2014 Ulaanbaatar Judo Grand Prix Day 1 Back

July 4, 2014

DAY  1

-48kg | -52kg | -57kg | -60kg -66kg 


The opening day of Judo Grand Prix, Ulaanbaatar 2014, was hotly-contested as a wealth of world-class judoka fought for precious world ranking points ahead of next month’s World Championships in Chelyabinsk, Russia. 


The three-day Grand Prix started with five categories sharing the tatami at the Buyant Ukhaa Sport Complex. Mongolia’s knowledgeable judo fans saw the women’s -48kg, -52kg and -57kg categories and men’s -60kg and -66kg categories in action.  


Before the final block on day one, IJF Head Sports Director Mr. Vladimir BARTA presented an IJF World Judo Tour Gold Card to Mr. BATTULGA Khaltmaa, Mongolian Judo Association President.



Mr. BARTA makes the presentation to Mr. BATTULGA


Mr. BATTULGA Khaltmaa, Mongolian Judo Association President, said: "Dear friends, it is our pleasure to host 2014 IJF Grand Prix here in the capital city of Ulaanbaatar. We are happy that this tournament has been supported by the government of Mongolia and has organised under the auspices of the President of Mongolia.


"I’d like to encourage especially all judoka around the world the put forward their strength towards the World Ranking List and towards gaining a place at the Olympic Games. Lastly I wish you all to have a good time while staying in the homeland of Chinggis Khan. I would like to send my heartfelt gratitude to judo loving people and for supporting the organisation of this tournament.”


Mr. PUREV Altangerel, State Secretary of the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, said: "I’m very pleased this is a qualification event towards Rio 2016 and has attracted a lot of competitors. We thank Mr. Vizer and IJF for granting us the opportunity to host this event in our homeland. Thanks to the Mongolian Judo Association and all the members of organising committee, I believe the event will show the strength and friendship of judo and people passionate about judo. I wish all the best results to the athlete, coaches, officials and organisers.”


Mr. Vladimir BARTA, IJF Head Sports Director, said: "Good afternoon everyone, welcome to the second edition of the Ulaanbaatar Grand Prix. It is a great pleasure to be here in Mongolia for the first Asian event of this year’s IJF World Judo Tour. Mongolia is one of the leading nations in judo and everyone in your country can be very proud of your athlete’s accomplishments.


"Over the three days, 282 judoka from 27 nations will be competing which shows the high regard the judo world has for this competition. I wish everyone good luck in the competition and on behalf of the IJF President, Mr. Marius Vizer, I declare the Ulaanbaatar Grand Prix 2014 officially open, thank you.”  


On Saturday, the action continues in Ulaanbaatar as the women’s -63kg and -70kg categories along with the men’s -73kg and -81kg categories will enter the spot in Mongolia’s capital city.  



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-48kg: World champion MUNKHBAT retains Ulaanbaatar title    

Mongolia’s first female judo world champion MUNKHBAT Urantsetseg (MGL) defended her 2013 Ulaanbaatar Grand Prix title by beating world number 26 JEONG Bo Kyeong (KOR). The Mongolian star was trailing with 15 seconds left having received shido penalties for passivity but MUNKHBAT was never fazed and fought back to hold her opponent down with a sankaku-gatame for ippon.   



In the first semi-final MUNKHBAT downed Dusseldorf Grand Prix winner WU Shugen (CHN) with a bold effort against her game foe. MUNKHBAT opened the scoring after a minute with a yuko from a sasae-tsurikomi-ashi and sat on that lead for the subsequent three minutes as she conserved energy for the final. In the second semi-final the hosts were second best as Budapest Grand Prix bronze medallist GALBADRAKH Otgontsetseg (MGL) fell to Jeju Grand Prix runner-up JEONG Bo Kyeong (KOR) by a solitary shido for passivity. GALBADRAKH lost out to MUNKHBAT in last year’s final but had to settle for a bronze medal bout this time around after tasting defeat in the last fight of the opening session in Ulaanbaatar.


