Sunday, October 30, 2016

Abu Dhabi Grand Slam 2016 - U.A.E. DAY THREE




The Abu Dhabi Grand Slam 2016, the fourth and penultimate Grand Slam of the season, produced a pulse-raising final day as the ippons flowed at the IPIC Arena in the Emirates.


The U.A.E’s premier annual sports event came to an explosive finale with the heavyweights as the women’s -78kg and +78kg categories and the men’s -90kg, -100kg and +100kg categories all featured on the last day of competition.

France finished top of the medal table with three gold medals from their women ahead of the Netherlands who won two gold medals while Brazil finished third with one gold medal. Click here for the full medal table.  

Mr. Marius Vizer, IJF President, stood alongside Mr. Al Bano, IJF Ambassador (far right), H.E Mohamed Bin Tha'loob Al Derai, U.A.E Wrestling, Judo and Kickboxing President, and Mr. Obaid Al-Anzi, Judo Union of Asia President and IJF Vice President (far left) for the IJF Anthem at the end of the competition 

Judo’s finest athletes will now move on to China for the final Grand Prix of the year as 176 judoka from 18 nations will compete from 18 – 20 November in Qingdao. Hosts China, who won their first men’s Olympic judo medal at Rio 2016, will field a full strength team of 56 judoka while Japan, Mongolia and South Korea will also be there in high numbers.

Watch #JudoQingdao2016, the final Grand Prix of the IJF World Judo Tour 2016, live and free at www.ippon.tv



WOMEN

-78kg: Steely STEENHUIS records fourth Grand Slam victory        

European Championships silver medallist Guusje STEENHUIS (NED) recorded her fourth Grand Slam victory with a gritty display in Abu Dhabi. STEENHUIS has now won seven medals in a row as she has left no doubt over who is the Netherlands’ top -78kg judoka having missed out on Rio 2016 to Marhinde VERKERK. On her Grand Slam debut Junior European Championships winner Anna Maria WAGNER (GER) showed her untapped potential at the highest level as she only lost to STEENHUIS who took silver at the Zagreb Grand Prix last time out in September. The Dutch star scored a yuko from an ouchi-gari in a professional performance even if she was disappointed to only win by that slender margin. 


In the first semi-final STEENHUIS could not break the stubborn resistance of Zagreb Grand Prix bronze medallist Sama Hawa CAMARA (FRA). The young Frenchwoman was penalised twice while STEENHUIS was only reprimanded once and safely advanced into the gold medal contest. In the second semi-final Samsun Grand Prix winner Madeleine MALONGA (FRA) lost to WAGNER on shido penalties. The French fighter was penalised three times while her German opponent posted an unblemished record to book a fascinating final against STEENHUIS.

The first bronze medal was won by Tallinn European Open silver medallist Samanta SOARES (BRA) who beat MALONGA who knew that it was a contest that she should have won. The athletic Frenchwoman was penalised twice while former Rio Grand Slam silver medallist SOARES was penalised once. The contest lacked rhythm and attacking intent from both judoka as the shidos determined the winner and provided one more medal for Brazil.

The second bronze medal contest was won by former Junior European Championships winner Anastasiya TURCHYN (UKR) who prevailed against CAMARA by a single shido as both bronze medals surprisingly escaped the clutches of the French women’s team who had thrived on day one and two. 
                   
Final
WAGNER, Anna Maria (GER) vs STEENHUIS, Guusje (NED)
Bronze Medal Fights
MALONGA, Madeleine (FRA) vs SOARES, Samanta (BRA)
TURCHYN, Anastasiya (UKR) vs CAMARA, Sama Hawa (FRA)

                            
                                                                                                                                                                       
Final Results 
1. STEENHUIS, Guusje (NED)
2. WAGNER, Anna Maria (GER)
3. SOARES, Samanta (BRA)
3. TURCHYN, Anastasiya (UKR)
5. MALONGA, Madeleine (FRA)
5. CAMARA, Sama Hawa (FRA)
7. ROSE, Brigitte (SEY)
7. APOTEKAR, Klara (SLO)



+78kg: ALTHEMAN inks fourth Grand Slam prize after Rio 2016 anguish     

Rio 2016 Olympian Maria Suelen ALTHEMAN (BRA) bounced back from her glum Games experience by topping an IJF Grand Slam medal podium for the fourth time on Sunday. Double world silver medallist ALTHEMAN, who finished fifth at the London 2012 Olympic Games and lost her opening contest at Rio 2016, opposed Budapest Grand Prix winner Carolin WEISS (GER) who lacked confidence at the final hurdle as gold again escaped her on the Grand Slam stage. A harai-makikomi gave the Brazilian a waza-ari and WEISS was beaten on the ground as the immovable South American pinned her down for 15 seconds and wazari-awasette-ippon. 


In the first semi-final WEISS threw former Baku Grand Slam silver medallist Santa PAKENYTE (LTU) with a thunderous hip throw for the maximum score while in the second semi-final ALTHEMAN subdued Tashkent Grand Prix silver medallist Maryna SLUTSKAYA (BLR) on the ground. The Brazilian submitted her opponent with shime-waza, which is not so common in heavyweight women’s judo, via a sode-guruma-jime.  

The first bronze medal was won by SLUTSKAYA who saw off Budapest Grand Prix bronze medallist Iryna KINDZERSKA (UKR) with a sode-tsurikomi-goshi for a yuko score. The Belarus judoka vanished under the Ukrainian to throw her for the smallest score and KINDZERSKA needed to chase the contest but instead toiled and was penalised for passivity before SLUTSKAYA was penalised for dropping in the closing seconds.  

The second bronze medal was won by PAKENYTE who defeated former Junior World Championships bronze medallist Yelyzaveta KALANINA (UKR) to capture her second Grand Slam bronze medal. PAKENYTE rushed in front with a yuko from a harai-makikomi and dropped into osaekomi for 20 seconds and ippon. 

                                   

Final
ALTHEMAN, Maria Suelen (BRA) vs WEISS, Carolin (GER)
                                                                                                                          
Bronze Medal Fights
SLUTSKAYA, Maryna (BLR) vs KINDZERSKA, Iryna (UKR)
PAKENYTE, Santa (LTU) vs KALANINA, Yelyzaveta (UKR)


              
                                                                                                                        
Final Results
1. ALTHEMAN, Maria Suelen (BRA)
2. WEISS, Carolin (GER)
3. SLUTSKAYA, Maryna (BLR)
3. PAKENYTE, Santa (LTU)
5. KINDZERSKA, Iryna (UKR)
5. KALANINA, Yelyzaveta (UKR)
7. KARA, Kubra (TUR)
7.



MEN

-90kg: Top seed KUKOLJ triumphs as Serbia dominates the category                

Baku Grand Slam silver medallist Aleksandar KUKOLJ (SRB) turned his top seed status into the top prize in Abu Dhabi as Serbia won half of the -90kg medals on offer. KUKOLJ, 25, posted a new personal best as he defeated Almaty Grand Prix winner Axel CLERGET (FRA) in the first gold medal contest in Sunday’s final block. The two vastly-underrated judoka were separated by a waza-ari for KUKOLJ from a tani-otoshi before the Serbian trapped down his French opponent with a kesa-gatame before eventually settling into a mune-gatame for 15 seconds and the gold medal.   


In the first semi-final Baku Grand Slam silver medallist Aleksandar KUKOLJ (SRB) defeated Glasgow European Open winner Max STEWART (GBR) by ippon in a one-sided contest as the Serbian was on form to confirm his place in the gold medal contest. In the second semi-final the skilful CLERGET defeated former Tashkent Grand Prix bronze medallist Hannes CONRAD (GER). Neither man backed down an inch in the battle for grips as the Frenchman won a hard-fought contest by scoring a yuko and trapping his German rival in a kuzure-kesa-gatame hold for 20 seconds.

The first bronze medal was awarded to 2012 Baku Grand Prix winner Tural SAFGULIYEV (AZE) who won the opening contest of the final block against CONRAD. The Azeri broke the deadlock with a yuko from an ippon seoi-nage - with half of the contest gone - which IJF Hall of Famer YAMASHITA Yasuhiro even applauded in the front row. SAFGULIYEV was penalised with a shido for going out but had already done enough to narrowly capture his first Grand Slam medal.

The second bronze medal went to 20-year-old Junior European Championships winner Nemanja MAJDOV (SRB) who defeated STEWART. MAJDOV, who moved up from -81kg to -90kg at the Zagreb Grand Prix in September, showed that decision and timing was inspired as he won the first Grand Slam medal of his career at his first attempt in his new weight. The Serbian fighter scored a yuko with 47 seconds remaining as he countered the ashi-waza of STEWART and that score separated the young talents after five minutes.  
    
