Tuesday, July 26, 2016


The International Judo Federation is dedicated to the protection of clean sports and clean athletes

Following the recommendations and guidelines set forth by the IOC and WADA, IJF continues to support the participation of all Russian athletes qualified for the Rio Olympic Games. Within the framework of the IJF anti-doping rules and testing scheme, these athletes, like all athletes participating in the World Judo Tour circuit, were tested a number of times, outside Russia as well, during international competitions or through out-of-competition tests. There was no sanction given to Russian judokas.

Therefore, the IJF has submitted the testing history of the concerned athletes to the IOC and at the moment we are awaiting further recommendations in order to proceed.

"I sincerely hope that those athletes who are clean and have no doping records will be able to participate at the Olympic Games, as they have trained hard and, according to available evidence, have not participated in any form of doping. Understanding the huge impact this scandal has on world sports, the clean Russian athletes nonetheless should have a chance just like other clean athletes from any other country.” said Marius L. Vizer, President of the International Judo Federation.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Rio 2016 Predictions

Oon Yeoh's JudoCrazy Forecast

-60kg: Takato (JPN)
-66kg: Ebinuma (JPN)
-73kg: An Changrim (KOR)
-81kg: Tchrikishvili (GEO)
-90kg: Liparteliani (GEO)
-100kg: Krpalek (CZE)
+100kg: Riner (FRA)

-48kg: Menezes (BRA)
-52kg: Kelmendi (KOS)
-57kg: Silva (BRA)
-63kg: Agbegnenou (FRA)
-70kg: Emane (FRA)
-78kg: Aguiar (BRA)
+78kg: Ortiz (CUB)

Hans Van Essen's JudoInside Forecast

-60kg: Takato (JPN)
-66kg: Ebinuma (JPN)
-73kg: Ono (JPN)
-81kg: Nagase (JPN)
-90kg: Baker (JPN)
-100kg: Haga (JPN)
+100kg: Riner (FRA)

-48kg: Menezes (BRA)
-52kg: Kelmendi (KOS)
-57kg: Matsumoto (JPN)
-63kg: Agbegnenou (FRA)
-70kg: Emane (FRA)
-78kg: Aguiar (BRA)
+78kg: Ortiz (CUB)

Gabi Juan's Hajime Judo Forecast

-60kg: Takato (JPN)
-66kg: Ebinuma (JPN)
-73kg: Ono (JPN)
-81kg: Nagase (JPN)
-90kg: Liparteliani (GEO)
-100kg: Haga (JPN)
+100kg: Riner (FRA)

-48kg: Menezes (BRA)
-52kg: Kelmendi (KOS)
-57kg: Matsumoto (JPN)
-63kg: Agbegnenou (FRA)
-70kg: Emane (FRA)
-78kg: Aguiar (BRA)
+78kg: Yamabe (JPN)


Jacob-Jan Van Heesvelde's JudoHeroes Forecast

-60kg Takato (JPN)
-66kg Ebinuma (JPN)
-73kg Ono (JPN)
-81kg Nagase (JPN)
-90kg Liparteliani (GEO)
-100kg Haga (JPN)
+100kg Riner

-48kg Menezes (BRA)
-52kg Kelmendi (KOS)
-57kg Dorjsuren (MGL)
-63kg Agbegnenou (FRA)
-70kg Emane (FRA)
-78kg Harrison (USA)
+78 Ortiz (CUB)

David McFall's Judoka Quarterly Forecast

-60kg: Smetov (KAZ)
-66kg: Ebinuma (JPN)
-73kg: Ono (JPN)
-81kg: Tchrikishvili (GEO)
-90kg: Gwak (KOR)
-100kg: Krpalek (CZE)
+100kg: Riner (FRA)

-48kg: Kondo (JPN)
-52kg: Nakamura (JPN)
-57kg: Silva (BRA)
-63kg: Agbegnenou (FRA)
-70kg: Alvear (COL)
-78kg: Harrison (USA)
+78kg: Yu (CHN)

Ono throws Riner with uchimata!

Watch this amazing sequence of Ono throwing Riner with uchimata. It's not in competition, only in randori but still... 

These great photos courtesy of Gabi Juan who will be in Rio 2016 to capture some more amazing matside images.

The entry

The lift

The elevation

The rotation

The landing

The rollover

"Good one, mate!"

Monday, July 18, 2016

Will Japanese men dominate Rio 2016?

My friend Hans van Essen of JudoInside thinks the Japanese men will do an almost clean sweep of the male category in Rio 2016, winning 6 out of 7 titles (with only Riner stopping a complete Japanese tsunami).

On paper, it makes sense:

-60kg: Takato (world champion)
-66kg: Ebinuma (world champion)
-73kg: Ono (world champion)
-81kg: Nagase (world champion)
-90kg: Baker (not world champion but seeded No. 1)
-100kg: Haga (world champion)

But I reminded him that in Seoul 1988, it also looked like it was going to be a Japanese clean sweep:

-60kg: Hosokawa (world and Olympic champion)
-65kg: Yamamoto (world champion)
-71kg: Koga (what is there to say?)
-78kg: Okada (world champion)
-86kg: Osako (non-world champion)
-95kg: Sugai (world champion)
+95kg: Saito (world and Olympic champion)

But you know what? Every one of them lost except Saito. Like I said, the Olympics are full of upsets and unexpected results.

A look back at London 2012

Let's look back at the London 2012 Olympic judo competition and see how many expected and unexpected results there were. (Thanks to Hans van Essen for analyzing this with me).

