Women: -48kg | -52kg | -57kg
Men: -60kg | -66kg
The Ulaanbaatar Grand Prix 2015, the sixth Grand Prix of the season, started on Friday with a spectacular day of judo which was dominated by the home nation at the Buyant Ukhaa Sport Complex.
The three-day event, which is the penultimate Grand Prix before August’s World Championships, opened with the women’s -48kg, -52kg and -57kg categories and the men’s -60kg and -66kg categories.
Mongolia have entered a maximum team of 56 judoka and their significant representation paid dividends from the outset as they showed their immense depth in all weight categories.
The official opening ceremony of the Ulaanbaatar Grand Prix 2015
Before the final block on the opening day, the opening ceremony took centre stage as Mr. PUNTSAG Tsagaan, Chief Of Staff of the Office of the President of Mongolia, made the opening address following a presentation of the flags of the competing nations.
Mr. PUNTSAG (below) said: "Distinguished athletes, coaches and officials and spectators, I welcome you all to Mongolia. Sport is one of the sectors of most importance, physical culture always contributes positively to humanity and the mutual development of well-being among us all.
"Our Mongolian athletes take pride in results from successful participation and we are delighted with the entry level. The achievements of this event will be seen by everyone as the event is being broadcast live all over the world. I wish you all good luck and a lot of success.”
Mr. Armen BAGDASAROV (below), IJF Sports Director, said: "Dear IJF Presidential Office, dear Mongolian Olympic Committee Vice President, dear Mongolian Judo Association President Mr. BATTULGA Khaltmaa, dear coaches and spectators, on behalf of the IJF and our President Marius VIZER, I want to welcome everyone to the Ulaanbaatar Grand Prix 2015.
"I congratulate the Mongolian Judo Association for the good organisation and a successful first day. I wish good luck to all participants and spectators who I hope will all remember their time here for many years to come. Good luck to everyone.”
On Saturday the action continues on the three tatami with four weight categories competing as the women’s -63kg and -70kg judoka will be joined in action on day two by the men’s -73kg and -81kg judoka.
Looking ahead to day two, -73kg judoka Emmanuel NARTEY (GHA) said: "Training has been going well, I have had to make a few changes with my fighting style and push my attacking rate up. So far everything is successful and I will be trying this new philosophy in Mongolia.”
-81kg fighter Antoine VALOIS-FORTIER (CAN) said: "My training has been going well and this trip, which will also include the Tyumen Grand Slam, is very important for my Worlds preparation. They will allow me to test my shape and to identify some things that need to be changed. These events are also great training opportunities since some of the best judoka in the world are from these countries.”
-63kg judoka Hannah MARTIN (USA) said: "Training has been going extremely well. I feel very strong and feel like I'm improving every day. I’ve come from the San Salvador Open and after Mongolia I will be home for 12 hours before going to the Pan American Games so it’s a really busy and important time of the year.”
-70kg hope Iljana MARZOK (GER) said: "After starting the year with a shoulder injury I wasn't able to medal in the previous events. Since then I made good progress so I'm looking forward to stepping on the mat here in Ulaanbaatar. Everyone in Mongolia is very hospitable and I think it is unique as their judo is influenced with their traditional wrestling background.”
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-48kg: PAYET prospers for France with golden showing
Three-time European bronze medallist Laetitia PAYET (FRA) is forcing her way back to the upper echelons of the -48kg category after defeating 18-year-old Asian Championships bronze medallist KANG Yujeong (KOR) in the final. KANG, who was contesting her first IJF World Judo Tour final, went down to 29-year-old PAYET by a waza-ari score and a yuko as the Frenchwoman – who returned this year after a two-year lay-off since becoming a mother – is making rapid progress and will no doubt be rewarded with more selections at major events on the circuit.
In the first semi-final top seed KIM Sol Mi (PRK) lost out to PAYET having been penalised twice in a scoreless contest. PAYET, who posted an unblemished record, left the mat holding her left arm and grimacing with pain after being awarded the contest after four minutes of action.
