IBSA World Cup, Tashkent 2017 – RESULTS

Author: Mark Pickering, on 12. Oct 2017

Uzbekistan topped the medal table at their home IBSA Judo World Cup in Tashkent on Monday.

The one-day Visually Impaired judo competition followed the IJF Tashkent Grand Prix in the same venue and was broadcast live and free on the IJF platforms with sporting and technical experts and officials from the IJF supporting the IBSA Judo organising team.

Tashkent's first international VI event attracted 139 judoka from 25 nations and hosts Uzbekistan, who starred at the Rio 2016 Paralympics, finished top with four gold, three silver and four bronze medals.

South Korea were second with four gold, one silver and two bronze medals ahead of Ukraine who accumulated two gold medals and one bronze.

"I am very satisfied with the competition, there was a good atmosphere and the sport hall was completely full," said IBSA Judo President Norbert Biro.

"The IJF referees, although it is a new experience for some of them, worked together very smoothly. We are pleased with the number of athletes and delegates that have attended, here in Tashkent. This is the first time that IBSA has been supported by the IJF in a World Cup and I hope it will not be the last time that we have this great collaboration."

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IBSA Judo World Cup Tashkent 2017 (UZB Tashkent, 9 Oct. 2017) 12-Oct-2017 - 20:32:04 TTA - (c) by Real-Time Sports Communication - www.ippon.org -60 kg 1. NAMOZOV, Sherzod B2 UZB 2. BOLOGA, Alexandru B1 ROU 3. LEE, Minjae B2 KOR 3. SARIYEV, Anuar B2 KAZ 5. CIFTCI, Recep B2 TUR 5. ODILOV, Fazliddin B3 UZB 7. ANDO, Daisuke B2 JPN 7. HIRAI, Takaaki B3 JPN -66 kg 1. YOUN, Yongho B3 KOR 2. AAJIM, Munkhbat B3 MGL 3. GAVILAN LORENZO, Luis Daniel B3 ESP 3. LAMRI, Sid Ali B3 ALG 5. TURUMBETOV, Azamat B3 KAZ 5. TUYMURODOV, Adizjon B3 UZB 7. GARCIA OROZCO, David B2 ESP 7. NDYEBO, Lamani B2 RSA -73 kg 1. SAYIDOV, Feruz B3 UZB 2. KORNHASS, Nikolai B2 GER 3. KUTUEV, Vasilii B2 RUS 3. MESKINE, Mehdi B3 ALG 5. GAVILAN LORENZO, Alvaro B3 ESP 5. NIGMATOV, Utkirjon B3 UZB 7. ENKHTUYA, Davaadagva B2 MGL 7. ROSA, Denis B2 BRA -81 kg 1. LEE, Jung Min B2 KOR 2. MIRZAEV, Nurbek B3 UZB 3. KHALILOV, Sharif B3 UZB 3. KITAZONO, Aramitsu B1 JPN 5. NOURI JAFARI, Seyed Omid B2 IRI 5. PEREIRA ARRUDA, Harlley Damiao B1BRA 7. JOUBERT, Jacque B2 RSA 7. KATO, Yuji B1 JPN -90 kg 1. BOBOEV, Shukhrat B3 UZB 2. LEE, Yuhan B2 KOR 3. FEDIN, Vladimir B3 RUS 3. STEWART, Elliot B3 GBR 5. CAVALCANTE DA SILVA, Arthur B1 BRA 5. MILANO, Marc B3 GER 7. BOZOROV, Kuvondikjon B3 UZB 7. TEODORI, Valerio Romano B1 ITA -100 kg 1. INGRAM, Samuel B3 GBR 2. SKELLEY, Christopher B2 GBR 3. CHOI, Gwang Geun B1 KOR 3. TIES, Ricky B2 USA 5. GOODRICH, Benjamin B3 USA 5. TENORIO, Antonio B1 BRA 7. ALAEV, Sulaymon B3 UZB 7. UPMANN, Oliver B2 GER +100 kg 1. KHEIROLLAHZADEH, Mohammadreza B3 IRI 2. HODGSON, Jack B2D GBR 3. ARAUJO, Wilians B1 BRA 3. SHARIPOV, Shirin B3 UZB 5. MASAKI, Kento B2 JPN 5. TASTAN, Onur B2 TUR 7. 7. IBSA Judo World Cup Tashkent 2017 (UZB Tashkent, 9 Oct. 2017) 12-Oct-2017 - 20:32:04 TTA - (c) by Real-Time Sports Communication - www.ippon.org -48 kg 1. HALINSKA, Yuliya B2 UKR 2. BRUSSIG, Carmen B2 GER 3. HANGAI, Shizuka B2 JPN 3. TASIN, Ecem B1 TUR 5. KHURRAMOVA, Lobar B3 UZB 5. KOMILOVA, Yokukhon B3 UZB 7. GEREYEVA, Gulnar B3 AZE 7. VIJAYASHANTHI, Ravi B1 IND -52 kg 1. CHERNIAK, Inna B3 UKR 2. SALAEVA, Sevinch B3 UZB 3. BRUSSIG, Ramona B2 GER 3. LI, Yanqing B2 CHN 5. GAGNE, Priscilla B1 CAN 5. ISHII, Ayumi B2 JPN 7. ARNDT, Marissa B1 USA 7. TURAEVA, Umida B3 UZB -57 kg 1. SAMANDAROVA, Parvina B3 UZB 2. LIN, Zhilian B3 CHN 3. CELIK, Zeynep B2 TUR 3. HONCHARUK, Valeriia B3 UKR 5. DOS SANTOS LINS, Maria Nubea B2 BRA 5. HIROSE, Junko B3 JPN 7. SHERIPBOEVA, Nafisa B3 UZB 7. -63 kg 1. JIN, Songlee B2 KOR 2. ARAUJO, Lucia B3 BRA 3. OGAWA, Kazusa B2 JPN 3. PERNHEIM, Nicolina B1 SWE 5. LKHAIJAV, Turuunaa B1 MGL 5. MANI, Susheela B1 IND 7. 7. -70 kg 1. MARTINS, Alana B2 BRA 2. ALIBOEVA, Vasila B3 UZB 3. RAHIMOVA, Gulruh B3 UZB 3. 5. 5. 7. 7. +70 kg 1. PARK, Hayeong B2 KOR 2. SAVOSTYANOVA, Tatiana B2 RUS 3. TASBAG, Mesme B3 TUR 3. YUSUPOVA, Feruzakhon B3 UZB 5. SILVA, Rebeca B3 BRA 5. YULDASHEVA, Iroda B3 UZB 7. NYAMAA, Altantsetseg B2 MGL 7.
 
IBSA Judo World Cup Tashkent 2017: Medals (UZB Tashkent, 9 Oct. 2017) 12-Oct-2017 - 20:32:17 www.ippon.org (c) International Judo Federation IJF 1st place 2nd place 3rd place 5th place 7th place 1. UZB Uzbekistan 4 3 4 6 4 2. KOR Korea, South 4 1 2 0 0 3. UKR Ukraine 2 0 1 0 0 4. GBR Great Britain 1 2 1 0 0 5. BRA Brazil 1 1 1 5 1 6. IRI Iran 1 0 0 1 0 7. GER Germany 0 2 1 1 1 8. RUS Russia 0 1 2 0 0 9. CHN China 0 1 1 0 0 10. MGL Mongolia 0 1 0 1 2 11. ROU Romania 0 1 0 0 0 12. JPN Japan 0 0 3 3 3 13. TUR Turkey 0 0 3 2 0 14. ALG Algeria 0 0 2 0 0 15. ESP Spain 0 0 1 1 1 15. USA United States of America 0 0 1 1 1 17. KAZ Kazakhstan 0 0 1 1 0 18. SWE Sweden 0 0 1 0 0 19. IND India 0 0 0 1 1 20. CAN Canada 0 0 0 1 0 21. RSA South Africa 0 0 0 0 2 22. AZE Azerbaijan 0 0 0 0 1 22. ITA Italy 0 0 0 0 1

Tashkent Grand Prix 2017, Uzbekistan – DAY THREE

Author: Mark Pickering, on 08. Oct 2017, 

Israel finish top with 12 different countries winning gold in Tashkent

The Tashkent Grand Prix 2017, the last but one IJF Grand Prix of the season, closed out on Sunday with the heavyweights as Israel produced a sprint finish to top the medal table.

