Gold Medals, Good Judo and Fairplay

Authors: Mark Pickering, Nicolas Messner, Pedro Lasuen, on 11. Feb 2018

The second day of judo at the Paris Grand Slam concluded with the seven last weight categories. Find below the results and report about each category.

-70kg: Britain’s CONWAY stops world champion ARAI from retaining Paris title
Olympic bronze medallist Sally CONWAY (GBR) recorded one of the finest wins of her career with a riveting performance as the tenacious Briton battled past world champion ARAI Chizuru (JPN) in the final. CONWAY, who won bronze in Paris in 2016, stopped ARAI from retaining her Paris title by escaping from an uchi-mata attempt and trapping the Japanese in a hold down for 20 seconds and ippon.

In the first semi-final ARAI bested three-time Grand Slam winner Kim POLLING (NED) by a waza-ari score after containing her Dutch rival for three minutes and then controlling the final 60 seconds.

In the second semi-final World Judo Masters bronze medallist Marie Eve GAHIE (FRA) was held down by CONWAY who has a tendency for beating top draw French competitors on the biggest stages in the sport.

The first bronze medal was won by GAHIE who defeated The Hague Grand Prix silver medallist Sanne VAN DIJKE (NED) by ippon to add to the hosts’ medal haul.

The second bronze medal contest featured POLLING and African Championships winner Assmaa NIANG (MAR) and it was the European judoka who came out victorious by registering two scores without reply. POLLING won her ninth Grand Slam medal by ippon to extend her medal-winning run to four consecutive competitions.


Final
ARAI, Chizuru (JPN) vs CONWAY, Sally (GBR)

Bronze Medal Contests
VAN DIJKE, Sanne (NED) vs GAHIE, Marie Eve (FRA)
POLLING, Kim (NED) vs NIANG, Assmaa (MAR)

Final Results
1. CONWAY, Sally (GBR)
2. ARAI, Chizuru (JPN)
3. GAHIE, Marie Eve (FRA)
3. POLLING, Kim (NED)
5. VAN DIJKE, Sanne (NED)
5. NIANG, Assmaa (MAR)
7. POSVITE, Fanny Estelle (FRA)
7. PEREZ, Maria (PUR)


-78kg: France’s TCHEUMEO laps up a superstar ovation after Paris Grand Slam title number four
Double Olympic medallist Audrey TCHEUMEO (FRA) won her country’s second gold medal at the first major of the season with victory over world number one Guusje STEENHUIS (NED) in the -78kg final. Defending champion TCHEUMEO, who won the world title here in 2011, looked dangerous from the opening exchange but could only break the resistance of her opponent in golden score. The charismatic French champion has lethal ashi-waza and tapped the legs of STEENHUIS who surprisingly folded and fell onto her back for ippon. STEENHUIS gingerly returned to her feet while TCHEUMEO shared a warm embrace with her familiar foe before dancing her way out of the field of play.

In the first semi-final STEENHUIS edged past World Judo Masters silver medallist MALONGA Madeleine (FRA) by a waza-ari score which was the only time that the scoreboard was called upon.

In the second semi-final Tokyo Grand Slam winner HAMADA Shori (JPN) was driven to the tatami by TCHEUMEO for ippon with a thumping osoto-gari with 86 seconds left.

The first bronze medal was claimed by HAMADA who thwarted teammate and former world champion UMEKI Mami (JPN) by ippon in a result which will certainly have consequences in terms of future international selections for the hosts of the next Olympics are required to qualify any judoka for Tokyo 2020.

The second bronze medal contest saw MALONGA submit Tunis Grand Prix silver medallist Karen STEVENSON (NED) with shime-waza to guarantee two French being on the -78kg medal podium.

