2014 Abu Dhabi Judo Grand Slam - DAY 2 Back
November 1, 2014
The Judo Grand Slam, Abu Dhabi 2014, continued with the focus on the middleweights on Saturday at the FGB Arena on day two. The public and officials saw four weight categories take to the tatami in search of Grand Slam honours as the women’s -63kg and -70kg categories and men’s -73kg and -81kg categories were contested.
After this second day of competition, Neil Adams, World Champion and two time Olympic silver medallist, today the ‘voice of international Judo’ (Neil Adams is the official IJF TV commentator), commented on the technical aspects of the Grand Slam: "We can definitely say that this is a Grand Slam. If we really had top level athletes during the last two events in Astana and Tashkent, the level jumped in a higher level here in Abu Dhabi and this is logical. I think that, for some athletes, it might be decisive to participate in those tournaments in the framework of the Olympic Games. The Rio campaign starts here and for sure today’s medallists have good a chance to be present on the podium in Brazil.
"Everything is about consistency. If we take the example of Antoine VALOIS-FORTIER (CAN) and Ivan NIFONTOV (RUS), who were in today’s -81kg final, these are among the most consistent fighters. Even if they don’t have a really good day, they are working hard and they continue to improve. This also applies to the refereeing, to the level of organization and to the quality of TV coverage."
Vladimir Barta, the IJF Head Sport Director said: "It is interesting to see new names coming in. We are used to many athletes but event after event, new very good athletes are getting points and the future generation of world and Olympic champions is growing and getting more experience. I was pleased today to see for instance that Pan-America came with really good judoka. The athlete from Ecuador who finished fifth in -63kg for instance is really interesting, and the Canadian in -81kg is again present as his best level. We will have to consider those athletes in Rio as good outsiders if not favorites."
The best athletes of the day were: Tina TRSTENJAK (SLO) and Ivan NIFONTOV (RUS).
The daily interviews from the first day of competition are available - CLICK HERE.
FOLLOW THE COMPETITION
The draw can be seen at: http://www.ippon.org/gs_
Live stream on Ippon TV: http://www.ippon.tv
Official event hash tag: #JudoAbuDhabi2014
The first final of the day opposed the World Number 4 and bronze medallist at the 2013 World Championships in Rio de Janeiro, Anicka VAN EMDEN (NED), and Tina TRSTENJAK (SLO), World Number 5 and bronze medallist at the 2014 World Championships in Chelyabinsk. Both competitors being the two top seeded athletes of the category, the hierarchy was perfectly respected. After two minutes, TRSTENJAK launched a series of uchi-mata before suddenly changing direction with a sumi-gaeshi for waza-ari followed by an immobilisation for ippon.
The first bronze medal fight saw Estefania GARCIA (ECU) and Agata OZDOBA (POL) fighting for a place on the podium. The Polish fighter gave no chance to GARCIA, wining by ippon with an armlock after less than a minute.
The second bronze medal was won by the German, Martyna TRAJDOS, World Number 8, winner of the Qingdao Grand Prix last year, who threw her opponent Kathrin UNTERWURZACHER (AUT), with a upper-body movement, for ippon.
VAN EMDEN, Anicka (NED) vs. TRSTENJAK, Tina (SLO)
Bronze Medal Fights
GARCIA, Estefania (ECU) vs. OZDOBA, Agata (POL)
UNTERWURZACHER, Kathrin (AUT) vs. TRAJDOS, Martyna (GER)
1. TRSTENJAK, Tina (SLO)
2. VAN EMDEN, Anicka (NED)
3. OZDOBA, Agata (POL)
3. TRAJDOS, Martyna (GER)
5. GARCIA, Estefania (ECU)
5. UNTERWURZACHER, Kathrin (AUT)
7. BARKELING, Emma (SWE)
7. YANG, Junxia (CHN)
Today’s final in the women’s -70kg opposed Laura VARGAS KOCH (GER) and Bernadette GRAF (AUT). VARGAS KOCH scored first with a massive ko-uchi-gari but only for yuko. The German added one more yuko with a uchi-mata to secure the victory.
The first bronze medal fight opposed the winner of the Ulaanbaatar Grand Prix this year and Asian Games bronze medallist, Naranjargal TSEND AYUSH (MGL) and Kelita ZUPANCIC (CAN), World Number 4 and winner of the Baku Grand Slam, last year. After 3 minutes two penalties on each side were distributed, when TSEND AYUSH was penalized again for having pushed ZUPANCIC outside of the fighting area. This one shido difference was enough to offer the bronze medal to the Canadian.
The second bronze medal fight of the -70kg weight category opposed Katarzyna KLYS of Poland and Assmaa NIANG of Morocco. NIANG was penalized a first time for passivity halfway through the bout. It was then the turn of the Polish judoka to be penalized for passivity as well, as NIANG was putting pressure on her. Supported by a strong Morrocan community present in Abu Dhabi, NIANG couldn’t finally block the last attack of KLYS who scored waza-ari with a harai-makikomi, immediately followed in ne-waza for ippon.
