Saturday, June 13, 2015

Budapest Grand Prix 2015 - DAY 1

(Via IJF)

Women: -48kg | -52kg | -57kg | -63kg | Men:  -60kg | -66kg | -73kg 

The Budapest Grand Prix 2015 served up a high-octane spectacle on the opening day at the teeming Papp László Sportaréna as seven categories were contested in the Hungarian capital.

The two-day event has attracted 411 judoka from 66 nations as they once again showed their desire for Olympic qualification points at a crucial time in the Olympic cycle and the global appeal of the World Judo Tour. On the opening day in Hungary the women’s -48kg, -52kg, -57kg and -63kg categories and men’s -60kg, -66kg and -73kg categories were all contested and the hosts’ 43-strong team were backed every step of the way by a partisan crowd of judo lovers.

Budapest hosted its first Grand Prix last year and their excellent level of organisation has paved the way for the flagship event of the IJF World Judo Tour, the annual Championships, to be staged here in 2017 in the same venue.


The opening ceremony was held before the final block as Dr. TOTH Laszlo, Hungarian Judo Association President, made the welcome address.

“Dear Mr President, ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, on behalf of the Hungarian Judo Association I have the great pleasure to welcome you all here to Budapest in 2015. I wish all participants success and wish all of our spectators an enjoyable time.”


Mr. Marius VIZER, IJF President, said: “Dear President TOTH, dear judo family members, guests, ladies and gentlemen, on behalf of IJF I want to congratulate Hungarian Judo Association and IJF team for the organisation of a very successful Grand Prix like always in Budapest. I want to wish all the athletes good luck and the best athletes will become winners. I wish you as well a successful stay in Budapest and I officially open the Budapest Grand Prix 2015.”


On Friday, following the official draw, Hungary’s 21-year-old world number one TOTH Krisztian visited a local judo club to meet the next generation of judoka in his homeland as part of an IJF educational activity. World silver medallist TOTH, who has been ruled out of his home Grand Prix by injury, was able to pass on his knowledge and experiences to the 30 children during the session.   


The IJF accompanies all World Judo Tour events with an educational activity to connect the elite and grassroots levels of the sport and ensure that the positive effect of the competition benefits the sport and its practitioners at all levels.

Ledenyi Judo Club started in 2007 with six children and today has 120 members with LEDENYI Levente, a member of the Hungarian Masters team, at the helm.

IJF Announcer Luis TORRES and IJF Media Manager Mark PICKERING visited the club with TOTH Krisztian to meet the young judoka and talk about the World Judo Tour and judo’s unique role as an Olympic sport, martial art and an educational tool.


The IJF visited Ledenyi Judo Club in Budapest to host an educational activity on Friday evening

On day one at the Budapest Grand Prix, LIEN Chen-Ling (TPE) made history for her country as she won the first Grand Prix gold medal for Chinese-Taipei while the home faithful were delighted by Olympic silver medallist UNGVARI Miklos (HUN) who won -73kg gold.


Gold medallist UNGVARI (HUN) signs autographs for his adoring young fans

Olympic champions Kayla HARRISON (USA), Tagir KHAIBULAEV (RUS) and Idalys Ortiz (CUB), will all be in action on Sunday. Kayla HARRISON (USA) said: “I'm feeling good. I hope to continue to show dominance in the division and gain valuable Olympic points with the ultimate goal always being Rio 2016.”


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WOMEN

-48kg: PARETO tops Japanese teen TONAKI for gold     

Sofia European Open silver medallist TONAKI Funa (JPN) won the first IJF medal of her career as she starred in the lightest category of the competition but the gold medal went to Beijing 2008 Olympic bronze medallist Paula PARETO (ARG). World silver medallist PARETO, 29, who was fifth at London 2012, proved too much for the 19-year-old Japanese newcomer who was caught with a ko-uchi-makikomi for a yuko score to secure gold and with it 300 world ranking points.


