Friday, July 1, 2016

Ulaanbaatar Grand Prix 2016 - Mongolia DAY ONE

(Via IJF)

Mongolia’s Rio 2016 Olympic top seed defeats teammate-turned-nemesis    


The Ulaanbaatar Grand Prix, the final IJF Grand Prix before the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, opened in style on Friday with a memorable day of judo in the Mongolian capital at the Buyant Ukhaa Sport Complex.  

The seventh Grand Prix of the season engaged judoka in five weight categories on the opening day as the crowd had a chance see members of their Olympic team in action for the last time before they fly their country’s flag in Brazil in August. Day one featured the women’s -48kg, -52kg and -57kg categories and the men’s -60kg and -66kg categories as Rio 2016 Olympic Games top seed and former world champion MUNKHBAT Urantsetseg (MGL) was in -48kg action.

First Mongolian referee to officiate at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games

It will not just be the Mongolian judoka making their country proud at the Rio 2016 Olympics as Mr. BUKHBAT Mashbat, Mongolian Judo Association General Secretary, will become his country’s first referee at the Olympic Games.

“My father was also a coach and national referee, a lot of people said my father was very good and I wanted to follow his path,” said BUKHBAT who achieved his IJF A licence in 2013.  

“When I started, lots of people watched me and said I should referee at a higher level. I was busy working with the MJA and I never expected to be refereeing at major international events. Professional referees said I should be a representative of Asia and I started officiating at some Grand Prix events and Grand Slams.

“There are many tournaments and there has been a lot of time away from my family. My daughter was born while I was away refereeing at the Paris Grand Slam this year. I would like to highlight the support from MJA President BATTULGA Khaltmaa who is a great man, he encourages everyone in judo and not just in Mongolia. Judo should be developed all around the world, at all levels, this is his perspective. The MJA says that judo is not just a sport, it is educational, morally and it has good discipline and mutual respect.”

Mr. BUKHBAT Mashbat refereeing at the 2015 World Championships in Astana, Kazakhstan

Mr. BUKHBAT, who combines his refereeing with his full-time role as the MJA General Secretary, which is his sole focus this weekend in Ulaanbaatar, revealed what it feels like to share a tatami with judo’s finest practitioners and the honour of being a representative of Mongolia.

“The first time I refereed at a high level I felt nervous, but I got used to it. I started to really enjoy it and especially to be part of the finals, to make good decisions and work well with my colleagues. It’s a great honour for me to represent Mongolia at the Olympic Games and it is a big responsibility and challenge for me. I think Rio 2016 will be one of the happiest moments of my life. I will then look forward to the next Olympic cycle and I hope to set a positive impact for the MJA as I feel it is my duty to bring more notoriety for us and more opportunities. I also thank my father for every experience he shared with me and for everything he achieved in judo.”

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-48kg: Rio 2016 top seed MUNKHBAT finally beats nemesis GALBADRAKH       

Former world champion MUNKHBAT Urantsetseg (MGL) warmed up for her first Olympics by beating her nemesis and teammate-turned-rival Otgontsetseg GALBADRAKH (KAZ). Paris Grand Slam winner GALBADRAKH (KAZ) switched from representing Mongolia to Kazakhstan in 2015 as her competition route was blocked by MUNKHBAT with only one judoka per country eligible to compete in each weight category at the Olympics. GALBADRAKH, who was returning to her native Mongolia as one of the top seeds for the Games, had beaten MUNKHBAT in all three of their meetings in 2016 and that was all fuel for her former teammate who was fighting in her homeland for the final time before Rio 2016. MUNKHBAT took the lead with a yuko from a sumi-gaeshi which proved to be decisive as the only score in the four minute contest. The Ulaanbaatar Grand Prix 2016 final could even be the Rio 2016 Olympic final and there is only five weeks left to see if that contest materialises.  

In the first semi-final MUNKHBAT defeated former Ulaanbaatar Grand Prix bronze medallist MAGSARJAV Dolgorjav (MGL) by ippon from a juji-gatame as her teammate was forced to submit after a one-sided contest. In the second semi-final GALBADRAKH defeated 17-year-old IJF World Judo Tour debutant BATTAMIR Khorloo (MGL) by a yuko score which came from a left-sided sumi-gaeshi.  

