Saturday, February 6, 2016

Paris Grand Slam 2016 - DAY 1

(Via IJF)


Japan lead South Korea as hosts France lie third at Paris supershow 


Women: -48kg | -52kg | -57kg | -63kg
Men:  -60kg | -66kg | -73kg 

The Paris Grand Slam 2016, the first IJF Grand Slam of the new and Olympic season, opened on Saturday with 276 judoka (155 men, 121 women) fighting on day one at the AccorHotels Arena.  

The French Judo Federation’s premier event has attracted 559 judoka (compared to 440 judoka in 2015). With 91 countries bringing their finest judoka to the Paris showpiece, a world-class field of Rio 2016 hopefuls were in action across seven weight categories on the first day. The women’s -48kg, -52kg, -57kg and -63kg categories and men’s -60kg, -66kg and -73kg categories were all contested at the AccorHotels Arena with fascinating storylines and incredible judo in every weight category as the race for Olympic qualification intensified in the French capital.


Second row (centre): Mr. Marius Vizer, IJF President, President of the Olympic Council of Asia and IOC Member, H.H. Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah and Vice President of the International Swimming Federation, Mr Tamás Gyárfás 

Honoured guests in attendance included President of the Association of National Olympic Committees, President of the Olympic Council of Asia and IOC Member, H.H. Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah.

Vice President of the International Swimming Federation (FINA), Mr Tamás Gyárfás and Global Ambassador of the World Baseball and Softball Confederation, Mr Antonio Castro, were also among the capacity crowd along with IJF guest and tennis Hall of Famer, Mr Ion Tiriac. IJF Ambassador and famed international footballer, Mr. Ivan Curkovic joined Minister of the City, Youth and Sports Mr. Patrick Kanner were all among the distinguished guests.


IJF Medal Awarding Ceremony with the IJF's distinguished guests

Following the signature of the MoU between the IJF and Commonwealth Judo Association (CJA) that took place on Friday on the occasion of the official draw of the Paris Grand Slam 2016, Mr. Richard Kenney, CJA Executive Director, and Dr. Richard Briggs, CJA Vice-President, explained why this partnership is so important for the development of judo among the Commonwealth nations.

Mr. Kenney said: “The main change since I was appointed as the Executive-President, is that judo was finally included as a core sport into the program of the Commonwealth Games. For instance, next year, the Commonwealth Youth Games will be held in the Bahamas and for the very first time judo will be featured in one of our events in the Caribbean region. We also hope that it will be included in the Youth Games in Belfast, Northern Ireland, in 2021. Dr. Briggs is closely following that. We also already know that judo will be part of the program in 2022 at the Durban Commonwealth Games in South Africa.“

Mr. Kenney also explained: “I do think that with that signature and the common work that we will develop in the upcoming months and years, the ability for Commonwealth countries to get more regular funding will increase. This is important, especially for the small nations. We really hope that this will bring a better profile to judo in many isolated regions.“


From L-R: Dr. Richard Briggs, CJA Vice-President, Mr. Richard Kenney, CJA Executive Director and Mr. Envic Galea, IJF Academy Director  

The first discussions between the IJF and the CJA, took place a couple of years ago in Glasgow when Mr. Envic Galea from the IJF met with the newly elected board of the CJA. “Mr. Galea is the link between our two organisations and thanks to Mr. Vizer’s understanding of the situation and vision for the development of judo, we can have a bright future for judo in our countries and of course this will benefit to our sport worldwide.“

Mr. Kenney added: “The IJF is a global organisation and we are definitely of a smaller scale at the CJA. After two years, we will analyse everything and then we will probably sign for four more years. From a technical point of view the IJF can really help us to develop. A strong cooperation between our two organisations is crucial and we need the IJF support to develop particular areas such as Africa, Oceania or the Caribbean. The problem that we had to face so far is that we use to lose momentum between events as judo was not a core sport of the commonwealth organisation. The CJA is quite young as it was created only in 1986. But today we have 74 member countries. Knowing that the Commonwealth Games is one of the biggest multi-sports events after the Olympics and with the support of the IJF, we can achieve great projects. We don’t want to duplicate what is already so well done by the IJF but we want to work together.“

On Sunday the heavyweight titans will go toe-to-toe as the women’s -70kg, -78kg and +78kg judoka will be joined in action on day two by the men’s -81kg, -90kg, -100g and +100kg judoka. Olympic champions Kayla HARRISON (USA) and Idalys ORTIZ (CUB) and reigning world champions GWAK Dong Han (KOR), Gevrise EMANE (FRA), UMEKI Mami (JPN) and YU Song (CHN) will all be looking for vital wins in the build-up to Rio 2016. 




