IJF News - 24 August, 2015

World Championships 2015, Astana


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Women: -48kg  | Men: -60kg  


The World Championships 2015 were officially opened on Monday as the last lightweight world champions in this Olympic cycle were crowned on day one at the Alau Ice Palace in Astana, Kazakhstan. 


The Kazakhstan anthem was impeccably reserved by the proud hosts


With less than a year until the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, this edition of the IJF’s marquee event is the last Worlds before Rio 2016 and is vital for every country and judoa who are battling to secure qualification for next summer’s Olympiad. The week-long spectacle, which culminates with the team event on Sunday, is being broadcast in 160 countries with a global audience also in attendance in Astana to watch the greatest annual show in the Olympic sport. On the opening day, the world witnessed new champions capture the women’s 48kg title and the men’s -60kg title.


Before the final block the opening ceremony took place with a special animated show before the world premiere of the new IJF anthem on the World Judo Tour. 



Mr. Saparbayev BERDYBEK, Deputy Prime Minister of the Republic of Kazakhstan and Mr. Marius VIZER, IJF President opened the World Judo Championships 2015


Mr. Marius VIZER, IJF President, said: “Mr. Deputy Minister, dear guests, athletes, colleagues and officials, on behalf of the IJF I welcome you all and the spectators to Astana. The IJF is proud to host this World Championships here in Kazakhstan. Judo is one of the most educational sports in the world and it is very important here in Kazakhstan.


“I thank the government of Kazakhstan, the Kazakhstan Judo Federation, spectators and staff who have contributed to the success of these World Championships. I wish you a lot of success at these World Championships and a good stay in Astana.”


Mr. Saparbayev BERDYBEK, Deputy Prime Minister of the Republic of Kazakhstan, said: “Distinguished guests, athletes, Mr. VIZER, IJF President and all IJF staff, I welcome you all to the World Championships in Astana. Sport is one of the most important activities in Kazakhstan and it enriches our lives.


“I thank Mr. VIZER for supporting us and helping us to organise this event. I wish everyone good luck and than you for your support.”


The World Championships continues on Tuesday with the men’s -66kg and women’s 52kg categories taking to the tatami. 




The official opening ceremony





-48kg: Perseverant PARETO rules the world in Astana

Between the two-time world champion ASAMI Haruna (JPN), running after her third world title, and the current world silver medalist, Paula PARETO (ARG), dreaming of a first world crown, everything was possible when the two athletes entered the tatami of the Alau Ice Arena, for the first final of the day. If ASAMI rapidly gave the impression that she was taking the lead, step-by-step PARETO took the advantage to win by penalty.

The first bronze medal contest of the 2015 edition of the World Judo Championships opposed Maryna CHERNIAK (UKR) and JEONG Bo Kyeong (KOR). Maryna CHERNIAK produced the first dangerous attack with a ura-nage (counterattack) but for no score but with a superb kata-guruma for ippon, JEONG, put an end to CHERNIAK’s dream to step on the podium.


In the second bronze medal fight, the current world champion, KONDO Ami (JPN) was opposed to Nathalia BRIGIDA (BRA), who was the first to attack but KONDO easily controlled the Brazilian's attempts to finally catch her on the floor with an immobilisation for ippon.



From the first fights on, the -48kg weight category reserved some surprises and confirmations. If the world number one, Munkhbat Urantsetseg (MGL), was the favourite of the day, with her significant victory at the World Masters in Rabat 2015, Morocco, after a first victory over Chinosie XIE Shishi, she had to forget about her dreams of a second world title as she was defeated during her second fight by the double world champion (2010 and 2011), ASAMI Haruna (JPN). Being qualified for the semifinal, the Japanese judoka signed her comeback in the top world level.


Despite a third place in the Grand Slam of Baku and a silver medal in Samsun in 2015 Nathalia BRIGIDA (BRA) was still unknown to the public before brilliantly going through the preliminary rounds, in order to meet ASAMI in semifinal, the road of world number four, Taciana LIMA (GBS), having been cut earlier in the day by Dilara LOKMANHEKIM (TUR).


Present during the draw of the competition, Paula PARETO (ARG), the current world silver medallist, confirmed her role as favorite in the second part of the draw. After overcoming Ngoc Tu VAN (VIE), PARETO had to produce a greater effort to pass the potentila pitfall of Olympic bronze medalist, Charline VAN SNICK (BEL), in a second very close fight. In her quarter-final, PARETO had yet to produce her best judo to defeat Hungarian CSERNOVICZKI Eva (HUN), who seemed to control the fight before she was surprised by a blitz attack from the Argentinian.


Current world champion, KONDO Ami (JPN), could proudly wear her red back number, but only until the quarter-final though, as she did not succeed in finding the solution to a tough opponent in JEONG Bo Kyeong (KOR) who scored a yuko to go face to face with PARETO for a place in the final.