Audrey Tcheumeo helps Guusje STEENHUIS to climb on the podium


Final
STEENHUIS, Guusje (NED) vs TCHEUMEO, Audrey (FRA)

Bronze Medal Contests
HAMADA, Shori (JPN) vs UMEKI, Mami (JPN)
MALONGA, Madeleine (FRA) vs STEVENSON, Karen (NED)

Final Results
1. TCHEUMEO, Audrey (FRA)
2. STEENHUIS, Guusje (NED)
3. HAMADA, Shori (JPN)
3. MALONGA, Madeleine (FRA)
5. UMEKI, Mami (JPN)
5. STEVENSON, Karen (NED)
7. TURCHYN, Anastasiya (UKR)
7. POWELL, Natalie (GBR)

+78kg: KIM Secures her World Number One Position
The final of the day in women’s +78 opposed world number one and top seed athlete KIM Minjeong (KOR) and the new Chinese heavyweight WANG Yan (CHN). After 25 seconds both athletes were penalized with a first shido for passivity. Thirty seconds later they were again penalized with a shido. Under the threat of a disqualification, KIM and WANG stared to be more active, but not enough to score, so they had to enter the golden score. After one minute and ten seconds, finally the Chinese was penalized for the third time for a cross grip and disqualified offering the victory to KIM.

SONE Akira (JPN) scored two waza-ari against Jasmin KUELBS (GER) to win the first bronze medal match.

Veteran Eva BISSENI (FRA) could nothing against Iryna KINDZERSKA (AZE) and was immobilized for ippon in the second bronze medal contest.

World number one KIM Minjeong (KOR) captured the World Judo Masters title in December to rule the rankings for the first time in her career. KIM clinched bronze in Paris last year and was in contention this year while world bronze medallist Iryna KINDZERSKA (AZE) has flourished in the Azerbaijan regime having switched from representing Ukraine in 2017. World number nine KINDZERSKA took silver at the Abu Dhabi Grand Slam and competed for the first time this year in Paris. Junior world champion SONE Akira (JPN) is a two-time Grand Slam silver medallist at 17 years old and competed at a Grand Slam on international soil for the first time on Sunday.

In the first semi-final 37-year-old former GB World Cup silver medallist Eva BISSENI (FRA) lost out to KIM after 90 seconds of golden score as the visiting judoka caught the home judoka with a ouchi-gari for a waza-ari.

In the second semi-final WANG threw Junior world champion SONE Akira (JPN) for a waza-ari and held down her teenage opponent for a second and match-winning waza-ari.

Final
WANG, Yan (CHN) vs KIM, Minjeong (KOR)

Bronze Medal Contests
KUELBS, Jasmin (GER) vs SONE, Akira (JPN)
BISSENI, Eva (FRA) vs KINDZERSKA, Iryna (AZE)

Final Results
1. KIM, Minjeong (KOR)
2. WANG, Yan (CHN)
3. KINDZERSKA, Iryna (AZE)
3. SONE, Akira (JPN)
5. BISSENI, Eva (FRA)
5. KUELBS, Jasmin (GER)
7. SLUTSKAYA, Maryna (BLR)
7. WEISS, Carolin (GER)

MEN
-81kg: Japanese teenager wins his first Grand Slam title
Asian Championships winner FUJIWARA Sotaro (JPN) struck in the -81kg category as the 19-year-old won his first major honour on the IJF World Judo Tour in only his second Grand Slam appearance and first outside of Japan. While his opponent, world number 57 LEE, was the aggressor from the outset the Japanese newcomer settled into his rhythm and threw with a left-sided uchi-mata for ippon.

In the first semi-final London 2012 Olympic bronze medallist Antoine VALOIS-FORTIER (CAN) was thrown wit a tai-otoshi for ippon after 93 seconds of added time by FUJIWARA

In the second semi-final LEE launched former Ulaanbaatar Grand Prix silver medallist Jaromir MUSIL (CZE) with a picturesque ippon seoi-nage for the maximum score.

The first bronze medal was clinched by 2017 Paris Grand Slam winner Frank DE WIT (NED) who achieved back-to-back podiums in the French capital by throwing MUSIL with an osoto-gari for ippon with only six seconds left on the clock.

The second bronze medal was won by former European bronze medallist Nugzari TATALASHVILI (GEO) who shaded VALOIS-FORTIER by a waza-ari in golden score to earn his result in his new category sicne moving up from -73kg in 2017.

