2014 Abu Dhabi Judo Grand Slam - DAY 3 Back
November 2, 2014
The Judo Grand Slam, Abu Dhabi 2014, produced a stirring conclusion as the heavyweights went toe-to-toe at the FGB Arena on Sunday. The public saw the women’s -78kg and +78kg categories and the men’s -90kg, -100kg and +100kg categories compete for the remaining five gold medals on this first Grand Slam in the history of UAE.
This gave a good opportunity to the President of the UAE Judo Federation, H.E. Mohammed Bin Tha’aloob Al Dirai, to draw some important conclusions: "My country is strongly supporting the development of judo. I am very happy that our Grand Prix became a grand Slam. To see more champions coming to our country is very important to help us to develop the sport in the UAE. For many years we have been putting a lot of efforts and energy to develop judo and I am today very proud of the three medals won last year at the Grand Prix and the one won this year on the occasion of this Grand Slam. But of course I am even more proud of the two bronze world medals won by Victor SCVORTOV (UAE) and Ivan REMARENCO (UAE) in Chelyabinsk this summer. Our goal is now to get a medal in Rio. It’s a long way, but we are focused on that objective.
"Thanks to the IJF support, especially from its president, Mr. Marius Vizer, thanks also to the great commitment of Naser Al Tamimi, the IJF General Treasurer and General Secretary of our Federation, we are able to progress. I think that judo is very good for the society. That’s why we are developing the Grand Slam, but we are also planing to introduce judo at school. Today we have 16 judo centers throughout the country. We want to increase the judo visibility and that’s why we have to develop educational programs. Next year will give us a good occasion since we will organize the Junior World Championship, immediately followed by the second edition of the Grand Slam. For more than 10 days, Judo will have a strong visibility in the country, in the region and in the world."
Mr. Obaid Al-Anzi, the Judo Union of Asia President, said: "We can be all proud of the excellent organization proposed by the UAE federation. For three days, Abu Dhabi was the judo capital of the world. We are proud of it. For the Arabic and gold countries, for the whole region, this is important for the development of judo under the leadership of Mr. Marius Vizer, the IJF President. I want to thank all my colleagues from the JUA and the IJF and all the people who were involved to achieve a successful event."
The next IJF World Judo Tour event will be held in Qingdao, China, which will take place from November 19-21, 2014.
The best athletes of the day were: YU Song (CHN) and Daniel NATEA (ROU).
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The first final of the day opposed the already three-time medallist of an IJF event in 2014, Victoriia TURKS (UKR), and the world number 5 and Samsun Grand Prix and Dusseldorf Grand Prix winner in 2014, Luise MALZAHN (GER). With a huge o-soto-gari initiated inside the fighting area and concluded just outside, MALZAHN scored a first yuko. Exactly at the same place less than a minute later, MALZAHN scored again with an aerial koshi-waza technique, which projected TURKS over her for waza-ari, immediately followed on the ground for osea-komi (immobilization) for ippon.
The first bronze medal fight saw Guusje STEENHUIS (NED) opposed to JOO Abigel (HUN), who earlier during the day defeated the curent Olympic Champion, Kayla HARRISON (USA). After three minutes, there was still nothing on the scoreboard, STEENHUIS and JOO, perfectly neutralizing one another. Until the last minute, when the Hungarian finally scored a waza-ari with a rolling makikomi technique, offering her the bronze medal.
The second bronze medal fight opposed the current Olympic Champion and former World Champion, Kayla HARRISON (USA) and the 2013 World Champion, SOL Kyong (PRK). Slightly injured, the North Korean looked dominated by Harrison, nevertheless, she was the first to score with a drop seoi-nage for yuko. Miraculously escaping from every attack of the American, SOL Kyong finally won the bronze.
