IJF News - Saturday 8th February, 2014

Judo Grand Slam, Paris 2014

DAY  1

-48kg | -52kg | -57kg | -63kg | -60kg | -66kg | -73kg

The inaugural day of the season-opening Judo Grand Slam, Paris 2014, took place at the Palais Omnisports Paris-Bercy on Saturday with a world-class field of judoka.


The first World Judo Tour event of the year opened with seven weight categories on day one as the women’s -48kg, -52kg, -57kg and -63kg categories and men’s -60kg, -66kg and -73kg categories all thrilled the sell-out Bercy crowd.


As the judoka brought the crowd to their feet throughout an enthralling day, French superstar Teddy RINER held an autograph session during the break and attracted a crowd only he could merit.



The Paris Grand Slam is a complete judo and family experience with countless activities promoting judo and ensuring the sport’s unique moral code is experienced by all visitors this weekend including those who may be witnessing their first judo competition.  


A special photo exhibition highlighted the 25th anniversary of International Convention of Children’s Rights with pictures from IJF Media Director and Judo for Peace Director Nicolas MESSNER whose work has included developing a project using judo as a social development tool in Burundi and in the Great Lake Region of Africa.



All the pictures on display were taken during educational activities led by the IJF throughout the world, during Judo for Peace or Judo for Children programmes. All the programmes are designed to offer development tools to the national federations.


The activities are organised in collaboration with the French Judo Federation and in cooperation with the NGO Sport Sans Frontières (Sport without borders) who believe it is every child’s right to be able to practice judo. Judo demonstrations are taking place next the sponsor village and children can draw images which are presented next to the photo exhibition.


After day one in Paris, the momentum lies with Japan who lead the medal table with two gold medals in addition to one silver and three bronze medals. Hosts France are second with one gold medal, one silver and bronze.




The draw can be seen at: www.ippon.org/gs_fra2014.php
Live stream on Ippon TV: http://www.ippon.tv
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/ijudo
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/IntJudoFed
Official event hash tag: #JudoParis2014
Instagram: http://instagram.com/judogallery
YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/judo


-48kg: YAMAGISHI defeats world champion to win gold 

Jeju Grand Prix winner YAMAGISHI Emi (JPN) was the star performer in the lightest category as she finished her day by beating world champion MUNKHBAT Urantsetseg (MGL) to earn gold. YAMAGISHI stepped away from a ko-soto-gari attempt which left MUNKHBAT off balance and she slipped to concede a yuko which was all that separated them after four minutes of action. YAMAGISHI booked her place in the final by conquering 18-year-old Sofia European Open winner Distria KRASNIQI (KOS) by ippon in 17 seconds.  At the same stage world champion MUNKHBAT narrowly defeated Arlen Open winner Maria Celia LABORDE (CUB) by a yuko which was the only score of the contest.  



The first bronze medal was won by teenage revelation Amandine BUCHARD (FRA) who outperformed Maria Celia LABORDE (CUB). BUCHARD won France’s first medal of the competition on shido penalties as she left the tatami overwhelmed in tears of joy and will be one of the new stars of the 2014 World Judo Tour. The second bronze medal went to Beijing 2008 Olympic bronze medallist Paula PARETO (ARG) who bested Distria KRASNIQI (KOS) after the Kosovan received a shido for passivity with a minute remaining to separate the rivals in a scoreless contest.  