The first semi-final saw in-form PARETO defeat World Judo Masters bronze medallist Dilara LOKMANHEKIM (TUR) by ippon with 90 seconds left. In the second semi-final TONAKI showed her character as she absorbed the attacks of Pan American bronze medallist Dayaris MESTRE ALVAREZ (CUB) to prevail on shido penalties after a thoroughly entertaining contest.

The first bronze medal was awarded to former Baku Grand Slam bronze medallist Nataliya KONDRATYEVA (RUS) as she bested beaten semi-finalist MESTRE ALVAREZ. After four minutes of regular time, the score was level with a shido to both judoka and no scores registered and so the contest headed into golden score. The Cuban was penalised for dropping to hand the contest to Russia’s representative. The second bronze medal was won by three-time African champion Taciana LIMA-BALDE (GBS) who was supported to take part this weekend by the IJF. The African star defeated losing semi-finalist LOKMANHEKIM by ippon after 61 seconds and all but confirmed a seeded position for this year’s World Championships as she solidified her place in the top eight on the world ranking list.  
                                                
Final
PARETO, Paula (ARG) vs TONAKI, Funa (JPN)                                                                                                    

Bronze Medal Fights
KONDRATYEVA, Nataliya (RUS) vs MESTRE ALVAREZ, Dayaris (CUB)                        
LIMA-BALDE, Taciana (GBS) vs LOKMANHEKIM, Dilara (TUR)                                                                                                                                                  

Final Results
1. PARETO, Paula (ARG)                          
2. TONAKI, Funa (JPN)                                       
3. KONDRATYEVA, Nataliya (RUS)           
3. LIMA-BALDE, Taciana (GBS)                                                                     
5. MESTRE ALVAREZ, Dayaris (CUB)                          
5. LOKMANHEKIM, Dilara (TUR)     
7. MATEI, Ioana (ROU)                      
7. PODRYADOVA, Alexandra (KAZ)                                                                 


-52kg: KRAEH returns to form as Germany dominates the podium 

Former world bronze medallist Mareen KRAEH (GER) showed why she entered the competition as the top seed with a high-quality display in Budapest. Teammates collided in the -52kg final as Minsk European Open bronze medallist Maria ERTL (GER) opposed KRAEH who started the contest by receiving a shido for an overly defensive posture. The first score of the contest came with just 14 seconds remaining when KRAEH earned a yuko with a low uchi-mata and ERTL failed to reply. 


In the first semi-final KRAEH defeated returning Astana Grand Prix winner Joana RAMOS (POR) who had recovered from a groin strain to take part today. The German fighter was a clear winner with a yuko and then ippon guiding her into the final. In the second semi-final ERTL defeated Elena MORETTI (ITA) by a yuko score to book an all-German final.

The first bronze medal was clinched by Tbilisi Grand Prix bronze medallist Laura GOMEZ (ESP) against MORETTI who was competing on the World Judo Tour for the first time since 2013. GOMEZ led with a yuko and added a waza-ari with 10 seconds remaining and transitioned into osaekomi from which MORETTI tapped out. The second bronze medal was won by RAMOS who made a successful return from injury with victory against Jeju Grand Prix bronze medallist Gili COHEN (ISR). RAMOS had an advantage when COHEN was penalised with a shido early on and never looked back from there as she added a waza-ari and wrapped up a fine result with osaekomi-waza for 15 seconds.               
         
