Sunday, March 22, 2015

Tbilisi Grand Prix 2015 - DAY 3

(Via IJF)

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

The Tbilisi Grand Prix 2015 came to a riveting finale as the heavyweights went toe-to-toe on the third day at the Sports Palace on Sunday.

The judo-loving Georgian fans saw the women’s -78kg and +78kg categories and the men’s -90kg, -100kg and +100kg categories compete for the remaining five gold medals.

Georgian legend and 2004 Athens Olympic champion Zurab ZVIADAURI was among the luminaries in attendance and said it is a dream for his country to be hosting an IJF World Judo Tour event.

The double world silver medallist said: “It is very special for me to be here at this event, but not only for me, for every judoka and judo fan in Georgia."

Georgia's team of superstars were not their only representatives on the tatami during the three-day event as their referees were also making their country proud. 

IJF World Judo Tour mainstay Vladimer NUTSUBIDZE was one such example as he was officiating key contests all weekend long. 

He said: "For me personally I have great pleasure in being able to referee in Georgia at an IJF event. The atmosphere was good but when I am on the tatami, I do not hear it. I am totally focused on the action in front of me and that is my role. I have been a referee for 24 years, I become an IJF 'A' referee in 2006 and have had a great pleasure in being involved in events all over the world. 

"I hope all the athletes and teams enjoyed the competition and their time in Georgia. I will now continue to the next event as I will go to the Samsun Grand Prix next week."

The Georgian crowd (pictured right) produced a special atmosphere and their incredible volume was extended to judoka outside of their homeland as they appreciated the efforts of some of the world's top international talent taking on the best of Georgia in Tbilisi. 

Georgian referee Vladimer NUTSUBIDZE in control of the -100kg final 

All the judoka competing in Tbilisi to earn points towards qualification for the Rio 2016 Games added a new date in their diaries on Wednesday as judo’s test event for the next Olympiad was officially announced.

Judo’s anticipated Rio Olympic test event will take place from 16-17 January 2016, Rio 2016 officials announced on Wednesday.

The Rio 2016 Organising Committee will stage 34 Olympic test events in total through until May 2016.

Judo is part of the second wave of tests events which take place between November 2015 and February 2016. The two-day event, which will be branded as the Aquece Rio International Judo Tournament, will be held at Carioca Arena 2 (pictured left) which is located in Barra Olympic Park, five minutes from the Olympic and Paralympic Village.

Mr. Vladimir BARTA, IJF Head Sports Director, provided some insight into the ongoing preparations for Rio 2016 and what can be expected from the test event.

“We are in communication with the Rio 2016 Organising Committee on a daily basis and have a great working relationship already.  

“At the test event we will test day two and day four of the Rio 2016 schedule with four weight categories competing. The event will be a vital opportunity for us to test all the scenarios and discover any potential issues and fine tune them before the Games.

“Over 100 athletes will compete at the test event which will offer the delegations the chance to familiarise themselves with the city, the venue, the transport links and every aspect of the fast approaching Olympic Games.  

“We can now look ahead to the test event with great excitement and especially with our place inside the Olympic Park at the Carioca Arena 2. The event will be a learning experience for all parties and we are all excited to take one major step towards the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.”

Stay tuned to for all updates on the Rio 2016 test event.

 The IJF World Judo Tour heads to Turkey next week for third edition of the Samsun Grand Prix which takes place from 27-29 March and fans can watch all the action live at  

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-78kg: HARRISON pitches perfect record for USA     

Olympic champion Kayla HARRISON (USA) won -78kg gold as she defeated world number two Audrey TCHEUMEO (FRA) with a mercurial display in Tbilisi. In a meeting between former world champions, HARRISON was superior as she took her chance in ne-waza by grafting until she trapped her French foe in osaekomi. TCHEUMEO, who was making her return from injury having been absent from the IJF World Judo Tour since November, submitted while under enormous pressure on the ground. HARRISON, who started her day by beating Gemma GIBBONS (GBR) in yet another rematch of their Olympic final, won all four fights by ippon and was not penalised at all during her scintillating outing as she pitched a perfect record. 

