IJF News - October 24th, 2013

Junior World Championships, Ljubljana 2013

DAY  2

-52kg | -57kg | -66kg | -73kg 

The Junior World Championships, Ljubljana 2013 gathered momentum on day two as four new world champions were crowned at the Stozice Centre on Thursday.


In front of a 5,000 stong capacity crowd, four weight categories were contested in Ljubljana on day two as the junior women’s -52kg, and -57kg categories and the junior men’s -66kg, -73kg categories took to the tatami.


Delegations converged at the Stozice Centre, a new multi-use sports complex which was founded in 2010 and this week has been transformed from a basketball and handball venue to the battleground for the world’s most talented young judoka.


On Wednesday evening, following the opening day of competition, officials from the competing nations joined IJF and Slovenian Judo Federation officials for a special reception at the residence of Mr. Toshimitsu ISHIGURE, Japanese Ambassador in Ljubljana.


Mr. ISHIGURE presented a plaque to Mr. Bogdan GABROVEC, Slovenian Judo Federation President, to recognise the Federation’s promotion of Japanese culture in the city. Roles were then reversed as Mr. GABROVEC presented a painting of the city and a Slovenian copy of the book ‘Judo – sport and the way of life’.


Mr. ISHIGURE (left) and Mr. GABROVEC (right)


Mr. Bernd ACHILLES, IJF Referee Commissioner, said: “It was a fantastic evening and a real pleasure to be in such special company.”


Ahead of the final block, the crowd were treated to a scintillating and artistic judo exhibition where young judoka showed their youthful exuberance along with their considerable judo skills. There was music from the Orchestra of the Slovenian Armed Forces and, after a group of judoka showed their breakdancing skills, the lights went out for two judoka to fight in illuminated judogi.


Following the crowd-pleasing action on the tatami, IJF and Slovenian Judo Federation officials took to the stage to formally open the competition. 


Mr. GABROVEC, Slovenian Judo Federation President, said: “Dear judoka and guests, I’m very happy and grateful that you’re here. Ljubljana has been placed on the world map in the best possible way with the organisation of this event. These Championships prove strength in the competitive and organisational ability of our Federation.”


Mr. Vladimir BARTA, IJF Head Sports Director, said: “Ladies and gentlemen, athletes and officials, I am very pleased to be here in Ljubljana, Slovenia, for the occasion of the Junior World Championships. On behalf of the International Judo Federation and our President. Mr. VIZER, I am proud to declare the 2013 Junior World Championships open.” 



The draw can be seen at: http://www.ippon.org/wc_jun2013.php
Live stream on Ippon TV: http://www.ippon.tv
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-52kg: COBAN conquers the world for Germany

Belgrade European Cup winner Sappho COBAN (GER) delivered on the world stage as she bested Berlin Junior European Cup bronze medallist Jessica PEREIRA (BRA) in the -52kg final. COBAN, who finished fifth at the Miami Grand Prix this year, won four of her five contests by ippon. PEREIRA was penalised with a shido for passivity but providd the first score of the contest with a ko-soto-gari. COBAN bided her time and when the right moment arrived she threw the Brazilian with a sumi-gaeshi for yuko which was decisive. After coming off the tatami, COBAN was lifted into the crowd by her coach to celebrate with her ecstatic teammates. COBAN took her place in the final after dismissing the much-fancied Lisbon European Open bronze medallist Shira HAYAT (ISR) in the semi-final. The German stunned one her top challengers as she won in just eight seconds by ippon. PEREIRA sealed a place in the final by defeating Bratislava European Cup bronze medallist Karolina PIENKOWSKA (POL) by a waza-ari score. 



The first bronze medal was won by Junior European Championships bronze medallist Larisa FLORIAN (ROU) who toppled HAYAT after 55 seconds by ippon. FLORIAN grabbed the Romanian flag from the crowd as HAYAT had to settle for fifth place. The second bronze medal was captured by PIENKOWSKA who submitted Odette GIUFFRIDA (ITA) with shime-waza. 


COBAN, Sappho (GER) vs PEREIRA, Jessica (BRA)       


Bronze Medal Fights
GIUFFRIDA, Odette (ITA) vs PIENKOWSKA, Karolina (POL)  
FLORIAN, Larisa (ROU) (ITA) vs HAYAT, Shira (ISR)



Final Results

1. COBAN, Sappho (GER)          
2. PEREIRA, Jessica (BRA)        
3. FLORIAN, Larisa (ROU)        
3. GIUFFRIDA, Odette (ITA)    
5. HAYAT, Shira (ISR)      
5. PIENKOWSKA, Karolina (POL)    
7. KRASNIQI, Distria (KOS)    


-57kg: Pole position for PODOLAK

Junior European Championships bronze medallist Arleta PODOLAK (POL) proved to be too strong for Rijeka Grand Prix bronze medallist Catherine BEAUCHEMIN-PINARD (CAN) in the -57kg final. In her final appearance at a Junior World Championships PODOLAK, 20, seized the moment to win the biggest result of her fast-rising career as she threw her rival with an uchi-mata for waza-ari. PODOLAK bested Paks Junior European Cup bronze medallist Bekky LIVESEY (GBR) in the semi-final as she scored waza-ari on two occasions from ippon seoi-nage. At the same stage BEAUCHEMIN-PINARD defeated San Salvador Pan American Open silver medallist Anriquelis BARRIOS (VEN) as the South American had three shido while the Canadian had an unblemished record.   



