IJF News - 23 May, 2015

Judo World Masters Mohammed VI, Rabat 2015, Morocco 


-48kg | -52kg | -57kg | -63kg

-60kg | -66kg | -73kg




2 Gold for Japan, Russia and Mongolia, 1 Gold for Ukraine


The first day of the World Judo Masters, Mohammed VI, in Rabat, Morocco, featured the first seven categories as the women's -48kg, -52kg, -57kg and 63kg and men's -60kg, -66kg and -73kg categories were all in action at the Palace of Sport. With the top sixteen athletes per weight category being engaged, a show was guaranteed and the enthusiastic public was not disappointed, as round after round, the quality of judo was increasing. Broadcasted in over 150 countries, the event, which is offering 700 points to the winners, will definitely mark the beginning of a new period of development for judo worldwide.


Just one more paragraph for the intro: At the end of this first day, Mr. Vizer, the IJF President declared: “This a very good organisation and Morocco put a lot of effort to organize the World Masters. I especially want to thank His Majesty, the Kind Mohammed VI, for his great support. I also want to thank Teddy Riner, who played a key role to host the event in the country. My gratitude goes also to the Ministry of Youth and Sport, the National Olympic Committee of Morocco and the National Judo Federation, as well as to all those who participated in that success. Having the best judo players in the world guarantees to have a very high level of judo and that is what we had all day long. Throughout the preliminary rounds and the final block, we saw a lot of scores and I hope that tomorrow it will be the same. The World Masters are being held in Africa for the first time. It will open many doors to the development of judo in the continent. It is a very good motivation for all the judo players and beyond.“


The idea to organise the World Judo Masters came up last year, just after the World Championships in Chelyabinsk. The personal engagement of champions such as Teddy Riner, facilitated the process. The image that such a champion can bring is more and more important in the sporting world. But the Moroccan Judo Federation knew that they had to strictly follow the specifications of the International Judo Federation. After the location of the event was chosen between Tangier, Agadir, Marrakech, Casablanca and Rabat, the real work started.



Rabat was designated because it offered all possible facilities and a venue that looks designed to welcome judo events. After the IJF gave its final approval, the Moroccan Judo Federation obtained the government support, as Mostafa AZAROUAL, Director of Sports at the Ministry of Youth and Sports, explained: “Technically speaking, as the event is a clear international dimension, we had no other choice than to support it and the engagement of the government was compulsory. The commitment of His Majesty, Mohammed VI, is unique. The whole organisational process was personally followed by him. It is the proof that we are going in the right direction. Our mission was first to set up an efficient organisational structure. This event gives us an outstanding opportunity to promote sport at a national level, but also to promote Moroccan judo at the international level. It will definitely give a positive image of our country outside of its borders. And last but not least it offers a positive image to our youth.“


The effective preparatory work started at the end of 2014, and in January 2015, three committees were created: the surveillance Committee under the umbrella of the Ministry of Youth and Sports, the Steering Committee and the Local Committee. 


For the Federation the important point was to show that it could follow the IJF specifications. The President of the Federation, Mr. Chafik EL KETTANI, explained: “After having received the support of President Vizer, we wanted to show that we were capable of organising the World Masters. But besides having the support of our government and of the King of Morocco himself, we had the will to show that we had also the human ressources. We wanted to give a good example of what is possible. Through this event, we can show that judo is a universal activity. Morocco is a country of peace and tolerance, which is open to Africa and to the world. We are very proud for our country but also for the athletes of the world.“


The World Judo Masters will definitely leave a legacy locally and internationally. One of the goals of the organisers was to highlight the hospitality of the Moroccan people. For that more than 500 people are involved in the organisation and more than 1,200 persons (athletes, officials, staff, VIP, media) are accommodated. To coordinate the whole organisation, the IJF brought not less than 42 board and staff members and referees in Rabat. 


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Official draw: http://www.ippon.org/masters2015.php
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-48kg: MUNKHBAT Adds One Line to her Prize List

Without any surprise the two top seeded athletes of the category, MUNKHBAT Urantsetseg (MGL) and Paula PARETO (ARG), respectively world number one and three, met in the final. MUNKHBAT first defeated YAMAGISHI Emi (JPN) before she eliminated Shira RISHONY (ISR) in the semi final. In the second half of the draw, PARETO took advantage over Dayaris MESTRE ALVAREZ (CUB) and Maryna CHERNIAK (UKR). The big surprise of the day came immediately during the first round as KONDO Ami (JPN) was defeated by Dilara LOKMANHEKIM (TUR) by yuko.


