Friday, November 27, 2015

Jeju Grand Prix 2015 - DAY 2

(Via IJF)

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

The Jeju Grand Prix 2015 showcased 128 judoka across four weight categories as the world’s premier judoka took one step closer to qualification for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Halla Gymnasium on Friday.

On day two gold medallists were crowned in the women’s -63kg and -70kg categories and the men’s -73kg and -81kg categories.

The Jeju Grand Prix 2015 is the final Grand Prix of the year

Mr. Vladimir BARTA, IJF Head Sports Director, took the occasion of the last Grand Prix of 2015 to reflect on the year thus far and shared his observations from a scintillating IJF World Judo Tour 2015.

“We’ve seen the universality of our sport at every event and we’ve seen not only interest and participation in our events from all corners of the world but also positive results right across the board,” said Mr. BARTA.  

“The IJF supports the international judo family and athletes from nations with less resources and with less financial aid. We have seen some magnificent competitions all over the world so far this year and after one more successful edition of the Jeju Grand Prix, the judo family will look forward to the Tokyo Grand Slam next week.”

On Saturday, the ninth and final Grand Prix of the season will culminate with the remaining five categories which will feature the men’s -90kg, -100kg and +100kg categories and the women’s -78kg and +78kg categories.

World champion GWAK Dong Han (KOR) is the leading man in the -90kg category while Olympic champions Teddy RINER (FRA) and Kayla HARRISON (USA) will see action in the +100kg and -78kg categories respectively. Fellow London 2012 gold medallists Tagir KHAIBULAEV (RUS) and Idalys ORTIZ (CUB) will campaign in the -100kg category and +78kg category respectively with an all-star cast rounding off the Jeju Grand Prix on Sunday.

The -90kg champion from the London 2012 Olympics, SONG Dae Nam (KOR), will also be present in Jeju but the national hero will be in the chair coaching the South Korean team rather than competing having retired after his Olympic success.

Judo fans can watch the final day of the last Grand Prix of the year live and free at from 10am local time. 

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Official event hashtag: #JudoJeju2015


-63kg: AGBEGNENOU grafts to sixth Grand Prix title 

Three-time consecutive world medallist Clarisse AGBEGNENOU (FRA) won the sixth Grand Prix title of her outstanding career as she beat Tashkent Grand Prix winner Edwige GWEND (ITA) for -63kg gold. AGBEGNENOU, who only turned 23 in October, stretched her lopsided head-to-head record to an astonishing 7-0 against the Italian. The Frenchwoman lifted GWEND up with a trademark ura-nage but given the volume and result of their previous meetings the Italian judoka was able to avoid giving away a score as she had her elbows down and kept her back upright. GWEND was penalised with a shido for going out of the area and that was the only time that the scoreboard was in action during the four minutes.    

In the first semi-final AGBEGNENOU profited from the lack of awareness of former Tyumen Grand Slam silver medallist Ekaterina VALKOVA (RUS) who was penalised twice for going out of the area. VALKOVA was able to stop AGBEGNENOU from scoring which is a rare achievement on the IJF World Judo Tour but the French fighter was in command of the contest despite being unable to produce a score. In the second semi-final GWEND countered an attack from Abu Dhabi Grand Slam bronze medallist Anicka VAN EMDEN (NED) for a waza-ari score before holding down her opponent with a tate-shiho-gatame for 15 seconds and a place in the -63kg final.

The first bronze medal was won by Tyumen Grand Slam bronze medallist Alice SCHLESINGER (GBR) who came from behind to beat VAN EMDEN. The Dutch fighter led by a yuko from a ouchi-gari but SCHLESINGER has character and battled back to throw her opponent with a koshi-guruma for a waza-ari and that’s how the contest finished as Britain won their first medal of day two. The second bronze medal was claimed by Ulaanbaatar Grand Prix winner TSEND-AYUSH Tserennadmid (MGL) who showed the trademark Mongolian fighting spirit to defeat VALKOVA. It was the Russian fighter who struck first after 20 seconds with a waza-ari from a picturesque yoko-tomoe-nage. VALKOVA was penalised twice in quick succession for passivity and then for going out before TSEND-AYUSH scored a waza-ari from an osoto-gari and those needless indiscretions from the Russian came back to haunt her as the contest was decided on shido penalties.              

