Monday, February 29, 2016

Tanimoto - Double Olympic Champion

Animoto: Double Olympic Champion

There are not that many double Olympic gold medalists in judo. Among the women, there are Ryoko Tani (JPN), Xian Dongmei (CHN), Masae Ueno (JPN) and Ayumi Tanimoto (JPN). Tanimoto, who was a student of the great Olympic and triple World Champion Toshihiko Koga, won her first title in 2004 and followed that up with a victory in 2008, this time coached by Olympic champion Yoshiyuki Matsuoka. She won both her titles with ippon.

Posted by JudoCrazy on Monday, February 29, 2016

Iliadis' Greatest Victories

Iliadis' Greatest Victories

I had previously posted a video of Iliadis pre-fame ( when he first made his debut at the world stage. This latest clip here is of Iliadis' greatest victories: Olympic champion and three times World Champion. Enjoy!

Posted by JudoCrazy on Sunday, February 28, 2016

Iliadis at 16

The debut of Ilias Iliadis at the world stage

At the 2003 Osaka World Championships, an unknown 16-year old, -73kg fighter from Greece by the name of Ilias Iliadis gave the Japanese champion Yusuke Kanamaru the scare of his life. This was just a hint of the greatness to come from Iliadis, who went on to become Olympic champion and 3-times World Champion.

Posted by JudoCrazy on Thursday, February 25, 2016

Judo Heartbreak: Inoue vs van der Geest

Inoue vs van der Geest

Japan's Olympic & 3-Time World Champion Kosei Inoue and Holland's Elco van der Geest fought twice. The first was at the 2001 Munich World Championships and the second was at the 2004 Athens Olympic Games. Inoue launched van der Geest high into the air for a massive Ippon the first time they met. The second time was a different matter...

Posted by JudoCrazy on Thursday, February 25, 2016

Judo Heartbreak: Nomura vs Lounifi

Nomura (JPN) vs Lounifi (TUN)

The Nomura-Lounifi battle in the 2003 Osaka World Championships must rank amongst the most epic of judo battles. Nomura was way ahead with 1 Waza-Ari and 3 Yukos with only 30 seconds left in the match when the tables turned.

Posted by JudoCrazy on Thursday, February 25, 2016

Dimitri Peters - Newaza Specialist

Dimitri Peters - Newaza Specialist

If Kaori Matsumoto (JPN) was the newaza queen at the 2016 Dusseldorf Grand Prix, the newaza king must have been Dimitri Peters (GER) who won all his match, including the final, with newaza. And he did it with a mix of osaekomi, shimewaza and juji-gatame to show just what a well-rounded newaza specialist he is. Impressive!

Posted by JudoCrazy on Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Shohei Ono - Mr Versatility Part II

Shohei Ono - Mr Versatility Part II

Sometime back, I posted a highlights clip of Shohei Ono using a wide range of techniques at the 2015 Astana World Championships ( This is the sequel, which shows just how versatile he is. Yes, he is an uchimata man but there's more to him than just the inner thigh throw.

Posted by JudoCrazy on Sunday, February 21, 2016

Kaori Matsumoto - Newaza Huntress Part II

Matsumoto (JPN) - Newaza Huntress Part 2

Kaori Matsumoto (JPN) is establishing herself as the queen of newaza. Here she is doing another spectacular series of newaza moves before ending up with her trademark "Matsumoto Roll" to score ippon against Helene Receveaux (FRA). A newaza huntress indeed! See Part 1:

Posted by JudoCrazy on Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Kaori Matsumoto - Newaza Huntress Part I

Matsumoto - Newaza Huntress
Japan's Kaori Matsumoto is a newaza specialist. She has many groundwork techniques but her specialty is the "Matsumoto Roll" which she uses to great effect against South Korea's Kim Jan-Di in the 2016 Dusseldorf Grand Prix. What an amazing series of newaza sequences.
Posted by JudoCrazy on Saturday, February 20, 2016

Sunday, February 21, 2016

Dusseldorf Grand Prix 2016 - Germany DAY 3

(Via IJF)

10 countries share 14 gold medals at the Dusseldorf Grand Prix 2016 

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

The Dusseldorf Grand Prix 2016 featured the heavyweights on the penultimate day of competition in Germany as 165 judoka took to the tatami in Germany at the Mitsubishi Electric Halle. 

Germany’s long-running Grand Prix, which is the third IJF event of the season, saw 50 women compete and 115 men compete as world champions were again in action. The Dusseldorf crowd, who still dreamt of a home gold medal, saw the women’s -78kg and +78kg categories and the men’s -90kg, -100kg and +100kg categories compete for the remaining five Grand Prix titles on day three.  

Japan topped the medal table with three gold and one silver medal ahead of South Korea who won three gold medals and five bronze medals. Hosts Germany finished third with one gold medal, two silver and two bronze.

The 14 gold medals were shared by 10 different countries as the second Grand Prix of the season illustrated the competitiveness and universality of the sport at the elite level. 

Dusseldorf Grand Prix 2016

World champion GWAK Dong Han (KOR) was in -90kg action while world champion YU Song (CHN) aimed for glory in the +78kg category.

London 2012 Olympic gold medallists Tagir KHAIBULAEV (shoulder) and Idalys ORTIZ (elbow) were both due to compete today but were ruled out through injury. KHAIBULAEV (RUS) aggravated his shoulder during his warm-up on Sunday while ORTIZ (CUB) has an elbow injury from the Paris Grand Slam and will return home to Cuba with her team on Monday.

The home crowd were thrilled by the Dusseldorf Grand Prix 2016

The next competition on the IJF calendar is the Rio 2016 Olympic Games test event for judo as part of the Aquece Rio 2016 Test Event series. The event takes place from 8-9 March in the judo hotbed and Brazil will be looking to lay down a marker ahead of the Olympics as the samba nation has won more Olympic medals in judo than in any other sport. 

Mr. Marius VIZER, IJF President, said: “It is my pleasure to note that the preparations for the judo competition at the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro are progressing towards completion and the Aquece Rio International Judo
Tournament will allow aspirants in the competing weight categories to gain familiarisation with the surroundings that will greet them in August 2016. The purpose of the test event is also to bring judo to the people of Brazil and I am certain that they will embrace our sport wholeheartedly and begin a journey of appreciation that will extend further than even the Olympics.”

