2015 Junior World Championships, Abu Dhabi DAY 4 Back
October 26, 2015
The IJF Junior World Championships individual competition was brought to an explosive close by the heavyweights on Monday at the IPIC Arena.
Four weight categories were in action as the junior women’s -78kg and +78kg categories and the men’s -100kg and +100kg categories all graced the tatami. The world’s leading young heavyweights battled it out for world glory ahead of Tuesday’s World Team Championships.
One week ago, on the occasion of the Paris Grand Slam, France’s 11 Olympic judo champions were presented to the public during a very touching ceremony. In the upcoming months, they will all participate in several educational activities to promote the values of judo throughout France. Séverine VANDENHENDE, Sydney 2000 Olympic champion, was among the judo heroes present on the tatami at the Accord Hotels Arena last weekend. This week, the French hero is present in Abu Dhabi, as a coach, during the Junior World Championships.
Sydney 2000 Olympic champion Séverine VANDENHENDE (centre) is part of the French coaching staff at the Junior World Championships
IJF: What did you feel when you stepped onto the tatami last weekend in Paris?
Séverine Vandenhende (SV): That it was incredible to be there. I think it was the first time that such a ceremony was organised and maybe the last time. Having the 11 French Olympic champions together was fantastic and I feel honoured to be among them. Bercy is a magical place for all judoka. There is no other competition like the Paris tournament. The public is incredible, warm, heartfelt, unique, a little patriotic but that’s logical.
IJF: What image or moment do you remember the most from your Olympic title?
SV: Actually I don’t really remember any specific moment from my competition day. Everything goes so fast. It’s like a whirlpool. But I remember very well when I came back to the residence where the team was staying. It was after the doping control and all the media obligations. I sat in the backyard. Everything was super quiet. That’s where I started to read all my messages and that’s when I started to realise that I did something great.
IJF: Based on your experience, what message did you deliver to your athletes today?
SV: I tell them that they must be patient. A career is long. Mine was dotted with injuries. One year prior to the Games I was laying on the surgery table. But what is important is to always believe in your dreams and build on experience. I explain to my athletes that they must come off the tatami feeling proud of what they did. Sometimes they will lose but they must have the feeling that they gave everything and they must have no regrets. During a World Championships like this one, I tell them that they must be proud of wearing the national judogi.
IJF: Tell us about the life of an Olympic champion after their competitive career?
SV: When I put an end to my career, I wanted to become a sports teacher. But then I realised that young people in high school were not that motivated to do sport and I really wanted to transmit something. So I passed my exams to become a judo teacher and a national coach. Today I take care of the juniors here in Abu Dhabi and I have really the feeling that my experience can be useful.
IJF: What are your impressions of these Junior World Championships?
SV: The level is very high and is increasing. It’s interesting to see that athletes who are already competing in the senior category have some difficulties. I am impressed also by Kosovo. With Majlinda KELMENDI, they already showed to the world that there is not any more small judo nations. Now they have also a Junior World champion. Last week, Distria KRASNIQI did not compete for the bronze medal in Paris because she felt a little pain in her shoulder. It was a good choice as now she is the new Junior World champion. Of course Japan is still the best nation, but Europe is pushing and our athletes are not any more afraid to fight against the Japanese. I was also very impressed by the Dutch athlete, Frank DE WIT, who won the bronze in Paris last weekend and is now Junior World champion. Many competitors are fighting in both age categories, so the difference of level between senior and junior is getting smaller. We have seen really good judo so far and I am really pleased to see that judo is entertaining and that the public can enjoy watching it. It is important for our sport.
IBSA Judo demo and IJF Junior World Team Championships Draw
Official Draw - Junior World Team Championships 2015
Mr. Daniel LASCAU, IJF Sports Director, conducted the draw ahead of the final block on day four in Abu Dhabi. The Junior Women’s competition will feature 13 teams while the Junior Men’s competition includes 14 teams with Japan the top seeds in both events.
Before the final block, IBSA Judo, the governing body for Visually Impaired (VI) judo, staged a special demonstration of Paralympic judo featuring Paralympic champions and medallists. VI judo joined the Paralympic Games programme at Seoul 1988 and women’s judo was added at Athens 2004 while the sport was also showcased at the first European Games in Baku.
The IJF and IBSA Judo signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on the occasion of the 2014 Budapest Grand Prix, the home city to the IJF Presidential office and IBSA Judo. Mr. Norbert BIRO, Chairman of the IBSA Judo Committee, who at the time hailed the 2014 MoU signing as "a turning point in the history of IBSA" led the IBSA Judo demonstration in Abu Dhabi.
"In the 1970s IBSA Judo was born and in 2014 we signed an MoU agreement with the International Judo Federation in order to work together to help us achieve a professional level,” said Mr. BIRO.
