2014 Judo Grand Prix, Jeju, Korea - Day 2 Back
November 28, 2014
The final Grand Prix of 2014, Jeju 2014, produced a blistering second day as the top seeds shone at the Jeju Halla Sports Complex on Friday.
Home interest was largely on Olympic champion KIM Jae-Bum, Olympic silver medallist and double world champion WANG Ki-Chun and Junior world champion AN Changrim.
On day two gold medallists were crowned in the women’s -63kg and -70kg categories and men’s -73kg and -81kg categories.
IJF Sports Director Mr. Daniel LASCAU praised the level of the competition in Korea and the IJF World Tour’s Asian leg which brings the season to an electrifying finale in Tokyo next week.
"The last three events of the year, the Asian leg of the tour, has gone very well and will close out the year next week with the Tokyo Grand Slam. In Japan, judoka can earn 500 World Ranking List points so there is a big incentive for all judoka to continue on to Japan next week.
"There are 42 countries here in Jeju and we are very happy with the level. We have Olympic and world champions competing which shows how seriously the top athletes are taking the final events of the year. I am confident that in 2015, when points count 100% towards Olympic qualification, that the quality of the teams and events will be even greater. There is a great deal to look forward to as we get closer to the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.”
After the second day France are top of the medal table with four gold medals ahead of hosts Korea who have earned three gold while Japan are third with one gold.
On Saturday, the three-day competition will come to a close with five gold medals set to be decided. Judo fans around the world will follow the action on TV and live on the internet (www.ippon.tv) in the men’s -90kg, -100kg and +100kg categories and the women’s -78kg and +78kg categories.
Three of the biggest stars in judo will be in action as Olympic champions Teddy RINER (FRA) and Kayla HARRISON (USA) will compete along with Athens Olympic champion and reigning world champion Ilias ILIADIS (GRE).
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World champion Clarisse AGBEGNENOU (FRA) was untouchable yet again on the IJF World Judo Tour as she dismissed Casablanca African Open silver medallist Isabel PUCHE (ESP) to top the podium in Jeju. AGBEGNENOU, 22, was competing for the first time since winning the world title in August and could be identified by her new red backpatch which is reserved only for world champions. PUCHE, whose one and only previous IJF World Judo Tour medal was a silver medal at the Rijeka Grand Prix 2013, was penalised with a shido for negative posture before AGBEGNENOU took the lead with a yuko and sealed her seventh gold medal of the year with a huge osoto-gari earning ippon.
In the first semi-final AGBEGNENOU swept past Glasgow European Open bronze medallist Nadja BAZYNSKI (GER) with a yuko setting her on her way to victory by ippon. In the second semi-final PUCHE showed her grit by coming from behind to deny an all-French final as she beat 21-year-old French Championships silver medallist Lindsay TSANG SAM MOI (FRA). The French judoka was a waza-ari up but her Spanish foe kept positive and got her just rewards as she prevailed by ippon.
The first bronze medal was won by reigning Jeju Grand Prix bronze medallist BAK Jiyun (KOR). The Korean claimed the first medal of the day and her country’s first medal on day two with a yuko score at the hallway point against losing semi-finalist TSANG SAM MOI. The second bronze medal was claimed by BAZYNSKI in a highly entertaining contest against Asian Games gold medallist JOUNG Da-Woon (KOR). JOUNG, who won gold here a year ago, had to settle for fifth-place as her German rival scored a yuko with a morote seoi-nage on the edge of the tatami. BAZYNSKI won her first meeting against Korean and embraced with her father and German coach Michael BAZYNSKI.
AGBEGNENOU, Clarisse (FRA) vs PUCHE, Isabel (ESP)
Bronze Medal Fights
TSANG SAM MOI, Lindsay (FRA) vs BAK, Jiyun (KOR)
BAZYNSKI, Nadja (GER) vs JOUNG, Da-Woon (KOR)
1. AGBEGNENOU, Clarisse (FRA)
2. PUCHE, Isabel (ESP)
3. BAK, Jiyun (KOR)
3. BAZYNSKI, Nadja (GER)
5. TSANG SAM MOI, Lindsay (FRA)
5. JOUNG, Da-Woon (KOR)
7. BALDORJ, Mungunchimeg (MGL)
7. HAN, Hee Ju (KOR)
Olympic bronze medallist Gevrise EMANE (FRA) was in sensational form as she emphatically worked her way through the quality field to earn -70kg gold. EMANE defeated Abu Dhabi Grand Slam winner Laura VARGAS KOCH (GER) in the final having spent just 94 seconds on the mat in total in her previous three contests. EMANE and VARGAS KOCH failed to unlock their respective defences as the latter lost out by one shido which she received for passivity in the final minute.
In the first semi-final contest VARGAS KOCH held down 19-year-old Monika BURGESS (CAN) with a kesa-gatame for 20 seconds and ippon after two and a half minutes.The German judoka had defeated her colleague Szaundra DIEDRICH (GER) in the quarter-final. In the second semi-final EMANE bested Tbilisi Grand Prix bronze medallist Irina GAZIEVA (RUS) in 59 seconds by ippon with a textbook ouchi-gari.