After 42 seconds, PARETO who had to suffer some strong attacks from MUNKHBAT, was penalised with a shido for passivity. Only a few more seconds were necessary for the Mongol athlete to secure another important title in her sporting career with an armlock for ippon.



The first bronze medal fight opposed the bronze medallist of the Zagreb Grand Prix in 2015, Irina DOLGOVA (RUS), and Maryna CHERNIAK (UKR), winner of the Tbilisi Grand Prix earlier this year. DOLGOVA scored a first yuko after a bit more than 30 seconds, and doubled the score with a sode-tsuri-komi-goshi a little later. Obliged to attack, CHERNIAK took the risk to be counter-attacked, and that is what happened after two minutes and forty seconds, when DOLGOVA scored a with an unstoppable combination o-uchi-gari-tane-otoshi for ippon.


In the second bronze medal contest, the winner of the Zagreb Grand Prix 2015, Dilara LOKMANHEKIM (TUR), was facing Shira RISHONY (ISR), bronze medal last year in Jeju, Korea. The Israel judoka was penalised two times after the regular time, she offered the victory to Dilara LOKMANHEKIM.


Expected at the better level here in Rabat, the African Champion, Taciana LIMA (GBS) was eliminated at the first round, while Monica UNGUREANU (ROU) couldn’t enter the final block.


MUNKHBAT, Urantsetseg (MGL) vs. PARETO, Paula (ARG)


Bronze medal fights
DOLGOVA, Irina (RUS) vs. CHERNIAK, Maryna (UKR)



Final results
1. MUNKHBAT, Urantsetseg (MGL)
2. PARETO, Paula (ARG)
3. DOLGOVA, Irina (RUS)
5. CHERNIAK, Maryna (UKR)
5. RISHONY, Shira (ISR)



-52kg: KUZIUTINA Brings Gold Back Home

Until the semi-final, the way to the gold medal was still open for Andreea CHITU (ROU), but defeated by HASHIMOTO Yuki (JPN), winner of the Tokyo Grand Slam in 2014, the Romanian entered the final block only to try to get the bronze medal. The final thus opposed the Japanese against the World bronze medallist, Natalia KUZIUTINA (RUS). The Russian scored the first with a left handed ippon-seoi-nage for yuko and then had just to control the fight to secure the score until the end.



The first bronze medal fight opposed Annabelle EURANIE (FRA), who defeated Gili COHEN (ISR) in repechage, and the second Japanese athlete of the category, NAKAMURA Misato (JPN). Much taller than her opponent, EURANIE was quickly penalised, but she scored with a uchi-mata that she turned into a o-uchi-gari for waza-ari. Then the French had only to control. Penalised two more times, she still won to step on the podium.


In the second bronze medal fight, Odette GIUFFRIDA (ITA) was opposed to Andreea CHITU (ROU). The score was still open after three minutes and 59 seconds when CHITU launched a desperate uchi-mata to conclude the fight, but she was immediately countered for yuko almost on the final gong, giving a opportunist but beautiful victory to GIUFFRIDA and a place on the podium.




Bronze medal fights
EURANIE, Annabelle (FRA) vs. NAKAMURA, Misato (JPN)
GIUFFRIDA, Odette (ITA) vs. CHITU, Andreea (ROU)



Final Results
1. KUZIUTINA, Natalia (RUS)
3. EURANIE, Annabelle (FRA)
3. GIUFFRIDA, Odette (ITA)
5. CHITU, Andreea (ROU)
5. NAKAMURA, Misato (JPN)
7. COHEN, Gili (ISR)
7. GNETO, Priscilla (FRA)



-57kg: Mongolia Adds a Second Gold

As announced in the -57kg weight category, the predictions were very complicated and none of the top four seeded athletes of the day could enter the final, as DORJSUREN Sumiya (MGL) fought the French Helene RECEVEAUX, who defeated the world and Olympic medallist, Marti MALLOY (USA) during the first round. The final did not show anything spectacular, both athletes being incapable of scoring and only one shido designated DORJSUREN as the new World Judo Master in the women’s -57kg weight category.



In the first bronze medal fight, Hedvig KARAKAS (HUN), who had a first victory against Myriam ROPER (GER) by armlock for ippon during the preliminaries, was opposed to Corina CAPRIORIU (ROU). For the first time of the final block, the golden score was necessary to decide the winner of a fight with only a few opportunities on both sides and even three more minutes were needed to see KARAKAS being penalised with a shido, giving the victory and bronze medal to Corina CAPRIORIU.


