2014 Tashkent Judo Grand Prix, DAY 1 Back

October 16, 2014

-48kg | -52kg | -57kg | -60kg -66kg 


The first day of the second Judo Grand Prix in Tashkent was completed in the Uzbek capital with the first five gold medals which were awarded at the end of a day of beautiful and spectacular judo, to the delight of a public that came in droves to the ‘UZBEKISTAN Sport Complex’.


M. Armen Bagdasarov, the President of the Uzbek Judo Federation said: "It was a challenge to organise the event for the second year in a row. The IJF standards to have such an event are really high and more than 50 people were involved and worked really hard to make sure that everything would work smoothly. But even if we only are at the beginning of the competition, from an organisational point of view, we can already say that this is a success. We cannot relax yet and we have to stay focused on the goal to deliver a very good Grand Prix, but now everything is on its way to that success.”



Hosting an event such as a Grand Prix in Uzbekistan gives opportunity to the national federation, as explained Mr. Bagdasarov: "As I said before, it is a challenge, but it is through challenges that we can move forward and form new teams. Our country is still a very young country. We have a lot to learn. For our athletes it is also important. Being the host of the event, we can have up to four athletes per weight category. Thus we can test new athletes. For instance, Diyorbek UROZBOEV (UZB), who was in the final of the -60kg, is a silver medallist of the last Junior World Championships. We are really pleased with his progression. And of course, we can still count on our national hero, Rishod SOBIROV, who, once again demonstrated his outstanding capacities to go for medals. It is a chance for a federation, to have such a champion, who is a real ambassador of our sport.”


Daniel Lascau, the IJF Sport Director, said: "I am really pleased with the level so far. Of course, we are only at the beginning of the tournament, but we can already draw some conclusions that will need to be confirmed over the next two days. Thus today, we have seen an increasing number of situation from standing position to group work judo. For that we can say that the kumikata (gripping) plays an important role. We have also seen many combinations of techniques and very nice and clean throws, which is exactly what we want to show to our young judoka.” Then, from an organisational point of view, Mr. Lascau explained: "It was a good decision to go for a three-day competition on three mats. Everything is more fluid and I do hope that in the upcoming days, we’ll be able to confirm the very good technical tendency of this first day.”


Mr. Mohamed Meridja, the IJF Education and Coaching Director, was also happy about this first day of competition: "We had a very good first day here in Tashkent and the level is much higher than during the first edition of the event last year. All athletes look super motivated and we can feel that we are now in the Olympic Qualification period. Every match is important and can give access to the precious points that will determine within several months who will go or not to Rio 2016. Nevertheless, I am happy with the behaviour of the coaches as well. This is something really important for us and I want to thank everybody for their great efforts to keep our sport very clean.”


During the opening ceremony, Mr. Jan Snijders, the IJF Head Refereeing Director, declared: "Dear Minister of Sport, organisers, coaches and referees, and of course dear spectators, I would like to congratulate you on behalf of the IJF President, Mr. Marius Vizer, for the outstanding work that you have done so far to create a wonderful event. I wish to all of you a great success and I wish to all the spectators a beautiful judo show. Tashkent is part of the World Judo Tour. We were in Astana last week. We are now here before heading toward Abu Dhabi, Qingdao and Tokyo. Our world circuit is becoming more and more important and our Uzbek friends are part of this success.”


Mr. Murodjon Aliev, first Deputy Minister of Sport Affairs of the Republic of Uzbekistan officially opened the Judo Grand Prix, Tashkent 2014: "Good afternoon ladies and gentlemen, coaches, athletes, officials and guests. Welcome to Uzbekistan. Welcome to Tashkent. History has proved that sport is a great ambassador for peace and unity. Sport does not only develop the physical capacities but also develops morally and spiritually. Here in Uzbekistan, we are paying great attention to the education of the youth. One of our ambassadors is a judoka, Rishod Sobirov. We are really proud of him. Holding such an event during a difficult period for the world, is crucial. I want to thank the IJF President, Mr. Marius Vizer and his team for trusting us and I now declare the Grand Prix open.”



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-48kg: Charline Van Snick (BEL) is Back  

The very first final of the 2014 edition of the Judo Grand Prix in Tashkent opposed Sumeyye AKKUS (TUR) and Charline VAN SNICK (BEL) who needed the enter the golden score to secure her first victory of the season after a bronze medal in Zagreb last September. A further 52 seconds of added time was required following the regular four minutes before VAN SNICK scored a yuko for the victory as both judoka took an eternity to return to their feet after a lung-busting contest.



