IJF News - 10 October, 2014

Judo Grand Prix, Astana 2014

DAY  1

-48kg | -52kg | -57kg | -60kg | -66kg 


The hotly-anticipated Asian leg of the IJF World Judo Tour opened on Friday as the first day of the Judo Grand Prix, Astana 2014, took place at the Cycle track “Saryarka” in Kazakhstan’s capital city.


The three-day Grand Prix, which will be promptly followed next week by the Tashkent Grand Prix in Uzbekistan, has attracted 277 judoka from 36 countries


It all started with five categories sharing the tatami at the Cycle track “Saryarka" which is one of three venues under consideration for the 2015 World Championships.


On day one the women’s -48kg, -52kg and -57kg categories and men’s -60kg and -66kg categories were all in action with 300 ranking points on offer for gold medallists while the silver medallists scooped 180 points and the bronze medallists claimed 120 points.


Before the final block the organising committee held the opening ceremony for the Judo Grand Prix, Astana 2014.


Mr. Arystanbek MUKHAMEDIULY, Minister of Culture and Sports of Kazakhstan, said: “We thank you all for coming to Astana for this important competition and wish you an enjoyable and successful stay here.”


Mr. Vladimir BARTA, IJF Head Sports Director, said: “Good afternoon ladies and gentlemen, it is a pleasure to be here in Astana for the Judo Grand Prix. The World Championships will be held here next year so this Grand Prix is a very exciting and important occasion. I wish everyone good luck and declare the event open, thank you.”


Mr. Mohamed MERIDJA, IJF Education and Coaching Director, also extended his welcome to judoka and fans and looked ahead to the 2015 World Championships.


“On behalf of the International Judo Federation and the President Mr Marius VIZER, I am very pleased to welcome you for the second edition of the Grand Prix in Kazakhstan," said Mr. MERIDJA. 


"I would like to thank the Kazakhstan Judo Federation for their very kind hospitality. The Kazakhstan Judo Federation is growing very fast. The Kazakhstan athletes are achieving very good results in major events. This is very positive and encouraging. The International Judo Federation is very satisfied with this remarkable development. This is an inspiring platform for other nations. The capital city Astana will host next year the World Judo Championships. This is good evidence for the outstanding efforts Kazakhstan are making to promote judo worldwide.


“We wish to the Federation good luck and assure them of our full support. We are convinced that the organizers will deliver a great event. I wish also all the best to all the participating countries, athletes and officials to the Grand Prix of Astana.”


On Saturday, the action continues on the tatami with four weight categories competing. The women’s -63kg and -70kg judoka will be joined by the men’s -73kg and -81kg judoka.  


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-48kg: Mongolian youngster grabs gold    

Ulaanbaatar Grand Prix bronze medallist GALBADRAKH Otgontsetseg (MGL) defeated Miami Grand Prix silver medallist Nathalia BRIGIDA (BRA) to win her first IJF title. BRIGIDA, 21, and GALBADRAKH, 22, are two of a new generation of precocious talents in the category with ambitions of winning major honours at the earliest opportunity. GALBADRAKH won the first gold medal of the Judo Grand Prix, Astana 2014 by forcing her opponent to submit to a juji-gatame after some explosive work in ne-waza. 



In the first semi-final BRIGIDA saw off former Baku Grand Slam winner Ebru SAHIN (TUR) on shido penalties in a nervy counter. SAHIN was penalised twice for passivity in the scoreless contest while her Brazilian rival was only penalised once for the same offence which sent BRIGIDA into the second Grand Prix final of her burgeoning career. In the second semi-final GALBADRAKH narrowly defeated Tyumen Grand Slam bronze medallist Valentina MOSCATT (ITA). The confident young Mongolian, who had a spring in her step from the first time she graced the tatami during the warm-up, dispatched the rising Italian MOSCATT by a yuko which was the only score of the four minute contest. 


