2015 Junior World Championships, Abu Dhabi DAY 3 Back
October 25, 2015
The IJF Junior World Championships 2015 in Abu Dhabi continued on Sunday as the youngest stars of the IJF World Judo Tour were among the medal hopefuls in the United Arab Emirates.
Abu Dhabi’s first World Judo Championships produced an absorbing day of judo at the IPIC Arena as a plethora of Rio 2016-bound judoka fought across fought weight categories.
The junior women’s -63kg and -70kg categories and the junior men’s -81kg and -90kg categories were all decided as the Abu Dhabi faithful saw 148 judoka (59 junior women, 89 junior men) vie for world title honours.
Above - GERCSAK Szabina (HUN) celebrating winning the Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Games. The Hungarian was crowned Junior world champion on Sunday.
Among the rising stars in the final block were judoka who have already made their make on the global stage as competitors and champions at the Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Games. GERCSAK Szabina (HUN) won gold in Nanjing and achieved the same result today as did Frank DE WIT (NED) while Ivan Felipe SILVA MORALES (CUB) won bronze in Nanjing and won the same colour medal in Abu Dhabi. Youth Olympic Games winner Mikhail IGOLNIKOV (RUS) finished in fifth-place on day three in the United Arab Emirates as the YOG stage has become a key event in the career of judoka who dream of world and Olympic medals.
On day four, the last day of the individual competition, the wait is over for the most talented heavyweights in the junior ranks who will get their chance to go for glory in the United Arab Emirates on Monday.
The draw for Tuesday’s Junior World Team Championships will be held during the break on Monday at 16.30 following a demonstration of Paralympic judo from IBSA Judo.
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East Asian Championships winner and Junior world silver medallist NABEKURA Nami (JPN) had the measure of former Junior European Championships bronze medallist Diana DZHIGAROS (RUS) in the -63kg final. NABEKURA erased the memory of her 2014 final defeat by winning Japan’s fifth junior world title in the United Arab Emirates after going ahead with a waza-ari from an uchi-mata and added a second waza-ari from osaekomi-waza.
In the first semi-final DZHIGAROS defeated top seed Lucy RENSHALL (GBR). The Russian fighter held down the British fighter with a tate-shiho-gatame on the edge of the area for 20 seconds and ippon. In the second semi-final Belgrade European Cup winner Lara REIMANN (GER) was well beaten by NABEKURA who won by wazari-awasette-ippon after two minutes.
The first bronze medal was won by REIMANN who held down 18-year-old former Cadet World Championships bronze medallist Lubjana PIOVESANA (GBR) with a yoko-shiho-gatame for 20 seconds to earn the maximum score. The second bronze medal was captured by RENSHALL who came from behind to beat Junior European silver medallist Elisavet TELTSIDOU (GRE). Greek judoka TELTSIDOU led with a yuko but RENSHALL never stopped working and scored a waza-ari from a determined ouchi-gari to win her country’s first medal in Abu Dhabi.
NABEKURA, Nami (JPN) vs DZHIGAROS, Diana (RUS)
Bronze Medal Fights
REIMANN, Lara (GER) vs PIOVESANA, Lubjana (GBR)
RENSHALL, Lucy (GBR) vs TELTSIDOU, Elisavet (GRE)
1. NABEKURA, Nami (JPN)
2. DZHIGAROS, Diana (RUS)
3. REIMANN, Lara (GER)
3. RENSHALL, Lucy (GBR)
5. PIOVESANA, Lubjana (GBR)
5. TELTSIDOU, Elisavet (GRE)
7. BJAOUI, Meriem (TUN)
7. BURT, Emily (CAN)
Former cadet world champion and 2014 Nanjing Youth Olympic Games winner GERCSAK Szabina (HUN) won her latest major honour in Abu Dhabi as she defeated AOYAGI Remi (JPN) on a single shido after a scoreless four minutes in the -70kg final. GERCSAK, already a long-time member of Hungary’s senior national team, fought at the senior World Championships in August and bowed to all four corners of the venue after being awarded the contest.
In the first semi-final Belgrade European Cup winner Lisa DOLLINGER (GER) was beaten by GERCSAK. The 19-year-old former Samsun Grand Prix bronze medallist is already first choice for the senior Hungarian team and was trailing going into the last 10 seconds before the German was penalised with a shido to restore level terms. With three seconds to go, GERCSAK threw with a drop seoi-nage for a yuko score. In the second semi-final 18-year-old AOYAGI Remi (JPN) outfought Dutch Championships bronze medallist Natascha AUSMA (NED) to book a place in the -70kg final. The Dutch judoka received three shido penalties and never threatened her Japanese opponent who was calculated and composed on the world stage.
The first bronze medal was won by AUSMA who twice breached the defence of Dusseldorf Grand Prix bronze medallist Sanne VAN DIJKE (NED) with yuko scores. Notably coaches were in the chair for both Dutch judoka and AUSMA maintained her advantage for a place on the podium. The second bronze medal was won by DOLLINGER who defeated teammate and former Cadet European champion and European Youth Olympic Festival winner Giovanna SCOCCIMARRO (GER). DOLLINGER was sharper in ne-waza and engineered a match-winning opportunity as she trapped her opponent with a kesa-gatame hold for 20 seconds and bronze.