The first bronze medal of the category went to the winner of the 2014 edition of the Samsun Grand Prix, Irina DOLGOVA (RUS), who defeated Ebru SAHIN (TUR), with two waza-ari, the second waza-ari being scored with a well-controlled ko-uchi-gari. The second bronze medal opposed Valentina MOSCATT (ITA) and Otgontsetseg GALBADRAKH (MGL). The first four minutes of the regular time were not enough to differentiate the two athletes, but only 13 seconds in the golden score were enough for GALBADRAKH to score a small yuko with a sutemi-waza to win the bronze medal


AKKUS, Sumeyye (TUR) vs. VAN SNICK, Charline (BEL)


Bronze Medal Fights
DOLGOVA, Irina (RUS) vs. SAHIN, Ebru (TUR)
MOSCATT, Valentina (ITA) vs. GALBADRAKH, Otgontsetseg (MGL)



Final Results
1. VAN SNICK, Charline (BEL)
2. AKKUS, Sumeyye (TUR)
3. DOLGOVA, Irina (RUS)
3. GALBADRAKH, Otgontsetseg (MGL)
5. MOSCATT, Valentina (ITA)
5. SAHIN, Ebru (TUR)
7. RISHONY, Shira (ISR)
7. ROSSENEU, Amelie (ISR)



-52kg: Chitu to Win First Gold for Romania in Tashkent

The second final of today’s women’s categories opposed two World silver medallists, Andreea CHITU (ROU), finalist in Chelyabinsk in the individual tournament and Tsolmon ADIYASAMBUU (MGL), silver medallist also in Russia but in the team event. If the Romanian athlete was very powerful all day long, she seemed a little tired in the final against the strong opposition of ADIYASAMBUU. Turning into a tactical fight, CHITU showed more experience and won the title with a one shido difference on the scoreboard.



Joana RAMOS (POR) looked dominated by Ecaterina GUICA (CAN) in the first bronze medal fight of the category, but after two minutes and a half, the Portuguese launched a left handed harai-makikomi for waza-ari, immediately followed with an immobilization for ippon. 15 years separated the two athletes competing for the second bronze medal in the women’s -52kg: Ilse HEYLEN (BEL) being 37 years old, when Eleudis VALENTIM (BRA) is only 22. Nevertheless, nothing seemed to be able to decide the winner of the combat until Ilse HEYLEN was penalized for passivity in the golden score, giving the victory and the medal to Valentim.


CHITU, Andreea (ROU) vs. ADIYASAMBUU, Tsolmon (MGL)

Bronze Medal Fights
GUICA, Ecaterina (CAN) vs. RAMOS, Joana (POR)
VALENTIM, Eleudis (BRA) vs. HEYLEN, Ilse (BEL)



Final Results
1. CHITU, Andreea (ROU)
3. RAMOS, Joana (POR)
3. VALENTIM, Eleudis (BRA)
5. GUICA, Ecaterina (CAN)
5. HEYLEN, Ilse (BEL)


-57kg: Caprioriu doubles the Score for Romania

With three athletes engaged during this first day of competition, Romania almost got the perfect score as Corina CAPRIORIU wins the second gold medal for her delegation in Tashkent, against Camila MINAKAWA (ISR). Easily dominating the fight, the Romanian, won with two waza-ari with 21 seconds left.



The 2008 Olympic Champion, Giulia QUINTAVALLE (ITA) was opposed to Arleta PODOLAK (POL) in the first bronze medal fight of the category. Being less active than the Polish, QUINTAVALLE was penalized more. PODOLAK then decided to launch a real first attack with a combination ippon-ko-uchi-gari for yuko, enough to secure her place on the podium. In the second bronze medal contest, the 24-year-old Canadian competitor, Stefanie TREMBLAY (CAN) met Jovana ROGIC (SRB), bronze medallist at the Zagreb Grand Prix, in the middle of September and once again, the Serbian athlete wrote her name in the medal table of an IJF world Judo Tour event, taking the bronze medal with a single yuko.