GWEND, Edwige (ITA) vs AGBEGNENOU, Clarisse (FRA)                                                                  
Bronze Medal Fights
SCHLESINGER, Alice (GBR) vs VAN EMDEN, Anicka (NED)     
TSEND-AYUSH, Tserennadmid (MGL) vs VALKOVA, Ekaterina (RUS)                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
Final Results
1. AGBEGNENOU, Clarisse (FRA)                                                                          
2. GWEND, Edwige (ITA)                                          
3. SCHLESINGER, Alice (GBR)                                       
3. TSEND-AYUSH, Tserennadmid (MGL)  
5. VAN EMDEN, Anicka (NED)                      
5. VALKOVA, Ekaterina (RUS)                                                  
7. PUCHE, Isabel (ESP)                          
7. TSUGANE, Megumi (JPN)                                                                 

-70kg: Britain's CONWAY climbs to the top of the podium          

Baku Grand Slam winner Sally CONWAY (GBR) returned to the top of the IJF World Judo Tour podium at the expense of home judoka  Qingdao Grand Prix bronze medallist KIM Seongyeon (KOR). Bristol-born CONWAY looked to take the contest to the ground at every opportunity and is ruthlessly precise with every movement in ne-waza. KIM defended well from a juji-gatame attempt as she kept a leg trapped and was relieved to see the matte called as CONWAY could not develop the technique into a potentially match-winning opportunity. The South Korean was second best against the irresistible Briton and was penalised with a shido which settled the scoreless final.  

In the first semi-final contest KIM defeated Qingdao Grand Prix winner Barbara MATIC (CRO). The home judoka gradually took control of the contest and with a minute remaining was finally able to break the stubborn resistance of MATIC by throwing her with a drop seoi-nage for waza-ari and that’s how the contest finished as KIM moved into a defensive mode and was penalised twice for going out of the area. In the second semi-final former World Judo Masters winner HWANG Ye-Sul (KOR) was eying a place in the final against her teammate KIM but CONWAY is a tenacious opponent and asked questions of her opponent until she could show her lethal groundwork as she tapped out the home fighter with a juji-gatame with 56 seconds left. 

The first bronze medal was claimed by Abu Dhabi Grand Slam gold medallist Laura VARGAS KOCH (GER) who held down HWANG for 20 seconds. The German fighter has been in top form in recent months after a silver medal in Paris and gold in the U.A.E and has strengthened her ranking even further today after winning bronze. The second bronze medal contest was won by MATIC – the sixth Grand Prix medal of her career – as she scored a waza-ari from a tani-otoshi against Tyumen Grand Slam runner-up Linda BOLDER (ISR) and then accumulated two shido penalties to wind down the clock.

World champion Gevrise EMANE (FRA) fell to HWANG in her opening contest on shido penalties 1:2. 
CONWAY, Sally (GBR) vs KIM, Seongyeon (KOR)                                                           
Bronze Medal Fights
VARGAS KOCH, Laura (GER) vs HWANG, Ye-Sul (KOR)                       
BOLDER, Linda (ISR) vs MATIC, Barbara (CRO)                                                                                                                                                                                
Final Results
1. CONWAY, Sally (GBR)                                                 
2. KIM, Seongyeon (KOR)                                                
3. VARGAS KOCH, Laura (GER)                                                     
3. MATIC, Barbara (CRO)                                             
5. HWANG, Ye-Sul (KOR)                                                                         
5. BOLDER, Linda (ISR)                                               
7. KLYS, Katarzyna (POL)                              
7. MARZOK, Iljana (GER)                                                                                                                                                       


-73kg: AN leads the way for South Korea   

World bronze medallist AN Changrim (KOR) successfully defended his 2014 Jeju crown with victory against two-time world bronze medallist Dirk VAN TICHELT (BEL) in the -73kg final. AN, 21, the 2014 Junior world champion, spectacularly won the final in just 40 seconds with a majestic ko-uchi-gari for the maximum score.      

In the first semi-final world number one Rustam ORUJOV (AZE) was second best against VAN TICHELT. The Azerbaijan fighter lacked his usual vigour as he was penalised twice early on for passivity and the Belgian was in the ascendancy. VAN TICHELT was able to trap ORUJOV in osaekomi and after an initial struggle to escape, the latter could not overpower his opponent who pinned him down for 20 seconds and ippon. In the second semi-final AN outperformed Tyumen Grand Slam bronze medallist Musa MOGUSHKOV (RUS). With 55 seconds left on the clock and the contest tied with no scores registered, AN threw his rival with a drop seoi-nage for a yuko score. MOGUSHKOV was penalised for passivity and in the last 44 seconds AN managed to accrue three shidos as he wisely used up the remaining time to seal his safe passage into the gold medal contest.