In the second bronze medal fight, Catherine BEAUCHEMIN-PINARD (CAN) faced world champion UDAKA Nae (JPN) and only penalties could decide the winner. With only one shido against her, UDAKA stepped on the podium.


Once again the big surprise was the defeat of the world and current Olympic champion MATUSMOTO Kaori (JPN), who was defeated by the experienced Sabrina FILZMOSER (AUT) during the first round with a yuko.




Bronze medal fights
KARAKAS, Hedvig (HUN) vs. CAPRIORIU, Corina (ROU)



Final results
1. DORJSUREN, Sumiya (MGL)
2. RECEVEAUX, Helene (FRA)
3. CAPRIORIU, Corina (ROU)
3. UDAKA, Nae (JPN)
5. KARAKAS, Hedvig (HUN)
7. FILZMOSER, Sabrina (AUT)
7. VERHAGEN, Sanne (NED)



-63kg: Last Gold Goes to Japan

In the absence of the world number one, Clarisse AGBEGNENOU (FRA), Yarden GERBI had a good opportunity to reach the final and win some important points, but she was defeated in the semi-final by TASHIRO Miku (JPN), who was opposed to Kathrin UNTERWURZACHER (AUT). The Austrian defeated Anne-Laure BELLARD (FRA) in the second semi-final. After one minute, TASHIRO scored a first yuko with a o-uchi-gari. Stronger than her opponent, the Japanese waited until last ten seconds to finally immobilise UNTERWURZACHER for ippon, offering the last gold medal of the day to Japan.



The first bronze medal fight opposed Edwige GWEND (ITA) and Anne-Laure BELLARD (FRA). After two minutes, GWEND was already penalised with two shidos for passivity, incapable of blocking the long attacks of the French. Before the end of the fight, both athletes received a penalty, which did not change the final results, the bronze medal going back to Anne-Laure BELLARD.


In the second bronze medal contest, Martyna TRAJDOS (GER) was opposed to Yarden GERBI (ISR). A first shido was given to both athletes for blocking the opponent, then GERBI was penalised again and suddenly looked terribly exhausted and not in the position to put TRAJDOS in danger. It is actually the contrary which happened, the German scoring a waza-ari followed by an immobilisation for ippon.



Bronze medal fights
GWEND, Edwige (ITA) vs. BELLARD, Anne-Laure (FRA)
TRAJDOS, Martyna (GER) vs. GERBI, Yarden (ISR)



Final results
1. TASHIRO, Miku (JPN)
3. BELLARD, Anne-Laure (FRA)
3. TRAJDOS, Martyna (GER)
5. GERBI, Yarden (ISR)
5. GWEND, Edwige (ITA)
7. LABAZINA, Marta (RUS)
7. YANG, Junxia (CHN)


-60kg: TAKATO Dominates SAFAROV in a Terrific Final

The bronze medallist of the 2013 World Championships in Rio, Orkhan SAFAROV (AZE) had a perfect competition day until the final where he faced 2013 World Champion, Naohisa TAKATO (JPN), who demonstrated incredible judo throughout the preliminary rounds. Between the two finalists there was no observation round, each attack from both sides being very strong. The final score does not really reflect the engagement of the two champions, who delivered a terrific fight. But throughout the final, penalties were distributed, two to SAFAROV and only one to TAKATO, the Japanese winning the World Masters title.



The first bronze medal fight opposed the two Uzbek athletes, Diyorbek UROZBOEV and Sharafuddin LUTFILLAEV. Penalised two times LUTFILLAEV, then scored a first yuko, followed by a first waza-ari and concluded a good series with a superb sode-tsuri-komi-goshi for a second waza-ari-wasate-ippon.


In the second bronze medal fight Amiran PAPINASHVILI (GEO) was opposed to the world number one GANBAT Boldbaatar (MGL). During the first part of the fight only penalties were distributed on both sides, two to PAPINASHVILI and one to GANBAT, when the Georgian launched a spectacular reverse sode-tsuri-komi-goshi for yuko. Totally exhausted it looked like ‘mission impossible’ for PAPINASHVILI to secure the score. Penalised two more times, he still was ahead with his yuko, but GANBAT launched a sutemi-waza for waza-ari, immediately followed with an immobilisation for ippon.


