IJF News - March 28th, 2014

Judo Grand Prix, Samsun 2014

DAY  1

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

The Judo Grand Prix, Samsun 2014, started in style in Turkey on Friday as five winners were crowned in the lightest categories.   


The opening day of the country’s second Judo Grand Prix, which comes five weeks after the first Grand Prix of 2014 in Dusseldorf, crowned gold medallists in the women’s  -48kg, -52kg and -57kg categories and men’s -60kg and -66kg categories.


The Turkish Strategy

The first day of competition offered the opportunity to the IJF to meet with the President of the Turkish Judo Federation, Mr. Fatih UYSAL, who presented his federation and his strategy for the future: "Today we have more than 63,000 judoka in the country, 270 clubs in 78 cities out of the 81 one big Turkish municipalities. We have also 980 coaches and 780 referees. But we have defined an ambitious development programme to reach 100,000 judoka within a few years. With that number we will be among the 10 most popular sports in Turkey."


For the last four years, since Mr. UYSAL was elected as Turkish Judo Federation President, the sport constantly develops. The Grand Prix is an important corner stone of that improvement: "The Samsun Grand Prix is a prestigious event of the International Judo Federation. It is prestigious here in my country but also outside of its borders. For the second year in a row, we have a very good visibility and the final block of the competition will be broadcast live on TV."


After last year event, the federation observed a significant increase in the number of judoka. "Such an important organisation helps us a lot. It helps our athletes to discover the international level. It also helps our coaches and referees to improve themselves. It teaches us how to organize a big international event and I can feel that we are getting ready to organize even bigger events. » said Mr. UYSAL.


Next year, the Samsun Grand Prix will also give points for the Olympic Qualification. "Our goal in Rio will be to step at least one time on the podium and may be two times and in 2020, we want at least two medals," added the Turkish President.


But the sport is not the only focus, as Mr. UYSAL demonstrated: "We want to increase the number of judo players. For that we also focus on education and good practices. Here in Samsun, we have more than 2,000 judoka. We have big dojo and a superb Olympic Center. During the three-day competition, we will welcome many children, who will discover the top international level. I believe that this fantastic experience combined with the IJF educational programme on Monday and Tuesday will help us to develop judo in the future."


Warm Welcome to all the Delegations

During the opening ceremony, the Turkish Judo Federation President, Mr. Fatih UYSAL, said: "I would like to warmly welcome you all for this second edition of the Judo Grand Prix in Samsun, Turkey. The tournament will last for three days and I hope that you will all leave Samsun with good memories. Thanks to the IJF and his President, Mr. Marius Vizer, next year this event will be an Olympic qualification event, which will give even more emphasis to judo in our country and in the world."


Then the Governor of Samsun Province, Mr. Hüseyin Aksoy said: "I am particularly happy to welcome you all in Samsun. Last year we organized the first edition of the competition and it was a great success. Thanks to all these international competitions we are gaining experience. Thank you to the Minister of Sport and to the local authorities for their contribution to help us to promote our city and our region."


Mr. Daniel Lascau, the IJF Sports Director, then declared the Grand Prix open: "On behalf of the IJF and its President, I want to thank the Turkish Judo Federation for the great organization and I declare open the 2014 edition of the Grand Prix."



On the occasion of the opening ceremony, Mr. Daniel Lascau (above left) and Mr. Hüseyin Aksoy (above right) received a commemorative plaque from the Turkish Judo Federation and Mr. Sezer HUYSUZ and Mrs. Aynur SAMAT (below), both former members of the Turkish National Team, celebrated their jubilee to symbolize the end of their career.





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-48kg: First Gold for Russian Female Team

The final opposed Maryna CHERNIAK (UKR) and Irina DOLGOVA (RUS). DOLGOVA was the first to score a waza-ari after less than 30 second with a counter-attack immediately followed by a yuko for the Ukrainian. But after 1 minute and 56 seconds, DOLGOVA put an end to the final by scoring ippon with a precise ko-soto-gake.

