IJF News - 18 October, 2015

Paris Grand Slam 2015 - France



Women: -70kg  -78kg  +78kg 

Men: -81kg | -90kg | -100kg | +100kg 


The Paris Grand Slam 2015 concluded on Sunday with a pulse-pounding finale at the Accor Hotels Arena.   


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 customary enthusiasm and patriotism.


The women’s -70kg, -78kg and +78kg categories and men’s -90kg, -100kg and +100kg categories were all contested as 199 judoka (134 men and 65 women) stepped into the arena on the last day of the Paris tournament.

Launch of the ‘Gods of Olympus’ tour on the occasion of the Paris Grand Slam


The 11 French judo Olympic champions were present today at the Accor Hotels Arena as part of the launch of ‘Gods of Olympus’ tour, organised by the French Judo Federation (FFJ). For more than 25 years, the FFJ has been organising the "Wednesday of the team France’, which allows the young judoka to meet their heroes. ‘The ‘Gods of Olympus’ tour is part of the ‘Citizens of sport’ plan established by French government to foster equality and citizenship among the society.


The purpose of the tour, which will take place in six cities from December 2015 to May 2016, is to gather together the public around the values of judo and Olympism.


This will give the possibility to the public to meet all eleven French Olympic judo champions: Angelo PARISI (JO 1980 +95kg), Thierry REY (JO 1980 -60kg), Marc ALEXANDRE (JO 1988 -71kg), Cecile NOWAK (JO 1992 -48kg), Cathy FLEURY (JO 1992 -61kg), Marie-Claire RESTOUX (JO 1996 -52kg), Djamel BOURAS (JO 1996 -78kg), David DOUILLET (JO 1996, +95kg and JO 2000, +100kg), Séverine VANDENHENDE (JO 2000 -63kg), Lucie DECOSSE (JO 2012, -70kg) and Teddy RINER (JO 2012, +100 kg).


Each tour stop will be hosted by a minimum of four Olympic champions. In the morning, the champions will travel to children’s hospitals, or participate in animations with people of all abilities. In the afternoon, the champions will participate in judo events involving judo and non-judo players.



Mr. Thierry BRAILLARD, the French Minister of Sport said: “After the terrorist attacks from which our country suffered at the beginning of 2015, in March, the French government has decided to launch an important educational program towards the youth and especially the youth of the suburbs with social problems. Sports and judo in particular have the potential to help build a better society.


“We need to create new clubs to reinforce the bonds within the society. We are really pleased that judo is among the first sports to propose an extensive program. The eleven Olympic champions are heroes and they can help bringing people together around the values of sport and of course around the moral code of judo. But this ‘Gods of Olympus’ is just the visible tip of the iceberg and we are going to work hand in hand with the judo federation on a long term basis.“


Angelo Parisi (Moscow 1980): “We all had a great career, and the youngest one of us has still a long career ahead of him. Thanks to all of you who followed us and encouraged us throughout the years.“


Thierry Rey (Moscow 1980): “Hello everyone. Today, my thoughts are going to all our judo teachers and coaches, who taught us judo and to become who we are. On the occasion of such a celebration, we must remember that without them, we wouldn’t be anything.“


Marc Alexandre (Seoul 1988): “I was an Olympic champion as an athlete in Seoul, but I also had the chance as a coach to have athletes becoming Olympic champion. This feeling is amazing. Today I also think about all those Olympic and world medallists who showed us the way.“


Cathy Fleury (Barcelona 1992): “To be the first female French Olympic champion was not important, but to be an Olympic champion yes. It was the outcome of a long career and years of training. It was my childhood dream and it came true. This is an amazing souvenir.“


Cécile Nowak (Barcelona 1992): “I remember that this day, when I became Olympic champion, it went so fast. Immediately after the final, you are caught in a whirlpool and you don’t really realize what’s going on. Thanks to the public. You are a great contributor to our performances. I just remember having my mum jumping into my arms and the joy of Jean-Luc Rougé. Thank you to my coaches, my family. To step on the podium and listen the national anthem is an unforgettable moment in a lifetime.“