YAMAGISHI, Emi (JPN) vs MUNKHBAT, Urantsetseg (MGL)       


Bronze Medal Fights
BUCHARD, Amandine (FRA) vs LABORDE, Maria Celia (CUB)
PARETO, Paula (ARG) vs KRASNIQI, Distria (KOS)  



Final Results

1. YAMAGISHI, Emi (JPN)                
2. MUNKHBAT, Urantsetseg (MGL)                
3. PARETO, Paula (ARG)           
3. BUCHARD, Amandine (FRA)      
5. KRASNIQI, Distria (KOS)              
5. LABORDE, Maria Celia (CUB)        
7. MESTRE ALVAREZ, Dayaris (CUB)     
7. CLEMENT, Melanie (FRA)    



-52kg: Kosovan flag flies high for KELMENDI 

World champion Majlinda KELMENDI (KOS) reigned in the French capital as she halted the title bid of Baku Grand Slam winner Jaana SUNDBERG (FIN) in the -52kg final. Kosovo hero KELMENDI attacked with an uchi-mata at the halfway point which caught her opponent and the crowd by surprise for ippon. In the first semi-final Majlinda KELMENDI (KOS) bested World Championships bronze medallist Mareen KRAEH (GER) with a clinical harai-goshi for ippon and pointed to her coach Driton TONI KUKA with a cheeky smile before returning to her feet. In the second semi-final Jaana SUNDBERG (FIN) defeated Andreea CHITU (ROU) by an uchi-mata with an incredible rotation which left fans in awe.



The first bronze medal was won by Qingdao Grand Prix winner Natalia KUZIUTINA (RUS) who prevailed against losing semi-finalist CHITU with a punishing mune-gatame sapping the energy out of her opponent and yielding ippon. The second bronze medal was clinched by KRAEH who trapped Tashkent Grand Prix silver medallist Gili COHEN (ISR) with a kesa-gatame for ippon.


KELMENDI, Majlinda (KOS) vs SUNDBERG, Jaana (FIN)


Bronze Medal Fights
KUZIUTINA, Natalia (RUS) vs CHITU, Andreea (ROU)      
COHEN, Gili (ISR) vs KRAEH, Mareen (GER)  



Final Results

1. KELMENDI, Majlinda (KOS)             
2. SUNDBERG, Jaana (FIN)         
3. KUZIUTINA, Natalia (RUS)             
3. KRAEH, Mareen (GER)         
5. CHITU, Andreea (ROU)      .             
5. COHEN, Gili (ISR)          
7. RAMOS, Joana (POR)      



-57kg: YAMAMOTO wins all-Japanese final 

2013 Paris Grand Slam silver medallist YAMAMOTO Anzu (JPN) went one better this year as she defeated teammate and Tokyo Grand Slam winner UDAKA Nae (JPN) in the final. After finishing with two shido penalties each after four minutes the action resumed with golden score and a minute later UDAKA received her third and final shido for passivity to hand her compatriot a key victory. Japan defeated hosts France in both -57kg semi-finals to the frustration of the home supporters. UDAKA reigned supreme against Casablanca African Open winner Laetitia BLOT (FRA) by two yuko scores while YAMAMOTO shocked Olympic bronze medallist Automne PAVIA (FRA) on shido penalties.



The first bronze medal was won by French hero PAVIA who was not going to be denied a place on the podium. The crowd favourite drove veteran Sabrina FILZMOSER (AUT) over onto her back for ippon with a thunderous osoto-gari. The second bronze medal was captured by world champion Rafaela SILVA (BRA) who silenced the fervent home support by showing her class against French hope BLOT. SILVA was a comfortable winner from a yuko and wara-ari as she won her country’s first medal of the competition.


UDAKA, Nae (JPN) vs YAMAMOTO, Anzu (JPN)      


Bronze Medal Fights
FILZMOSER, Sabrina (AUT) vs PAVIA, Automne (FRA)      
SILVA, Rafaela (BRA) vs BLOT, Laetitia (FRA)     



Final Results

1. YAMAMOTO, Anzu (JPN)                      
2. UDAKA, Nae (JPN)     
3. PAVIA, Automne (FRA)                
3. SILVA, Rafaela (BRA)             
5. FILZMOSER, Sabrina (AUT)            
5. BLOT, Laetitia (FRA)               
7. ROGIC, Jovana (SRB)       
7. MONTEIRO, Telma (POR)      



