Thursday, August 27, 2015

-57kg Competition Report

Romania’s Olympic silver medallist Corina Caprioriu (ROU) won her first match against Concepcion Bellorin (ESP) with a very slow and delayed tomoe-nage. Nevertheless, since the Spanish player landed flat on her back an ippon was given. Next, she defeated Manon Durback (LUX) with ouchi-gari for ippon. Her match against Hedvig Karakas (HUN) was a close one. Caprioriu was down by a yuko with time slipping away when she suddenly pulled off a koshi-guruma for waza-ari in the dying seconds.

Beauchemin-Pinard (CAN) did well to defeat her first opponent, Helene Receveaux (FRA)
by countering her for waza-ari and then strangling her for ippon. She followed that up with an even more stunning victory against Rafaela Silva (BRA) by strangling her until she was unconscious. Beauchemin-Pinard (CAN) proved to be something of a strangling specialist when she defeated her third opponent, Viola Waechter (GER) with yet another strangle for ippon. Standing in her way to the top of the pool was Marti Malloy (USA) who is something of a newaza specialist herself. She proved to be a difficult opponent and the match went into Golden Score where Beauchemin-Pinard managed to counter Malloy’s kosoto-gari to score waza-ari.

There were two favorites in this pool, Telma Monteiro (POR) and Automne Pavia (FRA). It was the French player who prevailed. Pavia easily defeated her first opponent, Hana Carmichael (USA) with her favorite osoto-gari for yuko, followed by an osoto-makikomi for ippon. Although she is not a newaza specialist, Pavia won her second match, against Nekoda Smythe-Davis (GBR) with a hold down for ippon. That brought up against Monteiro whom she defeated with an osoto-gari counter against Monteiro’s ippon-seoi-nage attempt. It only scored yuko but was enough for her to win the match.

Kaori Matsumoto (JPN) is not highly ranked because she had not competed much in the IJF circuit but she was without question the top favorite. A newaza specialist, she handily beat her first opponent Choe Hyon A (PRK) with her special roll into osaekomi for ippon. Her favorite ashiwaza is kosoto-gari and she used this to good effect, throwing her second opponent Lien Chen-Ling for ippon with it. In her next fight, against Irina Zabludina (RUS), she used a left ippon-seoi-nage, which is not a common technique for her. It scored waza-ari. So did her next throw, he favorite kosoto-gari. This gave her waza-ari-awasatte-ippon. Her toughest fight in the preliminaries would be Sumiya Dorjsuren whom she threw with kouchi-gake for yuko. It was enough to win her the match.

Beauchemine-Pinard  (CAN) had had a great tournament so far and she was performing above expectations but the very experienced Caprioriu (ROU) proved too strong for her and countered the Canadian’s side takedown for waza-ari.

The match between old rivals Matsumoto (JPN) and Pavia (FRA) was a very tactical one and was won by the Japanese by a single shido penalty. She was through the final, which was a rematch of her 2012 Olympic final against Caprioriu.

Pavia (FRA) has always been a tactical player, much more so than Malloy (USA). Still the American managed to survive until the end of regular time. In Golden Score however, she crumbled and got a shido.

The Dorjsuren (MGL)-Beauchemin-Pinard (CAN) fight was another tactical match that went into Golden Score. Agains, it was the experienced player, Dorjsuren, who prevailed causing her Canadian opponent to incur a shido.

Matsumoto (JPN) proved she was still on top form, defeating Caprioriu (ROU) yet again, with her trademark sticky-foot kosoto-gari for waza-ari. After that, she played largely tactical match until the end of match time. Matsumoto was a World Champion again.

Caprioriu, Matsumoto, Pavia & Dorjsuren.

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