2014 Tyumen Grand Slam - Official Draw preview Back
July 12, 2014
The two-day Grand Slam, which has moved from Moscow to Tyumen, will be held at the brand new Tyumen Athletic Centre on Saturday 12 and Sunday 13 July.
Russia’s latest high-profile event follows IJF Grand Slams in Paris and Baku and offers a vast amount of world ranking points which is only behind the Olympics, World Championships and World Judo Masters.
Chelyabinsk-bound stars will be vying for gold which will earn 500 points while silver earns 300 points and bronze will be rewarded with 200 points. The top eight ranked judoka in all weight categories will be seeded in the World Championships as with all IJF events including the Tyumen Grand Slam.
A week after the Ulaanbaatar Grand Prix, the first Asian event on this year’s IJF World Judo Tour, the leading nations have arrived in Russia as 265 judoka will compete from 38 countries.
The Official Draw of the Tyumen Grand Slam 2014
The draw took place at the West Siberian Innovation Centre on Friday afternoon as the delegations discovered who their charges will line up against on the tatami this weekend.
Mr. Daniel LASCAU, IJF Sports Director, made the welcoming address on behalf of the International Judo Federation.
"I’m very pleased to be here in Tyumen which has become a really strong region for judo and has an excellent reputation for staging events of this level. I want to thank the Russian Judo Federation and the Tyumen Judo Federation for their support of the World Judo Tour and hospitality in welcoming the IJF, the nations, athletes and officials. I wish you all a successful competition at the Tyumen Grand Slam 2014.”
The Russian Judo Federation and Tyumen Judo Federation delegates at the draw
Mr. Sergey KUSHKOV, Tyumen Judo Federation President, made the welcoming address on behalf of the hosts.
"I’m delighted to welcome you all in Tyumen. We are very proud to stage this event in the Tyumen region. We have experience in hosting large competitions here such as the World Open Championships, ECCO Team Challenge and the World Judo Masters. I am sure the competition will produce many exciting fights and I hope you all have an enjoyable time here in Tyumen.”
The IJF and hosts delegations at the draw
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Olympic champion Sarah MENEZES (BRA) won gold at the Russian Grand Slam in Moscow last year and will aim for a repeat performance as she prepares for another tilt at winning her first senior world title. The world number two won bronze at the Havana Grand Prix last time out. Paris Grand Slam winner YAMAGISHI Emi (JPN) and double African Championships winner Taciana LIMA-BALDE (GBS) could also be in the medal picture.
World number two and world silver medallist MIRANDA Erika (BRA) is the fighter to beat in the -52kg category and will be buoyed by her silver medal at the Havana Grand Prix. World number five Natalia KUZIUTINA (RUS) will fly the flag for the hosts in front of an expectant crowd while world number six Jaana SUNDBERG (FIN) delivered gold at Russian's Grand Slam last year by besting MIRANDA.
World champion Rafaela SILVA (BRA) will believe a place on the podium in Tyumen can set her up perfectly to make a defence of her maiden world title having become the first Brazilian woman to win world gold last year. World number five and countrywoman Ketleyn QUADROS (BRA) took bronze at the Dusseldorf Grand Prix but finished a disappointing seventh at the Samsun Grand Prix and will demand more from herself in Russia. The evergreen and ever-consistent Sabrina FILZMOSER (AUT) will also grace the tatami.
World champion Yarden GERBI (ISR) edges a step closer to entering Chelyabinsk as the reigning world champion when she competes in Tyumen on Saturday. GERBI has not tasted victory on international duty since winning gold in Rio as she carries the weighty mantle of being her country’s first female world champion. World number four ABE Kana (JPN) won bronze at the Dusseldorf Grand Prix and world number five Kathrin UNTERWURZACHER (AUT) along with Baku Grand Slam bronze medallist Edwige GWEND (ITA) will be poised to mount a challenge for honours.
World number one Kim POLLING (NED) will believe this is her year to fulfil her dream of becoming world champion. POLLING was unstoppable when she won European Championships gold in April and will see herself as the champion-in-waiting. World number two Laura VARGAS-KOCH (GER), world number four Kelita ZUPANCIC (CAN) and world number five Sally CONWAY (GBR) will fight in Tyumen along with Olympic bronze medallist Gevrise EMANE (FRA) who is the sole entry from France who are yet to select their -70kg representative for the World Championships.
Three of the four London 2012 Olympic medallists in the -78kg category will be present in Tyumen as Kayla HARRISON (USA), Gemma GIBBONS (GBR) and Mayra AGUIAR (BRA) all return to the Grand Slam stage after long-term injury battles. European Championships bronze medallist JOO Abigel (HUN) is the top seed while Baku Grand Slam bronze medallist Anastasiya DMITRIEVA (RUS) will be the leading hope for Russia.