TURKS, Victoriia (UKR) vs. MALZAHN, Luise (GER)
Bronze Medal Fights
STEENHUIS, Guusje (NED) vs. JOO, Abigel (HUN)
HARRISON, Kayla (USA) vs. SOL, Kyong (PRK)
1. MALZAHN, Luise (GER)
2. TURKS, Victoriia (UKR)
3. JOO, Abigel (HUN)
3. SOL, Kyong (PRK)
5. HARRISON, Kayla (USA)
5. STEENHUIS, Guusje (NED)
7. GALEONE, Assunta (ITA)
7. TORT MERINO, Marta (ESP)
In the final of the heavyweight women’s category, the top seeded and World number seven athlete, Franziska KONITZ (GER) was opposed to the winner of the last World Masters in Tyumen in 2013, YU Song (CHN), from Qingdao, who gave no chance to the German, with a massive left handed o-soto-gari for ippon. It seems that China found a successor to the Olympic and World Champion, Tong Wen.
In the first bronze medal contest of the category, the winner of the last Grand Prix in Tashkent, a few weeks ago, Svitlana IAROMKA (UKR) was opposed to an other medallist of the same event, Sarah ADLINGTON (GBR), who got the bronze in Uzbekistan. In the first three minutes, only penalties were given to both athletes, giving the impression that this will be the scenario of the whole fight, when IAROMKA, launched a o-uchi-gari for yuko, immediately followed with an immobilization for ippon.
The second bronze medal bout saw Iryna KINDZERSKA (UKR), two-time silver medallist on the occasion of the last IJF events (Astana, and Tashkent) facing the bronze medallist of the Havana Grand Prix, Ksenia CHIBISOVA (RUS), for a place on the podium. Only 21 seconds were necessary to CHIBISOVA to score ippon with o-soto-o-soto counter-attack.
KONITZ, Franziska (GER) vs. YU, Song (CHN)
Bronze Medal Fights
IAROMKA, Svitlana (UKR) vs. ADLINGTON, Sarah (GBR)
KINDZERSKA, Iryna (UKR) vs. CHIBISOVA, Ksenia (RUS)
1. YU, Song (CHN)
2. KONITZ, Franziska (GER)
3. CHIBISOVA, Ksenia (RUS)
3. IAROMKA, Svitlana (UKR)
5. ADLINGTON, Sarah (GBR)
5. KINDZERSKA, Iryna (UKR)
7. KOCATURK, Gulsah (TUR)
7. VIVEROS, Marlin (ECU)
Demonstrating one more time his extraordinary condition, TOTH Krisztian (HUN), who just won the Junior World Championship in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. USA, after his silver medal in Chelyabinsk last summer, was opposed to Noel VAN T END (NED), who finished third in Zagreb last September. After less than 30 seconds, TOTH launched a first drop-seoi-nage counter-attacked by VAN T END, but for no score. Then the Dutch athlete was penalized with a shido, followed by a second one a few seconds later. Very precise on his hands, systematically catching the end of VAN T END’s sleeves, TOTH was permanently attacking, giving no chance to the Dutch to really install his attacks. Even if nothing was scored at the end of the time, TOTH won the gold by penalty after a very interesting fight.
The first bronze medal fight saw the Zagreb bronze medallist, Karolis BAUZA (LTU), opposed to Kirill VOPROSOV (RUS), bronze medallist at the last World Championships in Russia. Using the momentum of his opponent Kirill VOPROSOV scored ippon with a strong te-waza technique.
In the second bronze medal fight, Mammadali MEHDIYEV (AZE), bronze medallist in Grand Slam Baku, earlier this year, faced Ciril GROSSKLAUS (SUI), who’s best place so far this year was a third place at the Panamerican Open in San Salvador. Both athletes were quickly penalized with shido for blocking the grip. MEHDIYEV was penalized again for passivity giving a small advantage to the Swiss competitor. But not for long, GROSSKLAUS being also penalized for passivity. With a nice drop seoi-nage, GROSSKLAUS definitively secured his bronze medal with a waza-ari.