Sunday saw the men's -90kg, -100kg and +100kg categories and the women's -78kg and +78kg all decided as Uzbekistan, who topped the medal table last year, had to settle for second place this time around.

IJF Refereeing Team for the Tashkent Grand Prix 2017

Israel finished top with three gold medals, one silver and one bronze which was just the tonic the country needed in a week where Israel's first and only world judo champion Yarden GERBI (ISR) -- who won bronze at the Rio 2016 Olympics -- announced her retirement at the age of 28.

An undisputed champion and Israeli hero such as GERBI will leave an undoubted void in the sport but left with her team in good health as they proved in Tashkent.

The mantle has now been passed to fellow Olympic bronze medallist and world medallist Or SASSON (ISR) who won the last contest of the Tashkent Grand Prix 2017 in the +100kg final.

#WorldJudoDay celebrates Courage on 28 October

The sixth edition of #WorldJudoDay which takes place on the same date every year, October 28th, the birthday of Jigoro Kano, the founder of judo, has the theme of Courage this year.

#WorldJudoDay is the IJF's showcase of judo's values and spirit as being more than just a sport. Judo is an educational tool that can help people to live together and to respect one another. The objective is to increase the number of judo players around the world and to help change people's lives with the power of judo.

#WorldJudoDay is an opportunity for judo lovers to share experiences and promote the sport in their community through activities such as demonstrations, inter-club training sessions, and 'taster' sessions.

Click here to access promotional material and #WorldJudoDay diplomas

Send information about your #WorldJudoDay activities to press@ijf.org

Tokyo 2020 generations heads to Zagreb for Junior Worlds

The finest young judoka will be heading to Zagreb this month for the Junior World Championships in Zagreb, Croatia, from Wednesday 18 -- Friday 22 October.

Over 600 judoka and 86 nations are registered for the event which concludes on the Sunday with a mixed team competition which was this year added to the Tokyo 2020 Olympic programme and has already featured in the IJF's Cadet World Championships and senior World Championships.

European champion Hidayat HEYDAROV (AZE) will be one of the leading names in action while Japan will field a 20-strong team. Their roster includes KOGA Genki (JPN), the son of the legendary 1992 Olympic champion and two-time world champion KOGA Toshihiko, and 17-year-old Tokyo Grand Slam silver medallist and Dusseldorf Grand Prix winner ABE Uta who is the younger sister of world champion ABE Hifumi.

Watch #JudoZagreb2017 live and free at live.ijf.org

Before the IJF returns the Croatia, having been there only a week ago for the Zagreb Grand Prix, the sport's world governing body will be supporting a one-day IBSA Judo World Cup event that emanates from Tashkent on Monday.

The Visually Impaired judo event has attracted the leading names from Paralympic judo and will take place in the Tashkent Sport Arena.

Follow the live results at www.ippon.org

Watch the IBSA Judo World Cup live and free at www.ippon.tv

WOMEN

-78kg: Ukrainian youngster TURCHYN doubles her Grand Prix gold medal haul

Tbilisi Grand Prix winner Anastasiya TURCHYN (UKR) tasted Grand Prix gold for the second time with a win over Minsk European Open silver medallist Beata PACUT (POL) in the -78kg final on Sunday. Grand Prix rookie PACUT, 21, slipped to 0-4 in their head-to-head series as the 22-year-old Ukrainian, who struck Grand Prix gold for the first time in February, threw with an osoto-makikomi for a waza-ari score which was the only time that the scoreboard was called into action.

In the first semi-final PACUT thwarted Hohhot Grand Prix winner Bernadette GRAF (AUT) in golden score with a waza-ari after three minutes of added time. In the second semi-final TURCHYN saw off Antalya Grand Prix silver medallist Yarden MAYERSOHN (ISR) by two waza-ari scores which both went unanswered.

The first bronze medal contest was won by MAYERSOHN who threw Antalya Grand Prix bronze medallist Zarina RAIFOVA (KAZ) for a waza-ari and then held down her Kazkah rival for ippon.

The second bronze medal was won by Antalya Grand Prix winner Anastasiya DMITRIEVA (RUS) who beat GRAF by producing the only score of the four minute contest. With seven seconds left on the clock a ura-nage attempt from GRAF was countered with a ko-uchi-gari from the Russian to settle the final place available on podium.

Final

TURCHYN, Anastasiya (UKR) vs PACUT, Beata (POL)

Bronze Medal Fights

MAYERSOHN, Yarden (ISR) vs RAIFOVA, Zarina (KAZ)
DMITRIEVA, Anastasiya (RUS) vs GRAF, Bernadette (AUT)

Final Results

1. TURCHYN, Anastasiya (UKR)
2. PACUT, Beata (POL)
3. MAYERSOHN, Yarden (ISR)
3. GRAF, Bernadette (AUT)
5. RAIFOVA, Zarina (KAZ)
5. DMITRIEVA, Anastasiya (RUS)
7. AMANGELDIYEVA, Albina (KAZ)
7. ROSETTA, Melora (ITA)

+78kg: VELENSEK beats defending Tashkent Grand Prix champion for first heavyweight win

Rio 2016 Olympic bronze medallist Anamari VELENSEK (SLO) defeated 2016 Tashkent Grand Prix winner Gulzhan ISSANOVA (KAZ) to capture her first gold medal in the heavyweight category. Slovenian VELENSEK moved up to the heaviest weight in women's judo after the Olympics and took bronze at the Cancun Grand Prix this year which gave an indication of her immediate candidacy as a potential force at her new weight. ISSANOVA fell short in the final and in her bid to win the event for the year second year in a row after an insipid display which ended with her receiving a third shido for passivity.

In the first semi-final ISSANOVA held down Rakhima YULDOSHOVA (UZB) for 20 seconds and ippon with a powerful display to move her one step away from retaining his 2016 title. In the second semi-final VELENSEK submitted Cancun Grand Prix bronze medallist Sarah ADLINGTON (GBR) with a clinical piece of shime-waza on the ground.

The first bronze medal was awarded to 31-year-old double Grand Prix bronze medallist ADLINGTON who marginally outworked 2016 Tashkent Grand Prix bronze medallist Daria KARPOVA (RUS) in a contest which was spared from golden score when the Russian received her marching orders after a third penalty for passivity with seven seconds left. The second bronze medal was won by German European Cup bronze medallist Anzhela GASPARIAN (RUS) who now has a 100% medal-winning record at Grand Prix events after medalling at her first one in Tashkent. GASPARIAN launched YULDOSHOVA of Uzbekistan with an uchi-mata for ippon and a memorable debut.

Final

VELENSEK, Anamari (SLO) vs ISSANOVA, Gulzhan (KAZ)

Bronze Medal Fights

ADLINGTON, Sarah (GBR) vs KARPOVA, Daria (RUS)
GASPARIAN, Anzhela (RUS) vs YULDOSHOVA, Rakhima (UZB)

Final Results

1. VELENSEK, Anamari (SLO)
2. ISSANOVA, Gulzhan (KAZ)
3. ADLINGTON, Sarah (GBR)
3. GASPARIAN, Anzhela (RUS)
5. KARPOVA, Daria (RUS)
5. YULDOSHOVA, Rakhima (UZB)
7. JUMANIYAZOVA, Nodira (UZB)
7. IBRAGIMOVA, Nazokat (UZB)

MEN

-90kg: Spirited USTOPIRIYON emerges triumphant in record-breaking marathon match

Asian Championships winner Komronshokh USTOPIRIYON (TJK) won an immense physical duel against former world bronze medallist Dilshod CHORIEV (UZB) to take gold for Tajikistan. Former Astana Grand Prix winner USTOPIRIYON, who has been financially supported to compete in many of his events by the IJF, was locked in an intense gripping battle against the 32-year-old Uzbek CHORIEV. The regulation time passed in a blink of an eye as both men were consumed by the aim of not losing the final rather than winning it.

The knowledgeable crowd reacted every time the Uzbek took a strong grip and were right behind their fighter from the opening second until the record-breaking 11th minute, an IJF World Judo Tour record. After 10 minutes and 27 seconds of golden score CHORIEV received a shido to hand the gold medal to USTOPIRIYON. After the longest contest in IJF World Judo Tour history, both judoka were physically spent and had to sit down on the floor after leaving the field of play having spent 18 minutes on the mat including the stoppages.

