2015 Tashkent Grand Prix Day 2 - Uzbekistan Back
October 2, 2015
Tashkent Grand Prix 2015 - Uzbekistan
The Tashkent Grand Prix 2015 produced an absorbing second day as 125 judoka were in action across four weight categories as hosts Uzbekistan struck gold at the Uzbekistan Sport Majmuasi on Friday.
On day two gold medallists were crowned in the women’s -63kg and -70kg categories and men’s -73kg and -81kg categories. The expectant home fans were rewarded for their energy and encouragement as Mirali SHARIPOV (UZB) won Uzbekistan’s first gold medal at the Tashkent Grand Prix 2015.
Mr. Daniel LASCAU, IJF Sports Director, shared his observations from the first two days of action.
"The crowd have been superb, they have supported not only their athletes but also international judoka and they are very knowledgeable.
"In addition, I want to highlight the open spirit of the contests, a waza-ari lead in the early moments does not necessarily mean that you go on to win. I also want to point out the ne-waza which we have seen a lot of and athletes are always searching for new solutions.
"On day one we saw a fantastic performance from Gulbadam BABAMURATOVA (TKM) who won her country’s first Grand Prix gold medal and this is something to celebrate. It shows the IJF World Judo Tour is really open for every country in the world.”
On Saturday, the seventh Grand Prix of the season will culminate with the remaining five categories which will feature two world champions. The men’s -90kg, -100kg and +100kg categories and the women’s -78kg and +78kg categories conclude the tournament.
World champion and world number one YU Song (CHN) will command everyone’s attention in the women’s heavyweight category while GWAK Dong Han (KOR) is the leading man in the -90kg category and both judoka will be keen to impress in their new red backpatches which is reserved only for current world champions.
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Zagreb Grand Prix bronze medallist Edwige GWEND (ITA) won the second Grand Prix title of her career as she surpassed Samsun Grand Prix silver medallist Hilde DREXLER (AUT) in the -63kg final. GWEND, who won the Tbilisi Grand Prix last year, was effective and hard-working as she gained the maximum world ranking points (300) ahead of a long Asian tour and three upcoming Grand Slams. A single shido against DREXLER was the decisive moment as both judoka were unable to produce a score.
Top seed Kathrin UNTERWURZACHER (AUT) lost her opening contest in the second round to eventual bronze medallist Busra KATIPOGLU (TUR).
In the first semi-final DREXLER (AUT) had to graft to see off Minsk European Open bronze medallist Busra KATIPOGLU (TUR) by the narrowest of margins. A single shido was the only time the referee was called into action and it went against the Turkish judoka who moved down into the repechage for an alternative route to the podium. In the second semi-final Tyumen Grand Slam bronze medallist Alice SCHLESINGER (GBR) and Zagreb Grand Prix bronze medallist Edwige GWEND (ITA) could not be separated in regular time. GWEND prevailed by pinning her British foe to the tatami with a sankaku-gatame for 14 seconds and a yuko score.
The first bronze medal was won by former Madrid European Open runner-up SZABO Franciska (HUN who beat world number 12 SCHLESINGER (GBR) to capture the first Grand Prix medal of her career. A shido against the British judoka, the only penalty of the contest, decided the destination of the medal as neither judoka could register a score with both sets on defences on top. SZABO put her head in her hands and cried with tears of joy as the time ran out on SCHLESINGER who only showed more intent in the closing seconds. The second bronze medal was claimed by KATIPOGLU (TUR) who defeated Jeju Grand Prix silver medallist Isabel PUCHE (ESP). KATIPOGLU made her mark for the first time at a Grand Prix and started with a waza-ari score which earned a round of applause from the Uzbek crowd. The Turkish judoka added a yuko from an uchi-mata on the edge of the area and added a second waza-ari from another uchi-mata to win it with 25 seconds left on the clock.
GWEND, Edwige (ITA) vs DREXLER, Hilde (AUT)
Bronze Medal Fights
SCHLESINGER, Alice (GBR) vs SZABO, Franciska (HUN)
1. GWEND, Edwige (ITA)
Former world bronze medallist KIM Seongyeon (KOR) won her maiden Grand Prix title in Tashkent as she stopped Astana Grand Prix silver medallist Esther STAM (GEO) from achieving the same feat in the -70kg final. After a tentative first half of the contest, KIM increased her activity and pressured STAM who became only the second Georgian woman to win a Grand Prix medal following Irine LEONIDZE who won the Baku Grand Prix in 2012. KIM went ahead with a yuko and was penalised twice for going out of the area but had all the tools to see out the remainder of the contest and achieve yet more success for South Korea’s women’s team in Uzbekistan.
