Saturday, July 2, 2016

Ulaanbaatar Grand Prix 2016 - Mongolia DAY TWO

(Via IJF)

Mongolia, Russia and Japan all taste gold on day two in Ulaanbaatar


The Ulaanbaatar Grand Prix 2016 passed the halfway point on Saturday after a gripping second day of judo at the Buyant Ukhaa Sport Complex.  

Four categories were contested on Saturday as the women’s -63kg and -70kg judoka shared the tatami with the men’s -73kg and -81kg categories in a day were the visiting nations tried to find a way past the hosts who fielded four judoka in each weight category.

Before the final block on day two, which featured every medal contest on one tatami, the opening ceremony was held as the audience were first addressed by Dr. PAGVA Bira (below - centre), Mongolian Judo Association Vice President and IJF Judo for Peace Commission Assistant Director.

“Good afternoon ladies and gentlemen, members of IJF Executive Committee, athletes and spectators, on behalf of the Mongolian Judo Assocation I have the honour of welcoming you all to the Ulaanbaatar Grand Prix 2016,” said Dr. PAGVA.

“I would like to thank the IJF President Mr. Marius VIZER for his support and for leading the development of our sport worldwide. I wish you a successful and pleasant stay in Ulaanbaatar.”

Mr. Vladimir BARTA (above - left), IJF Head Sports Director, said: “Mr. President, distinguished guests, it is a pleasure for the IJF to welcome you to the fourth edition of the Ulaanbaatar Grand Prix. Judo has a special place in the hearts of the Mongolian people and Mongolia is hugely respected around the world for their judo accomplishments in our sport.

“Mongolia’s first Olympic champion was NAIDAN Tuvshibayar (MGL) in 2008. I wish the Mongolian team a lot of success in Rio 2016 and I thank the MJA and all of your fantastic public for your support. I officially open the Ulaanbaatar Grand Prix 2016.”

Mr. Vladimir BARTA then presented Mr. BATTULGA Khaltmaa (above - right), Mongolian Judo Association President, with the IJF Gold Medal before awarding an IJF Gold Card to Dr. PAGVA Bira on the MJA Vice President’s birthday.

The MJA then presented three Honorary Certificates to key contributors to the development and success of their Associatio. Mr. BATTULGA Khaltmaa presented the framed certificates to Mr. FUJIWARA Ryohei, Mongolian – Japan Association General Director, Mr. NAKAGAWA Tatsuji, Mongolian – Japan Association General Secretary, Mr. TOMITA Hiromi, Mongolian Judo Association Advisor and Kodokan 8th Dan. 

Local children show off their breakfalls during the opening ceremony 

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-63kg: First Grand Prix title for BALDORJ comes on home soil       

Former Moscow Grand Slam bronze medallist BALDORJ Mungunchimeg (MGL) won Grand Prix gold for the first time on Saturday as she saw off teammate BOLD Gankhaich (MGL). BOLD, 21, and BALDORJ, 22, are the future of the category for Mongolia and could compete over the next four years for the Tokyo 2020 slot at this weight. As teammates who train together on a daily basis, there was little to separate the judoka as a shido for passivity against BOLD settled the scoreless contest.  

In the first semi-final 19-year-old former Junior European Cup silver medallist YONEZAWA Kaho (JPN) fell to BOLD despite initially leading by a yuko. BOLD by name and bold by nature, the Mongolian fought her way back to progress into the final by ippon. In the second semi-final BALDORJ dismissed former Asian Championships silver medallist NISHIKAWA Maho (JPN) on shido penalties. The Japanese fighter was penalised twice which was once more than her opponent and that determined the finalist as BALDORJ guaranteed a medal for her country.