The first bronze medal was claimed by Tallinn European Open bronze medallist Lior WILDIKAN (ISR) who bested GAZIEVA. After exchanging shido penalties GAZIEVA failed with a ko-soto-gake effort and was countered with a ko-soto-gari for ippon with two minutes remaining. The second bronze medal contest was won by Qingdao Grand Prix silver medallist Assmaa NIANG (MAR) who won back-to-back Grand Prix medals by narrowly defeating BURGESS. There are 12 years between the two judoka but there was little to separate them on the tatami as 31-year-old NIANG won on shido penalties with two against the Canadian while her conqueror registered an unblemished record.
VARGAS KOCH, Laura (GER) vs EMANE, Gevrise (FRA)
Bronze Medal Fights
GAZIEVA, Irina (RUS) vs WILDIKAN, Lior (ISR)
BURGESS, Monika (CAN) vs NIANG, Assmaa (MAR)
1. EMANE, Gevrise (FRA)
2. VARGAS KOCH, Laura (GER)
3. WILDIKAN, Lior (ISR)
3. NIANG, Assmaa (MAR)
5. GAZIEVA, Irina (RUS)
5. BURGESS, Monika (CAN)
7. DIEDRICH, Szaundra (GER)
7. CONWAY, Sally (GBR)
Junior world champion AN Changrim (KOR) produced a sublime performance on the biggest stage of his blossoming career as he delighted his home crowd. AN defeated the top seed and Baku Grand Slam winner Sagi MUKI (ISR) in the final having bested two Mongolian’s (KHASHBAATAR and GANBAATAR) in his route to the final. MUKI, who finished second at the Astana Grand Prix a month ago, fell behind to a waza-ari but responded with the same score against AN who was aiming for his first IJF medal on the senior stage. AN settled the fate of the gold medal by throwing beautifully with a tai-otoshi and will now look forward to testing himself in Tokyo next week.
In the first semi-final MUKI defeated Abu Dhabi Grand Slam bronze medallist Rustam ORUJOV (AZE) in golden score. MUKI was able to take his place in the final after scoring waza-ari 39 seconds into added time as his conditioning showed. In the second semi-final AN produced another notable win against the seasoned Qingdao Grand Prix runner-up Dirk VAN TICHELT (BEL).
The first bronze medal was clinched by VAN TICHELT as the medal podium eluded Port Luis African Open winner Nick DELPOPOLO (USA). Belgium’s former world bronze medallist scored a waza-ari with a drop seoi-nage to capture the first bronze medal as DELPOPOLO was unable to trouble the scoreboard. The second bronze medal was destined for Azerbaijian as ORUJOV bested Asian Games silver medallist GANBAATAR Odbayar (MGL) on shido penalties with two against the Mongolian and one against the former for passivity.
MUKI, Sagi (ISR) vs AN, Changrim (KOR)
Bronze Medal Fights
VAN TICHELT, Dirk (BEL) vs DELPOPOLO, Nick (USA)
ORUJOV, Rustam (AZE) vs GANBAATAR, Odbayar (MGL)
1. AN, Changrim (KOR)
2. MUKI, Sagi (ISR)
3. VAN TICHELT, Dirk (BEL)
3. ORUJOV, Rustam (AZE)
5. DELPOPOLO, Nick (USA)
5. GANBAATAR, Odbayar (MGL)
7. BENSTED, Jake (AUS)
7. UEMATSU, Kiyoshi (ESP)
Olympic champion KIM Jae-Bum (KOR) repeated his gold medal showing from a year ago as he retained his Jeju Grand Prix title. KIM, 29, who is now targeting a third Olympic medal at Rio 2016, defeated former European bronze medallist Joachim BOTTIEAU (BEL) after 99 seconds. BOTTIEAU started by being penalised for passivity and was the latest victim for Korean superstar KIM who left fans purring with satisfaction as he threw with a stunning morote seoi-nage.
In the first semi-final KIM was too much for long-time -73kg standout WANG Ki-Chun (KOR). KIM and WANG, two of the most experienced and successful members of the 56-strong Korean team in Jeju, are both aiming for a third consecutive Olympic Games in 2016 but only one can go. WANG lost on shido penalties as KIM had plenty in reserve against the shorter fighter who was penalised three times while KIM was penalised twice. The second semi-final was also scoreless as BOTTIEAU outlasted Tallinn European Open silver medallist Attila UNGVARI (HUN) on shido penalties in a tight affair.
The first bronze medal was won by Asian Games bronze medallist NYAMSUREN Dagvasuren (MGL) who shut out UNGVARI who was separated from the former after being penalised twice during the scoreless five minute contest. The second bronze medal was captured by crowd favourite WANG who saw off Aleksandr ULIAKHOV (RUS). The Russian was penalised with a shido for passivity before being caught with a low tai-otoshi for waza-ari. WANG wrapped up the victory with osaekomi-waza as he started with a tate-shiho-gatame and continued to move around the body of his opponent for 15 seconds and a match-winning second waza-ari score.
KIM, Jae-Bum (KOR) vs BOTTIEAU, Joachim (BEL)
Bronze Medal Fights
UNGVARI, Attila (HUN) vs NYAMSUREN, Dagvasuren (MGL)
WANG, Ki-Chun (KOR) vs ULIAKHOV, Aleksandr (RUS)
1. KIM, Jae-Bum (KOR)
2. BOTTIEAU, Joachim (BEL)
3. NYAMSUREN, Dagvasuren (MGL)
3. WANG, Ki-Chun (KOR)
5. UNGVARI, Attila (HUN)
5. ULIAKHOV, Aleksandr (RUS)
7. LUCENTI, Emmanuel (ARG)
7. MOUSTOPOULOS, Roman (GRE)
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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