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WOMEN

-48kg: GALBADRAKH wins first Grand Slam title in style     

In the first final of the day GALBADRAKH Otgontsetseg (KAZ) produced her performance of her career as she defeated former world champion and former teammate MUNKHBAT Urantsetseg (MGL). GALBADRAKH, 24, started representing Kazakhstan in August 2015 instead of her native Mongolia which meant that the talented fighter’s world ranking points were reset and she started from zero. World number one MUNKHBAT Urantsetseg (MGL) renewed her acquaintances with her ex-colleague as the pocked-sized world number 23, GALBADRAKH, who made the stronger start as she took the lead with a yuko from a well-executed yoko-tomoe-nage. That score proved to be enough as GALBADRAKH earned a superb first Grand Slam gold medal.   


The first semi-final saw double world champion ASAMI Haruna (JPN) lose out to fellow former world champion MUNKHBAT. ASAMI was penalised with a shido in the opening minute and MUNKHBAT was the stronger Asian judoka as she outfought her opponent for all four minutes and won by a waza-ari which was the only score of their contest. In the second semi-final Jeju Grand Prix winner GALBADRAKH squeezed past Olympic bronze medallist Charline VAN SNICK (BEL) with a tenacious display. Both judoka were level on the scoreboard with a yuko apiece after four minutes but the Belgian had been penalised twice while the former registered an unblemished record to secure a place in the final.

The first bronze medal fight pitted both -48kg London 2012 Olympic bronze medallists against each other as VAN SNICK squared off against CSERNOVICZKI Eva (HUN). It was CSERNOVICZKI who boosted her Rio 2016 bid by coming from behind as VAN SNICK had led with a yuko from a tomoe-nage before being penalised with a shido for a false attack one minute into the contest. CSERNOVICZKI took the lead for the first time with a waza-ari from a sode-tsurikomi-goshi with 41 seconds remaining and comfortably held on for bronze.     
           
The second bronze medal fight opposed the 2012 Olympic Champion Sarah MENEZES (BRA) and ASAMI. Both judoka were penalised with a shido for passivity just before MENEZES scored a first yuko to take a significant advantage. Just after the halfway point of the fight, ASAMI was penalised again for avoiding the Brazilian’s grip, but MENEZES also received a shido for blocking her opponent. Putting a lot of pressure on MENEZES, ASAMI was able to catch her on the floor with a strong strangulation, from which the Olympic champion miraculously escaped. It took her a few seconds to recover though and she finally could control the rest of the fight for a beautiful bronze medal, which confirms that she is on her way back to her best level, which offered her the Olympic title four years ago.

Former world champion KONDO Ami (JPN) went out to eventual winner GALBADRAKH Otgontsetseg (KAZ) in her opening contest as she submitted to a koshi-jime.
                                                
Final
GALBADRAKH, Otgontsetseg (KAZ) vs MUNKHBAT Urantsetseg (MGL)                                                                                                                                                              
Bronze Medal Fights
VAN SNICK, Charline (BEL) vs CSERNOVICZKI, Eva (HUN)                         
ASAMI, Haruna (JPN) vs MENEZES, Sarah (BRA)                                                                                                                                           

 

Final Results
1. GALBADRAKH, Otgontsetseg (KAZ)                           
2. MUNKHBAT Urantsetseg (MGL)                                                                
3. CSERNOVICZKI Eva (HUN).                                   
3. MENEZES, Sarah (BRA)        
5. VAN SNICK, Charline (BEL)     
5. ASAMI, Haruna (JPN)       
7. NIKOLIC, Milica (SRB)                       
7. MESTRE ALVAREZ, Dayaris (CUB)                                                                     


