Thursday, March 31, 2016

Samsun Grand Prix 2016, Turkey PREVIEW




The fourth edition of the Samsun Grand Prix is about to start in the metropolis on the north coast of Turkey. The next three days (April 1-3) therefore will bring strong emotions and world-class judo.


This is already the fifth major event of the year (4 Grand Prix and 1 Grand Slam), exactly one week after the 2016 Tbilisi Grand Prix, which took place in Georgia last weekend. The end of the Olympic qualification is rapidly approaching, as recalled by Mr. Vladimir Barta, the IJF Head Sports Director: "Every point is now counting for the Olympic qualification. Within a few weeks, we will know the exact list of the Rio Games participants. Some athlete’s already have the guarantee to participate in the Olympics, this is not the case for everyone. Thus, this Grand Prix is very significant for all delegations: for some to confirm their already good performances and for the others to win the points that will make the difference. »

Official draw: Mr. Vladimir Barta (far left) - Mr. Mohamed Meridja (center) - Mr. Jan Snijders (far right)

The official draw of the competition was held today at the Anemon Hotel, in front of the representatives of the 67 engaged nations, representing almost 400 judoka (398).

Mr. Mohamed Meridja, IJF Education and Coaching Director, made the official speech: “Dear judo friends, dear IJF Executive Committee members, dear judo family, Ladies and Gentlemen; on behalf of the IJF and its President, Mr. Marius Vizer, I would like to express my warmest welcome to all the delegations. The IJF is really satisfied with the development of judo in Turkey and by the hard work of the Turkish Judo Federation. Your athletes have already achieved really good results. I wish good luck to everyone.“


Mr. Fatih Uysal, President of the Turkish Judo Federation, addressed the heads of delegation: "Dear IJF representatives, dear media, dear federations, judoka and coaches, I am happy to welcome you here in Samsun for the fourth edition of our event. With your participation, I am convinced that, once again, it will be a successful Grand Prix. I wish all the best to all of your athletes and I wish to welcome you again in Samsun many times. "

During the following press conference, Mr. Fatih Uysal added: “We hope that it’s going to be a nice and fair organisation. As I said, we hope to see you in Samsun in the upcoming years too as we are planning on organising more events. But before that, I really wish that this year we will have a good organisation. For several years (since 2013), Samsun has been hosting the Grand Prix, which is a very important event on the IJF World Judo Tour. The city is all ready for the competition and we have a great sports hall here. This really shows how Samsun gives importance to this organisation. This edition of the Samsun Grand Prix will have a special meaning as we are close to Rio 2016 and to the end of the qualification process. We hope that the Turkish team and our judoka will have a chance to win medals and crucial points. Thank you very much to all the people who contributed to realise this big event in Samsun.“

Mr. Fatih Uysal

Mr. Güven Özyurt, Samsun Sport Director, said: “We are here for another edition of the Samsun Grand Prix. We are glad to have this kind of prestigious event in our city, Samsun. We are thankful to the Turkish Judo Federation and to the International Judo Federation for hosting this event here. It is a very nice feeling to have this competition already for the fourth time. We are working hard and producing a huge effort to host this tournament without any problem. Thank you to the IJF President, Mr. Marius Vizer and his team for trusting us in this issue. I wish good success to all judoka.“

During the draw Mr. Jan Snijders, IJF Head Refereeing Director, once again emphasized the importance of producing good, beautiful and spectacular judo for all the athletes: “What is important is the grip. With a good grip you can really do judo and if your athletes stay at the centre of the competition area, they will for sure have more chances to win.“

During the press conference: Mr. Güven Özyurt (far left) - Mr. Daniel Lascau (center) - Mr. Fatih Uysal (far right)

During the press conference, Mr Daniel Lascau, IJF Sport Director said: “Dear Mr. President of the Turkish Judo Federation, dear Mr. Director of Sports of the city of Samsun, dear media representatives, thank you once again for coming to this prestigious event. The efforts of the federation and from all the organisers offers us the possibility to come here for the fourth time. Almost 70 countries, and 400 athletes, this shows us the quality of this competition. The IJF is very happy to have such a strong partner as the Turkish Judo Federation. Here we are going to see athletes who will fight for medals in Rio. But right now the TJF is already preparing the future generation that will compete in Tokyo 2020. A lot of efforts are done by the Judo Federation and the government to build that new generation.“


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Yasar Dogu Sports Arena, Samsun, Turkey during the 2015 edition of the Grand Prix

WOMEN

-48kg

1. MENEZES Sarah (BRA - WRL 3): Olympic Games London 2012: 1. place, Grand Slam Tyumen 2014: 1. place, Grand Slam Moscow 2013: 1. place
2. LOKMANHEKIM Dilara (TUR - WRL 13): Grand Prix Zagreb 2015: 1. place, Masters Morocco 2015: 3. place, Grand Slam Abu Dhabi 2015: 3. place
3. SAHIN Ebru (TUR - WRL 14): Grand Slam Baku 2013: 1. place, Grand Slam Abu Dhabi 2015: 2. place, European Games 2015: 2. place
4. GALBADRAKH Otgontsetseg (KAZ - WRL 15): Grand Slam Paris 2016: 1. place, Grand Prix Jeju 2015: 1. place, Grand Prix Dusseldorf 2016: 2. place
5. CHERNIAK Maryna (UKR - WRL 16): Grand Prix Tbilisi 2015: 1. place, World Championships Seniors 2015: 5. place, Grand Prix Jeju 2014: 2. place
6. RISHONY Shira (ISR - WRL 17): Grand Prix Tashkent 2013: 1. place, Grand Slam Paris 2015: 3. place, Grand Prix Havana 2016: 2. place
7. KIM Sol Mi (PRK - WRL 23): Asian Championships Bangkok 2013: 2. place, Grand Slam Abu Dhabi 2014: 3. place, World Championships Rio de Janeiro 2013: 5. place
8. PAYET Laetitia (FRA - WRL 24): Grand Prix Ulaanbaatar 2015: 1. place, Grand Slam Paris 2013: 2. place, European Championships Budapest 2013: 3. place

-52kg

1. EURANIE Annabelle (FRA - WRL 4): Grand Slam Abu Dhabi 2015: 1. place, Grand Slam Baku 2014: 1. place, Grand Prix Zagreb 2014: 1. place
2. BABAMURATOVA Gulbadam (TKM - WRL 11): Grand Prix Tashkent 2015: 1. place, Asian Games Incheon 2014: 2. place, Grand Prix Qingdao 2015: 2. place
3. RAMOS Joana (POR - WRL 12): Grand Slam Tyumen 2015: 1. place, Grand Prix Astana 2014: 1. place, Grand Prix Zagreb 2014: 2. place
4. COHEN Gili (ISR - WRL 14): Grand Prix Tblisi 2014: 1. place, Grand Slam Moscow 2013: 3. place, Grand Prix Tbilisi 2016: 2. place
5. HEYLEN Ilse (BEL - WRL 17): Grand Prix Tashkent 2013: 1. place, Grand Prix Almaty 2013: 1. place, Grand Prix Havana 2016: 2. place
6. KRASNIQI Distria (KOS - WRL 18): Grand Prix Samsun 2015: 1. place, Grand Slam Baku 2015: 3. place, Grand Prix Zagreb 2015: 3. place
7. MUNKHBAATAR Bundmaa (MGL - WRL 20): Grand Prix Jeju 2013: 1. place, Grand Slam Moscow 2011: 1. place, Grand Slam Paris 2011: 1. place
8. SKRYPNIK Darya (BLR - WRL 21): World Championships Seniors 2015: 3. place, European Open Minsk 2015: 1. place, African Open Casablanca 2016: 3. place