Final
KUKOLJ, Aleksandar (SRB) vs CLERGET, Axel (FRA)
                                                                                                                                           
Bronze Medal Fights
CONRAD, Hannes (GER) vs SAFGULIYEV, Tural (AZE)
STEWART, Max (GBR) vs MAJDOV, Nemanja (SRB)

  
                                                                                                              
Final Results
1. KUKOLJ, Aleksandar (SRB)
2. CLERGET, Axel (FRA)
3. SAFGULIYEV, Tural (AZE)
3. MAJDOV, Nemanja (SRB)
5. CONRAD, Hannes (GER)
5. STEWART, Max (GBR)
7. BETTONI, Eduardo (BRA)
7. KLAMMERT, David (CZE)



-100kg:MAMMADOV rolls back the years for Azerbaijan gold          

Elkhan MAMMADOV (AZE) won a battle of attrition and battle of former world champions against Luciano CORREA (BRA) as Azerbaijan struck gold. MAMMADOV, 34, was his country’s leading supporter at the Olympic Games as he was the most animated man in the building when his teammate Elmar GASIMOV took -100kg silver, and showed that he still has the quality and desire to compete at the top level. CORREA, 33, was a surprise entry but more than justified his flight ticket as he held nothing back and will return home with his first Grand Slam medal since bronze in Moscow in 2013. The -100kg final went down to shido penalties as a second shido for the Brazilian was one more than his opponent and Azeri MAMMADOV who was overjoyed to reignite his career in Abu Dhabi.      

MAMMADOV (white) in quarter-final action against SERIKBAYEV (KAZ)

In the first semi-final MAMMADOV dismissed 22-year-old former Tashkent Grand Prix silver medallist Zlatko KUMRIC (CRO) by the margin of a waza-ari and yuko while in the second semi-final Zagreb Grand Prix bronze medallist Joakim DVARBY (SWE) succumbed to CORREA after 38 seconds of golden score as the Swede was penalised for stepping out.

The first bronze medal was won by DVARBY who made it two medals from two IJF events up in his new weight category. The Swede moved up from -90kg to -100kg in September and after bronze at the Zagreb Grand Prix was able to defeat 23-year-old Aibek SERIKBAYEV (KAZ) who was appearing in the final block on the IJF World Judo Tour for the first time in his career. DVARBY charged ahead with a waza-ari before pinning his opponent in osaekomi with a mune-gatame for 15 seconds and wazari-awasette-ippon. The second bronze medal was won by Budapest Grand Prix bronze medallist Philip AWITI-ALCARAZ (GBR) as the Enfield Judo Club product bowed on and off as KUMRIC of Croatia could not compete due to injury.                            

Final
CORREA, Luciano (BRA) vs MAMMADOV, Elkhan (AZE)

Bronze Medal Fights
DVARBY, Joakim (SWE) vs SERIKBAYEV, Aibek (KAZ)
KUMRIC, Zlatko (CRO) vs AWITI-ALCARAZ, Philip (GBR)

             
                                                                                       
Final Result
1. MAMMADOV, Elkhan (AZE)
2. CORREA, Luciano (BRA)
3. DVARBY, Joakim (SWE)
3. AWITI-ALCARAZ, Philip (GBR)
5. SERIKBAYEV, Aibek (KAZ)
5. KUMRIC, Zlatko (CRO)
7. SHUKUROV, Jalil (AZE)
7. AWITI-ALCARAZ, Philip (GBR)



+100kg: Abu Dhabi expert NATEA doubles his Grand Slam gold medal tally          

World Judo Masters winner Daniel NATEA (ROU) has now won both of his Grand Slam gold medals in Abu Dhabi after a workman-like win over Tashkent Grand Prix bronze medallist Aliaksandr VAKHAVIAK (BLR) in the heavyweight men’s final. NATEA was in devastating form in the preliminaries with a host of ippons worthy of the highlight reel treatment as he has become the leading heavyweight who is active on the tour post-Rio 2016. A yuko from a ko-soto attack put the heaviest man in the category ahead after only 30 seconds and a waza-ari almost put the rampant Romanian out of sight. VAKHAVIAK, to his credit, did not concede again as he frustrated NATEA in the closing minute as many spectators anticipated an ippon finish but the Belarus fighter held up the latter to take silver with dignity. 


In the first semi-final NATEA launched former Tyumen Grand Slam bronze medallist Soslan BOSTANOV (RUS) with an uchi-mata for a truly heavyweight ippon which was heard across the Emirates. In the second semi-final Tyumen Grand Slam bronze medallist Anton BRACHEV (RUS) was beaten by Aliaksandr VAKHAVIAK (BLR) with a picturesque sasae-tsurikomi-ashi for ippon.

The first bronze medal went to former Ulaanbaatar Grand Prix winner Michal HORAK (CZE) who countered a ura-nage attempt from BRACHEV with a ko-uchi-gari for a waza-ari score. HORAK helped himself to his first career Grand Slam honours to the delight of his Czech teammates and after absorbing this result will have to think about his next move as his teammate and -100kg Olympic champion Lukas KRPALEK (CZE) is expected to make the leap up to the heavyweight division.

The second bronze medal went to Baku Grand Slam bronze medallist David MOURA (BRA) who held down BOSTANOV for 20 seconds and ippon. MOURA, who was a spectator in Rio as he saw Rafael SILVA (BRA) win his second Olympic bronze medal, turned over the Russian in ne-waza and was not going to be prised away from the upper body of his opponent.                   
                                                                                                            
Final
VAKHAVIAK, Aliaksandr (BLR) vs NATEA, Daniel (ROU)

Bronze Medal Fights
BRACHEV, Anton (RUS) vs HORAK, Michal (CZE)
MOURA, David (BRA) vs BOSTANOV, Soslan (RUS)

 
                                                                                                                                                                               
Final Result
1. NATEA, Daniel (ROU)
2. VAKHAVIAK, Aliaksandr (BLR)
3. HORAK, Michal (CZE)
3. MOURA, David (BRA)
5. BRACHEV, Anton (RUS)
5. BOSTANOV, Soslan (RUS)
7. SILVA, Joao Cesarino (BRA)
7. ZALAGH, Nabil (FRA)

Saturday, October 29, 2016

Ura-Nage, Eri-Seoi-Nage, Kata-Guruma (Abu Dhabi Grand Slam)










Abu Dhabi Grand Slam 2016 - U.A.E. DAY TWO




The United Arab Emirates’ first Olympic judo medallist Sergiu TOMA (U.A.E.) took centre stage on day two of the Abu Dhabi Grand Slam 2016 as he became his country’s first IJF Grand Slam winner at the IPIC Arena.


Rio 2016 Olympic bronze medallist TOMA, 29, starred in Brazil as he won the second U.A.E. Olympic medal and their first in judo. The United Arab Emirates hero only lost to eventual Olympic champion Khasan KHALMURZAEV (RUS) in Rio and won bronze by defeating Matteo MARCONCINI (ITA) by ippon.

The homecoming for TOMA in Abu Dhabi did not disappointed as he fought for the first time since Rio 2016 and was in fine form.

Mr. Marius VIZER, IJF President, recognised the landmark achievement for the hosts and praised their continued success on the IJF World Judo Tour.

“I see today’s result as confirmation of the U.A.E.’s Olympic medal. I believe it is a good promotion for judo here and in the Gulf region and a model for developing judo nations as the U.A.E have been successful in promoting the sport and its values in addition to being successful at the elite level.”

Mr. Naser AL-TAMEEMI, U.A.E Wrestling, Judo and Kickboxing Federation General Secretary, said: “This result continues what we achieved at Rio 2016 and the two medals today are a great reward for us. We are now attracting a new generation of young judoka which bodes well for the future.

“TOMA felt great pressure fighting here after the Olympics and he is already looking ahead to more challenges and winning more medals for the U.A.E. Thanks to our Olympic medal judo has been in the news, in the headlines and more and more people are talking about the sport here. There was a lot of public support already here for our athletes and now our goal is to make judo the top sport in the Emirates.”

Victor SCVORTOV (white) won -73kg bronze as part of the U.A.E's medal rush on day two

The four gold medals on day two were clinched by four different countries as France, Sweden and the Netherlands also celebrated Grand Slam gold.

The Abu Dhabi Grand Slam 2016 will conclude on Sunday with the heavyweights as the men’s -90kg, -100kg and +100kg categories will take to the two tatami in addition to the women’s -78kg and +78kg categories. 

WOMEN

-63kg: FRANSSEN firepower hands Netherlands gold in Abu Dhabi

World Judo Masters silver medallist Juul FRANSSEN (NED) won the Abu Dhabi Grand Slam with victory over European Championships silver medallist Kathrin UNTERWURZACHER (AUT) in the -63kg final. Paris Grand Slam silver medallist FRANSSEN will now break into the top 10 on the world ranking list as she tied up UNTERWURZACHER in osaekomi for 20 seconds to win her maiden gold medal on the Grand Slam stage. The awareness of FRANSSEN was evident both on and off the tatami as she blew a kiss to the camera as she left the field of play and is now focused on continental and World honours in 2017.

