2015 Tyumen Grand Slam, Russia - Day 1 - 18 July Back
July 19, 2015
IJF News - 18 July, 2015
Tyumen Grand Slam 2015 - Russia
The second IJF Grand Slam of the season started on Saturday with a sensational judo spectacle at the sold out Tyumen Athletic Centre in Siberia.
The two-day centrepiece of Russian Judo has welcomed 312 judoka from 53 nations who are all looking to strengthen their case for world honours next month in Astana, Kazakhstan.
Russia are every bit adept at hosting major judo events as they are at producing judo champions and the second instalment of the Grand Slam in the Siberian region features a 56-strong home team with four Russian judoka in every category which the visiting nations all have to overcome.
On the opening day in the Tyumen the women’s -48kg, -52kg, -57kg and -63kg categories and men’s -60kg, -66kg and -73kg categories opened the second of five Grand Slams on the IJF calendar with upcoming editions due in Paris, Abu Dhabi and Tokyo.
The opening ceremony took place ahead of the final block and saw a parade of the flags of the participating countries before the event was officially opened.
Mr. Alexander MOORE, Head of Administration of Tyumen, made the first address in the teeming venue. "Dear friends, I am glad to welcome athletes from all over the world and fans of the Tyumen Grand Slam on our hospitable land. It is a great honour for us to host a top level judo event again. Tyumen held the Grand Slam for the first time in 2014, a spectacular and perfectly organised event.
Mr. Alexander MOORE made the first speech at the opening ceremony
"The Tyumen citizens really love judo and thousands of children from different sport sections do judo with the dream of winning world and Olympic medals. Judo is an example of a healthy way of life and is a sport we can all be proud to be part of. I wish all the athletes to fully realise their fighting ambitions and to earn ranking points and wish them good luck. I hope judo fans enjoy spectacular fights and get a positive feeling from the competition.”
Mr. Sergey SOLOVEYCHIK, IJF Vice President and EJU President, said: "Dear athletes, coaches, fans and guests, on behalf of IJF I welcome you all to the Tyumen Grand Slam 2015. This event is one of most prestigious on the IJF calendar and will help athletes to be seeded for the World Championships in August.
"We wish the athletes spectacular fights, good luck and a straight forward road to Rio 2016. I also thank the local organising committee for their efforts and the Russian Judo Federation, the city administration and regional judo federation for a perfect organisation of this event. Ladies and gentlemen we declare the Tyumen Grand Slam open.”
Mr. Sergey SOLOVEYCHIK (above) opened the Tyumen Grand Slam
On Sunday the heavyweights get their chance to secure vital world ranking points in the race to be seeded for the World Championships and ultimately to qualify for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. The women’s -70kg, -78kg and +78kg judoka will be joined in action on day two by the men’s -81kg, -90kg, -100g and +100kg judoka.
Germany’s -81kg hope Alexander WIECZERZAK said: "Over the past few weeks we’ve had a busy programme: From the European Games to the training camp in Spain and three days later we are here at the Grand Slam in Tyumen. I focus on the World Championships in Astana. There's no need to say that I will give my best on Sunday, but the focus is definitely on Astana.”
Britain’s World Judo Masters silver medallist and -78kg star Natalie POWELL said: "My goals for this year are to win Grand Slam and Grand Prix medals to accumulate enough points to qualify in the world’s top four for Rio 2016. The medal I really want this year as at the World Championships.”
FOLLOW THE COMPETITION
Tbilisi Grand Prix silver medallist Julia FIGUEROA (ESP) won her first IJF gold medal on Saturday as she dispatched former European bronze medallist Kristina RUMYANTSEVA (RUS) in the -48kg final. The Spanish fighter fought and defeated three Russian judoka to issue a statement of intent in the last senior IJF event before the World Championships. RUMYANTSEVA, who won bronze at the Russian Grand Slam in 2012, had the chance to win her country’s first gold medal of the Grand Slam, but FIGUEROA still had to measure of the home judoka at the third time of asking as she trapped her opponent in osaekomi for 20 seconds and the gold medal.
FIGUEROA said: "I am very happy to win gold, this was my first Grand Slam final. All three Russian judoka I fought were very tough. Now I will think of the World Championships as that is next for me.”
