Sunday, July 5, 2015

Ulaanbaatar Grand Prix 2015 - DAY 3

(Via IJF)

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

The Ulaanbaatar Grand Prix 2015, the final Grand Prix before August’s World Championships, concluded on Sunday at the atmospheric Buyant Ukhaa Sport Complex.

Mongolia’s premier competition has took pride of place in Ulaanbaatar since the first edition in 2013 and is rapidly developing as the athletes and spectators return every year with increased vigour. 

The plentiful crowd who played their role in the event being so successful witnessed the women’s -78kg and +78kg categories and the men’s -90kg, -100kg and +100kg categories compete for the remaining five titles.

Ahead of the final block on the last day of a memorable competition, the Mongolian Judo Association recognised the contributions to their enormous development on the world stage as four key figures in the storied history of Mongolian judo were honoured.

Mr. TOMITA Hiromi (above - left), Kodokan 8th Dan and Mongolian Judo Association consultant coach, presented 7th Dan certificates to Mr. DORJPALAM Narmandakh, the first member of the Mongolian national judo team and Mr. BAKHVAL Buyadaa, a long-time club coach.

Mr. ODVOIG Baljinnyam, 1989 world silver medallist and national team head coach was also honoured along with Mr. DASHGOMBO Battulga, 1989 world bronze medallist and assistant coach of the national team.

Mongolia finished top of the medal table with a staggering 18 medals including five gold while Japan finished second with three gold medals after a highly-successful final day in Ulaanbaatar.  

The IJF World Judo Tour now moves on to Russia for the Tyumen Grand Slam from 18-19 July which will be the last IJF event before the World Championships in Astana, Kazakhstan.

Judo fans can watch all the action from Russia’s annual signature event live and free at


-78kg: GIBBONS hits form for Great Britain      

Olympic silver medallist Gemma GIBBONS (GBR) produced a much-needed return to form in Ulaanbaatar as the British hero sealed the gold medal against top seed Sarah Myriam MAZOUZ (GAB). MAZOUZ started with a good ashi-waza attack but GIBBONS, who had already defeated two Japanese judoka in the earlier rounds, countered an attack from her Gabon opponent as she changed her body position to send the former flying to the tatami for ippon. 

In the first semi-final MAZOUZ defeated Asian Championships bronze medallist YOON, Hyunji (KOR) by ippon after exactly 100 seconds while in the second semi-final GIBBONS outshone Baku Grand Slam silver medallist OGATA Akari (JPN) as the Brit came from behind in a confident performance.

GIBBONS, who beat TAKAYAMA Rika (JPN) in her opening contest, won by a waza-ari against the much-fancied OGATA to propel herself to the final and sent OGATA into the bronze medal contest.

The first bronze medal was won by former world silver medallist OGATA who was not close to her best today but did enough to come through for a place on the podium. OGATA beat former Asian Championships winner PUREVJARGAL Lkhamdegd (MGL) for bronze as the Mongolian was penalised once while her opponent had an unblemished record in the scoreless contest. The second bronze medal contest was won by 20-year-old Sofia European Open winner TAKAYAMA Rika (JPN) against 21-year-old former Tokyo Grand Slam bronze medallist YOON. TAKAYAMA surged into action and found herself in control in ne-waza as she shuffled into osaekomi for 20 seconds in the form of tate-shiho-gatame for ippon.              
GIBBONS, Gemma (GBR) vs MAZOUZ, Sarah Myriam (GAB)                                                                                                                                                   
Bronze Medal Fights
OGATA, Akari (JPN) vs PUREVJARGAL, Lkhamdegd (MGL)                   
YOON, Hyunji (KOR) vs TAKAYAMA, Rika (JPN)                                                                       
Final Results
1. GIBBONS, Gemma (GBR)                              
2. MAZOUZ, Sarah Myriam (GAB)                           
3. OGATA, Akari (JPN)                       
3. TAKAYAMA, Rika (JPN)                                                                 
5. PUREVJARGAL, Lkhamdegd (MGL)                     
5. YOON, Hyunji (KOR)                                                            
7. AMANGELDIYEVA, Albina (KAZ)                        
7. ZHANG, Zhehui (CHN)                                                                                              

+78kg: QIN triumphs in Mongolia  

Qingdao Grand Prix bronze medallist QIN Qian (CHN) delivered heavyweight gold with a +78kg final win against Dusseldorf Grand Prix bronze medallist Carolin WEISS (GER). WEISS, 22, had to settle for silver on shido penalties as QIN outworked her German foe in the last contest of the category, with two penalties given to the German while the referee did not need to penalise QIN.