In the first semi-final USTOPIRIYON profited from a lack of concentration from former Paris Grand Slam winner Yakhyo IMAMOV (UZB) who walked out of the area to receive a third shido for hansoku-make. IMAMOV has struggled for form recently and this performance epitomised his regression on the IJF World Judo Tour while USTOPIRIYON advanced to the second Grand Prix final of his career.

In the second semi-final CHORIEV dismissed 20-year-old Minsk European Open winner Yahor VARAPAYEU (BLR) after a mammoth tussle. Both men cancelled each other out for the regulatory four minutes and for the next nine minutes in golden score until CHORIEV threw VARAPAYEU with a drop seoi-nage for a crowd-pleasing waza-ari score.

The first bronze medal was won by VARAPAYEU who scored four times to defeat 22-year-old former Junior Asian Cup winner and Grand Prix newcomer Doston MEYLIEV (UZB). VARAPAYEU won the first contest of the final block by scoring a waza-ari with a yoko-otoshi, then a second with a uchi-mata and a third with the same technique. The 20-year-old Belarus judoka followed up with groundwork and pinned the Uzbek judoka for 20 seconds to seal his first Grand Prix medal and to double his country's medal count in Uzbekistan.

The second bronze medal was won by IMAMOV after Asian Championships silver medallist Islam BOZBAYEV (KAZ) ducked his head under the last attack from the home judoka to receive his third and final shido with six seconds left on the clock.

Final

CHORIEV, Dilshod (UZB) vs USTOPIRIYON, Komronshokh (TJK)

Bronze Medal Fights

VARAPAYEU, Yahor (BLR) vs MEYLIEV, Doston (UZB)
IMAMOV, Yakhyo (UZB) vs BOZBAYEV, Islam (KAZ)

Final Results

1. USTOPIRIYON, Komronshokh (TJK)
2. CHORIEV, Dilshod (UZB)
3. VARAPAYEU, Yahor (BLR)
3. IMAMOV, Yakhyo (UZB)
5. MEYLIEV, Doston (UZB)
5. BOZBAYEV, Islam (KAZ)
7. VANIEV, Shota (RUS)
7. SHUKUROV, Jasurbek (UZB)

-100kg: DARWISH savours happy hunting ground with gold for Egypt

Former world bronze medallist Ramadan DARWISH (EGY) won the Tashkent Grand Prix for a second time as the top seed was the top performer in the -100kg category. DARWISH took the contest to Ekaterinburg Grand Slam silver medallist Niyaz ILYASOV (RUS) and scored a waza-ari from a buzzer-beating uchi-mata with just a second left on the clock. DARWISH moved onto 11 Grand Prix medals which includes four gold and two from Uzbekistan while 22-year-old ILYASOV earned his best finish at Grand Prix.

In the first semi-final DARWISH bested former Asian Championships bronze medallist Saidzhalol SAIDOV (TJK) by a waza-ari score to take his place in the -100kg final and guarantee a medal for Egypt as his country's lone representative in Tashkent. In the second semi-final ILYASOV downed former Junior European Championships bronze medallist Mikita SVIRYD (BLR) by a waza-ari from an uchi-mata.

The first bronze medal was won by 2016 Tashkent Grand Prix silver medallist Davronbek SATTOROV (UZB) who threw SVIRYD for ippon with 49 seconds left on the clock to boost his country's medal haul on the last day in Uzbekistan. SATTOROV slapped his chest and screamed in celebration to a raucous response from the crowd.

The second bronze medal went to Asian Championships bronze medallist Sherali JURAEV (UZB) who conquered SAIDOV. Even the smallest of movements from the Uzbek was met with roars of approval from the home fans but it was mistakes from SAIDOV which settled the contest as a third shido -- for breaking the grip off illegally - against the Tajikistan judoka meant hansoku-make and bronze for Uzbekistan.

Final

ILYASOV, Niyaz (RUS) vs DARWISH, Ramadan (EGY)

Bronze Medal Fights

SVIRYD, Mikita (BLR) vs SATTOROV, Davronbek (UZB)
JURAEV, Sherali (UZB) vs SAIDOV, Saidzhalol (TJK)

Final Results

1. DARWISH, Ramadan (EGY)
2. ILYASOV, Niyaz (RUS)
3. SATTOROV, Davronbek (UZB)
3. JURAEV, Sherali (UZB)
5. SVIRYD, Mikita (BLR)
5. SAIDOV, Saidzhalol (TJK)
7. KOLBAY, Temirlan (KAZ)
7. DONIYOROV, Erkin (UZB)

+100kg: Olympic bronze medallist SASSON sees Israel home with Openweight Worlds looming

Rio 2016 Olympics bronze medallist Or SASSON (ISR) won Israel's third gold medal of the competition to see them home as the best team in Tashkent. SASSON was competing for the first time on the IJF World Judo Tour since the Olympics having sustained a knee-injury and improved with every contest on Sunday. The 27-year-old who weighed in at 124 kilos, threw Asian Championships bronze medallist Iurii KRAKOVETSKII (KGZ) with a sode-tsurikomi-goshi for a waza-ari with 13 seconds left and that was the pivotal moment of the final.

SASSON said: "I feel great now, I had to overcome an injury after the Olympics and I really missed competing.

"There's a fantastic atmosphere at this competition and I had to work very hard to win gold today. I have many things to improve on. I want to develop my power and my technique to help me to win major championships.

"The result is important for my country and now I will go back and work hard in training before competing at the Abu Dhabi Grand Slam, the World Openweight Championships and hopefully then the World Judo Masters in December."

In the first semi-final Iurii KRAKOVETSKII defeated world number 78 Mukhsin KHISOMIDDINOV (UZB) with a waza-ari from an uchi-mata on the edge of the area after 38 seconds of golden score. In the second semi-final 2016 Tashkent Grand Prix bronze medallist Boltoboy BALTAEV (UZB) received a third shido for crushing the grip against SASSON and was disqualified.

The first bronze medal was won by BALTAEV who held down Grand Prix debutant Ikhtiyor KHALMURATOV (UZB) with a kami-shiho-gatame to win the first of the two all-Uzbekistan clashes for third place. KHALMURATOV, 26, launched his IJF World Judo Tour career at the Ekaterinburg Grand Slam last summer, but had to settle for fifth-place at home as BALTAEV matched his 2016 result.

The second bronze medal went to former Junior Asian Championships silver medallist Bekmurod OLTIBOEV (UZB) who threw KHISOMIDDINOV with a classical seoi-nage for the maximum score. OLTIBOEV, 21, was the youngest and lightest judoka in the category at 109 kilos but was unperturbed and after 90 seconds dismissed his teammate with aplomb.

Final

SASSON, Or (ISR) vs KRAKOVETSKII, Iurii (KGZ)

Bronze Medal Fights

BALTAEV, Boltoboy (UZB) vs KHALMURATOV, Ikhtiyor (UZB)
OLTIBOEV, Bekmurod (UZB) vs KHISOMIDDINOV, Mukhsin (UZB)

Final Results

1. SASSON, Or (ISR)
2. KRAKOVETSKII, Iurii (KGZ)
3. BALTAEV, Boltoboy (UZB)
3. OLTIBOEV, Bekmurod (UZB)
5. KHALMURATOV, Ikhtiyor (UZB)
5. KHISOMIDDINOV, Mukhsin (UZB)
7. TSIARPITSKI, Uladzislau (BLR)
7. BATTULGA, Temuulen (MGL)

Tashkent Grand Prix 2017, Uzbekistan – DAY TWO

Author: Mark Pickering, on 07. Oct 2017, ijf.org

Israel out in front while Denmark joins IJF honours list for the first time

The Tashkent Grand Prix 2017 provided a home gold medal on Saturday as the hosts' leading female judoka Gulnoza MATNIYAZOVA was the hero on day two at the Tashkent Sports Arena.

The men's -73kg and -81kg categories were decided along with the women's -63kg and -70kg on Saturday on the second day as Austria, Israel, Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan took gold.

Uzbek Olympian Ramziddin SAYIDOV completes transition to referee

Former -100kg judoka Ramziddin SAYIDOV, 35, finished fifth at the London 2012 Olympics and won Grand Prix, Grand Slam and Asian Championships gold during his 12-year run at the international level.

The Uzbek was a competitor at the Tashkent Grand Prix in 2013, 2014 and 2015. This year SAYIDOV is refereeing at an IJF World Judo Tour event for the first time.

SAYIDOV calls a halt to the action

"This is a wonderful experience for me to return to the mat as a referee," he said.