The first bronze medal was captured by 17-year-old DEGUCHI Christa (JPN) who defeated 18-year-old LIVESEY with a yuko score. The second bronze medal was won by Fabienne KOCHER (SUI) who edged out BARRIOS on penalties as both losing semi-finalists left without a medal. 


Bronze Medal Fights

DEGUCHI, Christa (JPN) vs LIVESEY, Bekky (GBR)  
BARRIOS, Anriquelis (VEN) vs KOCHER, Fabienne (SUI)   



Final Results

1. PODOLAK, Arleta (POL)        
2. BEAUCHEMIN-PINARD, Catherine (CAN)         
3. DEGUCHI, Christa (JPN)         
3. KOCHER, Fabienne (SUI)      
5. LIVESEY, Bekky (GBR)          
5. BARRIOS, Anriquelis (VEN)        
7. KONKINA, Anastasiia (RUS)    
7. MEZHETSKAIA, Daria (RUS)    


-66kg: Reigning Junior World champion loses title to teammate

The reigning Junior World Championships winner TATEYAMA Sho (JPN) was unable to defend his world title as his teammate HASHIGUCHI Yuuki (JPN) took home the -66kg gold. TATEYAMA, who won his title in 2011 event in Cape Town, had to settle for silver as HASHIGUCHI improved on his 2010 Junior Worlds bronze medal by topping the medal podium in Ljubljana after scoring a waza-ari which separated the compatriots after minutes. HASHIGUCHI booked his place in the gold medal contest by defeating senior African Championships bronze medallist Houd ZOURDANI (ALG) in the semi-final by ippon. At the same stage Belgian Open Championships runner-up TATEYAMA guaranteed an all-Japanese final by besting Junior European Championships bronze medallist Ilija CIGANOVIC (SRB) with a morote seoi-nage for ippon. 



The first bronze medal was won by Lyon Junior European Cup bronze medallist Jeremy MOREIRA (FRA) who ensured two successive defeats for ZOURDANI as he was penalised three times while the Frenchman only infringed on two occasions. MOREIRA raised his hands in celebration as ZOURDANI fell to his knees and held his head in his hands. The second bronze medal was clinched by 18-year-old home judoka Adrian GOMBOC (SLO) who defeated CIGANOVIC to win his country’s first medal of the competition in front of a jubilant set of supporters. CIGANOVIC had two shido penalties to his name while GOMBOC was full on industry and therefore avoided receiving any penalties. 




Bronze Medal Fights
MOREIRA, Jeremy (FRA) vs ZOURDANI, Houd (ALG)  
GOMBOC, Adrian (SLO) vs CIGANOVIC, Ilija (SRB)      



Final Results

1. HASHIGUCHI, Yuuki (JPN)            
2. TATEYAMA, Sho (JPN)       
3. MOREIRA, Jeremy (FRA)         
3. GOMBOC, Adrian (SLO)     
5. ZOURDANI, Houd (ALG)         
5. CIGANOVIC, Ilija (SRB)          
7. ALDYNAZAROV, Dauren (KAZ)     
7. VUKICEVIC, Marko (SRB)  


-73kg: Italy win first Junior World Championship gold

Paks Junior European Cup silver medallist Antonio ESPOSITO (ITA) defeated national cadet champion Sarvar SHOMURODOV (UZB) in the last final of the day achieve a first Junior World title for Italy. Junior national champion ESPOSITO ruled the world by throwing SHOMURODOV with an uchi-mata for ippon in the second minute. History-making ESPOSITO won his semi-final against 2009 European Youth Olympic Festival winner Imranbek GABASOV (RUS) as the Italian had a yuko in addition to his waza-ari from a uchi-mata while the Russian had scored only a waza-ari. SHOMURODOV bested national champion Arthur MARGELIDON (CAN) in the second semi-final as he countered a uchi-mata with a foot sweep for a waza-ari.



The first bronze medal was won by Pan American Championships bronze medallist Gabriel MENDES (BRA) who defeated GABASOV by osaekomi-waza. The second bronze medal was clinched by Roman MOUSTOPOULOS (GRE) who ended the medal hopes of MARGELIDO by ippon after 80 seconds.          


ESPOSITO, Antonio (ITA) vs SHOMURODOV, Sarvar (UZB)  


Bronze Medal Fights
MENDES, Gabriel (BRA) vs GABASOV, Imranbek (RUS)  



Final Result

1. ESPOSITO, Antonio (ITA)          
2. SHOMURODOV, Sarvar (UZB)        
3. MOUSTOPOULOS, Roman (GRE)      
3. MENDES, Gabriel (BRA)     
5. MARGELIDON, Arthur (CAN)         
5. GABASOV, Imranbek (RUS)          
7. STEPIEN, Damian (POL)    
7. ESTRADA, Magdiel (CUB)   



10:00 Preliminaries on three mats
17:00 Repechage final, semi-finals, bronze medal fights and finals


Women: -63kg, -70kg

Men: -81kg, -90kg



10:00 Preliminaries on three mats
17:00 Repechage final, semi-finals, bronze medal fights and finals


Women: -78kg, +78kg

Men: -100kg, +100kg



10:00 Preliminaries on three mats
17:00 Final block


Women’s team event

Men’s team event


Location: Stozice Centre


IJF Media & Communications Department

Mark Pickering, IJF Media Manager

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