2015 Abu Dhabi Grand Slam - U.A.E DAY 2 Back
October 31, 2015
The Abu Dhabi Grand Slam 2015 continued on Saturday with 170 judoka targeting success at the IPIC Arena in the heart of Zayed Sports City.
The second day of the Grand Slam showcased the women’s -63kg and -70kg categories along with the men’s -73kg and -81kg categories as the busiest fields of the competition were contested.
After two days of competition in Abu Dhabi, the medal table makes pleasant viewing for South Korea who are out in front with three gold medals. France are second with two gold medals and one bronze medal while Germany are in third position with one gold, two silver and one bronze medal.
On Sunday the action in the U.A.E concludes with the five remaining weight categories as the women’s -78kg and +78kg judoka will be joined in action on day three by the men’s -90kg, -100kg and +100kg judoka.
Returning Dutchman Noel VAN T END (NED) will be campaigning in the -90kg category on Sunday with a silver medal and a bronze medal already to show for the Dutch team’s efforts at the fourth Grand Slam of the season.
VAN T END said: "I have been training well again. I was not able to compete at the Paris Grand Slam which was disappointing but the training camp in Paris went well so I think I am ready to fight again.”
Features of the day
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FOLLOW THE COMPETITION
World silver medallist Clarisse AGBEGNENOU (FRA) continued her incredible hot-streak having medalled at every IJF event since 2013. AGBEGNENOU, 23, who is eying her first Olympic Games next year in Rio, defeated Paris Grand Slam bronze medallist Martyna TRAJDOS (GER) by ippon in just 61 seconds.
In the first semi-final AGBEGNENOU was victorious against 2013 world champion Yarden GERBI (IJF). The French star threw her long-time adversary but yet close friend with a ura-nage for waza-ari before adding a yuko with the same technique. GERBI failed to score and was relegated to the repechage. In the second semi-final TRAJDOS defeated former Tyumen Grand Slam silver medallist Ekaterina VALKOVA (RUS). The in-form world number four held down her opponent for 15 seconds with a kuzure-kesa-gatame having led by a waza-ari.
The first bronze medal was won by Baku Grand Slam bronze medallist Anicka VAN EMDEN (NED) who was too strong for VALKOVA. The Russian was penalised twice for passivity which was decisive after four minutes in a scoreless contest as VAN EMDEN won the 12th Grand Slam medal of her career. The second bronze medal was won by GERBI who threw Paris Grand Slam silver medallist Juul FRANSSEN (NED) with a beautiful uchi-mata for ippon after 54 seconds.
AGBEGNENOU, Clarisse (FRA) vs. TRAJDOS, Martyna (GER)
Bronze Medal Fights
VAN EMDEN, Anicka (NED) vs. VALKOVA, Ekaterina (RUS)
FRANSSEN, Juul (NED) vs. GERBI, Yarden (IJF)
1. AGBEGNENOU, Clarisse (FRA)
2. TRAJDOS, Martyna (GER)
3. GERBI, Yarden (IJF)
3. VAN EMDEN, Anicka (NED)
5. FRANSSEN, Juul (NED)
5. VALKOVA, Ekaterina (RUS)
7. HERMANSSON, Mia (SWE)
7. SCHLESINGER, Alice (GBR)
Paris Grand Slam runner-up Laura VARGAS KOCH (GER) finished in pole position in Abu Dhabi as she beat European Games winner Kim POLLING (NED) in the -70kg final. VARGAS KOCH looked confident walking onto the tatami and attacked from the outset. The German judoka scored a yuko with a ko-uchi-gake before POLLING fought her way back to take the lead with two yuko scores. VARGAS KOCH settled the contest by submitting POLLING for a monumental victory with three IJF World Judo Tour events remaining in 2015.
In the first semi-final POLLING defeated world number nine ARAI Chizuru (JPN) by a waza-ari from an ippon seoi-nage while in the second semi-final VARGAS KOCH bested Tyumen Grand Slam bronze medallist Kelita ZUPANCIC (CAN) by ippon with a minute left in their contest.
The first bronze medal was clinched by Katarzyna KLYS (POL) who could only be separated from ZUPANCIC after 79 seconds of golden score when the Canadian was penalised for passivity after KLYS put in successive attacks without a significant reply. The second bronze medal was won by ARAI who shut out Barbara MATIC (CRO) to make sure Japan were represented on the medal podium. ARAI is Japan’s only athlete in the Abu Dhabi Grand Slam and is part of a three-strong delegation. ARAI was joined by the sister act of double Olympic champion and double world champion UENO Masae as her coach and former double world champion and London 2012 Olympic bronze medallist UENO Yoshie as her training partner. ARAI scored a yuko from an uchi-mata after 75 seconds on the edge of the mat and comfortably contained MATIC which is a rare sight on the IJF World Judo Tour.
POLLING, Kim (NED) vs. VARGAS KOCH, Laura (GER)
Bronze Medal fights
KLYS, Katarzyna (POL) vs. ZUPANCIC, Kelita (CAN)
MATIC, Barbara (CRO) vs. ARAI, Chizuru (JPN)
1. VARGAS KOCH, Laura (GER)
2. POLLING, Kim (NED)
3. ARAI, Chizuru (JPN)
3. KLYS, Katarzyna (POL)
5. MATIC, Barbara (CRO)
5. ZUPANCIC, Kelita (CAN)
7. BOLDER, Linda (IJF)
7. NIANG, Assmaa (MAR)
World bronze medallist AN Changrim (KOR) was in majestic form as he earned South Korea’s third gold medal of the competition. The 21-year-old hotshot, who only stepped up to the senior circuit a year ago, was unbeatable in Abu Dhabi as he showed his ippon judo to win four out of his five contests by the maximum score including the final against Paris Grand Slam bronze medallist Igor WANDTKE (GER). The German fighter was penalised with a shido for passivity before the South Korean launched forward into a ko-uchi-gari for ippon.