-52kg: KELMENDI retains Paris title to cement Rio 2016 favourite status      

The suspense of the -52kg final between Andreea CHITU (ROU) and Majlinda KELMENDI (KOS) was shortcut as the double world champion from Kosovo showed her power by counterattacking the first attempt of CHITU for a yuko score. KELMENDI immediately controlled the Romanian on the floor, with no possible escape and concluded the contest with an armlock for ippon and a look of pure satisfaction.  


In the first semi-final CHITU raced to victory against Havana Grand Prix winner Mareen KRAEH (GER) by ippon after just 25 seconds while in the second semi-final KELMENDI (KOS) produced two waza-ari scores to beat Tokyo Grand Slam bronze medallist Annabelle EURANIE (FRA).


The first bronze medal contest opposed EURANIE and former Asian Championships bronze medallist KIM Mi-Ri (KOR) and the home fighter left it all on the tatami as she fought her way to bronze. The veteran French fighter took the lead with a waza-ari and was rarely threatened as she accumulated two shido and showed her wealth of experience and tactical acumen. In the second bronze medal fight Olympic bronze medallist Priscilla GNETO (FRA) was opposed to KRAEH. The French fighter didn’t give any openings to her opponent and after having scored with a reverse sode-tsuri-komi-goshi, she pinned the German for ippon. GNETO (FRA) was joined in action by her 19-year-old younger sister Astride GNETO (FRA) who fell in the opening round to MA Yingnan (CHN).                           
          
Final
CHITU, Andreea (ROU) vs KELMENDI, Majlinda (KOS)    
                  
Bronze Medal Fights
EURANIE, Annabelle (FRA) vs KIM, Mi-Ri (KOR)                     
KRAEH, Mareen (GER) vs GNETO, Priscilla (FRA)                                                                          
                                                                                                                                      
 

Final Results
1. KELMENDI, Majlinda (KOS        
2. CHITU, Andreea (ROU)                                                          
3. EURANIE, Annabelle (FRA)                                                  
3. GNETO, Priscilla (FRA)                           
5. KIM, Mi-Ri (KOR)                             
5. KRAEH, Mareen (GER)   
7. RAMOS, Joana (POR)     
7. PERENC, Agata (POL)                                                                                                                                                   


-57kg: KIM beats world number one to conquer the French capital 

World number one and winner of the last World Masters, DORJSUREN Sumiya (MGL) qualified for the final against KIM Jan-Di (KOR), winner of the last Abu Dhabi Grand Slam. Being the world number one does not guarantee the top spot on the podium and especially not in Paris and this was verified as KIM was never really in danger against the Mongolian, except during a ground work session, where she was close to tapping from shime-waza. But beside that dangerous moment for her, KIM totally controlled the final and scored a first waza-ari, before concluding with a heavy counterattack for ippon.


In the first semi-final top seed DORJSUREN defeated Brazil’s first female world champion Rafaela SILVA (BRA) with eight seconds left. The Brazilian was losing 2:1 on shidos when her Mongolian opponent was able to overpower her in ne-waza with less resistance than expected and trapped her in osaekomi for 20 seconds and ippon. In the second semi-final Havana Grand Prix winner Marti MALLOY (USA) was beaten by in-form KIM by a yuko score to progress into the final.

The first bronze medal was won by high-flying MALLOY in the battle of -57kg London 2012 Olympic bronze medallists as she left Olympic bronze medallist Automne PAVIA (FRA) disappointed at home. MALLOY was good value for the victory which came by way of a yuko from an ippon seoi-nage which was the only score of the contest. Both judoka are well placed to be chasing their second Olympic medal this summer in Rio de Janeiro. The second bronze medal was won by 2013 world champion Rafaela SILVA (BRA) against Tunisia Open bronze medallist Arleta PODOLAK (POL). Only ranked 43 on the world ranking list, PODOLAK was in good form today in Paris and after 30 seconds of their bronze medal contest, both athletes were penalised with a shido for blocking. PODOLAK even took the lead for a short while when SILVA was penalised a second time. But then the former world champion scored a yuko with an opportunist counterattack, which was enough to secure the medal.
               
