Sunday, June 14, 2015

Budapest Grand Prix 2015 - DAY 2

(Via IJF)

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

The Budapest Grand Prix 2015 came to a fascinating conclusion on Sunday as the remaining seven categories were decided at the Papp László Sportaréna. 


On day two gold medallists were crowned in the women’s -70kg, -78kg and +78kg categories and the men’s -81kg, -90kg, -100kg and +100kg categories as 207 judoka were in action in Budapest.

A hugely excited crowd were looking for a repeat of UNGVARI Miklos’ superb gold medal from the opening day and there was world-class talent in action from the domestic and international front as Olympic champions Olympic champions Kayla HARRISON (USA), Tagir KHAIBULAEV (RUS) and Idalys Ortiz (CUB), all featured on Sunday.  

The Budapest Grand Prix 2015

IJF Head Sport Director Mr. Vladimir BARTA believes the organisation has been excellent and that the Hungarian Judo Association are well-equipped to stage the World Championships in 2017.  

“I have to praise the organisation by the Hungarian Judo Association as it really has been excellent. The venue is perfect for judo, it’s spacious to fit in four mats this weekend but it also feels intimate with the crowd close to the action. The organisers have a lot of experience with high-profile judo events and we are very confident that we will have a superb World Championships here in 2017.

Mr. BARTA also recognised the atmosphere generated by the home fans who have attended in good numbers and have been in good voice supporting their compatriots.

“You can’t generate an atmosphere or medal winners, these are things nobody has control over and this weekend, the fans have been excellent. The crowd clearly loves their judo and has a lot of knowledge of the sport and I am sure we will introduce many new fans to the sport over the coming years here.”

Former veteran European champion Dr. SKAPINYEV Jozsef (centre) was honoured as Hungary's first women's national team coach receieved his 7th Dan

The Budapest Grand Prix recieved a thumbs up from this young supporter 

While judo fans around the world are engrossed in the action from Budapest this weekend, the IJF are also active at the same time on the ground on the other side of the world as the Judo Educational Tour Through Oceania is promoting sport, its values and establishing ties in communities far and wide.

After launching in Australia, the IJF and Oceania Judo Union delegation visited Papua New Guinea to hold four demonstrations (University, two schools and a judo club). IJF Judo For Peace Director Nicolas MESSNER and Lennie NIIT, President of the OJU also had several fruitful meetings with the NOC, Ministry of Sports, Papa New Guinea Sports foundation, the embassy of Japan and JICA (Japanese International Cooperation Agency).

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The IJF World Judo Tour is now set to visit Mongolia for the Ulaanbaatar Grand Prix from 3 – 5 July before heading to Russia two weeks later for the Tyumen Grand Slam.


-70kg: Spaniard BERNABEU breaks through      

Former Madrid European Open bronze medallist Maria BERNABEU (ESP) won her first World Judo Tour event as Tbilisi Grand Prix winner Szaundra DIEDRICH (GER) was defeated in the -70kg final. BERNABEU was a composed figure in her final contest as she countered an ouchi-gari attempt to finally break the deadlock with a yuko and a minute left on the clock to hear her anthem played for the first time in an IJF setting. 

In the first semi-final top seed and Tokyo Grand Slam bronze medallist Laura VARGAS KOCH (GER) was beaten by DIEDRICH in golden score. Both judoka train in Cologne and know each other as well as any two judoka in the world possibly can as the contest required 45 seconds of time with a shido for VARGAS KOCH for passivity giving the win to DIEDRICH. In the second semi-final BERNABEU comfortably dispatched BREITENBACH Anett (HUN) with osaekomi-waza as the home fighter could not deal with the power of her Spanish opponent. 

The first bronze medal was won by BREITENBACH who secured her country’s second medal of the competition by seeing off African Championships silver medallist Assmaa NIANG (MAR). The Hungarian showed more desire and won by the narrow advantage of shido penalties and soaked up the roaring reception from the home fans. The second bronze medal was claimed by VARGAS KOCH who was busier and more positive than Astana Grand Prix silver medallist Esther STAM (GEO). VARGAS KOCH was separated from her opponent at full time on shido penalties in a scoreless contest as STAM was penalised twice while the referee did not need to reprimand the former on any occasion. 
BERNABEU, Maria (ESP) vs DIEDRICH, Szaundra (GER)                                                                                                                                          
Bronze Medal Fights
BREITENBACH, Anett (HUN) vs NIANG, Assmaa (MAR)     
VARGAS KOCH, Laura (GER) vs STAM, Esther (GEO)                                                                           
 Final Results
1. BERNABEU, Maria (ESP)                                                     
2. DIEDRICH, Szaundra (GER)                                       
3. BREITENBACH, Anett (HUN)                                
3. VARGAS KOCH, Laura (GER)    
5. NIANG, Assmaa (MAR)                    
5. STAM, Esther (GEO)                         
7. GERCSAK, Szabina (HUN)                        
7. CORTES ALDAMA, Onix (CUB)                