The women’s -52kg and 63kg categories along with the men’s -66kg and -81kg categories will be tested in the Carioca Arena 1 in the Olympic Park. Follow the event at and on all IJF platforms. 


-78kg: TCHEUMEO blocks golden path of MALZAHN             

Former world champion Audrey TCHEUMEO (FRA) defeated world number three Luise MALZAHN (GER) in the -78kg final in a final between two of the strongest candidates for Rio 2016 honours. World number two TCHEUMEO defeated world number three MALZAHN with a thumping osoto-gari earning waza-ari and the pair exchanged shido penalties as the former was penalised for stepping out and the latter was held accountable for being passive. Despite the defeat MALZAHN won a record 16th Grand Prix medal of her career to become the most prolific medallist on the Grand Prix stage in judo.   

In the first semi-final TCHEUMEO sensationally defeated former world champion Marhinde VERKERK (NED) by ippon in 12 seconds as the Frenchman ferociously claimed her place in the final. Abu Dhabi Grand Slam winner VERKERK, who finished fifth at the London 2012 Olympic Games, was thrown for the maximum score. In the second semi-final the Paris Grand Slam bronze medallists collided as Luise MALZAHN (GER) faced Paris Grand Slam bronze medallist Natalie POWELL (GBR) on home soil. POWELL got her first taste of Grand Slam honours a week ago and was looking for one more medal to add to her vast Grand Prix collection but MALZAHN was not going to be stopped in Germany. The Briton countered MALZAHN for a yuko but the latter improved after going behind and produced a harai-goshi for ippon.   

The first bronze medal was won by world silver medallist Anamari VELENSEK (SLO) against 13-time Grand Prix medallist POWELL. VELENSEK saved her best performance of the day for her most important contest as she held down Welsh judoka POWELL for 20 seconds and ippon.

The second bronze medal contest was won by Tokyo Grand Slam silver medallist Guusje STEENHUIS (NED) who narrowly defeated VERKERK in what could be a winner-take-all result in the race for Rio 2016. VERKERK was penalised with a shido for passivity and that decided the scoreless bout after four minutes.      
MALZAHN, Luise (GER) vs TCHEUMEO, Audrey (FRA)                                           
Bronze Medal Fights
POWELL, Natalie (GBR) vs VELENSEK, Anamari (SLO)                          
STEENHUIS, Guusje (NED) vs VERKERK, Marhinde (NED)                                                  
Final Results
1. TCHEUMEO, Audrey (FRA)                                    
2. MALZAHN, Luise (GER)
3. VELENSEK, Anamari (SLO)                                                                               
3. STEENHUIS, Guusje (NED)                                                     
5. POWELL, Natalie (GBR)                                                    
5. VERKERK, Marhinde (NED)                                   
7. TORT MERINO, Marta (ESP)                            
7. GIAMBELLI, Miranda (AUS)                                                                                                                   

+78kg: Brazil’s front-runner ALTHEMAN defeats world champion  

Two-time world silver medallist Maria Suelen ALTHEMAN (BRA) reigned in Dusseldorf as the Rio 2016 Olympic Games medal hope defeated world champion YU Song (CHN) in the +78kg final. ALTHEMAN threw YU with a beautiful harai-goshi and then pinned down the Chinese fighter with a kuzure-kesa-gatame for 15 seconds to seal a superb win in 56 seconds.

In the first semi-final YU won an all-Asian contest against Tokyo Grand Slam winner INAMORI Nami (JPN) on shidos 0:3 with both judoka registering a yuko. In the second semi-final Abu Dhabi Grand Slam winner MA Sisi (CHN) fell to ALTHEMAN by ippon after the Brazilian added the maximum and match-winning score to her initial yuko effort.

The first bronze medal was won by Jeju Grand Prix bronze medallist KIM Minjeong (KOR) who defeated MA to keep her medal column active and leave MA with everything to do in the selection battle for the Olympics with teammate YU contesting the +78kg final. KIM countered her heavier opponent for a yuko and held down the Chinese judoka for 20 seconds and ippon. The second bronze medal was won by Samsun Grand Prix bronze medallist KIM Jiyoun (KOR) who wrapped up a win over INAMORI in 66 seconds. KIM scored a waza-ari with a sode-tsurikomi-goshi and held down INAMORI for 15 seconds with a kesa-gatame for the win.                 
ALTHEMAN, Maria Suelen (BRA) vs YU, Song (CHN)                           
Bronze Medal Fights
MA, Sisi (CHN) vs KIM, Minjeong (KOR)                         
INAMORI, Nami (JPN) vs KIM, Jiyoun (KOR)                                                                                                          
Final Results
1. ALTHEMAN, Maria Suelen (BRA)                             
2. YU, Song (CHN)                                                                                 
3. KIM, Minjeong (KOR)                                                      
3. KIM, Jiyoun (KOR)              
5. MA, Sisi (CHN)                                                       
5. INAMORI, Nami (JPN)                            
7. SAVELKOULS, Tessie (NED)         
7. LOUETTE KANNING, Lucie (FRA)                                                                      


-90kg: Swede NYMAN repeats 2011 victory       

Abu Dhabi Grand Slam bronze medallist Marcus NYMAN (SWE) has remerged as a top competitor in the -90kg category as he beat former world silver medallist TOTH Krisztian (HUN) to repeat his 2011 Dusseldorf victory. Former European champion NYMAN, 25, outfoxed his younger rival who was penalised on three occasions for passivity and failed to impose himself in the contest. The win gives NYMAN the edge of teammate Joakim DVARBY based on form in a battle which could go down to the final Olympic qualification event at the World Judo Masters in May. 

In the first semi-final world champion GWAK Dong Han (KOR) surprisingly succumb to NYMAN by a yuko score. NYMAN, who defeated Greek great Ilias ILIADIS (GEO) by a waza-ari in the quarter-final, deserved the victory as he outfought the Korean who was penalised twice for passivity and slipped into the bronze medal contest. In the second semi-final TOTH was on form as he saw off Abu Dhabi Grand Slam winner LKHAGVASUREN Otgonbaatar (MGL) with a waza-ari and almost caught his Mongolian opponent with a juji-gatame but the time ran out on the Hungarian star.