In the first semi-final WEISS had too much about her for World Judo Tour newcomer Marine ERB (FRA). The German fighter registered a yuko which proved to be the only score of the contest and sent her into the heavyweight final. In the second semi-final QIN defeated Jeju Grand Prix silver medallist LEE Eun-Ju (KOR) on shido penalties with two against the Korean and QIN recording an unblemished record.

The first bronze medal was won by top seed MA Sisi (CHN) who was successful against LEE to salvage something from a difficult day. Samsun Grand Prix winner MA blocked an osoto-gari effort from LEE and then took the lead with a waza-ari before adding a second by trapping her rival with a mune-gatame for 15 seconds. The second bronze medal was clinched by 21-year-old Frenchwoman ERB, her first at this level, against Asian Championships bronze medallist Gulzhan ISSANOVA (KAZ). The Junior World bronze medallist from France won by way of shido penalties with the one and only penalty against the Kazakh judoka.            
WEISS, Carolin (GER) vs QIN, Qian (CHN)                                                                                     

Bronze Medal Fights
LEE, Eun-Ju (KOR) vs MA, Sisi (CHN)                      
ERB, Marine (FRA) vs ISSANOVA, Gulzhan (KAZ)                                                                                           

Final Results
1. QIN, Qian (CHN)                                                                                
2. WEISS, Carolin (GER)                       
3. MA, Sisi (CHN)                                                    
3. ERB, Marine (FRA)  
5. LEE, Eun-Ju (KOR)                                              
5. ISSANOVA, Gulzhan (KAZ)                                                                   
7. ODKHUU, Javzmaa (MGL)     
7. LEE, Jung Eun (KOR)                     


-90kg: First Grand Prix win for Mongolian number one LKHAGVASUREN 

Tbilisi Grand Prix bronze medallist LKHAGVASUREN Otgonbaatar (MGL) has already established himself as his country’s leading man in the category and on today’s showing has the tools to become a top force on the World Judo Tour. Former Qingdao Grand Prix winner CHENG Xunzhao (CHN) lost out to the 22-year-old Mongolian who was coached to victory by Beijing Olympic champion NAIDAN Tuvshibayar. LKHAGVASUREN thrilled the home fans by winning by ippon with 48 seconds left and lapped up the home ovation.  

LKHAGVASUREN said: “I’m very happy to win my first gold medal but especially here in my country. The crowd have been great for us, they provide a lot of moral support and encouragement. Having NAIDAN as my coach is an honour for me and I feel a big responsibility to perform well. He has been very supportive and I thank him for helping me. My next event is the Tyumen Grand Slam in two weeks.”

In the first semi-final Baku Grand Slam bronze medallist and top seed Joakim DVARBY (SWE) lost out to LKHAGVASUREN. DVARBY, who beat international and club colleague NYMAN with a kosoto-gake for ippon in the previous round, was stunned with one second left as the home judoka scored a waza-ari despite the Mongolian coach being sent to the stands for coaching during the contest. In the second semi-final CHENG saw off Zagreb Grand Prix silver medallist Aaron HILDEBRAND (GER) by two waza-ari scores. The former opened his account with an osoto-gari and added a second and match-winning waza-ari with osaekomi-waza as the clock reached 15 seconds.

The first bronze medal was awarded to former Tashkent Grand Prix silver medallist Erkin DONIYOROV (UZB) who defeated HILDEBRAND by a waza-ari score while the second bronze medal was presented to DVARBY who bested 20-year-old unknown judoka Samat YESSEN (KAZ) by ippon with 27 seconds left on the clock.                
LKHAGVASUREN, Otgonbaatar (MGL) vs CHENG, Xunzhao (CHN)                                                                                            
Bronze Medal Fights
DONIYOROV, Erkin (UZB) vs HILDEBRAND, Aaron (GER)                       
DVARBY, Joakim (SWE) vs YESSEN, Samat (KAZ)                                                                                                               

Final Results
1. LKHAGVASUREN, Otgonbaatar (MGL)
2. CHENG, Xunzhao (CHN)                                               
3. DONIYOROV, Erkin (UZB)                                             
3. DVARBY, Joakim (SWE)
5. HILDEBRAND, Aaron (GER)                       
5. YESSEN, Samat (KAZ)          
7. NYMAN, Marcus (SWE)                      
7. GAN, Tuvshinjargal (MGL)                                                                                                 

-100kg: Japanese teen WOLF hunts down the pack for first gold   

Junior World Championships bronze medallist WOLF Aaron (JPN) won his first World Judo Tour gold medal in only his second senior international competition as Qingdao Grand Prix winner Martin PACEK (SWE) was beaten for gold. In the first Grand Prix of his career Tokai University member WOLF, 19, who started his day by beating Olympic champion KHAIBULAEV (RUS) by ippon with a sasae-tsurikomi-ashi, was sublime. His opponent PACEK appeared to be in some discomfort as he held his lower back during a momentary stoppage in the action and only managed a tame uchi-mata attack before being held down with a kami-shiho-gatame for 20 seconds.  

