IJF News - 19 July, 2015

Tyumen Grand Slam 2015 - Russia


Women: -70kg  -78kg  +78kg 

Men: -81kg | -90kg | -100kg | +100kg 


The Tyumen Grand Slam 2015 concluded on Sunday with a pulse-pounding finale at the Tyumen Athletic Centre.


On day two gold medallists were crowned in the remaining seven categories as the full judo programme delighted the home audience who have embraced their annual Grand Slam with their traditional enthusiasm and patriotism.


The women’s -70kg, -78kg and +78g categories and men’s -81kg, -90kg, -100kg and +100kg categories were all contested as 153 judoka stepped into the arena in Tyumen with the upcoming World Championships at the forefront of their minds.


The second Grand Slam of the season, following Baku in May, is also the last senior IJF event before the sport’s annual showpiece event, the World Championships, which will captivate a global audience in Kazakhstan’s capital city of Astana.


The sell-out crowd entering the arena for the last day of the Tyumen Grand Slam  


IJF Sports Director Armen BAGDASAROV said: “The organisation has been fantastic here in Tyumen for this second edition of their Grand Slam.”


The 1996 Olympic silver medallist looked ahead to the World Championships in Astana, Kazakhstan which is the most crucial event in this Olympic cycle as athlete’s eye qualification for Rio 2016.


“The Kazakhstan Judo Federation has an enormous task this year, they have modified the venue to suit our sport and the scale of hosting a World Championships.


“Of course the Worlds will be very important as always but especially this year as the last World Championships before the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. The most World Ranking points will be on offer in Astana and athletes and nations are all counting down the days until the event.


“We expect to see a large crowd of judo fans at the competition and tickets are now in huge demand both in Kazakhstan and internationally.”


IJF Hall of Famer and 1981 world champion Neil ADAMS also turned his attention to the World Championships and outlined the importance of the eagerly-awaited seven-day competition.


The double Olympic silver medallist said: “There are a lot of opportunities to earn points towards Rio 2016 now but the World Championships are the pinnacle and every athlete is doing everything they can to be there to aid their quest for the Games.


“Some judoka in the latter part of their career will be World Championships heading into their last Olympics and that’s another factor.”


ADAMS shared his personal experience of the emotions that the newly-crowned world champions will experience in Kazakhstan.


“If you win any major events, a Worlds or Olympics, then you are at the very top of the sport, whether its once or more than that it is one of the greatest feelings of your life to be the best in the world. That is a very special feeling to be the best at one stage in your life.”


The World Championships will take centre stage from 24-30 August and judo fans will be able to watch the action live at www.ippon.tv


Tyumen Grand Slam results: http://www.ippon.org/gs_rus2015.php




-70kg: Triumphant TACHIMOTO earns third Grand Slam title      

Tokyo Grand Slam silver medallist TACHIMOTO Haruka (JPN) starred in the -70kg category on the last day in Tyumen as she swept past the opposition with an exceptional showing. All Japan Championships winner TACHIMOTO, 24, was competing on the international stage for the first time this year and looked stronger and stronger with every contest. Reigning Paris Grand Slam winner Linda BOLDER (ISR) lost out to the inspired Japanese judoka who threw with a sumptuous uchi-mata for ippon with 90 seconds remaining. 



TACHIMOTO said: “I feel awesome. I treated today as if it was my World Championships, I put everything into my competition and I am very happy to stay unbeaten in 2015. Rio 2016 is my goal and I hope today’s result will mean that I can compete in more international events.”          


In the first semi-final former world bronze medallist KIM Seongyeon (KOR) – who won the Universiade in Gwangju two weeks ago – was undone by BOLDER after 80 seconds as the Korean had to tap out to a juji-gatame. In the second semi-final TACHIMOTO was all business as she dispatched European Games bronze medallist Szaundra DIEDRICH (GER) with a tai-otoshi for ippon.


The first bronze medal was won by DIEDRICH who submitted top seed and Ulaanbaatar Grand Prix winner Bernadette GRAF (AUT) to secure a podium spot. The second bronze medal was claimed by Pan American Games winner Kelita ZUPANCIC (CAN) who defeated KIM by the margin of a single yuko score which came 11 seconds from time with a beautiful uchi-mata.  