FRANSSEN (white) in semi-final action against Mariana SILVA (BRA) 

In the first semi-final UNTERWURZACHER bested Almaty Grand Prix winner Margaux PINOT (FRA) by a single shido in a scoreless contest as the top seed safely progressed into the gold medal contest. In the second semi-final FRANSSEN defeated Rio 2016 Olympian Mariana SILVA (BRA). FRANSSEN, who was left at home during Rio 2016 in favour of eventual Olympic bronze medallist Anicka VAN EMDEN (NED), beat SILVA who was unable to assert herself in the contest. The Brazilian finished fifth at her home Olympics and was undone today by two scores from FRANSSEN who made sure of a spot in the gold medal contest by ippon.  

The first bronze medal was won by SILVA as she defeated Tashkent Grand Prix silver medallist Marijana MISKOVIC HASANBEGOVIC (CRO) in the opening contest of the final block on day two in Abu Dhabi. The Brazilian made a poor start as she was penalised twice for cross-gripping without immediately attacking. MISKOVIC HASANBEGOVIC was unable to muster any scoring opportunities and was caught for a yuko which turned out to be the only score after four minutes. The second bronze medal was won by Beijing 2008 Olympic bronze medallist Ketleyn QUADROS (BRA) to match the result of her teammate. QUADROS, 29, scored a yuko with a left-sided drop seoi-nage on the edge of the area to defeat PINOT who failed to threaten the scoreboard during any stage of the four minute contest. 
                                      
Final
FRANSSEN, Juul (NED) vs UNTERWURZACHER, Kathrin (AUT)
                                                                     
Bronze Medal Fights
SILVA, Mariana (BRA) vs MISKOVIC HASANBEGOVIC, Marijana (CRO)
PINOT, Margaux (FRA) vs QUADROS, Ketleyn (BRA)

                         
                                                                                                                                                         
Final Results
1. FRANSSEN, Juul (NED)
2. UNTERWURZACHER, Kathrin (AUT)
3. SILVA, Mariana (BRA)
3. QUADROS, Ketleyn (BRA)
5. MISKOVIC HASANBEGOVIC, Marijana (CRO)
5. PINOT, Margaux (FRA)
7. OZDOBA, Agata (POL)
7. TALACH, Karolina (POL)



-70kg: France’s top teenager GAHIE is here to stay at the elite level     

Junior European champion Marie Eve GAHIE (FRA) became the youngest French woman to win Grand Slam gold as the teenager defeated Baku Grand Slam silver medallist Maria PORTELA (BRA) for the top prize in the -70kg category. GAHIE, who turns 20 in November, absorbed the power of her opponent and her lack of experience was not a factor as the fearless Frenchwoman was light on her feet and positive throughout the final. A shido for PORTELA turned out to be the deciding factor as PORTELA was the only judoka penalised in the four minute gold medal contest (for a negative posture) as both judoka failed to produce a score in a close contest.  


In the first semi-final double Olympian PORTELA outworked Tallinn European Open winner Anna BERNHOLM (SWE) for all four minutes as the latter was penalised with a shido which decided the scoreless contest. In the second semi-final GAHIE came from behind to defeat former Cadet European Championship winner Katie-Jemima YEATS-BROWN (GBR) in a contest between two of the rising judoka at this weight. Glasgow European Open winner YEATS-BROWN, a former gymnast and rugby player, led with a waza-ari from an ouchi-gari before her French foe restored parity with a waz-ari of her own. The younger fighter pulled away from the British judoka with two yuko scores to seal a place in the -70kg final.

The first bronze medal was claimed by 21-year-old YEATS-BROWN over 18-year-old Grand Slam debutant Giovanna SCOCCIMARRO (GER). The Briton marked her first Grand Slam appearance with a vibrant display as she was composed and energetic for all four minutes. YEATS-BROWN, who had Barcelona 1992 Olympic bronze medallist and Sydney 2000 Olympic silver medallist Kate HOWEY (GBR) offering her instruction from the coaching chair, scored a waza-ari with a sode-tsurikomi-goshi, her favourite technique, with 45 seconds left, to win a superb medal as Britain are reaping the benefit of sending out their best youngsters at this opening period of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic cycle.  
                               
The second bronze medal was captured by former Buenos Aires Pan American Open bronze medallist Barbara TIMO (BRA) who scored twice without reply to defeat BERNHOLM. TIMA, who is part of a plentiful and star-laden Brazilian team in Abu Dhabi, opened the scoring with a waza-ari after one minute with a harai-makikomi before the former added a yuko score with a left-sided seoi-nage. BERNHOLM, who moved up from -63kg to -70kg in July, was outgripped and was physically spent as TIMO won her first Grand Slam hardware.  
       
Final
PORTELA, Maria (BRA) vs GAHIE, Marie-Eve (FRA)

Bronze Medal Fights
YEATS-BROWN, Katie-Jemima (GBR) vs SCOCCIMARRO, Giovanna (GER)
BERNHOLM, Anna (SWE) vs TIMO, Barbara (BRA)

    
                                                           
Final Results
1. GAHIE, Marie-Eve (FRA)
2. PORTELA, Maria (BRA)
3. YEATS-BROWN, Katie-Jemima (GBR)
3. TIMO, Barbara (BRA)
5. SCOCCIMARRO, Giovanna (GER)
5. BERNHOLM, Anna (SWE)
7. MOSSONG, Lynn (LUX)
7. BAKACAK, Sukran (TUR)


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
MEN

-73kg: Swede MACIAS arrives on the world stage at the expense of world number oneZagreb Grand Prix silver medallist Tommy MACIAS (SWE) hit the medal trail once again on the IJF World Judo Tour as he upstaged world number one and Rio 2016 Olympic silver medallist Rustam ORUJOV (AZE). MACIAS, 23, showed that his silver medal in Croatia was a stepping stone and a sign of things to come as many pondered whether he could repeat that medal or it would be a one-off. The Swedish judoka was the highlight in the talent-rich -73kg category as he won a tremendous contest as both judoka left everything on the tatami. Every Swede and every Azeri in the building were on their feet while neutral fans were glued to the action as MACIAS showed his character by coming from a yuko down to defeat one of the most consistent performers in judo in ORUJOV who was caught with a low ko-soto-gake for a waza-ari score. 


 
In the first semi-final ORUJOV denied former world bronze medallist Victor SCVORTOV (U.A.E) as he won by a yuko score while in the second semi-final Tyumen Grand Slam winner Musa MOGUSHKOV (RUS) was ousted by MACIAS (SWE) who took control of his Russian rival and drove him over for ippon with a clever counter. 

The first bronze medal was won by MOGUSHKOV who defeated 21-year-old Ulaanbaatar Grand Prix bronze medallist Fagan GULUZADA (AZE). The Azeri youngster was competing for a Grand Slam medal for the first time and it showed as he looked tentative while MOGUSHKOV looked at ease. A committed ashi-waza attack from GULUZADA sent the Russian towards the tatami but he turned out and then filled the role of the attacker himself. MOGUSHKOV adopted a low posture and executed a neat turnover from which the Azeri spun out by using his head as a pivot and bridged and the Russian was awarded the maximum score.   

The second bronze medal went to SCVORTOV who required added time to beat the resolute Tallinn European Open silver medallist Sam VAN T WESTENDE (NED). The crowd applauded the spirited endeavours of their fighter who rewarded them in golden score as he produced a sensational yoko-tomoe-nage for a yuko score to give the hosts their first medal on home soil. ‘U.A.E.’ chants rung out around the IPIC Arena as SCVORTOV revelled in the ovation and applauded his fans.     
                     
Final
ORUJOV, Rustam (AZE) vs MACIAS, Tommy (SWE)

Bronze Medal Fights
GULUZADA, Fagan (AZE) vs MOGUSHKOV, Musa (RUS)
SCVORTOV, Victor (UAE) vs VAN T WESTENDE, Sam (NED)

                      
   
Final Results
1. MACIAS, Tommy (SWE)
2. ORUJOV, Rustam (AZE)
3. MOGUSHKOV, Musa (RUS)
3. SCVORTOV, Victor (UAE)
5. GULUZADA, Fagan (AZE)
5. VAN T WESTENDE, Sam (NED)
7. POMBO SILVA, Alex William (BRA)
7. CONTINI, Marcelo (BRA)



-81kg: Home hero TOMA creates history as the first U.A.E Grand Slam winner

U.A.E. hero Sergiu TOMA (U.A.E.) was again the man of the moment for his country as he became the first U.A.E. judoka to win a Grand Slam and he was able to do it where it matters the most, at his home event and in front of his federation and supporters. Rio 2016 Olympic bronze medallist TOMA opposed world bronze medallist Victor PENALBER (BRA) in the final and they cancelled each other out initially with two shidos apiece after as many minutes. A driving te-waza movement with a minute left gave TOMA a waza-ari and the home fans raised the volume in the IPIC Arena as their leading light made new history only two months after his Olympic heroics. 