Final
LEE, Seungsu (KOR) vs FUJIWARA, Sotaro (JPN)

Bronze Medal Contests
MUSIL, Jaromir (CZE) vs DE WIT, Frank (NED)
TATALASHVILI, Nugzari (GEO) vs VALOIS-FORTIER, Antoine (CAN)

Final Results
1. FUJIWARA, Sotaro (JPN)
2. LEE, Seungsu (KOR)
3. DE WIT, Frank (NED)
3. TATALASHVILI, Nugzari (GEO)
5. MUSIL, Jaromir (CZE)
5. VALOIS-FORTIER, Antoine (CAN)
7. PENALBER, Victor (BRA)
7. IVANOV, Ivaylo (BUL)


-90kg: Dream debut in Paris for Japanese tyro MUKAI
Tokyo Grand Slam bronze medallist MUKAI Shoichiro (JPN) won a sensational gold medal on his first IJF World Judo Tour competition on international soil with an irresistible showing. MUKAI, 22, needed only 15 seconds to defeat double and reigning World Judo Masters winner Beka GVINIASHVILI (GEO) as the Rio 2016 Olympian, who is the same age but vastly more experienced at the top level, with his ippon seoi-nage steering the Japanese flag to the rafters once again in the AccorHotels Arena.

MUKAI put his hands to his face and could not believe what he had achieved, having dreamt about this day for years, while GVINIASHVILI, who missed a golden opportunity for a second Grand Slam title was clearly in pain but it was mostly his pride that was hurt. Instead of celebrating winning one of the most coveted titles in the sport, MUKAI rushed over to help the injured GVINIASHVILI off the tatami towards his coach which the teeming crowd recognised with applause and a standing ovation.

In the first semi-final GVINIASHVILI convincingly defeated World Judo Masters bronze medallist NAGASAWA Kenta (JPN) by ippon with 71 seconds left after the Georgian had been leading by a waza-ari score.

In the second semi-final MUKAI Shoichiro (JPN) advanced to the final after former world champion GWAK Donghan (KOR) withdrew during their semi-final from after being inadvertently hit in the eye during a gripping exchange.

The first bronze medal was won by Junior world bronze medallist Eduard TRIPPEL (GER) as GWAK could not compete having sustained a concussion in his previous contest.

In a very nice fairplay gesture Mukai helps his opponent to leave the mat after he got injured

The second bronze medal went to European silver medallist Axel CLERGET (FRA) who armlocked NAGASAWA for ippon after 54 seconds. The Frenchman won brilliantly worked from his back on the ground to set up the juji-gatame to bring the crowd out of their seats as they could finally celebrate a men’s team medal on day two.

Final
MUKAI, Shoichiro (JPN) vs GVINIASHVILI, Beka (GEO)

Bronze Medal Contests
GWAK, Donghan (KOR) vs TRIPPEL, Eduard (GER)
CLERGET, Axel (FRA) vs NAGASAWA, Kenta (JPN)

Final Results
1. MUKAI, Shoichiro (JPN)
2. GVINIASHVILI, Beka (GEO)
3. TRIPPEL, Eduard (GER)
3. CLERGET, Axel (FRA)
5. GWAK, Donghan (KOR)
5. NAGASAWA, Kenta (JPN)
7. KEITA, Ibrahim (FRA)
7. SHERAZADISHVILI, Nikoloz (ESP)

-100kg: World number one KORREL takes gold in Paris
World number one Michael KORREL (NED) won gold in Paris for the first time after his fellow finalist Tokyo Grand Slam winner CHO Guham (KOR) was ruled out by a knee injury. KORREL starred during the preliminaries with some eye-catching ippons and was on top form while CHO had also had his moments as he was once again the spoiler against the hosts’ -100kg favourite.

World number one Michael KORREL (NED) closed out 2017 with bronze at The Hague Grand Prix, and silver medals at the Tokyo Grand Slam and World Judo Masters. KORREL, 23, won bronze in Paris in 2015 and was one of the favourites on Sunday. Openweight World Championships silver medallist Toma NIKIFOROV (BEL), current Paris Grand Slam champion IIDA Kentaro (JPN), World Judo Masters winner Varlam LIPARTELIANI (GEO) and Portuguese powerhouse Jorge FONSECA (POR) – who has a habit of producing the spectacular in Paris – were also expected to shine on Sunday.

In the first semi-final KORREL defeated former Tashkent Grand Prix silver medallist Zlatko KUMRIC (CRO) by ippon with a precise ko-uchi-gari.

In the second semi-final Olympic bronze medallist Cyrille MARET (FRA) was emphatically dispatched by CHO after two minutes of golden score with a beautiful low left-sided ippon seoi-nage which silenced the crowd.

