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)                                                                                                                             

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