Marie-Claire Restoux (Atlanta 1996): “The Olympic Games changed my life. Without my title, I wouldn’t be who I am. For all judoka who experienced the high level, even the ones who never were Olympic champions, it has changed something. The emotion is so impressive. It’s a universal feeling.“


Djamel Bouras (Atlanta 1996): “Being here reminds me of the first Paris tournament I participated in as I was still a junior. If sometimes we won fights while we were not very good, it’s because of this incredible public. Thank you to all of you.“


David Douillet (Atlanta 1996 - Sydney 2000): “To describe what we feel today is complicated and simple at the same time. Before us there were some precursors, like Jean-Luc Rougé, who was the first French world champion, and who made us dream. We all started with a white belt and because we have an extraordinary federation, we can be with all of you today. Through judo one can achieve and hope for everything.“


Séverine Vandenhende (Sydney 2000): “I never won the Paris tournament, and I even got injured here in Bercy. But I also won the world title in this arena in 1997. Judo has changed a lot and now even the stadium has been renovated but there is one thing that remains the same: it is the public and the atmosphere.“


Lucie Decosse (London 2012): “I have so many souvenirs here in Bercy (7 Paris Grand Slam gold and world champion 1997). Thanks to the public. And we have still room on the tatami to welcome new Olympic Champion. You are much welcome to join us.“


Teddy Riner (London 2012): “Thank you all the champions. I feel like being the child of every one of you. Without you and your fantastic achievements I wouldn’t be here today. I hope that thanks to all of us, all children will have an Olympic dream.“



The IJF World Judo Tour now heads for the Middle East for the Junior World Championships (23-27 October) in Abu Dhabi ahead of the Abu Dhabi Grand Slam (30 October – 1 November). Judo fans will be able to watch both events live at www.ippon.tv


Full Paris Grand Slam results: http://www.ippon.org/gs_fra2015.php



-70kg: TACHIMOTO wins back-to-back Grand Slams to remain unbeaten in 2015    

Tyumen Grand Slam winner TACHIMOTO Haruka (JPN) won her second Grand Slam in a row as she repeated her 2012 victory in the French capital. TACHIMOTO, who is unbeaten in 2015, emphatically won the -70kg final against Lisbon European Open winner a week ago Laura VARGAS KOCH (GER). The German judoka, who went to London 2012 as training partner, is edging closer to securing a place at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games and being not only a competitor at the next Olympiad but also one of the favourites for gold. Japan’s in-form TACHIMOTO threw for ippon with a harai-goshi in the closing minute.  



In the first semi-final TACHIMOTO bested Fanny Estelle POSVITE (FRA) by the only shido of the scoreless contest while in the second semi-final Laura VARGAS KOCH (GER) saw off Sally CONWAY (GBR) by ippon.


The first bronze medal was won by Kim POLLING (NED) who defeated beaten semi-finalist CONWAY by a yuko score. The second bronze medal was claimed by Margaux PINOT (FRA) who beat teammate POSVITE with a left-handed ippon seoi-nage with 26 seconds left in the contest. 


VARGAS KOCH, Laura (GER) vs TACHIMOTO, Haruka (JPN)                                                                                                                                                                          

Bronze Medal Fights

POLLING, Kim (NED) vs CONWAY, Sally (GBR)       
POSVITE, Fanny Estelle (FRA) vs PINOT, Margaux (FRA)                                                                                                                                                                                                                         


Final Results

1. TACHIMOTO, Haruka (JPN)                      
2. VARGAS KOCH, Laura (GER)                           
3. POLLING, Kim (NED)                                    
3. PINOT, Margaux (FRA)                                                       
5. CONWAY, Sally (GBR)                            
5. POSVITE, Fanny Estelle (FRA)     
7. BOLDER, Linda (ISR)                           
7. NUNIRA, Karen (JPN)                      

-78kg: TCHEUMEO ends France’s wait for home gold        

World Judo Masters bronze medallist Audrey TCHEUMEO (FRA) won her country’s first gold medal at the Grand Slam by defeating Tyumen Grand Slam silver medallist SATO Ruika (JPN) in the -78kg final and the French team never looked back. SATO was penalised three times while TCHEUMEO was penalised twice and that decided the contest with no scores registered from either judoka. 