Maret was not in the rhythm the whole match and was penalize twice for passivity. But after four minutes, as nothing was scored the athletes entered the golden score. This was the time MARET chose to finally score and to release the energy he had keeped during the day. After a long accolade, the Frenchman warmly thanked the public that supported him throughout the competition.

In the other bronze medal contest, Lipparteliani who was eliminated in quarter final by Maret, after a terrific match won by waza-ari to enjoy being on the podium.

Final
CHO, Guham (KOR) vs KORREL, Michael (NED)

Bronze Medal Contests
PALTCHIK, Peter (ISR) vs MARET, Cyrille (FRA)
KUMRIC, Zlatko (CRO) vs LIPARTELIANI, Varlam (GEO)

Final Results
1. KORREL, Michael (NED)
2. CHO, Guham (KOR)
3. LIPARTELIANI, Varlam (GEO)
3. MARET, Cyrille (FRA)
5. KUMRIC, Zlatko (CRO)
5. PALTCHIK, Peter (ISR)
7. PACEK, Martin (SWE)
7. SVIRYD, Mikita (BLR)

+100kg: KAGEURA Concludes Japanese harvest in Paris
The last final of the weekend opposed KAGEURA, Kokoro (JPN) and KIM Sungmin (KOR). In less than a minute both athletes were penalized with two shido each and had no other choice than to attack, which they did but 1:52 were necessary for the Japanese to score a beautiful ko-uchi-gari for ippon. It is the first gold medal for KAGEURA in a Grand Slam and the fifth gold for Japan here in Paris.

World Judo Masters winner Guram TUSHISHVILI (GEO) finished fifth in Paris last year before his meteoric rise towards the top of the category. The 23-year-old, who is the number two in the world, wont the Baku Grand Slam and European Championships last year and gave two courageous performances against double Olympic and 10-time world champion Teddy RINER (FRA) who did not compete this weekend. Olympic champion Lukas KRPALEK (CZE) has won two Grand Prix since stepping up the heavyweight field and is improving with every competition as he gets more experience under his belt against the biggest and the best at +100kg. KRPALEK took silver at the Tokyo Grand Slam in December and recorded the best result of his brief heavyweight foray on Sunday as he took the bronze.

In the first semi-final World Judo Masters winner Guram TUSHISHVILI (GEO) was disqualified against KAGEURA making contact with the face of his opponent with his knee while trying to adjust his position on the ground.

In the second semi-final Olympic champion Lukas KRPALEK (CZE) was beaten by Asian Championships winner KIM Sungmin (KOR) by a waza-ari from a ura-nage.

In the first bronze medal contest, the solid Roy MEYER (NED) faced the -100kg Olympic Champion, Lukas KRPALEK (CZE) who move up to the heavyweight category after the last Olympic Games. If nothing was scored during the regular time, KRPALEK scored the first in the golden score but the action was cancelled by the video refereeing jury. A few seconds later, MEYER engaged a uchi-mata that was countered by the Olympic Champion.

The second and last bronze medal contest saw former Abu Dhabi Grand Slam silver medallist Aliaksandr VAKHAVIAK (BLR) take the final place on the men’s heavyweight podium was TUSHISHVILI was restricted from competing due to being directly disqualified in his previous contest.

Final
KIM, Sungmin (KOR) vs KAGEURA, Kokoro (JPN)

Bronze Medal Contests
KRPALEK, Lukas (CZE) vs MEYER, Roy (NED)
TUSHISHVILI, Guram (GEO) vs VAKHAVIAK, Aliaksandr (BLR)

Final Results
1. KAGEURA, Kokoro (JPN)
2. KIM, Sungmin (KOR)
3. KRPALEK, Lukas (CZE)
3. VAKHAVIAK, Aliaksandr (BLR)
5. MEYER, Roy (NED)
5. TUSHISHVILI, Guram (GEO)
7. SARNACKI, Maciej (POL)
7. TAYEB, Mohammed Amine (ALG)

Teenage triumphs at #JudoParis2018 while Canada and Kosovo break new ground in Paris

Author: Mark Pickering, on 10. Feb 2018
 

The Paris Grand Slam 2018, one of France’s blue ribbon sporting events, marked a new chapter for the sport as a new generation of champions emerged at the theatre of judo which is the AccorHotels Arena on Saturday.