In the first semi-final world silver medallist TCHEUMEO bested Dusseldorf Grand Prix bronze medallist JOO Abigel (HUN) in a contest which remained in the balance for all four minutes with no scores registered in that time. The Frenchwoman prevailed on shido penalties to edge closer to the summit of the -78kg category. In the second semi-final HARRISON put on a clinic against world number 12 Assunta GALEONE (ITA). The American judoka scored a waza-ari from a harai-makikomi before securing her place in the final by osaekomi-waza as HARRISON was in total control.

The first bronze medal was won by Olympic silver medallist Kerstin THIELE (GER) who beat GALEONE with an ippon-seoi-nage and ko-soto-gake combination worthy of a yuko and the German athlete confirmed her place on the podium in osaekomi. The second bronze medal contest was won by former world champion SOL Kyong (PRK) who was busy on the ground in ne-waza as she smoothly transitioned into holding down her Hungarian opponent with a kami-shiho-gatame for 20 seconds and ippon.                
TCHEUMEO, Audrey (FRA) vs HARRISON, Kayla (USA)                                                                                                       
Bronze Medal Fights
GALEONE, Assunta (ITA) vs THIELE, Kerstin (GER)                   
JOO, Abigel (HUN) vs SOL, Kyong (PRK)                                      
 Final Results
1. HARRISON, Kayla (USA)                           
2. TCHEUMEO, Audrey (FRA)  
3. THIELE, Kerstin (GER)                     
3. SOL, Kyong (PRK)                                                            
5. GALEONE, Assunta (ITA)     
5. JOO, Abigel (HUN)                                         
7. TURCHYN, Anastasiya (UKR)                       
7. TURKS, Victoriia (UKR)                                                                       

+78kg: YU on song for China  

World number five YU Song (CHN) made sure her country produced a 100% winning record in Georgia as China’s only representative in Georgia made her trip count in the best way possible. YU overcame world number 12 Svitlana IAROMKA (UKR) in the heavyweight women’s final as they traded shido penalties with a tame start to proceedings. YU showed more willing and floored the judoka who stood between her and a place on the top of the podium with a bold piece of ashi-waza for ippon.   

In the first semi-final top seed Franziska KONITZ (GER) was undone by Sofia European Open winner IAROMKA (UKR) as a sole yuko for the Ukrainian was the only score of the contest. In the second semi-final YU defeated world bronze medallist Emilie ANDEOL (FRA) in a battle of wits. YU was more positive in the gripping exchanges and her positive endeavours were rewarded by a place in the gold medal contest as ANDEOL lost on shido penalties having received two while her Chinese conqueror was penalised only once.

The first bronze medal was won by ANDEOL who outworked Ulaanbaatar Grand Prix bronze medallist Jasmin KUELBS (GER) in a contest which never ignited. Passive German KUELBS was penalised twice as ANDEOL applied more pressure and captured one more medal for France. The second bronze medal was clinched by KONITZ who saw off Tashkent Grand Prix winner Gulzhan ISSANOVA (KAZ) on shido penalties.               
IAROMKA, Svitlana (UKR) vs YU, Song (CHN)                                                 

Bronze Medal Fights
ANDEOL, Emilie (FRA) vs KUELBS, Jasmin (GER)                     
KONITZ, Franziska (GER) vs ISSANOVA, Gulzhan (KAZ)                                                                         

Final Results
1. YU, Song (CHN)                                                                           
2. IAROMKA, Svitlana (UKR)    
3. ANDEOL, Emilie (FRA)                              
3. KONITZ, Franziska (GER)                                                    
5. KUELBS, Jasmin (GER)                                                                 
5. ISSANOVA, Gulzhan (KAZ)                                                              
7. SLUTSKAYA, Maryna (BLR)       
7. ODKHUU, Javzmaa (MGL)                                                     


