2015 Baku Grand Slam - Azerbaijan DAY 2 Back
May 9, 2015
Baku Grand Slam 2015 - Azerbaijan
The Baku Grand Slam 2015 thrilled the home supporters on day two as the home nation delivered a second gold medal at the Sarhadchi Olympic Sport Centre on Saturday.
On day two gold medallists were crowned in the women’s -63kg and -70kg categories and men’s -73kg and -81kg categories as 132 judoka were in action in Baku. An expectant partisan crowd turned out in great numbers to support their charges including Azerbaijan’s world number five Rustam ORUJOV (AZE) who was one of 40 judoka in the -73kg category which also included Olympic champion at -66kgs Lasha SHAVDATUASHVILI (GEO).
The opening ceremony took place before the final block and Azerbaijan Judo Federation President Mr. Fizuli ALAKBAROV (left) was first to address the crowd.
"Dear guests, I welcome you to a great event and a special time in Baku as we celebrate the 92nd anniversary of national leader Heydar Aliyev. I thank you all and wish you good luck,” said Mr. ALAKBAROV.
Azerbaijan Deputy Minister of Youth and Sport Mr. Ismail ISMAYILOV (below - right) said: "Dear IJF President, Mr. VIZER, dear Azerbaijan Judo Federation President, Mr. ALAKBAROV, it is a pleasure to see you all in Baku. We are very proud to host such an important event and I welcome you all to what we believe we will be a great tournament in our capital city.”
IJF and SportAccord President Mr. Marius VIZER opened the Baku Grand Slam 2015
Mr. Marius VIZER said: "Dear Deputy Minister Mr. ISMAYILOV, dear Mr. ALAKBAROV, dear judoka and supporters, I welcome you to Baku. It is a great honour to return here every year to host this Grand Slam. I want to congratulate Azerbaijan for the organisation of next month’s European Games and I thank all continental unions, national federations, referees, officials and staff for your work in developing our sport. I officially open the Heydar ALIYEV Baku Grand Slam 2015.”
The -63kg awarding ceremony
Double Paralympic champion Ilham ZAKIYEV (AZE) was one of the honoured guests in attendance. The Azerbaijan hero is preparing for the inaugural European Games in Baku where visually impaired judo will also be part of the programme.
Visually impaired world number one ZAKIYEV said: "I train with the full Azerbaijan Olympic team and receive great support from our Federation and all my teammates. I will go to Antalya in Turkey next week to take part in the Olympic Training Camp to build on my training in Japan from December.
"I am so pleased that visually impaired judo will be featured in the first European Games and that I can share this experience with all of my country. Visually impaired judo is always improving and it will be a big competition in Baku.
"I won the 2007 IBSA European Championships in Baku and that was a very special moment for me. I really hope I can win again in Baku and I cannot wait to represent my country on the tatami.”
London 2012 Paralympic bronze medallist ZAKIYEV also talked about the legacy of the Baku Grand Slam which is the first Grand Slam of the year in 2015.
"This event is very important for the next generation of judoka in Azerbaijan. For them to see such a high-profile event and to see great champions in Baku, they can see what it takes to be an ambassador for your sport and country. The IJF has always supported the Azerbaijan Judo Federation and I am proud of our place in the judo family.
"The personal highlight for me so far was the gold medal for Nijat SHIKHALIZADA (AZE) on Friday. We are all so happy and hope to win many more medals during the rest of the competition.”
Mr. Marius VIZER greets Double Paralympic champion Ilham ZAKIYEV (AZE)
On Sunday, the first Grand Slam of the year will come to a close with five gold medals at stake. Judo fans can watch every contest live and free on the internet (www.ippon.tv) as the men’s -90kg, -100kg and +100kg categories and the women’s -78kg and +78kg categories conclude the tournament.
FOLLOW THE COMPETITION
World number five Kathrin UNTERWURZACHER (AUT) won her country’s first gold medal at the Baku Grand Slam on Saturday. The determined Austrian defeated Tbilisi Grand Prix bronze medallist Martyna TRAJDOS (GER) to banish the memories of her 2014 silver medal and started her road to victory with a yuko score. UNTERWURZACHER confirmed victory when she quickly stretched out her leading leg and turned TRAJDOS with force to send her over for ippon.
UNTERWURZACHER said: "Today was a very good day for me, I’m very happy. I am always so proud to hear my anthem and that that means so much to me. I will now focus on my next competition which is the World Judo Masters.”
In the first semi-final TRAJDOS overcame Samsun Grand Prix winner Anicka VAN EMDEN (NED) who missed the Zagreb Grand Prix last weekend through sickness. TRAJDOS scored two waza-ari without reply to shock VAN EMDEN who, while by own her own admission is not at full strength, would return for a tilt at bronze. In the second semi-final UNTERWURZACHER defeated in-form Samsun Grand Prix bronze medallist Alice SCHLESINGER (GBR). The British fighter has hit the ground running in 2015 but lost out on this occasion to her Austrian foe who won by a waza-ari which was the only score of the tightly-contested meeting.