Final
KIM Jan-Di (KOR) vs DORJSUREN Sumiya (MGL)                                                                                                                                                           
Bronze Medal Fights
MALLOY, Marti (USA) vs PAVIA, Automne (FRA)             
SILVA, Rafaela (BRA) vs PODOLAK, Arleta (POL)

                                       
                               
Final Results 
1. KIM Jan-Di (KOR)             
2. DORJSUREN Sumiya (MGL)                                                        
3. MALLOY, Marti (USA)
3. SILVA, Rafaela (BRA)                         
5. PAVIA, Automne (FRA)                               
5. PODOLAK, Arleta (POL)                             
7. BEAUCHEMIN-PINARD, Catherine (CAN)                         
7. OHAI, Loredana (ROU)                                                                                         


-63kg: Grand Slam stage belongs to AGBEGNENOU  

Former world champion Clarisse AGBEGNENOU (FRA) had the possibility to write a perfect ending to the first day of the Paris Grand Slam 2016, in front of her home crowd and the French hero did not disappoint as she beat double world bronze medallist TASHIRO Miku (JPN) for gold. AGBEGNENOU won the fifth Grand Slam gold medal of her career as she led with a yuko from an ouchi-gari before following with a strong classical immobilisation from a kesa-gatame. 


In the first semi-final world champion Tina TRSTENJAK (SLO) was well beaten by a rampant TASHIRO who scored a yuko, waza-ari and almost pulled off a juji-gatame but the former was alert to the threat. In the second semi-final AGBEGNENOU (FRA) flew past Tokyo Grand Slam winner Martyna TRAJDOS (GER) by ippon after 42 seconds.

In the first bronze medal contest TRAJDOS had the measure of world bronze medallist TSEDEVSUREN Munkhzaya (MGL) to secure a vital medal in her pursuit of Olympic honours this summer. TRAJDOS won by a  waza-ari as she was on top throughout the contest and was smiling ear-to-ear after being awarded the contest. The second bronze medal contest featured TRSTENJAK against veteran Anicka VAN EMDEN (NED) for a place on the podium. Surprisingly, it is VAN EMDEN who scored the first with a counterattack for waza-ari, but there was still two minutes and a half remaining on the clock. Knowing the pressure that TRSTENJAK can put on her opponents, it was not written in stone that the waza-ari would be enough for the Dutch fighter to step up for the 13th time on the podium of a Grand Slam. But actually, she perfectly controlled Tina TRSTENJAK, attacking just before her or blocking her sleeve, and VAN EMDEN added one more medal to her impressive prize list.


      
Final
TASHIRO Miku (JPN) vs AGBEGNENOU, Clarisse (FRA)                                                                                                                                                                                               
Bronze Medal Fights
TRAJDOS, Martyna (GER) vs TSEDEVSUREN, Munkhzaya (MGL)              
TRSTENJAK, Tina (SLO) vs VAN EMDEN, Anicka (NED)          

                                   
                                
Final Results 
1. AGBEGNENOU, Clarisse (FRA)                                                         
2. TASHIRO Miku (JPN)                                                 
3. TRAJDOS, Martyna (GER)  
3. VAN EMDEN, Anicka (NED)                                  
5. TSEDEVSUREN, Munkhzaya (MGL)                                           
5. TRSTENJAK, Tina (SLO)                               
7. YANG, Junxia (CHN)                        
7. GWEND, Edwige (ITA)                                                       


MEN

-60kg: Japanese rotation ends with gold for SHISHIME  

Only eleven seconds were necessary for the 2015 world bronze medallist SHISHIME Toru (JPN) to score a first yuko to take the lead against Qingdao Grand Prix winner Ilgar MUSHKIYEV (AZE) in the final. It took four more minutes to see a second yuko written on the scoreboard, as again the Japanese scored with a left-handed uchi-mata. That was the end of the scoring before the final gong, as SHISHIME won his first Grand Slam title which was won by TAKATO Naohisa in October as the Japanese rotated their squad for Paris 2016. 