-60kg: Galstyan (RUS) (unexpected)
-66kg: Shavdatuashvili (GEO) (unexpected)
-73kg: Isaev (RUS) (unexpected)

-81kg: Kim (KOR) (expected)
-90kg: Song (KOR) (unexpected)
-100kg: Khaybulaev (RUS) (expected)
+100kg: Riner (FRA) (expected)

Note: 4 gold medalists in the men's division were unexpected winners

-48kg: Menezes (BRA) (unexpected)
-52kg: An (PRK) (unexpected)
-57kg: Matsumoto (JPN) (expected)
-63kg: Zolnir (SLO) (unexpected)
-70kg: Decosse (FRA) (expected)
-78kg: Harrison (USA) (expected)
+78kg: Ortiz (CUB) (expected)

Note: 3 gold medalists in the women's division were unexpected winners.

Judo Schedule Rio Olympics 2016

6 August 2016(Saturday)

  • Women's 48 kg prelims and quarterfinals(6:30 pm)
  • Men's 60 kg prelims and quarterfinals(6:30 pm)
  • Women's 48 kg repechages, semifinal, Medal Matches(12:00 am)
  • Men's 60 kg repechages, Semifinal, Medal matches(12:00 am)

7 August 2016(Sunday)

  • Women's 52 kg prelims and quarterfinals(6:30 pm)
  • Men's 66 kg prelims and quarterfinals(6:30 pm)
  • Women's 52 kg repechages, semifinal, Medal Matches(12:00 am)
  • Men's 66 kg repechages, semifinal, Medal Matches(12:00 am)

8 August 2016(Monday)

  • Women's 57 kg prelims, quarterfinals(6:30 pm)
  • Men's 73 kg prelims, quarterfinals(6:30 pm)
  • Women's 57 kg repechages, semifinals, Medal Matches(12:00 am)
  • Men's 73 kg repeachages, semifnals, Medal Matches(12:00 am)

9 August 2016(Tuesday)

  • Women's 63 kg prelims and quarterfinals(6:30 pm)
  • Men's 81 kg prelims and quarterfinals(6:30 pm)
  • Women's 63 kg repechages, semifinals, Medal Matches(12:00 am)
  • Men's 81 kg repeachages, semifnals, Medal Matches(12:00 am)

10 August 2016(Wednesday)

  • Women's 70 kg prelims and quarterfinals(6:30 pm)
  • Men's 90 kg prelims and quarterfinals(6:30 pm)
  • Women's 70 kg repechages, semifinals, Medal Matches(12:00 am)
  • Men's 90 kg repeachages, semifnals, Medal Matches(12:00 am)

11 August 2016(Thursday)

  • Women's 78 kg prelims and quarterfinals(6:30 pm)
  • Men's 100 kg prelims and quarterfinals(6:30 pm)
  • Women's 78 kg repechages, semifinals, Medal Matches(12:00 am)
  • Men's 100 kg repeachages, semifnals, Medal Matches(12:00 am)

12 August 2016(Friday)

  • Women's 78+ kg prelims and quarterfinals(6:30 pm)
  • Men's 100+ kg prelims and quarterfinals(6:30 pm)
  • Women's 78+ kg repechages, semifinals, Medal Matches(12:00 am)
  • Men's 100+ kg repeachages, semifnals, Medal Matches(12:00 am)

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Tyumen Grand Slam 2016 - Russia DAY TWO

(Via IJF)

The Tyumen Grand Slam 2016 concluded on Sunday with the heavyweight judoka as all focus immediately switched to Rio 2016 with 19 days to go until the Olympic Games. 

Japan ran away with the medal table with a 15-strong team and not one of them are part of their Rio 2016 team but rather Tokyo 2020 hopes. Their seven-strong women’s team won all seven gold medals available while their male counterparts won two gold medals. Russia, as hosts, were able to enter four judoka in each weight category as they entered a full team of 56 judoka and finished second with a medal haul of three gold medals, 10 silver and 15 bronze medals. 

The build-up and anticipation for Rio 2016 has reached fever pitch as judoka are dominating the international and national press coverage with 389 judoka from 136 nations set to illuminate the Carioca Arena 2 from 6 – 12 August.

Three delegations will have a full team in Rio as Japan and France have qualified a full complement of 14 judoka (7 men, 7 women) while hosts Brazil have filled their home quota allocation as hosts. The booming Olympic and Paralympic sport has been present 14 times at the Olympic Games since its debut in 1964 and 51 countries have won medals on the Olympic tatami.

Judo ready for Rio 2016 Olympics

The IJF counts numerous Olympic champions and medallists among its staff and those in Tyumen were able to recall their own Olympic experiences before casting their eye forwards to Rio 2016 and the first Olympics in South America.

Mr. Neil ADAMS, IJF Hall of Famer and double Olympic silver medallist, said: “Every Olympic Games is different, each one was a totally unique experience for me. There is nothing more terrifying than competing at an Olympics. It’s a totally different event to the point where I say athletes have ‘Olympic tunnel syndrome’. I liken it to a child fighting for the first time and trying to pass a grading as the scale of the event is beyond anything they have experienced.

“As for Rio 2016, I believe we can expect a carnival atmosphere with it being the first Games in Brazil and judo being one of their strongest sports. I can’t wait to see everyone at the Olympic Games.”

Mr. KAWAGUCHI Takao, IJF Referee Commissioner and 1972 Olympic champion, said: “I will never forget the atmosphere on the day I became Olympic champion. Now there is an IJF World Judo Tour and a great number of events around the world but back then there was no circuit. I did the World Championships in 1971 (gold) and that was my main international experience before the Olympics.

