2014 Qingdao Judo Grand Prix - Day 1 report Back
November 19, 2014
The first day of the Judo Grand Prix in Qingdao was completed with the first five gold medals which were awarded after more than 90 fights. Today 33 men and 52 women were in action in five categories: men’s -60kg and 66kg and women’s -48kg, -52kg and -57kg.
the opening ceremony, Mr.Ji Gaoshang, Director General of Qingdao
Sports Bureau, declared: "Distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen,
good afternoon! Today, we are gathering here for the grand opening
ceremony of "Taishan Real Estate Q1 Cup” 2014 World Judo Grand Prix in
Qingdao. On behalf of Qingdao Sports Bureau, I would like to extend our
warmest welcome to all the judokas, coaches, referees and IJF officials!
"Sport is the important reflection of comprehensive strength and level of civilization of a city, and Judo sport is deeply loved by the people of Qingdao. Through years, Qingdao has attached much support and concerns on development of Judo, and has successfully held this event for consecutive 13 years. The Grand Prix 2014 is held in Qingdao again, which will strongly promote the development and improvement of Judo and Sports Career in Qingdao, and meanwhile will give people of Qingdao a chance to watch world top-class Judo competition.
"This year’s event is one of the pointing races of 2016 Brazil Olympic Games, and also an opportunity for judokas to show themselves and chase their dreams, thus would arouse much concerns of international judo circle. We will try our best to ensure the success of the event with scientific organizing, warm and considerate volunteering service, so as to made Qingdao a lucky place for World Judo. In the meanwhile, we will show the charm of harmonious China and Civilized Qingdao, and actively contribute to the international sports communication and sports culture development."
The competition was officially opened by Mr. Daniel Lascau, the IJF Sports Director, who declared: "In the name of the International Judo Federation and its President, Mr. Marius Vizer, I have the honor to declare the 2014 edition of the Judo Grand Prix in Qingdao, open. I want to congratulate all the organizers, the Chinese Judo Association and its partners, the Chinese authorities, as well as all the athletes who came here for what is an Olympic qualification event and will allocate important points on the way to Rio 2016.”
The highlight of the opening ceremony of the Grand Prix came when a large group of very young judoka stepped on the tatami, 32 being the flag bearers of the participating delegations, the other ones performing a well-orchestrated ‘judo ballet’ in front of a public of connoisseurs. This performance perfectly illustrates the dynamic nature of judo in China. Well known for its good results at the international level, the Chinese Judo Association started to develop a large educational development plan, following the incredible success of the ‘Judo Educational Journey through China’ organized by the IJF and the Chinese Judo Association in 2013 and 2014.
In 2013, the Tour visited six cities as well as in 2014 and judo demonstrations were held in emblematic places such as the Great Wall near Beijing or the 2010 Asian Games opening venue in Guangzhou. After thousands of kilometers, dozens of judo animations and conferences and thousands of children involved, judo was shown as the most educational activity. Today’s demonstration during the opening ceremony of the judo Grand Prix proved again that judo is a fantastic educational tool for the youth. The final results of today’s competition demonstrated that it is an outstanding and spectacular sport as well.
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The first final of the day opposed the silver medallist of the last World Championships in Chelyabinsk, last summer, Paula PARETO (ARG), and the winner of the Zagreb Grand Prix in September, Monica UNGUREANU (ROU), who confirmed a good physical condition at the end of this season. Only 38 seconds were necessary for Monica UNGUREANU to launch a left handed ashiwaza technique on the edge of the fighting area for ippon.
The first bronze medal fight saw Julia FIGUEROA (ESP), silver medallist in Zagreb, facing GALBADRAKH Otgontsetseg (MGL), winner of the Astana Grand Prix several weeks ago. The first strong action came from the Mongol athlete, who threw FIGUEROA with a superb yoko-tomoe-nage but for no score, the Spanish fighter landing on her stomach. The second really strong action also came from GALBADRAKH, who scored ippon with an unstoppable sasae-tsuri-komi-ashi technique.
In the second bronze medal fight, KIM Sol Mi (PRK), who won the bronze medal in the U.A.E. on the occasion of the first Abu Dhabi Grand Slam this year, was opposed to Alesya KUZNETSOVA (RUS), whose best result at the IJF level this year was a fifth place in Chelyabinsk. Only 47 seconds were necessary for KIM to send KUZNETSOVA to the ground with a powerful o-soto-gari for ippon.