The first bronze medal was awarded to MOSCATT who bounced back from her semi-final defeat by seeing off Taipei Asian Open bronze medallist HAN Galimuga (CHN) with a waza-ari at the halfway point from a drop seoi-nage. MOSCATT jumped onto her coach in celebration while HAN should be pleased with her career-best result despite missing out on bronze. The second bronze medal was won by beaten semi-finalist SAHIN who left it until the last 30 seconds to strike against youngster Gabriela CHIBANA (BRA). The Turkish fighter received a shido after 80 seconds for passivity and was penalised again for the same offence a minute later. SAHIN charged back against 21-year-old CHIBANA - who originally burst onto the scene in 2012 when she won the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix – by picking up her opponent with a beautiful ura-nage for ippon. The score earned a great reaction from the knowledgeable and enthusiastic fans who turned out in great numbers on the first day. 


BRIGIDA, Nathalia (BRA) vs GALBADRAKH, Otgontsetseg (MGL)                                         

Bronze Medal Fights

MOSCATT, Valentina (ITA) vs HAN, Galimuga (CHN)                 
SAHIN, Ebru (TUR) vs CHIBANA, Gabriela (BRA)                                                                                



Final Results

1. GALBADRAKH, Otgontsetseg (MGL)                                                        
2. BRIGIDA, Nathalia (BRA)  
3. MOSCATT, Valentina (ITA)                                                         
3. SAHIN, Ebru (TUR)                                                   
5. HAN, Galimuga (CHN)                                                         
5. CHIBANA, Gabriela (BRA)                                                                              
7. ROSSENEU, Amelie (ISR)                
7. RISHONY, Shira (ISR)                                            


-52kg: Rampant RAMOS reigns in Astana

Zagreb Grand Prix runner-up Joana RAMOS (POR) won -52kg gold by beating 22-year-old Christianne LEGENTIL (MRI) who made history for Mauritius today by winning her country’s first ever medal at an IJF event. RAMOS, 32, impressed again today and was the only person capable of defeating LEGENTIL who had finished fifth at the Commonwealth Games and seventh at the London 2012 Olympic Games. Portuguese judoka RAMOS submitted her rival with a wrist lock and broke down in tears on the mat as her career continues to go from strength to strength. History-making LEGENTIL said: “I can’t believe it, this means so much to me. I’ve pictured this moment so many times and it is very special for everyone in Mauritius who are hugely supportive of me. Next time I will try harder because I think I will only be happy with gold (laughs).”



The first semi-final saw top seed and Zagreb Grand Prix bronze medallist Gili COHEN (ISR) lose out to RAMOS by ippon after just 41 seconds as the latter showed her quality in successive Grand Prix events. In the second semi-final Christianne LEGENTIL (MRI) guaranteed Mauritius a first ever Grand Prix medal by defeating Madrid European Open bronze medallist Laura GOMEZ (ESP) by a waza-ari score. 


The first bronze medal was clinched by Miami Pan American Open winner Eleudis VALENTIM (BRA) who sealed a place on the IJF medal podium for the first time since capturing bronze at the 2012 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. VALENTIM bested losing semi-finalist GOMEZ who was penalised for a gripping infringement and passivity in the scoreless contest which failed to trouble the scoreboard. The second bronze medal was won by the dynamic COHEN who had too much quality for Orenburg European Cup silver medallist Darya SKRYPNIK (BLR). The top seed from Israel scored a yuko from a ko-uchi-gari and added a second yuko to take control of the contest. COHEN grafted on the ground in ne-waza to use up vital seconds to clinch a place on the -52kg medal podium.               


RAMOS, Joana (POR) vs LEGENTIL, Christianne (MRI)   


Bronze Medal Fights
GOMEZ, Laura (ESP) vs VALENTIM, Eleudis (BRA)              
COHEN, Gili (ISR) vs SKRYPNIK, Darya (BLR)                                                       



Final Results

1. RAMOS, Joana (POR)          
2. LEGENTIL, Christianne (MRI)                                     
3. VALENTIM, Eleudis (BRA)                                                                        
3. COHEN, Gili (ISR)                                             
5. GOMEZ, Laura (ESP)                                    
5. SKRYPNIK, Darya (BLR)                                                                      
7. HEYLEN, Ilse (BEL)                 
7. TARANGUL, Romy (GER)                                        


-57kg: KARAKAS beats Austrian veteran to take gold 

Former world bronze medallist Hedvig KARAKAS (HUN) outworked Tyumen Grand Slam bronze medallist Sabrina FILZMOSER (AUT) to top the medal podium in the -57kg category. Top seed FILZMOSER, 34, and KARAKAS, 24, are seasoned judoka on the IJF World Judo Tour stage and this time the gold medal went to the younger fighter. KARAKAS tried a juji-gatame but quickly adjusted to hold down her opponent with a sankaku-gatame for waza-ari which proved to be the difference in the otherwise scoreless contest. 