AOYAGI, Remi (JPN) vs GERCSAK, Szabina (HUN)
Bronze Medal Fights
AUSMA, Natascha (NED) vs VAN DIJKE, Sanne (NED)
DOLLINGER, Lisa (GER) vs SCOCCIMARRO, Giovanna (GER)
1. GERCSAK, Szabina (HUN)
2. AOYAGI, Remi (JPN)
3. AUSMA, Natascha (NED)
3. DOLLINGER, Lisa (GER)
5. VAN DIJKE, Sanne (NED)
5. SCOCCIMARRO, Giovanna (GER)
7. RODRIGUEZ, Elvismar (IJF)
7. PROSDOCIMO, Alessandra (ITA)
Paris Grand Slam bronze medallist Frank DE WIT (NED) defeated Cadet Asian Championships winner FUJIWARA Sotaro (JPN) in the -81kg final only a week after capturing the attention of the world after his breakout display in the French capital. DE WIT, 19, who will also compete in the Abu Dhabi Grand Slam, was penalised for holding onto his opponent's belt for too long while FUJIWARA was penalised for passivity. With 64 seconds left in the contest, the Dutch starlet countered an ouchi-gari with a ko-soto-gake for a yuko score and that proved enough to win the world title.
In the first semi-final DE WIT (NED) grinded out a win against former Cadet Asian Championships bronze medallist BANDIKHUU Baterdene (MGL) on shido penalties. The Mongolian was penalised on three occasions with the last one as a result of passivity as DE WIT, who was penalised once, went through by the margin of two penalties as both judoka failed to register a score. In the second semi-final former Cadet World Championships bronze medallist Viktor MAKUKHA (UKR) was surpassed by FUJIWARA by a yuko as Japan’s medal charge was guaranteed to continue into the -81kg category.
The first bronze medal was won by MAKUKHA who dismissed Junior Asian Championships bronze medallist LEE Moon Jin (KOR) by ippon after just 12 seconds. The 20-year-old Ukrainian showed his versatility all day long with his shime-waza, osaekomi-waza and tachi-wazi skills on display and will now turn his attention to the senior stage. The second bronze medal was clinched by Pan American Games silver medallist Ivan Felipe SILVA MORALES (CUB) who edged out BANDIKHUU on shido penalties. The Mongolian was penalised three times with the last indiscretion as a result of passivity while the Cuban youngster was penalised twice in the closing seconds as he looked to avoid his opponent but held on to secure his country’s first medal at the Junior World Championships 2015.
DE WIT, Frank (NED) vs FUJIWARA, Sotaro (JPN)
Bronze Medal Fights
MAKUKHA, Viktor (UKR) vs LEE, Moon Jin (KOR)
BANDIKHUU, Baterdene (MGL) vs SILVA MORALES, Ivan Felipe (CUB)
1. DE WIT, Frank (NED)
2. FUJIWARA, Sotaro (JPN)
3. MAKUKHA, Viktor (UKR)
3. SILVA MORALES, Ivan Felipe (CUB)
5. LEE, Moon Jin (KOR)
5. BANDIKHUU, Baterdene (MGL)
7. SAFWAT, Mohamed (EGY)
7. DRUZETA, Dominik (CRO)
World number five on the senior ranking list Beka GVINIASHVILI (GEO) powered to the -90kg world title in his final appearance as a junior. GVINIASHVILI, who turns 20 on Monday, defeated Junior World Championships silver medallist and top seed Nikoloz SHERAZADISHVILI (ESP) in the final within 43 seconds. GVINIASHVILI, who won the second biggest senior competition of the year, the World Masters, in May, took control of his Spanish rival and trapped him with kami-shiho-gatame and the Georgian powerhouse used his considerable frame to keep the pressure on SHERAZADISHVILI for 20 seconds to earn ippon.
"I waved goodbye to everyone because this was my last time to compete as a junior,” the Georgian star told IJF commentator Sheldon FRANCO-ROOKS. "It’s my birthday tomorrow so I’ll be celebrating with my team mates tonight.”
Mr. David KEVKHISHVILI, Georgian Judo Federation President, said that he was thrilled for his athlete who will not be in action at the Abu Dhabi Grand Slam but will reappear on the IJF World Judo Tour before the end of the year.
"He [GVINIASHVILI] has plenty of experience of working in the senior programme but for these junior championships we had prepared a special programme for Beka,” said KEVKHISHVILI.
In the first semi-final SHERAZADISHVILI defeated Junior European Championships bronze medallist and former Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Games winner Mikhail IGOLNIKOV (RUS) with a dramatic ippon from an uchi-mata with 36 seconds left. IGOLNIKOV led by a waza-ari and yuko but SHERAZADISHVILI pressed forward and chased down his opponent until he could win the contest. In the second semi-final GVINIASHVILI bested Junior European Championships silver medallist David TEKIC (GER) by holding down the German judoka for 15 seconds for his second and match-winning waza-ari.
The first bronze medal was won by Junior European Championships bronze medallist Piotr KUCZERA (POL) who wrapped up a well-deserved victory against TEKIC by trapping him with a mune-gatame hold for 20 seconds to conclude the contest with a minute left on the clock. The second bronze medal was clinched by Lignano Junior European Cup winner Firudin DADASHOV (AZE) who stunned the highly-rated IGOLNIKOV by ippon after just 40 seconds.
GVINIASHVILI, Beka (GEO) vs SHERAZADISHVILI, Nikoloz (ESP)
Bronze Medal Fights
TEKIC, David (GER) vs KUCZERA, Piotr (POL)
IGOLNIKOV, Mikhail (RUS) vs DADASHOV, Firudin (AZE)
1. GVINIASHVILI, Beka (GEO)
2. SHERAZADISHVILI, Nikoloz (ESP)
3. KUCZERA, Piotr (POL)
3. DADASHOV, Firudin (AZE)
5. TEKIC, David (GER)
5. IGOLNIKOV, Mikhail (RUS)
7. MUKETE, Daniel (BLR)
7. KOZLOWSKI, Rafal (POL)
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
17:00 Final block (medal contests only) on two mats
Location: IPIC Arena
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