IJF News - 26 August, 2015

World Championships 2015, Astana


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Women: -57kg | Men: -73kg  



The World Judo Championships 2015 spectacle continued to grip fans at the Alau Ice Palace in Astana, Kazakhstan, and spectators watching around the world on Wednesday. On the third day of the IJF’s seven-day judo festival, 129 judoka were competing across two categories as 74 men fought in the -73kg category and 55 women were in action in the -57kg category.


Olympic champion Lasha SHAVDATUASHVILI (GEO) – who succeeded in London in the -66kg category, was beaten in the -73kg opening round while -57kg Olympic champion was in top form in Astana as she won her second world title.  


Just before the final block of the third day of competition, the IJF President, Mr. Marius VIZER, and the President of the Italian Judo Federation (FIJLKM), Mr. Domenico FALCONE, signed, in the presence of Mr. Franco CAPELLETTI, IJF Hall of Fame member, an agreement between the IJF and the FIJLKM to develop judo for children programs within 21 regions of Italy. The IJF will support the program with equipment and expertise.



Mr. VIZER said: "Judo for children is an important program of the IJF that can help the national federations to develop and to promote judo to a wide audience. I am pleased the sign this agreement with the Italian Federation here in Astana.“


Mr. FALCONE declared: “It is an honour for us to sign the agreement with the IJF President on the occasion of the World Championships. We want to promote judo and its values at the grassroots level. This starts with the schools. We are happy to be part of the IJF judo for children program.“



Italian singer and actor Albano Carrisi, who sung at the IJF 60th anniversary celebration in Paris, was in attendance today at the Alau Ice Palace





-57kg: Olympic champion, MATSUMOTO, signs her comeback

The best athletes of the category were without any doubt Corina CAPRIORIU (ROU) and MATSUMOTO Kaori (JPN) who replayed the final of the Olympic Games in London but for the same result as the Japanese secured a new victory at the world championship, with a precise ko-soto-gari for waza-ari. MATSUMOTO is definitely back on the top of the world with less than a year until she surely makes a strong claim to defend her Olympic title at Rio 2016. 



The first bronze medal of the day opposed the 2013 world silver medallist, Marti MALLOY (USA) and the 2014 world bronze medallist, Automne PAVIA (FRA), who after a long absence is back and in good shape. The French was quickly penalised with a shido, but it was then the turn of the American to be penalised as well. At the halfway point, MALLOY put PAVIA in danger with a subtle ko-uchi-gari but for no score. Four minutes later, both athletes had to enter the golden score to determine the winner. When PAVIA scored a waza-ari she thought she could finally enjoy a new medal at the world level, but the score was cancelled, as the referees considered that it wasn’t a clear attack. And the fight had to move on until, MALLOY was penalised one more time, offering the victory to PAVIA and the first medal of the French delegation.


In the second bronze medal fight, double World Judo Masters winner DORJSUREN Sumiya (MGL) was opposed to Catherine BEAUCHEMIN-PINARD (CAN), who until the semifinal had a perfect competition day. At the halfway point of the match, both athletes had received a shido. Once again, the golden score was required to separate the two competitors and a last shido to the Canadian, gave the victory to DORJSUREN.


Without shaking, the top seeded athlete of the competition, Romanian Corina CAPRIORIU, could reach the semifinals after having successively eliminated Concepcion BELLORIN (ESP), Manon DURBACH (LUX) and KARAKAS Hedvig (HUN). In pool B, Rafaela SILVA (BRA) was without doubt the favourite. World champion in 2013 in Rio, SILVA was defeated during her first bout against Catherine BEAUCHEMIN-PINARD (CAN). The Canadian then eliminated Viola WAECHTER (GER) and the silver world medallist in 2013, Marti MALLOY (USA). CAPRIORIU and BEAUCHEMIN-PINARD therefore met in the semifinal and CAPRIORIU scored a waza-ari which could have been counted as ippon with a sumi-otoshi.


In the second part of the draw table, the silver medallist of last year’s world championships in Russia, Telma MONTEIRO (POR), was the overwhelming favourite. But she found on her way the world medallist Automne PAVIA (FRA), who could feel the pressure of winning the first medal of the French delegation, after two fruitless days for the tricolour camp. On her way to the final, the French found the Olympic champion, MATSUMOTO Kaori (JPN), who after a below-par showing at the last world championships, was keen to regain her place at the top of judo world. A shido later, the Japanese could still dream of gold after her narrow victory against PAVIA.