In the second semi-final KANG defeated Minsk European Open winner Alexandra PODRYADOVA (KAZ) by a yuko score to guarantee at least a silver medal in Ulaanbaatar.
The first bronze medal – and first medal to be decided in this year’s edition of Ulaanbaatar Grand Prix - was awarded to world number 32 PODRYADOVA who defeated 20-year-old JIANG Yahong (CHN). PODRYADOVA made her return to the IJF medal podium for the first time since 2013 (Tashkent Grand Prix silver) while JIANG has to wait to win her first senior medal on the World Judo Tour.
The second bronze medal was won by 17-year-old tyro BISHRELT Khorloodoi (MGL) who came from a waza-ari down to stun KIM and win her country’s first medal of the Ulaanbaatar grand Prix. BISHRELT bested KIM by ippon for the first medal on the senior stage which is the launching point of her career as a member of Mongolia’s star-laden senior team.
BISHRELT said: "I feel very happy, I’m very excited by my result as I felt so nervous fighting on this big stage in my home country. I studied KIM in the earlier rounds so I felt ready to fight her and kept focused throughout the fight. KHASHBAATAR is my hero, I take inspiration from him and it is an honour to now be in the same team as someone special like him. I will now look forward to fighting at the Cadet World Championships in August.”
PAYET, Laetitia (FRA) vs KANG, Yujeong (KOR)
Bronze Medal Fights
PODRYADOVA, Alexandra (KAZ) vs JIANG, Yahong (CHN)
KIM, Sol Mi (PRK) vs BISHRELT, Khorloodoi (MGL)
1. PAYET, Laetitia (FRA)
2. KANG, Yujeong (KOR)
3. PODRYADOVA, Alexandra (KAZ)
3. BISHRELT, Khorloodoi (MGL)
5. JIANG, Yahong (CHN)
5. KIM, Sol Mi (PRK)
7. ERDENETSOGT, Gerelmaa (MGL)
7. CLIMENCE, Aurore (FRA)
-52kg: Japan's SHISHIME defeats home opposition for top spot
Tokyo Grand Slam bronze medallist SHISHIME Ai (JPN) broke Mongolia’s resistance in the -52kg category as she shared the podium with three Mongolian judoka but stood the tallest on the top position. SHISHIME conquered Tashkent Grand Prix silver medallist ADIYASAMBUU Tsolmon (MGL) in an exciting final between two of Asian’s top young talents in the category. ADIYASAMBUU, 22, who was battling to win her first Grand Prix, lost out to SHISHIME, 21, by osaekomi as the young Japanese fighter eventually unwrapped her legs from her opponent to squeeze her way to the gold medal.
In the first semi-final Tbilisi Grand Prix winner Jaana SUNDBERG (FIN) was beaten by home judoka ADIYASAMBUU in golden score as a waza-ari score settled the contest 53 seconds into added time. In the second semi-final SHISHIME denied an all-Mongolian final by defeating Asian Championships runner-up MUNKHBAATAR Bundmaa (MGL). The contest was settled by shido penalties with three against the Mongolian fighter and only one against the Japanese judoka which was for passivity.
The first bronze medal was clinched by MUNKHBAATAR who continued the home country’s strong start by beating London 2012 Olympian Kelly EDWARDS (GBR) who missed out on winning the first Grand Prix medal of her career. MUNKHBAATAR matched her result from last year and proves to be a consistent performer in her homeland and on the World Judo Tour. The second bronze medal was won by former Ulaanbaatar Grand Prix bronze medallist BALJINNYAM Bat-Erdene (MGL) against SUNDBERG. A single shido against the Finn sent BALJINNYAM onto the podium to join two of her teammates.