Final
KRAEH, Mareen (GER) vs ERTL, Maria (GER)           
                  
Bronze Medal Fights
GOMEZ, Laura (ESP) vs MORETTI, Elena (ITA)                   
COHEN, Gili (ISR) vs RAMOS, Joana (POR)                                                                                                                                       
 

Final Results
1. KRAEH, Mareen (GER)      
2. ERTL, Maria (GER)                                                               
3. GOMEZ, Laura (ESP)                            
3. RAMOS, Joana (POR)                         
5. MORETTI, Elena (ITA)                        
5. COHEN, Gili (ISR)
7. DELGADO, Angelica (USA)    
7. PIENKOWSKA, Karolina (POL)                                                                                           


-57kg: LIEN goes all the way to make history  

Asian Championships silver medallist LIEN Chen-Ling (TPE) won her country’s first IJF gold medal to continue to climb up the rankings and move closer to her lofty goal of winning the world title this year. Tokyo-based LIEN, who is a member of the popular Komatsu team, was victorious against Samsun Grand Prix winner Viola WAECHTER (GER) in the -57kg final as she scored a waza-ari and then a yuko from an ouchi-gari. 


LIEN said: “I am so happy to win my first Grand Prix gold medal and the first for my country is something I am so proud of. My goal is gold at the World Championships this year and I will compete again in July at the Tyumen Grand Slam.”

In the first semi-final LIEN surprised Olympic bronze defeated Marti MALLOY (USA) with a single shido against the latter separating the judoka after four minutes. In the second semi-final WAECHTER impressively dispatched Asian Championships winner and Junior world champion TAMAOKI Momo (JPN). The 20-year-old Japanese fighter was penalised twice for passivity while her German opponent had an unblemished record after both had registered respective waza-ari efforts.

The first bronze medal was won by TAMAOKI against Tashkent Grand Prix silver medallist Camila MINAKAWA (ISR) in a nail-biting contest which required two and half minutes of added time in the form of golden score. TAMAOKI attacked with ouchi-gari but MINAKAWA was wary of the imminent threat and blocked it before being penalised for dropping in the next exchange to settle the contest in the favour of the young Japanese athlete. The second bronze medal was won by MALLOY after a titanic tussle against Dusseldorf Grand Prix bronze medallist KARAKAS Hedvig (HUN). The superior conditioning of MALLOY was evident as she was still moving forward at every opportunity in golden score. KARAKAS was penalised with a shido for passivity after two minutes and 13 seconds to hand the medal to the American judoka. 
               
Final
LIEN, Chen-Ling (TPE) vs WAECHTER, Viola (GER)                                                                                                                                     
Bronze Medal Fights
MINAKAWA, Camila (ISR) vs TAMAOKI, Momo (JPN)           
KARAKAS, Hedvig (HUN) vs MALLOY, Marti (USA)                             
                               

Final Results 
1. LIEN, Chen-Ling (TPE)          
2. WAECHTER, Viola (GER)                                                                      
3. TAMAOKI, Momo (JPN)                                                                        
3. MALLOY, Marti (USA)                             
5. MINAKAWA, Camila (ISR)              
5. KARAKAS, Hedvig (HUN)                     
7. DIEDHIOU, Hortance (SEN)                       
7. ROPER, Miryam (GER)                                     


-63kg: Formidable TRSTENJAK again stars for Slovenia  

World bronze medallist Tina TRSTENJAK (SLO) has now won six of her last seven IJF events after an incredible run of results in 2015. TRSTENJAK defeated Tyumen Grand Slam bronze medallist Pari SURAKATOVA (RUS) in the -63kg final in yet another brilliant showing which no doubt positions her as the favourite for World gold this summer. The Russian fighter was trapped in a yoko-shiho-gatame hold and elected to submit due to the vast degree of pressure applied by her Slovenian foe. 


In the first semi-final TRSTENJAK triumphed against former European silver medallist Marta LABAZINA (RUS) while in the semi semi-final SURAKATOVA defeated African Championships winner Rizlen ZOUAK (MAR) with two waza-ari with the second coming from a forceful ko-soto-gake.

The first bronze medal was won by Minsk European Open bronze medallist Anna BERNHOLM (SWE) who defeated ZOUAK after initially leading by two yuko scores. The contest was decided when ZOUAK was forced to submit to a powerful hold-down. The second bronze medal was also won by Sweden as former Zagreb Grand Prix silver medallist Mia HERMANSSON (SWE) bested LABAZINA with a ko-uchi-gari effort receiving a yuko which decided the contest after four minutes. 
               