-90kg: Golden teen GVINIASHVILI stuns world number one LIPARTELIANI 

Teenage star Beka GVINIASHVILI (GEO) showed his maturity at the senior level as he secured a vital win against world number one and teammate Varlam LIPARTELIANI (GEO) in their home event. GVINIASHVILI, 19, who lost to LIPARTELIANI in the Dusseldorf Grand Prix semi-finals, finally defeated LIPARTELIANI for the first time in an international event with the eyes of the world watching and taking note. LIPARTELIANI lacked invention in the final as he accumulated two shido penalties for passivity and one shido for going out of the area. GVINIASHVILI sealed his win by trapping his countryman with a yoko-shiho-gatame and there was no way out for the Georgian favourite. GVINIASHVILI won all four fights by ippon as he beat the world number two and world number one in consecutive contests. 

In the first semi-final LIPARTELIANI (GEO) defeated former European bronze medallist Marcus NYMAN (SWE) as the animated crowd were out of their seats for the duration of the contest. The home fighter pulled through by a yuko as he countered a weak sumi-gaeshi effort to trap his opponent in osaekomi for 13 seconds. In the second semi-final Junior world bronze medallist GVINIASHVILI defeated world silver medallist TOTH Krisztian (HUN) in one of the most intriguing rivalries in the sport. There was clearly a great deal of respect between the two as they have moved up the age ranks together and established themselves at the senior level at this early stage of their careers. GVINIASHVILI threw spectacularly for ippon and drew one of the biggest reactions of the competition as his Hungarian victim sportingly approached his Georgian rival to acknowledge the quality of the throw before the referee made the result official.

The first bronze medal was awarded to TOTH who had the measure of Warsaw European Open bronze medallist and uchi-mata specialist Sherali JURAEV (UZB). After both judoka were penalised for leaving the area, TOTH turned to ashi-waza to unbalance the Uzbek and then drove his opponent over with his immense upper body strength before JURAEV elected to tap out to a tate-shiho-gatame hold. The Georgian crowd gave a warm round of applause for the Hungarian prodigy as they remembered his show of class in the semi-final meeting against GVINIASHVILI. The second bronze medal was captured by Asian Games bronze medallist LKHAGVASUREN Otgonbaatar (MGL) against losing semi-finalist NYMAN. The 22-year-old Mongolian’s only previous appearance on an IJF medal podium came at the Ulaanbaatar Grand Prix last year where he captured a bronze medal. LKHAGVASUREN led with two yuko scores, the second from an uchi-mata, before the Swede tapped out to a powerful tate-shiho-gatame.
LIPARTELIANI, Varlam (GEO) vs GVINIASHVILI, Beka (GEO)                                                      

Bronze Medal Fights
TOTH, Krisztian (HUN) vs JURAEV, Sherali (UZB)                     
NYMAN, Marcus (SWE) vs LKHAGVASUREN, Otgonbaatar (MGL)                                                                                              

Final Results
1. GVINIASHVILI, Beka (GEO)                   
2. LIPARTELIANI, Varlam (GEO)   
3. TOTH, Krisztian (HUN)                                          
3. LKHAGVASUREN, Otgonbaatar (MGL)                                                          
5. JURAEV, Sherali (UZB)                                                                 
5. NYMAN, Marcus (SWE)                                                  
7. SYNYAVSKY, Vadym (UKR)                    
7. SAFGULIYEV, Tural (AZE)                                                             

-100kg: GASIMOV tops the podium with Baku looming   

Tyumen Grand Slam winner Elmar GASIMOV (AZE) reigned supreme as he beat Olympic bronze medallist Dimitri PETERS (GER) with the Baku Grand Slam and European Games in Azerbaijan both looming. PETERS went close with an osoto-gari before his ambitious opponent went in front with a yuko by countering an osoto-otoshi and he will be one of his country’s leading hopes at their home events.    