SAFAROV, Orkhan (AZE) vs. TAKATO, Naohisa (JPN)


Bronze medal fights
UROZBOEV, Diyorbek (UZB) vs. LUTFILLAEV, Sharafuddin (UZB)
PAPINASHVILI, Amiran (GEO) vs. GANBAT, Boldbaatar (MGL)



Final results
1. TAKATO, Naohisa (JPN)
2. SAFAROV, Orkhan (AZE)
3. GANBAT, Boldbaatar (MGL)
3. LUTFILLAEV, Sharafuddin (UZB)
5. UROZBOEV, Diyorbek (UZB)
7. DASHDAVAA, Amartuvshin (MGL)
7. ENGLMAIER, Tobias (GER)



-66kg: ZANTARAIA Reigns in Rabat

Favorite of the competition, Mikhail PULYAEV (RUS) was defeated in the semi-final, by Dzmitry SHERSHAN (BLR) with a superb ippon. In the final, the Belarusian was opposed to Georgii ZANTARAIA (UKR), who produced one of his best competition peformances ever. Less active than his opponent, ZANTARAIA was penalised with a first shido for passivity. But this was nothing to impress the former world champion (Rotterdam 2009), who with a powerful koshi-waza put a full stop to a fantastic day for him.



The first bronze medal fight saw the bronze medallist of the 2010 world championships, Loic KORVAL (FRA), opposed to DAVAADORJ Tumurkhuleg (MGL). As both athletes were not able to score anything, the difference was made by the number of penalties, two on the French side, one for DAVAADORJ, who thus won the bronze medal.


The second bronze medal fight opposed TAKAICHI Kengo (JPN) and Mikhail PULYAEV (RUS). After one minute and a half, both competitor were penalised with a shido for passivity, PULYAEV looking more forceful on his attacks, which were just lacking of precision. But the only strong attack of the Japanese, with a right handed drop-morote-seoi-nage, was enough to score ippon, giving no chance to PULYAEV to escape.


Neither Rishod SOBIROV (UZB) or Colin OATES (GBR) could enter the final block.


SHERSHAN, Dzmitry (BLR) vs. ZANTARAIA, Georgii (UKR)


Bronze medal fights
KORVAL, Loic (FRA) vs. DAVAADORJ, Tumurkhuleg (MGL)
TAKAICHI, Kengo (JPN) vs. PULYAEV, Mikhail (RUS)



Final results
1. ZANTARAIA, Georgii (UKR)
2. SHERSHAN, Dzmitry (BLR)
3. DAVAADORJ, Tumurkhuleg (MGL)
3. TAKAICHI, Kengo (JPN)
5. KORVAL, Loic (FRA)
5. PULYAEV, Mikhail (RUS)
7. OATES, Colin (GBR)



-73kg: IARTCEV Concludes in Gold for Russia

Top seeded athlete, Dex ELMONT (NED) was defeated during the first round by Pierre DUPRAT (FRA), who then lost against the current world champion, NAKAYA Riki (JPN). But once again the Japanese lost his semi-final against Nugzari TATALASHVILI (GEO), who was opposed to Denis IARTCEV (RUS) for the title of World Master. Less than one minute was necessary for IARTCEV to score a clear uchi-mata for ippon.



In the first bronze medal fight, Pierre DUPRAT (FRA) faced Rustam ORUJOV (AZE). Penalised twice, DUPRAT was running against the clock to try to score, at least a yuko to take the advantage. But this game is also risky and the French was first thrown with a quick ko-uchi-gari for yuko before finishing on his back after an opportunist o-soto-gari from ORUJOV for ippon.


The second bronze medal fight opposed GANBAATAR Odbayar (MGL) and NAKAYA Riki (JPN). After one minute and a half, GANBAATAR scored first with a left handed uchi-mata, for yuko. The situation started to become complicated when NAKAYA was penalised twice. But the Japanese remained calm and concentrated, almost sure that he would find the solution before the end and that is what he actually did by scoring a first waza-ari with a ko-uchi-gari, followed by an immobilisation for ippon.




Bronze medal fights
DUPRAT, Pierre (FRA) vs. ORUJOV, Rustam (AZE)
GANBAATAR, Odbayar (MGL) vs. NAKAYA, Riki (JPN)



Final Results
1. IARTCEV, Denis (RUS)
3. NAKAYA, Riki (JPN)
3. ORUJOV, Rustam (AZE)
5. DUPRAT, Pierre (FRA)
5. GANBAATAR, Odbayar (MGL)
7. DELPOPOLO, Nicholas (USA)
7. MUKI, Sagi (ISR)




11:00 Preliminaries on two mats

16:30 Opening Ceremony
17:00 Final block on one mat


Women: -70kg, -78kg, +78kg

Men: -81kg, -90kg, -100kg, +100kg


Location: Palace of Sport - Palais des Sports Prince My Abdellah Rabat - Address: Avenue Hassan II, Rabat, Morocco


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