-63kg: AGBEGNENOU retains Paris Grand Slam title  

World silver medallist Clarisse AGBEGNENOU (FRA) produced a measured display against veteran Anne-Laure BELLARD (FRA) who was contesting the first Grand Slam final of her career. The last contest on day one saw BELLARD push AGBEGNENOU the distance but the French number one retained her title after her compatriot received a shido for passivity with 90 seconds remaining which proved the difference. BELLARD (FRA) booked her place in the final on shido penalties against Sofia European Open winner Tina TRSTENJAK (SLO) to her delight and a roar of approval from the Bercy faithful. AGBEGNENOU was in sensational form in the preliminaries and delivered a special moment in her semi-final as she lifted rival Anicka VAN EMDEN (NED) FRA with a ura-nage for ippon.



The first bronze medal was won by World Championships bronze medallist VAN EMDEN who outworked Tokyo Grand Slam bronze medallist TANAKA Miki (JPN) to produce a single yuko which was the only score of the tentative contest. The second bronze medal went to accomplished 19-year-old Tokyo Grand Slam silver medallist TASHIRO Miku (JPN) who held her nerve against TRSTENJAK to win by a wara-ari after four minutes of action.


AGBEGNENOU, Clarisse (FRA) vs BELLARD, Anne-Laure (FRA)       


Bronze Medal Fights
TANAKA, Miki (JPN) vs VAN EMDEN, Anicka (NED)      



Final Results

1. AGBEGNENOU, Clarisse (FRA)              
2. BELLARD, Anne-Laure (FRA)             
3. VAN EMDEN, Anicka (NED)                
3. TASHIRO, Miku (JPN)         
5. TANAKA, Miki (JPN)             
5 TRSTENJAK, Tina (SLO)         
7. SILVA, Mariana (BRA)       
7. YANG, Junxia (CHN)     



-60kg: Golden GANBAAT unstoppable for Mongolia

World Judo Masters runner-up GANBAT Boldbaatar (MGL) dominated European champion Amiran PAPINASHVILI (GEO) in a surprisingly one-sided final. GANBAT first broke the resistance of PAPINASHVILI after 90 seconds with a yuko from a ko-soto-gari. The Georgian responded with a uchi-mata effort on the edge of the tatami but GANBAT was ready and rolled his foe over for a waza-ari. GANBAT added a second yuko from an ashi-waza attack before sealing a crowning a masterful performance with a counter after PAPINASHVILI gripped the Mongolian’s belt and sprung forward but before he could strike with ashi-waza GANBAAT turned his body to drive his rival over for ippon with power and precision. PAPINASHVILI secured his final berth by defeating 18-year-old surprise package TSAI Ming Yen (TPE) by ippon after taking control with two yuko scores. At the same stage GANBAT proved too strong for Tokyo Grand Slam bronze medallist KIDO Shinji (JPN) as he grinded out the win by shido penalties.



The first bronze medal was won by KIDO in exactly 100 seconds as he floored former World Championships bronze medallist Ilgar MUSHKIYEV (AZE) with an ouchi-gari and followed up with osaekomi-waza for ippon. The second bronze medal was won by wonderkid TSAI who illustrated his ne-waza ability against Qingdao Grand Prix silver medallist GANBOLD Kherlen (MGL) by seizing the left arm of his rival for a win by juji-gatame.           



PAPINASHVILI, Amiran (GEO) vs GANBAT, Boldbaatar (MGL)       


Bronze Medal Fights
MUSHKIYEV, Ilgar (AZE) vs KIDO, Shinji (JPN)      
GANBOLD, Kherlen (MGL) vs TSAI, Ming Yen (TPE)       



Final Results

1. GANBAT, Boldbaatar (MGL)                       
2. PAPINASHVILI, Amiran (GEO)           
3. KIDO, Shinji (JPN)                 
3. TSAI, Ming Yen (TPE)              
5. MUSHKIYEV, Ilgar (AZE)              
5. GANBOLD, Kherlen (MGL)              
7. MOOREN, Jeroen (NED)        
7. LUTFILLAEV, Sharafuddin (UZB)     