With no surprise, the top seeded athlete of the category and African Champion last year in Maputo (MOZ), Taciana LIMA (GBS), reached the semi-final. But to access the final, she had to win against Maryna CHERNIA (UKR). After four minutes of intense judo, CHERNIA had a yuko and a ticket to the final of the day. The second semi-final opposed Irina DOLGOVA (RUS) and Sumeyye AKKUS (TUR). Giving no chance to her opponent, despite the support of a large and young public, DOLGOVA entered the final winning by ippon.


Top seeded athletes, in the pool C, Amelie ROSSENEU (ISR), now competing for Israel, was defeated in the quarter final. After a win during the repechage, she was opposed to Taciana LIMA (GBS) in the bronze medal fight. After less than a minute, LIMA was penalized with a shido for getting out of the tatami, but she looked stronger that her opponent and a few seconds later, she swiped ROSSENEU’s foot for waza-ari before concluding with an immobilisation for ippon.

The other bronze medal fight opposed Valentina MOSCATT (ITA) and Sumeyye AKKUS (TUR). Supported by a numerous public, mainly composed of young judoka from the local clubs, AKKUS did not manage to be dangerous enough with her opponent and was rapidly penalized for false attack but half way to the end of the bout, MOSCATT was penalized for not respecting the limits of the fighting area. It was time for the public to wake up and strongly support AKKUS. For the second time the Italian was penalized after getting out of the tatami, giving a short lead to AKKUS. At the end of the fight, the Turkish could keep her small advantage and win the first medal of the Turkish delegation and the first medal of the competition.



CHERNIAK, Maryna (UKR) vs. DOLGOVA, Irina (RUS)


Bronze Medal Fights

MOSCATT, Valentina (ITA) vs. AKKUS, Sumeyye (TUR)
ROSSENEU, Amelie (ISR) vs. LIMA, Taciana (GBS)



Final Results

1. DOLGOVA, Irina (RUS)
2. CHERNIAK, Maryna (UKR)
3. AKKUS, Sumeyye (TUR)
3. LIMA, Taciana (GBS)
5. MOSCATT, Valentina (ITA)
5. ROSSENEU, Amelie (ISR)
7. KRAUS, Kay (GER)


-52kg: Kelmendi Reinforces her First Position

The current World Champion, KELMENDI Majlinda (KOS), was again present in the final against Odette GIUFFRIDA (ITA). After one minute and a half, Kelmendi, totally dominating her opponent scored a first waza-ari with an almost perfect o-uchi-gari, followed by a second waza-ari with a hip movement. The World Champion reinforces her first position at the World Ranking List.


To be the current World Champion and World Number One of the category does not guarantee an easy victory in all the fights. Majlinda KELMENDI, from Kosovo, experienced it today in Samsun. But the only 22 year-old champion starts to be an experienced judoka. She needed a small yuko to pass the first round of preliminaries against Larisa FLORIAN (ROU). In the second round she defeated more easily Mariia BUIOK (UKR) by waza-ari, but again in the semi-final, she had the wait until the end of the fight to win against the pugnacious Romy TARANGUL (GER) by penalties.


In the second semi-final of the day, Andreea CHITU (ROU) was opposed to Odette GIUFFRIDA (ITA), who’s best results this year was a silver medal at the European Open in Rome. More active than the Romanian judoka, GIUFFRIDA entered the final for what is already the best result of her career.


The first bronze medal fight opposed Annabelle EURANIE (FRA), who after a good start was stopped by Romy TARANGUL (GER), and Andreea CHITU (ROU). Less than a minute was necessary to the Romanian to counter attack EURANIE with a opportunistic ippon-seoi-nage for ippon. The second bronze medal fight opposed, Gili COHEN (ISR) and Romy TARANGUL (GER). Led by one penalty against her, COHEN was pushing when she launched a shoulder movement, which was blocked and countered by TARANGUL for waza-ari. The yuko that COHEN scored three seconds before the end of the fight was not enough to give her the victory.



