2014 Ulaanbaatar Judo Grand Prix Day 2 Back
July 5, 2014
The Mongolian faithful saw four weight categories take to the tatami on the second day in search of Grand Prix honours as the women’s -63kg and -70kg categories and men’s-73kg and -81kg categories were contested.
IJF Head Sports Director Mr. Vladimir BARTA shared his thoughts on the competition so far as the World Judo Tour has stopped in Ulaanbaatar for the second time.
"Mongolia is one of the strongest judo nations not only in Asia but in the world. They have a great track record of international success and now it’s a pleasure for the IJF to be here to host the second edition of this Grand Prix.
"The level of entry and number of countries is strong and we’ve seen progress in all areas of the event this year. The Rio 2016 Olympic qualification is well underway with a busy period of events before the World Championships which will be staged in Chelyabinsk, Russia, in August.
"We can be very encouraged by the progress made by the Mongolian Judo Association who are great ambassadors for our sport.”
Hosts Mongolia tightened their grip on top spot as they now have 10 medals with three gold, two silver and four bronze in their impressive haul which sees them lead the way ahead of Japan and China who both have two gold medals to their name.
On Sunday, the final day of the first Asian IJF competition of 2014, the focus will turn to the heavyweights as the men’s 90kg -100kg and +100kg categories and women’s -78kg and +78kg categories will be settled in Ulaanbaatar.
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Rome European Open bronze medallist YANG Junxia (CHN) defeated Tokyo Grand Slam bronze medallist JOUNG Da-Woon (KOR) in the -63kg final. After 40 seconds world number 14 JOUNG was penalised with a shido for not taking a grip along with her opponent. YANG improved and trapped JOUNG on the tatami with a pin which almost ended as a kami-shiho-gatame.
In the first semi-final YANG upset favourite Martyna TRAJDOS (GER) who arrived in Mongolia on the back of earning a silver medal at the Budapest Grand Prix. Chinese fighter YANG needed just 42 seconds to seal her progression as she caught TRAJDOS with a juji-gatame and the German but no choice but to submit. In the second semi-final Asian Championships bronze medallist TSEND-AYUSH Tserennadmid (MGL) and JOUNG cancelled each other out for four minutes as the scoreless contest required golden score. The home judoka lost out 52 seconds later when she was penalised for an overly defensive grip.
The first bronze medal was won by Tashkent Grand Prix bronze medallist Marian URDABAYEVA (KAZ) who countered a uchi-mata attempt from TSEND-AYUSH by picking for her up a ura-ange and a yuko score with 18 seconds left. The second bronze medal was claimed by TRAJDOS who defeated Dusseldorf Grand Prix winner Marta LABAZINA (RUS). Both judoka were penalised with a shido after 30 seconds for not taking a grip as they eased into the contest and the German struck with 25 seconds left to score a waza-ari from a ko-uchi-gari.
YANG, Junxia (CHN) vs JOUNG, Da-Woon (KOR)
Bronze Medal Fights
URDABAYEVA, Marian (KAZ) vs TSEND-AYUSH, Tserennadmid (MGL)
LABAZINA, Marta (RUS) vs TRAJDOS, Martyna (GER)
1. YANG, Junxia (CHN)
2. JOUNG, Da-Woon (KOR)
3. URDABAYEVA, Marian (KAZ)
3. TRAJDOS, Martyna (GER)
5. TSEND-AYUSH, Tserennadmid (MGL)
5. LABAZINA, Marta (RUS)
7. BALDORJ, Mungunchimeg (MGL)
7. MARTIN, Hannah (USA)
Reigning Ulaanbaatar Grand Prix silver medallist TSEND AYUSH Naranjargal (MGL) went one better this year as she defeated Asian champion HWANG Ye-Sul (KOR) to hear the Mongolian anthem as she stood on top of the medal podium. TSEND AYUSH was slick in transitioning into ne-waza on the edge of the tatami to submit HWANG with a juji-gatame.
In the first semi-final contest former world number one Kelita ZUPANCIC (CAN) was beaten by TSEND AYUSH. The Mongolian went ahead with a waza-ari score and there was no way back for the Canadian who received a shido for passivity as she failed to impose herself in the contest. In the second semi-final 19-year-old Asian Championships bronze medallist Gulnoza MATNIYAZOVA (UZB) fell to HWANG who trapped her with osaekomi after both judoka were penalised with shido penalties for not taking a grip.
The first bronze medal was claimed by Madrid European Open winner Esther STAM (GEO) who continued her strong start since she started representing Georgia as she bested MATNIYAZOVA by ippon from an osoto-gari. The second bronze medal contest was won by teak-tough Maria PORTELA (BRA) who ended a miserable day for top seed ZUPANCIC. Former Abu Dhabi Grand Prix winner PORTELA won her first IJF medal since 2012 as she pinned the Canadian to the tatami for 20 seconds with a mune-gatame hold. The win could earn the Brazilian a place in her country’s World Championships team and that could have been on her mind when she ran and jumped on her coach to celebrate.