The first bronze medal was awarded to LKHAGVASUREN who won the first contest of the final bloc on day three as he defeated 20-year-old former Qingdao Grand Prix bronze medallist GANTULGA Altanbagana (MGL). LKHAGVASUREN won his third Grand Prix medal at the expense of his teammate by holding down the youngster with a kate-shiho-gatame for ippon. The second bronze medal went to former Tokyo Grand Slam bronze medallist KIM Jae Yun (KOR) as his teammate GWAK could not compete due to injury.    
TOTH, Krisztian (HUN) vs NYMAN, Marcus (SWE)                             
Bronze Medal Fights
LKHAGVASUREN, Otgonbaatar (MGL) vs GANTULGA, Altanbagana (MGL)                             
GWAK, Dong Han (KOR) vs KIM, Jae Yun (KOR)                                                                                                                      
Final Results
1. NYMAN, Marcus (SWE)                                 
2. TOTH, Krisztian (HUN)                              
3. LKHAGVASUREN, Otgonbaatar (MGL)  
3. KIM, Jae Yun (KOR)                   
5. GANTULGA, Altanbagana (MGL)                                                                                     
5. GWAK, Dong Han (KOR)                
7. ILIADIS, Ilias (GRE)                           
7. CHENG, Xunzhao (CHN)                                                                                                                                                    

-100kg: Peerless PETERS ends home wait for gold     

Olympic bronze medallist Dimitri PETERS (GER) ended Germany’s wait for a gold medal as the home judoka was untouchable on the ground as he gave a ne-waza masterclass on day three. PETERS reeled off five wins by ippon in as many fights as he ensured the hosts could celebrate a fitting finale in one of their favoured categories. PETERS trailed to former world silver medallist Jose ARMENTEROS (CUB) to an accelerated drop seoi-nage but never lost focus and the crowd stayed with him. PETERS fell behind to a second yuko but showed his tactial acumen by pouncing on a lose arm from his opponent to force the submission from a juji-gatame. On the way out of the arena the German hero received high fives from 2008 Beijing Oylmpci champion and London 2012 Olympic silver medallist Ole BISCHOF as well as London 2012 Olympic bronze medallist Andreas TOELZER (GER). 

In the first semi-final Baku Grand Slam bronze medallist Jorge FONSECA (POR) was defeated by ARMENTEROS who scored a yuko with a ura-nage to win a high-quality contest between two names who are going to be -100kg contenders for the foreseeable future. In the second semi-final PETERS expertly locked in a choke on world number 13 Adlan BISULTANOV (RUS) as the home judoka won his fourth consecutive contest by ippon.

The first bronze medal was won by BISULTANOV who increased his advantage over Olympic champion KHAIBULAEV who watched from the stands after withdrawing this morning. Tyumen Grand Slam winner Martin PACEK (SWE), who entered the arena having heard and applauded the Swedish anthem for his teammate NYMAN, had won their only previous meeting but that was not a factor today. The Swedish judoka was negative throughout as he was first penalised for crushing the grip of his powerful Russian opponent and then a false attack on two occasions. BISULTANOV used up time by being penalised with two penalties and had done enough for bronze. The second bronze medal was won by Ulaanbaatar Grand Prix bronze medallist Javad MAHJOUB (IRI) who spectacularly threw FONSECA for ippon after 51 seconds. 
ARMENTEROS, Jose (CUB) vs PETERS, Dimitri (GER)                                                                                                                                                                                             
Bronze Medal Fights
BISULTANOV, Adlan (RUS) vs PACEK, Martin (SWE)                  
FONSECA, Jorge (POR) vs MAHJOUB, Javad (IRI)                                                                                                       
Final Result
1. PETERS, Dimitri (GER)                                                       
2. ARMENTEROS, Jose (CUB)                               
3. BISULTANOV, Adlan (RUS)                                           
3. MAHJOUB, Javad (IRI)                 
5. PACEK, Martin (SWE)                                            
5. FONSECA, Jorge (POR)        
7. GASIMOV, Elmar (AZE)                              
7. GROL, Henk (NED)                                                                                                                              

+100kg: Ukrainian ace KHAMMO on course for Olympic challenge              

Current world bronze medallist Iakiv KHAMMO (UKR) has become one of the leading judoka in the heavyweight category at the age of 21 as he Ukrainian won his second Grand Prix gold medal with a riveting performance. World number 10 KHAMMO was penalised along with his opponent after 48 seconds for passivity before the youngster exploded into action as he launched a lightning quick left-sided osoto-gari which sent former world bronze medallist Islam EL SHEHABY (EGY) flying to the tatami for ippon.  

In the first semi-final Havana Grand Prix bronze medallist Alex GARCIA MENDOZA (CUB) lost out to EL SHEHABY who bundled over the Cuban judoka for a waza-ari which was the only score in their entertaining offering. In the second semi-final former world bronze medallist KIM Sung-Min (KOR) was impressively beaten by KHAMMO. The Ukrainian attacked with a uchi-mata which had KIM concerned but able to regain his balance before the former followed up with a sumi-gaeshi with only one hand on his opponent and shifted into osaekomi for 15 seconds and a guaranteed medal.