In the first semi-final TOMA thwarted former Paris Grand Slam bronze medallist Frank DE WIT (NED) by ippon as the former took advantage of his opponent being off balance after a laboured attack and powered over the young Dutchman with 35 seconds remaining. DE WIT was shaping up for a pick up but was not expecting such bold resistance and was unsteady as TOMA took full advantage. In the second semi-final PENALBER defeated former world silver medallist Srdjan MRVALJEVIC (MNE) with a yuko after 44 seconds proving to be the only score of the contest as the attacks of the latter lacked intent.

The first bronze medal was won by 32-year-old stalwart MRVALJEVIC who bested an out-of-sorts former Tyumen Grand Slam winner Ivan VOROBEV (RUS). MRVALJEVIC won his first IJF medal since his World Championships 2011 silver medal at the Tashkent Grand Prix two weeks ago when he won bronze and following that five-year wait the veteran won his second IJF medal in three weeks with a stylish sasae-tsurikomi-ashi earning a yuko which was the only score in the four minute contest.

The second bronze medal was DE WIT who continues to emerge as one of the top prospects in this Olympic cycle. The 20-year-old, who is one of the leading hopes at the Netherlands’ new centralised national training centre, defeated 19-year-old Almaty Grand Prix bronze medallist Didar KHAMZA (KAZ) to win his second Grand Slam bronze medal. DE WIT made a fast start as he threw with a yoko-tomoe-nage after just 15 seconds for a yuko score and 45 seconds later KHAMZA inexplicably grabbed the legs of his opponent to receive hansoku-make. Dutchman DE WIT was ecstatic with the result and his career is only moving in one direction as he looks to break into the top 20 on the world ranking list.  
                               
Final
TOMA, Sergiu (U.A.E) vs PENALBER, Victor (BRA)

Bronze Medal Fights
VOROBEV, Ivan (RUS) vs MRVALJEVIC, Srdjan (MNE)
DE WIT, Frank (NED) vs KHAMZA, Didar (KAZ)

                                
                                                                                                                               
Final Result
1. TOMA, Sergiu (U.A.E)
2. PENALBER, Victor (BRA)
3. MRVALJEVIC, Srdjan (MNE)
3. DE WIT, Frank (NED)
5. VOROBEV, Ivan (RUS)
5. KHAMZA, Didar (KAZ)
7. UNGVARI, Attila (HUN)
7. CSOKNYAI, Laszlo (HUN)

Abu Dhabi Grand Slam 2016 - U.A.E DAY ONE



The Abu Dhabi Grand Slam 2016, the penultimate Grand Slam of the year, opened on #WorldJudoDay as Rio 2016 Olympic medallists returned to the IJF World Judo Tour for the first time in the United Arab Emirates. 


As the global judo family celebrated #WorldJudoDay the world’s elite judoka were in action in the Emirates at the fourth of five Grand Slams in 2016. Following Grand Slams in Paris, Baku and Tyumen, the youngest Grand Slam on the tour became the centre of the sporting world. 


The Rio 2016 Olympics was followed by Grand Prix events in Zagreb and Tashkent which built nicely to the Abu Dhabi Grand Slam, one of the flagship events on the IJF World Judo Tour.

As day one of the Grand Slam was also #WorldJudoDay the delegations, fans, judoka, referees, coaches and IJF staff joined together with Mr. Marius VIZER, IJF President, for a special #WorldJudoDay group photo before the final block.  


#WorldJudoDay group picture at #JudoAbuDhabi2016 

Mr. Marius VIZER, IJF President, said: “I congratulate all judoka around the world on #WorldJudoDay and I thank them for their contribution to judo. I wish them the best in life, health, happiness and good achievements in judo.”

Mr. Neil ADAMS, IJF Hall of Famer, said: “#WorldJudoDay is an ideal time for the judo family to come together, as it does so well, to think about the purpose of judo and what we all want from the sport.”


Mr. Marius VIZER, IJF President, shakes hands with Mr. Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Head of United Arab Emirates Ministry of Culture, Youth, and Social Development, as Italian actor and singer Al BANO (far right), IJF Ambassador, watches the action 

Day two of the Abu Dhabi Grand Slam will see four weight categories in action at the IPIC Arena as the men’s -73kg and -81kg categories will be joined by the women’s -63kg and -70kg categories with U.A.E hero Sergiu TOMA set for -81kg action on Saturday and Azerbaijan’s Olympic silver medallist Rustam ORUJOV poised for -73kg competition. 



WOMEN

-48kg: Olympic bronze medallist GALBADRAKH wins her second Grand Slam for Kazakhstan       

Rio 2016 Olympic bronze medallist Otgontsetseg GALBADRAKH (KAZ) won her second Grand Slam gold medal with a fine display in the women’s lightest weight category. The 24-year-old judoka defeated Zagreb Grand Prix winner Milica NIKOLIC (SRB), who was a surprise finalist, to win -48kg gold and continue her rich vein of form. GALBADRAKH and NIKOLIC were locked in a stalemate at the halfway point until both came together and the Kazakh took control of her opponent to lift her up with her favoured ura-nage for ippon.


In the first semi-final former world champion MUNKHBAT Urantsetseg (MGL) was shocked by NIKOLIC. The Serbian fighter guaranteed her place on the podium by narrowly beating the Mongolian with a yuko score to continue a successful post-Olympic run on the IJF World Judo Tour.

In the second semi-final pocket-sized powerhouse GALBADRAKH (KAZ) bested World Judo Masters bronze medallist Julia FIGUEROA (ESP) in golden score. After 44 seconds the Kazakh fighter, who was the first Rio 2016 medallist to return to IJF duty, outmanoeuvred her Spanish foe and threw with a determined technique for a yuko and a place in the final.

The first bronze medal contest was won by Almaty Grand Prix bronze medallist Nathalia BRIGIDA (BRA) who returned to winning ways against FIGUEROA. BRIGIDA was off the pace in her previous contests but regained her composure in the break to come back and win the first contest of the final block by a yuko score. The second bronze medal was won by MUNKHBAT who was too experienced for 19-year-old Sephora CORCHER (FRA). Mongolia’s -48kg star opened the scoring with a yuko before confidently dispatching her French opponent and Glasgow European Open silver medallist with a trademark uchi-mata.
                                 
Final
GALBADRAKH, Otgontsetseg (KAZ) vs NIKOLIC, Milica (SRB)
                                                                     
Bronze Medal Fights
FIGUEROA, Julia (ESP) vs BRIGIDA, Nathalia (BRA)
CORCHER, Sephora (FRA) vs MUNKHBAT, Urantsetseg (MGL)

                     
Final Results
1. GALBADRAKH, Otgontsetseg (KAZ)
2. NIKOLIC, Milica (SRB)
3. BRIGIDA, Nathalia (BRA)
3. MUNKHBAT, Urantsetseg (MGL)
5. FIGUEROA, Julia (ESP)
5. CORCHER, Sephora (FRA)
7. MOUNIER, Cheyenne (FRA)
7. 


-52kg: France's Astride GNETO follows in the footsteps of her older sister

Junior European Championships bronze medallist Astride GNETO (FRA) is taking the -52kg mantle from her older sister and London 2012 Olympic bronze medallist Priscilla GNETO (FRA) after striking Abu Dhabi Grand Slam gold on Friday. There is an uncanny resemblance between Astride, 20, and Priscilla, 25, in terms of thier appearance, weight and style as the younger sibling achieved her first major honour as a senior fighter. GNETO junior came into the contest with a 2-0 head-to-head record over top seed and Rio 2016 Olympian Angelica DELGADO (USA) and made a hat-trick today by throwing with a forceful osoto-makikomi for ippon. Astride will now hope to make herself the French number one at -52kg as Priscilla has deliberately vacated her -52kg position (with her sister in mind) to move up to -57kg where she will debut on Saturday at the Malaga European Cup.


In the first semi-final DELGADO (USA) shaded London 2012 Olympian Kelly EDWARDS (GBR) - who won the Glasgow European Open a fortnight ago - by a single shido. In the second semi-final Zagreb Grand Prix winner Karolina PIENKOWSKA (POL) lost out to GNETO by a shido in a scoreless contest as both semi-finals failed to produce a score.

The first bronze medal was clinched by El Salvador Pan American Open winner Jessica PEREIRA (BRA) who took her career into unchartered territory with a win against PIENKOWSKA. The 22-year-old Brazilian tapped out her Polish opponent with a juji-gatame as Brazil continued to shine on day one. The second bronze medal was won by EDWARDS who defeated Junior European Championships bronze medallist Tihea TOPOLOVEC (CRO). The Grand Slam debutant from Croatia took EDWARDS the distance and into golden score for three minutes until she was penalised with a shido for passivity. Olympian EDWARDS improved on her Zagreb Grand Prix bronze with a new personal best and is making strides with every outing.
            