World number two Maria Suelen ALTHEMAN (BRA) won Grand Slam gold in Russia last year which paved the way for her to capture silver medals in the individual and team competitions at the World Championships. ALTHEMAN will share the category with a mix of established and emerging judoka as 23-year-old world number six YAMABE Kanae (JPN) and world number eight Jasmin KUELBS (GER) – who took bronze in Ulaanbaatar – will be tipped for a place on the podium.
Olympic bronze medallist Felipe KITADAI (BRA) is the top seed in the men’s lightest category and will be working to propel himself into World Championships medal contention as he’s yet to claim honours at judo’s annual showpiece. KITADAI, 24, who took silver at Russia’s Grand Slam last year, will face opposition from 2011 world bronze medallist Ilgar MUSHKIYEV (AZE), seeded veteran Ludwig PAISCHER (AUT), former European u23 Championships runner-up Robert MSHVIDOBADZE (RUS) and Junior World Championships bronze medallist OSHIMA Yuma (JPN).
World leader Charles CHIBANA (BRA) takes to the tatami as the leading man in the -66kg category. CHIBANA took a silver medal at the Tokyo Grand Slam last year and followed up with bronze at the Samsun Grand Prix this year to keep command of the division. Moscow Grand Slam winner Colin OATES (GBR) and his victim Kamal KHAN-MAGOMEDOV (RUS), who needs a performance if he’s capture a place in Chelyabinsk, will compete along with reigning world bronze medallist FUKUOKA Masaaki (JPN).
European kingpin Dex ELMONT (NED) will hope to translate his European gold into his first World gold this year. ELMONT, who won world bronze in Rio last year, will be joined in -73kg action by Olympic bronze medallist Miklos UNGVARI (HUN) and Oberwart European Open bronze medallist Alex William POMBO DA SILVA (BRA) who is the number one Brazilian at this weight.
World number four Travis STEVENS (USA) has been in inspired form this year with silver medals at the Tbilisi and Havana Grand Prix along with gold at the Dusseldorf Grand Prix, STEVENS, 28, a six-time continental championship medallist, is the top seed and is fully capable of living up to that billing with a medal-winning performance as he also chases down his first World Championships honours. World Judo Masters bronze medallist Victor PENALBER (BRA) and Olympic bronze medallist Antoine VALOIS-FORTIER (CAN) are also among the standouts worth keeping tabs on.
Ulaanbaatar Grand Prix silver medallist Krisztian TOTH (HUN) makes an instant return to action as he looks to maintain his form which guided him to the podium in Mongolia. TOTH, 20, who won senior European Championships bronze in April, is the top seed ahead of Tyumen-based Grigorii SULEMIN (RUS) and former Baku Grand Slam winner Shahin GAHRAMANOV (AZE) who will all consider themselves as leading candidates for medals in Tyumen.
Former world champion Luciano CORREA (BRA) is the top seed in the -100kg category and has the experience and quality to outperform a youthful looking category. Junior World Championships winner and Tokyo Grand Slam silver medallist Kyle REYES (CAN), 20, will compete alongside 21-year-old Havana Grand Prix winner and Junior World Championships bronze medallist Toma NIKIFOROV (BEL) in addition to 23-year-old European Championships silver medallist Elmar GASIMOV (AZE).
World number two Rafael SILVA (BRA) can claim top spot from current world leader and recently-crowned African champion Faicel JABALLAH (TUN) if he wins a medal on Sunday. Olympic bronze medallist SILVA lost out to Teddy RINER (FRA) in the world final last year but will place a high priority on capturing Tyumen gold and the world number one spot to boost his confidence as RINER waits in the wings for a potential Chelyabinsk showdown. Ulaanbaatar Grand Prix bronze medallist Daniel NATEA (ROU) and Christopher SHERRINGTON (GBR) will add their physical stature to the heavyweight field and will aim to contest the last contest of the Tyumen Grand Slam 2014, the +100kg final, on Sunday evening.
10:00 Preliminaries on four mats
16:30 Opening ceremony
17:00 Bronze medal fights on two mats, finals on one mat
Women: -48kg, -52kg, -57kg, -63kg
Men: -60kg, -66kg, -73kg
10:00 Preliminaries on four mats
17:00 Bronze medal fights on two mats, finals on one mat
Women: -70kg, -78kg, +78kg
Men: -81kg, -90kg, -100kg, +100kg
Location: Tyumen Athletic Centre
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