The first bronze medal went to KIM who held down Jeju Grand Prix bronze medallist Andrey VOLKOV (RUS) with a kuzure-yoko-shiho-gatame for 20 seconds. The second bronze medal went to Havana Grand Prix silver medallist BOR Barna (HUN) who bested GARCIA MENDOZA by a waza-ari from countering a harai-makikomi attempt which was the only score registered after five minutes of judo.                             
KHAMMO, Iakiv (UKR) vs EL SHEHABY, Islam (EGY)                                                                                                                                                                                                                         
Bronze Medal Fights
KIM, Sung-Min (KOR) vs VOLKOV, Andrey (RUS)              
GARCIA MENDOZA, Alex (CUB) vs BOR, Barna (HUN)                                               

Final Result
1. KHAMMO, Iakiv (UKR)  
2. EL SHEHABY, Islam (EGY)                                                               
3. KIM, Sung-Min (KOR)                                                          
3. BOR, Barna (HUN)                                                  .                                              
5. VOLKOV, Andrey (RUS)                                                         
5. GARCIA MENDOZA, Alex (CUB)                               
7. PASKEVICIUS, Marius (LTU)                   
7. WAHID, Ahmed (EGY)                                                                                                                             

Saturday, February 20, 2016

Dusseldorf Grand Prix 2016 - Germany DAY 2

(Via IJF)

German fightback on day two as gold medals widely distributed 

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

The Dusseldorf Grand Prix 2016 showcased 191 judoka over four weight categories as Olympic and world champions were among the competitors striving for gold on the road to Rio 2016 at the Mitsubishi Electric Halle on Saturday.  

On day two of the seventh edition of the Dusseldorf Grand Prix medallists were crowned in the women’s -63kg and -70kg categories and men’s -73kg and -81kg categories.  

Before the final block, Mr. Vladimir BARTA, IJF Head Sports Director, took the occasion of the second day in Dusseldorf to reflect on the Grand Prix thus far which has been widely-regarded as one of the strongest in this Olympic cycle.

MR. BARTA said: “This Dusseldorf Grand Prix has undoubtedly been one of our strongest events and that is shown by not just the number of judoka and nations but the quality of athletes who are here in Germany.

“The Grand Prix has been held here in Dusseldorf since 2010 and you can see that the German Judo Federation has a great deal of professionalism and has all the experience and qualities required to successfully stage such an important competition which carries qualification points for Rio 2016.

“I would like to highlight the crowd who have shown a tremendous amount of respect and fair play to all of the competitors and it’s pleasing to see how much they are enjoying themselves. There are many club’s and young families in attendance and together they have generated a fine atmosphere.”

2008 Beijing Olympic Games gold medallist Ole BISCHOF (GER) and Mr, Marius VIZER, IJF President, speaking during the final block 

Olympic champion Lasha SHAVDATUASHVILI (GEO) was in -73kg action on Saturday alongside world champions ONO Shohei (JPN) and Tina TRSTENJAK (SLO).

On Sunday, the third IJF event of the season will conclude with the remaining five categories which will feature the men’s -90kg, -100kg and +100kg categories and the women’s -78kg and +78kg categories.

London 2012 Olympic gold medallists Tagir KHAIBULAEV (RUS) and Idalys ORTIZ (CUB) will campaign in the -100kg category and +78kg category respectively while world champion GWAK Dong Han (KOR) is the leading man in the -90kg category and world champion YU Song (CHN) is the leading woman in the +78kg category.

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-63kg: TRSTENJAK lives up to red backpatch  

World champion Tina TRSTENJAK (SLO) returned to form in Dusseldorf as she claimed gold in the -63kg category. Two weeks ago the Slovenian missed out on a medal in Paris as she finished fifth and was determined to bounce back at the first opportunity. TRSTENJAK, who was wearing a red backpatch on her judogi to indicate her status as a reigning world champion, defeated Jeju Grand Prix bronze medallist Alice SCHLESINGER (GBR) in the final. SCHLESINGER was penalised twice in quick succession for being passive and lost her way on the ground as TRSTENJAK held down her opponent for 20 seconds and the gold medal.  

In the first semi-final TRSTENJAK squeezed past world bronze medallist TSEDEVSUREN Munkhzaya (MGL). The -63kg judoka shared a podium at the World Championships in Astana last year and the Slovenian put herself on course for gold today by edging her Mongolian foe on shidos 0:2 after a scoreless four minutes. In the second semi-final SCHLESINGER bested former world champion Yarden GERBI (ISR) who was penalised for passivity at the start of their contest and from there the Briton maintained control. SCHLESINGER collapsed an uchi-mata attempt from GERBI before scoring a yuko from a drop seoi-nage. SCHLESINGER was penalised for a false attack as she looked to wind down the clock but with 28 seconds left was able to submit her former teammate for ippon.  

The first bronze medal was won by Havana Grand Prix bronze medallist Ekaterina VALKOVA (RUS) who surprised GERBI by throwing the Israeli with a tomoe-nage for waza-ari and followed up with a kami-shiho-gatame hold for 15 seconds and her second consecutive Grand Prix bronze medal in 2016. The second bronze medal was claimed by TSEDEVSUREN who defeated Budapest Grand Prix bronze medallist Anna BERNHOLM (SWE). World number 27 BERNHOLM was penalised twice for passivity while her Mongolian opponent was only penalised once and that settled the contest after four minutes where neither judoka could trouble the scoreboard.              

SCHLESINGER, Alice (GBR) vs TRSTENJAK, Tina (SLO)                                                                                                                                        
Bronze Medal Fights
GERBI, Yarden (ISR) vs VALKOVA, Ekaterina (RUS)       
TSEDEVSUREN, Munkhzaya (MGL) vs BERNHOLM, Anna (SWE)                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 
Final Results
1. TRSTENJAK, Tina (SLO)                       
2. SCHLESINGER, Alice (GBR)                                             
3. VALKOVA, Ekaterina (RUS)                                                 
3. TSEDEVSUREN, Munkhzaya (MGL)     
5. GERBI, Yarden (ISR)                        
5. BERNHOLM, Anna (SWE)                                                                              
7. DREXLER, Hilde (AUT)                            
7. KRSSAKOVA, Magdalena (AUT)       


-70kg: GRAF grabs gold for Grand Prix hat-trick              

Ulaanbaatar Grand Prix winner Bernadette GRAF (AUT) marked her return from injury with a scintillating display as she beat Tokyo Grand Slam winner ARAI Chizuru (JPN) in the -70kg final. GRAF was competing for the first time since a career-best fifth-place finish at the 2015 World Championships and looked even better than before as she won all five of her contests by ippon. GRAF required only 65 seconds to dismiss ARAI with a ura-nage as she countered a tame uchi-mata effort from the Japanese fighter for her third Grand Prix gold medal.

