. He’s a special person and has made friends all over the world with his open heart and personality. I was very pleased to present him with a richly-deserved award today.”

Mr. Vladimir BARTA, IJF Head Sports Director, presents a Special Recognition IJF plaque for Dr. Zurab KAKHABRISHVILI 

Two of judo’s finest athletes, world champions Avtandil TCHRIKISHVILI (GEO) and Teddy RINER (FRA), have both been nominated in the first ever SportAccord Awards which are due to take place during the SportAccord Convention in Sochi, Russia on 23 April.

Tbilisi Grand Prix 2015 poster boy TCHRIKISHVILI has been nominated for Sportsman of the Year while Teddy RINER (FRA) has been nominated for Sport Hero of the Year.

The four athletes with the most votes in each category will advance to the final four and attend the Awards Gala where a selection panel will decide the winner. You can vote up the five times. Vote now at Voting closes on Tuesday 24 March at midnight CET. 

On Sunday, 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 ( in the men’s -90kg, -100kg and +100kg categories and the women’s -78kg and +78kg categories. 

Olympic champion Kayla HARRISON (USA), former world champion SOL Kyong (PRK), world bronze medallist Varlam LIPARTELIANI (GEO) and 20-year-old world silver medallist TOTH Krisztian (HUN) will be among the leading names to look out for on the last day.  

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. 

Click here to vote for Teddy 


Click here to vote for Avtandili

Voting closes on Tuesday 24 March at midnight CET

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Official event hashtag: #JudoTbilisi2015


-63kg: Slovenia's TRSTENJAK triumphs in Tbilisi    

Tokyo Grand Slam winner Tina TRSTENJAK (SLO) ruled the -63kg category on day two as she defeated Dusseldorf Grand Prix silver medallist TSEDEVSUREN Munkhzaya (MGL) in the final. TSEDEVSUREN, who stunned world silver medallist and top seed Yarden GERBI (ISR) in the second round, lost out in her second consecutive IJF Grand Prix final, as the glory went to world number three TRSTENJAK, who was the number two seed here in Georgia. The Slovenian went ahead with a yuko from an osoto-otoshi before overpowering her rival on the ground to hold her down with yoko-shiho-gatame for 20 seconds and ippon. 

In the first semi-final TSEDEVSUREN defeated world number six Edwige GWEND (ITA) by the slender margin of a yuko which was the only score in a tightly-contested contest. TSEDEVSUREN was composed before and after scoring as GWEND could find no way past the Mongolian’s robust defensive work. In the second semi-final TRSTENJAK bested Prague European Open winner Marta LABAZINA (RUS) on shido penalties in a contest which required the Slovenian to grit her teeth and show her character. The vastly-underrated TRSTENJAK prevailed as her record was unblemished while her Russian rival was penalised twice.

The first bronze medal was won by world number nine Martyna TRAJDOS (GER) who beat losing semi-finalist LABAZINA by the smallest of margins. LABAZINA lost out after being penalised with a single shido while her German opponent did not infringe at any point during the four minute contest. The second bronze medal was claimed by beaten semi-finalist GWEND as she came back to form against Abu Dhabi Grand Slam bronze medallist Agata OZDOBA (POL). Fourth seed GWEND would have expected to be on the podium and did just that as a result of OZDOBA receiving two penalties for passivity while the Italian was only penalised once.                          

TSEDEVSUREN, Munkhzaya (MGL) vs TRSTENJAK, Tina (SLO)               
Bronze Medal Fights
LABAZINA, Marta (RUS) vs TRAJDOS, Martyna (GER)  
GWEND, Edwige (ITA) vs OZDOBA, Agata (POL)                                                                                                                                    

Final Results
1. TRSTENJAK, Tina (SLO)                                               
2. TSEDEVSUREN, Munkhzaya (MGL)  
3. TRAJDOS, Martyna (GER)                           
3. GWEND, Edwige (ITA)                                                            
5. LABAZINA, Marta (RUS)       
5. OZDOBA, Agata (POL)                                           
7. HERMANSSON, Mia (SWE)                    
7. PUCHE, Isabel (ESP)                                                                     

-70kg: Germany's DIEDRICH wins first IJF title 

Dusseldorf Grand Prix silver medallist Szaundra DIEDRICH (GER) won the first IJF Grand Prix medal of career as she grows in stature with every competition. The highly-regarded 21-year-old won a battle of youth against experience as 32-year-old Olympic bronze medallist Gevrise EMANE (FRA) was made to settle for silver. Tokyo Grand Slam winner EMANE was penalised at the halfway point for going out of the area and received a further shido for passivity and DIEDRICH was guilty of the same indiscretion. EMANE, who shone in the preliminary rounds, was unable to breach the sharp defensive display from DIEDRICH but the French fighter will be pleased to continue her medal-winning record into 2015.   

The delighted young German said: “I feel so proud and good, I am so happy. I won silver in Dusseldorf, so that was the first step and now I take another step forward by taking gold. It was a very important win and I now move closer to my teammates on the World Ranking List.”

In the first semi-final contest EMANE defeated Oberwart European Open winner Bernadette GRAF (AUT) after 46 seconds by ippon while in the second semi-final DIEDRICH (GER) proved too strong for Junior world champion Barbara MATIC (CRO) with a solitary yuko the difference after four minutes.

The first bronze medal was claimed by Linda BOLDER (ISR who defeated physically spent MATIC to win her first medal for Israel. The 26-year-old former World Judo Masters bronze medallist broke the deadlock with just 15 seconds remaining by scoring a yuko before trapping her opponent in osaekomi for 20 seconds for ippon.