The first bronze medal contest was won by teenager BATTAMIR who marked her senior debut with a fantastic result. The Mongolian immediately endeared herself to her home fans by defeating Orenburg European Cup silver medallist Marina GYUNTER (RUS) with a yuko to win her country’s first medal at the Ulaanbaatar Grand Prix 2016. The second bronze medal was won by All Japan Championships bronze medallist MORIZAKI Yurie (JPN) who defeated MAGSARJAV. After the home judoka received a shido for passivity, she was treated for a bloody nose after blocking a drop seoi-nage attack from by planting her face on the tatami. MORIZAKI fended off a juji-gatame attempt and came through by ippon with 40 seconds remaining.                                                 
GALBADRAKH, Otgontsetseg (KAZ) vs MUNKHBAT, Urantsetseg (MGL)            
Bronze Medal Fights
BATTAMIR, Khorloo (MGL) vs GYUNTER, Marina (RUS)                                    
MORIZAKI, Yurie (JPN) vs MAGSARJAV, Dolgorjav (MGL)                     

Final Results
1. MUNKHBAT, Urantsetseg (MGL)            
2. GALBADRAKH, Otgontsetseg (KAZ)       
3. BATTAMIR, Khorloo (MGL)                                        
3. MORIZAKI, Yurie (JPN)                                                 
5. GYUNTER, Marina (RUS)                                                                                 
5. MAGSARJAV, Dolgorjav (MGL)                                                      
7. BEISHENAALY KYZY, Begai (KGZ)                                 
7. JIANG, Yahong (CHN)                                                                                           

-52kg: Japanese junior UCHIO off the mark on the senior stage                  

Former Junior World Championships bronze medallist UCHIO Mako (JPN) celebrated her first Grand Prix title on day one as she defeated former Ulaanbaatar Grand Prix bronze medallist CHINTOGTOKH Azzaya (MGL) in the -52kg final. The contest was even in regulation time and everyone was on the edge of their seats and especially the coaches and fans as the seconds ticked away in golden score. It took a further two and half minutes for the finalists to be separated when the Mongolian was penalised with a shido for passivity. 

In the first semi-final UCHIO bested three-time Grand Prix bronze medallist BALJINNYAM Bat-Erdene (MGL) by trapping her in osaekomi for 20 seconds having already led by a yuko score. In the second semi-final CHINTOGTOKH beat Podcetrtek European Cup winner Tena SIKIC (CRO) by a waza-ari score.

The first bronze medal was clinched by 22-year-old beaten semi-finalist SIKIC who had a Grand Prix debut to remember in Mongolia. SIKIC, who will now expect to be included in the Croatian team at the Zagreb Grand Prix in September, faced KWON Aerim (KOR) who was competing at an IJF event for only the second time with her sole previous appearance also coming in Mongolia a year ago. SIKIC was fifth at Junior World Championships in 2014 and is now starting her the transition to the senior stage. The Croatian scored first with a waza-ari from a uchi-mata and went back to the same technique again but with 36 seconds left the South Korean was thrown for ippon this time around as the crowd were left gasping such was the quality of the finish from the youngster. The second bronze medal was won by BALJINNYAM who bounced back from her semi-final disappointment to defeat teenager BATSUKH Altantsetseg (MGL) who has fought at all four editions of her home event as she aimed to improve on her best finish which was fifth in 2013. BALJINNYAM shaped up for tai-otoshi and osoto-gari attacks with ease as she showed quick feet and a wide repertoire. It was the osoto-gari which finally caught BATSUKH for a yuko and BALJINNYAM moved straight into osaekomi with a kesa-gatame and the bronze medal. 
CHINTOGTOKH, Azzaya (MGL) vs UCHIO, Mako (JPN)                                                                                           

Bronze Medal Fights
SIKIC, Tena (CRO) vs KWON, Aerim (KOR)                               
BATSUKH, Altantsetseg (MGL) vs BALJINNYAM, Bat-Erdene (MGL)                                   

Final Results
1. UCHIO, Mako (JPN)                                                                       
2. CHINTOGTOKH, Azzaya (MGL)                           
3. SIKIC, Tena (CRO)  
3. BALJINNYAM, Bat-Erdene (MGL)                                                                      
5. KWON, Aerim (KOR)                                    
5. BATSUKH, Altantsetseg (MGL)          
7. HE, Xuemei (CHN)
7. SAPARBEKOVA, Jibek (KGZ)                                                                                                                                                                                     

