2015 Junior World Championships, Abu Dhabi DAY 2 Back
October 24, 2015
Junior World Championships 2015, Abu Dhabi
The IJF Junior World Championships continued on Saturday with a glimpse into the future stars of the Olympic sport as new world champions were crowned at the IPIC Arena.
Four weight categories were in action in the United Arab Emirates as the junior women’s -52kg and -57kg categories and the junior men’s -66kg and -73kg categories saw action. The second day saw 172 judoka (72 junior women, 100 junior men) in action with the -73kg category housing 55 judoka to make it the biggest of all 16 weight categories in the five-day Junior event.
The IPIC Arena is hosting the stars of tomorrow in Abu Dhabi
While judo fans are consumed by the IJF Junior World Championships, the judo family is also preparing for #WorldJudoDay 2015 on Wednesday 28 October, the birthday of judo founder KANO Jigoro. The theme in 2015 is UNITY.
Previous themes were HONOUR (2014), PERSEVERANCE (2013), JUDO FOR ALL (2012) and RESPECT (2011) for the day which is dedicated to coaches, fans, judoka and everyone with a passion for one of the world’s most widely practiced sports.
The #WorldJudoDay was created by the International Judo Federation to promote the values of judo and its education system to all judo clubs and all judoka, as these values were designed from the sport’s inception. The IJF is encouraging judoka of all levels and ages all over the world to organise an activity in their dojo or community to celebrate their participation in the sport, its values and unique role as a martial art, educational tool and Olympic sport.
Click here for the #WorldJudoDay 2015 poster and graphics
Judo luminaries took the occasion of the competition in Abu Dhabi to show their support for the annual judo celebration.
IJF Hall of Famer Mr. YAMASHITA Yasuhiro, 1984 Olympic champion and four-time world champion, stressed the importance of the #WorldJudoDay and encouraged judoka to take part this year.
"The IJF #WorldJudoDay can match the goals Shihan KANO had for judo and the values of our sport. Judo offers values and physical and mental strength which will aid you not just in a competitive career but also in your daily life after you retire,” said Mr. YAMASHITA, who was appointed as an IJF Development Director on the occasion of the IJF World Championships in Astana, Kazakhstan.
"From that respect IJF President Mr. VIZER has promoted the educational values of our sport and as we know judo is regarded as being more than a sport. Judo has an educational aspect and by developing and promoting this we can deepen the mutual understanding of judo and lead to further peace in sport and the world.
"Today in the world there are a lot of conflicts, the balance in unstable, therefore I would like to stress that the core value of judo is respect and by coming together from all over the world as one family we show unity.
"We all respect each other and from that point of view, I like the choice of unity as the theme for #WorldJudoDay and encourage all judoka to be active together on 28 October and share their activities with the International Judo Federation.”
On day three in Abu Dhabi, the junior women’s -63kg and -70kg categories will be contested along with the junior men’s -81kg and -90kg categories.
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Baku Grand Slam bronze medallist Distria KRASNIQI (KOS) won world gold for Kosovo as she defeated former Cadet World Championships silver medallist Mariam JANASHVILI (GEO) in the -52kg final. JANASHVILI is one of a host of young Georgian women now breaking through as they develop their women’s programme towards one day matching their men’s results. The Georgian fighter was penalised with a shido for holding onto the one side for too long. KRASNIQI absorbed the best attacks of JANASHVILI and sealed the title by scoring ippon from a kosoto-gari.
After stepping off the podium KRASNIQI said: "It means so much to me to be on top of the podium for my country and to hear our anthem. I came here with the goal of winning and I’m very happy. Everything went well in the preparation and now I will concentrate on senior competitions with the goal of repeating this world title as a senior.”
KRASNIQI will now remain in Abu Dhabi for the Grand Slam and said that today’s gold medal was ideal preparation.
"I feel in very good shape and I am enjoying the setting in Abu Dhabi. I think this may be a lucky place for me, we will see in the Grand Slam but I feel full of confidence and I’m looking forward to my next challenge.”
Mr. Agron KUKA, Kosovo Judo Federation President, who was coaching his judoka all day long, said: "This is a great thing for my country and our Federation. We do not just have one or two judoka now, we are developing all the time. For a small country, we are very pleased and proud of our success and this is a great feeling for us all today.
"The whole team puts in a lot of hard work and now our goal is to make a national training centre to develop our youth and grow our team.”
In the first semi-final KRASNIQI defeated Cadet World Championships silver medallist Tihea TOPOLOVEC (CRO) after 38 seconds by uchi-mata. In the second semi-final London European Cup bronze medallist Chelsie GILES (GBR) lost out to JANASHVILI in a thrilling contest. GILES pinned the Georgian for 17 seconds with a sankaku-gatame for a waza-ari but her opponent pulled back a yuko before going in front with a waza-ari from a ura-nage, a Georgian trademark, and JANASHVILI held on to secure a place in the final.
The first bronze medal was won by Junior European champion Astride GNETO (FRA) as GILES received hansoku-make for four shido penalties. The young Briton was penalised for stepping out twice, a gripping infringement and passivity as GNETO could celebrate with one minute and 41 seconds left on the clock. The second bronze medal was claimed by 19-year-old three-time Junior European Cup winner Mariana ESTEVES (POR) who overpowered TOPOLOVEC on the ground to trap her with tate-shiho-gatame for nine seconds and the Croatian fighter tapped out.