In the first semi-final contest the charismatic Audrey TCHEUMEO (FRA) powered past Olympic silver medallist Gemma GIBBONS (GBR) with a thunderous harai-goshi earning ippon while in the second semi-final SATO defeated Anamari VELENSEK (SLO) by a waza-ari.


The first bronze medal was claimed by Ulaanbaatar Grand Prix bronze medallist OGATA Akari (JPN) who edged out VELENSEK on shido penalties with two against the latter while the Japanese fighter did not make any indiscretions. The second bronze medal contest was won by Tashkent Grand Prix silver medallist Madeleine MALONGA (FRA) who beat GIBBONS by ippon.        


SATO, Ruika (JPN) vs TCHEUMEO, Audrey (FRA)                                                                                                                                                                                                 

Bronze Medal Fights

VELENSEK, Anamari (SLO) vs OGATA, Akari (JPN)                          
MALONGA, Madeleine (FRA) vs GIBBONS, Gemma (GBR)                                                                                                                                                                                                             


Final Results

1. TCHEUMEO, Audrey (FRA)                                                    
2. SATO, Ruika (JPN)                         
3. OGATA, Akari (JPN)                                                                            
3. MALONGA, Madeleine (FRA)     
5. VELENSEK, Anamari (SLO)                          
5. GIBBONS, Gemma (GBR)                                                                   
7. MALZAHN, Luise (GER)                             
7. POWELL, Natalie (GBR)                                                                                                                       


+78kg: ANDEOL hits gold medal trail for the hosts    

European Games winner Emilie ANDEOL (FRA) defeated Budapest Grand Prix bronze medallist Franziska KONITZ (GER) to win +78kg gold and continue her country’s medal charge on day two. ANDEOL, who took silver a year ago, trapped her opponent in osaekomi for 20 seconds and ippon as the home crowd were on their feet to celebrate once again. 



In the first semi-final contest world champion YU Song (CHN) lost to Emilie ANDEOL (FRA) by ippon from an uchi-mata despite initially leading by a yuko. In the second semi-final Franziska KONITZ (GER) secured her place in the final by seeing off Vanessa ZAMBOTTI (MEX) on shido penalties with two against the Mexican and KONTIZ posting an unblemished record. 


The first bronze medal was claimed by Jeju Grand Prix bronze medallist Iryna KINDZERSKA (UKR) who prevailed on shido penalties with all three shidos in the contest going against her Mexican opponent ZAMBOTTI. The second bronze medal contest was won on shidos by Lisbon European Open bronze medallist Larisa CERIC (BIH) who ended a miserable day for world champion YU who had to settle for fifth-place.  



KONITZ, Franziska (GER) vs ANDEOL, Emilie (FRA)                                                                                                               


Bronze Medal Fights
ZAMBOTTI, Vanessa (MEX) vs KINDZERSKA, Iryna (UKR)                          
YU, Song (CHN) vs CERIC, Larisa (BIH)                                                                                                                                                 


Final Results

1. ANDEOL, Emilie (FRA)                            
2. KONITZ, Franziska (GER)                        
3. KINDZERSKA, Iryna (UKR)                                                                            
3. CERIC, Larisa (BIH)                          
5. ZAMBOTTI, Vanessa (MEX)                          
5. YU, Song (CHN)                                             
7. KUELBS, Jasmin (GER)                               
7. ADLINGTON, Sarah (GBR)                                                                                                                           



-81kg: Uzbek starlet SOBIROV clinches first Grand Slam title  

Tashkent Grand Prix bronze medallist Shaxzod SOBIROV (UZB) won his first Grand Slam gold medal by overcoming world number 104 Sergey RYABOV (RUS) in the -81kg final. RYABOV was caught with ashi-waza for a waza-ari and could not trouble the scoreboard but still won his first IJF World Judo Tour medal and, like his conqueror, will be a name to keep tabs on. 