"I really enjoy being out there, experiencing the same atmosphere and still being involved at the elite level. My aim is to referee at the World Championships, Olympics Games and as many events as I can."

SAYIDOV is one of a host of former top-level judoka who have been fast-tracked by the IJF into the refereeing fold.

SAYIDOV (white) in action at the London 2012 Olympic Games

"I think it's a very good initiative by the IJF and I am happy to be part of it. I thank the IJF for all the opportunities I have received and every time I come to referee I will do my very best for our sport.

"At first I felt nerves and was hesitant but now already I feel comfortable and able to do what is required of me.

"I went to the Olympics as a judoka but I was never able to win a medal. I hope to go back to an Olympic Games and show the best of myself this time around as a referee."

SAYIDOV has been selected to officiate medal contests on Friday and Saturday in Tashkent

Day three will feature the heavyweights including Rio 2016 Olympic bronze medallist Or SASSON (ISR) at +100kg and at +78kg Anamari VELENSEK (SLO) who also finished third at the last Olympic Games.

WOMEN

-63kg: Austria's UNTERWURZACHER bounces back after Worlds blip

European Championships bronze medallist Kathrin UNTERWURZACHER (AUT) returned to form in Tashkent with a sixth Grand Prix gold medal to to go some way to making amends for her early exit at August's World Championships. The world number three won all three of her contests on Saturday without giving away a single score to register her country's first medal in the competition. Germany-based Hannah MARTIN (USA) took her second silver medal in Tashkent after being held down in a mune-gatame pin for 20 seconds.

In the first semi-final UNTERWURZACHER bested Ekaterinburg Grand Slam silver medallist Ekaterina VALKOVA (RUS) in added time. It was honours even after four minutes with no scores registered but the Austrian needed only 12 seconds to throw with a ko-soto-gake for ippon in golden score. In the second semi-final MARTIN held down Baku Grand Slam bronze medallist Busra KATIPOGLU (TUR) with a powerful kesa-gatame. MARTIN had specialised in ne-waza in the first session and, with a determination to develop all areas of her skillset, looked energised and highly-motivated.

The first bronze medal contest was won by former Tyumen Grand Slam winner Catherine BEAUCHEMIN-PINARD (CAN) who held down KATIPOGLU with a sankaku-gatame for ippon. The last IJF medal for BEAUCHEMIN-PINARD was in 2015 at the Tyumen Grand Slam when she took bronze but it's only taken the Canadian two weeks into her new category to medal on the IJF World Judo Tour. BEAUCHEMIN-PINARD moved up a week ago in Zagreb maybe in anticipation of the incoming former Japan international Christa DEGUCHI - who will debut for Canada at the Abu Dhabi Grand Slam in three weeks -- not to mention world number seven Jessica KLIMKAIT (CAN) also being in the -57kg category.

The second bronze medal was won by VALKOVA who defeated three-time Grand Prix bronze medallist Andreja LESKI (SLO) in golden score. VALKOVA took the lead with a waza-ari from a sumi-gaeshi after 20 seconds and looked to wrap up the victory on the ground in osaekomi but crucially lost her position and was turned into a holddown by LESKI. The Russian escaped after 17 seconds which was enough for a waza-ari for LESKI and parity on the scoreboard remained to force golden score. VALKOVA tried several more sacrifice throws but failed to score until the two minute mark when she threw with a yoko-tomoe-nage for a medal-winning waza-ari score.

Final

UNTERWURZACHER, Kathrin (AUT) vs MARTIN, Hannah (USA)

Bronze Medal Fights

BEAUCHEMIN-PINARD, Catherine (CAN) vs KATIPOGLU, Busra (TUR)
VALKOVA, Ekaterina (RUS) vs LESKI, Andreja (SLO)

Final Results

1. UNTERWURZACHER, Kathrin (AUT)
2. MARTIN, Hannah (USA)
3. BEAUCHEMIN-PINARD, Catherine (CAN)
3. VALKOVA, Ekaterina (RUS)
5. KATIPOGLU, Busra (TUR)
5. LESKI, Andreja (SLO)
7. URDABAYEVA, Marian (KAZ)
7. DAVYDOVA, Daria (RUS)

-70kg: MATNIYAZOVA retains Tashkent title as Uzbekistan seizes first home gold

Gulnoza MATNIYAZOVA (UZB) successfully retained the Tashkent Grand Prix title to win Uzbekistan's first gold medal in this year's edition while runner-up Emilie SOOK (DEN) took her country's very first medal on the IJF World Judo Tour. SOOK, 21, who finished fifth at the Zagreb Grand Prix a week ago, entered new territory today with a first final and that was the same for her country who will now always remember the name in annals of Danish Judo. MATNIYAZOVA had seen her male counterparts miss out on top spot on day one and two and saw the opportunity to not only fly the flag for Uzbekistan but also to show the progress of their women's team. The local judoka tapped out SOOK with a sharp piece of shime-waza which was lapped up with glee by the home crowd.

In the first semi-final SOOK defeated Antalya Grand Prix winner Anka POGACNIK (SLO) by a waza-ari from a tomoe-nage to guarantee a first Grand Prix medal of her young career. In the second semi-final MATNIYAZOVA defeated u23 European Championships winner GERCSAK Szabina (HUN) with an ouchi-gari after 37 seconds of golden score.

Children celebrate home win for MATNIYAZOVA

The first bronze medal was awarded to GERCSAK who defeated world number 28 Roxane TAEYMANS (BEL). A waza-ari for the 21-year-old Hungarian was the difference after four minutes of action as the wait goes on for Belgian TAEYMANS who is still in search of a first Grand Prix medal.

The second bronze medal was won by POGACNIK against 26-year-old Grand Prix debutant Taisia KIREEVA (RUS). Slovenia's POGACNIK drove her opponent over with a seoi-nage for a waza-ari score after two and a half minutes of golden score to take home her fourth Grand Prix medal.

Final

SOOK, Emilie (DEN) vs MATNIYAZOVA, Gulnoza (UZB)

Bronze Medal Fights

TAEYMANS, Roxane (BEL) vs GERCSAK, Szabina (HUN)
POGACNIK, Anka (SLO) vs KIREEVA, Taisia (RUS)

Final Results

1. MATNIYAZOVA, Gulnoza (UZB)
2. SOOK, Emilie (DEN)
3. GERCSAK, Szabina (HUN)
3. POGACNIK, Anka (SLO)
5. TAEYMANS, Roxane (BEL)
5. KIREEVA, Taisia (RUS)
7. DIBRINA, Iana (RUS)
7. CHSHERBAKOVA, Aelita (KAZ)

MEN

-73kg: Smiles for SMAGULOV as the Kazakh has the beating of Uzbek rivals

Asian Championships bronze medallist Zhansay SMAGULOV (KAZ) ruled the -73kg category for Uzbekistan's neighbours with a workman like performance. The 25-year-old Kazakh picked up his second Grand Prix gold medal and first since 2015 by defeating world number 11 Giyosjon BOBOEV (UZB) in the final. SMAGULOV started slowly but opened up in the final minute and threw BOBOEV with a seoi-otoshi for ippon with 22 seconds left on the clock.

In the first semi-final BOBOEV beat teenage judoka Martin HOJAK (SLO) in an incredible contest. Both judoka launched attacks from the opening exchange which set the tone a frenetic contest which teased, tormented and tantalised the Uzbek supporters. BOBOEV and HOJAK committed to throw after throw, all narrowly avoided giving away a score and so golden score was required. With everything in the balance, the golden score period was all-out action and not only were the spectators deeply invested and thoroughly enjoying the semi-final, finalist SMAGULOV, who was awaiting the winner in the final, would have been savouring the lengthy period of golden score. HOJAK was penalised with a shido for a leg grab after five minutes and 27 seconds of golden score to send BOBOEV into the final.

In the second semi-final SMAGULOV threw 2016 Tashkent Grand Prix winner Mirzokhid FARMONOV (UZB) with a tai-otoshi for a waza-ari score which was the only score of the four minute contest.

The first bronze medal was won by Azeri youngster Telman VALIYEV (AZE) in a fantastic contest against FARMONOV which produced four scores. VALIYEV, 22, was unfazed by the atmosphere as he fought for his first Grand Prix medal and against one of Uzbekistan's biggest medal hopes. The Azeri built up an unassailable lead to the shock of FARMONOV and the crowd with three waza-ari scores without reply. A sumi-gaeshi, an osoto-gari and then a te-waza movement each yielded scores before FARMONOV pulled one back in the closing seconds but it was too little too late.