KELMENDI, Majlinda (KOS) vs. GIUFFRIDA, Odette (ITA)


Bronze Medal Fights

EURANIE, Annabelle (FRA) vs. CHITU, Andreea (ROU)
COHEN, Gili (ISR) vs. TARANGUL, Romy (GER)



Final Results

1. KELMENDI, Majlinda (KOS)
2. GIUFFRIDA, Odette (ITA)
3. CHITU, Andreea (ROU)
5. COHEN, Gili (ISR)
5. EURANIE, Annabelle (FRA)
7. BUIOK, Mariia (UKR)
7. NAREKS, Petra (SLO)


-57kg: First Grand Prix for Blot

The last gold medal of the day had to be decided between Miryam ROPER (GER) and Laetitia BLOT (FRA). After 30 seconds both athletes were penalized with shido for passivity. Always dangerous with her strong ko-soto-gake, ROPER seemed to control the final, when BLOT launched a o-uchi-gari for waza-ari, taking a strong lead. Putting more pressure, ROPER was able to score but only yuko, the French keeping the lead of the fight. The German had to take risks but she was not paid of, when BLOT scored again waza-ari with a powerful soto-maki-komi.



The winner of several World Judo Tour medals last year, Miryam ROPER (GER) entered the tatami this morning determined to add one more medal to her already long prize list. Throughout the preliminary rounds, the German champion, bronze medallist at the last World Championships in Rio de Janeiro, looked perfectly fit as she won two out of her three fights by ippon, offering no chance to her opponents. She only needed the four minutes against the French Hélène RECEVEAU to go through the second round, but once again, she perfectly controlled the bout and won by waza-ari. The second semifinal of the day opposed the world bronze medallist, Hedvig KARAKAS (HUN), and Laetitia BLOT (FRA), winner of the Casablanca African Open in January. BLOT could enter the final with a yuko.


The first bronze medal fight opposed the irremovable Sabrina FILZMOSER (AUT) and Hedvig KARAKAS (HUN) who won by penalties, whereas the second saw Corina CAPRIORIU (ROU) sending Emilie AMARON (SUI) back home without any medal, after having scored a ippon only 16 seconds after the start of the fight.



ROPER, Miryam (GER) vs. BLOT, Laetitia (FRA)


Bronze Medal Fights

FILZMOSER, Sabrina (AUT) vs. KARAKAS, Hedvig (HUN)
CAPRIORIU, Corina (ROU) vs. AMARON, Emilie (SUI)



Final Results

1. BLOT, Laetitia (FRA)
2. ROPER, Miryam (GER)
3. CAPRIORIU, Corina (ROU)
3. KARAKAS, Hedvig (HUN)
5. AMARON, Emilie (SUI)
5. FILZMOSER, Sabrina (AUT)
7. QUADROS, Ketleyn (BRA)
7. RECEVEAUX, Helene (FRA)




-60kg: Russia Adds a Second Title

The first male final saw Yeldos SMETOV (KAZ) and Beslan MUDRANOV (RUS) fight for gold. After two minutes the score was tight, with one shido on both sides of the scoreboard. MUDRANOV opened the score with a counter attack for waza-ari and then a yuko again with an other counter-movement before concluding the match with a o-uchi-gari for ippon.

There was no surprise in the first half of the draw, as top seeded athlete of today’s category, Yeldos SMETOV (KAZ), successively defeated Pavel PETRIKOV (CZE), Denys BILICHENKO (UKR), Ganbold MUNKHTUR (MGL) and Ilgar MUSHKIYEV (AZE) to enter the final. In the second half of the draw, Ludwig PAISCHER (AUT), believed that today was again his day. After good preliminary rounds, he was opposed the Russian, Beslan MUDRANOV (RUS), in the semifinal. But that was too much for him and less than 20 seconds were necessary to the MUDRANOV to win the fight by ippon.