-78kg: Seventh heaven for peerless HARRISON     

Olympic champion Kayla HARRISON (USA) won her seventh Grand Prix title as world bronze medallist Anamari VELENSEK (SLO) took silver. HARRISON countered for a waza-ari to open the scoring and never looked back as she pressed and pressed and the scoreboard was inundated. HARRISON registered five scores in a total, the fifth was ippon, with a beautiful o-goshi just before the time ran out.  

HARRISON said: “I’m pleased, it was a tough day for me, the Japanese fighter gave me problems and I can have problems sometimes with left-handed fighters. It’s important for me to keep being the dominant fighter in this category and it’s all about Rio 2016 for me.”

In the first semi-final contest HARRISON swept past Marhinde VERKERK (NED) to guarantee a place on the podium. The American went ahead with a waza-ari and engineered a hold-down to wrap up the victory as VERKERK gave up by submitting. In the second semi-final World Masters bronze medallist Luise MALZAHN (GER) lost out to the hard-working VELENSEK who won in ne-waza to seal a tilt at the Olympic champion and Budapest title.

The first bronze medal was claimed by MALZAHN who defeated 20-year-old Asian Championships winner UMEKI Mami (JPN) with a koshi-waza technique for ippon. The second bronze medal contest was won by VERKERK against Astana Grand Prix bronze medallist Assunta GALEONE (ITA). GALEONE trailed to a yuko and VERKERK had been penalised with a shido for passivity but maintained her advantage for the remainder of the contest.      
HARRISON, Kayla (USA) vs VELENSEK, Anamari (SLO)                                                                                                                                                  
Bronze Medal Fights
MALZAHN, Luise (GER) vs UMEKI, Mami (JPN)                       
GALEONE, Assunta (ITA) vs VERKERK, Marhinde (NED)                                                                      
 Final Results
1. HARRISON, Kayla (USA)                          
2. VELENSEK, Anamari (SLO)                                              
3. MALZAHN, Luise (GER)                                                  
3. VERKERK, Marhinde (NED)                       
5. UMEKI, Mami (JPN)                                               
5. GALEONE, Assunta (ITA)                                             
7. POWELL, Natalie (GBR)                            
7. JOO, Abigel (HUN)                                                                                     

+78kg: Turkish debutant SAYIT wins heavyweight title  

In her first appearance for Turkey Kayra SAYIT (TUR) topped the podium after beating African Championships winner Nihel CHEIKH ROUHOU (TUN) in the women’s heavyweight final. CHEIKH ROUHOU was penalised with a shido for dropping down and that was the difference in the last women’s fight of the competition. 

In the first semi-final contest Olympic and world champion Idalys ORTIZ (CUB) was undone by SAYIT after a disappointing performance from the judoka wearing the gold backpatch since London 2012. In the second semi-final World Judo Masters bronze medallist Franziska KONITZ (GER) was shocked by CHEIKH ROUHOU who was good value for her victory with two yuko scores going unanswered as KONITZ could not impose herself.

The first bronze medal was claimed by KONITZ who bested Minsk European Open bronze medallist Maryna SLUTSKAYA (BLR) with a yuko from an ouchi-gari. The second bronze medal contest was won by ORTIZ as Asian Championships bronze medallist Gulzhan ISSANOVA (KAZ) was disqualified for accumulating four penalties.    
CHEIKH ROUHOU, Nihel (TUN) vs SAYIT, Kayra (TUR)                                                                                         

Bronze Medal Fights
KONITZ, Franziska (GER) vs SLUTSKAYA, Maryna (BLR)                      
ORTIZ, Idalys (CUB) vs ISSANOVA, Gulzhan (KAZ)                                                                                                      

Final Results
1. SAYIT, Kayra (TUR)                                                
2. CHEIKH ROUHOU, Nihel (TUN)                        
3. KONITZ, Franziska (GER)                                                 
3. ORTIZ, Idalys (CUB)   
5. SLUTSKAYA, Maryna (BLR)                                              
5. ISSANOVA, Gulzhan (KAZ)                                                                 
7. CERIC, Larisa (BIH)                            
7. KAYA, Belkis Zehra (TUR)                                                                                          


-81kg: IMAMOV inks his first Grand Prix gold 

Tashkent Grand Prix silver medallist IMAMOV Yakhyo (UZB) was victorious against 2014 Budapest Grand Prix bronze medallist Alain SCHMITT (FRA). The Uzbek star scored a waza-ari with a stunning right-sided uchi-mata-makikomi and SCHMITT could not find a way back as IMAMOV enjoyed ending his overdue wait for Grand Prix gold. 