In the first semi-final SOBIROV defeated OTGONBAATAR Uuganbaatar (MGL) on single shido penalty while in the second semi-final RYABOV (RUS) defeated fellow surprise package Adrian NACIMIENTO LORENZO (ESP) by waza-ari.


The first bronze medal was clinched by Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Games bronze medallist Frank DE WIT (NED) who bested former Lisbon European Open bronze medallist NACIMIENTO LORENZO with a yuko from a ko-soto-gake the difference at the end of the contest. Bronze was the best result of the 19-year-old Junior European champion’s young career and his first at a Grand Slam. The second bronze medal was won by OTGONBAATAR who submitted Baku Grand Slam bronze medallist MARUYAMA Goki (JPN) of Tenri University on the edge of the area with a juji-gatame. 


RYABOV, Sergey (RUS) vs SOBIROV, Shaxzod (UZB)                                                                                                                                                        

Bronze Medal Fights

NACIMIENTO LORENZO, Adrian (ESP) vs DE WIT, Frank (NED)                          
OTGONBAATAR, Uuganbaatar (MGL) vs MARUYAMA, Goki (JPN)                                                                                                                               


Final Results

1. SOBIROV, Shaxzod (UZB)                              
2. RYABOV, Sergey (RUS)                                                 
3. DE WIT, Frank (NED)                                                                               
3. OTGONBAATAR, Uuganbaatar (MGL)   
5. NACIMIENTO LORENZO, Adrian (ESP)                                
5. MARUYAMA, Goki (JPN)                                                                
7. SEMENOV, Stanislav (RUS)
7. SCHMITT, Alain (FRA)                                                          

-90kg: Paris Grand Slam specialist LIPARTELIANI strikes for Georgia

World bronze medallist Varlam LIPARTELIANI (GEO) stepped onto the Paris Grand Slam podium for the third year in a row as he defeated former Tashkent Grand Prix winner Alexandre IDDIR (FRA). Frenchman IDDIR had had never won a Grand Slam medal before today while LIPARTELIANI took silver here a year ago and gold in 2013. Georgia’s first and only medal of the Paris Grand Slam turned out to be gold as LIPARTELIANI countered a weak attack from his opponent to produce a yuko in golden score after the contest was scoreless after the initial five minutes.  



In the first semi-final LIPARTELIANI was in form as he dominated Aleksandar KUKOLJ (SRB) to eventually win by holding down his opponent for a second and match-winning waza-ari. In the second semi-final Ulaanbaatar Grand Prix winner LKHAGVASUREN Otgonbaatar (MGL) was humbled by IDDIR by an ippon-seoi-nage.  


The first bronze medal was won by LKHAGVASUREN as Minsk European Open winner Axel CLERGET (FRA) was denied a place on the -90kg medal podium. The Frenchman led with a yuko from a yoko-tomoe-nage but his Mongolian opponent restored parity and went on to win by way of shido penalties with two against the home fighter and only one against LKHAGVASUREN. The second bronze medal was captured by Budapest Grand Prix winner Celio DIAS (POR) who defeated KUKOLJ by ippon from a tomoe-nage having led by a waza-ari. The Portuguese judoka ran into the crowd to celebrate with his teammates including Saturday’s -57kg gold medallist Telma MONTEIRO (POR). 