In the first semi-final RUMYANTSEVA bested teammate and Budapest Grand Prix bronze medallist Nataliya KONDRATYEVA (RUS) by ippon after just 46 seconds as the home crowd found out who would be their representative in a Tyumen Grand Slam final. In the second semi-final the gutsy FIGUEROA, who was described by her coach AN as one of the most hard working judoka he has ever worked with, went the distance with the World Judo Masters and European Games bronze medallist Irina DOLGOVA (RUS). Despite both judoka cancelling each other out, the initial four minutes were lively and an exciting conclusion was anticipated in golden score. Teenager DOLGOVA was thrown with a left morote-seoi-nage for a yuko and the Spaniard FIGUEROA guaranteed her first Grand Slam medal.
The first bronze medal was awarded to 19-year-old DOLGOVA who defeated Baku Grand Slam winner Monica UNGUREANU (ROU) who had started the day as the top seed. The Russian youngster won her first medal at one of the IJF’s five Grand Slams – and on home soil - in golden score by a yuko and that memory is something that will stay with her for the first of her career. The second bronze medal was won by former Qingdao Grand Prix winner Alesya KUZNETSOVA (RUS) who defeated former Baku Grand Slam bronze medallist KONDRATYEVA with a breathaking illustration of her ne-waza prowess. KUZNETSOVA stepped onto a Grand Slam podium for the first time as she came from behind to score a yuko, a waza-ari and then held down her compatriot for 15 seconds to win by wazari-awasette-ippon.
FIGUEROA, Julia (ESP) vs RUMYANTSEVA, Kristina (RUS)
Bronze Medal Fights
DOLGOVA, Irina (RUS) vs UNGUREANU, Monica (ROU)
KONDRATYEVA, Nataliya (RUS) vs KUZNETSOVA, Alesya (RUS)
1. FIGUEROA, Julia (ESP)
2. RUMYANTSEVA, Kristina (RUS)
3. DOLGOVA, Irina (RUS)
3. KUZNETSOVA, Alesya (RUS)
5. UNGUREANU, Monica (ROU)
5. KONDRATYEVA, Nataliya (RUS)
7. XIE, Shishi (CHN)
7. RISHONY, Shira (ISR)
Budapest Grand Prix bronze medallist Joana RAMOS (POR) celebrated winning her first Grand Slam gold medal as she continues to defy the odds at the age of 33. Asian Championships winner MA Yingnan (CHN), who was fifth at the World Championships last year in Chelyabinsk, fell behind to a waza-ari after 40 seconds and that was the difference at the end of the contest as the Portuguese fighter, who won silver at the 2010 Russia Grand Slam, showed the world that she is truly in her prime.
In the first semi-final RAMOS defeated two-time Grand Slam winner Jaana SUNDBERG (FIN) in golden score. After four minutes the contest was tied with one shido to each fighter and no scores registered and so the action continued with an unlimited period of golden score. RAMOS showed her superior conditioning level by moving forward at every opportunity and was rewarded with the win as she scored a yuko after 68 seconds of additional time. In the second semi-final former world bronze medallist Mareen KRAEH (GER) was defeated by MA by a waza-ari score as the latter made sure that the nine-strong all-female Chinese team made a positive start in Tyumen.
The first bronze medal was clinched by KRAEH who dismissed Jeju Grand Prix bronze medallist Gili COHEN (ISR) by ippon after 79 seconds. The second bronze medal was won by two-time Grand Slam bronze medallist Roni SCHWARTZ (ISR) who bested SUNDBERG by a waza-ari as the Finnish fighter was off form in the last contest.
MA, Yingnan (CHN) vs RAMOS, Joana (POR)
Bronze Medal Fights
KRAEH, Mareen (GER) vs COHEN, Gili (ISR)
SUNDBERG, Jaana (FIN) vs SCHWARTZ, Roni (ISR)
1. RAMOS, Joana (POR)
2. MA, Yingnan (CHN)
3. KRAEH, Mareen (GER)
3. SCHWARTZ, Roni (ISR)
5. COHEN, Gili (ISR)
5. SUNDBERG, Jaana (FIN)
7. CHITU, Andreea (ROU)
7. HEYLEN, Ilse (BEL)
Tokyo Grand Slam bronze medallist YOSHIDA Tsukasa (JPN) defeated World Judo Masters bronze medallist Corina CAPRIORIU (ROU) – who turned 29 today – in the -57kg final. YOSHIDA, 19, is one of a plethora of Japanese riches in the category including the reigning world and Olympic champions and was competing in only her second senior IJF event. YOSHIDA initially attacked with a kosoto-gari and drove the Romanian over towards the edge of the tatami to take the lead and after four minutes that was enough to win her first Grand Slam title.