“I fought on day five and there was a lot of pressure on me as our heavyweight and light heavyweight were unable to win. I injured my ribs in one of my early contests but I never thought to give up, this would never be my mind-set. I saw the Olympics as a special experience, I was mentally strong and I thought I would only be there once in my life.

“I think the Rio 2016 Olympic Games will be very special and anything can happen there. I am sure there will be many surprises and it will be an incredible event.”

Mr. HOSOKAWA Shinji, IJF Education and Coaching Commission member and 1984 Olympic champion, said: “For me, the feeling when I won the Olympics was one of relief. I felt so much pressure, I was afraid to compete, so to finally win was special. I only started judo when I was 12 years old in high school and at Tenri where my professors said ‘Shinji, you can go the Olympics’. When I was 16 I started to believe it myself.”

Looking towards Rio, HOSOKAWA, who also won bronze at the Seoul 1988 Olympics Games, said: “Judo has developed enormously since I was a competitor and many, many countries are winning medals at top events. I think Japan can do well and it is especially important for the Japanese team because they won only one gold medal at London 2012 and the next Olympics after Rio will be in Tokyo in 2020.”

Mr. Armen BAGDASAROV, IJF Sports Director and Atlanta 1996 Olympic silver medallist, said: “When I won Uzbekistan’s first Olympic medal I could not begin to understand the reality of it. When I won the semi-final it felt like a dream for me. I said to my coach he has to pinch me to wake me up from this dream.

“As we are so close to the first Olympic Games in Rio, I am so proud and happy with the progress of our sport. Judo is very popular in Brazil and together with our partners and supporters we can show our great sport to the world with a great event in Brazil.”

Sao Paulo’s Mr. Edison MINAKAWA (above - refereeing the -70kg final in Tyumen) will take charge at this home Olympics

One of the world’s elite referees, Edison MINAKAWA from Sao Paulo, Brazil, is counting down the days until he is on the centre of the tatami to officiate at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

MINAKAWA said: “To be in my home and to referee at my second Olympics gives me many emotions. The Brazilian people are very passionate and very proud and we saw that when Rio de Janeiro hosted the World Judo Championships in 2007 and 2013. Judo will be centre of the world for seven days and I cannot wait.”   

Full Tyumen Grand Slam 2016 results: http://www.ippon.org/gs_rus2016.php


-70kg: Faultless ARAI celebrates Grand Slam hat-trick   

Former World Judo Masters bronze medallist ARAI Chizuru (JPN) won the third Grand Slam gold medal of her career with a typically convincing display on Saturday as she defeated Warsaw European Open bronze medallist Valentina MALTSEVA (RUS) in the -70kg final. ARAI took the lead with a yuko before trapping her overmatched opponent with a yoko-shiho-gatame for 20 seconds and ippon. The 22-year-old ARAI could not usurp Tyumen Grand Slam winner TACHIMOTO Haruka (JPN) in the battle for a place at Rio 2016 but could be considered the early favourite Tokyo 2020.    

The first bronze medal was won by Budapest Grand Prix winner Elvismar RODRIGUEZ (VEN) as she beat former Astana Grand Prix silver medallist Anna BERNHOLM (SWE) who was making her -70kg debut having moved up from -63kg. RODRIGUEZ has been a revelation in the latter stage of this Olympic cycle and became her country’s first Grand Slam medallist on shido penalties with two being given against the Swede and one against the former. The second bronze medal contest featured 18-year-old Aleksandra SAMARDZIC (BIH) who disposed of African Championships bronze medallist Antonia MOREIRA (ANG) with aplomb. SAMARDZIC trailed to a yuko which her Angolan opponent scored with a right-sided ouchi-gari yuko before firing back with a waza-ari. The teenager was not done there as she threw her African opponent for the maximum score with a sweep on the edge of the tatami.  
MALTSEVA, Valentina (RUS) vs ARAI, Chizuru (JPN)                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           
Bronze Medal Fights
RODRIGUEZ, Elvismar (VEN) vs BERNHOLM, Anna (SWE)                     
SAMARDZIC, Aleksandra (BIH) vs MOREIRA, Antonia (ANG)                              

Final Results
1. ARAI, Chizuru (JPN)                                                      
2. MALTSEVA, Valentina (RUS)   
3. RODRIGUEZ, Elvismar (VEN)                                                    
3. SAMARDZIC, Aleksandra (BIH)    
5. BERNHOLM, Anna (SWE)                                              
5. MOREIRA, Antonia (ANG)                                                                        
7. KRIUKOVA, Iana (RUS)                               
7. KOVALENKO, Tatiana (RUS)                                              

-78kg: Grand Slam debutant TAKAYAMA seizes her chance for Japan         

Asian Championships silver medallist TAKAYAMA Rika (JPN) defeated Junior World Championships silver medallist Klara APOTEKAR (SLO)  - the younger sister of former world silver medallist Anamari VELENSEK – with a routine win to capture -78kg gold. The Japanese youngster held down her Slovenian opponent with a tate-shiho-gatame for 14 seconds and yuko score as APOTEKAR had enough about her to escape the hold. TAKAYAMA tried to return to the same position but then instead adjusted to a juji-gatame and APOTEKAR had to tap out. 