-57kg

1. RECEVEAUX Helene (FRA - WRL 7): Masters Morocco 2015: 2. place, Grand Slam Tokyo 2015: 2. place, Grand Prix Abu Dhabi 2012: 1. place
2. FILZMOSER Sabrina (AUT - WRL 12): Grand Slam Baku 2014: 1. place, Grand Prix Samsun 2013: 1. place, European Championships Budapest 2013: 2. place
3. PAVIA Automne (FRA - WRL 13): Grand Slam Paris 2013: 1. place, Masters Tyumen 2013: 2. place, European Championships Montpellier 2014: 1. place
4. ROPER Miryam (GER - WRL 14): Grand Slam Moscow 2013: 1. place, Grand Slam Baku 2013: 1. place, World Championships Rio de Janeiro 2013: 3. place
5. SMYTHE DAVIS Nekoda (GBR - WRL 16): Grand Slam Baku 2015: 2. place, Grand Prix Zagreb 2015: 1. place, Grand Prix Jeju 2015: 2. place
6. VERHAGEN Sanne (NED - WRL 18): World Championships Chelyabinsk 2014: 3. place, Grand Slam Tyumen 2015: 3. place, Grand Prix Samsun 2015: 2. place
7. ZABLUDINA Irina (RUS - WRL 22): Grand Prix Tblisi 2014: 1. place, Grand Slam Baku 2015: 3. place, Grand Prix Tashkent 2015: 2. place
8. LIU Yang (CHN - WRL 24): Grand Prix Qingdao 2014: 2. place, Asian Seniors Championships 2015: 3. place, Grand Prix Qingdao 2015: 3. place

-63kg

1. UNTERWURZACHER Kathrin (AUT - WRL 4): Grand Slam Baku 2015: 1. place, Masters Morocco 2015: 2. place, Grand Prix Tbilisi 2016: 1. place
2. YANG Junxia (CHN - WRL 10): Grand Prix Qingdao 2015: 1. place, Grand Prix Ulaanbaatar 2014: 1. place, Asian Games Incheon 2014: 2. place
3. SCHLESINGER Alice (GBR - WRL 11): Grand Prix Dusseldorf 2015: 1. place, Grand Slam Tyumen 2015: 3. place, Grand Slam Baku 2015: 3. place
4. TSEND-AYUSH Tserennadmid (MGL - WRL 12): Grand Slam Tyumen 2015: 2. place, Grand Prix Ulaanbaatar 2015: 1. place, Grand Prix Ulaanbaatar 2013: 1. place
5. DREXLER Hilde (AUT - WRL 16): Grand Slam Tyumen 2014: 3. place, Grand Prix Tashkent 2015: 2. place, Grand Prix Samsun 2015: 2. place
6. HERMANSSON Mia (SWE - WRL 20): Grand Prix Zagreb 2014: 2. place, Grand Prix Havana 2016: 3. place, Grand Prix Budapest 2015: 3. place
7. BAK Jiyun (KOR - WRL 21): Asian Seniors Championships 2015: 3. place, Grand Prix Qingdao 2015: 3. place, Grand Prix Jeju 2014: 3. place
8. SURAKATOVA Pari (RUS - WRL 22): Grand Slam Tyumen 2014: 3. place, Grand Prix Budapest 2015: 2. place, Grand Prix Tblisi 2014: 3. place

-70kg

1. CONWAY Sally (GBR - WRL 6): Grand Slam Baku 2015: 1. place, Grand Prix Jeju 2015: 1. place, Grand Slam Baku 2014: 2. place
2. POSVITE Fanny Estelle (FRA - WRL 12): World Championships Seniors 2015: 3. place, Grand Slam Paris 2014: 2. place, Masters Morocco 2015: 3. place
3. BERNABEU Maria (ESP - WRL 14): World Championships Seniors 2015: 2. place, Grand Prix Budapest 2015: 1. place, European Open Madrid 2013: 1. place
4. TSEND AYUSH Naranjargal (MGL - WRL 15): Asian Seniors Championships 2015: 1. place, Grand Prix Ulaanbaatar 2014: 1. place, Asian Championships Bangkok 2013: 2. place
5. PORTELA Maria (BRA - WRL 19): Grand Slam Moscow 2012: 1. place, Grand Slam Tokyo 2015: 3. place, Grand Prix Abu Dhabi 2012: 1. place
6. MARZOK Iljana (GER - WRL 22): Grand Prix Qingdao 2014: 1. place, Grand Prix Budapest 2014: 1. place, Grand Prix Miami 2013: 1. place
7. ZHOU Chao (CHN - WRL 23): Grand Prix Ulaanbaatar 2015: 2. place, Asian Seniors Championships 2015: 3. place, Grand Prix Tashkent 2015: 3. place
8. STAM Esther (GEO - WRL 25): Grand Prix Tashkent 2015: 2. place, Grand Prix Astana 2014: 2. place, Grand Prix Ulaanbaatar 2014: 3. place

-78kg

1. TCHEUMEO Audrey (FRA - WRL 2): World Championships Chelyabinsk 2014: 2. place, Grand Slam Paris 2015: 1. place, World Championships Paris 2011: 1. place
2. SOL Kyong (PRK - WRL 11): World Championships Rio de Janeiro 2013: 1. place, Grand Prix Qingdao 2014: 1. place, Grand Prix Ulaanbaatar 2014: 1. place
3. MALONGA Madeleine (FRA - WRL 12): Grand Slam Baku 2014: 1. place, Grand Prix Samsun 2015: 1. place, Grand Slam Paris 2014: 2. place
4. TURKS Victoriia (UKR - WRL 17): Grand Slam Abu Dhabi 2014: 2. place, Grand Prix Zagreb 2015: 2. place, Grand Prix Tblisi 2014: 2. place
5. DMITRIEVA Anastasiya (RUS - WRL 22): Grand Prix Almaty 2013: 1. place, Grand Slam Baku 2014: 3. place, Grand Prix Qingdao 2013: 2. place
6. TALARN Laia (ESP - WRL 25): Pan American Open Lima 2016: 1. place, African Open Port-Louis 2015: 1. place, Panamerican Open Santiago de Chile 2014: 1. place
7. RAMIREZ Yahima (POR - WRL 26): World Championships Chelyabinsk 2014: 5. place, Asian Open Taipei 2015: 1. place, European Open Sofia 2016: 2. place
8. TORT MERINO Marta (ESP - WRL 29): African Open Casablanca 2016: 1. place, Pan American Open Lima 2016: 3. place, African Open Tunis 2015: 3. place
  

