IJF News - October 25th, 2013

Junior World Championships, Ljubljana 2013

DAY  3

-63kg | -70kg | -81kg | -90kg 

The Junior World Championships, Ljubljana 2013 produced a breathless third day at Stozice Centre on Friday. 


Four weight categories were in action in as the junior women’s -63kg, and -70kg categories and the junior men’s -81kg, -90kg categories saw action.


In front of another capacity and diverse crowd of all generations, judo once again come to the fore in Ljubljana. Japan were well represented as they featured in three of the four finals as just the -90kg final eluded them.


Mr. Daniel LASCAU, IJF Sports Director, shared his observations on the competition so far.


“The standard has been very high, in particular we have seen some very good ne-waza work. Athletes are also learning the importance of fighting right until the end of the contest and that is something they will take with them into senior competitions. A lot of fights have been won in the last few seconds by big ippons.”


After three days of competition, Russia lead the way with two gold medals while Japan occupy second place in the medal table with one gold in addition to four silver and four bronze medals. France are in third place with one gold medal and three bronze. 



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-63kg: Junior European champion rules the world for Netherlands

Junior European champion Do VELEMA (NED) ruled the world as she rallied with seconds left in the -63kg final to defeat Tokyo Grand Slam winner TSUGANE Megumi (JPN). Both judoka are tipped for the top but today VELEMA was the showstopper. The Dutch ace was on the verge of defeat until she showed her immense quality by throwing the impressive TSUGANE with a harai-makikomi for ippon with 18 seconds left. VELEMA booked her place in the final by besting World Military Championships bronze medallist Nadja BAZYNSKI (GER) by ippon. At the same stage TSUGANE defeated Thessaloniki Junor European Cup silver medallist Elisavet TELTSIDOU (GRE) by ippon with a uchi-mata after just 36 seconds. 



The first bronze medal was won by former Hong Kong International silver medallist Mungunchimeg BALDORJ (MGL) who rapidly defeated TELTSIDOU by ippon in 49 seconds. The second bronze medal was captured by former Cuban Championships bronze medallist Maylin DEL TORO CARVAJAL (CUB) as the second losing semi-finalist BAZYNSKI tasted defeat. 


TSUGANE, Megumi (JPN) vs VELEMA, Do (NED)    


Bronze Medal Fights
BALDORJ, Mungunchimeg (MGL) vs TELTSIDOU, Elisavet (GRE)    



Final Results

1. VELEMA, Do (NED)         
2. TSUGANE, Megumi (JPN)        
3. DEL TORO CARVAJAL, Maylin (CUB)         
3. BALDORJ, Mungunchimeg (MGL)    
5. BAZYNSKI, Nadja (GER)         
5. TELTSIDOU, Elisavet (GRE)       
7. DUXBERRY, Jemima (GBR)    
7. CAMPOS, Karla (ECU)   


-70kg: Magical MATIC matures on the world stage

European u23 Championships silver medallist Barbara MATIC (CRO) added a career-best Junior World Championships gold medal to her ever-growing honours list. Junior European champion MATIC registered a fifth place finish at the 2011 Junior World Championships but has grown in stature since then to become one of judo’s most exciting prospects. MATIC won four of her five fights by ippon including the final where Japan were on the losing side once more. The Croatian starlet countered a ura-nage attempt from Moscow Grand Slam silver medallist ARAI Chizuru (JPN) with ashi-waza to drive her opponent over for ippon after 68 seconds. MATIC was lifted into the stands by her teammates including her youngster sister Brigita who she shared a touching embrace with. MATIC sealed a place in the final by defeating former Junior European Championships bronze medallist Szaundra DIEDRICH (GER) while ARAI was triumphant against two-time Junior European champion Margaux PINOT (FRA).



The first bronze medal was captured by DIEDRICH who responded to her semi-final defeat by overcoming Junior European Championships bronze medallist Valeria FERRARI (ITA) by ippon after three minutes of action. The second bronze medal was won by PINOT who defeated Tashkent Grand Prix bronze medallist Gulnoza MATNIYAZOVA (UZB) on shido penalties. 