In the first semi-final ARAI abruptly ended the gold medal ambitions of top seed Laura VARGAS KOCH (GER) by holding down the German fighter with a tate-shiho-gatame for 20 seconds in the opening minute. In the second semi-final three-time world champion Yuri ALVEAR (COL) was submitted by GRAF. After 42 seconds ALVEAR paused for a second as she was waiting for the referee to call ‘matte’ and stop the action. However, GRAF was still working and got the shime-waza to capitalise on a rare mistake from the Colombian.

The first bronze medal was claimed by ALVEAR who defeated Havana Grand Prix winner Linda BOLDER (ISR). ALVEAR scored waza-ari with a fine right-sided ouchi-gari which proved to be the only score of the contest and the winner tapped the Colombian flag on her blue judogi in celebration.The second bronze medal contest was won by VARGAS KOCH who was dynamic on the ground as she defeated ne-waza expert Paris Grand Slam bronze medallist Sally CONWAY (GBR) at her own game to win her country’s first medal at their home event. VARGAS KOCH was all smiles as she earned an important boost to her world ranking. 
GRAF, Bernadette (AUT) vs ARAI, Chizuru (JPN)                                                                                  
Bronze Medal Fights
ALVEAR, Yuri (COL) vs BOLDER, Linda (ISR)                         
CONWAY, Sally (GBR) vs VARGAS KOCH, Laura (GER)                         

Final Results
1. GRAF, Bernadette (AUT)                                                    
2. ARAI, Chizuru (JPN)                                                                            
3. ALVEAR, Yuri (COL)                                                       
3. VARGAS KOCH, Laura (GER)                                                                       
5. BOLDER, Linda (ISR)                           
5. CONWAY, Sally (GBR)                                                  
7. BERNABEU, Maria (ESP)                               
7. CORTES ALDAMA, Onix (CUB)                                                                                                                                                                    


-73kg: Fit-again ONO retains Dusseldorf title on return     

World champion ONO Shohei (JPN) returned to action in Dusseldorf and successfully retained his 2015 Dusseldorf title in a showing which sent out a message to his -73kg rivals as he closes in on his first Olympic Games. ONO, who missed the end of the 2015 season with a back injury, competed for the first time since winning his second world title last year and was unrivalled in Germany. ONO opposed world number one Rustam ORUJOV (AZE) in the -73kg final in their first meeting. The Japanese prodigy went ahead with a waza-ari from an uchi-mata which was the only score of the contest as the Japanese fighter showed that he is ready to claim his spot at Rio 2016.   

In the first semi-final ONO defeated world number one AN Changrim (KOR) with an uchi-mata earning a waza-ari score and AN was unable to respond with a score of his own. ONO was more active and was a comfortable winner as he overcame the challenge of one of his greatest rivals going into this Olympic Games and even Tokyo 2020. In the second semi-final ORUJOV surpassed Olympic champion Lasha SHAVDATUASHVILI (GEO). London 2012’s gold medallist at -66kg struck first with a yuko from a makikomi effort but his Azerbaijan rival fought back and registered a waza-ari which was still the biggest score of the contest after five minutes.    

The first bronze medal was claimed by SHAVDATUASHVILI who defeated former European champion Rok DRAKSIC (SLO). While there was one Olympic champion on the mat, there was also an Olympic in the coaching chair as -63kg hero Urska ZOLNIR gave instructions to DRAKSIC. SHAVDATUASHVILI led by a yuko and sealed his fate by throwing with a stop-start uchi-mata as his Slovenian opponent could not get off the technique.
The second bronze medal was won by AN who inflated his team’s already impressive medal haul as he bested world number 151 NARANKHUU Khadbaatar (MGL). AN bided his time and produced a magical moment at the halfway point as he countered a failed drop seoi-nage as NARANKHUU left his neck exposed and AN seized the shime-waza opportunity and the Mongolian tapped out immediately. 

ORUJOV, Rustam (AZE) vs ONO, Shohei (JPN)                             
Bronze Medal Fights
SHAVDATUASHVILI, Lasha (GEO) vs DRAKSIC, Rok (SLO)                           
NARANKHUU, Khadbaatar (MGL) vs AN, Changrim (KOR)                                               

Final Results
1. ONO, Shohei (JPN)                               
2. ORUJOV, Rustam (AZE)  
3. SHAVDATUASHVILI, Lasha (GEO)                                                          
3. AN, Changrim (KOR)             
5. DRAKSIC, Rok (SLO)                                                                                  
5. NARANKHUU, Khadbaatar (MGL)  
7. SAINJARGAL, Nyam-Ochir (MGL)                             
7. ESPOSITO, Antonio (ITA)                                                                                                                       

-81kg: Dusseldorf specialist BOTTIEAU denies MARESCH            

World number 24 Joachim BOTTIEAU (BEL) won in Dusseldorf for the second year in a row as he denied Tyumen Grand Slam bronze medallist Sven MARESCH (GER) in the -81kg final. BOTTIEAU saves his best judo for Dusseldorf and while he looks into the reasons for that pattern the German crowd and MARESCH had to settle for silver in the last contest of day two. MARESCH has never won his home Grand Prix and was left frustrated at the final hurdle as he was in 2014. BOTTIEAU scored a waza-ari with a reaching osoto-otoshi with 57 seconds remaining and MARESCH kept fighting for a route back but a tired tai-otoshi effort was shut down and the Belgian was again triumphant in Germany.   

In the first semi-final BOTTIEAU defeated Sofia European Open winner Giorgi PAPUNASHVILI (GEO) by a yuko score to secure his second successive Dusseldorf Grand Prix final while in the second semi-final Paris Grand Slam silver medallist Ivaylo IVANOV (BUL) was beaten by Tyumen Grand Slam bronze medallist Sven MARESCH (GER) with a last-gasp drop seoi-nage.