Final
SURAKATOVA, Pari (RUS) vs TRSTENJAK, Tina (SLO)                                                                                                                                   
Bronze Medal Fights
BERNHOLM, Anna (SWE) vs ZOUAK, Rizlen (MAR)            
HERMANSSON, Mia (SWE) vs LABAZINA, Marta (RUS)                        
                               

Final Results 
1. TRSTENJAK, Tina (SLO)                               
2. SURAKATOVA, Pari (RUS)                                                
3. BERNHOLM, Anna (SWE)                                                             
3. HERMANSSON, Mia (SWE)                       
5. ZOUAK, Rizlen (MAR)                          
5. LABAZINA, Marta (RUS)                             
7. SZABO, Franciska (HUN)                      
7. HAECKER, Katharina (AUS)                     


MEN

-60kg: Kazakhstan's SMETOV takes Grand Prix gold 

Astana Grand Prix winner SMETOV Yeldos (KAZ) was the star man in the -60kg category as he beat teammate IMASHEV Aibek (KAZ) to claim gold on Saturday. SMETOV utilised ashi-waza to score a yuko and added a waza-ari with sutemi-waza before a second waza-ari sealed the victory. After winning an engaging final between two willing judoka, SMETOV raised the hand of IMASHEV in order for the crowd to appreciate the efforts of his teammate on day one. 


In the first semi-final IMASHEV saw off LUTFILLAEV Sharafuddin (UZB) by a waza-ari score while in the second semi-final SMETOV defeated Dusseldorf Grand Prix winner SHISHIME Toru (JPN). SMETOV prevailed with a waza-ari from sutemi-waza to take his place in the final.

The first bronze medal was claimed by SHISHIME who defeated the emerging Junior world champion Francisco GARRIGOS (ESP). Both judoka are establishing themselves in the category and will be boosted by their experience in Budapest. Only one judoka could win the right to step onto the podium and that went to the Japanese judoka by a solitary shido penalty in a scoreless contest. The second bronze medal went to LUTFILLAEV who saw off Paris Grand Slam bronze medallist TSAI Ming Yen (TPE) as he employed ashi-waza to register a waza-ari score which was the only score in a fast-paced contest. 
                   
Final
IMASHEV, Aibek (KAZ) vs SMETOV, Yeldos (KAZ)                                                           

Bronze Medal Fights
SHISHIME, Toru (JPN) vs GARRIGOS, Francisco (ESP)                       
LUTFILLAEV, Sharafuddin (UZB) vs TSAI, Ming Yen (TPE)                                                  
                                                                                                                   

Final Results
1. SMETOV, Yeldos (KAZ)                     
2. IMASHEV, Aibek (KAZ)                   
3. SHISHIME, Toru (JPN)    
3. LUTFILLAEV, Sharafuddin (UZB)                                                
5. GARRIGOS, Francisco (ESP)                                                                       
5. TSAI, Ming Yen (TPE)                                                                           
7. CHKHVIMIANI, Lukhumi (GEO)                       
7. PETRIKOV, Pavel (CZE)                                                                           


-66kg: SMAGULOV steps up for Kazakhstan     

Astana Grand Prix silver medallist SMAGULOV Zhansay (KAZ) triumphed against Zagreb Grand Prix silver medallist Sebastian SEIDL (GER) in the -66kg final to win his first IJF gold medal. The 22-year-old was unable to move SEIDL with multiple uchi-mata attempts and the German’s lack of activity was summed up when he was penalised with a shido for an overly defensive posture with 11 seconds left and the rivals were separated on shido penalties. 


In the first semi-final SMAGULOV defeated former world champion Rishod SOBIROV (UZB). SMAGULOV led by a waza-ari after 30 seconds and then scored a yuko as SOBIROV was below-par. In the second semi-final SEIDL won against Olympic champion Arsen GALSTYAN (RUS) by ippon in the final minute to advance to the semi-final.