+78kg

1. IAROMKA Svitlana (UKR - WRL 8): Grand Slam Baku 2015: 1. place, Grand Prix Tashkent 2014: 1. place, Grand Slam Abu Dhabi 2014: 3. place
2. KUELBS Jasmin (GER - WRL 11): European Games 2015: 2. place, Grand Slam Tyumen 2015: 3. place, Grand Slam Baku 2015: 3. place
3. KINDZERSKA Iryna (UKR - WRL 14): Grand Slam Tokyo 2015: 3. place, Grand Slam Paris 2015: 3. place, Grand Prix Tashkent 2014: 2. place
4. KAYA Belkis Zehra (TUR - WRL 17): Grand Prix Zagreb 2015: 1. place, Grand Slam Baku 2013: 2. place, Grand Prix Samsun 2013: 1. place
5. SAYIT Kayra (TUR - WRL 19): Grand Prix Tbilisi 2016: 1. place, Grand Prix Budapest 2015: 1. place, Grand Prix Tashkent 2015: 3. place
6. PAKENYTE Santa (LTU - WRL 20): Grand Slam Baku 2015: 2. place, European Games 2015: 5. place, European Open Sofia 2016: 2. place
7. CERIC Larisa (BIH - WRL 21): European Championships Montpellier 2014: 2. place, Grand Slam Paris 2015: 3. place, World Championships Rio de Janeiro 2013: 5. place
8. NUNES Rochele (BRA - WRL 22): Pan American Seniors Championships 2015: 2. place, Panamerican Championships Guayaquil 2014: 3. place, Panamerican Championships San Jose 2013: 3. place
  



MEN

-60kg

1. SAFAROV Orkhan (AZE - WRL 4): Grand Slam Abu Dhabi 2014: 1. place, Grand Slam Baku 2014: 1. place, Masters Morocco 2015: 2. place
2. UROZBOEV Diyorbek (UZB - WRL 12): Grand Prix Tbilisi 2016: 1. place, Grand Slam Abu Dhabi 2015: 3. place, Grand Prix Tashkent 2014: 2. place
3. MUSHKIYEV Ilgar (AZE - WRL 14): Grand Slam Paris 2016: 2. place, Grand Prix Qingdao 2015: 1. place, Grand Slam Abu Dhabi 2014: 3. place
4. TAKABATAKE Eric (BRA - WRL 15): Grand Prix Havana 2016: 1. place, Pan American Seniors Championships 2015: 2. place, Grand Prix Ulaanbaatar 2014: 2. place
5. LIMARE Vincent (FRA - WRL 16): Grand Slam Paris 2015: 2. place, Grand Slam Baku 2015: 2. place, Grand Prix Qingdao 2014: 1. place
6. MCKENZIE Ashley (GBR - WRL 20): Grand Slam Tyumen 2015: 2. place, European Championships Budapest 2013: 3. place, Grand Prix Havana 2014: 3. place
7. IMASHEV Aibek (KAZ - WRL 25): Grand Slam Tyumen 2015: 3. place, Grand Prix Budapest 2015: 2. place, World Championships Chelyabinsk 2014: 5. place
8. GARRIGOS Francisco (ESP - WRL 29): Grand Prix Zagreb 2015: 3. place, European Open Lisbon 2014: 1. place, European Games 2015: 5. place
  

-66kg

1. SHIKHALIZADA Nijat (AZE - WRL 9): Grand Slam Baku 2015: 1. place, Grand Prix Qingdao 2015: 1. place, Grand Prix Tblisi 2014: 1. place
2. SHERSHAN Dzmitry (BLR - WRL 10): Grand Slam Abu Dhabi 2014: 1. place, Masters Morocco 2015: 2. place, Grand Prix Budapest 2014: 2. place
3. OATES Colin (GBR - WRL 12): Grand Slam Baku 2014: 1. place, Grand Slam Baku 2015: 2. place, Grand Slam Moscow 2013: 2. place
4. DOVDON Altansukh (MGL - WRL 15): Grand Slam Paris 2015: 3. place, Grand Slam Tyumen 2015: 3. place, Grand Prix Tashkent 2014: 2. place
5. OLEINIC Sergiu (POR - WRL 22): Grand Prix Budapest 2015: 3. place, Grand Prix Samsun 2015: 3. place, Asian Open Taipei City 2014: 1. place
6. CHIBANA Charles (BRA - WRL 24): Grand Slam Tyumen 2014: 1. place, Grand Slam Moscow 2013: 1. place, Panamerican Championships Guayaquil 2014: 1. place
7. MA Duanbin (CHN - WRL 25): Grand Prix Tashkent 2015: 2. place, Grand Prix Qingdao 2014: 3. place, Grand Prix Qingdao 2013: 3. place
8. LE BLOUCH Kilian (FRA - WRL 26): Grand Slam Paris 2016: 3. place, African Open Tunis 2016: 1. place, European Open Glasgow 2015: 1. place
  

-73kg

1. SAINJARGAL Nyam-Ochir (MGL - WRL9): Masters Tyumen 2013: 1. place, World Championships Seniors 2015: 3. place, Grand Slam Baku 2015: 2. place
2. ELMONT Dex (NED - WRL 13): Grand Slam Abu Dhabi 2014: 1. place, Masters Tyumen 2013: 2. place, European Championships Montpellier 2014: 1. place
3. POMBO SILVA Alex William (BRA - WRL 21): Pan American Seniors Championships 2015: 1. place, Panamerican Championships Guayaquil 2014: 1. place, Grand Prix Almaty 2013: 1. place
4. DELPOPOLO Nicholas (USA - WRL 22): Panamerican Championships San Jose 2013: 1. place, Pan American Seniors Championships 2015: 3. place, Panamerican Championships Guayaquil 2014: 3. place
5. CHAINE Guillaume (FRA - WRL 26): Grand Slam Tyumen 2015: 2. place, European Open Glasgow 2015: 1. place, European Open Minsk 2015: 1. place
6. VANLIOGLU Hasan (TUR - WRL 30): Grand Prix Samsun 2015: 2. place, Grand Prix Samsun 2014: 3. place, European Championships Istanbul 2011: 3. place
7. SAI Yinjirigala (CHN - WRL 31): Grand Prix Ulaanbaatar 2015: 1. place
8. SUN Shuai (CHN - WRL 32): Grand Prix Ulaanbaatar 2015: 3. place, Grand Prix Qingdao 2014: 3. place, Asian Open Taipei 2015: 3. place

-81kg

1. PENALBER Victor (BRA - WRL 4): Grand Slam Tyumen 2014: 1. place, Pan American Seniors Championships 2015: 1. place, Panamerican Championships Guayaquil 2014: 1. place
2. TOMA Sergiu (UAE - WRL 7): Grand Slam Abu Dhabi 2015: 2. place, Grand Prix Tashkent 2015: 1. place, Grand Slam Tokyo 2014: 2. place
3. IVANOV Ivaylo (BUL - WRL 10): Grand Slam Abu Dhabi 2015: 1. place, Grand Slam Paris 2016: 2. place, Grand Prix Dusseldorf 2016: 3. place
4. WANG Ki-Chun (KOR - WRL 14): Masters Almaty 2012: 1. place, Masters Baku 2011: 1. place, Grand Prix Qingdao 2015: 1. place
5. CSOKNYAI Laszlo (HUN - WRL 16): Grand Slam Abu Dhabi 2015: 3. place, Grand Prix Zagreb 2015: 2. place, Grand Prix Havana 2016: 3. place
6. STEVENS Travis (USA - WRL 19): Grand Prix Dusseldorf 2014: 1. place, Grand Prix Tashkent 2013: 1. place, Grand Prix Dusseldorf 2011: 1. place
7. BOTTIEAU Joachim (BEL - WRL 20): Grand Prix Dusseldorf 2016: 1. place, Grand Prix Dusseldorf 2015: 1. place, Grand Prix Jeju 2014: 2. place
8. KIM Jae-Bum (KOR - WRL 24): Olympic Games London 2012: 1. place, World Championships Paris 2011: 1. place, Asian Games Incheon 2014: 1. place