Final
GNETO, Astride (FRA) vs DELGADO, Angelica (USA)

Bronze Medal Fights
PIENKOWSKA, Karolina (POL) vs PEREIRA, Jessica (BRA)
TOPOLOVEC, Tihea (CRO) vs EDWARDS, Kelly (GBR)

                                             
Final Results
1. GNETO, Astride (FRA)
2. DELGADO, Angelica (USA)
3. PEREIRA, Jessica (BRA)
3. EDWARDS, Kelly (GBR)
5. PIENKOWSKA, Karolina (POL)
5. TOPOLOVEC, Tihea (CRO)
7. GILES, Chelsie (GBR)
7. SIKIC, Tena (CRO)



-57kg: RECEVEAUX wins in Abu Dhabi as France's women star 

World Judo Masters silver medallist Helene RECEVEAUX (FRA) defeated Madrid European Open bronze medallist Theresa STOLL (GER) to win -57kg gold and made a flying start to the new Olympic cycle and her quest for a place at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. RECEVEAUX, who was left at home by France in favour of Automne PAVIA for the Olympics, moved on from that disappointment in the best possible way by seeing off Grand Slam newcomer STOLL, 20, after 51 seconds with shime-waza for gold in the U.A.E on #WorldJudoDay.


In the first semi-final RECEVEAUX (FRA) dominated the grips and contest against teammate Lola BENARROCHE (FRA) despite winning purely by two shidos. In the second semi-final STOLL threw colleague Johanna MUELLER (GER) for a waza-ari with a fast ashi-waza attack before following up in osaekomi for 15 seconds a place in the gold medal contest.

The first bronze medal was won by MUELLER – her first at this level – as she defeated Luxembourg’s first Grand Prix medallist Manon DURBACH in 34 seconds. Germany’s MUELLER, who travelled to Rio 2016 as a spectator with teammate Barbara BANDEL, submitted DURBACH in quick fashion and was all smiles as she returned to her feet to be officially awarded the contest.

The second bronze medal was won by Zagreb Grand Prix winner BENARROCHE who saw off Tyumen Grand Slam bronze medallist Jovana ROGIC (SRB) with a waza-ari after 36 seconds of golden score.         

Final
STOLL, Theresa (GER) vs RECEVEAUX, Helene (FRA)

Bronze Medal Fights
MUELLER, Johanna (GER) vs DURBACH, Manon (LUX)
ROGIC, Jovana (SRB) vs BENARROCHE, Lola (FRA)


Final Results 
1. RECEVEAUX, Helene (FRA)
2. STOLL, Theresa (GER)
3. MUELLER, Johanna (GER)
3. BENARROCHE, Lola (FRA)
5. DURBACH, Manon (LUX)
5. ROGIC, Jovana (SRB)
7. EQUISOAIN, Jaione (ESP)      
7.  


MEN

-60kg: Spain's former junior ace GARRIGOS wins first Grand Slam title

Former Junior world champion Francisco GARRIGOS (ESP) put in an inspired performance on #WorldJudoDay as the 21-year-old won all three of his contests to win his first Grand Slam gold medal. GARRIGOS, who won the Junior World Championships in 2014, lost in round three here a year ago and showed the degree to which he has improved in the last 12 months by beating Havana Grand Prix winner Eric TAKABATAKE (BRA) in the final. TAKABATAKE was penalised twice before GARRIGOS was reprimanded for holding onto the same side for too long without attacking and from there the Spaniard used up the remaining time on the ground as he probed the defensive abilities of the Brazilian in ne-waza to conclude the contest. The victory gives GARRIGOS an ideal start to the new Olympic cycle while TAKABATAKE has a silver medal to show for his trip and will look to repeat his Grand Slam honours as early as December at the final Grand Slam of 2016 in Tokyo.  


In the first semi-final TAKABATAKE downed Zagreb Grand Prix silver medallist Robert MSHVIDOBADZE (RUS) by ippon with 14 seconds remaining and no prior scores registered. The explosive Brazilian fighter had two shidos against his name but conjured up one of the best ippons of the day when he needed it the most as he guaranteed the Olympics hosts one more medal on day one.

In the second semi-final Tyumen Grand Slam silver medallist Albert OGUZOV (RUS) was outfought by GARRIGOS who prevailed after 91 seconds of golden score. OGUZOV applied more pressure during regulation time but GARRIGOS had enough in reserve to force the action in additional time. The Russian ducked under a gripping attempt from the Spaniard and was penalised with a shido to hand the contest to the young judoka.

The first bronze medal was won by OGUZOV who rushed past 22-year-old Mehman SADIGOV (AZE). Former Junior World Championships bronze medallist SADIGOV, who was stepping up to the Grand Slam stage for the first time, turned off an ouchi-gari attempt from the Russian but was not expecting his opponent to immediately pursue him on the ground as he unlocked an arm and forced the submission with a juji-gatame. The second bronze medal was won by Zagreb Grand Prix bronze medallist Cedric REVOL (FRA) who was sharp and stylish as he beat MSHVIDOBADZE. The Russian was looking to impress national team manager Ezio GAMBA who was in attendance but it was REVOL who threw beautifully with a drop seoi-nage for ippon having led by a yuko. 

                                   

Final
GARRIGOS, Francisco (ESP) vs TAKABATAKE, Eric (BRA)

Bronze Medal Fights
OGUZOV, Albert (RUS) vs SADIGOV, Mehman (AZE)
REVOL, Cedric (FRA) vs MSHVIDOBADZE, Robert (RUS)


Final Results
1. GARRIGOS, Francisco (ESP)
2. TAKABATAKE, Eric (BRA)
3. OGUZOV, Albert (RUS)
3. REVOL, Cedric (FRA)
5. SADIGOV, Mehman (AZE)
5. MSHVIDOBADZE, Robert (RUS)
7. ABASOV, Abbas (TKM)
7. MANQUEST, Vincent (FRA)


-66kg: SHAMILOV shines under Emirates sun for Russia    

Tyumen Grand Slam bronze medallist Yakub SHAMILOV (RUS) won his first Grand Slam gold medal as he triumphed in a category which featured former Olympic and world medallists. The Russian’s adversary in the final was one such judoka as former world silver medallist Azamat MUKANOV (KAZ) opposed him. MUKANOV went behind to a waza-ari from a modified kata-guruma as his opponent closed in on the best result of his career. A sumi-gaeshi attempt from the Kazakh lacked power and the one score was enough for SHAMILOV who was crowned the -66kg winner.


In the first semi-final Zagreb Grand Prix winner Andraz JEREB (SLO) lost out to SHAMILOV by ippon while in the second semi-final former Budapest Grand Prix bronze medallist Sergiu OLEINIC (POR) succumbed to MUKANOV (KAZ) and a waza-ari.

The first bronze medal was won by London 2012 Olympic champion Arsen GALSTYAN (RUS) who had one of his best days since he moved up to -66kg in 2015. World number 30 GALSTYAN, who lost out to teammate SHAMILOV, threw Portugal’s OLEINIC with a osoto-makikomi for a waza-ari and pressed forward in pursuit of a second score. A tomoe-nage after 73 seconds gave the Russian his second and match-winning waza-ari. The second bronze medal went to Pan American Championships winner Charles CHIBANA (BRA) who edged JEREB by a yuko score. CHIBANA took some deep breaths while there was a minor delay for the Slovenian to receive treatment for a nose bleed and a modified seoi-nage sent JEREB over for a yuko which was the only score of the contest.
                    
Final
MUKANOV, Azamat (KAZ) vs SHAMILOV, Yakub (RUS)

Bronze Medal Fights
OLEINIC, Sergiu (POR) vs GALSTYAN, Arsen (RUS)
CHIBANA, Charles (BRA) vs JEREB, Andraz (SLO)

                                                                                                                     
Final Result
1. SHAMILOV, Yakub (RUS)
2. MUKANOV, Azamat (KAZ)
3. GALSTYAN, Arsen (RUS)
3. CHIBANA, Charles (BRA)
5. OLEINIC, Sergiu (POR)
5. JEREB, Andraz (SLO)
7. VIERU, Denis (MDA)
7. BOUCHER, Mathias (FRA)

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Abu Dhabi Grand Slam 2016, U.A.E PREVIEW




The United Arab Emirates is the setting for the fourth IJF Grand Slam of the 2016 season from Friday 28 to Sunday 30 October and marks the return of a number of Rio 2016 Olympic medallists who will compete for the first time since Brazil.


The IJF World Judo Tour has stopped in Croatia (Zagreb Grand Prix) and Uzbekistan (Tashkent Grand Prix) following the Rio 2016 Olympic Games and has now arrived in Abu Dhabi for the penultimate Grand Slam of the year. Grand Slams have been held in Paris (France), Baku (Azerbaijan) and Tyumen (Russia) already this year with the season set to finish in December with the fifth and final Grand Slam in Tokyo (Japan).