The first bronze medal was won by GALSTYAN against David LAROSE (FRA) who is still struggling to discover his level in 2015. GALSTYAN led the contest by a yuko and maintained his advantage as LAROSE pressed forward in need of a score and a morale-boosting result to reignite his Olympic ambitions. GALSTYAN used the momentum of the Frenchman to throw him with a beautiful drop seoi-nage for ippon as the latter was left dejected and slowly returned to his feet for the referee to award the contest to his conqueror. The second bronze medal went to Samsun Grand Prix bronze medallist Sergiu OLEINIC (POR) as SOBIROV was ruled out of the contest due to an injury sustained in the opening session. 
       
Final
SMAGULOV, Zhansay (KAZ) vs SEIDL, Sebastian (GER)                                                                                                                   
Bronze Medal Fights
LAROSE, David (FRA) vs GALSTYAN, Arsen (RUS)                       
OLEINIC, Sergiu (POR) vs SOBIROV, Rishod (UZB)                                                                                                                

Final Result
1. SMAGULOV, Zhansay (KAZ)                                          
2. SEIDL, Sebastian (GER)                                                                               
3. GALSTYAN, Arsen (RUS)                         
3. OLEINIC, Sergiu (POR)                       
5. LAROSE, David (FRA)                             
5. SOBIROV, Rishod (UZB)                     
7. MA, Duanbin (CHN)                   
7. MUKANOV, Azamat (KAZ)                       


-73kg: Home hero UNGVARI delights the Hungarian crowd     

Olympic silver medallist UNGVARI Miklos (HUN) was Hungary’s top performer on the opening day as former European champion Rok DRAKSIC (SLO) fell to the 34-year-old home fighter in the -73kg final. Some would think UNGVARI would be in the twilight of his career at his age but this win will move him into the top 10 in the world as he closes in on a place at Rio 2016. DRAKSIC, who won European gold here in 2013, went behind to a yuko and was then held down with a tate-shiho-gatame and the Slovenian tapped out with 50 seconds left. 


In the first semi-final DRAKSIC downed Nicholas DELPOPOLO (USA). DRAKSIC defended an uchi-mata attempt from DELPOPOLO who was caught for ippon with 45 seconds remaining. In the second semi-final UNGVARI denied Dirk VAN TICHELT (BEL) a place in the final as he scored a yuko with a ko-uchi-gari with a minute left on the clock. VAN TICHELT attacked with a drop seoi-nage but it was a tired effort and UNGVARI guaranteed the first medal for the hosts.


The first bronze medal was won by VAN TICHELT who defeated Minsk European Open bronze medallist Igor WANDTKE (GER) by ippon after three minutes while the second bronze medal went to DELPOPOLO who won by a waza-ari against Tommy MACIAS (SWE). 
      
Final
DRAKSIC, Rok (SLO) vs UNGVARI, Miklos (HUN)                                                                                                     
         
Bronze Medal Fights
WANDTKE, Igor (GER) vs VAN TICHELT, Dirk (BEL)                       
MACIAS, Tommy (SWE) vs DELPOPOLO, Nicholas (USA)                                                                                                                 

Final Result
1. UNGVARI, Miklos (HUN)                                                           
2. DRAKSIC, Rok (SLO)                                                            
3. VAN TICHELT, Dirk (BEL)                         
3. DELPOPOLO, Nicholas (USA)                                           
5. WANDTKE, Igor (GER)                             
5. MACIAS, Tommy (SWE)
7. JEZEK, Jaromir (CZE)                  
7. ESTRADA, Magdiel (CUB)                                                                                        

COMPETITION PROGRAMME

Sunday

10:00 Preliminaries on four mats
17:00 Final block on one mat

Women: -70kg, -78kg, +78kg
Men: -81kg, -90kg, -100kg, +100kg

Location: Papp László Sportaréna

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