2014 Ulaanbaatar Judo Grand Prix Day 3 Back
July 7, 2014
Cuba were well represented on the tatami and in the stands as the event will long be remembered for its colour and vibrancy. The three-day Grand Prix captured the imagination of the Cuban faithful who savoured every contest as they witnessed a flagship IJF event unfold at the City Sport Coliseum.
The Judo Grand Prix, Ulaanbaatar 2014, came to a close on Sunday as five gold medals were up for the grabs at the Buyant Ukhaa Sport Complex.
The second edition of the Ulaanbaatar Grand Prix attracted a world-class field which showcased the women’s -78kg and +78kg categories and the men’s -90kg, -100kg and +100kg categories on the final day in Mongolia.
Mongolian Judo Association consultant and former European champion Benoit CAMPARGUE, who is arguably best known as the former coach of Olympic champion and judo superstar Teddy RINER, has played a key role in the continued prominence of Mongolian judo on the world.
"I’ve been working with the MJA for the last year. I was here in March and now I’ll stay on for a week to attend the training camp and work with the Mongolian officials and athletes.
"I’ve been working to develop the Association’s competition programme, training and structure. I’ve been very impressed by the competition, the standard was high and all the staff have worked hard to stage such an important competition. I’m greatly enjoying my role and the MJA have been incredibly hospitable and open to ideas. We’ll be sure to develop our relationship in the coming months and I’m very excited about the potential of the team which has still to be fully unlocked.”
The Best Male Judoka award went to Olympic champion Tagir KHAIBULAEV (RUS) who won the -100kg title with a perfect record as he scored ippon in all five contests.
The Best Female Judoka was a hugely popular choice with the home fans as -70kg gold medallist TSEND AYUSH Naranjargal (MGL) was further rewarded for winning three of her four fights by ippon.
Best Judoka of the Judo Grand Prix, Ulaanbaatar 2014
The countdown to August’s World Championships continues as today marked 50 days until the annual showpiece starts in Chelyabinsk, Russia.
The IJF World Judo Tour makes one last stop before Chelyabinsk as a star-laden field descends on the Tyumen Grand Slam in Russia which provides one last run out and major opportunity to earn world ranking points from 12-13 July.
The full results can be seen at http://www.ippon.org/gp_
World champion SOL Kyong (PRK) was on top form in Ulaanbaatar as she looked the sharpest of her country’s well-stocked delegation. Former European bronze medallist Luise MALZAHN (GER) gave her all and her spirited effort sent the contest into golden score as both judoka had two shido penalties each as SOL received a shido for a false attack while the remaining three offenses were for passivity. In golden score SOL emerged victorious as she scored an uki-goshi for ippon after 54 seconds.
In the first semi-final SOL defeated Budapest Grand Prix bronze medallist Abigel JOO (HUN) who was unable to get to grips with the style of her opponent as she chalked up four shido penalties for hansoku-make. In the second semi-final MALZAHN bested world number 91 Katarzyna FURMANEK (POL) with a powerful o-goshi for ippon.
The first bronze medal was won by world number eight Catherine ROBERGE (CAN) who outworked FURMANEK as the Polish judoka lost out on shido penalites. The Pole was penalised for passivity twice and once for an overly defensive grip while her rival was only penalised on two occasions for passivity. The second bronze medal contest was won by JOO who defeated OTGON Munkhtsetseg (MGL) with an uchi-mata earning ippon with 36 seconds left on the clock.
SOL, Kyong (PRK) vs MALZAHN, Luise (GER)
Bronze Medal Fights
ROBERGE, Catherine (CAN) vs FURMANEK, Katarzyna (POL)
OTGON, Munkhtsetseg (MGL) vs JOO, Abigel (HUN)
1. SOL, Kyong (PRK)
2. MALZAHN, Luise (GER)
3. ROBERGE, Catherine (CAN)
3. JOO, Abigel (HUN)
5. FURMANEK, Katarzyna (POL)
5. OTGON, Munkhtsetseg (MGL)
7. ZHANG, Zhehui (CHN)
7. RAIFOVA, Zarina (KAZ)
Baku Grand Slam winner KIM Eunkyeong (KOR) is developing into a mature performer on the heavyweight stage and issued the latest example of her ability by winning +78kg gold. KIM conquered world number 15 Gulsah KOCATURK (TUR) on shido penalties as KIM received hansoku-make for four shido penalties which were given for negative gripping and passivity with two of each offence gifting the Korean the win.
In the first semi-final KOCATURK stopped the run of European bronze medallist Jasmin KUELBS by overpowering her on the ground with a kesa-gatame yielding the maximum score after just 30 seconds of action. In the second semi-final KIM bested KONITZ who had to tap out to a forceful hold down.
The first bronze medal was won by KONITZ who defeated Ekaterina SHEREMETOVA (RUS) with a come-from-behind victory by ippon after the Russia led with two yuko scores. The second bronze medal was clinched by KUELBS who disposed of QI Xiaonan (CHN) by osaekomi-waza as the Chinese judoka had no way out and was trapped for the full 20 seconds.