PARETO, Paula (ARG) vs. UNGUREANU, Monica (ROU)
Bronze Medal Fights
FIGUEROA, Julia (ESP) vs. GALBADRAKH, Otgontsetseg (MGL)
KIM, Sol Mi (PRK) vs. KUZNETSOVA, Alesya (RUS)
1. UNGUREANU, Monica (ROU)
2. PARETO, Paula (ARG)
3. GALBADRAKH, Otgontsetseg (MGL)
3. KIM, Sol Mi (PRK)
5. FIGUEROA, Julia (ESP)
5. KUZNETSOVA, Alesya (RUS)
7. QI, Qige (CHN)
7. RUMYANTSEVA, Kristina (RUS)
For her comeback to the top level, NISHIDA Yuka (Masters Almaty 2012: 1. place, Grand Slam Paris 2012: 1. place, World Championships Paris 2011: 2. place) from Japan, who is currently ranked at the 127th position in the World Ranking list, proved that she was still an athlete that with plenty to offer on the IJF stage. In the final she was opposed to the bronze medallist of the last World Championships, Natalia KUZIUTINA (RUS) but due to an injury during her semi-final, NISHIDA Yuka could not compete and the gold medal went to Natalia KUZIUTINA.
The first bronze medal fight opposed the two German fighters, Romy TARANGUL (GER), bronze medallist this year at the Samsun Grand Prix, and Mareen KRAEH (GER), bronze medallist at the World Championships, Rio 2013. The fratricide combat was easily controlled by Mareen KRAEH who scored a first yuko with o-uchi-gari and a waza-ari with an immobilization, until Romy TARANGUL counter attacked a last-gasp action from KRAEH for waza-ari. But this was not enough and Mareen KRAEH finally stepped on the podium.
The second bronze medal went to Christianne LEGENTIL (MRI), who confirmed a very good progress at the international level, after having won a bronze medal in Astana and the gold medal, last week in Mauritius on the occasion of the African Open. Coached by Florian Velici, who used to teach judo to Daniel Lascau (world champion in 1991 and today IJF sports director), the young judoka, steps-by-step, has reached the summit of the international circuit.
NISHIDA, Yuka (JPN) vs. KUZIUTINA, Natalia (RUS)
Bronze Medal Fights
TARANGUL, Romy (GER) vs. KRAEH, Mareen (GER)
LEGENTIL, Christianne (MRI) vs. CHITU, Andreea (ROU)
1. KUZIUTINA, Natalia (RUS)
2. NISHIDA, Yuka (JPN)
3. KRAEH, Mareen (GER)
3. LEGENTIL, Christianne (MRI)
5. CHITU, Andreea (ROU)
5. TARANGUL, Romy (GER)
7. GOMEZ, Laura (ESP)
7. MA, Yingnan (CHN)
After the World Championships in Chelyabinsk, Miryam ROPER (GER) took a break to come back stronger. This was apparently the case today as she entered the final after having successively defeated LIN Yuanyuan (CHN), Carla GROL (NED) and Sanne VERHAGEN (NED). In the final she was opposed to the local athlete, LIU Yang (CHN), who was not among the favorites of the category, and had only won bronze medals at the international level so far (GP Abu Dhabi 2013, GP Qingdao 2012, GP Qingdao 2011), but nothing significant this season. The first interesting moment was when LIN Yuanyuan tried for a long moment to apply a sankaku-jime technique to Miryam ROPER, but the German’s defense was impossible to break. After a false attack of LIN, ROPER took a small lead, which was confirmed a little later with a yuko that she kept until the end to add a new victory to her already long prize list.
The first bronze medal fight opposed Jovana ROGIC (SRB), bronze medal in Tashkent a few week ago, and Johanna MUELLER (GER), whose best results this year included a silver medal at the European Open In Glasgow. After four minutes, neither of the two athletes were able to score and only one penalty was distributed to both of them. In the golden score, Jovana ROGIC rapidly scored a waza-ari with a rolling morote-seoi-nage, offering her a place on the podium.
In the second bronze medal contest, the silver medallist of the London Olympic Games, Corina CAPRIORIU (ROU) faced Sanne VERHAGEN (NED) who defeated by Roper earlier during the day. After one minute and 20 seconds, VERHAGEN was penalized with a first shido for passivity. Giving the impression to be dominated by the strong gripping of the Romanian, VERHAGEN was able to engage an uchi-mata for waza-ari. It suddenly looked much easier for the Dutch athlete to control the fight until the last seconds.
ROPER, Miryam (GER) vs. LIU, Yang (CHN)
Bronze Medal Fights
ROGIC, Jovana (SRB) vs. MUELLER, Johanna (GER)
CAPRIORIU, Corina (ROU) vs. VERHAGEN, Sanne (NED)
1. ROPER, Miryam (GER)
2. LIU, Yang (CHN)
3. ROGIC, Jovana (SRB)
3. VERHAGEN, Sanne (NED)
5. CAPRIORIU, Corina (ROU)
5. MUELLER, Johanna (GER)
7. GROL, Carla (NED)
7. OHAI, Loredana (ROU)
The first final of the men’s categories opposed the bronze medallist of the Dusseldorf Grand Prix at the beginning of the season, Vincent LIMARE (FRA) and Hovhannes DAVTYAN (ARM), bronze medallist at the last European Championships, in Montpellier, France. After 2 minutes and a half, there was still no score yet but DAVTYAN was penalized with a shido for passivity. A few seconds later, LIMARE took a stronger advantage by scoring yuko with a counterattack, which was then imitated by DAVTYAN. But once again the French counterattacked DAVTYAN for waza-ari this time. The last two penalties given to Vincent LIMARE were not enough to change the final result and he could celebrate a first victory at a Grand Prix.