BOLDER, Linda (ISR) vs TACHIMOTO, Haruka (JPN)                                                                                                                                                          

Bronze Medal Fights

DIEDRICH, Szaundra (GER) vs GRAF, Bernadette (AUT)     
KIM, Seongyeon (KOR) vs ZUPANCIC, Kelita (CAN)                                                                                                  



Final Results

1. TACHIMOTO, Haruka (JPN)                                                                       
2. BOLDER, Linda (ISR)                        
3. DIEDRICH, Szaundra (GER)                                 
3. ZUPANCIC, Kelita (CAN)                           
5. GRAF, Bernadette (AUT)                   
5. KIM, Seongyeon (KOR)  
7. NUNIRA, Karen (JPN)                         
7. KRIUKOVA, Iana (RUS)                  

-78kg: STEENHUIS set for world title challenge after Tyumen gold     

European Games bronze medallist Guusje STEENHUIS (NED) topped the podium in the -78kg category as she defeated Tokyo Grand Slam silver medallist SATO Ruika (JPN) in the final. STEENHUIS maintained a 100% record in Grand Slams this year as she followed up on her Baku victory with an unbeatable display in Tyumen. Two-time Grand Slam winner SATO, who is one of the most physical judoka in the category, failed with a tai-otoshi attempt and lost out on shido penalties with two against SATO and one against the eventual winner with both indiscretions as a result of the judoka going out of the contest area.  



In the first semi-final contest STEENHUIS bested Tokyo Grand Slam bronze medallist HAMADA Shori (JPN) on shido penalties. STEENHUIS was penalised once while HAMADA was penalised twice as both judoka failed to register any scores and the Dutch judoka advanced.


In the second semi-final SATO defeated World Judo Masters silver medallist Natalie POWELL (GBR) by ippon with 37 seconds left. SATO had the advantage on shido penalties with two against POWELL for passivity but that became irrelevant when the Japanese fighter produced the maximum score to take her place in the -78kg gold medal contest.


The first bronze medal was claimed by European Games silver medallist and top seed Luise MALZAHN (GER) who defeated POWELL in just 24 seconds by ippon to redeem herself after her semi-final loss. The second bronze medal contest was won by HAMADA who bested European Games winner Marhinde VERKERK (NED) by trapping her in osaekomi for 20 seconds and ippon. HAMADA marked her second Grand Slam appearance with a hard-fought result which will lift her confidence.  


STEENHUIS, Guusje (NED) vs SATO, Ruika (JPN)                                                                                                                                                                       

Bronze Medal Fights

POWELL, Natalie (GBR) vs MALZAHN, Luise (GER)                        
HAMADA, Shori (JPN) vs VERKERK, Marhinde (NED)                                                                                          



Final Results

1. STEENHUIS, Guusje (NED)                           
2. SATO, Ruika (JPN)                                                
3. MALZAHN, Luise (GER)                                                                          
3. HAMADA, Shori (JPN)    
5. POWELL, Natalie (GBR)                         
5. VERKERK, Marhinde (NED)                                                                 
7. PUREVJARGAL, Lkhamdegd (MGL)                             
7. GALEONE, Assunta (ITA)                                                                                                        


+78kg: Grand Slam breakthrough for MA  

Ulaanbaatar Grand Prix bronze medallist MA Sisi (CHN) made her Grand Slam breakthrough in the best style possible as she claimed heavyweight gold in Russia. MA defeated Tokyo Grand Slam winner INAMORI Nami (JPN) in the final despite the Japanese judoka making a bright start with a robust harai-goshi attack which almost opened the scoring. INAMORI pressed with a left-sided drop seoi-nage effort but it took three minutes and 58 seconds for the deadlock to be dramatically broken as MA scored a yuko to capture the gold. 



In the first semi-final contest MA surpassed teammate World Judo Masters winner YU Song (CHN). MA edged her colleague by the only score of the contest which was a yuko from a harai-makikomi to reach her first Grand Slam final at the expense of her training partner who was sent into the bronze medal contest.


In the second semi-final World Judo Masters bronze medallist Franziska KONITZ (GER) lost out to INAMORI by ippon with 36 seconds left on the clock.


The first bronze medal was claimed by European Games silver medallist Jasmin KUELBS (GER) who had to stop the medal ambitions of colleague and world number three KONITZ on shido penalties. The second bronze medal contest was won by YU who showed the power of China in the heavyweight division as she defeated Budapest Grand Prix silver medallist Nihel CHEIKH ROUHOU (TUN) also on shido penalties. 



INAMORI, Nami (JPN) vs MA, Sisi (CHN)                                                                                                                


Bronze Medal Fights
KONITZ, Franziska (GER) vs KUELBS, Jasmin (GER)                        
YU, Song (CHN) vs CHEIKH ROUHOU, Nihel (TUN)                                                                                                                          


Final Results

1. MA, Sisi (CHN)                                                 
2. INAMORI, Nami (JPN)                       
3. KUELBS, Jasmin (GER)                                                                          
3. YU, Song (CHN)     
5. KONITZ, Franziska (GER)                        
5. CHEIKH ROUHOU, Nihel (TUN)                                                                  
7. NUNES, Rochele (BRA)                             
7. SLUTSKAYA, Maryna (BLR)                                                                                                          



-81kg: Victory for Tyumen's own VOROBEV

Former world bronze medallist Ivan VOROBEV (RUS) rose to the occasion in his home city and home event as he defeated Olympic bronze medallist Antoine VALOIS-FORTIER (CAN) for the first time to clinch -81kg gold. VALOIS-FORTIER, who is the in-form judoka in the category after triumphing at the Ulaanbaatar Grand Prix, and is ready launch his strongest challenge yet for world gold next month, was penalised with a shido with 60 seconds remaining and that breathed new life into the chants of ‘Russia, Russia’ among the animated crowd. When the Russian team calls on VOROBEV he always delivers and he proved himself again today.  