TOTH, Krisztian (HUN) vs. VAN T END, Noel (NED)
Bronze Medal Fights
BAUZA, Karolis (LTU) vs. VOPROSOV, Kirill (RUS)
MEHDIYEV, Mammadali (AZE) vs. GROSSKLAUS, Ciril (SUI)
1. TOTH, Krisztian (HUN)
2. VAN T END, Noel (NED)
3. GROSSKLAUS, Ciril (SUI)
3. VOPROSOV, Kirill (RUS)
5. BAUZA, Karolis (LTU)
5. MEHDIYEV, Mammadali (AZE)
7. LAMBERT, Christophe (GER)
7. RANDL, Milan (SVK)
The German team did a perfect job today, placing their two athletes Dimitri PETERS (GER), Olympic bronze medallist, and Karl-Richard FREY (GER), bronze medallist in Chelyabinsk, in the final. Both athletes know each other very well, so it was very tight, but PETERS rapidly produced his deciding effort with a tremendous ippon-o-soto-gari combination, which totally penetrated FREY’s defense for a waza-ari followed by a juji-gatame (arm-lock) for ippon.
The first bronze medal fight opposed Lyes BOUYAKOUB (ALG), 2014 African Champion, and the winner of Grand Slam in Tyumen this year, Elmar GASIMOV (AZE). During the four first minutes, only penalties were distributed, two for GASIMOV, one to BOUYAKOUB. The last minute of the bout had exactly the same layout and BOUYAKOUB won the bronze medal.
The second bronze medal fight opposed the recent finalist of the Tashkent Grand Prix, Toma NIKIFOROV (BEL) and the top seeded athlete of the category and winner of Paris Grand Slam last February, Cyrille MARET (FRA). Totally dominated by the strong gripping of the French, NIKIFOROV was thrown for yuko with a harai-makikomi on the edge of the tatami. The rest of the fight looked a one-way ticket to the podium for MARET, even if he had to be careful until the last second to secure his place on the podium.
PETERS, Dimitri (GER) vs. FREY, Karl-Richard (GER)
Bronze Medal Fights
BOUYAKOUB, Lyes (ALG) vs. GASIMOV, Elmar (AZE)
NIKIFOROV, Toma (BEL) vs. MARET, Cyrille (FRA)
1. PETERS, Dimitri (GER)
2. FREY, Karl-Richard (GER)
3. BOUYAKOUB, Lyes (ALG)
3. MARET, Cyrille (FRA)
5. GASIMOV, Elmar (AZE)
5. NIKIFOROV, Toma (BEL)
7. DARWISH, Ramadan (EGY)
7. REMARENCO, Ivan (UAE)
The last fight of this first edition of the Grand Slam was 100% Romanian as Daniel NATEA (ROU), two-time bronze medallist this year (Ulaanbaatar and Baku) and Vladut SIMIONESCU (ROU), bronze medallist in Zagreb last September, both qualified for the final. After a long period of observation, NATEA could immobilize SIMIONESCU for ippon to give a great conclusion to a beautiful last day of competition here in Abu Dhabi and to underline the performance of the two Romanian athletes, who qualified for the final but with style.
The first bronze medal bout opposed Maciej SARNACKI (POL), bronze medallist in Tyumen this year, and Daniel ALLERSTORFER (AUT), finalist in Tashkent two weeks ago. On the final gong, SARNACKI, who was already leading by penalty, scored a waza-ari to confirm his victory.
In the second bronze medal fight, the winner of the Zagreb Grand Prix this year, Roy MEYER (NED), was opposed to the bronze medallist of the last World Championships, Renat SAIDOV (RUS). After two minutes, MEYER engaged a superb tai-otoshi, which sent the immense body of SAIDOV to the ground for what looked like a perfect ippon. But clearly the landing was not as beautiful as the execution and SAIDOV did not land flat on his back. This the technique was only awarded with a waza-ari. For the rest of the fight, SAIDOV was running to try to come back, but without success.
NATEA, Daniel (ROU) vs. SIMIONESCU, Vladut (ROU)
Bronze Medal Fights
SARNACKI, Maciej (POL) vs. ALLERSTORFER, Daniel (AUT)
MEYER, Roy (NED) vs. SAIDOV, Renat (RUS)
1. NATEA, Daniel (ROU)
2. SIMIONESCU, Vladut (ROU)
3. MEYER, Roy (NED)
3. SARNACKI, Maciej (POL)
5. ALLERSTORFER, Daniel (AUT)
5. SAIDOV, Renat (RUS)
7. EL SHEHABY, Islam (EGY)
7. TAYEB, Mohammed Amine (ALG)
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