ADIYASAMBUU, Tsolmon (MGL) vs SHISHIME, Ai (JPN)
Bronze Medal Fights
MUNKHBAATAR, Bundmaa (MGL) vs EDWARDS, Kelly (GBR)
SUNDBERG, Jaana (FIN) vs BALJINNYAM, Bat-Erdene (MGL)
1. SHISHIME, Ai (JPN)
2. ADIYASAMBUU, Tsolmon (MGL)
3. MUNKHBAATAR, Bundmaa (MGL)
3. BALJINNYAM, Bat-Erdene (MGL)
5. EDWARDS, Kelly (GBR)
5. SUNDBERG, Jaana (FIN)
7. MINGAZOVA, Lenariya (KAZ)
7. MULLER, Marie (LUX)
-57kg: World Masters winner DORJSUREN delights home crowd
Two-time World Judo Masters winner DORJSUREN Sumiya (MGL) won her second straight IJF World Judo Tour event to catapult herself into contention for winning World honours in August. Ulaanbaatar Grand Prix poster girl DORJSUREN, 24, defeated Helene RECEVEAUX (FRA) in a rematch and same result as the World Judo Masters final. The Mongolian star won on shido penalties to bring the plentiful home crowd to their feet as RECEVEAUX was unable to reverse the result of the Masters final in Rabat. The French fighter was penalised on three occasions and had to settle for silver.
DORJSUREN said: "I think for the Mongolian athletes there is a home advantage, we all felt very strong today and the crowd was amazing. I am very happy to be part of such a successful day for Mongolia with three gold medals on day one for us. My next competition will be the World Championships in Kazakhstan where I also hope to be on the medal podium.”
In the first semi-final former DORJSUREN earned a roaring ovation from the home crowd as she defeated Olympic champion MATSUMOTO Kaori (JPN). The supremely confident Mongolian, who nearly opened the scoring with a version of a drop seoi-nage, took control in golden score as she registered a yuko after 25 additional seconds to guarantee one more medal for the hosts. In the second semi-final Asian Championships bronze medallist LIU Yang (CHN) fell to RECEVEAUX by a solitary shido which was given to the former in a scoreless contest which sent LIU into the bronze medal contest and RECEVEAUX into the final.
The first bronze medal was won by Asian Games bronze medallist RI Hyo Sun (PRK) against Asian Championships bronze medallist LIU by ippon after 22 seconds. The second bronze medal was won by MATSUMOTO against 35-year-old Abu Dhabi Grand Slam bronze medallist Sabrina FILZMOSER (AUT) who avenged her first round defeat to her Austrian friend from the World Masters. MATSUMOTO secured bronze by osaekomi after trailing to a waza-ari as she showed her character in true MATSUMOTO style.
DORJSUREN, Sumiya (MGL) vs RECEVEAUX, Helene (FRA)
Bronze Medal Fights
LIU, Yang (CHN) vs RI, Hyo Sun (PRK)
MATSUMOTO, Kaori (JPN) v FILZMOSER, Sabrina (AUT)
1. DORJSUREN, Sumiya (MGL)
2. RECEVEAUX, Helene (FRA)
3. RI, Hyo Sun (PRK)
3. MATSUMOTO, Kaori (JPN)
5. LIU, Yang (CHN)
5. FILZMOSER, Sabrina (AUT)
7. ROGIC, Jovana (SRB)
7. ZELTNER, Tina (AUT)
-60kg: Clean sweep for Mongolia's four-star lightweights
World champion GANBAT Boldbaatar (MGL) lost out to Tbilisi Grand Prix bronze medallist DASHDAVAA Amartuvshin (MGL) in the -60kg final as Mongolia won all four medals in the men’s lightest weight category. GANBAT, who was wearing a red backpatch as the reigning world champion from Chelyabinsk 2014, and DASHDAVAA could not be separated after five minutes and went into golden score with the fans gripped by seeing two of their top judoka going toe-to-toe. DASHDAVAA extended his impressive head-to-head record against GANBAT, as he has now claimed five of their seven meetings, with an ouchi-gari earning ippon and gold on this occasion.
In the first semi-final GANBAT scored a yuko and waza-ari to see off former European champion Sofiane MILOUS (FRA) while in the second semi-final DASHDAVAA defeated teammate and Zagreb Grand Prix bronze medallist GANBOLD Kherlen (MGL) on shido penalties in a scoreless encounter.