The second bronze medal was won by world number 94 and former Junior Asian Cup winner Khikmatillokh TURAEV (UZB) who beat HOJAK. TURAEV, 22, clinched his first IJF honours in a dream scenario as he graced the podium in his homeland on the occasion of the Central Asia's leg of the IJF World Judo Tour. A sode-tsurikomi-goshi waza-ari gave TURAEV the lead and he added another before the end to secure bronze. HOJAK, 19, who was involved in some of the best contests of the day, will be one of the favourites in his next competition as the teenager will travel to Croatia later this month for the Junior World Championships in Zagreb.

Final

BOBOEV, Giyosjon (UZB) vs SMAGULOV, Zhansay (KAZ)

Bronze Medal Fights

VALIYEV, Telman (AZE) vs FARMONOV, Mirzokhid (UZB)

HOJAK, Martin, (SLO) vs TURAEV, Khikmatillokh (UZB)

Final Results

1. SMAGULOV, Zhansay (KAZ)
2. BOBOEV, Giyosjon (UZB)
3. VALIYEV, Telman (AZE)
3. TURAEV, Khikmatillokh (UZB)
5. FARMONOV, Mirzokhid (UZB)
5. HOJAK, Martin, (SLO)
7. ALIMARDONOV, Jakhongir (UZB)
7. ARYAN, Mod Reshad (AFG)

-81kg: MUKI makes mark in new category to send Israel top of the table

Former European champion Sagi MUKI (ISR) won gold for the first time in his new weight category with a competent display in the -81kg category despite not reaching his usual levels of spectacular ippon judo. MUKI, who was fifth at the Rio 2016 Olympics in the -73kg category, faced former Asian Championships winner NYAMSUREN Dagvasuren (MGL) in the final in a first meeting between the pair. The Israeli was one of the most explosive judoka at the lower weight but looked more cautious and far less inventive but still offered a sturdy defence. In his fourth event up at -81kg, MUKI threw NYAMSUREN with a utsuri-goshi for a waza-ari after two and half minutes of golden score.

In the first semi-final NYAMSUREN forced Kamoliddin RASULOV (UZB) to submit to book a place in the final. After 69 seconds of golden score the Mongolian trapped RASULOV on the ground and the hold was so tight that the exhausted home judoka elected to submit. In the second semi-final MUKI left it late to impose himself against Ulaanbaatar Grand Prix bronze medallist Fagan GULUZADA (AZE). MUKI had to deal with an attacking onslaught from GULUZADA and absorbed everything the Azeri had to offer, albeit with a few scares, and showed his super conditioning in the final minute to score a waza-ari from an osoto-gari with 14 seconds left on the clock.

The first bronze medal was won by GULUZADA over world number 126 Bekzhan ABDUALIYEV (KAZ). Azeri GULUZADA offered little in regulation time with the Kazakh doing the bulk of the work. In golden score GULUZADA was still in contention and countered ABDUALIYEV with ashi-waza for bronze and high fived a group of young fans in the front row after the leaving the tatami.

The second bronze medal remained in Tashkent as an all-Uzbekistan clash had the crowd out of their seats throughout the contest. Former Asian Championships silver medallist Sharofiddin BOLTABOEV (UZB) was the only judoka to dent the scoreboard as he scored a waza-ari with a seoi-nage as RASULOV finished fifth.

Final

NYAMSUREN, Dagvasuren (MGL) vs MUKI, Sagi (ISR)

Bronze Medal Fights

ABDUALIYEV, Bekzhan (KAZ) vs GULUZADA, Fagan (AZE)
RASULOV, Kamoliddin (UZB) vs BOLTABOEV, Sharofiddin (UZB)

Final Results

1. MUKI, Sagi (ISR)
2. NYAMSUREN, Dagvasuren (MGL)
3. GULUZADA, Fagan (AZE)
3. BOLTABOEV, Sharofiddin (UZB)
5. ABDUALIYEV, Bekzhan (KAZ)
5. RASULOV, Kamoliddin (UZB)
7. TURSUNOV, Sukhrob (UZB)
7. KUBIENIEC, Jakub (POL)

COMPETITION PROGRAMME

Sunday

12:00 Preliminaries on two mats
17:00 Final block on one mat

Women: -78kg, +78kg
Men: -90kg, -100kg, +100kg

Location: Tashkent Sports Arena

Tashkent Grand Prix 2017, Uzbekistan – DAY ONE

Author: Mark Pickering, on 06. Oct 2017, ijf.org

The Tashkent Grand Prix 2017, the penultimate IJF Grand Prix of the season, opened on Friday with five different countries winning the five weight categories at stake on day one at the Tashkent Sports Arena.

Hosts Uzbekistan, who topped the medal table at their home Grand Prix in the first edition in 2013 and last year, had to settle for two bronze medals on the first day but still have leading medal hopes in the nine remaining categories.

The men's -60kg and -66kg categories were contested along with the women's -48kg, 52kg and -57kg on Friday with 15 of the 27 competing nations engaged in the final block in medal contests.

Official opening ceremony for#JudoUZB2017

Uzbekistan's well-established IJF World Judo Tour event is one of Asia's leading legs on the international circuit and is a popular location for internationals teams due to the high level of competition including a teak-tough Uzbek team, the competition itself and the training facilities (IJF Olympic Training Centre) and the warm atmosphere.

The opening ceremony took place prior to the medal contests on the opening day.

Mr. Mohamed MERIDJA (above), IJF Education and Coaching Director, addressed the crowd.

"Good afternoon ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the fifth edition of the Tashkent Grand Prix.

"Judo enjoys great popularity in Uzbekistan and every year we have a fantastic audience here to support our sport.

"On behalf of the IJF President Mr. Marius VIZER I would like to thank the Judo Federation of Uzbekistan for hosting the Grand Prix and their enormous contribution to judo. I wish everyone a successful competition and I declare the Tashkent Grand Prix 2017 open."

Mr. Rustam KURBANOV (above), Chairman of Uzbekistan State Committee of Physical Culture and Sports, said: "Good afternoon ladies and gentlemen, athletes, coaches, officials and guests, I would like to welcome you all to our capital city. Uzbekistan is proud to host a lot of top level sports events and this is a special competition in our programme with the top judoka in the world all gathered here this weekend.

"We hope for you all to have a comfortable stay and may the strongest judoka win. Good luck to everyone."

Mr. Mohamed MERIDJA (above - left), IJF Education and Coaching Director, with Mr. Ahmedbaev ATHAM, JFU Chairman

#1yeartogo until #BuenosAires2018 Youth Olympic Games

6 October marks 1 year to go to until the Buenos Aires 2018 Youth Olympic Games and the festivities kicked off today in Argentina's capital city which will showcase the world's best young judoka next year as part of a full sports programme.

Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Games winner (YOG) ABE Hifumi (JPN) was crowned senior world champion in August.

The 20-year-old world number one hit the headlines in Japan when he won the YOG and was billed as a leading Tokyo 2020 medal hope. ABE is now undefeated since 2015 on the IJF World Judo Tour and thrilled the crowd in Budapest as he won his first senior world title with a sensational performance.

In the next edition of YOG, which has Argentina's own Olympic judo champion Paula PARETO as one of its ambassadors, judo will provide eight individual weight categories as part of the programme in addition to a mixed international team event with nine teams comprised of eight judoka (four boys and four girls)

Day two of the Tashkent Grand Prix will feature four weight categories as the men's -73kg and -81kg judoka will be joined on the two tatami by the women's -63kg and -70kg categories.

European Championships bronze medallist Kathrin UNTERWURZACHER (AUT) sees action at -63kg and will be one judoka to keep tabs on as Austria have brought their best judoka to Uzbekistan and will continue to make their presence felt on Saturday.

WOMEN

-48kg: Fifth Grand Prix gold for Mongolian maestro MUNKHBAT

World silver medallist MUNKHBAT Urantsetseg (MGL) continued her fine form and her country's as she won her fifth Grand Prix gold medal on day one in Uzbekistan. MUNKHBAT sent world number five Milica NIKOLIC (SRB) over with pure te-waza and as the Serbian landed MUNKHBAT was already applying the hold down and maintained full control for 20 seconds and Tashkent Grand Prix gold.