The first bronze medal was claimed by former Baku Grand Slam bronze medallist Anastasiya DMITRIEVA (RUS) who saw off Brigita MATIC (CRO) on shidos. DMITRIEVA, who narrowly failed to qualify for Rio 2016, took the bronze medal as she was penalised once in the scoreless contest while MATIC was penalised twice with the latter coming for stepping out in the closing seconds. The second bronze medal contest featured Orenburg European Cup winner Aleksandra BABINTCEVA (RUS) against little-known youngster Antonina SHMELEVA (RUS). BABINTCEVA, who shocked top seed Natalie POWELL (GBR) in their opening contest with a juji-gatame for ippon, threw SHMELEVA with a powerful harai-goshi for ippon.                  
TAKAYAMA, Rika (JPN) vs APOTEKAR, Klara (SLO)                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               
Bronze Medal Fights
DMITRIEVA, Anastasiya (RUS) vs MATIC, Brigita (CRO)                             
BABINTCEVA, Aleksandra (RUS) vs SHMELEVA, Antonina (RUS)                           

Final Results
2. APOTEKAR, Klara (SLO)                                                                                           
3. DMITRIEVA, Anastasiya (RUS)                                   
3. BABINTCEVA, Aleksandra (RUS)                               
5. MATIC, Brigita (CRO)                               
5. SHMELEVA, Antonina (RUS)                                                       
7. POWELL, Natalie (GBR)                                
7. DAVTYAN, Dzhuletta (RUS)                                                                                                                                                                                         

+78kg: INAMORI inches closer to being Japan’s number one 

Tokyo Grand Slam winner INAMORI Nami (JPN) maintained the Japanese women’s perfect record in Tyumen as they all seven female gold medals. Baku Grand Slam bronze medallist Nihel CHEIKH ROUHOU (TUN) fell behind to a waza-ari after 28 seconds and cut the deficit with a yuko but the result was never in doubt and INAMORI held firm. Six-time African champion will be seeded for the Olympics and will see today’s outing as a very worthwhile exercise as she aims to shock the world in Brazil where she will be one of her continent and country’s biggest hopes. 

The first bronze medal was claimed by in-form World Judo Masters bronze medallist Larisa CERIC (BIH) who edged out former Baku Grand Slam bronze medallist Sandra JABLONSKYTE (LTU) on shido penalties. JABLONSKYTE was penalised three times while CERIC was only penalised twice as the Bosnia and Herzegovina fighter was the brighter of the judo as she looked for a koshi-jime strangle but could not secure the position. The second bronze medal contest was won by former Madrid European Open bronze medallist Nataly SOKOLOVA (RUS) who held down Tbilisi Grand Prix bronze medallist Maryna SLUTSKAYA (BLR) with a mune-gatame for her second and match-winning waza-ari.                                                 


INAMORI, Nami (JPN) vs CHEIKH ROUHOU, Nihel (TUN)                                                                                                                        
Bronze Medal Fights
CERIC, Larisa (BIH) vs JABLONSKYTE, Sandra (LTU)                               
SLUTSKAYA, Maryna (BLR) vs SOKOLOVA, Nataly (RUS)                                                                                                                                                                                                               


Final Results
1. INAMORI, Nami (JPN)                                        
2. CHEIKH ROUHOU, Nihel (TUN)                                          
3. CERIC, Larisa (BIH)                                    
3. SOKOLOVA, Nataly (RUS)                                                          
5. JABLONSKYTE, Sandra (LTU)                                                                                          
5. SLUTSKAYA, Maryna (BLR)  
7. KARPOVA, Daria (RUS)                                   
7. SHEREMETOVA, Ekaterina (RUS)                                                                                                                 


-81kg: Russia oust Japan in a final at the seventh attempt    

Casablanca African Open silver medallist Aslan LAPPINAGOV (RUS) was the hero for Russia as he inflicted the first defeat for Japan in the event’s fascinating series of finals between the hosts and Japan. Jeju Grand Prix winner SATO Seidai (JPN) opposed LAPPINAGOV (RUS) as both men were contesting their first Grand Slam final. Russia lost all six head-to-heads with Japan in gold medal contests on Saturday but a last-gasp LAPPINAGOV attack send SATO over for a yuko as he could not climb off the buzzer-beating uchi-mata.  

The first bronze medal was clinched by Tbilisi Grand Prix winner Alan KHUBETSOV (RUS) as former world bronze medallist Ivan VOROBEV (RUS) was penalised four times in a contest which failed to excite. The second bronze medal was won by Oberwart European Open bronze medallist Stanislav SEMENOV (RUS) who bested former World Judo Masters bronze medallist UNGVARI Attila (HUN). The Hungarian had to go off the mat to have fresh applied to cover his right ear and a cut above his right eye due to inadvertent clashes in the previous rounds. SEMENOV cleverly teased a sankaku-gatame hold but changed his position to capture the loose right arm of the Hungarian and pulled back as the submission came from a juji-gatame. 
SATO, Seidai (JPN) vs LAPPINAGOV, Aslan (RUS)                                                                                                                                                   
Bronze Medal Fights
VOROBEV, Ivan (RUS) vs KHUBETSOV, Alan (RUS)                               
UNGVARI, Attila (HUN) vs SEMENOV, Stanislav (RUS)                 

Final Results
1. LAPPINAGOV, Aslan (RUS)                                         
2. SATO, Seidai (JPN)                                                      
3. KHUBETSOV, Alan (RUS)                                 
3. SEMENOV, Stanislav (RUS)                                        
5. VOROBEV, Ivan (RUS)                                     
5. UNGVARI, Attila (HUN)                     
7. LUCENTI, Emmanuel (ARG)  
7. PACEK, Robin (SWE)                                                                                                                 

-90kg: Olympic seed NYMAN gears up Rio 2016 with Tyumen gold    

World Judo Masters bronze medallist Marcus NYMAN (SWE) gave another superb account of himself on the IJF World Judo Tour as he bested World Judo Masters silver medallist Khusen KHALMURZAEV (RUS) in the -90kg final. Former European champion NYMAN, 25, a ne-waza specialist, trapped his opponent KHALMURZAEV with a sankaku-gatame for 20 seconds and ippon. KHALMURZAEV will now invest his time in supporting his twin brother Khasan KHALMURZAEV who will fight for Russia in the -81kg category at the Olympic Games. Khusen KHALMURZAEV missed out on Rio as four-time world medallist Kirill DENISOV (RUS) was selected by the Russian management. 