ASAMI, Haruna (JPN) vs. PARETO, Paula (ARG)


Bronze Medal Fights
CHERNIAK, Maryna (UKR) vs. JEONG, Bo Kyeong (KOR)
KONDO, Ami (JPN) vs. BRIGIDA, Nathalia (BRA)


ASAMI, Haruna (JPN) vs. BRIGIDA, Nathalia (BRA)
PARETO, Paula (ARG) vs. JEONG, Bo Kyeong (KOR)


Repechage finals
CHERNIAK, Maryna (UKR) vs. UNGUREANU, Monica (ROU)



Final Results
1. PARETO, Paula (ARG)
2. ASAMI, Haruna (JPN)
3. JEONG, Bo Kyeong (KOR)
3. KONDO, Ami (JPN)
5. BRIGIDA, Nathalia (BRA)
5. CHERNIAK, Maryna (UKR)
7. UNGUREANU, Monica (ROU)



-60kg: Dream starts for the hosts Kazakhstan and for SMETOV

The second final of the day opposed the two Kazakh athletes who got an outstanding support of their public throughout the day. After two incredible semifinals Rustam IBRAYEV (KAZ) faced Yeldos SMETOV (KAZ), who won with the smallest possible difference, a shido.


The first bronze medal fight saw the Olympic Bronze Medallist Felipe KITADAI (BRA) and the current Junior World Champion SHISHIME Toru (JPN) compete for a place on the podium of this first day of competition in Astana, Kazakhstan. With a superb o-soto-otoshi, SHISHIME scored a perfect ippon to win his first medal at the world level for the young athlete.


To complete the podium, KIM Won Jin (KOR) faced the current world champion GANBAT Boldbaatar (MGL), who wore his red back number for the last time here in Astana. Penalized two times during the regular time, GANBAT, seemed very tired at the end of a long competition day and probably disappointed that he could not defend his title for the second year in a row. KIM secured his position on the podium with a seoi-nage for yuko.

The world champion and world number two was the ultimate favorite of the competition prior to the start of the event. In the absence of world number one, Orkhan SAFAROV (AZE) through injury, the Mongol athlete was indeed the top seeded competitor for the World Championships. After a first round win against Bekir ÖZLU (TUR), he defeated the Israeli, Artiom ARSHANSKI, before winning against the bronze medalist of the last Olympics, Felipe KITADAI (BRA), who himself ended the first French hopes of a medal against Vincent LIMARE, who never found the technical solution to overpass Kitadai’s Kumikata.


Baku Grand Slam winner in 2015, Rustam IBRAYEV, represented the first chance of medal for the host country. Supported by an enthusiastic audience, he reached the semi-final where he faced the defending world champion. 


In the second part of the draw, the second Kazakh athlete engaged in the category surprisingly reached the semifinals as well. Yeldos SMETOV, who was not one of the favorites early in the day, sent successively back to the locker rooms, Reinvall Juho (FIN), Eisa Majrashi (KSA) and Nabor Castillo (MEX). In the semifinals he had opposed the Japanese judoka SHISHIME, winner of the Grand Prix Düsseldorf this year and last year.


IBRAYEV, Rustam (KAZ) vs. SMETOV, Yeldos (KAZ)


Bronze Medal Fights
KITADAI, Felipe (BRA) vs. SHISHIME, Toru (JPN)
KIM, Won Jin (KOR) vs. GANBAT, Boldbaatar (MGL)


GANBAT, Boldbaatar (MGL) vs. IBRAYEV, Rustam (KAZ)
SHISHIME, Toru (JPN) vs. SMETOV, Yeldos (KAZ)


Repechage finals
KITADAI, Felipe (BRA) vs. CHOI, In Hyuk (KOR)
KIM, Won Jin (KOR) vs. UROZBOEV, Diyorbek (UZB)



Final Results
1. SMETOV, Yeldos (KAZ)
2. IBRAYEV, Rustam (KAZ)
3. KIM, Won Jin (KOR)
5. GANBAT, Boldbaatar (MGL)
5. KITADAI, Felipe (BRA)
7. CHOI, In Hyuk (KOR)
7. UROZBOEV, Diyorbek (UZB)




11:00 Preliminaries  
17:00 Final block  


Women: -52kg

Men: -66kg



11:00 Preliminaries  
17:00 Final block  


Women: -57kg

Men: -73kg



11:00 Preliminaries  
17:00 Final block  


Women: -63kg

Men: -81kg



11:00 Preliminaries  
17:00 Final block  


Women: -70kg, -78kg

Men: -90kg



10:00 Preliminaries  
16:00 Final block  


Women: +78kg

Men: -100kg, +100kg


Sunday – Team Competition

10:00 Preliminaries  
17:00 Final block  


Women: -52kg, -57kg, -63kg, -70kg, +70kg

Men: -66kg, -73kg, -81kg, -90kg, +90kg


Location: Alau Ice Palace


IJF Media & Communications Department
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Nicolas Messner, IJF Media Director  

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