The first bronze medal was won by NISHIKAWA who defeated former Jeju Grand Prix silver medallist KIM Seulgi (KOR) on shido penalties 1:2 as both judoka failed to threaten the scoreboard. The second bronze medal was claimed by YONEZAWA who surpassed 19-year-old BAYARBAT Baasanjargal (MGL) who was fifth at the Junior World Championships last year. The Mongolian fighter took the lead with a yuko from a drop seoi-nage which earned a huge reaction but NISHIKAWA responded with a waza-ari from a seoi-otoshi and then trapped her opponent with a yoko-shiho-gatame for her first medal at this level.                  
BOLD, Gankhaich (MGL) vs BALDORJ, Mungunchimeg (MGL)                                           
Bronze Medal Fights
NISHIKAWA, Maho (JPN) vs KIM, Seulgi (KOR)
YONEZAWA, Kaho (JPN) vs BAYARBAT, Baasanjargal (MGL)                                                   

Final Results
1. BALDORJ, Mungunchimeg (MGL)                                
2. BOLD, Gankhaich (MGL)                              
3. YONEZAWA, Kaho (JPN)                
5. KIM, Seulgi (KOR)                                                      
5. BAYARBAT, Baasanjargal (MGL)                                                                    
7. TSEND-AYUSH, Tserennadmid (MGL)                                   
7. KREMER, Darina (RUS)                                                                                                     

-70kg: Japanese youngster beats Mongolia’s Rio 2016 hope for gold                 

Japanese youngster IKE Erina (JPN) surprisingly defeated one of Mongolia’s strongest medal hopes for Rio 2016 in the -70kg final as Almaty Grand Prix silver medallist TSEND-AYUSH Naranjargal (MGL) succumb to Asian opposition. IKE, 20, received a shido for passivity before scoring a yuko from a tani-otoshi. IKE added a waza-ari as TSEND-AYUSH was off form and failed with a last-gasp shime-waza attempt. 

In the first semi-final TSEND-AYUSH bested 19-year-old former Cadet Asian Open winner MUNKHBAT Davaasuren (MGL) by trapping her opponent in osaekomi for 20 seconds after using a turnover which is known in some circles as the ‘Pinewood roll’.  In the second semi-final former European bronze medallist Barbara MATIC lost out IKE as she could not escape a kami-shiho-gatame before the count reached 20 seconds.

The first bronze medal was claimed by Qingdao Grand Prix winner MATIC against 18-year-old Cadet Asian Championships bronze medallist AMARSAIKHAN Oyungerel (MGL). MATIC showed her quality and still untapped talents at the world level by opening the scoring with a waza-ari and ending the scoring with ippon to advance to the final. The second bronze medal contest was won by MUNKHBAT who beat 20-year-old IJF World Judo Tour rookie BAI Yutong (CHN). BAI, who hails from Inner Mongolia, was penalised twice as the referee only had to reprimand the Chinese judoka with no score registered and no indiscretions from the home fighter.    
TSEND-AYUSH, Naranjargal (MGL) vs IKE, Erina (JPN)                                                                                                                                 

Bronze Medal Fights
MATIC, Barbara (CRO) vs AMARSAIKHAN, Oyungerel (MGL)                                 
MUNKHBAT, Davaasuren (MGL) vs BAI, Yutong (CHN)       

Final Results
1. IKE, Erina (JPN)                                         
2. TSEND-AYUSH, Naranjargal (MGL)                                                                         
3. MATIC, Barbara (CRO)                                    
3. MUNKHBAT, Davaasuren (MGL)          
5. AMARSAIKHAN, Oyungerel (MGL)                                                                      
5. BAI, Yutong (CHN)        
7. MA, Tingting (CHN)                                     
7. BATTULGA, Khongorzul (MGL)    


-73kg: FOGEL fire earns Russian first medal in Ulaanbaatar     

Former Sarajevo European Cup silver medallist Leo FOGEL (RUS) was one of the biggest winners on day two as he won his first Grand Prix gold medal by defeating former Tashkent Grand Prix silver medallist BATTSETSEG Batgerel (MGL). As the shidos began to accumulate for both judoka because of their passivity, FOGEL stepped up his work rate and threw with a seoi-otoshi for a waza-ari as the contest reached its halfway point. The Russian added a yuko score before pinning his Mongolian opponent to the tatami for 15 seconds and a fine victory by wazari-awasette-ippon. 