"We have started to work together and have organised seminars for coaches and referees and of course at the European Games this year we were included as a medal sport. Mr. Marius VIZER, IJF President, invited us to make this demonstration at the Junior World Championships and it’s been a great chance for us to continue to show people a positive impression of visually impaired judo. We have our IBSA Judo European Championships coming up in November and we are looking to increase our event calendar. We are confident of an excellent edition of the Paralympic Games in Rio 2016 and hope that visually impaired judo can be a focal point.”
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The team competition will bring the Junior World Championships 2015 to a riveting conclusion on Tuesday and the action will start at 10.00am local time.
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Former Tbilisi Grand Prix bronze medallist Brigita MATIC (CRO) was one of the favourites in the -78kg category and duly delivered for Croatia who got off the mark on the last day of the individual competition. MATIC defeated Bratislava Senior European Cup winner Klara APOTEKAR (SLO) in the -78kg final. The Croatian youngster took the lead with a yuko from a drop ippon seoi-nage and then set about protecting that advantage. MATIC was penalised for an overly defensive posture but was rarely threatened as she clinched the latest accolade of her thriving career.
In the first semi-final MATIC defeated Belgrade European Cup silver medallist Julie HOELTERHOFF (GER) by wazari-awasette-ippon. After throwing for a waza-ari to open the scoring the Croatian talent followed up with a kesa-gatame hold for 15 seconds and a place in the final. In the second semi-final APOTEKAR outmanoeuvred senior German Championships bronze medallist Anna Maria WAGNER (GER) to claim their nervy contest on shido penalties. APOTEKAR was penalised once for a gripping infringement while WAGNER was penalised twice and was sent into the repechage.
The first bronze medal was won by WAGNER who saw off former EYOF winner Kamila PASTERNAK (POL) by a yuko and waza-ari while the second bronze medal was also destined for Judo Bund as HOELTERHOFF defeated former Junior European Championships winner Anastasiya TURCHYN (UKR). HOELTERHOFF was successful by a waza-ari score as her teammates in the stands celebrated a -78kg double for Germany.
APOTEKAR, Klara (SLO) vs MATIC, Brigita (CRO)
Bronze Medal Fights
WAGNER, Anna Maria (GER) vs PASTERNAK, Kamila (POL)
HOELTERHOFF, Julie (GER) vs TURCHYN, Anastasiya (UKR)
1. MATIC, Brigita (CRO)
2. APOTEKAR, Klara (SLO)
3. WAGNER, Anna Maria (GER)
3. HOELTERHOFF, Julie (GER)
5. PASTERNAK, Kamila (POL)
5. TURCHYN, Anastasiya (UKR)
7. GROENWOLD, Larissa (NED)
7. DUCHENE, Morgane (FRA)
Junior Asian Championships silver medallist TOMITA Wakaba (JPN) became Junior world champion for Japan after a perfect day in Abu Dhabi. All four opponents were powerless to stop TOMITA who ended every contest by ippon. The 18-year-old bested three-time Junior European Cup winner Camila NOGUEIRA (BRA) in the +78kg final by an uchi-mata on the edge of the area with 48 seconds left.
In the first semi-final NOGUEIRA squeezed past former European Youth Olympics Festival winner Yelyzaveta KALANINA (UKR) by a single shido given against the Ukrainian for passivity. In the second semi-final former Junior Asian Championships bronze medallist HAN Mi Jin (KOR) was beaten by TOMITA who moved on into the +78kg final. After TOMITA went in front with a yuko score, HAN was penalised with a shido for passivity and TOMITA was not finished as she trapped her opponent with a modified kami-shiho-gatame hold to progress into the gold medal contest.
The first bronze medal was captured by HAN (KOR) in golden score against Prague Junior European Cup bronze medallist Beata PACUT (POL). With the scoreboard untroubled after four minutes, the contest required added time and PACUT was penalised for passivity to give the contest to her opponent. The second bronze medal went to KALANINA who was marginally more positive than San Jose Junior Pan American Cup silver medallist Ellen FURTADO (BRA). The Brazilian lacked any vigour and the Ukrainian, who weighed in at 104.3kg last night, claimed the contest and a place on the podium on shidos. FURTADO was penalised three times with the last coming for passivity while KALANINA pitched an unblemished record.