The first bronze medal was claimed by GANBOLD who outperformed world number 188 Gusman KYRGYZBAYEV (KAZ) in a thoroughly entertaining contest which had an outcome that was lapped up by the home crowd. A yuko from the home fighter was the first and only score of the contest as GANBOLD was in all-out attack mode in the early stages of the contest.
The second bronze medal went to Samsun Grand Prix bronze medallist TSENDOCHIR Tsogtbaatar (MGL) who blasted his way past world number 24 MILOUS by ippon from a drop seoi-nage. TSENDOCHIR made a positive start as he lifted his more experienced opponent up into the air with a ura-nage attempt but MILOUS turned out to avoid giving away a score. With 85 seconds remaining the Mongolian struck and punched the air in celebration as he looked to the crowd who responded with a huge cheer and applause.
GANBAT, Boldbaatar (MGL) vs DASHDAVAA, Amartuvshin (MGL)
Bronze Medal Fights
GANBOLD, Kherlen (MGL) vs KYRGYZBAYEV, Gusman (KAZ)
MILOUS, Sofiane (FRA) vs TSENDOCHIR, Tsogtbaatar (MGL)
1. DASHDAVAA, Amartuvshin (MGL)
2. GANBAT, Boldbaatar (MGL)
3. GANBOLD, Kherlen (MGL)
3. TSENDOCHIR, Tsogtbaatar (MGL)
5. KYRGYZBAYEV, Gusman (KAZ)
5. MILOUS, Sofiane (FRA)
7. AN, Jianqi (CHN)
7. BURJAN, Laszlo (HUN)
-66kg: DAVAADORJ beats Japanese starlet for more Mongolian gold
World Judo Masters bronze medallist DAVAADORJ Tumurkhuleg (MGL) finally topped the podium at his home Grand Prix having won bronze and then silver in the two previous editions. DAVAADORJ defeated 17-year-old wonderkid ABE Hifumi (JPN) in the final to win Mongolia’s third gold medal of the opening day. Tokyo Grand Slam winner ABE, who had the goal of capturing a first Grand Prix medal of his young career, achieved that with a silver medal as DAVAADORJ swept him with a beautiful piece of ashi-waza and bowed to all sides of the venue before running off the tatami to celebrate his gold medal. DAVAADORJ extended his head-to-head record against ABE to 2-0 having beat the Japanese starlet at the Dusseldorf Grand Prix earlier this year.
In the first semi-final DAVAADORJ triumphed against European u23 Championships silver medallist Andraz JEREB (SLO) with a yuko and waza-ari going unanswered by the Slovenian fighter.
In the second semi-final teenager ABE bested former Tbilisi Grand Prix bronze medallist BATTSETSEG Batgerel (MGL) by ippon after opening the scoring a with a yuko.
The first bronze medal was won by Olympic champion Arsen GALSTYAN (RUS) who scored a yuko with 90 seconds left to add to his earlier waza-ari which came from a low and piercing tai-otoshi. The second bronze medal went to Tashkent Grand Prix silver medallist DOVDON Altansukh (MGL) who was successful against world number 39 JEREB by a yuko which was the only score of the contest.
DAVAADORJ, Tumurkhuleg (MGL) vs ABE, Hifumi (JPN)
Bronze Medal Fights
BATTSETSEG, Batgerel (MGL) vs GALSTYAN, Arsen (RUS)
JEREB, Andraz (SLO) vs DOVDON, Altansukh (MGL)
1. DAVAADORJ, Tumurkhuleg (MGL)
2. ABE, Hifumi (JPN)
3. GALSTYAN, Arsen (RUS)
3. DOVDON, Altansukh (MGL)
5. BATTSETSEG, Batgerel (MGL)
5. JEREB, Andraz (SLO)
7. SETZ, Martin (GER)
7. MARGVELASHVILI, Vazha (GEO)
12:30 Preliminaries on three mats
17:00 Final block on one mat
Women: -63kg, -70kg
Men: -73kg, -81kg
12:30 Preliminaries on three mats
17:00 Final block on one mat
Women: -78kg, +78kg
Men: -90kg, -100kg, +100kg
Location: Buyant Ukhaa Sport Complex
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