In the first semi-final IMAMOV defeated Tyumen Grand Slam bronze medallist Stanislav SEMENOV (RUS) by the maximum score from an ippon seoi-nage after leading by a waza-ari. In the second semi-final SCHMITT had the measure of Tokyo Grand Slam bronze medallist Alexander WIECZERZAK (GER) to secure a place in the -81kg final. The Frenchman, who has pedigree as a former world bronze medallist, registered two yuko scores and the German was unable to produce a score of his own.

The first bronze medal was clinched by Dusseldorf Grand Prix bronze medallist Sven MARESCH (GER) who defeated colleague WIECZERZAK. MARESCH showed a good reaction to his recent dip in form - something he concede himself before the competition – to be back amongst the medals on the World Judo Tour courtesy of a waza-ari score. The second bronze medal was won by Tashkent Grand Prix winner Roman MOUSTOPOULOS (GRE) who edged SEMENOV by the narrowest of scoring margins as his one yuko proved the difference in a closely contested contest.   
SCHMITT, Alain (FRA) vs IMAMOV, Yakhyo (UZB)                                                                                                   

Bronze Medal Fights
WIECZERZAK, Alexander (GER) vs MARESCH, Sven (GER)                       
MOUSTOPOULOS, Roman (GRE) vs SEMENOV, Stanislav (RUS)                                                                                                              

Final Results
1. IMAMOV, Yakhyo (UZB)                                                                              
2. SCHMITT, Alain (FRA)                                              
3. MARESCH, Sven (GER)                                                  
3. MOUSTOPOULOS, Roman (GRE)                                                        
5. WIECZERZAK, Alexander (GER)                            
5. SEMENOV, Stanislav (RUS)                                                        
7. KERMARREC, Julian (FRA)                         
7. SOBIROV, Shaxzod (UZB)                        

-90kg: Fearless DIAS goes unbeaten for Portugal  

Casablanca Open winner Celio DIAS (POR) celebrated the first IJF gold medal of his burgeoning career as Buenos Aires Pan American Open silver medallist Romain BUFFET (FRA) fell at the final stage. BUFFET, who took silver at 2011 Dusseldorf Grand Prix, received a shido for passivity after DIAS attacked with a weak tomoe-nage. The Portuguese fighter scored a waza-ari from an osoto-gari and the leggy youngster almost scored with the same technique just seconds later. 

DIAS said: “It feels just amazing to win my first IJF gold medal. I have had some slight injury problems recently so to come back today and achieve this makes me really happy.

“For me this result is just the beginning. On Saturday I was looking for extra inspiration and I found something that Serena WILLIAMS said ‘You have to be fearless to succeed’ and this was on my mind today. I will now turn my attention to competing at the European Games in Baku.”

In the first semi-final DIAS, who beat Olympic silver medallist Asley GONZALEZ (CUB) in the quarter-final after the latter was disqualified for a leg grab, dismissed former Samsun Grand Prix silver medallist Marc ODENTHAL (GER) with a thunderous drop seoi-nage. In the second semi-final Milan RANDL (SVK) fell to BUFFET by way of shido penalties as the former was penalised on three occasions while the French fighter was only penalised once.

The first bronze medal was won by 2013 world champion GONZALEZ who emerged victorious against Prague European Open bronze medallist Milan RANDL (SVK). The number one seed from Cuba scored a yuko from a tai-otoshi and added a waza-ari to take full control of the contest and with it the destiny of the bronze medal. The second bronze medal was captured by 20-year-old newcomer Li KOCHMAN (ISR) against beaten semi-finalist ODENTHAL. KOCHMAN was aiming for the first IJF medal of his career and delivered exactly that after a lively encounter which started with a waza-ari score for the youngster. KOCHMAN then countered with a ko-soto-gake and as the German stepped back the Israeli fighter followed up with osoto-gari for the maximum score. 
BUFFET, Romain (FRA) vs DIAS, Celio (POR)                                                                        

