2014 Judo Grand Prix, Jeju, Korea - Preview Back

November 27, 2014

Judo Grand Prix, Jeju 2014

Official Draw - PREVIEW

The IJF World Judo Tour has arrived in Jeju for the final Grand Prix of the season at the Jeju Halla Sports Complex from Thursday 27 – Saturday 29 November. 

 

The Judo Grand Prix, Jeju 2014, is the 11th and final Grand Prix of the season which culminates next week in Japan at the Tokyo Grand Slam. After Grand Prix events in Germany, Georgia, Turkey, Cuba, Hungary, Mongolia Croatia, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan and China, the stars of the judo will compete in South Korea in the second edition of the Jeju event.

 

Jeju’s showcase falls in the middle of three back-to-back events as judoka bid for a World Ranking List points windfall to end their year on a successful note. The Asian leg of the IJF World Judo Tour, which stopped in Qingdao, China, a week ago, ensures a gripping conclusion which attracts the finest judoka in the sport and a mass of media and spectators.

 

Hosts South Korea have fielded a full strength team of 56 judoka including Olympic champion KIM Jae-Bum who won the Asian Games in September. Olympic silver medallist and double world champion WANG Ki-Chun (KOR) is still trying to impose himself at -81kg, the same category as his teammate KIM, the former having moved up from -73kg in 2014. 

 

 

Korea’s new generation of judoka will aim to kickstart their senior exploits on home soil. Junior world champion AN Changrim (KOR) sees action at -73kg while 2013 Junior World champion AN Baul (KOR) battles in the -66kg category.

 

Asian Games bronze medallist JEONG Bo Kyeong fights on the opening day in the -48kg category while 18-year-old Ulaanbaatar Grand Prix winner PARK Da Sol competes in the -52kg category on Thursday.

 

The international stars of the World Judo Tour are out in force as Olympic and world champions will be in action. Olympic champion and seven-time senior world champion Teddy RINER (FRA) is joined by Olympic champion Kayla HARRISON (USA) and world champion Ilias ILIADIS (GRE) as three judo heroes present in Jeju. 

 

The official draw took place at the Jeju Grand Hotel on Wednesday where it was revealed that 282 judoka will compete from 42 countries over the three-day Grand Prix.

 

 

Mr. Mohamed MERIJDA, IJF Education and Coaching Director, said: "Dear judo friends, I would like extend the warmest welcome on behalf of the International Judo Federation. I would like to thank the Korean Judo Association for assisting us and the IJF is very pleased with the work done so far. We are convinced that the organisation will deliver a great event like last year. We hope to have a successful competition for all the athletes and I wish you good luck.”

 

Mr. MOON Won-Bae, Jeju Judo Association President, said: "Dear Mr. Mohamed MERIJDA, as well as all officials from IJF, participating representatives from all over the world, we would like to thank you all for this Grand Prix. This event is second edition of the Grand Prix in Jeju, I wish you a great event and a pleasant stay in Jeju which is blessed to have you all here."

 

 

Mr. Carlo KNOESTER, IJF Referee Commission member, said: "We encourage you all to take care to stay positive and to watch for negative action. I wish you all a fantastic competition and good results for everyone.”

 

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WOMEN

-48kg

Beijing Olympic bronze medallist Paula PARETO (ARG) has returned to the fore in 2014 with silver at the World Championships and bronze medals at the Paris Grand Slam and Pan American Championships. The Argentine judoka is the top seed in Jeju while world bronze medallist Amandine BUCHARD (FRA), European bronze medallist Maryna CHERNIAK (UKR) and Qingdao Grand Prix winner Monica UNGUREANU (ROU) are also seeded. 

 

-52kg

World silver medallist Andreea CHITU (ROU) is the top seed in the -52kg category. The Romanian star, who won the Tashkent Grand Prix last month, will be eager to improve on her Qingdao performance where she finished in fifth-place. Qingdao Grand Prix bronze medallist Mareen KRAEH (GER), European bronze medallist Gili COHEN (ISR) and Tashkent Grand Prix silver medallist ADIYASAMBUU Tsolmon (MGL) are the best ranked judoka after CHITU. 

 

-57kg

World bronze medallist Automne PAVIA (FRA) is the number one seed having won continental gold and multiple IJF medals this year. PAVIA won the European title in April and followed up with victory at the Havana Grand Prix. Miryam ROPER (GER) made a successful return from injury by winning the Qingdao Grand Prix a week ago while fellow 2013 world bronze medallist Vlora BEDETI (SLO) and Abu Dhabi Grand Slam bronze medallist Corina CAPRIORIU (ROU) are all among the favourites. 

 

-63kg

World champion Clarisse AGBEGNENOU (FRA) leads the field into action and the 22-year-old has been in inspired form all year long. The French ace has won European and world gold in both the individual and team competitions in addition to winning the Paris Grand Slam and Havana Grand Prix. Abu Dhabi Grand Slam bronze medallist Martyna TRAJDOS (GER), Asian Games winner JOUNG Da-Woon (KOR) and World Team silver medallist BALDORJ Mungunchimeg (MGL) are also seeded. 