Bronze Medal Fights
1. KRASNIQI, Distria (KOS)
Cadet Asian Championships gold medallist FUNAKUBO Haruka (JPN) stepped up to the junior stage with ease as she claimed the -57kg title for Japan. Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Games silver medallist Stefania Adelina DOBRE (ROU) was beaten by ippon in the penultimate -57kg contest.
In the first semi-final FUNAKUBO bested 2014 Cadet European Championships winner Andreja LESKI (SLO) by holding her down for 20 seconds and ippon with tate-shiho-gatame. In the second semi-final DOBRE asserted her authority as she submitted former Cadet World Championships bronze medallist Sarah HARACHI (FRA) with kansetsu-waza.
The first bronze medal was captured by losing semi-finalist HARACHI who returned to winning ways against Junior Asian Championships silver medallist Aigerim ABILKADIROVA (KAZ) as the latter was penalised twice while the French fighter did not infringe during the four minute contest. The second bronze medal was won by LESKI who profited from a mistake by German Championships bronze medallist Theresa STOLL (GER) who received hansoku-make for a waki-gatame.
FUNAKUBO, Haruka (JPN) vs DOBRE, Stefania Adelina (ROU)
HARACHI, Sarah (FRA) vs ABILKADIROVA, Aigerim (KAZ)
1. FUNAKUBO, Haruka (JPN)
Japan Cadet Championships silver medallist ASARI Masaya (JPN) won Junior World Championships gold with a clinical display in the -66kg final. Prague Junior European Cup bronze medallist Alberto GAITERO MARTIN (ESP) went a yuko behind to a osoto-otoshi and with 33 seconds left in the contest the Japanese fighter executed a neat turnover to lock on the juji-gatame and his opponent had to submit.
In the first semi-final ASARI saw off a spirited two-time Cadet European Championships winner Hidayat HEYDAROV (AZE) in golden score. After a stalemate at the end of regular time, the Japanese fighter found another gear when he needed it the most as he caught the Azerbaijan fighter with ashi-waza for a yuko. In the second semi-final GAITERO MARTIN defeated Junior Asian Championships bronze medallist Mehdi FATHIPOORARDAL (IRI) by a yuko from a sumi-gaeshi. Both judoka were penalised for passivity after 30 seconds and the contest was even except for the decisive attack from the young Spaniard.
The first bronze medal was won by 17-year-old Leibnitz Junior European Cup silver medallist Daniel CARGNIN (BRA) who registered a full house of scores to defeat FATHIPOORARDAL. CARGNIN took the lead with a yuko and then added a waza-ari as he worked his way up to ippon which came from a superb piece of ashi-waza. The second bronze medal was clinched by HEYDAROV who put his semi-final disappointment behind him to submit Junior Pan American Championships bronze medallist Juan TELLO (COL) with shime-waza with 61 seconds remaining having led by a yuko.
Bronze Medal Fights
1. ASARI, Masaya (JPN)
KANG Heoncheol (KOR) starred for South Korea on day two as he won his team’s second gold medal in Abu Dhabi. Tamazi KIRAKOZASHVILI (GEO) had shone for Georgia in the preliminary rounds but yet when it came to the final he ran out of steam and KANG prevailed. KIRAKOZASHVILI was penalised three times which was two more than his opponent and he was inconsolable after the awarding ceremony. Judo’s legendary YAMASHITA Yasuhiro saw this and made a beeline for him to lift his spirits and say how he has no doubts that the Georgian will move on to a bigger stage in the future.
In the first semi-final Junior European Championships silver medallist Martin HOJAK (SLO) was defeated by former Berlin Junior European Cup winner KANG Heoncheol (KOR). The South Korean judoka went ahead with a yuko as he faked an uchi-mata effort and took control on his opponent to throw him with a koshi-guruma. With 15 seconds remaining KANG added a second yuko from an explosive tai-otoshi. In the second semi-final KIRAKOZASHVILI was in devastating form against former Baku Grand Slam bronze medallist Huseyn RAHIMLI (AZE). The Georgian rolled his Azerbaijan foe onto his back for a waza-ari before concluding the contest by ippon.
The first bronze medal was won by a rampant Lincoln NEVES (BRA) who was out to improve on his seventh-place finish from 2014. Top seed NEVES, who lost to HOJAK in the quarter-final, reasserted himself in the repechage and found a way onto the podium by beating RAHIMLI. A yuko and waza-ari put NEVES on the brink of victory and that was confirmed when he held down his rival with a mune-gatme for 15 seconds. The second bronze medal was won by HOJAK who defeated former Cadet Asian Championships winner Didar KHAMZA (KAZ). HOJAK held down KHAMZA with a kesa-gatame and the Kazakh fighter was under such pressure that he elected to tap to end the hold, the contest and his medal hopes in Abu Dhabi.
Bronze Medal Fights
1. KANG, Heoncheol (KOR)
11:00 Preliminaries on three mats
17:00 Final block on two mats
Junior women: -63kg, -70kg
Junior men: -81kg, -90kg
12:00 Preliminaries on three mats
16:00 Paralympic judo demo by IBSA Judo
16:30 Team competition draw
17:00 Final block on two mats
Junior women: -78kg, +78kg
Junior men: -100kg, +100kg
Tuesday - Team competition
10:00 Preliminaries on three mats
Location: IPIC Arena
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