Bronze Medal Fights
MALLOY, Marti (USA) vs. PAVIA, Automne (FRA)


PAVIA, Automne (FRA) vs. MATSUMOTO, Kaori (JPN)


Repechage finals
KARAKAS, Hedvig (HUN) vs. MALLOY, Marti (USA)



Final Results
2. CAPRIORIU, Corina (ROU)
3. DORJSUREN, Sumiya (MGL)
3. PAVIA, Automne (FRA)
5. MALLOY, Marti (USA)
7. KARAKAS, Hedvig (HUN)
7. MONTEIRO, Telma (POR)



-73kg: ONO regains world title from teammate NAKAYA

The 100% Japanese final turned to the advantage of ONO, who recovered from losing his title in 2014. But the title still remains in Japan, as last year’s winner of the competition, NAKAYA Riki, was ONO’s opponent for the last fight of the day. If sometimes fights between two athletes from the same country can be really closed, as teammates perfectly know each other, today, the final of the men’s -73kg was superb, with the victory going to ONO, with a ko-soto-gari for waza-ari.



The first bronze medal fight was won by SAINJARGAL Nyam-Ochir (MGL) against HONG Kuk Hyon (PRK). The Mongolian could step on the podium after he scored a waza-ari with a sode-tsuri-komi-goshi, while the second bronze medal went to the Junior World champion, AN Changrim (KOR), who dominated the second Mongolian fighter of the category, GANBAATAR Odbayar.


The top Seeded athlete of the day, Sagi MUKI (ISR) opened the doors to the quarterfinals by successively defeating Dirk Van Tichelt (BEL) and Arthur Margelidon (CAN) before winning his third fight against Kiyoshi UEMATSU (ESP). But the fourth battle was too much for the Israeli, who surrendered facing an ONO Shohei (JPN) in great shape. MUKI could console himself by saying he was the only fighter in the morning session not to lose by ippon against the Japanese dynamo.


In pool B, like his teammate, world champion in the -66kg yesterday, AN Changrim (KOR) showed the supremacy of the land of morning calm. After an opening win against Igor WANDTKE (GER), the South Korean eliminated Dex ELMONT (NED) and Nikola GUSIC (MNE). The major test was in the quarterfinals against Sainjargal Nyam-Ochir (MGL), but once again AN demonstrated the mastery of his judo by projecting the Mongolian twice with superb and aerial shoulder movements for ippon. The semifinal against ONO, world champion in Rio in 2013, was a masterpiece in terms of intensity, the Japanese taking a strong lead with a waza-ari, before AN came back also with a waza-ari with a superb counter attack. There was still a small shido to differentiate the two athletes, when ONO scored a clear ippon with an incredible right handed ura-nage.


In pool C, Nugzari TATALASHVILI (GEO), despite being seeded, was eliminated in the third round by the other Mongolian fighter Ganbaatar Odbayar (MGL) who himself lost out to HONG Kuk Hyon law (PRK) to access the semifinals.


Last but not least, in the last quarter of the table, the current world champion, NAKAYA Riki (JPN), who, at the press conference on Sunday declared two days ago that he often has a slump after a great title, proved throughout the morning that one should count on him again this year for the gold medal.



ONO, Shohei (JPN) vs NAKAYA, Riki (JPN)


Bronze Medal Fights
SAINJARGAL, Nyam-Ochir (MGL) vs. HONG, Kuk Hyon (PRK)
GANBAATAR, Odbayar (MGL) vs. AN, Changrim (KOR)


ONO, Shohei (JPN) vs. AN, Changrim (KOR)
HONG, Kuk Hyon (PRK) vs. NAKAYA, Riki (JPN)


Repechage finals
MUKI, Sagi (ISR) vs. SAINJARGAL, Nyam-Ochir (MGL)
GANBAATAR, Odbayar (MGL) vs. UNGVARI, Miklos (HUN)



Final Results
1. ONO, Shohei (JPN)
2. NAKAYA, Riki (JPN)
3. AN, Changrim (KOR)
3. SAINJARGAL, Nyam-Ochir (MGL)
5. GANBAATAR, Odbayar (MGL)
5. HONG, Kuk Hyon (PRK)
7. MUKI, Sagi (ISR)
7. UNGVARI, Miklos (HUN)



11:00 Preliminaries  
17:00 Final block  


Women: -63kg

Men: -81kg



11:00 Preliminaries  
17:00 Final block  


Women: -70kg, -78kg

Men: -90kg



11:00 Preliminaries  
17:00 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
Mark Pickering, IJF Media Manager 

Nicolas Messner, IJF Media Director

Photos ©  IJF Media by G. Sabau and Tamas Zahonyi



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