The first bronze medal was clinched by MOGUSHKOV who denied 22-year-old IJF World Judo Tour tyro CHAE Seonghee (KOR) a dream debut in Jeju. MOGUSHKOV won by wazari-awasette-ippon with a ko-uchi-gari on the edge of the area giving him the contest. The second bronze medal was won by ORUJOV who bested Sofia European Open silver medallist Sami CHOUCHI (BEL) to secure a place on the podium. CHOUCHI scored first as he registered a yuko from an osoto-gari before being penalised twice as his attacks lacked their usual energy. ORUJOV equalled the score with a yuko by countering his opponent to take control and drive CHOUCHI over onto his back and the contest was decided on shidos.     
AN, Changrim (KOR) vs VAN TICHELT, Dirk (BEL)                          
Bronze Medal Fights
CHAE, Seonghee (KOR) vs MOGUSHKOV, Musa (RUS)                         
CHOUCHI, Sami (BEL) vs ORUJOV, Rustam (AZE)                                   
Final Results
1. AN, Changrim (KOR)  
2. VAN TICHELT, Dirk (BEL)                                                                         
3. MOGUSHKOV, Musa (RUS)                                                       
3. ORUJOV, Rustam (AZE)                                                                      
5. CHAE, Seonghee (KOR)                                                     
5. CHOUCHI, Sami (BEL)                                                           
7. DELPOPOLO, Nicholas (USA)                           
7. CHAINE, Guillaume (FRA)                                                                                                                    

-81kg: Japanese debutant steals the show           

IJF World Judo Tour newcomer SATO Seidai (JPN), 21, made a riveting start to life on the world circuit as he beat Olympic medallists on his way to -81kg gold. The Japanese youngster beat Baku Grand Slam winner Khasan KHALMURZAEV (RUS) in his sixth fight of the day and started as he meant to go on by registering a yuko. SATO added a second from a drop seoi-nage and concluded a breathless performance by ippon to leave KHALMURZAEV in awe of his conqueror. 

In the first semi-final KHALMURZAEV saw off Budapest Grand Prix bronze medallist Roman MOUSTOPOULOS (GRE). The Russian took the lead with a yuko from an uchi-mata as MOUSTOPOULOS repeatedly infringed and was eventually disqualified for receiving four penalties. In the second semi-final LEE Sungho (KOR) was making his second appearance on the IJF World Judo Tour and for a place in the final lined up opposite SATO. The Japanese fighter trailed a yuko from a ko-soto-gake but fought back and produced a yuko from a 10-second holddown. SATO was able to re-establish his control on the ground to trap LEE with a kami-shiho-gatame for 20 seconds and ippon.  

The first bronze medal was won by beaten semi-finalist LEE against Owen LIVESEY (GBR), a former rugby league academy player for St Helens RFLC in his native Merseyside. LEE added to the home nation’s plentiful medal collection by throwing his opponent with a huge drop morote-seoi-nage for ippon with three minutes remaining. The South Korean had threatened with similar techiques on multiple occasions as LIVESEY was unable to assert himself in his first Grand Prix medal contest.

The second bronze medal was clinched by MOUSTOPOULOS who had to come from behind in the final 14 seconds to defeat Dusseldorf Grand Prix winner Joachim BOTTIEAU (BEL). The Belgian judoka scored a waza-ari with a neatly executed piece of ashi-waza before forcing his Greek rival to narrowly turn out of a ko-uchi-gari attack. MOUSTOPOULOS took control of his opponent on the ground and held him down with a yoko-shiho-gatame for 20 seconds and the contest.         
SATO, Seidai (JPN) vs KHALMURZAEV, Khasan (RUS)                                                       
Bronze Medal Fights
LEE, Sungho (KOR) vs LIVESEY, Owen (GBR)                 
BOTTIEAU, Joachim (BEL) vs MOUSTOPOULOS, Roman (GRE)                        

Final Result
1. SATO, Seidai (JPN)                                               
2. KHALMURZAEV, Khasan (RUS)                               
3. LEE, Sungho (KOR)     
3. MOUSTOPOULOS, Roman (GRE)                           
5. LIVESEY, Owen (GBR)                  
5. BOTTIEAU, Joachim (BEL)
7. LUZ, Carlos (POR)         
7. LIMA, Diogo (POR)                                                                                                                                                       


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

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

Location: Halla Gymnasium

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