TSEND AYUSH, Naranjargal (MGL) vs HWANG, Ye-Sul (KOR)
Bronze Medal Fights
STAM, Esther (GEO) vs MATNIYAZOVA, Gulnoza (UZB)
PORTELA, Maria (BRA) vs ZUPANCIC, Kelita (CAN)
1. TSEND AYUSH, Naranjargal (MGL)
2. HWANG, Ye-Sul (KOR)
3. STAM, Esther (GEO)
3. PORTELA, Maria (BRA)
5. MATNIYAZOVA, Gulnoza (UZB)
5. ZUPANCIC, Kelita (CAN)
7. MERLI, Nadia (BRA)
7. KIM, Jong Sun (PRK)
Mongolian legend and Ulaanbaatar Grand Prix poster boy KHASHBAATAR Tsagaanbaatar (MGL) had to settle for silver in his homeland for the second successive year as Nugzari TATALASHVILI (GEO) topped the -73kg medal podium. TATALASHVILI was the only non-Asian winner as former world champion KHASHBAATAR, 30, was penalised for passivity twice after the Georgian was untroubled by a yoko-tomoe-nage effort.
In the first semi-final KHASHBAATAR bested teammate GANBAATAR Odbayar (MGL) by scoring a waza-ari from a tani-otoshi and held him down for 15 seconds to add a second and match-winning waza-ari. Joining the Mongolian in the final was TATALASHVILI who broke the Asian dominance of the semi-finals as he swept past world number 200 JANG Won Gi (KOR) with a yuko from a tai-otoshi setting him on his way before he added a waza-ari and ippon.
The first bronze medal was clinched by Oberwart European Open winner NAKAMURA Takenori (JPN) who derailed JANG who was targeting the first IJF medal of his career. NAKAMURA threw the Korean with morote seoi-nage for ippon after two minutes. The second bronze medal was won by Asian champion HONG Kuk Hyon (PRK) as he defeated GANBAATAR to win his first IJF medal and his country’s first medal of the competition. HONG took the lead with a waza-ari from an ippon seoi-nage and added a second waza-ari to wrap up victory in 65 seconds.
KHASHBAATAR, Tsagaanbaatar (MGL) vs TATALASHVILI, Nugzari (GEO)
Bronze Medal Fights
NAKAMURA, Takenori (JPN) vs JANG, Won Gi (KOR)
HONG, Kuk Hyon (PRK) vs GANBAATAR, Odbayar (MGL)
1. TATALASHVILI, Nugzari (GEO)
2. KHASHBAATAR, Tsagaanbaatar (MGL)
3. NAKAMURA, Takenori (JPN)
3. HONG, Kuk Hyon (PRK)
5. JANG, Won Gi (KOR)
5. GANBAATAR, Odbayar (MGL)
7. FOGEL, Leo (RUS)
7. BUUVEIBAATAR, Khishigbayar (MGL)
World Judo Masters silver medallist NAGASHIMA Keita (JPN) won -81kg gold on Saturday as he denied Beijing Olympic silver medallist WANG Ki-Chun (KOR) on the Korean’s return to the IJF World Judo Tour. NAGASHIMA, who finished seventh at the Tokyo Grand Slam and this year’s season-launching Paris Grand Slam, fell behind to former double world champion WANG, 25, who was last seen winning gold at the FISU Universiade in 2013. WANG, who has moved up from -73kg to -81kg, took the initiative with a waza-ari from a thunderbolt of a tai-otoshi but the Korean’s fitness looked to be in doubt as he gave away shidos and looked set to receive a fourth shido after being reprimanded for passivity, negative gripping and going out of the area. NAGASHIMA producing a thrilling conclusion as he launched his opponent with uchi-mata for a waza-ari with one second left to steal the title from the clutches of WANG who rued his indiscretions.
In the first semi-final WANG defeated world number 84 Lukasz BLACH (POL) as he was outworked and outthought by the South Korean who ensured the inferior work rate of his opponent would be penalised with hansoku-make for four shido penalties from passivity. In the second semi-final NAGASHIMA Keita (JPN) resisted Samsun Grand Prix runner-up Alexander WIECZERZAK (GER) as he won by way of shido penalties. Both judoka were brought to justice for passivity before a second and decisive shido for the German separated the rivals after five minutes after a second case of passivity.
The first bronze medal was won by Tashkent Grand Prix silver medallist Amir GHASEMI NEJAD (IRI) who won his country’s first medal in Mongolia at the expense of WIECZERZAK. The German lost out on shido penalties as he picked up two for passivity while world number 21 GHASEMI NEJAD was only penalised once for the same indiscretion. The second bronze medal was captured by BLACH who beat Olympic bronze medallist Antoine VALOIS-FORTIER (CAN) to earn the first IJF medal of his career. BLACH was penalised for going out of the area but that was insignificant when the Polish fighter submitted VALOIS-FORTIER with a juji-gatame after the Canadian left his arm on offer as he tried to lure his standing opponent into ne-waza.
WANG, Ki-Chun (KOR) vs NAGASHIMA, Keita (JPN)
Bronze Medal Fights
GHASEMI NEJAD, Amir (IRI) vs WIECZERZAK, Alexander (GER)
VALOIS-FORTIER, Antoine (CAN) vs BLACH, Lukasz (POL)
1. NAGASHIMA, Keita (JPN)
2. WANG, Ki-Chun (KOR)
3. GHASEMI NEJAD, Amir (IRI)
3. BLACH, Lukasz (POL)
5. WIECZERZAK, Alexander (GER)
5. VALOIS-FORTIER, Antoine (CAN)
7. SOBIROV, Shaxzod (UZB)
7. KRIZSAN, Szabolcs (HUN)
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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