U.A.E won their first ever Olympic judo medal at the Rio 2016 Olympics as Sergiu TOMA (U.A.E) won -81kg bronze and became the second Olympic medallist in the history of the U.A.E. TOMA is a one of a number of Rio 2016 stars who are stepping back in action this weekend as -73kg Olympic silver medallist Rustam ORUJOV (AZE) and -48kg Olympic bronze medallist Otgontsetseg GALBADRAKH (KAZ) will also compete.

The draw took place on the eve of the sixth annual edition of #WorldJudoDay, in front of illustrious figures from the sport such as the IJF’s special guest, Ilias ILIADIS, who was among the onlookers as Mr. Vladimir BARTA, IJF Head Sports Director, revealed that 157 judoka (96 men, 61 women) from 34 nations will compete in the Emirates.  

Mr. Mohamed MERIDJA (below - centre), IJF Education and Coaching Director, made the opening address on behalf of the International Judo Federation.


“Dear President, dear guests, dear judo friends, on behalf of the International Judo Federation and President Mr. Marius VIZER, I would like to express my warmest welcome to the fourth Grand Slam of the year. Following excellent Grand Slams in Paris, Baku and Tyumen, the stars of judo will now be in action in the Middle East.

“I would like to congratulate the United Arab Emirates for the Olympic medal in Rio. The IJF is very satisfied by the remarkable development achieved by the United Arab Emirates Judo Federation. I wish you all a great event.”

H. E Naser Khalifa AL BDOOR (below - centre), U.A.E Wrestling, Judo and Kickboxing Federation Vice President, made the welcome address for the hosts.


“I welcome you all here to Abu Dhabi and trust that you will have a pleasant stay. We are very proud of the accomplishments of our judoka at Rio 2016 and to win our first Olympic judo medal. I congratulate Sergiu TOMA and all of judo’s great champions for the results at the Games.

“This bronze medal will hope to develop the youth level of judo in the United Arab Emirates and we look forward to more success. I wish you all an excellent competition in Abu Dhabi.”


 

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WOMEN

-48kg

Rio 2016 Olympic bronze medallist Otgontsetseg GALBADRAKH (KAZ) will compete for the first time since the Games when she looks to claim her second Grand Slam title on day one in Abu Dhabi. The 24-year-old Kazakh judoka has former Mongolian teammate-turned-rival in ex-world champion MUNKHBAT Urantsetseg (MGL) for company in the category. MUNKHBAT lost her Rio 2016 Olympic bronze medal contest to KONDO Ami (JPN) by a yuko to finish fifth and at 26 years old is now starting a third bid for Olympic honours having finished seventh at London 2012. World Judo Masters bronze medallist Julia FIGUEROA (ESP) will also be among those to keep tabs on at -48kg. 

-52kg

Zagreb Grand Prix bronze medallist Angelica DELGADO (USA) is the number one seed at a Grand Slam for the first time as the 25-year-old has the momentum to medal at this level for the first time. The Rio 2016 Olympian will be joined in action by London 2012 Olympian Kelly EDWARDS (GBR) who won the Glasgow European Open a fortnight ago after capturing a career-best bronze at the Zagreb Grand Prix. Tashkent Grand Prix bronze medallist Tena SIKIC (CRO) has been one of the top performers since the summer and will be expecting to win her second Grand Slam medal of the season after bronze in Tyumen. 

-57kg

World Judo Masters silver medallist Helene RECEVEAUX (FRA) was overlooked for Rio 2016 in favour of London 2012 Olympic bronze medallist Automne PAVIA (FRA) who went on to finish seventh in Brazil. RECEVEAUX, 25, will now compete for the first time since the Masters and could launch her bid for Tokyo 2020 by winning her first Grand Slam gold medal. Manon DURBACH (LUX) won her country’s first Grand Prix medal last time out as she took silver in Uzbekistan and has now attracted national broadcasters from her country to Abu Dhabi. 
  

-63kg

European Championships silver medallist Kathrin UNTERWURZACHER (AUT) will be top seed at the Abu Dhabi Grand Slam as she fights for the first time since finishing seventh at Rio 2016. The 24-year-old Austrian finished fifth at the World Judo Masters either side of the European Championships and Olympic Games and will be the favourite for -63kg gold. World Judo Masters silver medallist Juul FRANSSEN (NED) will be confident of winning a second career Grand Slam medal after silver in Paris last year while Mariana SILVA (BRA) returns to the IJF World Judo Tour after an unexpected fifth-place at Rio 2016. 
  

-70kg

Baku Grand Slam silver medallist Maria PORTELA (BRA) won this event when it was a Grand Prix in 2012 and is capable of topping a Grand Slam podium this time around. The double Olympian from Porto Alegre fell in the second round at her home Olympics and will look to bounce back with a medal-winning display this weekend as it remains to be seen if the battling Brazilian will commit to four more years. Junior European champion Marie Eve GAHIE (FRA) is more than capable of opening her Grand Slam gold medal count this weekend as the 19-year-old is one of the most talented teenage judoka in the world. Former Cadet European Championship winner Katie-Jemima YEATS-BROWN (GBR) is starting to fulfil her potential on the senior stage having won the Glasgow European Open two weeks ago and will be excited to make her Gland Slam bow in Abu Dhabi.  

-78kg

European Championships silver medallist Guusje STEENHUIS (NED) started her road to Tokyo 2020 with a silver medal at the Zagreb Grand Prix. After being surprisingly left out of her country’s Rio 2016 team STEENHUIS returned to action in Croatia and was left disappointed with silver but extended her medal-winning win to six consecutive events. Samsun Grand Prix winner Madeleine MALONGA (FRA) and teammate Sama Hawa CAMARA (FRA) who won bronze at the Zagreb Grand Prix will both be contenders for France while Tyumen Grand Slam silver medallist Klara APOTEKAR (SLO) will be chasing successive Grand Slam medals. 

+78kg

Budapest Grand Prix winner Carolin WEISS (GER) took silver in Zagreb in September and should produce a similar result in Abu Dhabi. The former Baku Grand Slam bronze medallist is the top seed in the women’s heavyweight category which will be contested on the last day of the Abu Dhabi Grand Slam. Rio 2016 Olympian Maria Suelen ALTHEMAN (BRA) lost her opening contest at the Games as one of the worst performing members of the hosts’ 14-strong team. The Brazilian needs a much-improved performance on Sunday to restore the faith in her while Tashkent Grand Prix silver medallist Maryna SLUTSKAYA (BLR) will be looking for back-to-back IJF World Judo Tour honours. 



Judoka around the world will celebrate #WorldJudoDay on Friday 28 October, the birth date of judo founder Jigoro Kano

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MEN

-60kg

Havana Grand Prix winner Eric TAKABATAKE (BRA) will be looking to lead from the front when he steps onto the tatami on #WorldJudoDay as the top seed in the -60kg category. The Brazilian will aim to finish ahead of recent standouts such as Tashkent Grand Prix silver medallist Matjaz TRBOVC (SLO) and Tyumen Grand Slam silver medallist Albert OGUZOV (RUS). 

-66kg 

Zagreb Grand Prix winner Andraz JEREB (SLO) will have Olympic and world medallists to deal with in the -66kg category as one of the strongest fields in the competition. JEREB, 24, who took bronze at the Tashkent Grand Prix earlier this month, is the top seed ahead of former world silver medallist Azamat MUKANOV (KAZ), London 2012 Olympic champion Arsen GALSTYAN (RUS) and Pan American Championships winner Charles CHIBANA (BRA) – who lost to eventual Olympic bronze medallist EBINUMA Masashi (JPN) in Rio. 

-73kg

Rio 2016 Olympic silver medallist Rustam ORUJOV (AZE) graces the IJF World Judo Tour as an Olympic medallist for the first time in Abu Dhabi and will start as a heavy favourite. ORUJOV has Tyumen Grand Slam winner Musa MOGUSHKOV (RUS) alongside him at -73kg while Zagreb Grand Prix silver medallist Tommy MACIAS (SWE) will aim to win a first Grand Slam medal. Former world bronze medallist Victor SCVORTOV (U.A.E) is one of the hosts’ leading judoka and will be in medal contention. 

-81kg

U.A.E hero Sergiu TOMA (U.A.E) won his country’s second Olympic medal in their history when he won bronze at Rio 2016. TOMA will receive a rapturous ovation and will be fancied to win gold in front of his home fans. World bronze medallist Victor PENALBER (BRA) fell short at the Olympics and will need to be motivated and in good condition to medal in Abu Dhabi. Former Paris Grand Slam bronze medallist Frank DE WIT (NED) is still only 20 years old and will be a fighter to look out for in this new Olympic cycle. 