In the first semi-final world silver medallist MUNKHBAT submitted European bronze medallist CSERNOVICZKI Eva (HUN) for ippon. In the second semi-final NIKOLIC defeated 2016 Tashkent Grand Prix winner Mariia PERSIDSKAIA (RUS). After a four minute stalemate, the Russian judoka was penalised with a shido for negative gripping after 20 seconds of added time to send her Serbian opponent into the gold medal contest.

The first bronze medal contest was won by PERSIDSKAIA who outclassed Nodira GULOVA (UZB) in the first contest in the final block on day one. The Russian judoka showed quick feet to catch 29-year-old GULOVA - who had won two Grand Prix medals, both bronze, and both in Tashkent -- with a stinging ashi-waza movement for a waza-ari and then submitted her Uzbek adversary with a juji-gatame for ippon.

The second bronze medal was won by CSERNOVICZKI who defeated world number eight Noa MINSKER (ISR) after three minutes in golden score. Hungarian CSERNOVICZKI is ready to embark on her third Olympic cycle towards Tokyo 2020 and went close to scoring with a sode-tsurikomi-goshi in regulation time. MINSKER read subsequent attacks with the same technique and was able to maneuvere off a sasae-tsurikomi-ashi to land on her front. A shido for a false attack against the Israeli settled the contest.

Final

MUNKHBAT, Urantsetseg (MGL) vs NIKOLIC, Milica (SRB)

Bronze Medal Fights

GULOVA, Nodira (UZB) vs PERSIDSKAIA, Mariia (RUS)
CSERNOVICZKI, Eva (HUN) vs MINSKER, Noa (ISR)

Final Results

1. MUNKHBAT, Urantsetseg (MGL)
2. NIKOLIC, Milica (SRB)
3. PERSIDSKAIA, Mariia (RUS)
3. CSERNOVICZKI, Eva (HUN)
5. GULOVA, Nodira (UZB)
5. MINSKER, Noa (ISR)
7. PAVLENKO, Anastasia (RUS)
7. TURKMANOVA, Jakhonoy (UZB)

-52kg: Stylish Grand Prix debutant TEMELKOVA takes gold for Israel

IJF World Judo Tour rookie and Grand Prix debutant Betina TEMELKOVA (ISR) starred in the -52kg category with a eyecatching gold medal in Tashkent. TEMELKOVA, 20, defeated three-time Grand Prix bronze medallist Agata PERENC (POL) to complete an incredible debut at the highest level with a masterful ko-soto, that had a hint of a modified kata-guruma about it, to earn ippon and Grand Prix gold at the first time of asking.

In the first semi-final TEMELKOVA dispatched former Zagreb Grand Prix winner Karolina PIENKOWSKA (POL) after four minutes by a waza-ari score after rolling her Polish rival to seal a place in her first Grand Prix final. In the second semi-final Antalya Grand Prix bronze medallist Ariel BEZALEL (ISR) lost out to PERENC by ippon who had led by a waza-ari score from a drop seoi-nage.

The first bronze medal was clinched by London 2012 Olympic bronze medallist Charline VAN SNICK (BEL) who had too much quality for BEZALEL. The Belgian, who was being coached by former French international and 2009 Paris Grand Slam winner Dimitri DRAGIN, scored a waza-ari from a sode-tsurikomi-goshi and held down her opponent with a sankaku-gatame for 20 seconds and ippon.

The second bronze medal was won by 35-year-old Petra NAREKS (SLO) who was all business against 24-year-old PIENKOWSKA. Slovenia's NAREKS scored a waza-ari from a ouchi-gari and held off a plucky challenger from Poland who made sure that the former had to work hard to capture a place on the medal podium in Central Asia.

Final

TEMELKOVA, Betina (ISR) vs PERENC, Agata (POL)

Bronze Medal Fights

VAN SNICK, Charline (BEL) vs BEZALEL, Ariel (ISR)
PIENKOWSKA, Karolina (POL) vs NAREKS, Petra (SLO)

Final Results

1. TEMELKOVA, Betina (ISR)
2. PERENC, Agata (POL)
3. VAN SNICK, Charline (BEL)
3. NAREKS, Petra (SLO)
5. BEZALEL, Ariel (ISR)
5. PIENKOWSKA, Karolina (POL)
7. ADIYASAMBUU, Tsolmon (MGL)
7. TUITEKOVA, Aigunim (KAZ)

-57kg: Poland's BOROWSKA takes pole position for the first time at a Grand Prix

Minsk European Open bronze medallist Anna BOROWSKA (POL) celebrated the biggest win of her career at the expense of former European Championships bronze medallist Timna NELSON LEVY (ISR) in the -57kg final. Former Junior European Championships winner BOROWSKA threw the Israeli with an o-goshi to level up their head-to-head series at 1-1 during a positive start for Poland.

In the first semi-final NELSON LEVY beat veteran Sabrina FILZMOSER (AUT) by two waza-ari scores to advance to the final. The Israeli was in the ascendancy from the start and took the contest to the Austrian which is an achievement in itself. NELSON LEVY scored twice and FILZMOSER could not impose herself as she moved down into the bronze medal equation. In the second semi-final BOROWSKA threw 21-year-old Minsk European Open silver medallist Giulia CAGGIANO (ITA) for the maximum score after three minutes of golden score. The Polish judoka sent the Italian youngster flat onto her back with force from a osoto-gari which was one of the ippons of the day.

The first bronze medal was won by 17-year-old European Youth Olympic Festival winner Kaja KAJZER (SLO) after a spirited contest against CAGGIANO. KAJZER will compete in the Junior World Championships later this month in Zagreb, Croatia, with a Grand Prix medal already on her resume after seeing off the young Italian after 6 minutes and 34 seconds of golden score. CAGGIANO was penalised for going out of the area to finish in fifth-place to bring an end to a contest which saw both judoka go toe-to-toe for over 10 minutes.

The second bronze medal was won by Sevara NISHANBAYEVA (KAZ) who won Tashkent Grand Prix bronze for the second year in a row at the expense of FILZMOSER. Kazakh judoka NISHANBAYEVA scored a waza-ari with an osoto-makikomi and trapped the Austrian in a kuzure-kesa-gatame but FILZMOSER escaped after 19 seconds. NISHANBAYEVA made sure with three seconds left with a ouchi-gari for ippon.

Final

NELSON LEVY, Timna (ISR) vs BOROWSKA, Anna (POL)

Bronze Medal Fights

KAJZER, Kaja (SLO) vs CAGGIANO, Giulia (ITA)
FILZMOSER, Sabrina (AUT) vs NISHANBAYEVA, Sevara (KAZ)

Final Results

1. BOROWSKA, Anna (POL)
2. NELSON LEVY, Timna (ISR)
3. KAJZER, Kaja (SLO)
3. NISHANBAYEVA, Sevara (KAZ)
5. CAGGIANO, Giulia (ITA)
5. FILZMOSER, Sabrina (AUT)
7. ABILKADIROVA, Aigerim (KAZ)
7. LEUNG, Po Sum (HKG)

MEN

-60kg: Azeri SHIRINLI earns first IJF World Judo Tour gold medal

Former Baku Grand Slam silver medallist Vugar SHIRINLI (AZE) struck -60kg gold for Azerbaijan's five-man team in Tashkent as he not only rediscovered his medal winning touch but made a breakthrough on the Grand Prix stage for the first time. Tbilisi Grand Prix bronze medallist Islam YASHUEV (RUS) took silver after falling by a waza-ari after four minutes. YASHUEV had won silver and bronze before at this level but today earned himself a gold medal that could see him play an increased role in the Azeri team.

In the first semi-final SHIRINLI bested 21-year-old Junior Asian Championships bronze medallist Doston RUZIEV (UZB) by two waza-ari scores. SHIRINLI threw RUZIEV with a drop seoi-nage for a waza-ari and the the crowd sensed that their judoka may have to turn his attention to going for bronze instead of gold. That was the case as the travelling Azeri doubled his advantage with a second waza-ari and secured a place in his first Grand Prix final.

In the second semi-final Paris Grand Slam silver medallist Sharafuddin LUTFILLAEV (UZB) fell to YASHUEV by a waza-ari score. The Russian judoka caught the Uzbekistan star off guard when he launched an uchi-mata which was the only score of the contest as LUTFILLAEV failed to threaten the scoreboard.