The first bronze medal was won by IVANOV who continues to excel on the IJF World Judo Tour. The Bulgarian burst onto the IJF stage by winning the Abu Dhabi Grand Slam in October and followed up with bronze at the Qingdao Grand Prix before starting 2016 with silver at the Paris Grand Slam. World number 10 IVANOV defeated fellow Qingdao Grand Prix bronze medallist OTGONBAATAR Uuganbaatar (MGL) on shido penalties 0:2 and is on the verge of breaking into the top eight in the world. The second bronze medal was won by home judoka Dominic RESSEL (GER) who defeated PAPUNASHVILI in a reverse of January’s Sofia European Open final. RESSEL claimed his first Grand Prix medal by fighting back from being a waza-ari down to levelling the scoreboard and then holding down the Georgian for 13 seconds for a yuko to take the lead. The German did not stop there as he countered PAPUNASHVILI with a ura-nage for a match-winning waza-ari with 63 seconds left.                                
MARESCH, Sven (GER) vs BOTTIEAU, Joachim (BEL)         
Bronze Medal Fights
IVANOV, Ivaylo (BUL) vs OTGONBAATAR, Uuganbaatar (MGL)                   
PAPUNASHVILI, Giorgi (GEO) vs RESSEL, Dominic (GER)                                                 

Final Result
1. BOTTIEAU, Joachim (BEL)                                                         
2. MARESCH, Sven (GER)                                  
3. IVANOV, Ivaylo (BUL)       
3. RESSEL, Dominic (GER)                                                      
5. OTGONBAATAR, Uuganbaatar (MGL)                                       
5. PAPUNASHVILI, Giorgi (GEO)   
7. MOUSTOPOULOS, Roman (GRE)           
7. DE WIT, Frank (NED)                                                                                                                                                             

Ono's Osoto

Ono's Osoto
This has got to be the Osoto-Gari of the century! Japan's Ono smashes Mongolia's Sainjargal with the biggest Osoto-Gari you have ever seen.
Posted by JudoCrazy on Saturday, February 20, 2016

Friday, February 19, 2016

Dusseldorf Grand Prix 2016 - Germany DAY 1

(Via IJF)

Asian domination as hosts fall on day one

Women: -48kg | -52kg | -57kg 
Men: -60kg | -66kg

The Dusseldorf Grand Prix 2016, the second Grand Prix of the year, got underway on Friday with 185 judoka fighting in Germany across the five lightest weight categories at the Mitsubishi Electric Halle.  

The IJF World Judo Tour opened in Cuba this year with the Havana Grand Prix before the Paris Grand Slam just two weeks ago and the European leg got off continued in Dusseldorf with a sensational first day of judo.

On day one in Dusseldorf, which has been the home for the German leg of the IJF World Judo Tour since 2010, the action opened with the women’s -48kg, -52kg and -57kg categories and the men’s -60kg and -66kg categories with reigning world champions Yeldos SMETOV (KAZ), AN Baul (KOR) and MATSUMOTO Kaori (JPN) all in action.

The opening ceremony took place ahead of the first final block as the German Judo Federation’s flagship competition was officially opened by IJF President Mr. Marius VIZER.   

The opening speech was made by Mr. Peter FRESE, German Judo Federation President.

Mr. FRESE said: “Good afternoon everyone, I would like to wish you a warm welcome to Germany for the Dusseldorf Grand Prix 2016. It is a pleasure for the German Judo Federation to host this event and 546 judoka from 86 nations. I would like to wish all the competitors good luck and hope you enjoy your time in Dusseldorf.”

The stage was set for Mr. Marius VIZER, IJF President, to open the three-day Grand Prix.

Mr. VIZER said: “Dear Mr. FRESE, German Judo Federation President, dear colleagues, officials, athletes, spectators, members of the media, I welcome you all to Dusseldorf. I would like to thank the German Judo Federation for hosting this event and continuing to support the ambitions of the International Judo Federation. I wish you all good luck and officially declare the Dusseldorf Grand Prix 2016 open.”

Following the conclusion of an absorbing final block, there was a special reception at the Mitsubishi Electric Halle for guests of honour in attendance including German Judo Federation and IJF Executive Committee members.

Mr. VIZER said: “I congratulate Germany for the unity of the country after 25 years after their reunification. I spent half of my life in the Eastern system and half in the next part of the world. Sometimes I ask myself when you are really free. What’s the most important is the freedom of expression. I left Romania to go to Austria and returned to get my family and continue with my career. The freedom of expression is what should be really valued and that is something you have in Germany.”

On Saturday the action in Dusseldorf continues on the three tatami with four weight categories competing as the women’s -63kg and -70kg judoka will be joined in action on day two by the men’s -73kg and -81kg judoka.   

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-48kg: Joy for JEONG as South Korea strike first                                                                       

World bronze medallist JEONG Bo Kyeong (KOR) gave her team a flying start in Dusseldorf as she won the first Grand Prix gold medal of her career. The first final of the competition featured JEONG against Paris Grand Slam gold medallist GALBADRAKH Otgontsetseg (KAZ) and they were level at the end of regular time with two penalties apiece. An additional two minutes were needed for GALBADRAKH to be penalised for passivity to crown JEONG as the gold medallist.  

When GALADBADRAKH started representing Kazakhstan instead of her native Mongolia in August 2015 the general consensus was that the pint-sized fighter would be hard pressed to qualify for the Olympic Games. Now at the lofty heights of world number 16 the confident 24-year-old is a certainty for Rio 2016 and could even enter as one of the top seeds if such results continue. JEONG entered as the world number 14 and will improve on that ranking with this result as she closes in on the world’s top eight.

In the first semi-final GALBADRAKH stayed the course with Havana Grand Prix bronze medallist Dayaris MESTRE ALVAREZ (CUB) and prevailed on penalties. The Kazakh fighter became the first judoka to stop MESTRE ALVAREZ from scoring and was only penalised once in the scoreless contest while her opponent was penalised twice. Once again GALBADRAKH had the measure of her former teammate MUNKHBAT as she won the repeat of the Paris Grand Slam final in the first -48kg quarter-final in Dusseldorf. In the second semi-final JEONG defeated Tokyo Grand Slam bronze medallist Nataliya KONDRATYEVA (RUS) in just 11 seconds with a sode-tsurikomi-goshi for the maximum score.