VARGAS KOCH, Laura (GER) vs. GRAF, Bernadette (AUT)
Bronze Medal Fights
TSEND AYUSH, Naranjargal (MGL) vs. ZUPANCIC, Kelita (CAN)
KLYS, Katarzyna (POL) vs. NIANG, Assmaa (MAR)
1. VARGAS KOCH, Laura (GER)
2. GRAF, Bernadette (AUT)
3. KLYS, Katarzyna (POL)
3. ZUPANCIC, Kelita (CAN)
5. NIANG, Assmaa (MAR)
5. TSEND AYUSH, Naranjargal (MGL)
7. CONWAY, Sally (GBR)
7. FLETCHER, Megan (GBR)
The final of the men’s -73kg opposed Musa MOGUSHKOV (RUS) and Dex ELMONT (NED). Due to an injury, Musa MOGUSHKOV couldn’t compete and the victory went to Dex Elmont.
The first bronze medal fight of the category opposed Nicholas DELPOPOLO (USA) and Rok DRAKSIC (SLO). After a tough fight who seemed controlled by the American, DRAKSIC benefited of DELPOPOLO’s last approximative attack to counter-attack for waza-ari. DRAKSIC just had to control until the end to step on the podium.
The second bronze medal fight opposed the Baku Grand Slam, bronze medallist, Rustam ORUJOV (AZE), and the world silver medallist from Chelyabinsk this summer, HONG Kuk Hyon (PRK). The fight started with a penalty distribution for passivity or not respecting the limits of the fighting area, just before HONG scored a first waza-ari with a shoulder movement. Just before the last minute, ORUJOV produced his effort to score waza-ari and to take the lead with the penalty difference. The Azeri athlete finally secured his bronze medal by scoring ippon thirty seconds before the final gong with a massive counter-attack on o-soto-gari.
MOGUSHKOV, Musa (RUS) vs. ELMONT, Dex (NED)
Bronze Medal Fights
DELPOPOLO, Nicholas (USA) vs. DRAKSIC, Rok (SLO)
ORUJOV, Rustam (AZE) vs. HONG, Kuk Hyon (PRK)
1. ELMONT, Dex (NED)
2. MOGUSHKOV, Musa (RUS)
3. DRAKSIC, Rok (SLO)
3. ORUJOV, Rustam (AZE)
5. DELPOPOLO, Nicholas (USA)
5. HONG, Kuk Hyon (PRK)
7. LEGRAND, Ugo (FRA)
7. VOELK, Christopher (GER)
The last final of the day opposed the two favorites of the category, the silver medallist of the recent World Championships in Chelyabinsk, Antoine VALOIS-FORTIER (CAN) and the 2009 World Champion Ivan NIFONTOV (RUS). After one minute, NIVONTOV produced his effort with a powerful and week controlled sumi-gaeshi for waza-ari giving no chance to escape to the Canadian who was immediately immobilized for ippon.
Defending the colours of the United Arab Emirates, Sergiu TOMA (UAE) faced the winner of the Tashkent Grand Prix Roman MOUSTOPOULOS (GRE) for the bronze medal. The UAE athletes scored the first with an opportunist ko-soto movement, for yuko, after less than a minute. But MOUSTOPOULOS took again the lead with a beautiful counter attack for waza-ari. But this was definitely not the end of the fight. TOMA again came back with a tani-otoshi for waza-ari before doubling the score with a sutemi-waza and a first medal for the organizing country on the occasion of this first Grand Slam in the history of UAE.
The second bronze medal fight opposed Aliaksandr STSIASHENKA (BLR) and Alain SCHMITT (FRA), bronze medallist of the 2013 World Championships in Rio. After only 19 seconds, STSIASHENKA surprised SCHMITT with a o-uchi-gari turned into a uchi-mata, for waza-ari. SCHMITT then scored a yuko with a tai-otoshi. But this was not enough for the French to step on the podium and the victory went to STSIASHENKA.
VALOIS-FORTIER, Antoine (CAN) vs. NIFONTOV, Ivan (RUS)
Bronze Medal Fights
TOMA, Sergiu (UAE) vs. MOUSTOPOULOS, Roman (GRE)
STSIASHENKA, Aliaksandr (BLR) vs. SCHMITT, Alain (FRA)
1. NIFONTOV, Ivan (RUS)
2. VALOIS-FORTIER, Antoine (CAN)
3. STSIASHENKA, Aliaksandr (BLR)
3. TOMA, Sergiu (UAE)
5. MOUSTOPOULOS, Roman (GRE)
5. SCHMITT, Alain (FRA)
7. CSOKNYAI, Laszlo (HUN)
7. ERI, Hemubatu (CHN)
11:00 Preliminaries on three mats
17:00 Final block on one mat
Women: -78kg, +78kg
Men: -90kg, -100kg, +100kg
Location: FGB Arena, Abu Dhabi
IJF Media & Communications Department
Mark Pickering, IJF Media Manager
Nicolas Messner, IJF Media Director
Photos © IJF Media by Tamas Zahonyi