In the first semi-final PACEK narrowly defeated former Junior World Championships bronze medallist Benjamin FLETCHER (GBR) by a waza-ari with 20 seconds left. In the second semi-final former Samsun Grand Prix bronze medallist Javad MAHJOUB (IRI) was caught by WOLF who perfectly countered his opponent with an emphatic osoto-gari for ippon with a minute remaining.

The first bronze medal was won by beaten semi-finalist MAHJOUB who beat BAYARSAIKHAN Ambaselmaa (MGL) with a koshi-jime in 31 seconds. MAHJOUB, to his credit, immediately checked on the condition of his opponent who gingerly returned to his feet following the shime-waza and embraced one another as they left the field of play. The second bronze medal was won by Tunisia African Open winner FLETCHER who bested world number 140 BUNDDORJ Janchivdorj (MGL) to win his first medal on the World Judo Tour. With older sister Megan, who was in action on Saturday, looking on anxiously in the crowd, FLETCHER acquitted himself well against home fighter BUNDDORJ who was overpowered on the ground with a tight kuzure-tate-shiho-gatame trapping the Mongolian for 20 seconds and ippon.

FLETCHER said: “It’s an amazing feeling to win my first Grand Prix medal, I self-funded to be here and made it count today. I fought two of my Mongolian opponents here recently when I was here for a training camp so that really helped me. I have to thank my parents for their support and everyone at home along with my sister who is here.”
PACEK, Martin (SWE) vs WOLF Aaron (JPN)                                                                                                                
Bronze Medal Fights
MAHJOUB, Javad (IRI) vs BAYARSAIKHAN, Ambaselmaa (MGL)             
FLETCHER, Benjamin (GBR) vs BUNDDORJ, Janchivdorj (MGL)                                                                                               

Final Result
1. WOLF Aaron (JPN)                                                              
2. PACEK, Martin (SWE)                                          
3. MAHJOUB, Javad (IRI)  
3. FLETCHER, Benjamin (GBR)  
5. BAYARSAIKHAN, Ambaselmaa (MGL)                 
5. BUNDDORJ, Janchivdorj (MGL)                                   
7. HU, Kai (CHN)                        
7. DAMDINSUREN, Purevdorj (MGL)                                                                                  

+100kg: NISHIGATA cinches maiden IJF title     

Asian Championships bronze medallist NISHIGATA Kenta (JPN) claimed the heavyweight gold medal in the last contest of the Ulaanbaatar Grand Prix with a win against Budapest Grand Prix bronze medallist Sven HEINLE (GER). HEINLE, 23, who has two Grand Prix bronze medals to his name, fell to NISHIGATA whose best result before today was a Qingdao Grand Prix bronze medal. NISHIGATA, 27, held down HEINLE with a yoko-shiho-gatame for ippon and Japan’s second gold medal on day three.    

In the first semi-final Minsk European Open bronze medallist Iurii KRAKOVETSKII (KGZ) tasted defeat against HEINLE who scored a waza-ari after three minutes but his rival replied with the same score and HEINLE eventually won on shido penalties. In the second semi-final NISHIGATA defeated Tashkent Grand Prix winner BATTULGA Temuulen (MGL) by ippon after 69 seconds to secure a place in his first Grand Prix final.

The first bronze medal went to BATTULGA who reigned over former European bronze medallist Jean-Sebastien BONVOISIN (FRA). After a right-sided makikomi attempt from the Mongolian, BATTULGA took control on the ground and wrapped up his opponent with a mune-gatame and coach NAIDAN was up out of his chair to get a closer look at his man securing more Mongolian silverware. The second bronze medal went to Junior world champion ULZIIBAYAR Duurenbayar (MGL) who won bronze here in his homeland in 2013. ULZIIBAYAR won an uneventful contest on shido penalties as he was spurred on by the crowd and inspiring setting.

HEINLE, Sven (GER) vs NISHIGATA, Kenta (JPN)                           


Bronze Medal Fights
BATTULGA, Temuulen (MGL) vs BONVOISIN, Jean-Sebastien (FRA)         
KRAKOVETSKII, Iurii (KGZ) vs ULZIIBAYAR, Duurenbayar (MGL)                                                                                                                                  

Final Result
1. NISHIGATA, Kenta (JPN)                          
2. HEINLE, Sven (GER)                         
3. BATTULGA, Temuulen (MGL)                                                   
3. ULZIIBAYAR, Duurenbayar (MGL)                                         
5. BONVOISIN, Jean-Sebastien (FRA)          
7. MASHARIPOV, Elyor (UZB)               
7. BUGHADZE, Onise (GEO)            

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