The men’s lightest category featured 55 athletes which was a record entry in this category at the Paris Grand Slam.   

In the first semi-final World Judo Masters bronze medallist Sharafuddin LUTFILLAEV (UZB) was thwarted by MUSHKIYEV (AZE) by a waza-ari as the former could only muster a yuko and was penalised on three occasions. In the second semi-final Havana Grand Prix bronze medallist Hovhannes DAVTYAN (ARM) was beaten by Tokyo Grand Slam bronze medallist SHISHIME by a yuko score.

The first bronze medal fight was won by world bronze medallist and top seed KIM Won Jin (KOR) who defeated DAVTYAN as his yuko was the only score of the contest. DAVTYAN was penalised three times as the South Korean was able to offer a solution questions posed by the Armenian. The second bronze medal fight of the men’s -60kg category Qingdao Grand Prix bronze medallist Walide KHYAR (FRA) and LUTFILLAEV. After half of the fight had elapsed, both athletes counted a shido on the scoreboard. Only ranked 60 in the world, the 20-year-old Frenchman, who was bronze medallist at the last Junior World Championships, proved that he had perfectly transitioned into the senior division. Showing a perfect command of the bout despite his young age, KHYAR pushed LUTFILLAEV to be penalised for a second time and then controlled the fight until the end to earn a huge ovation from the home crowd. 
                  
Final
SHISHIME Toru (JPN) vs MUSHKIYEV, Ilgar (AZE)                                                                                                  

Bronze Medal Fights
DAVTYAN, Hovhannes (ARM) vs KIM, Won Jin (KOR)                         
LUTFILLAEV, Sharafuddin (UZB) vs KHYAR, Walide (FRA)                    

                                                                                   
                                                                                                                
Final Results
1. SHISHIME Toru (JPN)                                       
2. MUSHKIYEV, Ilgar (AZE)                     
3. KIM, Won Jin (KOR)                                                        
3. KHYAR, Walide (FRA)                     
5. DAVTYAN, Hovhannes (ARM)                                                   
5. LUTFILLAEV, Sharafuddin (UZB)                                                      
7. PAISCHER, Ludwig (AUT)                        
7. ENGLMAIER, Tobias (GER)                                                                                                 


-66kg: EBINUMA magic captures Paris title from DAVAADORJ     

If world number two DAVAADORJ Tumurkhuleg (MGL), winner of the last Paris Grand Slam in October and ultimate favourite for this edition of the event as well, entered the final against, the judoka who can already be considered as a judo legend, three-time world champion and Olympic bronze medallist EBINUMA Masashi (JPN). After less than a minute, EBINUMA launched his left handed uchi-mata on the edge of the fighting area. DAVAADORJ tried to counterattack with a ura-nage, but the Japanese was on his guard. He just had to accentuate the pressure and pull the arm to conclude a fantastic judo day with a powerful ippon.


In the first semi-final top seed DAVAADORJ defeated former Tashkent Grand Prix bronze medallist Andraz JEREB (SLO) by the maximum score at exactly the halfway point. In the second semi-final EBINUMA had to toil against Tunisia Open winner Kilian LE BLOUCH (FRA) as he only prevailed only shido penalties against the impressive French fighter.

In the first bronze medal contest LE BLOUCH secured the greatest result of his career as he edged Qingdao Grand Prix bronze medallist KIM Limhwan (KOR) by a yuko from a ko-uchi-gari. The French support gave LE BLOUCH the extra lift he needed to grace an IJF World Judo Tour podium for the first time as KIM was unable to impose himself. The second bronze medal went to world champion AN Baul (KOR) who had to settle for a bronze medal fight against Andraz JEREB (SLO) in the final block having ran into EBINUMA in the quarter-finals. The South Korean fighter had to wait until the last 18 seconds to score when JEREB launched a uchi-mata, that AN perfectly sidestepped from to counterattack and score a spectacular ippon. 
                