The first bronze medal was awarded to GALBADRAKH who ruthlessly disposed of 23-year-old KIM Sol Mi (PRK) who earned a surprise fifth-place at the World Championships last year. GALBADRAKH, 22, secured back-to-back Grand Prix bronze medals as she went ahead with an ura-nage for waza-ari after 52 seconds and added a yuko from the same technique. GALBADRAKH scored another yuko from a sumi-gaeshi with one minute left and ended the contest in style by countering an uchi-mata with a hane-goshi for a match-winning waza-ari. The second bronze medal was won by WU as she defeated 19-year-old JIANG Yahong (CHN) who has two fifth-place finishes at the Qingdao Grand Prix as the best results on her resume. WU won by a single yuko after JIANG was penalised for passivity. 


MUNKHBAT, Urantsetseg (MGL) vs JEONG, Bo Kyeong (KOR)                       

Bronze Medal Fights

KIM, Sol Mi (PRK) vs GALBADRAKH, Otgontsetseg (MGL)            
JIANG, Yahong (CHN) vs WU, Shugen (CHN)                                



Final Results

1. MUNKHBAT, Urantsetseg (MGL)                                     
2. JEONG, Bo Kyeong (KOR)                               
3. GALBADRAKH, Otgontsetseg (MGL)                               
3. WU, Shugen (CHN)                               
5. KIM, Sol Mi (PRK)                               
5. JIANG, Yahong (CHN)                    
7. AKKUS, Sumeyye (TUR)            
7. SAHIN, Ebru (TUR)                     


-52kg: China's MA goes unbeaten in Mongolia

Rome European Open winner MA Yingnan (CHN) defeated a below-par world number four and top seed Mareen KRAEH (GER) in the -52kg final. MA broke the deadlock by scoring a yuko before adding a second by trapping KRAEH to the tatami with osaekomi for 12 seconds. The German judoka appeared to fall back awkwardly on her left foot from a ashi-waza attack and MA seized her opportunity be applying shime-waza and forcing her German rival to submit. 



The first semi-final was an all-German affair as KRAEH (GER) had the measure of Samsun Grand Prix bronze medallist Romy TARANGUL (GER). Both judoka received a shido each for passivity before favourite KRAEH scored a yuko from an osoto-gari and made sure of victory by stretched her advantage with a successful ashi-waza attack earning waza-ari. In the second semi-final MA conquered world number 18 MUNKHBAATAR Bundmaa (MGL) by a single shido which was given to the home judoka for a false attack.


The first bronze medal was clinched by home fighter MUNKHBAATAR who arm-locked former Junior World Championships bronze medallist Barbara MAROS (HUN) at the hallway point after the Mongolian had received a shido for passivity. The second bronze medal was won by 21-year-old Miami Grand Prix bronze medallist ADIYASAMBUU Tsolmon (MGL) who defeated TARANGUL as Momgolia wrapped up a bronze medal double in the -52kg category. TARANGUL scored a yuko with an uchi-mata after 35 seconds but that set the Mongolian fighter into motion and she scored with a waza-ari from a ko-soto-gake before scoring ippon with a pick-up counter to an uchi-mata attempt. 


KRAEH, Mareen (GER) vs MA, Yingnan (CHN) 


Bronze Medal Fights
MAROS, Barbara (HUN) vs MUNKHBAATAR, Bundmaa (MGL)          
ADIYASAMBUU, Tsolmon (MGL) vs TARANGUL, Romy (GER)                               



Final Results

1. MA, Yingnan (CHN)    
2. KRAEH, Mareen (GER)                              
3. MUNKHBAATAR, Bundmaa (MGL)                               
3. ADIYASAMBUU, Tsolmon (MGL)                               
5. MAROS, Barbara (HUN)                              
5. TARANGUL, Romy (GER)                               
7. CHINTOGTOKH, Azzaya (MGL)             
7. JUNG, Eun Jung (KOR)                      