In the first semi-final Junior World Championships bronze medallist Martin HOJAK (SLO) came undone against FOGEL whose best result on the circuit before today was a seventh-place finish in Ulaanbaatar in 2014. The even contest required golden score and an additional 49 seconds were needed to produce the first and last score as the Russian countered a weak ouchi-gari for a yuko. In the second semi-final BATTSETSEG downed Wollongong Oceania Open bronze medallist Fagan GULUZADA (AZE) by ippon after exactly one minute with a uchi-mata.

The first bronze medal was won by beaten semi-finalist GULUZADA who scored four times without reply against Madrid European bronze medallist Telman VALIYEV (AZE). A yuko from a neat piece of ashi-waza was first to register for the Azeri before a uchi-mata was rewarded with a second yuko. GULUZADA was just getting started and finished with three yukos to his name which was two more than his teammate. The second bronze medal was won by NARANKHUU Khadbaatar (MGL) who was fighting for a Grand Prix medal for the first time in his career. NARANKHUU defeated number one seed HOJAK to capture the final place on the podium by ippon after two minutes from a sode-tsurikomi-goshi. 
FOGEL, Leo (RUS) vs BATTSETSEG, Batgerel (MGL)                                                                                                                     
Bronze Medal Fights
GULUZADA, Fagan (AZE) vs VALIYEV, Telman (AZE)                                  
HOJAK, Martin (SLO) vs NARANKHUU, Khadbaatar (MGL)                    

Final Results
1. FOGEL, Leo (RUS)                                          
2. BATTSETSEG, Batgerel (MGL)        
3. GULUZADA, Fagan (AZE)  
3. NARANKHUU, Khadbaatar (MGL)                                                        
5. VALIYEV, Telman (AZE)                                                                              
5. HOJAK, Martin (SLO)                                               
7. ORAZALIN, Nurlan (KAZ)                                    
7. BA, Yandelihei (CHN)                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 

-81kg: Top seed NYAMSUREN ends day two with a highlight reel ippon     

World number 15 NYAMSUREN Dagvasuren (MGL) entered his home event as the number one seed and was a class above the -81kg field in Ulaanbaatar. The Mongolian, who was not picked for the Olympics, faced Prague European Open silver medallist Jaromir MUSIL (CZE) in the gold medal contest. The Czech fighter failed to qualify for Rio 2016 and both men looked to put their Olympic misery behind them as they chased top spot in Mongolia. A flying juji-gatame attempt from MUSIL almost backfired as the Mongolian ended up on top of his adversary but without any control for a potential holddown. NYAMSUREN achieved his best Grand Prix result by throwing MUSIL for the maximum score with a sode-tsurikomi-goshi after three minutes.    

In the first semi-final four-time Grand Prix bronze medallist NYAMSUREN defeated LEE Hui-Jung (KOR) by a waza-ari with pure te-waza control and used up two shidos for blocking to wind down the clock and safely pass into the final. In the second semi-final MUSIL (CZE) thwarted 22-year-old Afig SAFARLI (AZE) by ippon with a juji-gatame with 69 seconds remaining.

The first bronze medal was won by former Jeju Grand Prix silver medallist JUNG Won Jun (KOR) as he defeated SAFARLI with a spectacular uchi-mata with a minute left on the clock having led by a waza-ari. The second bronze medal was also won by South Korea as LEE beat 22-year-old IJF newcomer BATMUNKH Altansukh (MGL) by ippon after 45 seconds with a booming osoto-makikomi. 

NYAMSUREN, Dagvasuren (MGL) vs MUSIL, Jaromir (CZE)                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         
Bronze Medal Fights
SAFARLI, Afig (AZE) vs JUNG, Won Jun (KOR)                           
LEE, Hui-Jung (KOR) vs BATMUNKH, Altansukh (MGL)                                

Final Result
1. NYAMSUREN, Dagvasuren (MGL)                                
2. MUSIL, Jaromir (CZE)                                                                      
3. JUNG, Won Jun (KOR)                                                                            
3. LEE, Hui-Jung (KOR)                                  
5. SAFARLI, Afig (AZE)  
5. BATMUNKH, Altansukh (MGL)                                      
7. MAKHAMBETOV, Arman (KAZ)                   
7. GANKHUYAG, Turmunkh (MGL)                                                                                                                  

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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