Final
EBINUMA Masashi (JPN) vs DAVAADORJ, Tumurkhuleg (MGL)                                                                                                                                                            
Bronze Medal Fights
LE BLOUCH, Kilian (FRA) vs KIM, Limhwan (KOR)                      
JEREB, Andraz (SLO) vs AN, Baul (KOR)                        

                                                                                                                                                   
  
Final Result
1. EBINUMA Masashi (JPN)                                             
2. DAVAADORJ, Tumurkhuleg (MGL)                   
3. LE BLOUCH, Kilian (FRA)     
3. AN, Baul (KOR)                         
5. KIM, Limhwan (KOR)                                              
5. JEREB, Andraz (SLO)        
7. VAN GANSBEKE, Kenneth (BEL)                     
7. BASILE, Fabio (ITA)                                                                           


-73kg: AN supershow earns second South Korean gold        

The final of the day in the men’s -73kg weight category saw top seeded world bronze medallist AN Changrim (KOR), facing World Judo Masters winner Denis IARTCEV (RUS). A first shido was given on both sides for blocking the opponent, just before IARTCEV launched the first powerful attack with a uchi-mata. But without the sleeve, the Russian could not really control the movement for no score. AN and IARTCEV were perfectly neutralising each other until the South Korean could finally launch the now famous Korean-style-reversed-seoi-nage for what looked as a clear ippon. But the referee saw that the landing was not completely on the back and therefore offered only a waza-ari to AN, which was enough to secure the gold though.


In the first semi-final AN Changrim (KOR) surpassed 2015 Paris Grand Slam winner AKIMOTO Hiroyuki (JPN) with an ippon seoi-nage for the maximum score having led after 57 seconds with a waza-ari from a reverse seoi-nage. In the second semi-final Abu Dhabi Grand Slam bronze medallist Sagi MUKI (ISR) bested Denis IARTCEV (RUS) by a yuko and waza-ari as one of the best performers in the opening session.

The first bronze medal was won by Europan Games winner Sagi MUKI (ISR) who beat double world champion and Olympic silver medallist NAKAYA Riki (JPN). MUKI threw beautifully with a sode-tsurikomi-goshi for a yuko as NAKAYA tried to bridge but landed heavily on his shoulder. The Japanese fighter held his arm as he came back to his feet but was not able to continue and the contest was awarded to MUKI who went on to wait for his opponent at the field of play exit to check on his injury. The second and last male bronze medal fight of the first day of competition in Paris opposed the 2015 World Master silver medallist, Nugzari TATALASHVILI (GEO) and the 2010 world champion, AKIMOTO Hiroyuki (JPN). For breaking the grip, TATALASHVILI was penalised with a first shido. Less active than AKIMOTO, TATALASHVILI was penalised with a second shido, but a little while later it was the turn of the Japanese to be penalised. But despite those shido, the less that can be said is that both competitors put a lot of effort to try to score but unsuccessfully. At the end, it is the shido difference that offered the bronze medal to AKIMOTO.
     
Final
IARTCEV, Denis (RUS) vs AN, Changrim (KOR)                                                                                                                                                                            
Bronze Medal Fights
MUKI, Sagi (ISR) vs NAKAYA, Riki (JPN)                       
AKIMOTO, Hiroyuki (JPN) vs TATALASHVILI, Nugzari (GEO)                      

                                                                                                                                              
  
Final Result
1. AN, Changrim (KOR)                                                                    
2. IARTCEV, Denis (RUS)  
3. MUKI, Sagi (ISR)                           
3. AKIMOTO, Hiroyuki (JPN)                                             
5. NAKAYA, Riki (JPN)                           
5. TATALASHVILI, Nugzari (GEO)                         
7. DUPRAT, Pierre (FRA)                     
7. SAINJARGAL, Nyam-Ochir (MGL)                                                                                                                                                     

COMPETITION PROGRAMME

Sunday

09:00 Preliminaries on four mats
17:00 Final block (bronze on two mats, finals on one mat)

Women: -70kg, -78kg, +78kg
Men: -81kg, -90kg, -100kg, +100kg

Location: AccorHotels Arena

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