-57kg: Canadian youngster triumphs against Japanese fighter

Junior World Championships silver medallist Catherine BEAUCHEMIN-PINARD (CAN) was the star performer in the -57kg category as she defeated former All Japan Judo Championships silver medallist OTOMO Makiko (JPN). Rijeka Grand Prix bronze medallist BEAUCHEMIN-PINARD, 20, registered a yuko and contained OTOMO with a determined effort before the Japanese judoka received a shido for stepping out of the area. 



In the first semi-final OTOMO bested former Qingdao Grand Prix winner KIM Jan-Di (KOR) who took silver last year in Ulaanbaatar. KIM was penalised for a false attack and both judoka were then reprimanded for passivity. Both judoka failed to trouble the scoreboard so OTOMO prevailed on shido penalties. In the second semi-final BEAUCHEMIN-PINARD defeated Budapest Grand Prix bronze medallist Hedvig KARAKAS (HUN) on shido penalties with two against the Hungarian and one against the young Canadian.


The first bronze medal was won by four-time world medallist Telma MONTEIRO (POR) who outworked KARAKAS to go ahead with a waza-ari and add a yuko from a morote seoi-nage. Seasoned campaigner MONTEIRO was not going to let her Hungarian opponent back in the contest and played the clock as she received three shido penalties for passivity and two false attacks to see out the four minutes.The second bronze medal was won by 21-year-old Tina ZELTNER (AUT) who produced an impressive result against KIM. ZELTNER acquitted herself well and signalled a return to the IJF medal podium for the first time since she won bronze the 2013 Baku Grand Slam by pressuring KIM into receiving two shido penalties for not taking a grip while the Austrian infringed once for the same offence.                


OTOMO, Makiko (JPN) vs BEAUCHEMIN-PINARD, Catherine (CAN)                                      

Bronze Medal Fights

MONTEIRO, Telma (POR) vs KARAKAS, Hedvig (HUN)
ZELTNER, Tina (AUT) vs KIM, Jan-Di (KOR)              



Final Results

1. BEAUCHEMIN-PINARD, Catherine (CAN)                                                  
2. OTOMO, Makiko (JPN)                           
3. MONTEIRO, Telma (POR)                               
3. ZELTNER, Tina (AUT)  
5. KARAKAS, Hedvig (HUN)                               
5. KIM, Jan-Di (KOR)                
7. KOCHER, Fabienne (SUI)            
7. LIEN, Chen-Ling (TPE)                           



-60kg: GANBAT late show earns victory 

World number four GANBAT Boldbaatar (MGL) defeated Havana Grand Prix runner-up Eric TAKABATAKE (BRA) to clinch -60kg gold on Friday. Paris Grand Slam winner GANBAT left it late as he powered forward with 18 seconds left to catch the Brazilian with a ko-uchi-gari after unsettling him by teasing an ippon seoi-nage effort. 



In the first semi-final TAKABATAKE sealed a place in the final by defeating Havana Grand Prix bronze medallist Ludovic CHAMMARTIN (SUI) by a single waza-ari. In the second semi-final GANBAT made quick work of 23-year-old rank outsider Ehsan BAHRAMIAN KHAYAT (IRI). The Mongolian scored waza-ari and held down his opponent for 15 seconds to earn wazari-awasette-ippon in just 40 seconds.


The first bronze medal was claimed by former Tokyo Grand Slam silver medallist KAWABATA Ryo (JPN) who saw off world number 247 BAHRAMIAN KHAYAT. KAWABATA scored a waza-ari with an ippon seoi-nage before his opponent received hansoku-make for a leg grab only 90 seconds into the contest. The second bronze medal went to 22-year-old Dusseldorf Grand Prix winner SHISHIME Toru (JPN) who ensured he matched the result of his teammate KAWABATA by defeating CHAMMARTIN. The Swiss fighter struggled to assert himself while SHISHIME was composed throughout and more than happy to settle for a win on shido penalties after his opponent was penalised for a third and final time for going out of the area.          