Adrien RAYMOND (FRA) and Ludwig PAISCHER (AUT) faced each other in the first bronze medal fight. The experienced PAISCHER was penalized for false attack after a little bit more than one minute and again for passivity thirty seconds later. Totally dominated, the Austrian couldn’t escape for the first strong shoulder attack of the French for waza-ari. Exactly one minute before the end of the fight, RAYMOND applied a kansetsu waza (arm-lock) giving no chance to PAISCHER.


The second medal contest of the day opposed Robert MSHVIDOBADZE (RUS) and Ilgar MUSHKIYEV (AZE). A first penalty for passivity was given to the Russian after one minute but for blocking the kumikata (gripping) MUSHKIYEV was penalized as well. MSHVIDOBADZE thought that he had won by ippon when what looked like a counter attack was rewarded with the best score, then cancelled by the video refereeing. One minute later, MUSHKIYEV powerfully attacked with a hip movement which was immediately avoided by the Russian with a superb right handed harai-goshi for ippon.



SMETOV, Yeldos (KAZ) vs. MUDRANOV, Beslan (RUS)


Bronze Medal Fights

RAYMOND, Adrien (FRA) vs. PAISCHER, Ludwig (AUT)



Final Results

1. MUDRANOV, Beslan (RUS)
2. SMETOV, Yeldos (KAZ)
3. RAYMOND, Adrien (FRA)
5. PAISCHER, Ludwig (AUT)
7. MUNKHTUR, Ganbold (MGL)
7. TELMANOV, Askhat (KAZ)


-66kg: French Final and Gold for Larose

The second male final of the day opposed the two French athletes Loic KORVAL (FRA) and David LAROSE (FRA). After one minute and a half, each of them had one penalty. Less active than KORVAL, LAROSE was penalized a second time after three minutes. One penalty for each later, the gold medal seemed to be the property of KORVAL, when LAROSE launched a last desperate uchi-mata for waza-ari.



The last male category of the day was dominated by the two French fighters, Loic KORVAL (FRA), bronze medallist of the Tokyo World Championship in 2010, and David LAROSE (FRA), two time winner of the Paris Grand Slam, in 2013 and 2012. Top seeded athlete of the day, Charles CHIBANA (BRA) was eliminated in the quarter final by Sinan SANDAL (TUR), who was then defeated by KORVAL for ippon with a superb and aerial counter attack on the edge of the fighting area. In the second half of the draw, LAROSE was consistent in winning by ippon his all three preliminary rounds against Diogo CESAR (POR), Tornike TATARASHVILI (GEO) and Altansukh DOVDON (MGL). The first bronze medal fight opposed Charles CHIBANA (BRA) and Altansukh DOVDON (MGL), CHIBANA winning by penalties.


The second bronze medal fight was decided between Colin OATES (GBR) and Sinan SANDAL (TUR). It took a little more than 1 minute to the British fighter to score a first waza-ari immediately followed by an immobilisation for ippon.



KORVAL, Loic (FRA) vs. LAROSE, David (FRA)


Bronze Medal Fights

CHIBANA, Charles (BRA) vs. DOVDON, Altansukh (MGL)

OATES, Colin (GBR) vs. SANDAL, Sinan (TUR)



Final Results

1. LAROSE, David (FRA)
2. KORVAL, Loic (FRA)
3. CHIBANA, Charles (BRA)
3. OATES, Colin (GBR)
5. DOVDON, Altansukh (MGL)
5. SANDAL, Sinan (TUR)
7. HAGYO, Gabor (HUN)



Saturday March 29th

10:00 Preliminaries
17:00 Final block


Women: -63kg, -70kg

Men: -73kg, -81kg


Sunday March 30th

10:00 Preliminaries
17:00 Final block


Women: -78kg, +78kg

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


Location: YASAR DOGU Sports Arena



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