Judo’s first Grand Slam of the new season produced an exhilarating opening day as celebrated stars faced a new flurry of young contenders with a clear passing of the guard in several categories.

Teenagers Daria BILODID (UKR) and ABE Uta (JPN), who are both just 17, won the -48kg and -52kg categories respectively with star-making performances while a string of countries were able to make history.

#JudoParis2018

Canada celebrated their first gold medal at the Paris tournament with a sensational day from Christa DEGUCHI (-57kg) while Akil GJAKOVA (-73kg) became Kosovo’s first male winner on the IJF World Judo Tour and both wins were as stylish as they were historic.

French superstar Clarisse AGBEGNENOU signed autographers for her fans after winning at home

On Sunday the heavyweight elite will take to the tatami with the seven remaining weight categories to be determined as a field of champions are in Paris ready to chase Grand Slam gold. World Masters winner Guram TUSHISHVILI (GEO) and Olympic champion Lukas KRPALEK (CZE) will both campaign at +100kg while France will look to Olympic bronze medallist Cyrille MARET at -100kg and double -78kg Olympic medallist Audrey TCHEUMEO (FRA) among their revered team.

IJF President Mr. Marius VIZER will hold a live Twitter Q&A session on Sunday evening, his first of the year, immediately following the conclusion of the competition in Paris. Submit your question to the IJF President by using the hashtag #AskVizeron Twitter.

WOMEN

-48kg: Teen starlet BILODID wins the Paris tournament on her Grand Slam debut
European champion Daria BILODID (UKR) won the Paris tournament at her first attempt as the Grand Slam newcomer came away with gold at the first major of the season. World number nine BILODID, 17, has only once left an international event without a medal (World Championships 2017) and defeated Hohhot Grand Prix winner KANG Yujeong (KOR) with her trademark sankaku-gatame hold down having trailed to a waza-ari from an ippon seoi-nage.

In the first semi-final former World Judo Masters bronze medallist Julia FIGUEROA (ESP) lost to KANG by ippon in 40 seconds. In the second semi-final world champion TONAKI Funa (JPN) was stunned by BILODID by ippon after just 65 seconds with a sublime ouchi-gari.

The first bronze medal contest saw TONAKI fall to former world champion MUNKHBAT Urantsetseg (MGL) after 90 seconds of golden score. MUNKHBAT, who became Mongolia’s first female world champion in 2013, defeated the reigning world champion - who left the mat multiple times to receive treatment for a cut lip - by ippon.

The second bronze medal contest opposed Tunis Grand Prix bronze medallist Maryna CHERNIAK (UKR) and FIGUEROA and there was nothing to separate them in regulation time. After 44 seconds of added time, CHERNIAK prevailed with a waza-ari score to achieve one of the best results of her career.

Final
KANG, Yujeong (KOR) vs. BILODID, Daria (UKR)

Bronze Medal Contests
MUNKHBAT, Urantsetseg (MGL) vs. TONAKI, Funa (JPN)
CHERNIAK, Maryna (UKR) vs. FIGUEROA, Julia (ESP)

Final Results
1. BILODID, Daria (UKR)
2. KANG, Yujeong (KOR)
3. CHERNIAK, Maryna (UKR)
3. MUNKHBAT, Urantsetseg (MGL)
5. FIGUEROA, Julia (ESP)
5. TONAKI, Funa (JPN)
7. MENZ, Katharina (GER)
7. RISHONY, Shira (ISR)

-52kg: Junior world champion ABE Uta, 17, aces Paris test for Japan

Tokyo Grand Slam winner ABE Uta (JPN) won gold in her first international Grand Slam assignment as the ABE family are ready to dominate the sport with older brother ABE Hifumi already the world champion and a five-time Grand Slam winner at just 20 years of age. ABE Uta, who is unbeaten since 2016, bested World Judo Masters silver medallist Amandine BUCHARD (FRA) in the -52kg final and was unfazed by the challenge of opposing a French judoka in a one-of-a-kind setting that is the Bercy. ABE won her fourth event in a row after BUCHARD tired quickly in golden score and was penalised for passivity for the third time. Japan’s teenage prodigy set the tone for her day by throwing Eleudis VALENTIM (BRA) after just nine seconds in her opening contest with a sumptuous sode-tsurikomi-goshi.