-57kg: 17-year-old Mongolian downs Japanese veteran for Grand Prix gold   

Mongolian starlet LKHAGVATOGOO Enkhriilen (MGL) was a shock winner in Ulaanbaatar as she bested former Asian Championships winner ISHIKAWA Megumi (JPN) in the -57kg final. LKHAGVATOGOO, 17, who finished fifth at the Cadet World Championships last year, was fighting in her fourth IJF senior event and showed incredible poise as she worked her way through the preliminaries and into the final against ISHIKAWA who defeated Olympic and world champion MATSUMOTO Kaori in Japan this year. ISHIKAWA applied a koshi-jime strangle and LKHAGVATOGOO resisted it as she defended all manner of attacks on the ground from the Japanese fighter. The Mongolian crowd jumped out of their seats when LKHAGVATOGOO took the lead as she threw for waza-ari with a tai-otoshi and there was no way back for ISHIKAWA who produced a string of ne-waza attacks but to no avail. 

In the first semi-final Rome European Open bronze medallist KIM Minju (KOR) was beaten by home judoka LKHAGVATOGOO Enkhriilen (MGL) on shido penalties 2:1 while in the second semi-final ISHIKAWA rushed past Junior World Championships bronze medallist Andreja LESKI (SLO) in the opening minute. The Japanese fighter showcased her highly-regarded ne-waza by freeing her legs from those of her opponent to trap the young Slovenian with a yoko-shiho-gatame for 20 seconds and ippon.

The first bronze medal was won by LESKI who beat fellow young gun MAN Dariwa (CHN) – who hails from inner Mongolia – with a driving ouchi-gari for ippon. MAN, who was making her second appearance on the IJF World Judo Tour having debuted at this event in 2014, was thrown after 55 seconds for the maximum score as Slovenia look blessed with a whole new generation of budding judoka for Tokyo 2020. The second bronze medal was won by KIM - her first at the IJF Grand Prix level – as she edged out 19-year-old rookie TSEREGBAATAR Khulan (MGL) in golden score. After 36 seconds of added time, KIM prevailed as the Mongolan was penalised with a shido.                      

ISHIKAWA, Megumi (JPN) vs LKHAGVATOGOO, Enkhriilen (MGL)                                                                          
Bronze Medal Fights
LESKI, Andreja (SLO) vs MAN, Dariwa (CHN)      
TSEREGBAATAR, Khulan (MGL) vs KIM, Minju (KOR)                   

Final Results 
1. LKHAGVATOGOO, Enkhriilen (MGL)                                                           
2. ISHIKAWA, Megumi (JPN)          
3. LESKI, Andreja (SLO)  
3. KIM, Minju (KOR)                                       
5. MAN, Dariwa (CHN)           
7. CHISTANOVA, Sofia (RUS)                                   
7. PUREVSUREN, Buyankhishig (MGL)                                                                                               


-60kg: Former world silver medallist DASHDAVAA makes his point in Ulaanbaatar 

Former world silver medallist and top seed DASHDAVAA Amartuvshin (MGL) was the best of his country’s four judoka in the -60kg category as he saw off NASANJARGAL Ser-Od (MGL) in the final. NASANJARGAL, who was making his first appearance on the IJF World Judo Tour since 2014, was caught after two minutes with a ko-soto-gake for ippon after the pair became entangled and it was DASHDAVAA – who was overlooked for Rio 2016 – who sent a message to the hosts' Association by powering to gold.

In the first semi-final DASHDAVAA beat former Buenos Aires Pan American Open bronze medallist Albert MONGUSH (RUS) on shido penalties 1:2 in a scoreless contest. In the second semi-final Prague European Open bronze medallist GANBAATAR Battulga (MGL) fell to NASANJARGAL who was unstoppable in his pursuit of his first IJF World Judo Tour final. The latter led with a yuko from a drop seoi-nage and added a waza-ari as he booked an all-Mongolian -60kg final.