-90kg 

Baku Grand Slam silver medallist Aleksandar KUKOLJ (SRB) is the top seed on the Grand Slam stage for the first time in his career and the world number 14 will expect to produce a similar result in the Emirates. KUKOLJ, 25, was fifth at the European Championships this year and is Serbia’s top men’s medal hope in Abu Dhabi. Almaty Grand Prix winner Axel CLERGET (FRA) mounted a late bid for Rio 2016 selection with a run of top displays on the IJF World Judo Tour but graciously backed teammate Alexander IDDIR (FRA) who was impactful for the full course of the last Olympic cycle and earned the pick for France. CLERGET competes for the first time since a fifth-place at the World Judo Masters and will be in action along with Glasgow European Open winner Max STEWART (GBR). 

-100kg

Former world champion Elkhan MAMMADOV (AZE) was one of the most vocal Azerbaijan supporters in the stands in Rio as he watched -100kg compatriot Elmar GASIMOV (AZE) take silver. The Azeri veteran could be signing off from the Grand Slam stage at 34 years old but will still pack the power to trouble the likes of Rio 2016 Olympian Rafael BUZACARINI (BRA) and former world champion CORREA Luciano (BRA). 
  

+100kg

World Judo Masters winner Daniel NATEA (ROU) won the Zagreb Grand Prix in September in his comeback following an early exit in Rio. World number four NATEA, 24, is far from being the finished product and needs consistent and clinical wins to build himself up as a potential threat to double Olympic champion Teddy RINER (FRA). David MOURA (BRA) had to watch from the stands in Rio as heavyweight colleague Rafael SILVA (BRA) represented the hosts in the heavyweight category and won his second Olympic bronze medal. MOURA has added muscle mass and trained all summer as he awaited the start of the new Olympic cycle and will be looking to stand toe-to-toe with judoka such as former Tyumen Grand Slam bronze medallist Soslan BOSTANOV (RUS) before an expected showdown with NATEA in the latter stages on Sunday. 

COMPETITION PROGRAMME
Friday
12:00 Preliminaries on two mats
16:40 Opening ceremony 
17:00 Final block on one mat

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

Saturday
12:00 Preliminaries on two mats
17:00 Final block on one mat

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

Sunday
12:00 Preliminaries on two mats
17:00 Final block on one mat

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

Location:  IPIC Arena

Saturday, October 8, 2016

Tashkent Grand Prix 2016 - Uzbekistan DAY THREE




UZBEKISTAN FINISH OUT OF SIGHT DESPITE KAZAKHSTAN'S RALLY ON THE LAST DAY IN TASHKENT

   

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

The Tashkent Grand Prix 2016, the second IJF Grand Prix following the Rio 2016 Olympic Games and penultimate Grand Prix of the year, came to a rip-roaring conclusion on Saturday as the heavyweights had their chance to shine in Uzbekistan.    


The three-day Grand Prix showcased the women’s -78kg and +78kg categories and the men’s -90kg, -100kg and +100kg categories on the last day of competition.

Hosts Uzbekistan, who fielded 55 judoka from a possible from 56 after suffering a late injury in the build-up to their flagship judo event, were engaged in the final block on all three days and were in the medal hunt in every weight category.


Asian Championships winner Komronshokh USTOPIRIYON (TJK) in white - who received IJF support for qualification events for Rio 2016 - was among the medal contenders on day three

The judo-loving nation finished out of sight at the top of the medal table with a phenomenal return of six gold medals, three silver medals and 11 bronze medals. Most crucially for the hosts, their golden haul included -70kg winner Gulnoza MATNIYAZOVA (UZB) who become the first Uzbek woman to win IJF World Judo Tour gold when she triumphed on Friday.

Tashkent’s fourth annual instalment of Grand Prix action will be remembered for that historic feat from MATNIYAZOVA as well as their incredible strength and depth in both their men’s and women’s squads who could be their strongest ever by the time of the next Olympiad in Tokyo. Judo has a special place in the hearts of Uzbek people and that was evident from Thursday morning when the competition started through until Saturday night.

The passion, pride and warmth of the hosts provided a platform for a successful Grand Prix which will continue to be a key leg on the IJF World Judo Tour.

Judo’s elite will now prepare for the Middle East and the Abu Dhabi Grand Slam, the fourth Grand Slam of the season following Paris (FRA), Baku (AZE) and Tyumen (RUS), which will take place from Friday 28 – Sunday 30 October. Over 200 judoka from 35 nations will make the trip to the U.A.E with a host of Rio 2016 Olympic medallists set to return to IJF World Judo Tour action. 

Watch #JudoAbuDhabi2016, the last but one Grand Slam of the IJF World Judo Tour 2016, live at www.ippon.tv


WOMEN

-78kg: Joy for JOO who makes it one from one for Hungary      

Zagreb Grand Prix winner JOO Abigel (HUN) came from behind in the -78kg final to defeat Almaty Grand Prix silver medallist Albina AMANGELDIYEVA (KAZ). JOO was one of the strongest and highest profile judoka in Tashkent but surprisingly fell behind to world number 39 AMANGELDIYEVA. The Kazakh fighter led with a yuko from a tani-otoshi before JOO scored a waza-ari with an uchi-mata and remained in front for the remainder of the contest to win back-to-back Grand Prix. Hungary’s only judoka gave their country an 100% record as their only representative in Uzbekistan. 


In the first semi-final two-time Olympian JOO Abigel (HUN) defeated world number 76 Zarina RAIFOVA (KAZ) after just 15 seconds by ippon from an uchi-mata. In the second semi-final AMANGELDIYEVA bested 21-year-old Kumush YULDASHOVA (UZB) by a yuko in a tight contest.

The first bronze medal was won by YULDASHOVA who saw off 18-year-old Junior Asian Championships silver medallist Nodira YULDASHEVA (UZB). YULDASHOVA scored a yuko from a determined sacrifice throw and added a waza-ari from a kesa-gatame to beat the clock and capture a place on the podium. The second bronze medal contest was won by RAIFOVA who dispatched 17-year-old cadet Dilnoza KAMOLOVA (UZB). Uzbekistan’s KAMOLOVA, who was one of the youngest judoka in the competition, was caught with an osoto-gari for a yuko and was trapped in a modified sankaku-gatame hold for 20 seconds and for ippon.
                   
Final
AMANGELDIYEVA, Albina (KAZ) vs JOO, Abigel (HUN)                                               

Bronze Medal Fights
YULDASHOVA, Kumush (UZB) vs YULDASHEVA, Nodira (UZB)                                     
RAIFOVA, Zarina (KAZ) vs KAMOLOVA, Dilnoza (UZB)                                     

 
                                                                                                                                                                       
Final Results 
1. JOO, Abigel (HUN)                                                                                              
2. AMANGELDIYEVA, Albina (KAZ)                                                    
3. YULDASHOVA, Kumush (UZB)                                             
3. RAIFOVA, Zarina (KAZ)                                              
5. YULDASHEVA, Nodira (UZB)                                                                            
5. KAMOLOVA, Dilnoza (UZB)                                    
7.      
7.       


+78kg: Kazakh veteran completes Grand Prix hat-trick in potential swansong  

Asian Championships silver medallist Gulzhan ISSANOVA (KAZ) won her third Grand Prix title with a victory over Tbilisi Grand Prix bronze medallist Maryna SLUTSKAYA (BLR). The duo were even in the head-to-head series coming into the contest with one win apiece and it was the veteran ISSANOVA who moved ahead with a nail-biting win on shido penalties 1:2 after a misfiring SLUTSKAYA was twice penalised for passivity while the winner was only penalised once for the same indiscretion. The 33-year-old, who missed out on a place at Rio 2016, may decide to end on a high or with this win and points windfall could target one more World Championships experience with a record $1 million in prize money to be shared among the medallists in Budapest next year.    

 

In the first semi-final SLUTSKAYA registered a full house of scores against 20-year-old Junior Asian Championships bronze medallist Rahima YULDOSHOVA (UZB). The Belarus judoka improved with every score as an opening yuko was followed by a waza-ari and then ippon to secure a spot in the gold medal contest. In the second semi-final ISSANOVA confidently held down Orenburg European Cup winner Daria KARPOVA (RUS) in osaekomi for 20 seconds and ippon. ISSANOVA used a ushiro-kesa-gatame to pin down the Russian fighter to advance to the final.

The first bronze medal was won by KARPOVA who won her first clash against 18-year-old Grand Prix debutant Gulnoza AZIMOVA (UZB) by ippon from a juji-gatame after 28 seconds.                                 
The second bronze medal was won by world-ranked YULDOSHOVA over young heavyweight Saneayim ERKINBAEVA (UZB). YULDOSHOVA and ERKINBAEVA, who were opposed against each other for the first time on the IJF World Judo Tour, could not be separated after four minutes of relative inaction and needed an additional 72 seconds to decide who would represent Uzbekistan on the women’s heavyweight podium. YULDOSHOVA submitted her teammate with a juji-gatame for an invaluable win as she plots a run of international assignments for her country. 
                                  