The second bronze medal contest was won by Junior world bronze medallist Marie Eve GAHIE (FRA) who ended a miserable day for top seed GRAF who suffered two defeats in Tbilisi. GAHIE, 18, won the first IJF Grand Prix medal of her blossoming career by taking the lead with a yuko and, having impressively turned out of an ura-nage attempt, remained strong as GRAF applied pressure to mark her arrival on the senior stage. 
EMANE, Gevrise (FRA) vs DIEDRICH, Szaundra (GER)                                                      

Bronze Medal Fights
MATIC, Barbara (CRO) vs BOLDER, Linda (ISR)                     
GRAF, Bernadette (AUT) vs GAHIE, Marie Eve (FRA)                                                                                                   

Final Results
1. DIEDRICH, Szaundra (GER)                     
2. EMANE, Gevrise (FRA)                                                   
3. BOLDER, Linda (ISR)                                             
3. GAHIE, Marie Eve (FRA)                                                                   
5. MATIC, Barbara (CRO)                                                            
5. GRAF, Bernadette (AUT)                      
7. BAKACAK, Sukran (TUR)                        
7. PROKOPENKO, Alena (RUS)                                                                                  


-73kg: Azerbaijan ace ORUJOV tops the podium 

Number three seed Rustam ORUJOV (AZE) was the pick of the fighters in the -73kg category as he defeated World number 43 Dastan YKYBAYEV (KAZ) to be crowned Tbilisi Grand Prix 2015 gold medallist. World number nine ORUJOV, who took bronze at the Jeju Grand Prix, opened the scoring with a waza-ari from a sumi-gaeshi and, despite a yuko from a drop seoi-nage for YKYBAYEV, capped a fine all-round performance with gold. 

In the first semi-final YKYBAYEV defeated home fighter Zviad KAPANADZE (GEO) by wazari-awasette-ippon which included a match winning tai-otoshi. In the second semi-final Olympic champion Lasha SHAVDATUASHVILI (GEO) was defeated by ORUJOV who lost to two successive waza-ari scores including an opening sasae-tsurikomi-ashi.

The first bronze medal was clinched by SHAVDATUASHVILI who took silver at his home event in 2014. With a gold backpatch denoting his Olympic credentials, his opponent, 19-year-old Huseyn RAHIMLI (AZE), was not overawed. However, RAHIMLI, who was fifth at the Junior World Championships last year, was thrown with an ouchi-gari for a yuko score and had to tap out to a juji-gatame as the crowd roared their approval. That result also provided the hosts’ first medal of the competition. The second bronze medal was also destined for Georgia as KAPANADZE, who eliminated top seed SAINJARGAL Nyam-Ochir (MGL) in the quarter-final, went up against teammate and 2014 gold medallist Nugzari TATALASHVILI (GEO). KAPANADZE lost by one single shido in a tentative contest.        
YKYBAYEV, Dastan (KAZ) vs ORUJOV, Rustam (AZE)                                                                       

Bronze Medal Fights
SHAVDATUASHVILI, Lasha (GEO) vs RAHIMLI, Huseyn (AZE)                    
KAPANADZE, Zviad (GEO) vs TATALASHVILI, Nugzari (GEO)                                                                                       

Final Results
1. ORUJOV, Rustam (AZE)                       
2. YKYBAYEV, Dastan (KAZ)                                        
3. TATALASHVILI, Nugzari (GEO)                                                  
5. KAPANADZE, Zviad (GEO)                      
5. RAHIMLI, Huseyn (AZE)                                     
7. GOSIEWSKI, Jan (GBR)                       
7. KHOMULA, Artem (UKR)                                                  

-81kg: Russia's KHUBETSOV denies hosts Georgia in the final     

Astana Grand Prix winner Alan KHUBETSOV (RUS) won the last contest on day two against Baku Grand Slam silver medallist Ushangi MARGIANI (GEO). KHUBETSOV, 21, won his second Grand Prix title as the crowd and MARGIANI alike were frustrated in a contest which saw both men cancel each other out. The top spot on the medal podium went to the Russian as his opponent was given a single shido despite the crowd’s best efforts to urge him on. 

In the first semi-final MARGIANI defeated Qingdao Grand Prix winner Sirazhudin MAGOMEDOV (RUS) in a nail-biting bout to determine the first -81kg finalist. The Georgian youngster countered a ko-uchi-gari to score with a ko-soto-gake for ippon. The second semi-final was won by KHUBETSOV who stopped the run of Giorgi PAPUNASHVILI (GEO) by wazari-awasette-ippon.

The first bronze medal was won by world number 33 NYAMSUREN Dagvasuren (MGL) who stopped the hosts from earning one more medal as Giorgi PAPUNASHVILI (GEO) slipped to defeat. NYAMSUREN won by way of shido penalties to match his Jeju Grand Prix result while a fifth-place for PAPUNASHVILI was still the best result of his career. The second bronze medal was captured by MAGOMEDOV who threw Qingdao Grand Prix silver medallist Antonio CIANO (ITA) with an uchi-mata for a yuko and then countered that same technique for a second yuko. 
MARGIANI, Ushangi (GEO) vs KHUBETSOV, Alan (RUS)                                                          
Bronze Medal Fights
PAPUNASHVILI, Giorgi (GEO) vs NYAMSUREN, Dagvasuren (MGL)             
MAGOMEDOV, Sirazhudin (RUS) vs CIANO, Antonio (ITA)                                                                                                 

Final Result
1. KHUBETSOV, Alan (RUS)                                       
2. MARGIANI, Ushangi (GEO)                
3. NYAMSUREN, Dagvasuren (MGL)                                                          
3. MAGOMEDOV, Sirazhudin (RUS)                                                       
5. PAPUNASHVILI, Giorgi (GEO)                                          
5. CIANO, Antonio (ITA)                                       
7. IMAMOV, Yakhyo (UZB)       

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