-66kg: PULYAEV triumphs for Russia

Abu Dhabi Grand Prix winner Mikhail PULYAEV (RUS) defeated the ever-explosive Georgii ZANTARAIA (UKR) to win -66kg gold. The Russian threw with a tai-otoshi for waza-ari and followed up with a kesure-kesa-gatame hold down for wazari-awasette-ippon.  In the first semi-final PULYAEV surged past World Championships bronze medallist FUKUOKA Masaaki (JPN) by ippon while in the second semi-final Loic KORVAL (FRA) came undone against world bronze medallist ZANTARAIA who edged through on shido penalties.



The first bronze medal was won by KORVAL who forced Nijat SHIKHALIZADA (AZE) to submit with just a minute remaining. The second bronze medal was won by FUKUOKA who just did enough to hold off 2013 Paris Grand Slam winner David LAROSE (FRA) and protect his slender yuko advantage to grace the medal podium.


ZANTARAIA, Georgii (UKR) vs PULYAEV, Mikhail (RUS)      


Bronze Medal Fights
SHIKHALIZADA, Nijat (AZE) vs KORVAL, Loic (FRA)      
LAROSE, David (FRA) vs FUKUOKA, Masaaki (JPN)      



Final Results

1. PULYAEV, Mikhail (RUS)                  
2. ZANTARAIA, Georgii (UKR)            
3. KORVAL, Loic (FRA)                  
3. FUKUOKA, Masaaki (JPN)              
5. SHIKHALIZADA, Nijat (AZE)            
5. LAROSE, David (FRA)               
7. DAVAADORJ, Tumurkhuleg (MGL)      
7. TAKAJO, Tomofumi (JPN)      



-73kg: Paris sees the best of BANG

Tokyo Grand Slam runner-up BANG Gui-Man (KOR) won his first Grand Slam gold medal by inflicting defeat on European kingpin Rok DRAKSIC (SLO). BANG stormed to his maiden title with a spinning ko-uchi-gari scoring ippon after just 16 seconds as DRAKSIC remained on the tatami in disbelief and frustration. The South Korean ace secured his place in the final by conquering European u23 Championship winner Jonathan ALLARDON (FRA) in 12 seconds by ippon. In the second semi-final DRAKSIC impressively humbled Olympic champion Mansur ISAEV (RUS) with osaekomi-waza sealing the victory after leading by a yuko.



The first bronze medal was captured by Olympic bronze medallist Ugo LEGRAND (FRA) after the unfortunate ISAEV picked up an ankle injury in their crowd-commanding contest. LEGRAND pressed with an ashi-waza attack which forced ISAEV onto the backfoot and he fell backwards with his leg landing heavily on his ankle. Classy French star LEGRAND remained on the tatami to check on the condition of his opponent which was applauded by the capacity crowd.  The second bronze medal was won by Victor SCVORTOV (UAE) by a waza-ari against ALLARDON as his meteoric rise continues in 2014.


BANG, Gui-Man (KOR) vs DRAKSIC, Rok (SLO)

Bronze Medal Fights
LEGRAND, Ugo (FRA) vs ISAEV, Mansur (RUS)      
SCVORTOV, Victor (UAE) vs ALLARDON, Jonathan (FRA)      



Final Results

1. BANG, Gui-Man (KOR)                 
2. DRAKSIC, Rok (SLO)           
3. LEGRAND, Ugo (FRA)        
3. SCVORTOV, Victor (UAE)        
5. ISAEV, Mansur (RUS)                    
5. ALLARDON, Jonathan (FRA)                  
7. DANCULEA, Costel (ROU)        
7. CHAINE, Guillaume (FRA)      




09:00 Preliminaries on four mats 
17:00 Final block: bronze medal fights on two tatami and final on one tatami


Women: -70kg, -78kg, +78kg

Men: -81kg, -90kg, -100kg, +100kg


LocationPalais Omnisports Paris-Bercy  



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