-90kg

1. NYMAN Marcus (SWE - WRL 15): Grand Prix Dusseldorf 2016: 1. place, Grand Slam Abu Dhabi 2015: 3. place, Grand Prix Dusseldorf 2011: 1. place
2. CAMILO Tiago (BRA - WRL 21): Pan American Seniors Championships 2015: 1. place, Panamerican Championships Guayaquil 2014: 1. place, Panamerican Championships San Jose 2013: 2. place
3. DVARBY Joakim (SWE - WRL 22): Grand Slam Baku 2015: 3. place, World Championships Rio de Janeiro 2013: 5. place, Grand Prix Ulaanbaatar 2015: 3. place
4. GROSSKLAUS Ciril (SUI - WRL 24): Grand Slam Abu Dhabi 2014: 3. place, Grand Prix Havana 2016: 3. place, Grand Prix Rijeka 2013: 3. place
5. BAUZA Karolis (LTU - WRL 32): European Championships Budapest 2013: 3. place, Grand Prix Zagreb 2014: 3. place, Grand Prix Baku 2011: 3. place
6. MEHDIYEV Mammadali (AZE - WRL 33): Grand Slam Baku 2014: 3. place, Grand Prix Jeju 2014: 2. place, European Open Prague 2016: 1. place
7. RUIZ ZAJAC David (ESP - WRL 35): European Open Lisbon 2014: 1. place, European Open Tallin 2014: 1. place, European Open Prague 2016: 2. place
8. NHABALI Quedjau (UKR - WRL 37): Grand Prix Astana 2014: 3. place, Grand Prix Jeju 2013: 3. place, World Cup Tbilisi 2011: 2. place

-100kg

1. GASIMOV Elmar (AZE - WRL 1): Masters Morocco 2015: 1. place, Grand Slam Tyumen 2014: 1. place, Grand Slam Baku 2015: 2. place
2. NIKIFOROV Toma (BEL - WRL 8): World Championships Seniors 2015: 3. place, Grand Prix Havana 2014: 1. place, Masters Morocco 2015: 3. place
3. RAKOV Maxim (KAZ - WRL 11): Grand Slam Baku 2014: 1. place, Masters Almaty 2012: 1. place, Grand Prix Astana 2014: 1. place
4. GROL Henk (NED - WRL 15): World Championships Rio de Janeiro 2013: 2. place, Masters Tyumen 2013: 2. place, European Games 2015: 1. place
5. MAMMADOV Elkhan (AZE - WRL 18): World Championships Rio de Janeiro 2013: 1. place, Masters Tyumen 2013: 1. place, Grand Slam Baku 2013: 1. place
6. FONSECA Jorge (POR - WRL 20): Grand Slam Baku 2015: 3. place, Grand Prix Tbilisi 2016: 3. place, Grand Prix Zagreb 2015: 3. place
7. BUZACARINI Rafael (BRA - WRL 29): Grand Slam Paris 2015: 2. place, Grand Prix Almaty 2013: 2. place, Panamerican Championships Guayaquil 2014: 3. place
8. FLETCHER Benjamin (GBR - WRL 30): Grand Prix Ulaanbaatar 2015: 3. place, African Open Casablanca 2016: 1. place, African Open Port-Louis 2015: 1. place

+100kg

1. RINER Teddy (FRA - WRL 1): World Championships Seniors 2015: 1. place, World Championships Chelyabinsk 2014: 1. place, World Championships Rio de Janeiro 2013: 1. place
2. BOR Barna (HUN - WRL 3): Grand Slam Baku 2015: 1. place, Masters Morocco 2015: 2. place, Grand Prix Astana 2014: 1. place
3. SILVA Rafael (BRA - WRL 9): World Championships Rio de Janeiro 2013: 2. place, Grand Slam Tyumen 2014: 1. place, Masters Tyumen 2013: 2. place
4. OKRUASHVILI Adam (GEO - WRL 11): Masters Tyumen 2013: 1. place, European Games 2015: 1. place, World Championships Seniors 2015: 3. place
5. MOURA David (BRA - WRL 12): Pan American Seniors Championships 2015: 1. place, Grand Slam Paris 2015: 2. place, Grand Slam Paris 2014: 2. place
6. MATIASHVILI Levani (GEO - WRL 13): Grand Prix Tbilisi 2015: 1. place, Grand Slam Tokyo 2014: 2. place, Grand Slam Baku 2015: 3. place
7. KRAKOVETSKII Iurii (KGZ - WRL 20): Asian Seniors Championships 2015: 2. place, Asian Championships Bangkok 2013: 2. place, Grand Slam Moscow 2013: 3. place
8. ALLERSTORFER Daniel (AUT - WRL 26): Grand Prix Tashkent 2014: 2. place, Grand Prix Tashkent 2015: 3. place, Grand Prix Astana 2014: 3. place


COMPETITION PROGRAMME

Friday April 1, 2016

Start: 10:00 on 3 tatami
Opening: 16:30
Final block: 17:00 on 1 tatami

Women: -48kg, -52kg, -57kg 
Men: -60kg, -66kg 

Saturday April 2, 2016

Start: 10:00 on 3 tatami
Final block: 17:00 on 1 tatami

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

Sunday April 3, 2016

Start: 10:00 on 3 tatami
Final block: 17:00 on 1 tatami

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

LocationYasar Dogu Sports Arena, Samsun, Turkey

Sunday, March 27, 2016

Tbilisi Grand Prix 2016 - Georgia DAY THREE

(Via IJF)


Dutch delight as they oust hosts for top spot 


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

The Tbilisi Grand Prix 2016 featured the heavyweights on the third and final day of competition in Georgia as the ippons flowed one last time at the New Sports Palace on Sunday.   


Georgia’s final day of IJF World Judo Tour action saw 129 judoka (43 women, 86 men) fight across the women’s -78kg and +78kg categories and the men’s -90kg, -100kg and +100kg categories.

The Netherlands finished top of medal table with a brilliant third day performance as they won -78kg and -90kg gold in addition to -78kg silver and +100kg silver. The Dutch team led the way at the Tbilisi Grand Prix 2016 with three gold medals and two silver ahead of Georgia who won two gold and one silver while Brazil finished third with one gold, one silver and three bronze medals.


Georgia’s hopes on the final day were pinned on stars such as World Judo Masters -90kg winner Beka GVINIASHVILI (GEO) who was the lightest and youngest judoka in the -100kg category having moved up to the heavier division in December.