In the first semi-final VALOIS-FORTIER was cool and collected as the home fans rooted for Tbilisi Grand Prix bronze medallist Sirazhudin MAGOMEDOV (RUS). VALOIS-FORTIER took the lead with a waza-ari as he countered a weak uchi-mata attempt from the Russian by taking control of the movement and rolling his opponent onto his back for the score. In the second semi-final Aslan LAPPINAGOV (RUS) saw his dreams of a home win evaporate courtesy of his compatriot VOROBEV on shido penalties. The crowd applauded both judoka off the tatami as they could only be separated by shido penalties after five minutes with three shidos against LAPPINAGOV and only two against VOROBEV. 


Both bronze medal contests pitted Russian judoka against German opposition in the opening contests of the final block and the visitors triumphed to take home both medals.


The first bronze medal was clinched by European Games bronze medallist Alexander WIECZERZAK (GER) who beat 21-year-old LAPPINAGOV. A waza-ari from WIECZERZAK was the only score registered as LAPPINAGOV lacked any real impetus at the most important time. The second bronze medal was won by Budapest Grand Prix bronze medallist Sven MARESCH (GER) who defeated former European champion MAGOMEDOV. The Russian judoka was penalised for passivity before MARESCH was penalised for a false attack but the German fighter came through to score a waza-ari with a ko-uchi-gari and held down MAGOMEDOV for 15 seconds to seal his place on the podium. 


VALOIS-FORTIER, Antoine (CAN) vs VOROBEV, Ivan (RUS)                                                                                                                            

Bronze Medal Fights

LAPPINAGOV, Aslan (RUS) vs WIECZERZAK, Alexander (GER)                         
MAGOMEDOV, Sirazhudin (RUS) vs MARESCH, Sven (GER)                                                                                                                       


Final Results

1. VOROBEV, Ivan (RUS)                                                                               
2. VALOIS-FORTIER, Antoine (CAN)                                               
3. WIECZERZAK, Alexander (GER)                                                   
3. MARESCH, Sven (GER)                                                                  
5. LAPPINAGOV, Aslan (RUS)                             
5. MAGOMEDOV, Sirazhudin (RUS)                                                  
7. LUZ, Carlos (POR)                          
7. LIMA, Diogo (POR)                                           

-90kg: Worlds-bound BAKER battles to victory

Baku Grand Slam winner BAKER Mashu (JPN) won back-to-back Grand Slams for the first time in his thriving career as the 20-year-old Japanese ace outfought former Junior World Championships winner Magomed MAGOMEDOV (RUS) in the final. The young Japanese fighter meets every challenge with total commitment and was pushed to his physical limits today as he came up against three Russian judoka. BAKER scored a yuko with an ouchi-gari and absorbed every attack from MAGOMEDOV as the 23-year-old had to settle for silver. 



BAKER said: "I am very happy, it was a hard day. I really wanted to fight in Russia again after my experience at the World Championships last year. Now I want to win the gold medal in Astana and I will prepare at a national training camp and at my University which is Tokai.”


In the first semi-final Baku Grand Slam winner BAKER shaded Dusseldorf Grand Prix silver medallist Kazbek ZANKISHIEV (RUS) on a single shido penalty as the home fighter lost out but could still salvage a medal via the repechage. In the second semi-final MAGOMEDOV defeated former Budapest Grand Prix bronze medallist Khusen KHALMURZAEV (RUS) by ippon at the halfway point to make sure that he would be the recipient of the fans’ passionate support in the final.


The first bronze medal was won by KHALMURZAEV who defeated African Championships silver medallist Zack PIONTEK (RSA). KHALMURZAEV produced the first and only score of the contest which was a yuko and the bold bid from PIONTEK saw him finish with a credible fifth-place. The second bronze medal was captured by Tyumen judoka ZANKISHIEV as former Tallinn European Open bronze medallist Aigars MILENBERGS (LAT) received four penalties and hansoku-make after a lethargic display which was unfitting of the stage.                    