The first bronze medal was won by Magomed MAGOMEDOV (RUS) as former Ulaanbaatar Grand Prix winner Alexander GRIGOREV (RUS) was penalised four times compared to the two indiscretions of his teammate in a lacklustre contest. The second bronze medal was captured by Qingdao Grand Prix winner NAGASAWA Kenta (JPN) who threw Ulaanbaatar Grand Prix bronze medallist Firudin DADASHOV (AZE) with osoto-gari and then uchi-mata and scored a yuko with each attack. NAGASAWA sealed the victory by holding down the Azeri who was powerless under the pressure of the Japanese in the mune-gatame hold.                               
NYMAN, Marcus (SWE) vs KHALMURZAEV, Khusen (RUS)                  

Bronze Medal Fights
GRIGOREV, Alexander (RUS) vs MAGOMEDOV, Magomed (RUS)                     
NAGASAWA, Kenta (JPN) vs DADASHOV, Firudin (AZE)                              

Final Results
1. NYMAN, Marcus (SWE)
2. KHALMURZAEV, Khusen (RUS)                                             
3. MAGOMEDOV, Magomed (RUS)                                                               
3. NAGASAWA, Kenta (JPN)  
5. GRIGOREV, Alexander (RUS)                         
5. DADASHOV, Firudin (AZE)                                                                                  
7. MARMELJUK, Aleksandr (EST)             
7. ZHAMBEKOV, Said Emi (RUS)                                                                                                                                                     

-100kg: Pole position for PACEK who is all set for Rio 2016                     

World Judo Masters bronze medallist Martin PACEK (SWE) has earned a reputation for being an awkward fighter with a style that frustrates his opponents. His results speak for themselves and the Swedish fighter, who will be seeded for the Olympics, showed a wide range of techniques in the final against former Baku Grand Slam winner Adlan BISULTANOV (RUS). The leggy PACEK went ahead with a yuko from a reaching ouchi-gari and then held down his Russian opponent with a kuzure-tate-shiho-gatame in an alarmingly straight forward win for the former. 

The first bronze medal was won by Tashkent Grand Prix bronze medallist Niiaz BILALOV (RUS) who defeated former Ulaanbaatar Grand Prix bronze medallist Benjamin FLETCHER (GBR). A committed uchi-mata from the Russian settled the contest as BILALOV won his first Grand Slam medal while FLETCHER still achieved his best result at a Grand Slam and has plenty of footage to analyse and areas to work on before making his Olympic debut (by way of a continental quota sport) at Rio 2016. The second bronze was won by 2015 Tyumen Grand Slam bronze medallist Kazbek ZANKISHIEV (RUS) who repeated as Madrid European Open bronze medallist Jalil SHUKUROV (AZE) received four penalties and hansoku-make in a toothless performance. 
PACEK, Martin (SWE) vs BISULTANOV, Adlan (RUS)                                                                                                              
Bronze Medal Fights
BILALOV, Niiaz (RUS) vs FLETCHER, Benjamin (GBR)   
SHUKUROV, Jalil (AZE) vs ZANKISHIEV, Kazbek (RUS)       

Final Result
1. PACEK, Martin (SWE)                                                             
2. BISULTANOV, Adlan (RUS)                                             
3. BILALOV, Niiaz (RUS)           
3. ZANKISHIEV, Kazbek (RUS)                                                                                      
5. FLETCHER, Benjamin (GBR)                            
5. SHUKUROV, Jalil (AZE)        
7. ISHIMOV, Oleg (RUS)              
7. TACHII, Denis (MDA)                                                                                                                                                                                                         

+100kg: VOLKOV delights the home crowd in the last final in Tyumen               

Junior World Championships bronze medallist OGAWA Yusei (JPN) – the son of ‘Captain Hustle’ OGAWA Naoya, Barcelona 1992 Olympic silver medallist and four-time world champion – had to settle for silver on his Grand Slam debut as two-time Grand Slam bronze medallist Andrey VOLKOV (RUS) won his first Grand Slam gold medal to send the crowd home happy. VOLKOV wasted little time as he sent OGAWA over for a waza-ari score and secured the osaekomi for 15 seconds and the Japanese succumb to the yoko-shiho-gatame. 