In the first semi-final CAPRIORIU showed her desire to celebrate her birthday by winning in Tyumen. The Romanian was successful against world bronze medallist Sanne VERHAGEN (NED) in the semi-final by a yuko in a close contest where both judoka traded shido penalties. In the second semi-final YOSHIDA ended the title defence of 2014 Tyumen Grand Slam winner Catherine BEAUCHEMIN-PINARD (CAN) in golden score. YOSHIDA sealed her place in the -57kg final with a yuko score after 79 seconds of extra time.
The first bronze medal was won by BEAUCHEMIN-PINARD who was successful against Beijing 2008 Olympic champion Giulia QUINTAVALLE (ITA) by ippon in the third minute. The second bronze medal was won by beaten semi-finalist VERHAGEN who came back to form for the Netherlands by triumphing against 35-year-old stalwart Sabrina FILZMOSER (AUT) by a waza-ari which was the only score of the contest.
YOSHIDA, Tsukasa (JPN) vs CAPRIORIU, Corina (ROU)
Bronze Medal Fights
BEAUCHEMIN-PINARD, Catherine (CAN) vs QUINTAVALLE, Giulia (ITA)
VERHAGEN, Sanne (NED) vs FILZMOSER, Sabrina (AUT)
1. YOSHIDA, Tsukasa (JPN)
2. CAPRIORIU, Corina (ROU)
3. BEAUCHEMIN-PINARD, Catherine (CAN)
3. VERHAGEN, Sanne (NED)
5. QUINTAVALLE, Giulia (ITA)
5. FILZMOSER, Sabrina (AUT)
7. KAZENYUK, Tatiana (RUS)
7. MINAKAWA, Camila (ISR)
Asian Championships winner TSEDEVSUREN Munkhzaya (MGL) won an-all Mongolian -63kg final as the force of one of judo’s powerhouse nations was on display following the recent Ulaanbaatar Grand Prix. TSEDEVSUREN prevailed in a scrappy contest as TSEND-AYUSH Tserennadmid (MGL), who won her home event earlier this month, was penalised on three occasions while her colleague was penalised twice.
In the first semi-final Alice SCHLESINGER (GBR) – who overcame world silver medallist Yarden GERBI (ISR) in the quarter-finals – lost out to TSEDEVSUREN in the last four stage. SCHLESINGER has enjoyed a new lease of life under the British regime but was convincingly defeated by ippon from a makikomi effort after trailing to a waza-ari score. In the second semi-final TSEND-AYUSH matched the efforts of her teammate as she squeezed past Zagreb Grand Prix bronze medallist Edwige GWEND (ITA) on shido penalties. The Italian judoka was penalised twice while her Mongolian opponent was only reprimanded once by the referee.
The first bronze medal was won by 2013 world champion Yarden GERBI (ISR) who found herself in the repechage which has been familiar territory for the two-time Grand Slam winner this year. GERBI was at her ruthless best in this contest as she scored a yuko and added a second from a kesa-gatame hold for 12 seconds against GWEND and wrapped up the victory by ippon with 43 seconds left. The second bronze medal was won by SCHLESINGER against Budapest Grand Prix bronze medallist Anna BERNHOLM (SWE) as the latter toiled and was penalised four times to receive hansoku-make.
TSEND-AYUSH, Tserennadmid (MGL) vs TSEDEVSUREN, Munkhzaya (MGL)
Bronze Medal Fights
GWEND, Edwige (ITA) vs GERBI, Yarden (ISR)
SCHLESINGER, Alice (GBR) vs BERNHOLM, Anna (SWE)
1. TSEDEVSUREN, Munkhzaya (MGL)
2. TSEND-AYUSH, Tserennadmid (MGL)
3. GERBI, Yarden (ISR)
3. SCHLESINGER, Alice (GBR)
5. GWEND, Edwige (ITA)
5. BERNHOLM, Anna (SWE)
7. MISKOVIC, Marijana (CRO)
7. QUADROS, Ketleyn (BRA)
All Japan Championships winner and reigning Tyumen Grand Slam champion KIDO Shinji (JPN) successfully defended his 2014 gold medal as he beat former European bronze medallist Ashley MCKENZIE (GBR) in the -60kg final. World number 28 MCKENZIE, who celebrated his 26th birthday on Friday, had never won a Grand Slam before day and needed a strong showing to book his ticket to the World Championships. KIDO proved his quality on the international stage once again as he submitted the British judoka with shime-waza after leading with a yuko.