MINAKAWA, Camila (ISR) vs. CAPRIORIU, Corina (ROU)


Bronze Medal Fights
TREMBLAY, Stefanie (CAN) vs. ROGIC, Jovana (SRB)



Final Results
1. CAPRIORIU, Corina (ROU)
2. MINAKAWA, Camila (ISR)
3. PODOLAK, Arleta (POL)
3. ROGIC, Jovana (SRB)
5. TREMBLAY, Stefanie (CAN)
7. FILZMOSER, Sabrina (AUT)
7. ZELTNER, Tina (AUT)




-60kg: Mongolia Takes Gold

The final of the men’s -60kg saw Amartuvshin DASHDAVAA (MGL) face off against home judoka Diyorbek UROZBOEV (UZB). Strongly supported by an enthusiastic public, UROZBOEV quickly took the lead giving the impression to control the fight. But this was definitely not the idea of DASHDAVAA, who finally immobilized his opponent for ippon. The significance of the victory was apparent as the Mongolian looks to chase down world number one and world champion GANBAT Boldbaatar (MGL) in the race for Rio 2016.



In the first bronze medal fight, after less than a minute, Bakhrom INOYATOV (UZB) and Gumar KYRGYZBAYEV (KAZ) had both scored a yuko. Engaging full power, the two athletes gave the impression that either fighter could win on either side, when KYRGYZBAYEV scored a waza-ari, immediately followed by an immobilization but for no score. A few second later the Kazakh athlete scored again a yuko with a magical movement from which Inoyatov hardly escaped to avoid the ippon. KYRGYZBAYEV could then easily control the match to win the bronze medal. In the second bronze medal fight, Kherlen GANBOLD (MGL) faced Sharafuddin LUTFILLAEV (UZB). And once again the Uzbek athlete was the first one to score a yuko with a ko-uchi-gari. LUTFILLAEV again scored a few second later but this time a waza-ari. Totally put out of balance by GANBOLD, the Uzbek was able to escape and return the situation to his advantage. But in the meanwhile, he was also penalised three times and then a fourth time for not respecting the limit of the fighting area, offering the victory to the Mongolian athlete.

DASHDAVAA, Amartuvshin (MGL) vs. UROZBOEV, Diyorbek (UZB)


Bronze Medal Fights
GANBOLD, Kherlen (MGL) vs. LUTFILLAEV, Sharafuddin (UZB)



Final Results
1. DASHDAVAA, Amartuvshin (MGL)
2. UROZBOEV, Diyorbek (UZB)
3. GANBOLD, Kherlen (MGL)
5. INOYATOV, Bakhrom (UZB)
5. LUTFILLAEV, Sharafuddin (UZB)
7. ARSHANSKI, Artiom (ISR)
7. MILOUS, Sofiane (FRA)




-66kg:  Sobirov Wins Gold in his Home Country

He is definitely the star in Uzbekistan. Two-time world champion and Olympic medallist, Rishod Sobirov couldn’t please his public more than by entering the final against Altansukh DOVDON (MGL). The final was a perfect example of the opposition of two different styles: the Mongolian proposing strength when Sobirov tried to apply his technique, which he could for the first time after 3:45 which a superb left handed uchi-mata for waza-ari. Sobirov doubled the score a few seconds later with a counter attack. The public could finally celebrate their champion.



The first bronze medal fight saw Dzmitry SHERSHAN (BLR) opposed to Sugoi URIARTE (ESP). None of the athletes looked really in the position to score until URIARTE held his opponent with an immobilization for waza-ari and then scored a yuko with a sumi-gaeshi at the limit of the fighting area. The two Russian athletes were engaged in the second bronze medal fight of the men’s -66kg, Anzaur ARDANOV (RUS) and Denis LAVRENTIEV (RUS), the second wining the medal against his teammate with an immobilization for ippon.

SOBIROV, Rishod (UZB) vs. DOVDON, Altansukh (MGL)


Bronze Medal Fights
SHERSHAN, Dzmitry (BLR) vs. URIARTE, Sugoi (ESP)



Final Results
1. SOBIROV, Rishod (UZB)
2. DOVDON, Altansukh (MGL)
3. URIARTE, Sugoi (ESP)
5. ARDANOV, Anzaur (RUS)
5. SHERSHAN, Dzmitry (BLR)
7. BRUNO, Emanuele (ITA)




10:00 Preliminaries on three mats

17:00 Final block on one mat


Women: -63kg, -70kg

Men: -73kg, -81kg



10:00 Preliminaries on three mats
17:00 Final block on one mat


Women: -78kg, +78kg

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


Location: Uzbekistan Sport Complex, Tashkent, Yunus-Abad District

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