The first bronze medal was won by former Orenburg European Cup bronze medallist Anton BRACHEV (RUS) who conquered Soslan BOSTANOV (RUS) by a yuko which was the only score in the contest. The second and last bronze medal fight of the tournament opposed two-time All Japan Openweight Championships winner OJITANI Takeshi (JPN) who used his bulk to pin down Wroclaw Junior European Cup silver medallist Nodar MACHUTADZE (UKR) with a kami-shiho-gatame for 20 seconds and ippon.                             
FinalOGAWA, Yusei (JPN) vs VOLKOV, Andrey (RUS)          


Bronze Medal Fights
BRACHEV, Anton (RUS) vs BOSTANOV, Soslan (RUS)                    
OJITANI, Takeshi (JPN) vs MACHUTADZE, Nodar (UKR)                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          
Final Result
1. VOLKOV, Andrey (RUS)      
2. OGAWA, Yusei (JPN)                                      
3. BRACHEV, Anton (RUS)                                                             
3. OJITANI, Takeshi (JPN)                                                             
5. BOSTANOV, Soslan (RUS)                           
5. MACHUTADZE, Nodar (UKR)                               
7. KRIVOBOKOV, Anton (RUS)               
7. ZVIERIEV, Sergii (UKR)                                                                

Saturday, July 16, 2016

Tyumen Grand Slam 2016 - Russia DAY ONE

(Via IJF)

The Tyumen Grand Slam 2016, the final event before Rio 2016, opened on Saturday with 20 days to go until the Olympic Games as an international field looked to overthrow the might of Russia in Siberia. 

The Russian Judo Federation’s annual Grand Slam is the final event in this Olympic cycle before Rio 2016 after a gruelling two-year qualifying campaign ended in May with the World Judo Masters. With places, rankings and seedings all confirmed for the Games, a handful of leading Rio 2016 contenders are in Tyumen while some of judo’s leading nations are using the event to blood their young ranks who will become permanent features in the next cycle towards Tokyo 2020.

Day one in Siberia saw seven categories contested on the two tatami as the women’s -48kg, -52kg, -57kg and -63kg categories and the men’s -60kg, -66kg and -73kg categories were all settled in Tyumen.

Japan won six of the seven gold medals at stake on day 1 of #JudoTyumen2016 with a sensational team effort as only Musa MOGUSHOV could break the visitors’ golden-streak as he won -73kg gold.

The opening ceremony of the Tyumen Grand Slam 2016 as Mr. Vladimir YAKUSHEV, Governor of Tyumen Region, addressed the crowd

Ahead of the final block, the opening ceremony took place as the flags of the 25 participating countries were presented to the sell-out crowd.

Mr. Vladimir YAKUSHEV, Governor of Tyumen Region, made the opening address in Tyumen.

“Good afternoon dear friends, once again I am very glad to welcome you to the Grand Slam competition in Tyumen,” said Mr. YAKUSHEV.

“We tried to do our best to organise the event in the best way possible. I would like to thank the IJF for the opportunity to organise this event in Tyumen. I would like to wish all the judoka good luck at this competition and at the Olympic Games. I wish all spectators an enjoyable time and may the strongest judoka win the competition.”

Mr. Sergey SOLOVEYCHIK (above), IJF Vice President and EJU President, made the second address.  

“Dear friends, good afternoon, on behalf of IJF and Russian Judo Federation, I welcome all the participants of the Tyumen Grand Slam 2016. Every year Tyumen gathers the best judoka from all over the world. During the last years Tyumen has become one of the leading host cities. I would personally like to thank the Government of the Tyumen Region and the Tyumen Judo Federation. I would like to wish all participants in Tyumen a lot of success and I also wish you the best of luck at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. Ladies and gentlemen we declare the Tyumen Grand Slam 2016 open.”

On Sunday the heavyweights will conclude the competition with the seven remaining weight categories. Natalie POWELL (GBR), one of the top seeds in the -78kg category at Rio 2016, will compete on Sunday along with fellow World Judo Masters bronze medallist Marcus NYMAN (SWE) who will be a force to be reckoned with in Rio as one of the -90kg category’s top seeds.  


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-48kg: FUNAKI aces first international Grand Slam for Japan           

Junior world champion TONAKI Funa (JPN) was the top seed in Tyumen in the -48kg category and the youngster was unbeatable on day one in Tyumen. Qingdao Grand Prix winner TONAKI, 20, was matched against world number 28 Nataliya KONDRATYEVA (RUS) in the final. London 2012 Olympian KONDRATYEVA, 30, put in the first attack as she failed with a right-sided yoko-tomo-nage but as TONAKI landed on top and nearly countered into osaekomi. An action-packed contest ensued for the full four minutes and into golden score after the regulation time finished scoreless and without a single shido been given to either fighter. TONAKI wore down her veteran opponent in golden score and with three minutes of added time under her belt the Japanese clinched her first Grand Slam gold medal by pinning down the home judoka with a kami-shiho-gatame for 20 seconds and ippon. 

The first bronze medal fight pitted Budapest Grand Prix bronze medallist Milica NIKOLIC (SRB) against Olga TITOVA (RUS) as the home fighter was competing in an IJF medal contest for the first time in her career. With the scores tied at a yuko apiece, the Serbian fighter pressed forward and scored a waza-ari from an uchi-mata before impressively submitting her opponent with a well-executed piece of shime-waza. The second bronze medal fight opposed Podcetrtek European Cup winner Sabina GILIAZOVA (RUS) who bested teammate and 22-year-old Orenburg European Cup winner Anastasia PAVLENKO (RUS) by a waza-ari which was the only score of the contest. The result was the first at this level for GILIAZOVA who was one of four Russian judoka in the category.      
Bronze Medal Fights
NIKOLIC, Milica (SRB) vs TITOVA, Olga (RUS)
PAVLENKO, Anastasia (RUS) vs GILIAZOVA, Sabina (RUS)


Final Results
1. TONAKI, Funa (JPN)
2. KONDRATYEVA, Nataliya (RUS)  
3. NIKOLIC, Milica (SRB)
3. GILIAZOVA, Sabina (RUS)
5. TITOVA, Olga (RUS)
5. PAVLENKO, Anastasia (RUS)

-52kg: First Grand Slam gold for Japan’s SHISHIME          

World number 10 SHISHIME Ai (JPN) won her first Grand Slam gold medal as she defeated European bronze medallist Yulia RYZHOVA (RUS) in the -52kg final. SHISHIME, who has been behind NAKAMURA Misato and NISHIDA Yuka in the Japanese pecking order, is now established as the number one candidate for Tokyo 2020 albeit at this early stage. RYZHOVA was penalised for not taking a grip and the home fans urged their fighter to attack but SHISHIME was cool in the closing seconds as she wrapped up her opponent on the ground to wind down the clock and open her Grand Slam gold medal account.