In the first semi-final contest STAM (GEO) saw off Ulaanbaatar Grand Prix bronze medallist Iljana MARZOK (GER) in golden score by a shido penalty while in the second semi-final Abu Dhabi Grand Slam bronze medallist Katarzyna KLYS (POL) lost out to KIM (KOR) by a shido.
The first bronze medal was claimed by KLYS (POL) who managed to come up with a yuko which was the only score in her contest with former World Judo Masters winner HWANG Ye-Sul (KOR). The second bronze medal contest was won by Ulaanbaatar Grand Prix silver medallist ZHOU Chao (CHN) who outworked her opponent MARZOK (GER) for the entire contest. The all-action ZHOU never took a backwards step and, despite not being able to trouble the scoreboard, the outcome never looked in doubt. MARZOK (GER) was penalised for gripping infringements and shidos settled the fate of the medal as the German had to settle for fifth-place.
STAM, Esther (GEO) vs KIM, Seongyeon (KOR)
Bronze Medal Fights
KLYS, Katarzyna (POL) vs HWANG, Ye-Sul (KOR)
1. KIM, Seongyeon (KOR)
Mirali SHARIPOV (UZB) won the Tashkent Grand Prix for a second time as he overwhelmed Junior World Championships bronze medallist Nuno SARAIVA (POR) in the -73kg final. The 21-year-old Portuguese judoka had no way out from a tate-shiho-gatame and remained pinned to the tatami for 20 seconds by SHARIPOV. The world number 59 beat the world number 81 inside 45 seconds to send the crowd into raptures – as he did in 2013 - while SARAIVA will be content with his day’s work having won his first IJF senior medal.
In the first semi-final former world silver medallist HONG Kuk Hyon (PRK) fell to SHARIPOV (UZB) who was dynamic on the ground as he neatly transitioned and turned to shime-waza to humble his opponent with one minute and 24 seconds left. In the second semi-final SARAIVA (POR) stopped all domestic hopes of an all-Uzbek final as he bested Minsk European Open bronze medallist Giyosjon BOBOYEV (UZB) by a yuko and was good value for the result in a high pressured and atmospheric environment for the newcomer to the IJF World Judo Tour.
The first bronze medal was clinched by BOBOYEV (UZB) who won his country’s first medal on day two with victory over Tyumen Grand Slam bronze medallist Igor WANDTKE (GER). BOBOYEV scored a waza-ari from an uchi-mate with two minutes gone and WANDTKE could not contain or threaten the Uzbek judoka who was roared on to victory by the home faithful. The second bronze medal was won by HONG (PRK) who returned to winning ways as he beat Romanian European Open silver medallist Dmytro KANIVETS (UKR) by ippon after 45 seconds.
Bronze Medal Fights
BOBOYEV, Giyosjon (UZB) vs WANDTKE, Igor (GER)
1. SHARIPOV, Mirali (UZB)
World Judo Masters bronze medallist Sergiu TOMA (UAE) won his fourth Grand Prix gold medal as he defeated Tyumen Grand Slam winner Ivan VOROBEV (RUS) in the -81kg final. TOMA edged ahead with a yuko from a sumi-gaeshi and, after an initial response of attacking flurries, VOROBEV ran out of ideas at the crucial moment while TOMA had plenty in reserve.
In the first semi-final former Astana Grand Prix bronze medallist Aziz KALKAMANULY (KAZ) lost out to VOROBEV (RUS) while in the second semi-final TOMA beat Zagreb Grand Prix silver medallist CSOKNYAI Laszlo (HUN) by ippon after two minutes.
The first bronze medal was won by Zagreb Grand Prix silver medallist CSOKNYAI (HUN) who denied former Tbilisi Grand Prix bronze medallist Asaf CHEN (ISR) by a single shido. The second bronze medal was clinched by KALKAMANULY (KAZ) who defeated Vladimir ZOLOEV (KGZ) who was fifth at the Asian Championships this year. ZOLOEV, 22, who won Junior World bronze back in 2011, was penalised with a shido for going out before KALKAMANULY produced a waza-ari score to which his opponent could only respond with by registering a yuko.
TOMA, Sergiu (UAE) vs VOROBEV, Ivan (RUS)
Bronze Medal Fights
CSOKNYAI, Laszlo (HUN) vs CHEN, Asaf (ISR)
1. TOMA, Sergiu (UAE)
11:00 Preliminaries on three mats
Women: -78kg, +78kg
Men: -90kg, -100kg, +100kg
Location: Uzbekistan Sport Majmuasi
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