KIM, Eunkyeong (KOR) vs KOCATURK, Gulsah (TUR)
Bronze Medal Fights
SHEREMETOVA, Ekaterina (RUS) vs KONITZ, Franziska (GER)
QI, Xiaonan (CHN) vs KUELBS, Jasmin (GER)
1. KIM, Eunkyeong (KOR)
2. KOCATURK, Gulsah (TUR)
3. KONITZ, Franziska (GER
3. KUELBS, Jasmin (GER)
5. SHEREMETOVA, Ekaterina (RUS)
5. QI, Xiaonan (CHN)
7. YIM, Jeongsu (KOR)
7. BALASHOVA, Anna (RUS)
Havana Grand Prix bronze medallist Beka GVINIASHVILI (GEO) won the battle of the new generation of fighters in the -90kg category. Budapest Grand Prix silver medallist Krisztian TOTH (HUN), 20, and GVINIASHVILI, 18, served up a high-quality final which required golden score after both youngsters cancelled each out with a shido each for passivity after five minutes. The Georgian took from a waza-ari score and lifted TOTH back to his feet to share a warm embrace in a great show of respect between the two who will no doubt develop their friendship and rivalry on the tatami over the next decade.
In the first semi-final SHIMOWADA Shohei (JPN) fell to TOTH by two yuko scores while in the following contest while GVINIASHVILI booked his place in the final by holding down Marc ODENTHAL (GER) with a mune-gatame.
The first bronze medal was awarded to world bronze medallist and top seed who saw off ODENTHAL with an uchi-mata earning ippon after two minutes. The second bronze medal was captured by SHIMOWADA who defeated Gabor VER (HUN) with a tate-shiho-gatame leading to ippon with two minutes left.
TOTH, Krisztian (HUN) vs GVINIASHVILI, Beka (GEO)
Bronze Medal Fights
DENISOV, Kirill (RUS) vs ODENTHAL, Marc (GER)
VER, Gabor (HUN) vs SHIMOWADA, Shohei (JPN)
1. GVINIASHVILI, Beka (GEO)
2. TOTH, Krisztian (HUN)
3. DENISOV, Kirill (RUS)
3. SHIMOWADA, Shohei (JPN)
5. ODENTHAL, Marc (GER)
5. VER, Gabor (HUN)
7. DONIYOROV, Erkin (UZB)
7. SATTOROV, Davronbek (UZB)
Russia’s 29-year-old Olympic champion Tagir KHAIBULAEV (RUS) reppeared on the IJF World Judo Tour with a breathaking reminder of his quality. The Russian ace, who was last seen in 2013 taking silver at the Buenos Aires Pan American Open, defeated Samsun Grand Prix bronze medallist Karl-Richard FREY (GER) with a drop seoi-nage to secure his fifth ippon from five fights as KHAIBULAEV punched the air in celebration.
In the first semi-final KHAIBULAEV defeated Olympic bronze medallist Dimitri PETERS (GER) by ippon while FREY held firm against Asian Championships bronze medallist CHO Guham (KOR) with two shido penalties against the latter for passivity and only one offence against the German for the same reason.
The first bronze medal was won Havana Grand Prix silver medallist Flavio ORLIK (SUI) as former heavyweight judoka CHO Guham (KOR) ran out of steam as he fell by a modified kata-garuma and yuko-otoshi which bored earned waza-ari scores. The second bronze medal was won by PETERS who bested Prague European Open runner-up Miklos CIRJENICS (HUN) by shime-waza after just 49 seconds.
KHAIBULAEV, Tagir (RUS) vs FREY, Karl-Richard (GER)
Bronze Medal Fights
ORLIK, Flavio (SUI) vs CHO, Guham (KOR)
CIRJENICS, Miklos (HUN) vs PETERS, Dimitri (GER)
1. KHAIBULAEV, Tagir (RUS)
2. FREY, Karl-Richard (GER)
3. ORLIK, Flavio (SUI)
3. PETERS, Dimitri (GER)
5. CHO, Guham (KOR)
5. CIRJENICS, Miklos (HUN)
7. REYES, Kyle (CAN)
7. FONSECA, Jorge (POR)
Paris Grand Slam winner Ryu SHICHINOHE (JPN) won his second IJF World Tour Judo gold medal on the final day of the Ulaanbaatar Grand Prix. World number three was unable to compete in the final due to injury but SHICHINOHE was good value for his gold medal as he prepares for a tilt at world glory in August.
In the first semi-final OKRUASHVILI had the better of countryman Levani MATIASHVILI (GEO) as a result of hansoku-make for four shido penalties while SHICHINOHE defeated Baku Grand Slam bronze medallist Daniel NATEA (ROU) by ippon to progress.
The first bronze medal went to NATEA as he defeated Madrid European Open silver medallist Maciej SARNACKI (POL) in 51 seconds by harai-makikomi while the second bronze medal went to MATIASHVILI who defeated BATTULGA Temuulen (MGL) with a single yuko proving the difference.
OKRUASHVILI, Adam (GEO) vs SHICHINOHE, Ryu (JPN)
Bronze Medal Fights
SARNACKI, Maciej (POL) vs NATEA, Daniel (ROU)
BATTULGA, Temuulen (MGL) vs MATIASHVILI, Levani (GEO)
1. SHICHINOHE, Ryu (JPN)
2. OKRUASHVILI, Adam (GEO)
3. NATEA, Daniel (ROU)
3. MATIASHVILI, Levani (GEO)
5. SARNACKI, Maciej (POL)
5. BATTULGA, Temuulen (MGL)
7. BREITBARTH, Andre (GER)
7. LIU, Jian (CHN)
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