Saturday, July 4, 2015

Ulaanbaatar Grand Prix 2015 - DAY 2

(Via IJF)

Women: -63kg | -70kg 
Men: -73kg | -81kg  

The Ulaanbaatar Grand Prix 2015 produced a fascinating day two as 34 nations aimed to stop the domination of the home nation with the middleweights in action at the Buyant Ukhaa Sport Complex.


On day two gold medallists were crowned in the women’s -63kg and -70kg categories and men’s -73kg and -81kg categories as 73 judoka were in action in Ulaanbaatar with high expectations from the home crowd who witnessed their team hitting the medal trail on the opening day after a stunning haul of 11 medals including three gold.

The home fans have shown their patriotic hope and love of judo in Ulaanbaatar 

On Sunday, the sixth Grand Prix of the year will come to a close with five gold medals at stake. Judo fans can watch every contest live and free on the internet (www.ippon.tv) as the men’s -90kg, -100kg and +100kg categories and the women’s -78kg and +78kg categories conclude the tournament.   

Olympic champion Tagir KHAIBULAEV (RUS) will be in action on the final day in Mongolia.

The Russian hero, who, together with his teammates received a rapturous welcome upon arrival at the airport in Mongolia, said: “I enjoy being in Mongolia, it is a special place in judo and I am ready to fight. I feel good and have my teammates with me and I think we push each other to bring out the best in one another.” 

Junior world champion ULZIIBAYAR Duurenbayar (MGL), who will look to shine in the heavyweight category on Sunday, said: “I have been waiting for this event for a long time. I am still adjusting to fighting as a senior and I have been able to get a lot of experience this year.

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WOMEN

-63kg: TSEND-AYUSH repeats 2013 victory for Mongolia    

Prague European Open bronze medallist TSEND-AYUSH Tserennadmid (MGL) defeated Junior world champion MINEI Miho (JPN) to match her 2013 Ulaanbaatar Grand Prix victory by a waza-ari which was the only score of the contest.       


In the first semi-final MINEI defeated Kathrin UNTERWURZACHER (AUT) by ippon at the halfway point while in the second semi-final TSEND-AYUSH sealed her spot in the final with a win against 17-year-old HAN Hee Ju (KOR) by a waza-ari.

The first bronze medal was won by HAN as a potential star was identified in Ulaanbaatar as the vastly more experienced Hilde DREXLER (AUT) was undone by the teenage prodigy. The second bronze medal was claimed by beaten semi-finalist UNTERWURZACHER who defeated Budapest Grand Prix bronze medallist Anna BERNHOLM (SWE) by a yuko.                      

Final
TSEND-AYUSH, Tserennadmid (MGL) vs MINEI, Miho (JPN)                                     
                                                 
Bronze Medal Fights
DREXLER, Hilde (AUT) vs HAN, Hee Ju (KOR)     
BERNHOLM, Anna (SWE) vs UNTERWURZACHER, Kathrin (AUT)                                                                                                                                                                                

Final Results
1. TSEND-AYUSH, Tserennadmid (MGL)                                                    
2. MINEI, Miho (JPN)                                       
3. HAN, Hee Ju (KOR)                              
3. UNTERWURZACHER, Kathrin (AUT)
5. DREXLER, Hilde (AUT)               
5. BERNHOLM, Anna (SWE)  
7. MARTIN, Hannah (USA)                        
7. TSEDEVSUREN, Munkhzaya (MGL)                                                              


-70kg: Game GRAF grabs gold 

European Games bronze medallist Bernadette GRAF (AUT) gave another indication of her growing threat for world honours as she won gold in Ulaanbaatar. The 23-year-old has greater expectations with every event and is savouring her position as she continues to excel on the World Judo Tour. GRAF defeated Asian Championships bronze medallist ZHOU Chao (CHN) in the final by ippon with 12 seconds remaining having led by a yuko. 


In the first semi-final contest GRAF bested Qingdao Grand Prix winner Iljana MARZOK (GER) by ippon while in the second semi-final European Games bronze medallist Fanny Estelle POSVITE (FRA) was beaten by ZHOU by ippon after 74 seconds.

The first bronze medal was claimed by world number 20 Antonia MOREIRA (ANG) in a historic feat for her country as the first World Judo Tour medal for Angola. The 33-year-old veteran triumphed against POSVITE and was thrilled by the result which she will look to build on at the Tyumen Grand Slam and August’s World Championships where she will be supported by the IJF. The second bronze medal contest was won by MARZOK who is doing everything she can to remain in the reckoning for the race to Rio 2016 as she battles to catch up to her teammates on the World Ranking List. MARZOK defeated African Championships silver medallist Assmaa NIANG (MAR) by ippon in a vital result while NIANG produced another credible showing for the African continent.                  

MOREIRA said: "I am pleased today to have this honour and achieve something special for my country. I appreciate being a role model for young people in Angola and I hope I can give them the belief that they too can represent their country and be successful. My next competition is the Tyumen Grand Slam, I am looking forward to that, and then I will compete in the World Championships thanks to the support of the IJF."           
           