The first bronze medal was won by LUTFILLAEV who beat Uzbekistan's number three in the category and Asian Championships bronze medallist Mukhriddin TILOVOV (UZB). LUTFILLAEV opened the scoring with a waza-ari from an uchi-mata and when he went back to it TILOVOV attempted to avoid giving away the score by bridging which is against the rules due to the potential injury risk and the youngster was disqualified.

The second bronze medal was won by world number 170 Abylaikhan SHARATOV (KAZ) when RUZIEV tried to bridge and received hansoku-make after only 13 seconds. SHARATOV was appearing in a Grand Prix for the second time and completed a medal-winning day to ensure more outings for Kazakhstan before the year is out while RUSTIEV will rue his error.

Final

SHIRINLI, Vugar (AZE) vs YASHUEV, Islam (RUS)

Bronze Medal Fights

TILOVOV, Mukhriddin (UZB) vs LUTFILLAEV, Sharafuddin (UZB)
RUZIEV, Doston (UZB) vs SHARATOV, Abylaikhan (KAZ)

Final Results

1. SHIRINLI, Vugar (AZE)
2. YASHUEV, Islam (RUS)
3. LUTFILLAEV, Sharafuddin (UZB)
3. SHARATOV, Abylaikhan (KAZ)
5. TILOVOV, Mukhriddin (UZB)
5. RUZIEV, Doston (UZB)
7. BOQIEV, Sukhrob (TJK)
7. SUBHONOV, Rakhimjon (UZB)

-66kg: Belarus youngster MINKOU produces career-best performance

Ekaterinburg Grand Slam bronze medallist Dzmitry MINKOU (BLR) defeated Asian Championships bronze medallist GANBOLD Kherlen (MGL) to win -66kg gold. MINKOU, 21, defeated GANBOLD, 25, who moved up the -66kg last year, by two waza-ari scores. GANBOLD launched a reaching ouchi-gari but was off balance and MINKOU used his upper body to drive him over for a waza-ari score. A defensive MINKOU then feared the uchi-mata from the Mongolian but then added a second waza-ari score having only seconds earlier slipped off a utsuri-goshi attempt from GANBOLD. The Belarus judoka, who started the day ranked 15th in the world, will now be pushing for a place in the top 10 and has all but assured himself of a spot in December's invite-only World Judo Masters.

In the first semi-final GANBOLD defeated Minsk European Open silver medallist Artur TE (KGZ) with little resistance. The Mongolian scored a waza-ari from an uchi-mata and then moved into the osaekomi as he held down TE for 20 seconds, ending in a kami-shiho-gatame position. In the second semi-final Sardor NURILLAEV (UZB) was thrown for ippon which silenced the home crowd. MINKOU needed 76 seconds to cleverly catch his Uzbek opponent with a ko-soto-gari for ippon to guarantee his first Grand Prix medal.

The first bronze medal was won by NURILLAEV after world number seven Baruch SHMAILOV (ISR) was penalised with a shido in golden score after 10 seconds for a leg grab. It represented a first IJF medal for 22-year-old NURILLAEV who will now jump up the rankings from the his lowly number 43 position in the -66kg category.

The second bronze medal went to DOVDON by a single score against Artur TE (KGZ). Mongolian DOVDON countered a weak seoi-nage attempt to lift his opponent with a ura-nage for a waza-ari score and he protected his advantage to win his ninth career Grand Prix medal.

Final

GANBOLD, Kherlen (MGL) vs MINKOU, Dzmitry (BLR)

Bronze Medal Fights

NURILLAEV, Sardor (UZB) vs SHMAILOV, Baruch (ISR)
TE, Artur (KGZ) vs DOVDON, Altansukh (MGL)

Final Results

1. MINKOU, Dzmitry (BLR)
2. GANBOLD, Kherlen (MGL)
3. NURILLAEV, Sardor (UZB)\
3. DOVDON, Altansukh (MGL)
5. SHMAILOV, Baruch (ISR)
5. TE, Artur (KGZ)
7. JEREB, Andraz (SLO)
7. VAN GANSBEKE, Kenneth (BEL)


COMPETITION PROGRAMME

Saturday

12.00 Preliminaries on two mats
17:00 Final block on one mat

Women: -63kg, -70kg
Men: -73kg, -81kg

Sunday

12:00 Preliminaries on two mats
17:00 Final block on one mat

Women: -78kg, +78kg
Men: -90kg, -100kg, +100kg

Location: Tashkent Sports Arena

Tashkent Grand Prix 2017, Uzbekistan – PREVIEW

Author: Mark Pickering, on 05. Oct 2017. ijf.org

The IJF World Judo Tour has arrived in Asia for the second senior event following the 2017 Suzuki World Judo Championships as Uzbekistan takes centre stage this weekend with the fifth edition of the Tashkent Grand Prix.

Judo provided Uzbekistan's first Olympic medal at Atlanta 1996 when Mr. Armen BAGDASAROV, now Judo Federation of Uzbekistan President, took silver in the -86kg weight category and so the sport not only has a special place in the hearts and minds of the people of Uzbekistan but it has become a consistent source of medals, success and international acclaim.

Since August's 2017 Suzuki World Judo Championships the IJF World Judo Tour visited Croatia a week ago for the Zagreb Grand Prix and the double header serves as a reminder that the season is actually heating up as the year closes out with still a World Openweight Championships (Marrakech, Morocco), two Grand Slams (Abu Dhabi and Tokyo) and a World Judo Masters (St. Petersburg, Russia) among the impressive calendar of events.

The official draw of the Tashkent Grand Prix 2017

The draw for the Tashkent Grand Prix took place on Thursday afternoon where it was revealed that 183 judoka (91 men, 92 women) would be competing in one of the hubs of Central Asia from 27 nations.

Mr. Mohamed MERIDJA, IJF Education and Coaching Director (below), opened the draw in Uzbekistan.

"Dear Judo Federation of Uzbekistan Vice Presidents, dear Judo Federation of Uzbekistan General Secretary Mr. Rishod SOBIROV, dear judo friends, ladies and gentlemen, it is an honour to welcome you all to Uzbekistan for the Tashkent Grand Prix.

"IJF President Mr. Marius VIZER wishes to extend his warmest welcome to you all. We hope to have a successful competition here in Tashkent."

Mr. Shavkat MUMINOV (below), Judo Federation of Uzbekistan Vice President, said: "Good afternoon ladies and gentlemen, on behalf of the Judo Federation of Uzbekistan, I have the honour to welcome to you this 2017 edition of the Tashkent Grand Prix.

"It has been a great tradition to organise this event every year and to join all these athletes together in our country. I would like to thank the IJF President Mr. Marius VIZER for these opportunities and his continuous trust and support. I have to thank the Uzbekistan Government for their support, as without their help this event would not happen. To all judoka and all staff and officials I wish you all a successful event."

Watch #JudoUZB2017 live and free from Friday 6 October -- Sunday 8 October at live.ijf.org

IJF releases third Judo Legends video

Mr. Franco CAPELLETTI is one of those characters who have been seen in the judo world for decades. Born in 1938 near the Lake Iseo, Italy, he has dedicated his life to judo and its educational values. He received the 10th dan from the hands of IJF President, Mr. Marius VIZER, this summer on the occasion of the 2017 Suzuki Judo World Championships in Budapest.

Today Franco CAPELLETTI is the director of the IJF Kata Commission, whose World Championship takes place on 6 and 7 October in Olbia, Sardinia.

Watch Franco Capelletti's Interview

Early in the summer, as part of the series on Judo Legends, the IJF met with this born-educator who explained to us how his life in judo had been, and still is, a dream of which he wants nobody to wake him up.

JUDO LEGENDS: The International Judo Federation is pleased to release the third episode of its series of films on the legends of judo, who are above all builders of what our sport has become today. Whether they are or have been great champions, referees, and/or great leaders of world judo..., they have all contributed to making judo a major player in international sport. Over the coming weeks, the IJF will keep releasing the videos of these exclusive interviews and will unveil the messages that these personalities have to offer us.

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PREVIEW

Women

-48kg

World silver medallist MUNKHBAT Urantsetseg (MGL) is the number one seed in the women's lightest weight category and will be expected to maintain Mongolia's momentum from the 2017 Suzuki World Judo Championships where they won a record haul of six medals. World number five Milica NIKOLIC (SRB) finished fifth at the Worlds and could win her second Grand Prix title if she can finish her competition day undefeated on Friday. European bronze medallist CSERNOVICZKI Eva (HUN) and Belgrade European Open silver medallist Kelly STADDON (GBR) will also be among the medal contenders.