TAKABATAKE, Eric (BRA) vs GANBAT, Boldbaatar (MGL)                

Bronze Medal Fights

KAWABATA, Ryo (JPN) vs BAHRAMIAN KHAYAT, Ehsan (IRI)             
SHISHIME, Toru (JPN) vs CHAMMARTIN, Ludovic (SUI)                                                 



Final Result

1. GANBAT, Boldbaatar (MGL)                                            
2. TAKABATAKE, Eric (BRA)               
3. KAWABATA, Ryo (JPN)                               
3. SHISHIME, Toru (JPN)                             
5. BAHRAMIAN KHAYAT, Ehsan (IRI)                               
5. CHAMMARTIN, Ludovic (SUI)                               
7. TSENDOCHIR, Tsogtbaatar (MGL)              
7. GANBOLD, Kherlen (MGL)          


-66kg: TAKAJO defeats Mongolian ace  

Tokyo Grand Slam winner defeated top seed DAVAADORJ Tumurkhuleg (MGL) to win the -66kg title on the opening day of the Judo Grand Prix, Ulaanbaatar 2014. Word number seven DAVAADORJ and world number nine TAKAJO - who has fallen slightly out of favour since the emergence of Chelyabinsk-bound TAKAICHI Kengo (JPN) – were well matched and there was little to separate them until the Japanese fighter threw with drop seoi-nage with 20 seconds left to steal a late win. 



In the first semi-final home hero DAVAADORJ Tumurkhuleg (MGL) had the better of Dusseldorf Grand Prix silver medallist Rene SCHNEIDER (GER) as the former received one shido while his opponent received two shido penalties. In the second semi-final TAKAJO downed the ever-improving Patrick GAGNE (CAN) by scoring ippon following his initial waza-ari score a yuko which was registered by GAGNE.


The first bronze medal was won by Junior World silver medallist TATEYAMA Sho (JPN) who defeated GAGNE on shido penalties. GAGNE was penalised for passivity, a false attack and not taking a grip as TATEYAMA played it safe and, despite receiving two shido penalties, never looked in danger during the five minute contest. The second bronze medal contest was destined to stay in Mongolia as DOVDON Altansukh (MGL) won the first Grand Prix medal of his career at the expense of world number 55 SCHNEIDER. DOVDON was penalised with a shido for passivity and, after the German blocked a tomoe-nage attempt, the contest was all square with 30 seconds left after SCHNEIDER received a penalty for passivity. A further 75 seconds of golden score was required to separate the rivals when the German received a shido for passivity.   



DAVAADORJ, Tumurkhuleg (MGL) vs TAKAJO, Tomofumi (JPN)            


Bronze Medal Fights

TATEYAMA, Sho (JPN) vs GAGNE, Patrick (CAN)              
DOVDON, Altansukh (MGL) vs SCHNEIDER, Rene (GER)                     



Final Result

1. TAKAJO, Tomofumi (JPN)                                      
2. DAVAADORJ, Tumurkhuleg (MGL)               
3. TATEYAMA, Sho (JPN)                             
3. DOVDON, Altansukh (MGL)                           
5. GAGNE, Patrick (CAN)                               
5. SCHNEIDER, Rene (GER)                               
7. ZAGRODNIK, Pawel (POL)          
7. SEIDL, Sebastian (GER)                 



11:00 Preliminaries on three mats
17:00 Final block on one mat


Women: -63kg, -70kg
Men: -73kg, -81kg



11:00 Preliminaries on three mats
17:00 Final block on one mat


Women: -78kg, +78kg

Men: -90kg, -100kg, +100kg


Location: Buyant Ukhaa Sport Complex

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