In the first semi-final PETERS bested Zagreb Grand Prix silver medallist Aleksandre MSKHALADZE (GEO) by a yuko as a ko-uchi-gari extinguished the hosts’ -100kg aspirations. In the second semi-final the eagerly-awaited all-Azerbaijan clash saw former world champion Elkhan MAMMADOV (AZE) sustain an injury with three minutes on the clock as held his ribs leaving the tatami with teammate GASIMOV handed the win.

The first bronze medal was won by top seed and world bronze medallist Karl-Richard FREY (GER) who salvaged his day as MAMMADOV could not compete due an injury sustained in his semi-final. The second bronze medal was won by Sofia European Open bronze medallist Jevgenijs BORODAVKO (LAT) as the home fans were denied an -100kg bronze medal. BORODAVKO scored waza-ari on two occasions from the same technique as his ura-nage guided him to victory.                   
PETERS, Dimitri (GER) vs GASIMOV, Elmar (AZE)                                                                               
Bronze Medal Fights
MAMMADOV, Elkhan (AZE) vs FREY, Karl-Richard (GER)
MSKHALADZE, Aleksandre (GEO) vs BORODAVKO, Jevgenijs (LAT)                                                                                                     

Final Result
1. GASIMOV, Elmar (AZE)                                                         
2. PETERS, Dimitri (GER)                    
3. FREY, Karl-Richard (GER)                                           
3. BORODAVKO, Jevgenijs (LAT)                    
5. MAMMADOV, Elkhan (AZE)
5. MSKHALADZE, Aleksandre (GEO)                                                                                  
7. SAYIDOV, Ramziddin (UZB)                      
7. BLOSHENKO, Artem (UKR)                                                         

+100kg: MATIASHVILI seizes the moment    

Tokyo Grand Slam silver medallist Levani MATIASHVILI (GEO) defeated European silver medallist Adam OKRUASHVILI (GEO) in a fascinating battle between the hosts’ leading men in the heavyweight category. Hulking heavyweight OKRUASHVILI fell to his young teammate MATIASHVILI who showed his brute force throughout the day. The 21-year-old contained the best attacking efforts from his compatriot who failed with osoto-gari and could not solve the puzzle posed by his domestic and international rival. OKRUASHVILI was tellingly penalised twice on his way to succumbing as he had to settle for silver on shido penalties.   

In the first semi-final OKRUASHVILI defeated Asian Games bronze medallist Abdullo TANGRIEV (UZB) by a waza-ari score while teammate MATIASHVILI bested former Sofia European Open bronze medallist Oleksandr GORDIIENKO by ippon from a seoi-otoshi.

The first bronze medal went to GORDIIENKO who drove Anton KRIVOBOKOV (RUS) down to the tatami with a thunderous tani-otoshi for ippon having led with a yuko from a harai-makikomi. The second bronze medal went to world number 55 Aslan KAMBIEV (RUS) as TANGRIEV could not reappear to take his place in the contest due to injury.                 

OKRUASHVILI, Adam (GEO) vs MATIASHVILI, Levani (GEO)                                                                                                

Bronze Medal Fights
GORDIIENKO, Oleksandr (UKR) vs KRIVOBOKOV, Anton (RUS)         
TANGRIEV, Abdullo (UZB) vs KAMBIEV, Aslan (RUS)                                                                                               

Final Result
1. MATIASHVILI, Levani (GEO)                                                                           
2. OKRUASHVILI, Adam (GEO)                        
3. GORDIIENKO, Oleksandr (UKR)                                                 
3. KAMBIEV, Aslan (RUS)                       
5. KRIVOBOKOV, Anton (RUS)                                                                  
5. TANGRIEV, Abdullo (UZB)
7. SASSON, Or (ISR)             
7. NATEA, Daniel (ROU)                                               

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