The first bronze medal contest was won by Ulaanbaatar Grand Prix bronze medallist Tena SIKIC (CRO) who defeated Podcetrtek European Cup silver medallist Anna PASHINA (RUS) with a stop-start uchi-mata earning a yuko. SIKIC, 22, has now won back-to-back IJF medals in her two appearances on the tour as she produced the only score of this medal contest and the Croatian will be among the favourites at the Zagreb Grand Prix in September. In the second bronze medal fight 23-year-old Aigul TASHTIMIROVA (RUS) prevailed over world number 91 Antonina KIRIEVSKAYA (RUS) in a contest which failed to ignite but the home fans were nonetheless always going to be happy with the outcome. Both judoka were fighting for a Grand Slam medal for the first time and KIRIEVSKAYA was penalised with a shido for ducking underneath to avoid the grip of her opponent. That penalty decided the scoreless contest as TASHTIMIROVA stepped onto a Grand Slam podium for the first time. 
Bronze Medal Fights
PASHINA, Anna (RUS) vs SIKIC, Tena (CRO)

Final Results
2. RYZHOVA, Yulia (RUS)            
3. SIKIC, Tena (CRO)
5. PASHINA, Anna (RUS)
5. KIRIEVSKAYA, Antonina (RUS)
7. NAREKS, Petra (SLO)

-57kg: YOSHIDA ready to step out of the shadow of MATSUMOTO Kaori 

Three-time Grand Slam winner YOSHIDA Tsukasa (JPN) controlled Podcetrtek European Cup winner Daria MEZHETCKAIA (RUS) in the -57kg final to win Grand Slam gold in Russia as the Japanese team reigned supreme. Former Junior World Championships bronze medallist MEZHETCKAIA, 22, fell behind to a waza-ari and could not escape a kuzure-tate-shiho-gatame hold from YOSHIDA who will be tipped to lead the way for Japan in this category following the Olympic Games. YOSHIDA has long been in the shadow of Olympic and world champion MATSUMOTO Kaori but that could change after Rio 2016 when the next cycle begins. 

The first bronze medal was won by former Rio de Janeiro Grand Slam winner Jovana ROGIC (SRB) who beat Orenburg European Cup bronze medallist Sofia CHISTANOVA (RUS) by a single shido in a scoreless contest. The second bronze medal was won by Orenburg European Cup winner Natalia GOLOMIDOVA (RUS) as Orenburg European Cup silver medallist Aleksandra SALNIKOVA (RUS) received hansoku-make for four shidos. SALNIKOVA lost the Orenburg European Cup final rematch on the highest stage of their careers with an insipid display but GOLOMIDOVA will not be concerned with the manner of the victory as she savoured the opportunity to represent her country on the medal podium in Tyumen.   

Bronze Medal Fights
ROGIC, Jovana (SRB) vs CHISTANOVA, Sofia (RUS)
GOLOMIDOVA, Natalia (RUS) vs SALNIKOVA, Aleksandra (RUS)

Final Results 
1. YOSHIDA, Tsukasa (JPN)
3. ROGIC, Jovana (SRB)
3. GOLOMIDOVA, Natalia (RUS)
5. SALNIKOVA, Aleksandra (RUS)
7. DURBACH, Manon (LUX)

-63kg: Japan’s NOUCHI goes from unknown to instant hit in Tyumen

St Petersburg Junior European Cup bronze medallist NOUCHI Aimi (JPN) came into the competition as an unknown but leaves Tyumen with one Grand Slam gold medal after beating Lisbon European Open bronze medallist Daria DAVYDOVA (RUS). The Russian judoka lost out to a waza-ari score as NOUCHI performed well without looking as polished as her teammates but still the young fighter won gold which will endear her to the Japanese selectors and public who were watching in vast numbers in the crowd and on television.


In the first bronze medal contest Junior World Championships silver medallist Diana DZHIGAROS (RUS) squeezed past two-time African Championships bronze medallist Helene WEZEU DOMBEU (CMR) by a single yuko to win her first Grand Slam medal and add to Russia’s medal haul which by now was into double figures. The second bronze medal contest featured Rio-bound Mia HERMANSSON (SWE) and 21-year-old Olga KRIUKOVA (RUS) and it was all over after three minutes as the Swedish fighter rounded off a worthwhile exercise before the Games by scoring two waza-ari. Top seed HERMANSSON took the lead with a ko-uchi-gari for a waza-ari and scored a second from a ko-uchi-gake for a place on the podium in Tyumen. 

Bronze Medal Fights

Final Results 
1. NOUCHI, Aimi (JPN)
2. DAVYDOVA, Daria (RUS)
7. BADUROVA, Kamila (RUS)


-60kg: OSHIMA comes through Grand Slam test with ippon judo

Asian Championships bronze medallist OSHIMA Yuma (JPN) beat Casablanca African Open bronze medallist Albert OGUZOV (RUS) as he started the Japanese men’s team run of victories. Two-time Grand Slam bronze medallist OSHIMA, 21, trailed to a yuko score and tried to engineer an opening with his prodding ashi-waza but it was a moment of madness from OGUZOV which decided the contest as he inexcusably grabbed the legs of the Japanese to receive hansoku-make in the biggest contest of his career.