The first medal contest of the Dusseldorf Grand Prix saw world number one MUNKHBAT Urantsetseg (MGL) defeated KONDRATYEVA. The opening contest of the final block was a tentative affair and the rivals could only be separated with 78 seconds remaining when the Russian was penalised with a shido for passivity. The second bronze medal was won by MESTRE ALVAREZ. The world number 21 defeated Tbilisi Grand Prix bronze medallist Aurore CLIMENCE (FRA) who had surprised Olympic bronze medallist Charline VAN SNICK (BEL) in the preliminaries. The French fighter was penalised twice for passivity before MESTRE ALVAREZ infringed with a false attack and then negative gripping with one second to go to equal the scoreboard and send the contest into added time. After 91 seconds of golden score CLIMENCE was penalised with a shido for passivity as Olympic champion Idalys ORTIZ (CUB) celebrated with her teammates in the crowd.  
JEONG Bo Kyeong (KOR) vs GALBADRAKH, Otgontsetseg (KAZ)                                                                             
Bronze Medal Fights
KONDRATYEVA, Nataliya (RUS) vs MUNKHBAT, Urantsetseg (MGL)                             
MESTRE ALVAREZ, Dayaris (CUB) vs CLIMENCE, Aurore (FRA)                                                                                                                                                            
Final Results
1. JEONG Bo Kyeong (KOR)                                  
2. GALBADRAKH, Otgontsetseg (KAZ)                           
3. MUNKHBAT, Urantsetseg (MGL)                                            
3. MESTRE ALVAREZ, Dayaris (CUB)                  
5. KONDRATYEVA, Nataliya (RUS)                                                           
5. CLIMENCE, Aurore (FRA)                  
7. LOKMANHEKIM, Dilara (TUR)                          
7. CHERNIAK, Maryna (UKR)                                                                                    

-52kg: Second Grand Prix success for SHISHIME        

Tokyo Grand Slam runner-up SHISHIME Ai (JPN) won the second Grand Prix of her career as she defeated Paris Grand Slam bronze medallist Priscilla GNETO (FRA) in the -52kg final. With world champion NAKAMURA Misato (JPN) left at home, Japan instead gave SHISHIME a run-out and gold was still the outcome.  

SHISHIME was not able to unlock the solid defence of GNETO and prevailed on shido penalties. GNETO was penalised for passivity, breaking off the grip with both hands and gripping on one side for too long while SHISHIME had only been penalised once which was for negative gripping.  

In the first semi-final Paris Grand Slam runner-up Andreea CHITU (ROU) was undone by GNETO. CHITU, who sportingly carried an injured PARK Da Sol (KOR) off the tatami after having won their quarter-final, was penalised along with her opponent after 34 seconds for passivity. CHITU fired in front with a yuko but GNETO showed her conditioning and concentration level as she came back to score a waza-ari with 16 seconds left.
In the second semi-final SHISHIME beat Taipei Open bronze medallist KIM Mi-Ri (KOR) by the narrowest of margins. With no scores registered during the four minutes the contest was decided on penalties with KIM losing out having been penalised once to fall into the repechage.

The first bronze medal was clinched by Qingdao Grand Prix silver medallist Gulbadam BABAMURATOVA (TKM) in a rapid victory. BABAMURATOVA has been making waves for her country on the IJF World Judo Tour stage and showed her emotion as she threw KIM Mi-Ri (KOR) for ippon after only 11 seconds. The second bronze medal was won by CHITU who defeated Rome European bronze medallist MUNKHBAATAR Bundmaa (MGL). After an even and largely uneventful four minutes the contest moved into golden score and CHITU showed her quality as she pressed forward and come up with a match-winning waza-ari.  
SHISHIME, Ai (JPN) vs GNETO, Priscilla (FRA)                                             

Bronze Medal Fights
KIM, Mi-Ri (KOR) vs BABAMURATOVA, Gulbadam (TKM)                       
CHITU, Andreea (ROU) vs MUNKHBAATAR, Bundmaa (MGL)                                              

Final Results
1. SHISHIME, Ai (JPN)                                    
2. GNETO, Priscilla (FRA)                   
3. BABAMURATOVA, Gulbadam (TKM)                         
3. CHITU, Andreea (ROU)     
5. KIM, Mi-Ri (KOR)                                
5. MUNKHBAATAR, Bundmaa (MGL)                                                              
7. PARK, Da Sol (KOR)          
7. MIRANDA, Erika (BRA)                                                                                                                                                    

-57kg: Olympic champion MATSUMOTO unbeatable for Japan 

Olympic and world champion MATSUMOTO Kaori (JPN) won -57kg gold in Dusseldorf in her first competition of the year. Tokyo Grand Slam silver medallist Helene RECEVEAUX (FRA) – who has over taken Olympic bronze medallist Automne PAVIA (FRA) on the world ranking list – had to settle for silver this time out as MATSUMOTO showed her lethal ne-waza prowess. The Japanese idol initially trapped her opponent with a kuzure-kami-shiho-gatame but lost control after eight seconds but again pinned down the Frenchwoman moments later and this time for the full 20 seconds and ippon for the fifth Grand Prix gold medal of her astounding career.   

In the first semi-final Rome European Open silver medallist LIEN Chen-Ling (TPE) lost out to RECEVEAUX in golden score by a yuko while in the second semi-final Paris Grand Slam gold medallist KIM Jan-Di (KOR) was beaten by MATSUMOTO. KIM was penalised for crushing the grip of her opponent who showed off her renowned ne-waza as she trapped the former in osaekomi for the full 20 seconds to advance to the final.