GVINIASHVILI, 20, won his first international medals at -100kg at Pan American Open’s in Lima and Buenos Aires earlier this month, as he has needed to travel far and wide beyond IJF events having started with zero qualification points when he switched categories in December. GVINIASHVILI weighed 94kg at the weigh-in on Saturday night but what the youngster lacks in weight, he more than makes up for in with heart as he came away with a highly-deserved and highly-popular bronze medal.


Georgia's Visually impaired (VI) judoka Zviad GOGOTCHURI (blue judogi) was in action again in Tbilisi

Visually impaired (VI) judoka Zviad GOGOTCHURI (GEO) was also a contender for the hosts as he fought fully sighted judoka on Sunday. GOGOTCHURI, who has already qualified for the Paralympic Games, won the Tbilisi Grand Prix in its first year in 2014 and since then has made the switch to VI judo due to his vastly deteriorating vision. The IBSA World Games winner has still made a handful of appearances on the IJF World Judo Tour as visually impaired judoka are all eligible to compete on the tour providing they are members of their national team and earn selection.  

The 29-year-old, who is still ranked 71st on the IJF World Ranking List in the -90kg category, used the event as a key part of his Paralympic bid and gave a superb account of himself in front of his home crowd. The Georgian defeated Ibrahim KHALAF (JOR) by hansoku-make before registering a stunning upset win over Brazilian legend and former world champion as well as double Olympic medallist Tiago CAMILO in golden score. GOGOTCHURI came undone against Tbilisi-born Nikoloz SHERAZADISHVILI (ESP) in the third round by ippon who then went on to win bronze. Junior ace SHERAZADISHVILI showed his maturity and immense respect for GOGOTCHURI with an honest and touching embrace.


The participation of VI judoka on the IJF World Judo Tour continues to reflect the sport’s motto of ‘Judo For All’ and the universality of the Olympic and Paralympic sport. The IJF has a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with IBSA (International Blind Sports Federation) to jointly co-ordinate and continue to work on the development of judo worldwide.

The final day in Tbilisi was due to feature Greek all-time great Ilias ILIADIS (GRE) but the legendary fighter was ruled out of the -90kg category due to injury which was also the case for World Judo Masters -100kg winner Elmar GASIMOV (AZE) who was due to be the top seed.

The IJF World Judo Tour 2016 moves straight onto Turkey for the Samsun Grand Prix next week as 465 judoka will compete from 73 nations from Friday 1 – Sunday 3 April. The three-day competition is the final IJF event before April’s continental championships which will see the best of Europe, Oceania, Asia, Pan America and Africa fight for continental honours.   

Tbilisi Grand Prix -66kg bronze medallist Sinan SANDAL (TUR) equalled the best result of his career in Georgia which came as a timely lift going into his country’s leg of the IJF World Judo Tour next week.

“The bronze medal was good motivation for me before the Olympic Games and I understand what I need to work on now,” said SANDAL, who the Samsun Grand Prix has special significance for.  

“Samsun is my city. I was born there and grew up there. The atmosphere and energy will be higher than normal for me and I hope my result will be even better than bronze. I believe the Samsun Grand Prix will play a big part in helping me on my way to the Olympic Games.”


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WOMEN

-78kg: VERKERK wins all-Dutch clash with Rio 2016 ramifications                

Former world champion Marhinde VERKERK (NED) took a giant step towards sealing a place at one more Olympic Games as she defeated Dusseldorf Grand Prix bronze medallist Guusje STEENHUIS (NED) in a battle of the Netherlands’ best -78kg judoka. With the stakes so high and the rewards so great, a nail-biting contest ensued which saw the more experienced VERKERK emerge triumphant on shido penalties. STEENHUIS was penalised twice for passivity while VERKERK was only penalised once and that was for the same indiscretion as the contest finished scoreless but nevertheless with victory for VERKERK.   


In the first semi-final STEENHUIS (NED) defeated Paris Grand Slam bronze medallist Natalie POWELL (GBR) in golden score. STEENHUIS was penalised for an overly defensive posture while POWELL was reprimanded for being passive. POWELL lacked any fluidity and struggled to stand upright before the golden score period started and STEENHUIS was clearly the fresher of the two which saw her take the contest by a yuko score. In the second semi-final London 2012 Olympic bronze medallist Mayra AGUIAR (BRA) was upset by VERKERK who forced the Brazilian favourite to tap out with kansetsu-waza. 


The first bronze medal was won by AGUIAR who profited from the inaction of 36-year-old veteran Yahima RAMIREZ (POR). Brazilian AGUIAR came here for gold but bounced back from a disappointing semi-final defeat as RAMIREZ, who received 12 shidos during five fights, looked lacklustre and received four shidos and hansoku-make. AGUIAR is using such an events as a barometer to judge where she is physically and at least has areas to work on before the final Rio 2016 qualification events and her home Games.  

The second bronze medal contest was won by Grand Prix specialist POWELL who shaded world number 12 Madeleine MALONGA (FRA). The Welsh judoka was penalised twice for passivity in the early stages of the contest but increased her activity while MALONGA began to toil. POWELL rolled an ouchi-gari attack from the Frenchwoman who went over for a yuko for the 14th Grand Prix medal of her career which moves her ahead of Kayla HARRISON (USA) as the third most prolific medallist behind Germany’s Franziska KONITZ (15) and Luise MALZAHN (16).             
                      
Final
VERKERK, Marhinde (NED) vs STEENHUIS, Guusje (NED)  

Bronze Medal Fights
AGUIAR, Mayra (BRA) vs RAMIREZ, Yahima (POR)                            
POWELL, Natalie (GBR) vs MALONGA, Madeleine (FRA)  

                                                                                                                                                                      
Final Results 
1. VERKERK, Marhinde (NED)                                       
2. STEENHUIS, Guusje (NED)                                    
3. AGUIAR, Mayra (BRA)  
3. POWELL, Natalie (GBR)                                                        
5. RAMIREZ, Yahima (POR)                                                                                   
5. MALONGA, Madeleine (FRA)                                                                   
7. CAMARA, Sama Hawa (FRA)                              
7. SOL, Kyong (PRK)                                                                                                                                       


+78kg: Second Grand Prix success for SAYIT  

Double world silver medallist Maria Suelen ALTHEMAN (BRA) was unable to take part in the +78kg final due to injury as Tashkent Grand Prix bronze medallist Kayra SAYIT (TUR) finished on top of the podium. World number 26 SAYIT won her second Grand Prix gold wearing the Turkish badge after finishing first at the Budapest Grand Prix last summer. 


In the first semi-final ALTHEMAN took Paris Grand Slam silver medallist MA Sisi (CHN) off balance and down for a waza-ari score which was enough for a spot in the final while in the second semi-final SAYIT (TUR) beat Havana Grand Prix bronze medallist Svitlana IAROMKA (UKR) by ippon.     
                          