The first bronze medal was won by 28-year-old IJF World Judo Tour debutant DAGVADORJ Bayarmagnai (MGL) who beat teammate GANBAATAR. DAGVADORJ countered his opponent for a waza-ari score and absorbed a bold modified kata-guruma from GANBAATAR to win his first IJF medal and will earn international assignments in the future after passing this home test. The second bronze medal went to 20-year-old Grand Prix debutant Davud MAMMADSOY (AZE) who inflicted a second defeat for beaten semi-finalist MONGUSH. MAMMADSOY led with a yuko after 27 seconds and added a second before MONGUSH replied with a waza-ari from an ouchi-gari. MONGUSH captured the arm of his opponent and put on the juji-gatame for what seemed like an eternity – especially for the Azeri - but he defiantly held out and refused to submit. The Russian was penalised for passivity before MAMMADSOY added a waza-ari with 31 seconds left by rolling his opponent over and a closing yuko from MONGUSH was not enough to influence the outcome.  
NASANJARGAL, Ser-Od (MGL) vs DASHDAVAA Amartuvshin (MGL)                                                                                                                    
Bronze Medal Fights
GANBAATAR, Battulga (MGL) vs DAGVADORJ, Bayarmagnai (MGL)                                  
MAMMADSOY, Davud (AZE) vs MONGUSH, Albert (RUS)         

Final Results 1. DASHDAVAA Amartuvshin (MGL)                                                  
2. NASANJARGAL, Ser-Od (MGL)                                                     
3. DAGVADORJ, Bayarmagnai (MGL)                                                                      
3. MAMMADSOY, Davud (AZE)                            
5. GANBAATAR, Battulga (MGL)                                        
5. MONGUSH, Albert (RUS)                                
7. ALMAMMADOV, Rasim (AZE)                               
7. BURNASHEV, Maksim (RUS)                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              

-66kg: Dynamic DOVDON boosts Mongolia’s golden streak with personal best   

Asian Championships winner DOVDON Altansukh (MGL) won his country’s fourth gold medal on day one as he was successful in the battle of the Mongolian judoka in the -66kg final. DOVDON met former Oberwart European Open silver medallist ADIYA Batsuuri (MGL) in the gold medal contest and it was top seed DOVDON who made the greatest impression by trapping his teammate in osaekomi with five seconds left on the clock and ADIYA elected to tap out. 

In the first semi-final DOVDON defeated BATTOGTOKH Erkhembayar (MGL) on shido penalties as the latter did well to go the distance with his teammate. DOVDON eventually came through on shido penalties 2:3 as BATTOGTOKH contained his opponent for all five minutes but was made to pay for his errors. In the second semi-final ADIYA triumphed against Prague European Open winner Andraz JEREB (SLO) after a thrilling contest which ended with a left-sided uchi-mata from the Mongolian. Two yukos from JEREB proved to be a consolation as ADIYA booked his place in the final by wazari-awasette-ippon.

The first bronze medal was won by JEREB who saw off former Baku Grand Slam silver medallist Vugar SHIRINLI (AZE) who is still best remembered for throwing three-time Olympic champion NOMURA Tadahiro (JPN) twice for waza-ari towards the end of the Japanese legend’s career. JEREB went in front with a yuko from a ko-uchi-gari and followed up with the hold-down as the Azeri could not escape the mune-gatame hold. The second bronze medal went to Tyumen Grand Slam bronze medallist Askhat TELMANOV (KAZ) who defeated home fighter BATTOGTOKH after a ura-nage from the former decided the contest. Both judoka exchanged shido penalties for passivity before the speed and conviction of the attack from TELMANOV caught the Mongolian by surprise which made him bridge and that is given ippon to discourage a fighter from attempting this defensive manoeuvre to protect the safety of the competitors.                  

ADIYA Batsuuri (MGL) vs DOVDON, Altansukh (MGL)                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          
Bronze Medal Fights
JEREB, Andraz (SLO) vs SHIRINLI, Vugar (AZE)                                    
BATTOGTOKH, Erkhembayar (MGL) vs TELMANOV, Askhat (KAZ)                   

Final Result
1. DOVDON, Altansukh (MGL)                                                                 
2. ADIYA Batsuuri (MGL)     
3. JEREB, Andraz (SLO)                                      
3. TELMANOV, Askhat (KAZ)                    
5. SHIRINLI, Vugar (AZE)                                     
5. BATTOGTOKH, Erkhembayar (MGL)                                                     
7. GALOYAN, Paylak (RUS)                                 
7. KARPUKHIN, Dmitry (RUS)                                                                                     

13:00 Preliminaries on two mats
17:00 Final block on one mat

Women: -63kg, -70kg
Men: -73kg, -81kg

13:00 Preliminaries on two mats
17:00 Final block on one mat

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

LocationBuyant Ukhaa Sport Complex

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