The first bronze medal was won by Jeju Grand Prix silver medallist Nekoda SMYTHE DAVIS (GBR) who surprised KIM with a commanding display. KIM, who had her typical beaming smile walking into the arena before slapping herself in the face to and focusing on the next four minutes, fell behind to a yuko and then her British opponent showed the better footwork to add a waza-ari before trapping the former in osaekomi with a tate-shiho-gatame for four seconds. After the immense high of winning in Paris, KIM was defeated in consecutive contests in Dusseldorf while fearless SMYTHE DAVIS is now a lock for the invite-only World Judo Masters in May. The second bronze medal was won by LIEN after 14 seconds of golden score against Brazil’s first female world champion Rafaela SILVA (BRA). With both judoka being penalised on three occasions and no scores registered the contest required golden score and the final penalty was given to SILVA for going out as LIEN continues to thrive on the IJF World Judo Tour.             
MATSUMOTO, Kaori (JPN) vs RECEVEAUX, Helene (FRA)                                                      
Bronze Medal Fights
KIM, Jan-Di (KOR) vs SMYTHE DAVIS, Nekoda (GBR)                 
LIEN, Chen-Ling (TPE) vs SILVA, Rafaela (BRA)                                                  
Final Results 
1. MATSUMOTO, Kaori (JPN)                
2. RECEVEAUX, Helene (FRA)                                                                                   
3. SMYTHE DAVIS, Nekoda (GBR)                         
3. LIEN, Chen-Ling (TPE)                                            
5. KIM, Jan-Di (KOR)                                                   
5. SILVA, Rafaela (BRA)                                               
7. AMARIS, Yadinys (COL)                            
7. MINAKAWA, Camila (ISR)                                                                         


-60kg: KIM Won Jin beats world champion to gold 

Paris Grand Slam bronze medallist KIM Won Jin (KOR) earned arguably the most significant victory yet on his road to Rio 2016 as the world number one beat the world champion Yeldos SMETOV (KAZ) in the -60kg final. In a fantastic battle between two of the most exciting judoka in the category the crowd lapped up a thriller as both judoka left it all on the tatami. The final produced four scores and three of them went to KIM who actually trailed to a waza-ari from a spinning uchi-mata from SMETOV after 80 seconds. KIM never looked fazed and equalled the score with a waza-ari of his own before taking the lead with a yuko from a koshi-guruma. The South Korean added a second yuko from a tomoe-nage and still continued to attack as he finished as a decisive winner. 

In the first semi-final KIM defeated former European champion Amiran PAPINASHVILI (GEO) with a Georgian-style pick up giving him the lead before the latter responded with a yuko. KIM sealed his place in the final by wazari-awasette-ippon while in the second semi-final Havana Grand Prix silver medallist Bekir OZLU (TUR) was picked up for ippon by SMETOV.

The first bronze medal was claimed by OZLU who launched Pan American Games winner Lenin PRECIADO (ECU) into the air with an unbelievable uchi-mata which brought the crowd to their feet and will be on highlight reels for years to come.

The second bronze medal went to Tokyo Grand Slam silver medallist Beslan MUDRANOV (RUS) who was sharper than beaten semi-finalist PAPINASHVILI as the pair were locked up and a failed pick up ended with the pair on the ground and MUDRANOV captured the arm of the Georgian and sat back to force the submission from a juji-gatame. 
SMETOV, Yeldos (KAZ) vs KIM, Won Jin (KOR)                                                                                                                       
Bronze Medal Fights
OZLU, Bekir (TUR) vs PRECIADO, Lenin (ECU)                            
MUDRANOV, Beslan (RUS) vs PAPINASHVILI, Amiran (GEO)                                                               

Final Results
1. KIM, Won Jin (KOR)                           
2. SMETOV, Yeldos (KAZ)                                          
3. OZLU, Bekir (TUR)                                    
3. MUDRANOV, Beslan (RUS)       
5. PRECIADO, Lenin (ECU)                                                           
5. PAPINASHVILI, Amiran (GEO)       
7. GANBOLD, Kherlen (MGL)                        
7. SAFAROV, Orkhan (AZE)                                                                                                                              

-66kg: World champion AN adds to South Korea’s golden medal haul      

World champion AN Baul (KOR) won the -66kg title as he beat world bronze medallist Golan POLLACK (ISR) in the -66kg final. AN, 21, who had beaten POLLACK in their previous two meetings, built on his Paris bronze medal by throwing for waza-ari and maintaining his considerable lead with a characteristically energetic performance.                   

In the first semi-final AN saw off European Games bronze medallist Sebastian SEIDL (GER) who had the crowd energised and hopeful as their best medal hope on day one. AN led with a yuko and added a second from holding down his opponent for 13 seconds. AN again showed his power on the ground as he pinned down SEIDL for 16 seconds which was enough for a waza-ari and with only eight seconds left the South Korean safely progressed into the final.

In the second semi-final Jeju Grand Prix bronze medallist POLLACK dismissed defending champion TAKAICHI Kengo (JPN) who had to come from behind to hold down Rishod SOBIROV (UZB) in their quarter-final with a tate-shiho-gatame. TAKAICHI was well-beaten in the semi-final as he lost to a waza-ari and yuko and entered the repechage to compete for bronze.

The first bronze medal was won by Havana Grand Prix bronze medallist Vazha MARGVELASHVILI (GEO) in a quick-fire contest as he came out and immediately threw TAKAICHI with an uchi-mata for the maximum score in just 13 seconds.          

The second bronze medal went to world number four Mikhail PULYAEV (RUS) as SEIDL finished with a fifth-place finish which was his country’s best result after a highly disappointing opening day for the hosts. With 87 seconds left and the beating of the drums echoing around the venue, the home enthusiasm and only German judoka in the final block was denied as the all-round technician PULYAEV subdued his opponent with a juji-gatame. 

POLLACK, Golan (ISR) vs AN, Baul (KOR)                                           
Bronze Medal Fights
TAKAICHI, Kengo (JPN) vs MARGVELASHVILI, Vazha (GEO)                            
PULYAEV, Mikhail (RUS) vs SEIDL, Sebastian (GER)                                                                                                                       
Final Result
1. AN, Baul (KOR)                            
2. POLLACK, Golan (ISR)                           
3. MARGVELASHVILI, Vazha (GEO)                              
3. PULYAEV, Mikhail (RUS)                                    
5. TAKAICHI, Kengo (JPN)                                     
5. SEIDL, Sebastian (GER)                             
7. OATES, Colin (GBR)                         
7. SOBIROV, Rishod (UZB)

09:00 Preliminaries on three mats
17:00 Final block on one mat

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

09:00 Preliminaries on three mats
17:00 Final block on one mat

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

Location: Mitsubishi Electric Halle