The first bronze medal was won by SCHLESINGER who is thriving in the British team. Abu Dhabi Grand Slam bronze medallist Agata OZDOBA (POL) had to settle for fifth-place as she did a week ago in Zagreb as SCHLESINGER was successful courtesy of a solitary yuko which was the only score of the four minute contest. The second bronze medal was claimed by VAN EMDEN, who despite not feeling 100%, showed her fortitude to overcome Beijing 2008 Olympic bronze medallist Ketleyn QUADROS (BRA). VAN EMDEN still had power in abundance as she threw QUADROS, who moved up from -57kg to the -63kg category in February, with a sode-tsurikomi-goshi for a waza-ari score. The Dutch talent followed up with a tight kesa-gatame for a second and match-winning waza-ari.
UNTERWURZACHER, Kathrin (AUT) vs TRAJDOS, Martyna (GER)
Bronze Medal Fights
SCHLESINGER, Alice (GBR) vs OZDOBA, Agata (POL)
VAN EMDEN, Anicka (NED) vs QUADROS, Ketleyn (BRA)
1. UNTERWURZACHER, Kathrin (AUT)
2. TRAJDOS, Martyna (GER)
3. SCHLESINGER, Alice (GBR)
3. VAN EMDEN, Anicka (NED)
5. OZDOBA, Agata (POL)
5. QUADROS, Ketleyn (BRA)
7. SILVA, Mariana (BRA)
7. LABAZINA, Marta (RUS)
Zagreb Grand Prix silver medallist Sally CONWAY (GBR) enjoyed sweet revenge on Saturday at the expense of returning world number one Kim POLLING (NED) who was making her first appearance on the IJF World Judo Tour this year. World number eight CONWAY wore Grand Slam gold for the first time by defeating POLLING with 10 seconds to go in a remarkable finish in Baku. POLLING led through a yuko score and was penalised moments later for going out of the area. The conditioning and work ethic of CONWAY is always evident and today she shocked POLLING with an ouchi-gari for ippon in the closing seconds.
CONWAY said: "I am really, really happy with the result. I concentrated on every fight until the end and it paid off. In the final I did what I needed to do, I kept my focus and I closed the distance but I was still surprised when I won with 10 seconds left.”
In the first semi-final contest POLLING gave 18-year-old Tbilisi Grand Prix bronze medallist Marie Eve GAHIE (FRA) a thorough workout as she used her full arsenal to halt the run of the French teenager. POLLING led with a tomoe-nage which earned a yuko before winning by ippon. GAHIE will take same valuable lessons from her defeat while POLLING was alert to the threat of facing a relative newcomer to the tour. In the second semi-final Qingdao Grand Prix bronze medallist Bernadette GRAF (AUT) was beaten by CONWAY. GRAF, who took silver at the Abu Dhabi Grand Slam, was denied another Grand Slam final by CONWAY who secured a timely return to the podium.
The first bronze medal was claimed by GRAF who bested Zagreb Grand Prix winner Linda BOLDER (ISR). GRAF maintained Austria’s strong form on day two as she was well in control against reigning Paris Grand Slam gold medallist BOLDER who fought and lost to POLLING for the first time in the quarter-finals. GRAF registered a full house of scores as the yuko, waza-ari and ippon columns were all penetrated once as BOLDER was second best. The second bronze medal contest was won by GAHIE who had the measure of the seasoned Pan American Championships bronze medallist Maria PORTELA (BRA). GAHIE was unfazed by the Grand Slam stage and her physical opponent as she produced a waza-ari score to break the deadlock and never looked back. The French teen secured a superb bronze medal by holding down PORTELA with a kesa-gatame to wear Grand Slam silverware at the tender age of 18.
CONWAY, Sally (GBR) vs POLLING, Kim (NED)
Bronze Medal Fights
GRAF, Bernadette (AUT) vs BOLDER, Linda (ISR)
GAHIE, Marie Eve (FRA) vs PORTELA, Maria (BRA)
1. CONWAY, Sally (GBR)
2. POLLING, Kim (NED)
3. GRAF, Bernadette (AUT)
3. GAHIE, Marie Eve (FRA)
5. BOLDER, Linda (ISR)
5. PORTELA, Maria (BRA)
7. TIMO, Barbara (BRA)
7. DIEDRICH, Szaundra (GER)
World number five Rustam ORUJOV (AZE) won Azerbaijan’s second gold medal of their home event in a tactical final against Olympic bronze medallist SAINJARGAL Nyam-Ochir (MGL) who appears to have rediscovered his best form. SAINJARGAL, who has returned empty handed from his three Grand Prix outings in 2015, was defeated by Azerbaijan’s man of the moment and top seed ORUJOV, who won the Tbilisi and Samsun Grand Prix in March, on shido penalties today. A shido for SAINJARGAL was cheered by the fanatic home supporters before both men were penalised for passivity. Both men were penalised again for passivity and ORUJOV had done enough to win having thrilled his compatriots with four ippons in his four previous contests. The crowd chanted his name as he left the tatami having conquered the number two seed.