The first bronze medal was won by Casablanca African Open winner Maryna SLUTSKAYA (BLR) as she overpowered the passive IAROMKA on the ground by trapping her for 20 seconds in osaekomi with a kami-shiho-gatame hold. The winner earned her first Grand Prix medal since 2013 when she took the same silver at the Almaty Grand Prix.The second bronze medal was won by MA – her seventh at this level – in an uneventful contest against Tokyo Grand Slam bronze medallist Emilie ANDEOL (FRA) as both judoka were lethargic and gave away shidos. ANDEOL was penalised for the fourth and final time for a false attack                                                  
Final
ALTHEMAN, Maria Suelen (BRA) vs SAYIT, Kayra (TUR)                                                    
                                                                                                                          
Bronze Medal Fights
SLUTSKAYA, Maryna (BLR) vs IAROMKA, Svitlana (UKR)                            
MA, Sisi (CHN) vs ANDEOL, Emilie (FRA)   

                                                                                                                        
Final Results
1. SAYIT, Kayra (TUR)                                                           
2. ALTHEMAN, Maria Suelen (BRA)  
3. SLUTSKAYA, Maryna (BLR)                                                        
3. MA, Sisi (CHN)                 
5. IAROMKA, Svitlana (UKR)                                                                                      
5. ANDEOL, Emilie (FRA)                                            
7. PAKENYTE, Santa (LTU)           
7. KINDZERSKA, Iryna (UKR)                                                                                               

MEN

-90kg: Flying Dutchman VAN T END delivers gold        

Abu Dhabi Grand Slam silver medallist Noel VAN T END (NED) had the measure of the dangerous Dusseldorf Grand Prix winner Marcus NYMAN (SWE) as he continued his country’s golden streak in Tbilisi. VAN T END scored a yuko and a waza-ari before NYMAN offered a purposeful attack but when he did the Dutchman was moving through the air from a sasae-tsurikomi-ashi but avoided giving away a score. VAN T END has a cool demeanour and kept active and alert as he maintained his advantage to take gold.  


In the first semi-final former Paris Grand Slam bronze medallist Celio DIAS (POR) was beaten by the inspired NYMAN as he could not escape a hold down inside 20 seconds. In the second semi-final VAN T END emphatically defeated Nikoloz SHERAZADISHVILI (ESP) as he scored three times without a reply. The Flying Dutchman led by a waza-ari before adding a yuko and then finally ippon after two minutes in a sharp display.
  
The first bronze medal was awarded to world number 22 DIAS who fought his way past Ulaanbaatar Grand Prix bronze medallist Joakim DVARBY (SWE). World number 20 DVARBY had won both their previous meetings but DIAS pulled one back in their head-to-head series as he scored a waza-ari with an ippon-seoi-nage after one minute and moved into the osaekomi but the Swede escaped from the kuzure-kesa-gatame hold. With two minutes left DIAS struck again with a drop morote-seoi-nage for his second waza-ari.

The second bronze medal went to 20-year-old Junior world silver medallist SHERAZADISHVILI who was a strong performer all day long and got his just rewards in front of a crowd who more than appreciated his Georgian roots. SHERAZADISHVILI won the first Grand Prix medal of his burgeoning career against Magomed MAGOMEDOV (RUS) and started by taking the lead with a yuko as he collapsed a drop-seoi-nage attempt to drive over the Russian for the smallest score. MAGOMEDOV was twice penalised for a cross-grip as he was unwilling to attack and then got caught for a waza-ari by the Spaniard who held down his opponent for 15 seconds and a fine bronze medal.

SHERAZADISHVILI, who was born in Tbilisi and started judo here aged 8, said: “This is my first Grand Prix medal and it means everything to me. I’ve done a lot of senior competitions now but this is my first medal at this level. Fighting in Georgia for the first time for me as a Spanish international was very special for me and I can’t thank the crowd enough for their support. I am so happy, I will never forget this day.”
           
Final
VAN T END, Noel (NED) vs NYMAN, Marcus (SWE)                                                         
                                                                                                                                           
Bronze Medal Fights
DIAS, Celio (POR) vs DVARBY, Joakim (SWE)                               
MAGOMEDOV, Magomed (RUS) vs SHERAZADISHVILI, Nikoloz (ESP)           

                                                                                                            
Final Results
1. VAN T END, Noel (NED)                                    
2. NYMAN, Marcus (SWE)                                                              
3. DIAS, Celio (POR)     
3. SHERAZADISHVILI, Nikoloz (ESP)                        
5. DVARBY, Joakim (SWE)                                
5. MAGOMEDOV, Magomed (RUS)                      
7. RANDL, Milan (SVK)                             
7. GERASIMENKO, Dmitri (SRB)                                                                                                                                                                   


-100kg: Perfect record for Swede PACEK in Tbilisi      

Tyumen Grand Slam winner Martin PACEK (SWE) won all four of his contests by ippon including the final against Dusseldorf Grand Prix bronze medallist Javad MAHJOUB (IRI) to capture -100kg gold. PACEK was able to beat MAHJOUB for the first time by ippon from an uchi-mata with 27 seconds left on the clock. 


In the first semi-final Beka GVINIASHVILI (GEO) came up short against PACEK who had a waza-ari advantage before scoring ippon with 11 seconds left from a makikomi effort. In the second semi-final Dusseldorf Grand Prix bronze medallist Javad MAHJOUB (IRI) defeated Domenico DI GUIDA (ITA) on shido penalties 1:2 in a scoreless bout.

The first bronze medal was won by GVINIASHVILI as he produced the best result of his brief -100kg career by throwing Tashkent Grand Prix bronze medallist Soyib KURBONOV (UZB) with a photogenic and enormous ura-nage for ippon. GVINIASHVILI put the crowd through every possible emotion during a gripping challenge all day long and they jumped out of their seats when KURBONOV landed for the maximum score for their compatriot. The second bronze medal was won by FONSECA who beat Casablanca African Open silver medallist Domenico DI GUIDA (ITA). FONSECA has the tools to trouble anyone in his category and has proven that this year by placing at all three of his IJF events. The 23-year-old took control with a yuko and added a waza-ari from which DI GUIDA could not fight back and the overmatched Italian accrued three penalties as he struggled to get to grips with his opponent.          
     
Final
MAHJOUB, Javad (IRI) vs PACEK, Martin (SWE)                                                                                                                                                                                                                     
Bronze Medal Fights
KURBONOV, Soyib (UZB) vs GVINIASHVILI, Beka (GEO)                    
DI GUIDA, Domenico (ITA) vs FONSECA, Jorge (POR)        

                                                                                          
Final Result
1. PACEK, Martin (SWE)                                                                                      
2. MAHJOUB, Javad (IRI)                                  
3. GVINIASHVILI, Beka (GEO)                                                                  
3. FONSECA, Jorge (POR)                         
5. KURBONOV, Soyib (UZB)                                               
5. DI GUIDA, Domenico (ITA)          
7. TAVELURI, Lasha (GEO)                                
7. FLETCHER, Benjamin (GBR)                                                                                                                                                     


+100kg: Grand Prix glory belongs to SASSON for Israel           

Paris Grand Slam runner-up Or SASSON (ISR) won the spoils for Israel as he earned his maiden Grand Prix title with a victory over Paris Grand Slam bronze medallist Roy MEYER (NED) in the +100kg final. SASSON led their head-to-head series 3-1 going into the contest and extended it today with a yuko before both judoka exchanged shido penalties. SASSON and MEYER have established themselves among Europe’s elite and will be full of confidence going into next month’s European Championships. 