In the first semi-final FILZMOSER ended the progress of Commonwealth Games winner Nekoda SMYTHE DAVIS (GBR). The Austrian veteran countered her opponent as SMYTHE DAVIS turned in for ko-uchi-gake and FILZMOSER turned her opponent around and over flat onto her back for ippon with pure upper body power strength. In the second semi-final KARAKAS bested Zagreb Grand Prix bronze medallist Jovana ROGIC (SRB) by a shido as the latter was penalised for a false attack with the Hungarian registering an unblemished record. 


The first bronze medal was won by Beijing Olympic champion Giulia QUINTAVALLE (ITA) who triumphed over beaten semi-finalist ROGIC. The Italian, who was making her first appearance on the IJF World Judo Tour since finishing fifth at the London 2012 Olympics, made a successful return as ROGIC was penalised with a shido for passivity. The second bronze medal was won by SMYTHE DAVIS, who having finished fifth in Zagreb, secured her first place on an IJF medal podium by defeating national champion Stefanie TREMBLAY (CAN). The highly-regarded Briton was all smiles, along with her coach Euan BURTON, after scoring a waza-ari from a ko-soto-gari and trapping her opponent in osaekomi-waza for 15 seconds to win by wazari-awasette-ippon.   


FILZMOSER, Sabrina (AUT) vs KARAKAS, Hedvig (HUN)                                                            

Bronze Medal Fights

ROGIC, Jovana (SRB) vs QUINTAVALLE, Giulia (ITA)     
SMYTHE DAVIS, Nekoda (GBR) vs TREMBLAY, Stefanie (CAN)            



Final Results 

1. KARAKAS, Hedvig (HUN)                                                                       
2. FILZMOSER, Sabrina (AUT)                                              
3. QUINTAVALLE, Giulia (ITA)                                            
3. SMYTHE DAVIS, Nekoda (GBR)         
5. ROGIC, Jovana (SRB)                                                
5. TREMBLAY, Stefanie (CAN)     
7. NOSKOVA, Tatiana (RUS)                
7. MINAKAWA, Camila (ISR)                               



-60kg: SMETOV stars for the hosts 

Asian Games winner Yeldos SMETOV (KAZ) delivered for Kazakhstan as he won his country’s first gold medal of the competition by defeating former world silver medallist DASHDAVAA Amartuvshin (MGL). Both judoka made a tentative start as they were penalised for passivity while the fanatical home crowd were behind their man from the outset as they chanted his name incessantly. DASHDAVAA climbed off an uchi-mata attempt from SMETOV but was unable to avoid a ura-nage which awarded the Kazakh fighter a waza-ari and he followed up by applying kami-shiho-gatame for 15 seconds to win by wazari-awasette-ippon.  



In the first semi-final DASHDAVAA  defeated former Tokyo Grand Slam runner-up ISHIKAWA Hironori (JPN) by a yuko score to book a place in the lightweight final. In the second semi-final SMETOV was in irresistible form against the unfortunate Orenburg European Cup winner Dmitriy KULIKOV (RUS) who was completely overwhelmed. SMETOV went ahead with a yuko by trapping his opponent in osaekomi for 11 seconds and went close to adding to his lead with a ko-uchi-gari effort. The Kazakh fighter went back to the same technique which earned a waza-ari on this occasion and he powered into osaekomi-waza to add a second waza-ari and surge into the -60kg final. 


The first bronze medal was claimed by Qingdao Grand Prix silver medallist GANBOLD Kherlen (MGL) who inflicted a second straight defeat against ISHIKAWA who was thrown with uki-goshi for a yuko score. Both judoka traded penalties for passivity but GANGOLD kept his composure to secure bronze. The second bronze medal went to former Baku Grand Slam silver medallist Askhat TELMANOV (KAZ) who sent the crowd wild by defeating KULIKOV. TELMANOV won his country’s first medal of the competition by opening the scoring with a yuko before launching a huge ura-nage which lifted the crowd out of their seats and was initially awarded waza-ari but was amended to ippon on a second inspection.       