In the first semi-final WANDTKE was successful against Ulaanbaatar Grand Prix winner SAI Yinjirigala (CHN). Both judoka exchanged shido penalties rather than scores as they were tied at the end of regular time with two shidos apiece and no scores registered. In golden score SAI was finally undone as WANDTKE scored first with a yuko after 97 seconds. In the second semi-final AN bested Sagi MUKI (IJF) for a place in the gold medal contest. Both judoka were penalised for passivity before AN struck with a sumptuous tai-otoshi for ippon with 73 seconds left on the clock.
The first bronze medal was claimed by MUKI who surpassed European Games bronze medallist Dirk VAN TICHELT (BEL). Neither judoka could break the deadlock so the contest was decided on shido penalties with the Belgian penalised twice with the last indiscretion coming for passivity while MUKI was only penalised once. The second bronze medal went to Olympic champion Lasha SHAVDATUASHVILI (GEO) who won Georgia’s first medal in Abu Dhabi as he set a high tempo against SAI and maintained his impressive workrate for the full five minutes. An ouchi-gari from the Georgian earned a waza-ari score before both judoka were penalised for passivity with two minutes remaining. The unfortunate SAI had to face not one but two Olympic champions in his six contests having defeated -73kg Olympic champion Mansur ISAEV (RUS) in his second contest.
WANDTKE, Igor (GER) vs. AN, Changrim (KOR)
Bronze Medal Fights
VAN TICHELT, Dirk (BEL) vs MUKI, Sagi (IJF)
SHAVDATUASHVILI, Lasha (GEO) vs. SAI, Yinjirigala (CHN)
1. AN, Changrim (KOR)
2. WANDTKE, Igor (GER)
3. MUKI, Sagi (IJF)
3. SHAVDATUASHVILI, Lasha (GEO)
5. SAI, Yinjirigala (CHN)
5. VAN TICHELT, Dirk (BEL)
7. DREBOT, Serhiy (UKR)
7. UEMATSU, Kiyoshi (ESP)
Belgrade European Cup winner Ivaylo IVANOV (BUL) inked his name into the record books as he entered unchartered territory for Bulgaria by winning their first Grand Slam gold medal. IVANOV shone all day long as he won all six of his contests including the -81kg final against Tashkent Grand Prix winner Sergiu TOMA (UAE). The home judoka was urged on by the crowd who chanted his name with the only question being which colour medal will be the first for the United Arab Emirates in their home event. IVANOV, who was supported to compete in Abu Dhabi by the IJF, fired in front with a waza-ari as chants of U.A.E rung out around the arena only for TOMA to be penalised with shido for passivity and then a second for the same offence at the halfway point. IVANOV received a shido for a false attack before TOMA was penalised for passivity with 90 seconds left. A second waza-ari for the Bulgarian settled the contest and a historic moment in Bulgarian judo.
In the first semi-final Tbilisi Grand Prix bronze medallist Sirazhudin MAGOMEDOV (RUS) was seen off by the breakout star IVANOV who scored two waza-ari. IVANOV countered a weak uchi-mata for his second score to win by wazari-awasette-ippon. In the second semi-final world bronze medallist Victor PENALBER (BRA) was second best against TOMA who scored yuko, waza-ari and then held down the Brazilian who elected to tap out with no escape on the horizon.
The first bronze medal was won by Tashkent Grand Prix bronze medallist CSOKNYAI Laszlo (HUN) after world number six PENALBER received hansoku-make for a leg grab. CSOKNYAI made a bright start as he attacked with a yoko-tomoe-nage but PENALBER anticipated the attack and was unmoved on the edge of the area. The Brazilian attempted to make the transition to ne-waza but used a leg grab in the process to gift the medal to the Hungarian. The second bronze medal went to world number 13 MAGOMEDOV who threw Baku Grand Slam winner Khasan KHALMURZAEV (RUS) for ippon after two minutes with a modified kata-guruma.
IVANOV, Ivaylo (BUL) vs. TOMA, Sergiu (UAE)
Bronze Medal Fights
CSOKNYAI, Laszlo (HUN) vs. PENALBER, Victor (BRA)
KHALMURZAEV, Khasan (RUS) vs. MAGOMEDOV, Sirazhudin (RUS)
1. IVANOV, Ivaylo (BUL)
2. TOMA, Sergiu (UAE)
3. CSOKNYAI, Laszlo (HUN)
3. MAGOMEDOV, Sirazhudin (RUS)
5. KHALMURZAEV, Khasan (RUS)
5. PENALBER, Victor (BRA)
7. DUMINICA, Valeriu (MDA)
7. VALOIS-FORTIER, Antoine (CAN)
10:00 Preliminaries on three mats
17:00 Final block on one mat
Women: -78kg, +78kg
Men: -90kg, -100kg, +100kg
Location: IPIC Arena
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