Bronze Medal Fights
RANDL, Milan (SVK) vs GONZALEZ, Asley (CUB)                
ODENTHAL, Marc (GER) vs KOCHMAN, Li (ISR)                                                                                                                           

Final Results
1. DIAS, Celio (POR)                                             
2. BUFFET, Romain (FRA)                     
3. GONZALEZ, Asley (CUB)                 
3. KOCHMAN, Li (ISR)                      
5. RANDL, Milan (SVK)                                                             
5. ODENTHAL, Marc (GER)                                           
7. NHABALI, Quedjau (UKR)      
7. BOZBAYEV, Islam (KAZ)                                                                                            

-100kg: DARWISH delivers for Egypt   

World Judo Masters bronze medallist Ramadan DARWISH (EGY) continued his rich vein of form in Budapest as he defeated Olympic bronze medallist Dimitri PETERS (GER) for top spot. PETERS lost their last meeting in the first round of the recent World Judo Masters in Rabat, Morocco, and cut a forlorn figure after conceding this one which was decided only on shido penalties.  

In the first semi-final PETERS downed the grafter Martin PACEK (SWE) by just a shido while in the second semi-final Baku Grand Slam winner Adlan BISULTANOV (RUS) was thwarted by DARWISH. The Egyptian fighter went close with an ouchi-gari and, having been behind to a yuko, with six seconds left his work ethic was rewarded with ippon from an uchi-mata. 

The first bronze medal was won by BISULTANOV as 21-year-old Zlatko KUMRIC (CRO), who finished fifth at the Junior World Championships, was thrown with a ura-nage after a tame ashi-waza attempt was countered with 97 seconds left. The second bronze medal was captured by Tokyo Grand Slam bronze medallist Artem BLOSHENKO (UKR) who beat PACEK in a scoreless contest. BLOSHENKO was penalised once while PACEK received three penalties to suffer back-to-back defeats and the Swedish fighter had to settle for fifth-place.                                    

DARWISH, Ramadan (EGY) vs PETERS, Dimitri (GER)                                                                                               
Bronze Medal Fights
BISULTANOV, Adlan (RUS) vs KUMRIC, Zlatko (CRO)                
PACEK, Martin (SWE) vs BLOSHENKO, Artem (UKR)                                                                                                                         

Final Result
1. DARWISH, Ramadan (EGY)                                           
2. PETERS, Dimitri (GER)                    
3. BISULTANOV, Adlan (RUS)  
3. BLOSHENKO, Artem (UKR)                        
5. KUMRIC, Zlatko (CRO)                                                                            
5. PACEK, Martin (SWE)                                            
7. CHERKASOV, Mykhailo (UKR)       
7. SAYIDOV, Ramziddin (UZB)                                                                                              

+100kg: OJITANI closes the gap on heavyweight leaders     

Dusseldorf Grand Prix runner-up OJITANI Takeshi (JPN) won his first Grand Prix gold medal as he bested Tbilisi Grand Prix bronze medallist Oleksandr GORDIIENKO (UKR) in the last contest of the Budapest Grand Prix. World number 13 OJITANI, who is a member of Tokai University, won their last meeting in Dusseldorf and achieved the same outcome today on shido penalties with three against the Ukrainian and one against the Japanese fighter.  

OJITANI said: “I am pleased with my result, I have won the Tashkent World Cup previously and this is another level. I will go to the World Team Championships and my goal is always to win the next fight in front of me and to go from there.”

In the first semi-final GORDIIENKO was successful against Andrey VOLKOV (RUS) by a yuko score while in the second semi-final home favourite BOR Barna (HUN) was defeated by OJITANI by ippon.      

The first bronze medal was won by African Championships winner Faicel JABALLAH (TUN) as BOR was injured and the second bronze medal contest went to Minsk European Open winner Sven HEINLE (GER) as his opponent VOLKOV could also not compete due to injury.             

GORDIIENKO, Oleksandr (UKR) vs OJITANI, Takeshi (JPN)     


Bronze Medal Fights
BOR, Barna (HUN) vs JABALLAH, Faicel (TUN)                
VOLKOV, Andrey (RUS) vs HEINLE, Sven (GER)                                                                                                                                      

Final Result
1. OJITANI, Takeshi (JPN)                                            
2. GORDIIENKO, Oleksandr (UKR)                    
3. JABALLAH, Faicel (TUN)                 
3. HEINLE, Sven (GER)                       
5. BOR, Barna (HUN)                                                             
5. VOLKOV, Andrey (RUS)                                            
7. BREITBARTH, Andre (GER)     
7. CERAJ, Matjaz (SLO)                     

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