Friday, February 19, 2016

Dusseldorf Grand Prix 2016 - Germany DAY 1

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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

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