 

-70kg

Abu Dhabi Grand Slam winner Laura VARGAS-KOCH (GER) is poised to continue her rich vein of form as the top seed in the -70kg category. VARGAS-KOCH also won the Tashkent Grand Prix last month and will be confident of adding to her late season collection of medals with a win in Jeju. Glasgow European Open winner Sally CONWAY (GBR), Tallinn European Open bronze medallist Lior WILDIKAN (ISR) and Qingdao Grand Prix silver medallist Assmaa NIANG (MAR) are the remaining standouts. 

 

-78kg

World silver medallist Audrey TCHEUMEO (FRA) is the judoka to beat in the -78kg category. The top seed, who won the European title in April, captured the French title in the heavyweight category three weeks ago. Olympic champion Kayla HARRISON (USA), Abu Dhabi Grand Slam winner Luise MALZAHN (GER) and silver medallist Victoriia TURKS (UKR) are also in action. 

 

+78kg

World bronze medallist Emilie ANDEOL (FRA) is the top seed in the women’s heavyweight category which will be contested on the final day. The French fighter has won European individual and team gold along with World Team gold this year and will be tipped to win her first IJF gold medal of the year. Commonwealth Games winner Sarah ADLINGTON (GBR), Abu Dhabi Grand Slam silver medallist Franziska KONITZ (GER) and Tashkent Grand Prix silver medallist Iryna KINDZERSKA (UKR) will all be expected to mount a medal challenge. 



MEN

-60kg

Former world silver medallist DASHDAVAA Amartuvshin (MGL) is the lightweight judoka to beat on the opening day in Jeju. The Mongolian star won the Tashkent Grand Prix last month and has the ability to match that result in Korea. Orkhan SAFAROV (AZE), winner of the Baku and Abu Dhabi Grand Slams already this year, is among the top seeds along with former world bronze medallist KIM Won Jin (KOR) and Abu Dhabi Grand Slam bronze medallist Ilgar MUSHKIYEV (AZE). 

 

-66kg

World bronze medallist Georgii ZANTARAIA (UKR) is the top seed in the -66kg category in Jeju. The judo idol, a five-time senior world medallist, is part of a 12-strong team from Ukraine. Former European bronze medallist Colin OATES (GBR) and former world silver medallist Sugoi URIARTE (ESP) are among the best-ranked judoka along with Baku Grand Slam bronze medallist Golan POLLACK (ISR). 

 

-73kg

Baku Grand Slam winner MUKI Sugi (ISR) could be the leading man in the -73kg category. The top seed won the Havana Grand Prix and finished second in Astana to underline his credentials. Tashkent Grand Prix silver medallist KHASHBAATAR Tsagaanbaatar (MGL), Abu Dhabi Grand Slam bronze medallist Rustam ORUJOV (AZE) and Qingdao Grand Prix silver medallist Dirk VAN TICHELT (BEL) will be among the leading forces in Korea. 

 

-81kg

Olympic champion KIM Jae-Bum (KOR) is the top seed in the category and could be unstoppable in his homeland as he was at the first edition of the Jeju Grand Prix a year ago. Asian Games winner KIM will be in action along with Samsun Grand Prix silver medallist Alexander WIECZERZAK (GER), European u23 champion Roman MOUSTOPOULOS (GRE) and national champion Joachim BOTTIEAU (BEL). 

 

-90kg

World champion Ilias ILIADIS (GRE) is the leading attraction in the -90kg category. The Greek superstar is the top seed and much will be expected from the highlight reel favourite. Abu Dhabi Grand Slam bronze medallist Ciril GROSSKLAUS (SUI), Paris Grand Slam winner and 2009 world champion LEE Kyu-Won (KOR) and his teammate GWAK Dong Han (KOR) will also be among the medal favourites. 

  

-100kg

Tyumen Grand Slam winner Elmar GASIMOV (AZE) is the top seed in the -100kg category. The Azerbaijan fighter has been a fixture on medal podiums across the world this year and will be focused on another appearance this weekend. Tashkent Grand Prix silver medallist Toma NIKIFOROV (BEL), Olympic and Qingdao Grand Prix bronze medallist Dimitri PETERS (GER) and Asian Games winner NAIDAN Tuvshinbayar (MGL) will all have their own gold medal ambitions. 

 

+100kg

Olympic and seven-time senior world champion Teddy RINER (FRA) is back in action on Saturday. The living legend, who was last seen winning his seventh world title in Chelyabinsk, is back to reclaim top sport on the World Ranking List which currently belongs to Rafael SILVA (BRA). Those taking aim at RINER include Junior world champion ULZIIBAYAR Duurenbayar (MGL), 2011 world bronze medallist KIM Sung-Min (KOR) and Abu Dhabi Grand Slam winner Daniel NATEA (ROU). 


COMPETITION PROGRAMME

Thursday

10:00 Preliminaries on three mats

15:00 Opening ceremony 
16:00 Final block on one mat

 

Women: -48kg, -52kg, -57kg 

Men: -60kg, -66kg 

 

Friday

10:00 Preliminaries on three mats

16:00 Final block on one mat

 

Women: -63kg, -70kg

Men: -73kg, -81kg

 

Saturday

10:00 Preliminaries on three mats
16:00 Final block on one mat

 

Women: -78kg, +78kg

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

 

Location: Jeju Halla Sport Complex



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