DASHDAVAA, Amartuvshin (MGL) vs SMETOV, Yeldos (KAZ)             

Bronze Medal Fights

GANBOLD, Kherlen (MGL) vs ISHIKAWA, Hironori (JPN)                
TELMANOV, Askhat (KAZ) vs KULIKOV, Dmitriy (RUS)                                                                              



Final Results

1. SMETOV, Yeldos (KAZ)                                                                

2. DASHDAVAA, Amartuvshin (MGL)                                             
3. GANBOLD, Kherlen (MGL)                                         
3. TELMANOV, Askhat (KAZ)                   
5. ISHIKAWA, Hironori (JPN)  
5. KULIKOV, Dmitriy (RUS)                                                                               
7. INOYATOV, Bakhrom (UZB)                  
7. IBRAYEV, Rustam (KAZ)              


-66kg: Japanese Junior world champion makes senior step-up   

Junior world champion HASHIGUCHI Yuuki (JPN) won his first IJF senior gold medal at the expense of Zhansay SMAGULOV (KAZ) who had finished fifth at the Baku Grand Slam this year. HASHIGUCHI, 20, went ahead with a waza-ari and doubled his lead to take the title by throwing with a morote seoi-nage to blast past the overwhelmed home fighter SMAGULOV who was supported all the way by his home fans and applauded off the tatami.   



In the first semi-final European bronze medallist and top seed Dzmitry SHERSHAN (BLR) fell to SMAGULOV. SHERSHAN was penalised twice for false attacks which gave the incentive to SMAGULOV push the pace and he went close to scoring with an ouchi-gari but his opponent was alert to the threat. The Kazakh fighter prevailed by waza-ari as SHERSHAN produced only a yuko score. In the second semi-final HASHIGUCHI defeated 2013 world silver medallist Azamat MUKANOV (KAZ). The home judoka started the contest by receiving a shido early on for passivity and his fortunes did not improve as he was penalised with hansoku-make for a blatant leg grab.  


The first bronze medal was won by 22-year-old Tokyo Grand Slam bronze medallist MIYAZAKI Ren (JPN) who denied MUKANOV and Kazakhstan. Both judoka traded waza-ari scores and MUKANOV was close to taking the lead once again but MIYAZAKI acrobatically eluded a yoko-tomoe-nage attempt. The fascinating contest went into golden score and MIYAZAKI increased his efforts and broke the defence of his spirited opponent by throwing him with a drop seoi-nage 52 seconds into added time. The second bronze medal went to World Team Championships bronze medallist Sebastian SEIDL (GER) who on this occasion celebrated individual success by beating SHERSHAN. The German fought for control on the ground and an opportunity for a hold down but his opponent was strong in defence and kept his legs wrapped his opponents. With a shido apiece for passivity the contest required added time to make it two contests in a row which were settled in golden score which is a real rarity now on the IJF World Judo Tour. SEIDL made his move as he attacked with ouchi-gari and firmly planted his rival on the tatami for a waza-ari score. 



SMAGULOV, Zhansay (KAZ) vs HASHIGUCHI Yuuki (JPN)                                     


Bronze Medal Fights

MUKANOV, Azamat (KAZ) vs MIYAZAKI, Ren (JPN)                  
SHERSHAN, Dzmitry (BLR) vs SEIDL, Sebastian (GER)                                            



Final Result

1. HASHIGUCHI Yuuki (JPN)                                                           
2. SMAGULOV, Zhansay (KAZ)                                 
3. MIYAZAKI, Ren (JPN)                                                    
3. SEIDL, Sebastian (GER)                                                         
5. MUKANOV, Azamat (KAZ)   
5. SHERSHAN, Dzmitry (BLR)                                               
7. ZAGRODNIK, Pawel (POL)              
7. ZHUMAKANOV, Yeldos (KAZ)                                   



10:00 Preliminaries on three mats
17:00 Final block on one mat


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



10:00 Preliminaries on three mats
17:00 Final block on one mat


Women: -78kg, +78kg

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


LocationCycle track “Saryarka”

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