The first bronze medal fight was won by Ulaanbaatar Grand Prix bronze medallist Davud MAMMADSOY (AZE) who overwhelmed world number 91 Dmitriy KULIKOV (RUS) with a high-quality display. The Azeri led with a waza-ari from a ko-soto-gake with two minutes remaining and rolled his Russian opponent moments later for second and match-winning waza-ari. The second bronze medal fight saw world number 109 Sayan KHERTEK (RUS) struggle to impose himself against former world bronze medallist Ilgar MUSHKIYEV (AZE). KHERTEK, 28, who was bidding for his first IJF World Judo Tour medal, looked overawed and unsettled as he earned four shido penalties to receive hansoku-make as both -60kg bronze medals went to Azerbaijan.
OSHIMA, Yuma (JPN) vs OGUZOV, Albert (RUS)

Bronze Medal Fights
KULIKOV, Dmitriy (RUS) vs MAMMADSOY, Davud (AZE)

Final Results
1. OSHIMA, Yuma (JPN)
2. OGUZOV, Albert (RUS)
5. KULIKOV, Dmitriy (RUS)
5. KHERTEK, Sayan (RUS)
7. SULTANBAEV, Doniyor (UZB)
7. YASHUEV, Islam (RUS)

-66kg: Wonderkid ABE remains unbeaten on Grand Slam stage

World number 25 and top seed ABE Hifumi (JPN) won the second Grand Slam gold medal of his career as he defeated former Tyumen Grand Slam bronze medallist Anzaur ARDANOV (RUS) in the -66kg final. ABE, who beat teammate and former Jeju Grand Prix winner TATEYAMA Sho (JPN) in the semi-final with a neat de-ashi-barai for a waza-ari, attacked ARDANOV with a trademark ouchi-gari but for no score. The 18-year-old hotshot scored a waza-ari from an osoto-gari and the All Japan Championships winner, who finished ahead of triple world champion and Rio 2016 fighter EBINUMA Masashi (JPN) in the most important national competition in Japan, saw out the remainder of the contest as his star potential looks limitless.  

In the first bronze medal contest reigning Tyumen Grand Slam bronze medallist Yakub SHAMILOV (RUS) repeated his 2015 result as he saw off Sofia European Open silver medallist Abdula ABDULZHALILOV (RUS) with a juji-gatame making his teammate submit. The second bronze medal went to former Jeju Grand Prix winner TATEYAMA Sho (JPN) who outshone former Rio de Janeiro Grand Slam winner Denis LAVRENTIEV (RUS) in a battle of technique against power. TATEYAMA captured his first Grand Slam medal with two yuko scores as Russian LAVRENTIEV relied on power and was caught on several occasions by the ashi-waza of the Japanese who showed the deftest of touches to devastating effect. 
ARDANOV, Anzaur (RUS) vs ABE, Hifumi (JPN) 

Bronze Medal Fights

Final Result
1. ABE, Hifumi (JPN)
2. ARDANOV, Anzaur (RUS)
3. SHAMILOV, Yakub (RUS)
5. ABDULZHALILOV, Abdula (RUS)                              
7. TALISHINSKI, Iskandar (AZE)
7. SHIRINLI, Vugar (AZE)

-73kg: MOGUSHKOV strikes for Russia having missed out on Rio 2016  

Double world bronze medallist Musa MOGUSHKOV (RUS) defeated Slovenian European Cup silver medallist Arbi KHAMKHOEV (RUS) in the -73kg final as he fuelled by missing out on selection for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. London 2012 Olympian MOGUSHKOV, who was described as ‘Olympic material’ by IJF commentator Sheldon FRANCO-ROOKS on the live stream, lost his anticipated place at Rio as Denis IARTCEV leaped in front on the Olympic qualified list and claimed a seeded spot for the Olympic Games. KHAMKHOEV, 22, who was fighting for an IJF medal for the first time in his career, was beautifully caught by MOGUSHKOV with a ko-uchi-gari for ippon.

The first bronze medal was won by former European champion Alim GADANOV (RUS) as world number 358 Muhammadlaziz KAYUMOV (UZB) was not permitted to compete having been disqualified in his previous contest. KAYUMOV, 23, showed his potential in the early rounds but will have to wait for his first IJF medal. The second and last male bronze medal fight of the first day of competition went in the favour of world number 52 Tommy MACIAS (SWE) who was thrilled to grace an IJF medal podium for the first time with a workman-like effort against 21-year-old newcomer Khikmatillokh TURAEV (UZB). Chirchik Junior Asian Cup winner TURAEV was penalised twice as both judoka failed to threaten the scoreboard and it was the Swede who registered his first honours on the IJF World Judo Tour.   


Bronze Medal Fights
KAYUMOV, Muhammadlaziz (UZB) vs GADANOV, Alim (RUS)
MACIAS, Tommy (SWE) vs TURAEV, Khikmatillokh (UZB)        

Final Result
3. GADANOV, Alim (RUS)  
3. MACIAS, Tommy (SWE)
5. KAYUMOV, Muhammadlaziz (UZB)
5. TURAEV, Khikmatillokh (UZB)                          
7. PAPOSHVILI, Tengizi (GEO)
7. KHAMZA, Didar (KAZ)