MAGOMEDOV, Magomed (RUS) vs BAKER, Mashu (JPN)                                                                           

Bronze Medal Fights

KHALMURZAEV, Khusen (RUS) vs PIONTEK, Zack (RSA)                
ZANKISHIEV, Kazbek (RUS) vs MILENBERGS, Aigars (LAT)                                                                                                                                                


Final Results

1. BAKER, Mashu (JPN)                                               
2. MAGOMEDOV, Magomed (RUS)                      
3. KHALMURZAEV, Khusen (RUS)   
3. ZANKISHIEV, Kazbek (RUS)  
5 PIONTEK, Zack (RSA)                                                                           
5. MILENBERGS, Aigars (LAT)                                                                   
7. HILDEBRAND, Aaron (GER)       
7. DVARBY, Joakim (SWE)                                                                                                                   


-100kg: Swedish Grand Slam history for PACEK   

Ulaanbaatar Grand Prix silver medallist Martin PACEK (SWE) took Swedish Judo to a new level in Tyumen as he won his country’s first Grand Slam gold medal by beating Tbilisi Grand Prix bronze medallist Jevgenijs BORODAVKO (LAT) in the -100kg final. World number 27 BORODAVKO, who led 4-2 in their head-to-head record before today, was beaten in their highest profile meeting to date as world number 11 PACEK scored an ouchi-gari with a yuko which was decisive. 




PACEK said: “This is a real honour for me and is not something that I take lightly. I am pleased with where I am at the moment and physically I feel good. I will now step up my preparations for the World Championships.”


In the first semi-final PACEK defeated former Zagreb Grand Prix silver medallist Aleksandre MSKHALADZE (GEO). The Swedish judoka attacked with a harai-goshi but MSKHALADZE dangerously tried to catch the standing leg of his rival with an ouchi-gari from being behind PACEK and received hansoku-make for that illegal infringment. In the second semi-final BORODAVKO was too strong for African champion Lyes BOUYACOUB (ALG) as he prevailed by ippon from osaekomi as the Algerian judoka could not escape the clutches of his rival.  


The first bronze medal was won by European Games bronze medallist Toma NIKIFOROV (BEL) who overwhelmed BOUYACOUB by ippon. The second bronze medal was captured by Samsun Grand Prix silver medallist Karl-Richard FREY (GER) as MSKHALADZE had been disqualified in the previous round and could not compete.                                     


PACEK, Martin (SWE) vs BORODAVKO, Jevgenijs (LAT)                                                                                                  

Bronze Medal Fights

BOUYACOUB, Lyes (ALG) vs NIKIFOROV, Toma (BEL)               
MSKHALADZE, Aleksandre (GEO) vs FREY, Karl-Richard (GER)                                                                                                                                             


Final Result

1. PACEK, Martin (SWE)                                             
2. BORODAVKO, Jevgenijs (LAT)                        
3. NIKIFOROV, Toma (BEL)                
3. FREY, Karl-Richard (GER)                      
5. BOUYACOUB, Lyes (ALG)                                                              
5. MSKHALADZE, Aleksandre (GEO)                                            
7. KOSYASHNIKOV, Mikhail (RUS)        
7. TAKAGI, Kaihan (JPN)                                                                                                                 

+100kg: HARASAWA halts Russian KAMBIEV for the top prize     

Reigning Tyumen Grand Slam bronze medallist HARASAWA Hisayoshi (JPN) showed the difference the last year has made to his judo as he defeated Tbilisi Grand Prix bronze medallist Aslan KAMBIEV (RUS) to win +100kg gold. The heavyweight finalists had never met before and it was HARASAWA who registered his name first in the win column as he threw beautifully with an uchi-mata after 90 seconds for ippon having led by a yuko. 



In the first semi-final All Japan Championships winner HARASAWA dismissed Maciej SARNACKI (POL) by ippon as he built on his initial waza-ari advantage while in the second semi-final KAMBIEV downed teammate Soslan BOSTANOV (RUS) by pinning him down for 20 seconds.  


The first bronze medal was won by BOSTANOV who saw off Astana Grand Prix bronze medallist Andre BREITBARTH (GER) by a waza-ari score in a highly-charged contest. The second bronze medal was captured by SARNACKI who defeated former European bronze medallist Jean-Sebastien BONVOISIN (FRA) by ippon at the two minute mark.                      



HARASAWA, Hisayoshi (JPN) vs KAMBIEV, Aslan (RUS)     


Bronze Medal Fights

BOSTANOV, Soslan (RUS) vs BREITBARTH, Andre (GER)                
SARNACKI, Maciej (POL) vs BONVOISIN, Jean-Sebastien (FRA)                                                                                                                                                           


Final Result

1. HARASAWA, Hisayoshi (JPN)                                             
2. KAMBIEV, Aslan (RUS)                        
3. BOSTANOV, Soslan (RUS)   
3. SARNACKI, Maciej (POL)   
5. BREITBARTH, Andre (GER)                                                                             
5. BONVOISIN, Jean-Sebastien (FRA)                                                                  
7. HEINLE, Sven (GER)        
7. NATEA, Daniel (ROU)                                          

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