In the first semi-final MEYER thwarted Tyumen Grand Slam silver medallist Aslan KAMBIEV (RUS) as the latter was penalised twice for passivity which settled the scoreless contest.In the second semi-final Jeju Grand Prix bronze medallist Andrey VOLKOV (RUS) fell to SASSON after 22 seconds by a thunderous ippon-seoi-nage which booked a place in the final.

The first bronze medal went to Tyumen Grand Slam bronze medallist Maciej SARNACKI (POL) as VOLKOV could not compete due to injury. The second bronze medal went to London 2012 Olympic bronze medallist Rafael SILVA (BRA) after an insipid display from KAMBIEV who received four shidos after only two minutes.                                                                                      
Final
SASSON, Or (ISR) vs MEYER, Roy (NED)                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
Bronze Medal Fights
VOLKOV, Andrey (RUS) vs SARNACKI, Maciej (POL)               
KAMBIEV, Aslan (RUS) vs SILVA, Rafael (BRA)             

                                                                                                                                                                   
Final Result
1. SASSON, Or (ISR)    
2. MEYER, Roy (NED)                                 
3. SARNACKI, Maciej (POL)                                                                            
3. SILVA, Rafael (BRA)                                                                               .                                              
5. VOLKOV, Andrey (RUS)                                                            
5. KAMBIEV, Aslan (RUS)                                  
7. GORDIIENKO, Oleksandr (UKR)                     
7. KRAKOVETSKII, Iurii (KGZ)                                  

Tbilisi Grand Prix 2016 - Georgia DAY TWO

(Via IJF)


Super Saturday for hosts Georgia 


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

The Tbilisi Grand Prix 2016 saw Rio 2016 Olympic aspirations reignited and cast doubt upon for judoka in equal measure as the pressure and fascinating battle for the Games reached its most pivotal point thus far at the New Sports Palace on Saturday.



On day two of the third edition of the Tbilisi Grand Prix medallists were crowned in the women’s -63kg and -70kg categories and the men’s -73kg and -81kg categories as 136 judoka (54 women, 82 men) saw action with 48 judoka in the -81kg category expectedly being the biggest turn out of all 14 weight categories in the competition.

The Tbilisi Grand Prix will come to its conclusion on Sunday with the heavyweights as titans of the sport feature in every category. Home hopes will be focused on judoka such as -100kg newcomer Beka GVINIASHVILI (GEO) while visually impaired judoka Zviad GOGOTCHURI (GEO) will face the best fully sighted judoka the -90kg category has to offer having won this event in 2014. Former world champion Tiago CAMILO (BRA), Sydney 2000 Olympic silver medallist and Beijing 2008 Olympic bronze medallist, will compete in the -90kg category while Rio 2016 Olympic Games favourite Mayra AGUIAR (BRA) and 2013 world champion SOL Kyong (PRK) are among the major medal contenders in the -78kg category.


All-time legend Ilias ILIADIS (GRE) was among the animated observers on day two

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WOMEN

-63kg: Top seed UNTERWURZACHER beats battling Brit  

World number 10 Kathrin UNTERWURZACHER (AUT) defeated three-time Grand Prix bronze medallist Gemma HOWELL (GBR) to celebrate -63kg gold in Tbilisi. Ulaanbaatar Grand Prix bronze medallist UNTERWURZACHER, 23, won gold in her very first competition of the 2016 campaign as the Austrian team look set to be a force to be reckoned with at Rio 2016. The career of London 2012 Olympian HOWELL, 25, from Wolverhampton, has stalled in recent years due to a run of recurrent injuries but the 2014 Zagreb Grand Prix bronze medallist revitalised her stock today by claiming a place in her first Grand Prix final. UNTERWURZACHER came from a yuko deficit in her first meeting against the British judoka to restore parity with a yuko of her own before trapping the Briton with a tate-shiho-gatame and HOWELL, who appeared to suffer a knee injury as she gingerly returned to her feet in the previous exchange, tapped out under insurmountable pressure from the Austrian.  


In the first semi HOWELL shocked Tashkent Grand Prix winner Edwige GWEND (ITA) as she took the lead with a yuko before securing her first Grand Prix final by holding down the Italian with a kesa-gatame for 20 seconds and ippon. In the second semi-final UNTERWURZACHER salvaged the contest with a stunning last-gasp rally against 2009 Moscow Grand Slam winner Marielle PRUVOST (FRA). UNTERWURZACHER led with a yuko before PRUVOST – who we will surely see a lot more of based on this performance – went in front with a waza-ari. The Austrian team are known for their character and UNTERWURZACHER narrowly took the contest with a waza-ari as the duo entered the last 10 seconds.    

The first bronze medal was won by GWEND against Qingdao Grand Prix bronze medallist BAK Jiyun (KOR). GWEND ensured Italy hit the medal trail on the second day as BAK could not impose herself in the contest and was penalised twice for passivity in a scoreless contest. The second bronze medal was claimed by the impressive PRUVOST who dismissed former European bronze medallist Marta LABAZINA (RUS) by pinning her for 17 seconds and waza-ari and after losing control of the hold down the Frenchwoman cleverly maneuvered into a juji-gatame to force her opponent to submit.        

Final
UNTERWURZACHER, Kathrin (AUT) vs HOWELL, Gemma (GBR)                                                                                                                                                            
Bronze Medal Fights
GWEND, Edwige (ITA) vs BAK, Jiyun (KOR)        
PRUVOST, Marielle (FRA) vs LABAZINA, Marta (RUS)                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            
       
Final Results 
1. UNTERWURZACHER, Kathrin (AUT)                          
2. HOWELL, Gemma (GBR)                                                                      
3. GWEND, Edwige (ITA)                                                   
3. PRUVOST, Marielle (FRA)       
5. BAK, Jiyun (KOR)                                  
5. LABAZINA, Marta (RUS)                              
7. SCHLESINGER, Alice (GBR)                              
7. VAN EMDEN, Anicka (NED)           

  

-70kg: World leader POLLING passes POSVITE for pole position in Tbilisi            

World number one Kim POLLING (NED) won gold for the first time since becoming European Games gold medallist last summer as she came from behind to beat world bronze medallist Fanny Estelle POSVITE (FRA). It was the French fighter who had the advantage with a yuko score but POSVITE - who is locked in a domestic battle against world champion Gevrise EMANE (FRA) - was thrown for ippon with exactly a minute remaining to extend her lead at the helm of the -70kg category. 


In the first semi-final Asian Championships winner TSEND AYUSH Naranjargal (MGL) fell to POSVITE by a waza-ari which came moments after both judoka were penalised for passivity. In the second semi-final POLLING (NED) defeated former world bronze medallist Katarzyna KLYS (POL) by the smallest margin possible as a shido against the Polish fighter was the only time the referee was called upon.  


The first bronze medal was claimed by African Championships silver medallist Assmaa NIANG (MAR) who threw TSEND AYUSH with a tomoe-nage for a yuko score to take the lead with 45 seconds left and spent the remainder of the time winding down the clock but her opponent was unable to take advantage. NIANG finished with three shidos to her name but also with the only score of the contest to secure the final position on the podium.

