IJF News - 25 January, 2014

ECCO Team Challenge, Tyumen 2014


Europe defeated Asia to win the inaugural ECCO Team Challenge on Saturday at the Tyumen Judo Olympic Centre.  


The new one-day competition featured 14 contests as a star-studded line-up including Olympic and world medallists were in action in Siberia.


Tyumen is one of the most accomplished host cities in the sport with a reputation for embracing major events and athletes and officials from around the world.


Europe (white) and Asia (blue) before the start of the competition 


During the opening ceremony the Governor of Tyumen region, Mr. Vladimir YAKUSHEV, said: “I’m pleased to welcome you here to see the world’s greatest athletes compete. Tyumen has become the centre of judo competitions. I want to thank Sergey Soloveychik for the right to host this event and I hope that all the judo fans will remember not only the competition but also the city of Tyumen.”


Mr. Sergey SOLOVEYCHIK, EJU President and IJF Vice President, said: “Dear friends, today we shall witness a new sporting event, we shall the winners of Olympic Games and the world championships in action. I thank the Governor of the Tyumen region for his support and our sponsors ECCO. Let the judo spirit win today.”


Mr. Mikhail SERVYAN, Vice President of title sponsors ECCO, said: “Good evening dear friends, I would like to thank the government of the Tyumen region and everyone who helped to hsto the event. As a representative of ECCO I'm proud and honoured to be here and be part of such a great event. I think we will see many more editions of this tournament. I wish good luck to all of the participants and I hope you enjoy.”


Winners Europe 




Women -48kg: Alesya Kuznetsova defeated MUNKHBAT Urantsetseg Europe 1 - 0 Asia

Russia’s Qingdao Grand Prix winner Alesya KUZNETSOVA surprised world champion MUNKHBAT Uransetseg with a defiant display in front of her home fans. KUZNETSOVA claimed Europe’s first victory when her Asian rival was penalised with a shido for passivity with 30 seconds left after both judok failed to unlock their opponents’ meticulous defence. 



Men -60kg: TAKATO Naohisa defeated Arsen GALSTYAN Europe 1 - 1 Asia 

World champion TAKATO Naohisa won his first contest against Olympic champion Arsen GALSTYAN in what will surely become one of the greatest rivalries in the sport. The Japanese ace went ahead with a yuko from an ouchi-gari and overpowered his opponent moments later to push him backwards onto his back for a second yuko. GALSTYAN was all smiles after throwing TAKATO with a hane-goshi for ippon which even earned applause from the Russian fans who appreciated the skill on display.



Women -52kg: Andreea CHITU defeated HASHIMOTO Yuki Europe 2 - 1 Asia 

Former European champion Andreea CHITU edged past World Championships bronze medallist HASHIMOTO Yuki to restore Europe’s lead. CHITU was the busier of the two judoka and was a worthy winner after breaking the deadlock with a yuko score as HASHIMOTO was narrowly defeated.  



Men -66kg: Georgii ZANTARAIA defeated Azamat MUKANOV Europe 3 - 1 Asia    

World championships bronze medallist Georgii ZANTARAIA produced a moment of brilliance as he floored his Asian opponent with 30 seconds left to extend Europe’s advantage. Both judoka were penalised with a shido for passivity before the Ukraine star lifted MUKANOV up and over with a thunderous harai-makikomi. 



Women -57kg: Telma MONTEIRO defeated DORJSUREN Sumiya Europe 4 - 1 Asia 

Four-time European champion Telma MONTEIRO had too much experience for ever-improving World Judo Masters winner DORJSUREN Sumiya in the fifth contest of the day. MONTEIRO sealed vital win to give Europe a lead which looked unassailable by subduing her Mongolian opponent with a pinpoint piece of shime-waza. 



Men -73kg: Dex ELMONT defeated KHASHBAATAR Tsagaanbaatar Europe 5 - 1 Asia  

Europe continued to dominate as two-time world silver medallist Dex ELMONT conquered former world champion KHASHBAATAR Tsagaanbaatar. ELMONT earned a yuko from a slick ashi-waza attack which was the only score of the contest to earn Europe’s fifth victory.  



Women -63kg: ABE Kana defeated Anicka VAN EMDEN Europe 5 - 2 Asia

ABE Kane went some way to avenging her World Championships bronze medal contest defeat at the hands of Anicka VAN EMDEN by defeating the Dutch star in style in Tyumen. Tokyo Grand Slam winner ABE revived Asia’s bid for team glory by holding down her rival with a yoko-shiho-gatame for ippon. 



Men -81kg: Yakhyo IMAMOV defeated Avtandil TCHRIKISHVILI Europe 5 - 3 Asia

Yakhyo IMAMOV guided Asia to back-to-back victories as he bested World Championships silver medallist Avtandil TCHRIKISHVILI. The -81kg standouts exchanged shido penalties in a contest which showed the respect they have for each other. IMAMOV eventually emerged with the win as he registered ippon to bolster the chances of his Asian team. 



Women -70kg: Laura VARGAS-KOCH defeated KIM Seong-Yeon Europe 6 - 3 Asia

Laura VARGAS-KOCH won the battle between he stars of the category from the 2013 World Championships as she defeated KIM Seong-Yeon on shido penalties. World runner-up received one shido while world bronze medallist KIM was penalised twice to put Europe on the brink of victory. 



Men -90kg: Varlam LIPARTELIANI defeated LEE Kyu-Won Europe 7 - 3 Asia

World Championships silver medallist Varlam LIPARTELIANI was at his emphatic best as he defeated former world champion LEE Kyu-Won to leave Asia on the verge of defeat. LIPARTELIANI opened the scoring with a waza-ari and registered a second to win by wazari-awasette-ippon.  



Women -78kg: JEONG Gyeong-Mi defeated Abigel JOO Europe 7 - 4 Asia

Olympic bronze medallist JEONG Gyeong-Mi bested two-time European champion Abigel JOO on shido penalties in a gruelling contest to keep Asia alive in their quest for gold. JEONG prevailed having been penalised twice while JOO had infringed on three occasions. 



Men -100kg: Henk GROL defeated Soyib KURBONOV Europe 8 - 4 Asia

Henk GROL savoured the moment as he defeated Tashkent Grand Prix winner Soyib KURBONOV to steer Europe to gold in Siberia. Two-time Olympic bronze medallist GROL assured a dominant win for the hosts in a nail-biting contest as KURBONOV received three shido penalties which was one more than man of the moment GROL. 



Women +78kg: Lucija POLAVDER defeated LEE Jung-Eun Europe 9 - 4 Asia 

Beijing 2008 Olympic bronze medallist Lucija POLAVDER added to Europe’s win column by grinding out a victory against World Championships bronze medallist LEE Jung-Eun. Powerhouse POLAVDER earned Europe’s ninth win after LEE was penalised for a shido which was the only difference between both judoka after five minutes. 



Men +100kg: Alexander MIKHAILIN defeats Iurii KRAKOVETSKII Europe 10 - 4 Asia   

Alexander MIKHAILIN brought the thrilling competition to a fitting conclusion as he won the final contest of the day in front of his compatriots against youngster Iurii KRAKOVETSKII. The famed Russian heavyweight is still a force at the elite level at the age of 34 and emerged with the win by registering back-to-back waza-ari scores to his delight. 




IJF Media & Communications Department
Mark Pickering, IJF Media Manager 


Pictures courtesy of EJU Media Team by Kostadin Andonov 


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