MATIC, Barbara (CRO) vs ARAI, Chizuru (JPN)

Bronze Medal Fights

FERRARI, Valeria (ITA) vs DIEDRICH, Szaundra (GER)  
MATNIYAZOVA, Gulnoza (UZB) vs PINOT, Margaux (FRA)  



Final Results

1. MATIC, Barbara (CRO)         
2. ARAI, Chizuru (JPN)       
3. DIEDRICH, Szaundra (GER)          
3. PINOT, Margaux (FRA)      
5. FERRARI, Valeria (ITA)         
5. MATNIYAZOVA, Gulnoza (UZB)       
7. TOKAREVA, Ekaterina (RUS)    
7. MANSOUR, Lola (BEL)     


-81kg: Greece's golden boy wins in Slovenia

Former Junior European champion Alexios NTANATSIDIS (GRE) humbled All Japan Judo Championships bronze medallist KOHARA Kenya (JPN) in the -81kg final. NTANATSIDIS has charisma and explosiveness in abundance and made sure that Japan would finish the day with three silver medals.  The Greek judoka threw his rival with a harai-goshi for waza-ari and shuffled into a tate-shiho-gatame for a second waza-ari in just 61 seconds. Coach Nikos ILIADIS said: “I’m very pleased, I expected him to be fighting for gold, he’s a two-time European champion and has been training with Ilias ILIADIS. He is very strong and showed it today. We’re very pleased for him.” NTANATSIDIS secured a place in the final by defeating Wroclaw Junior European Cup bronze medallist Robin GUTSCHE (GER) with an o-goshi. At the same stage KOHARA saw off 2010 Junior World Championships bronze medallist Aslan LAPPINAGOV (RUS) with an osoto-gari. 



The first bronze medal was won by German Championships bronze medallist Dominic RESSEL (GER) who humbled teammate Robin GUTSCHE (GER) by ippon with 13 seconds remaining. The second bronze medal was clinched by Baku Grand Slam bronze medallist Mammadali MEHDIYEV (AZE) who bested reigning European champion LAPPINAGOV by waza-ari.


NTANATSIDIS, Alexios (GRE) vs KOHARA, Kenya (JPN) 


Bronze Medal Fights
RESSEL, Dominic (GER) vs GUTSCHE, Robin (GER)
MEHDIYEV, Mammadali (AZE) vs LAPPINAGOV, Aslan (RUS)       



Final Results

1. NTANATSIDIS, Alexios (GRE)           
2. KOHARA, Kenya (JPN)       
3. RESSEL, Dominic (GER)        
3. MEHDIYEV, Mammadali (AZE)    
5. GUTSCHE, Robin (GER)       
5. LAPPINAGOV, Aslan (RUS)         
7. GANTULGA, Altanbagana (MGL)      
7. DEDEIC, Rijad (MNE)   


-90kg: Untouchable GVINIASHVILI stars for Georgia

Junior European Championship winner Beka GVINIASHVILI (GEO) became the latest in a long line of revered Georgian judoka to win the Junior World title. GVINIASHVILI, a former Cadet World champion, Cadet European champion and European Youth Olympic Festival winner, joined world-renowned compatriots such as Varlam LIPARTELIANI and Avtandil TCHRIKISHVILI and appears destined to follow the same path to senior success. GVINIASHVILI won all five of his contests by ippon with victory in the final coming against 18-year-old former Junior Asian Championships silver medallist Samat YESSEN (KAZ). Georgia's new prodigy went ahead with a yuko and sealed the gold medal with a yoko-shiho-gatame. The Georgian defeated Wroclaw Junior European Cup silver medallist Patryk CIECHOMSKI (POL) in the semi-final while YESSEN joined him by overpowering Junior Pan American champion Henrique SILVA (BRA) as he registered a full house with a yuko, waza-ari and ippon. 



The first bronze medal was won by CIECHOMSKI who won his country’s first medal of the competition by ending the medal aspirations of Junior Asian Championship winner KOBAYASHI Yusuke (JPN) with a waza-ari. The second bronze medal was clinched by SILVA who defeated Almaty and Tashkent Grand Prix bronze medallist Komronshoh USTOPIRIYON (TJK). SILVA was penalised once while World Judo Tour newcomer USTOPIRIYON had to two shido penalties against him. 




Bronze Medal Fights
USTOPIRIYON, Komronshoh (TJK) vs SILVA, Henrique (BRA)   



Final Result

1. GVINIASHVILI, Beka (GEO)           
2. KOBAYASHI, Yusuke (JPN)       
3. CIECHOMSKI, Patryk (POL)     
3. SILVA, Henrique (BRA)     
5. KOBAYASHI, Yusuke (JPN)        
5. USTOPIRIYON, Komronshoh (TJK)         
7. TOTH, Krisztian (HUN)    
7. MARCHITAN, Mihail (UAE)    



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

Photos © IJF Media Team by G. Sabau



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