The second bronze medal contest was won by Junior European silver medallist Elisavet TELTSIDOU (GRE) who earned her first Grand Prix honours by defeating KLYS after just 50 seconds by ippon and was elated with the result. 
    
Final
POLLING, Kim (NED) vs POSVITE, Fanny Estelle (FRA)                                                                                                                                                                                           
Bronze Medal Fights
TSEND AYUSH, Naranjargal (MGL) vs NIANG, Assmaa (MAR)                           
KLYS, Katarzyna (POL) vs TELTSIDOU, Elisavet (GRE)

                                                                                                                                                                              
Final Results
1. POLLING, Kim (NED)                                                       
2. POSVITE, Fanny Estelle (FRA)                                
3. NIANG, Assmaa (MAR)                                                                                     
3. TELTSIDOU, Elisavet (GRE)
5. TSEND AYUSH, Naranjargal (MGL)                              
5. KLYS, Katarzyna (POL)                                                     
7. GERCSAK, Szabina (HUN)                                
7. VARGAS KOCH, Laura (GER)                                                                                                                                                                             

MEN

-73kg: TATALASHVILI leads the race for Rio as hosts star

Tokyo Grand Slam bronze medallist Nugzari TATALASHVILI (GEO) cemented his status as Georgia’s leading man at -73kg and could not settle for anything less than top spot as his teammates claimed both bronze medals. TATALASHVILI made a slow start in the final against Havana Grand Prix bronze medallist GANBAATAR Odbayar (MGL) as he was penalised for passivity in the first minute and again a minute later. The Georgian gradually warmed up and looked more threatening which saw him throw the Mongolian with an osoto-makikomi for waza-ari and followed up with osaekomi to trap his rival with a ushiro-yoko-shiho-gatame for 15 seconds and gold in Tbilisi. 


In the first semi-final Olympic champion Lasha SHAVDATUASHVILI (GEO) was usurped by GANBAATAR on shido penalties 1:2 after a frustrating contest for the home fighter who saw his teammate and challenger for a spot at Rio 2016, TATALASHVILI, defeat Prague European Open winner Georgios AZOIDIS (GRE) at the same stage. Both judoka were penalised for passivity before AZOIDIS was held accountable for having an overly defensive posture and then going out of the area. The exhausted Greek judoka was forced to put in an attack with three shidos already to his name and he failed with a tired uchi-mata attack which TATALASHVILI anticipated and held down his adversary for 20 seconds to move into the final.


The first bronze medal was won by SHAVDATUASHVILI as he bested former Tyumen Grand Slam silver medallist Marcelo CONTINI (BRA). After both judoka were penalised for passivity the crowd burst into full voice with chants of ‘Lasha’ who instantly responded as he picked up his opponent with a huge ura-nage for ippon. The 24-year-old’s gold backpatch has made him a scalp every judoka wishes to take in this cycle and he looks more and more comfortable wearing it but still has a lot of work to do to book his ticket to Rio 2016. The second bronze medal was won by former Sofia European Open bronze medallist Phridon GIGANI (GEO) who produced the first and only score of the contest in the final 12 seconds as he threw AZOIDIS with a huge hip technique before landing under his opponent and in osaekomi. However, AZOIDIS was running on empty and lost control of the hold after just one second as Georgia won their second -73kg bronze medal.  

Final
TATALASHVILI, Nugzari (GEO) vs GANBAATAR, Odbayar (MGL)                                                          
                                                                                                                                    
Bronze Medal Fights
CONTINI, Marcelo (BRA) vs SHAVDATUASHVILI, Lasha (GEO)                             
AZOIDIS, Georgios (GRE) vs GIGANI, Phridon (GEO)                                                            

                                                                               
Final Results
1. TATALASHVILI, Nugzari (GEO)                                  
2. GANBAATAR, Odbayar (MGL)                                  
3. SHAVDATUASHVILI, Lasha (GEO)                                                                                          
3. GIGANI, Phridon (GEO)                              
5. CONTINI, Marcelo (BRA)  
5. AZOIDIS, Georgios (GRE)     
7. HONG, Kuk Hyon (PRK)                              
7. MACIAS, Tommy (SWE)                                                                                                                                         


-81kg: Rampant Russian KHUBETSOV retains Tbilisi Grand Prix title

Alan KHUBETSOV (RUS) successfully retained his Tbilisi Grand Prix title from 2015 as he beat former Junior world bronze medallist Levan GUGAVA (GEO) in the -81kg final to conclude an excellent display for the Russian. KHUBETSOV, 22, is behind judoka such as Olympic bronze medallist Ivan NIFONTOV (RUS) in the Russian pecking order but gave another great account of himself in Tbilisi as one of the best performers in this year’s event so far. The Russian took the lead with a yuko and threw one-handed for waza-ari which was immediately upgraded to ippon by the IJF Refereeing Commission.  


In the first semi-final GUGAVA defeated Havana Grand Prix bronze medallist Roman MOUSTOPOULOS (GRE) as he scored a waza-ari from an uchi-mata which led to the Greek being penalised for passivity. Seconds later GUGAVA returned to uchi-mata to earn a second and match-winning waza-ari. In the second semi-final KHUBETSOV stormed past Qingdao Grand Prix medallist OTGONBAATAR Uuganbaatar (MGL) after 72 seconds by ippon as he looked on track to successfully defending his 2015 title. KHUBETSOV built a commanding advantage with a waza-ari from a morote-eri-seoi-nage before taking the contest with his second attempt at a yoko-otoshi.  

The first bronze medal was won by OTGONBAATAR who prevailed against Tyumen Grand Slam bronze medallist Alexander WIECZERZAK (GER) as a shido against the German fighter for a gripping infringement decided the contest. OTGONBAATAR went the closest to scoring with a fine yoko-tomoe-nage attempt but he had still done enough for the result and a Mongolian medal. The second bronze medal was won by MOUSTOPOULOS who fought his way back to beat former Budapest Grand Prix bronze medallist Zebeda REKHVIASHVILI (GEO). MOUSTOPOULOS was penalised twice but his home opponent was sapped of energy and picked up two shidos himself before being thrown with an uchi-mata for a waza-ari score. 
                   
Final
KHUBETSOV, Alan (RUS) vs GUGAVA, Levan (GEO)               
                                                         
Bronze Medal Fights
OTGONBAATAR, Uuganbaatar (MGL) vs WIECZERZAK, Alexander (GER)                     
MOUSTOPOULOS, Roman (GRE) vs REKHVIASHVILI, Zebeda (GEO)                                           
                                                
                                                                                                                                                     
Final Result
1. KHUBETSOV, Alan (RUS)                                                            
2. GUGAVA, Levan (GEO)                                              
3. OTGONBAATAR, Uuganbaatar (MGL)                                          
3. MOUSTOPOULOS, Roman (GRE)                                                        
5. WIECZERZAK, Alexander (GER)                     
5. REKHVIASHVILI, Zebeda (GEO)                                
7. IVANOV, Ivaylo (BUL)             
7. KALKAMANULY, Aziz (KAZ)