The ever present on the international circuit, silver Olympic medallist in Beijing 2008 and world silver medallist in Cairo 2005, Ludwig PAISCHER (AUT), was again fighting for bronze here in Qingdao. He was opposed to Ludovic CHAMMARTIN (SUI), bronze medallist in Havana, Cuba, last June. After 1 minute and 45 seconds, CHAMMARTIN was penalized with a first shido for passivity. Only 22 seconds before the end of the fight, a simultaneous attack requested the intervention of the jury, who confirmed that there was no score. PAISCHER could control his opponent for the remaining time and enjoy a new medal at the international level.
The second bronze medal fight opposed the bronze medallist of the last Grand Slam in Abu Dhabi, GANBOLD Kherlen (MGL) and Robert MSHVIDOBADZE (RUS), whose best result on the World Judo Tour this year was a bronze medal in Samsun. With both athletes being able to score, they were coming closer to the possibility of golden score, when GANBOLD grabbed the leg of his opponent, which is forbidden. Being penalized with hansokumake, the victory and the bronze medal went to Robert MSHVIDOBADZE.
LIMARE, Vincent (FRA) vs. DAVTYAN, Hovhannes (ARM)
Bronze Medal Fights
PAISCHER, Ludwig (AUT) vs. CHAMMARTIN, Ludovic (SUI)
GANBOLD, Kherlen (MGL) vs. MSHVIDOBADZE, Robert (RUS)
1. LIMARE, Vincent (FRA)
2. DAVTYAN, Hovhannes (ARM)
3. MSHVIDOBADZE, Robert (RUS)
3. PAISCHER, Ludwig (AUT)
5. CHAMMARTIN, Ludovic (SUI)
5. GANBOLD, Kherlen (MGL)
7. TSAI, Ming Yen (TPE)
The top seeded athlete of the category, Sugoi URIARTE (ESP), was eliminated during the preliminary rounds, which left the path to the final open for the Abu Dhabi Grand Slam bronze medallist, Sebastian SEIDL (GER), who was opposed to Yakub SHAMILOV (RUS). Bronze medallist last year in Miami and Almaty, the Russian was lucky in his semi-final to see the Japanese not being able to score the last waza-ari almost on the final gong. But the action was clearly not a score, SHAMILOV miraculously escaping at the very last moment. The final between SEIDL and SHAMILOV started with a first shido given to the German for a blocking the gripping of his opponent. But SHAMILOV quickly took the lead with an incredibly high sasae-tsuri-komi-hashi, but so high that SEIDL turned a little too much and landed on his side for waza-ari. Then the o-uchi-gari engaged by the SEIDL was really close to put SHAMILOV out of balance. The German scored next with a koshi-waza technique but only for yuko, which was not enough to win the gold.
The first bronze medal fight saw the silver medallist in Tashkent, DOVDON Altansukh (MGL), and the silver medallist of the Tyumen Grand Slam this year, ROKUGO Yuhei (JPN) fighting for a place on the podium. DOVDON Altansukh received a first shido for passivity just before the halfway point of the bout. A few seconds later ROKUGO Yuhei sent his opponent through the air and to the ground with an opportunistic and perfectly controlled o-uchi-gari for a clear ippon.
The second bronze medal fight opposed the winner of the Casablanca African Open at the very beginning of the year, Kenneth VAN GANSBEKE (BEL) and MA Duanbin (CHN), bronze medallist last year in Qingdao. In front of his public, especially supported by the youngest spectators, MA gave no chance to VAN GANSBEKE, who submitted to the strong armlock of the Chinese athlete.
SEIDL, Sebastian (GER) vs. SHAMILOV, Yakub (RUS)
Bronze Medal Fights
DOVDON, Altansukh (MGL) vs. ROKUGO, Yuhei (JPN)
VAN GANSBEKE, Kenneth (BEL) vs. MA, Duanbin (CHN)
1. SHAMILOV, Yakub (RUS)
2. SEIDL, Sebastian (GER)
3. MA, Duanbin (CHN)
3. ROKUGO, Yuhei (JPN)
5. DOVDON, Altansukh (MGL)
5. VAN GANSBEKE, Kenneth (BEL)
7. REN, Jiawen (CHN)
7. URIARTE, Sugoi (ESP)
17:00 Final block
Women: -63kg, -70kg
Men: -73kg, -81kg
17:00 Final block
Women: -78kg, +78kg
Men: -90kg, -100kg, +100kg
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