-52kg

London 2012 Olympic bronze medallist Charline VAN SNICK (BEL) has prepared for the Tashkent Grand Prix by training in Paris. Baku Grand Slam bronze medallist VAN SNICK moved up from -48kg to -52kg a year ago and medals have been hard to come by. The Belgian starts as the top seed and should achieve her best result to date at -52kg. Former World Judo Masters silver medallist ADIYASAMBUU Tsolmon (MGL) will be tipped to enter the medal equation while Antalya Grand Prix bronze medallist Ariel BEZALEL (ISR) will be bidding for her second medal at this level.

-57kg

Former European Championships bronze medallist Timna NELSON LEVY (ISR) starts with the top billing as the highest ranked judoka in the -57kg category in Tashkent. The world number 15 is one of the latest talents from the Israeli production line and the 23-year-old is poised to have an increased presence on the IJF World Judo Tour as she prepares to start her Tokyo 2020 Olympic qualification bid next year. Sevara NISHANBAYEVA (KAZ) took bronze in Tashkent a year ago and could achieve a similar result this time around but the fate of the -57kg title in Uzbekistan will rest largely with the performance of 37-year-old veteran Sabrina FILZMOSER (AUT).

-63kg

European Championships bronze medallist Kathrin UNTERWURZACHER (AUT) lost her opening contest at the World Championships and will be looking to bounce back at the first attempt by winning in Tashkent. Five-time Grand Prix winner UNTERWURZACHER, who is ranked third in the world, is still an overwhelming favourite for gold but has three-time Grand Prix bronze medallist Andreja LESKI (SLO), Baku Grand Slam bronze medallist Busra KATIPOGLU (TUR) and former Tyumen Grand Slam winner Catherine BEAUCHEMIN-PINARD (CAN) for company in one of the deepest divisions in the competition.

-70kg

Antalya Grand Prix winner Anka POGACNIK (SLO) is the top seed at an IJF event for the first time. The world number 13, who has won all three colours of available Grand Prix medals, will compete alongside u23 European Championships winner GERCSAK Szabina (HUN), 2016 Tashkent Grand Prix winner Gulnoza MATNIYAZOVA (UZB) and Dubrovnik European Cup winner Megan FLETCHER (IRI) who competes at a Grand Prix for the first time with the Irish flag having switched from representing Great Britain earlier this year.

-78kg

Hohhot Grand Prix winner Bernadette GRAF (AUT) lost out to eventual world champion Mayra AGUIAR (BRA) last time out in Budapest and will be hoping for a long and productive day in her third competition at -78kg. The Austrian looks poised to make the move up from -70kg a permanent one providing that she can adjust to the category in due course which will ultimately be decided by her performances at Grand Slam events in the remainder of 2017. Antalya Grand Prix winner Anastasiya DMITRIEVA (RUS) will be bidding to complete a Grand Prix gold medal hat-trick while 2016 Tashkent Grand Prix bronze medallist Kumush YULDASHOVA (UZB) will fly the flag for the hosts.

+78kg

Rio 2016 Olympic bronze medallist Anamari VELENSEK (SLO) took bronze at the Cancun Grand Prix this year in her first outing in the women's heavyweight division and could lead from the start. The second Cancun Grand Prix bronze medallist Sarah ADLINGTON (GBR) will also be present in Uzbekistan after narrowly missing the podium in Croatia a week ago where the Brit finished in fifth-place.

Men

-60kg

Asian Championships bronze medallist Mukhriddin TILOVOV (UZB) shone at the 2017 Suzuki World Judo Championships in August with a hard-fought fifth-place finish as he lost to teammate and Olympic bronze medallist Diyorbek UROZBOEV for bronze. Paris Grand Slam silver medallist Sharafuddin LUTFILLAEV (UZB) is a three-time Grand Prix gold medallist but has only won once at home and that may change on day one in Tashkent. Former Baku Grand Slam silver medallist Vugar SHIRINLI (AZE) will be hopeful of challenging for a first Grand Prix medal since his lone bronze medal in Samsun, Turkey, back in 2013.

-66kg

World number seven Baruch SHMAILOV (ISR) is the top seed in the -66kg category and is in a prime position to win his first Grand Prix title. The 23-year-old is an owner of two Grand Prix silver medals and one bronze but has upped his performance level in 2017 as he finished just short of honours at the European Championships. Tasked with stopping the Israeli from opening his Grand Prix gold medal count are judoka such as GANBOLD Kherlen (MGL) who has captured an Asian Championships bronze medal since stepping up a weight at the end of last year. The Mongolian has three-time Grand Slam bronze medallist and world number 10 DOVDON Altansukh (MGL) for company along with 21-year-old Ekaterinburg Grand Slam bronze medallist Dzmitry MINKOU (BLR).

-73kg

World number 11 Giyosjon BOBOEV (UZB) won his first Grand Prix gold medal earlier this year in Tbilisi and is well-placed to match that performance in his homeland. The 24-year-old is on the verge of breaking into the world's top 10 and will face stiff opposition from home and abroad including domestic rival Mirzokhid FARMONOV (UZB) who won this event a year ago. Teenager Martin HOJAK (SLO) was seventh in Tashkent last year and will be intent on improving that finish and showing his progress over the last 12 months while Asian Championships bronze medallist Zhansay SMAGULOV (KAZ) would love to take gold back to his neighbouring country.

-81kg

Former Asian Championships winner NYAMSUREN Dagvasuren (MGL) has a tendency to save his best judo for his home continent and has the top seed status. The world number 16 topped the Grand Prix medal podium in his native Ulaanbaatar last year and has won five of his seven Grand Prix medals in Asia. Sagi MUKI (ISR) was a Grand Prix, Grand Slam and European Championships winner during his lengthy run in the -73kg category but is yet to make an impact in the -81kg category since moving up at the end of 2016. MUKI, who has a penchant for the spectacular, could leave his biggest impression to date on the category when he competes on Saturday in an open and fascinating division.

-90kg

Two-time Asian Championships winner Komronshokh USTOPIRIYON (TJK) is a five-time Grand Prix medallist and will be tipped for glory on Sunday. The Rio 2016 Olympian, who finished fifth at the Worlds in 2015, has been highly-active on the IJF World Judo Tour this year and could be set to reap the rewards for his persistence when he targets the -90kg title on the last day of competition in Tashkent. Yakhyo IMAMOV (UZB) was the hero for Uzbekistan last year as he won gold with a fine display but the former Paris Grand Slam winner has struggled for form since then and needs to return to his best judo to repeat his 2016 win.


-100kg

Former world bronze medallist Ramadan DARWISH (EGY) will be searching for his 11th Grand Prix career medal on Sunday. The five-time African Championships winner has medalled at every IJF World Judo Tour event and is the number one seed for the -100kg category this weekend. Ekaterinburg Grand Slam silver medallist Niyaz ILYASOV (RUS) is part of a youthful Russian team in Tashkent and has medalled at his last 13 international events in a run which dates back to 2013. The 22-year-old took bronze on his Grand Prix debut earlier this year in Antalya.

+100kg

Asian Championships bronze medallist Iurii KRAKOVETSKII (KGZ) is the leading man on paper in the men's heavyweight category in Uzbekistan as the world number 16 is the highest ranked judoka in the category and therefore starts as the top seed. The 25-year-old, who finished seventh at the Rio 2016 Olympics, has never won a Grand Prix and has it all to do if he is to change that this weekend. Mongolia's Rio 2016 Olympic Games flagbearer BATTULGA Temuulen (MGL) is about as seasoned as a judoka can be with experience of every competition in the sport, a glut of medals from the international circuit and is seen as a leading figure in his national team. BATTULGA will be most concerned by the participation of Rio 2016 Olympics bronze medallist Or SASSON (ISR) who competes for the first time in 2017 and more than fits the bill as a leading contender for November's Openweight World Championships.

COMPETITION PROGRAMME

Friday

12:00 Preliminaries on two mats
17:00 Final block on one mat

Women: -48kg, -52kg, -57kg
Men: -60kg, -66kg

Saturday

12:00 Preliminaries on two mats
17:00 Final block on one mat

Women: -63kg, -70kg
Men: -73kg, -81kg

Sunday

12:00 Preliminaries on two mats
17:00 Final block on one mat

Women: -78kg, +78kg
Men: -90kg, -100kg, +100kg

Location: Tashkent Sports Arena

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