Final
ISSANOVA, Gulzhan (KAZ) vs SLUTSKAYA, Maryna (BLR)                                    
                                                                                                                          
Bronze Medal Fights
KARPOVA, Daria (RUS) vs AZIMOVA, Gulnoza (UZB)
ERKINBAEVA, Saneayim (UZB) vs YULDOSHOVA, Rahima (UZB)                       


              
                                                                                                                        
Final Results
1. ISSANOVA, Gulzhan (KAZ)                                      
2. SLUTSKAYA, Maryna (BLR)                                                                                
3. KARPOVA, Daria (RUS)                                         
3. YULDOSHOVA, Rahima (UZB)                        
5. AZIMOVA, Gulnoza (UZB)
5. ERKINBAEVA, Saneayim (UZB)                          
7. KHAMROKULOVA, Shakhlo (UZB)                 
7.                                     

MEN

-90kg: IMAMOV defeats young contender on second start at his new weight    

Former Paris Grand Slam winner Yakhyo IMAMOV (UZB) delivered gold on only his second competition in his new weight category as he beat former Minsk World Cup bronze medallist Davronbek SATTOROV (UZB) for gold. The 26-year-old IMAMOV debuted at -90kg at the Budapest Grand Prix this summer and was eliminated in round two. The former -81kg judoka received a shido for not taking a grip, as did his opponent, and they remained level and scoreless after five minutes. After SATTOROV received medical treatment off the tatami for a finger laceration, IMAMOV made a desperate attack which was enough for a yuko score and gold.   



IMAMOV in -90kg semi-final action 

In the first semi-final Asian Championships winner Komronshokh USTOPIRIYON (TJK) was humbled by Davronbek SATTOROV in a dramatic contest which was settled in the final seconds. A yuko with nine seconds remaining handed the Uzbek judoka the win and his first Grand Prix final after a competitive contest which was lapped up by the crowd. In the second semi-final 19-year-old Junior Asian Championships winner Mukhammadkarim KHURRAMOV (UZB) lost out to IMAMOV by a yuko from a seoi-nage as it was the seasoned international who pipped the youngster to the final.

The first bronze medal was awarded to home judoka KHURRAMOV who defeated 21-year-old Meirambek ZHANGABAY (KAZ) in the opening contest of the final block on day in Tashkent. Both judoka were aiming to win their first IJF medal hardware and that honour went to the Uzbek starlet who prevailed on shido penalties 2:3 to resume the medal flow for the hosts at the first opportunity. The second bronze medal went to world number 29 Magomed MAGOMEDOV (RUS) who won a scoreless contest against world number 13 USTOPIRIYON. It was the latter, who was financially supported to attend qualification events for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games by the International Judo Federation, who came closest to scoring with his favoured uchi-mata which was also on show in the previous rounds. MAGOMEDOV earned the win and a vital medal on shido penalties 2:3 as he closed in on the world’s top 20 on the world ranking list. 
    
Final
IMAMOV, Yakhyo (UZB) vs SATTOROV, Davronbek (UZB)                                         
                                                                                                                                           
Bronze Medal Fights
KHURRAMOV, Mukhammadkarim (UZB) vs ZHANGABAY, Meirambek (KAZ)                                        
USTOPIRIYON, Komronshokh (TJK) vs MAGOMEDOV, Magomed (RUS)            


                                                                                                             
Final Results
1. IMAMOV, Yakhyo (UZB)                                             
2. SATTOROV, Davronbek (UZB)                                         
3. KHURRAMOV, Mukhammadkarim (UZB)                                      
3. MAGOMEDOV, Magomed (RUS)                                                           
5. ZHANGABAY, Meirambek (KAZ)                                                                                  .                                          
5. USTOPIRIYON, Komronshokh (TJK)                                            
7. NAMAZOV, Ziya (AZE)                                       
7. SHARBATLI, Vasif (AZE)                                 


-100kg: KURBONOV repeats 2013 home win for Uzbekistan            

Budapest Grand Prix silver medallist Soyib KURBONOV (UZB) went unbeaten on the final day in Tashkent to be crowned -100kg gold medallist as he defeated Madrid European Open bronze medallist Jalil SHUKUROV (AZE) in the final. The Uzbek had won their one and only previous meeting and that outcome was the same today as the world number 25 prevailed 2:3 on shido penalties. Both judoka had two shidos to their names with 10 seconds left and golden score loomed until the Azeri was penalised for a cross-grip and had to rue that grave error which settled the fate of the gold and silver medals.  

           

KURBONOV in -100kg semi-final action 
  
In the first semi-final KURBONOV defeated Tyumen Grand Slam bronze medallist Kazbek ZANKISHIEV (RUS) after 68 seconds of golden score with a yuko from a makikomi attack. In the second semi-final former Asian Championships bronze medallist Saidzhalol SAIDOV (TJK) succumbed to SHUKUROV by ippon after 10 seconds from a tai-otoshi.

The first bronze medal was won by 25-year-old former Asian Championships bronze medallist Viktor DEMYANENKO (KAZ) who edged out SAIDOV in a scoreless contest on shido penalties. DEMYANENKO won his first IJF Grand Prix medal when his opponent received a fourth and final penalty to receive hansoku-make. The second bronze medal was won by former Ulaanbaatar Grand Prix bronze medallist Erkin DONIYOROV (UZB) who countered the ashi-waza attack of ZANKISHIEV for a waza-ari and the home judoka landed on top of his opponent and remained there for 15 seconds in osaekomi to win by waza-ari awasette-ippon.                  

Final
SHUKUROV, Jalil (AZE) vs KURBONOV, Soyib (UZB)                                        

Bronze Medal FightsSAIDOV, Saidzhalol (TJK) vs DEMYANENKO, Viktor (KAZ)                            
DONIYOROV, Erkin (UZB) vs ZANKISHIEV, Kazbek (RUS)                 

                                                                                       
Final Result
1. KURBONOV, Soyib (UZB)                                               
2. SHUKUROV, Jalil (AZE)                                          
3. DEMYANENKO, Viktor (KAZ)                                                                   
3. DONIYOROV, Erkin (UZB)                                                          
5. SAIDOV, Saidzhalol (TJK)                                                       
5. ZANKISHIEV, Kazbek (RUS)                                                             
7. TUYMURODOV, Avazkhon (UZB)                                          
7. OLTIBOEV, Bekmurod (UZB)                                 


+100kg: Kazakhstan’s SHYNKEYEV wins the last gold medal in Tashkent    

Asian Championships bronze medallist Yerzhan SHYNKEYEV (KAZ) won his first Grand Prix gold medal as he defeated Tyumen Grand Slam winner Andrey VOLKOV (RUS) to clinch the men’s heavyweight title in the last contest of the Tashkent Grand Prix 2016. Both judoka had the appealing incentive of a first Grand Prix gold medal and SHYNKEYEV conjured up the best moment of the contest as he scored a yuko with an uchi-mata after the halfway point of the contest. 


In the first semi-final VOLKOV bested Talllinn European Open winner Aliaksandr VAKHAVIAK (BLR) with a juji-gatame while the second semi-final was a battle of Asian Championships bronze medallists in Iurii KRAKOVETSKII (KGZ) and Yerzhan SHYNKEYEV (KAZ). The Kazakh judoka scored a yuko and a waza-ari without reply to topple his opponent.

The first bronze medal went to former Tashkent Grand Prix silver medallist Boltoboy BALTAEV (UZB) who defeated world number 21 KRAKOVETSKII. World number 77 BALTAEV won 1:2 on shidos as KRAKOVETSKII never got into his stride at the Uzbekistan Sport Complex despite a more than respectable showing at the Olympic Games. The second bronze medal went to world number 55 VAKHAVIAK who thwarted 25-year-old Shukhrat TUROBOEV (UZB). Belarus’ heavyweight trapped his unranked opponent with a mune-gatame for 20 seconds and ippon to claim the second Grand Prix medal of his late-blooming career.                     
                                                                                         
Final
SHYNKEYEV, Yerzhan (KAZ) vs VOLKOV, Andrey (RUS)                                             

Bronze Medal Fights
KRAKOVETSKII, Iurii (KGZ) vs BALTAEV, Boltoboy (UZB)         
TUROBOEV, Shukhrat (UZB) vs VAKHAVIAK, Aliaksandr (BLR)                  

                                                                                                                                                                               
Final Result
1. SHYNKEYEV, Yerzhan (KAZ)                                                
2. VOLKOV, Andrey (RUS)                                                
3. BALTAEV, Boltoboy (UZB)                                                          
3. VAKHAVIAK, Aliaksandr (BLR)                        
5. KRAKOVETSKII, Iurii (KGZ)                
5. TUROBOEV, Shukhrat (UZB)                    
7. NAZMITDINOV, Renat (UZB)                           
7. IMINOV, Akbarzhan (USA)