ORUJOV said: "I am very happy to win gold at the Grand Slam in Baku. This is my home, I have my family and friends here in the crowd and they gave me strength today. I am sharing a room with our first gold medallist SHIKHALIZADA and I said that I would be the second gold medallist so now we’re really happy.
"I needed to be more tactical in the final because I felt SAINJARGAL was strong and it worked for me. I am now concentrating on the World Judo Masters and the European Games which I am very excited about.”
In the first semi-final ORUJOV saw off Olympic bronze medallist UNGVARI Miklos (HUN) will a blistering performance. ORUJOV threw for waza-ari and held down his opponent initially with mune-gatame but kept the hold the 15 seconds to win by wazari-awasette-ippon. In the second semi-final SAINJARGAL defeated Hannover-based Igor WANDTKE (GER) who was a surprise contender in the -73kg category. SAINJARGAL was in control for large parts of the contest as one-time Grand Prix winner WANDTKE (Qingdao 2013) was penalised twice while the record of his opponent was unblemished.
The first bronze medal was clinched by Tashkent Grand Prix bronze medallist Zelimkhan OZDOEV (RUS) as WANDTKE was beaten for a second time. WANDTKE was penalised for a false attack and was caught with an okuri-ashi-barai as the Russian swept both legs of his adversary who outperformed his modest expectations on day two. The second bronze medal was won by UNGVARI against former Jeju Grand Prix winner Serhiy DREBOT (UKR). The Hungarian scored a yuko with a sumi-gaeshi and added a waza-ari from a ko-uchi-gari. UNGVARI was still not content as he countered an uchi-mata for a second waza-ari as DREBOT never committed to the technique.
SAINJARGAL, Nyam-Ochir (MGL) vs ORUJOV, Rustam (AZE)
Bronze Medal Fights
WANDTKE, Igor (GER) vs OZDOEV, Zelimkhan (RUS)
UNGVARI, Miklos (HUN) vs DREBOT, Serhiy (UKR)
1. ORUJOV, Rustam (AZE)
2. SAINJARGAL, Nyam-Ochir (MGL)
3. OZDOEV, Zelimkhan (RUS)
3. UNGVARI, Miklos (HUN)
5. WANDTKE, Igor (GER)
5. DREBOT, Serhiy (UKR)
7. KHASHBAATAR, Tsagaanbaatar (MGL)
7. TATALASHVILI, Nugzari (GEO)
World number 17 Khasan KHALMURZAEV (RUS) won gold to close in on the world’s top-ranked -81kg judoka. KHALMURZAEV was due to take on world number 15 Ushangi MARGIANI (GEO) in the final in what looked set to be an exciting prospect between two emerging judoka who are both 21 years old. However, MARGIANI was ruled out of the final due to sustaining an injury in his semi-final to hand the Russian the gold medal.
In the first semi-final 19-year-old Cristian BODIRLAU (ROU) was undone by KHALMURZAEV by a single yuko as both men sought safe passage to their first Grand Slam final. KHALMURZAEV thwarted fellow youngster BODIRLAU with a yuko score. In the second semi-final MARGIANI survived a late rally from 21-year-old Dominic RESSEL (GER). MARGIANI was in front with a waza-ari when he started to tire and it looked like the young Georgian did not have the staying power to see off Lisbon European Open bronze medallist RESSEL. MARGIANI held on for the victory to send RESSEL into an all-German bronze medal contest.
The first bronze medal was won by RESSEL as Tokyo Grand Slam bronze medallist Alexander WIECZERZAK (GER) was disqualified for receiving four penalties. The second bronze medal was captured by Rome European Open winner MARUYAMA Goki (JPN) against teenager BODIRLAU. MARUYAMA scored a yuko and added a second from an uchi-mata. MARUYAMA scored a waza-ari from an uchi-mata with 35 seconds left as he desperately wanted the ippon but his significant advantage saw him home. BODIRLAU will be a name to look out for this year after a credible fifth-place finish and victories against respected opponents such as Brazilian great Leandro GUILHEIRO (BRA).
MARGIANI, Ushangi (GEO) vs KHALMURZAEV, Khasan (RUS)
Bronze Medal Fights
RESSEL, Dominic (GER) vs WIECZERZAK, Alexander (GER)
BODIRLAU, Cristian (ROU) vs MARUYAMA, Goki (JPN)
1. KHALMURZAEV, Khasan (RUS)
2. MARGIANI, Ushangi (GEO)
3. RESSEL, Dominic (GER)
3. MARUYAMA, Goki (JPN)
5. WIECZERZAK, Alexander (GER)
5. BODIRLAU, Cristian (ROU)
7. BLACH, Lukasz (POL)
7. NYAMSUREN, Dagvasuren (MGL)
11:00 Preliminaries on three mats
17:00 Final block on one mat
Women: -78kg, +78kg
Men: -90kg, -100kg, +100kg
Location: Sarhadchi Olympic Sport Centre
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