In the first semi-final Astana Grand Prix bronze medallist Askhat TELMANOV (KAZ) fell to Asian Championships silver medallist KIDO by a waza-ari score. In the second semi-final MCKENZIE saw off Budapest Grand Prix silver medallist Aibek IMASHEV (KAZ). Both judoka had registered waza-ari scores but MCKENZIE also had a yuko next to his name and stayed firm to advance.
The first bronze medal was claimed by beaten semi-finalist IMASHEV who subdued Casablanca African Open bronze medallist Islam YASHUEV (RUS) by ippon. The second bronze medal also went to Kazakhstan as TELMANOV defeated Yann SICCARDI (MON) by wazari-awasette-ippon.
MCKENZIE, Ashley (GBR) vs KIDO, Shinji (JPN)
Bronze Medal Fights
IMASHEV, Aibek (KAZ) vs YASHUEV, Islam (RUS)
TELMANOV, Askhat (KAZ) vs SICCARDI, Yann (MON)
1. KIDO, Shinji (JPN)
2. MCKENZIE, Ashley (GBR)
3. IMASHEV, Aibek (KAZ)
3. TELMANOV, Askhat (KAZ)
5. YASHUEV, Islam (RUS)
5. SICCARDI, Yann (MON)
7. MILOUS, Sofiane (FRA)
7. TSAI, Ming Yen (TPE)
Former World Judo Masters silver medallist TAKAJO Tomofumi (JPN) thwarted 25-year-old former Junior world bronze medallist Gabit YESSIMBETOV (KAZ) in the -66kg final to keep his country on the gold medal trail. World number 207 YESSIMBETOV, who was last seen on the tour in 2014 finishing fifth at the first Tbilisi Grand Prix, was second best in the final as he was behind to a waza-ari and accumulated shido penalties which were a sign of his struggles in dealing with the ability of his world-class rival.
In the first semi-final Qingdao Grand Prix winner Yakub SHAMILOV (RUS) was surprised by YESSIMBETOV who won by ippon with a ura-nage with two minutes left on the clock. YESSIMBETOV silenced the home crowd when he took the lead with a waza-ari and never looked back as he grew in confidence and was a worthy winner. In the second semi-final TAKAJO sent Ulaanbaatar Grand Prix bronze medallist DOVDON Altansukh (MGL) into the repechage to fight for bronze and sealed his own progression into the -66kg final. TAKAJO held down DOVDON for 20 seconds and ippon as he adjusted his body to keep the pressure on the Mongolian who could not escape despite a spirited attempt.
The first bronze medal was won by Ulaanbaatar Grand Prix bronze medallist DOVDON against 21-year-old newcomer Iman SULTANOV (RUS) who faded in the closing minute as the Mongolian upped his pace and took control of the contest as he won by ippon. The second bronze medal went to SHAMILOV who saw off Minsk European Open silver medallist Anzaur ARDANOV (RUS) by ippon after 91 seconds.
TAKAJO, Tomofumi (JPN) vs YESSIMBETOV, Gabit (KAZ)
Bronze Medal Fights
DOVDON, Altansukh (MGL) vs SULTANOV, Iman (RUS)
SHAMILOV, Yakub (RUS) vs ARDANOV, Anzaur (RUS)
1. TAKAJO, Tomofumi (JPN)
2. YESSIMBETOV, Gabit (KAZ)
3. DOVDON, Altansukh (MGL)
3. SHAMILOV, Yakub (RUS)
5. SULTANOV, Iman (RUS)
5. ARDANOV, Anzaur (RUS)
7. OATES, Colin (GBR)
7. ABDULZHALILOV, Abdula (RUS)
Reigning Tyumen Grand Slam bronze medallist Uali KURZHEV (RUS) defeated Minsk European Open winner Guillaume CHAINE (FRA) in the -73kg final. Frenchman CHAINE was contesting his first World Judo Tour final and was good value for that inaugural appearance but KURZHEV was not going to be denied in his home country and endeared himself to the home faithful as he won by a yuko score.