NOGUEIRA, Camila (BRA) vs TOMITA, Wakaba (JPN)
Bronze Medal Fights
HAN, Mi Jin (KOR) vs PACUT, Beata (POL)
KALANINA, Yelyzaveta (UKR) vs FURTADO, Ellen (BRA)
1. TOMITA, Wakaba (JPN)
2. NOGUEIRA, Camila (BRA)
3. HAN, Mi Jin (KOR)
3. KALANINA, Yelyzaveta (UKR)
5. PACUT, Beata (POL)
5. FURTADO, Ellen (BRA)
7. WILLIAMS, Mackenzie (USA)
7. SZIGETVARI, Mercedesz (HUN)
Junior World Championships silver medallist Niyaz ILYASOV (RUS) won the -100kg title as Russia enjoyed their most successful day of the competition. ILYASOV battled Prague Junior European Cup winner Leonardo GONCALVES (BRA) in the final as Russia’s number one seed was pitted against against Brazil’s number two seed. ILYASOV led by a yuko and added a waza-ari from a pick up before showing his supremacy by holding down his foe for 15 seconds and the gold medal.
After stepping off the podium, ILYASOV said: "This was my last juniors, I fought the Japanese in the first round and it feels like our team has faced them a lot here. At least we don’t have them in the team event, maybe in the semi-final if all goes well.”
In the first semi-final ILYASOV thwarted Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Games bronze medallist Domenik SCHOENEFELDT (GER) by two waza-ari scores as the Russian already looked to be on the verge of world glory. In the second semi-final Brazilian GONCALVES, who was urged on by the most vocal team in the arena, bested Junior European Championships silver medallist Oleg ABAEV (RUS). The Russian judoka was penalised twice for passivity before being submitted with shime-waza by the impressive GONCALVES.
The first bronze medal was won by National Cadet Championships silver medallist Nikita AZAROV (KAZ) who registered a score in each column as he dominated ABAEV. A waza-ari, yuko and finally ippon, sent the Kazakhstan judoka fighter onto the podium for his country’s second medal of the competition. The second bronze medal was clinched by Prague Junior European Cup silver medallist Anton SAVYTSKIY (UKR) who defeated SCHOENEFELDT by ippon with 14 seconds left having been in front by a waza-ari.
ILYASOV, Niyaz (RUS) vs GONCALVES, Leonardo (BRA)
Bronze Medal Fights
ABAEV, Oleg (RUS) vs AZAROV, Nikita (KAZ)
SCHOENEFELDT, Domenik (GER) vs SAVYTSKIY, Anton (UKR)
1. ILYASOV, Niyaz (RUS)
2. GONCALVES, Leonardo (BRA)
3. AZAROV, Nikita (KAZ)
3. SAVYTSKIY, Anton (UKR)
5. ABAEV, Oleg (RUS)
5. SCHOENEFELDT, Domenik (GER)
7. PANTIC, Danilo (MNE)
7. DJORDA, Slobodan (SRB)
Former Junior European Championship bronze medallist Tamerlan BASHAEV (RUS) won Russia’s second gold medal of the day as he defeated Junior Bremen Masters winner TANAKA Genta (JPN) in the heavyweight final which was the last contest of the individual competition. TANAKA struck first as he produced a foot sweep for a yuko score but BASHAEV replied with force and a waza-ari and controlled the remainder of the contest to seal the finest result of his young career.
BASHAEV, who is a second year student at Moscow University of Physical Education, said: "This was my first time competing at the Junior World Championships. I fought at the Cadet World Championships in Miami in 2013 and lost my first fight.
"I am thrilled to win gold at this level at my first attempt. I want to win the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, this is what drives me every day.”
In the first semi-final TANAKA defeated Prague Junior European Cup winner Sergii ZVIERIEV (UKR) on shido penalties (1:2) while in the second semi-final BASHAEV bested 2013 Cadet World Championships bronze medallist Messie KATANGA (FRA). With KATANGA struggling with three shidos to his name, BASHAEV was penalised for going out and then not taking a grip. BASHAEV earned a place in the final by wazari-awasette-ippon as he hold down his opponent with a mune-gatame for 15 seconds after first throwing for a waza-ari.
The first bronze medal was won by KATANGA who defeated 17-year-old Junior Pan American Championships bronze medallist Joao Cesarino SILVA (BRA) on shido penalties (1:2) while the second bronze medal was clinched by 19-year-old Junior World Team Championships gold medallist OGAWA Yusei (JPN). The son of 1992 Olympic silver medallist and four-time world champion held down ZVIERIEV with a kami-shiho-gatame for 20 seconds for ippon.
TANAKA, Genta (JPN) vs BASHAEV, Tamerlan (RUS)
Bronze Medal Fights
KATANGA, Messie (FRA) vs SILVA, Joao Cesarino (BRA)
ZVIERIEV, Sergii (UKR) vs OGAWA, Yusei (JPN)
1. BASHAEV, Tamerlan (RUS)
2. TANAKA, Genta (JPN)
3. KATANGA, Messie (FRA)
3. OGAWA, Yusei (JPN)
5. SILVA, Joao Cesarino (BRA)
5. ZVIERIEV, Sergii (UKR)
7. TUSHISHVILI, Guram (GEO)
7. MADZHIDOV, Khurshed (TJK)
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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