IDDIR, Alexandre (FRA) vs LIPARTELIANI, Varlam (GEO)                                                                              

Bronze Medal Fights

CLERGET, Axel (FRA) vs LKHAGVASUREN, Otgonbaatar (MGL)                 
KUKOLJ, Aleksandar (SRB) vs DIAS, Celio (POR)                                                                                                                                                                        


Final Results

1. LIPARTELIANI, Varlam (GEO)                                                 
2. IDDIR, Alexandre (FRA)                      
3. LKHAGVASUREN, Otgonbaatar (MGL)                   
3. DIAS, Celio (POR)                           
5. CLERGET, Axel (FRA)                                                              
5. KUKOLJ, Aleksandar (SRB)                                             
7. ODENTHAL, Marc (GER)         
7. CHENG, Xunzhao (CHN)                                                                                   


-100kg: MARET bounces back after Worlds disappointment      

European Games bronze medallist Cyrille MARET (FRA) put his failure to win a World Championships medal behind him in the best possible fashion as he won Grand Slam gold in his homeland. Warsaw European Open silver medallist Rafael BUZACARINI (BRA) was caught with 45 seconds left in the contest by an osoto-otoshi for yuko and MARET, who finished fifth in Astana, successfully retained his Paris title from 2014.




In the first semi-final BUZACARINI was successful against Elmar GASIMOV (AZE) by ippon while in the second semi-final former world champion Lukas KRPALEK (CZE) lost out to MARET by the maximum score.


The first bronze medal was won by European Games silver medallist KRPALEK, who was fifth at the Worlds in August, as he held down Tashkent Grand Prix silver medallist Zlatko KUMRIC (CRO) with a yoko-shiho-gatame for 15 seconds and a matching-winning second waza-ari. The second bronze medal was captured by Glasgow European Open winner Michael KORREL (NED) who convincingly defeated GASIMOV by ippon after leading by a waza-ari.                    



BUZACARINI, Rafael (BRA) vs MARET, Cyrille (FRA)                                                                                                     

Bronze Medal Fights

KRPALEK, Lukas (CZE) vs KUMRIC, Zlatko (CRO)                 
KORREL, Michael (NED) vs GASIMOV, Elmar (AZE)                                                                                                                                                                    


Final Result

1. MARET, Cyrille (FRA)                                                
2. BUZACARINI, Rafael (BRA)                     
3. KRPALEK, Lukas (CZE)  
3. KORREL, Michael (NED)   
5. KUMRIC, Zlatko (CRO)                                                                              
5. GASIMOV, Elmar (AZE)                                                                    
7. REYES, Kyle (CAN)          
7. MAMMADOV, Elkhan (AZE)                                                                                                                                     

+100kg: HARASAWA king of the heavyweights in Paris     

Tyumen Grand Slam winner HARASAWA Hisayoshi (JPN) ruled the heavyweight category on Sunday with some spectacular ippon judo. World number 16 David MOURA (BRA) was thrown with a beautiful uchi-mata in the last contest of the Paris Grand Slam 2015 as HARASAWA won his fourth competition in a row.   



In the first semi-final HARASAWA threw superbly with an uchi-mata for ippon as Faicel JABALLAH (TUN) was dispatched with ease. In the second semi-final Pan American Games winner David MOURA (BRA) defeated world bronze medallist Iakiv KHAMMO (UKR) by ippon after 74 seconds.


The first bronze medal was won by Budapest Grand Prix winner OJITANI Takeshi (JPN) against fellow rising heavyweight KHAMMO by a yuko which came 40 seconds into golden score. The second bronze medal was captured by World Judo Masters bronze medallist Roy MEYER (NED) as JABALLAH never imposed himself in the contest. The Tunisian fighter accumulated three shidos compared to one for MEYER and finished fifth.                                                       

HARASAWA, Hisayoshi (JPN) vs MOURA, David (BRA)                 


Bronze Medal Fights

KHAMMO, Iakiv (UKR) vs OJITANI, Takeshi (JPN)                 
JABALLAH, Faicel (TUN) vs MEYER, Roy (NED)                                                                                                                                                                                    


Final Result

1. HARASAWA, Hisayoshi (JPN)                                            
2. MOURA, David (BRA)                         
3. OJITANI, Takeshi (JPN)                  
3. MEYER, Roy (NED)                           
5. KHAMMO, Iakiv (UKR)                                                             
5. JABALLAH, Faicel (TUN)                                            
7. BOSTANOV, Soslan (RUS)          
7. NATEA, Daniel (ROU)                                                                

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