Final
GRAF, Bernadette (AUT) vs ZHOU, Chao (CHN)                                                                                                

Bronze Medal Fights
POSVITE, Fanny Estelle (FRA) vs MOREIRA, Antonia (ANG)                       
NIANG, Assmaa (MAR) vs MARZOK, Iljana (GER)                                                                                                                                          

Final Results
1. GRAF, Bernadette (AUT)                         
2. ZHOU, Chao (CHN)                       
3. MOREIRA, Antonia (ANG)                                                 
3. MARZOK, Iljana (GER)
5. POSVITE, Fanny Estelle (FRA)                         
5. NIANG, Assmaa (MAR)                                             
7. IKE, Erina (JPN)                            
7. CHEN, Fei (CHN)                                                                                                                      

MEN

-73kg: World number 88 SAI shocks SAINJARGAL

World number 88 SAI Yinjirigala (CHN) upset home favourite SAINJARGAL Nyam-Ochir (MGL) to win his first World Judo Tour title with a breathtaking display of sheer quality which even won the admiration of the home fans. SAI shocked the Olympic bronze medallist with a huge ippon which will be a fixture in highlight reels for years to come.                          


In the first semi-final SAI defeated 2013 Ulaanbaatar Grand Prix winner SANJAASUREN Miyaragchaa (MGL) to alert the host nation to his imminent threat to Mongolia’s gold medal chances in one of their favoured categories. SAI won the scoreless bout by a single shido as his record was unblemished while his Mongolian foe would rue his penalty and had to fight for bronze. In the second semi-final SAINJARGAL was awarded the victory as Olympic champion Mansur ISAEV (RUS) withdrew due to fatigue. The Russian had engaged in an energy-sapping and thrilling quarter-final clash with Mongolian legend KHASHBAATAR in the quarter-final which he won by a yuko.

The first bronze medal was clinched by Asian Championships bronze medallist GANBAATAR as ISAEV had already withdrawn from the competition. The second bronze medal was won by Rome European Open bronze medallist SUN Shuai (CHN) who stopped Mongolia’s run of medals in the category by toppling SANJAASUREN by ippon after just 54 seconds. 
      
Final
SAI, Yinjirigala (CHN) vs SAINJARGAL, Nyam-Ochir (MGL)                                                                                                                      
Bronze Medal Fights
ISAEV, Mansur (RUS) vs GANBAATAR, Odbayar (MGL)                       
SANJAASUREN, Miyaragchaa (MGL) vs SUN, Shuai (CHN)                     
                                                                             

Final Results
1. SAI, Yinjirigala (CHN)                                                    
2. SAINJARGAL, Nyam-Ochir (MGL)                                                                       
3. GANBAATAR, Odbayar (MGL)                          
3. SUN, Shuai (CHN)                                                       
5. ISAEV, Mansur (RUS)                           
5. SANJAASUREN, Miyaragchaa (MGL)                                               
7. BOBOYEV, Giyosjon (UZB)                         
7. KHASHBAATAR, Tsagaanbaatar (MGL)                                                                                  


-81kg: Worlds contender VALOIS-FORTIER wins first Grand Prix gold     

Olympic bronze medallist Antoine VALOIS-FORTIER (CAN) was unable to unlock the stubborn defence of UNGVARI Attila (HUN) in the -81kg final but showed he can graft his way to victory without being at his very best which is a characteristic of a champion. VALOIS-FORTIER, who will remain in Mongolia for a training camp before heading to Russia for the Tyumen Grand Slam, won on shido penalties and is counting down the weeks to his latest and strongest World Championships challenge.  


VALOIS-FORTIER said: "I wished I could have scored in the final, I wasn't happy with that, but the result for was right for me still and that is positive. My performances are as important as my results now leading up to the World Championships and these events are a good guide of how my preparation is going. I will remain here now until I go to the Tyumen Grand Slam which will have a very strong entry."

In the first semi-final VALOIS-FORTIER bested NYAMSUREN Dagvasuren (MGL) by a waza-ari while in the second semi-final UNGVARI saw off Dominic RESSEL (GER) by ippon.

The first bronze medal was won by Minsk European Open bronze medallist Saeid MOLLAEI (IRI) against RESSEL while NYAMSUREN joined him on the podium after winning an all-Mongolian clash against OTGONBAATAR Uuganbaatar (MGL) by a single shido in scoreless contest.  
  
Final
VALOIS-FORTIER, Antoine (CAN) vs UNGVARI, Attila (HUN)                                                           
         
Bronze Medal Fights
RESSEL, Dominic (GER) vs MOLLAEI, Saeid (IRI)                
OTGONBAATAR, Uuganbaatar (MGL) vs NYAMSUREN, Dagvasuren (MGL)                                                                                                                                       

Final Result
1. VALOIS-FORTIER, Antoine (CAN)                                           
2. UNGVARI, Attila (HUN)                      
3. MOLLAEI, Saeid (IRI)                
3. NYAMSUREN, Dagvasuren (MGL)
5. RESSEL, Dominic (GER)                                                            
5. OTGONBAATAR, Uuganbaatar (MGL)                                           
7. MARUYAMA, Goki (JPN)      
7. PACEK, Robin (SWE)                                                                                                                        

COMPETITION PROGRAMME

Sunday

12:30 Preliminaries on three mats
17:00 Final block on one mat

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

Location: Buyant Ukhaa Sport Complex

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