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)

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