ABE (in white judogi) throws for ippon after nine seconds v Eleudis VALENTIM (BRA) in her first contest

In the first semi-final world silver medallist TSUNODA Natsumi (JPN) lost out to BUCHARD after the former received her third shido after two and half minutes of golden score. In the second semi-final ABE surged past London 2012 Olympic bronze medallist Charline VAN SNICK (BEL) with two ouchi-gari techniques which earned a waza-ari and then ippon.

The first bronze medal contest opposed former Abu Dhabi Grand Slam winner Astride GNETO (FRA) and the vastly more experienced VAN SNICK of Belgium. GNETO had the crowd behind her and VAN SNICK was far from her best as she accumulated three shidos in a shot-shy performance to gift the bronze medal to her young opponent.

In the second bronze medal contest The Hague Grand Prix winner Distria KRASNIQI (KOS) defeated TSUNODA by a waza-ari score to make a medal-winning start for the high-flying Kosovo team.

Final

BUCHARD, Amandine (FRA) vs. ABE, Uta (JPN)

Bronze Medal Contests
GNETO, Astride (FRA) vs. VAN SNICK, Charline (BEL)
KRASNIQI, Distria (KOS) vs. TSUNODA, Natsumi (JPN)

Final Results
1. ABE, Uta (JPN)
2. BUCHARD, Amandine (FRA)
3. GNETO, Astride (FRA)
3. KRASNIQI, Distria (KOS)
5. TSUNODA, Natsumi (JPN)
5. VAN SNICK, Charline (BEL)
7. DELGADO, Angelica (USA)
7. ESTEVES, Mariana (POR)

 


-57kg: DEGUCHI beats former teammate to win Canada’s first Paris Grand Slam gold

Portugal European Open winner Christa DEGUCHI (CAN) came back to haunt her former charges as the former Junior World Championships silver medallist for Japan won in the colours of Canada today against world silver medallist and top seed YOSHIDA Tsukasa (JPN). DEGUCHI, 22, won gold last weekend with five ippons from her five contests to capture her first title for Canada having officially switched from Japan in 2017. The former domestic rivals met for the first time in an international setting in Paris and it was DEGUCHI who claimed the best result of her career by breaking the resistance of YOSHIDA on two occasions with a waza-ari being added to the scoreboard on each occasion. Both judoka are aiming for a place in Tokyo 2020, something which would be impossible if they were representing the same country, and they could very well meet again on the Olympic stage in Japan.

In the first semi-final world bronze medallist Nekoda SMYTHE-DAVIS (GBR) came undone in the closing seconds against YOSHIDA who threw spectacularly with an o-guruma for ippon with 13 seconds left on the clock. In the second semi-final World Judo Masters bronze medallist Helene RECEVEAUX (FRA) was shocked by DEGUCHI by ippon. The Canadian judoka broke the deadlock with a waza-ari and trapped her French rival on the ground to seal a place in the final in just 26 seconds.

The first bronze medal was won by Junior World Championships bronze medallist KIM Jisu (KOR) who defeated French hope RECEVEAUX to win her first Grand Slam medal. The 17-year-old was the stronger fighter in golden score and took the contest and a place on the podium after four minutes of added time with a waza-ari score.

The second bronze medal was won by SMYTHE-DAVIS who bested Tashkent Grand Prix silver medallist Timna NELSON LEVY (ISR) by ippon as the Londoner earned her first medal in Paris.

Final

YOSHIDA, Tsukasa (JPN) vs. DEGUCHI, Christa (CAN)

Bronze Medal Contests
RECEVEAUX, Helene (FRA) vs. KIM, Jisu (KOR)
NELSON LEVY, Timna (ISR) vs. SMYTHE-DAVIS, Nekoda (GBR)

Final Results
1. DEGUCHI, Christa (CAN)
2. YOSHIDA, Tsukasa (JPN)
3. KIM, Jisu (KOR)
3. SMYTHE-DAVIS, Nekoda (GBR)
5. NELSON LEVY, Timna (ISR)
5. RECEVEAUX, Helene (FRA)
7. BERGSTRA, Margriet (NED)
7. MONTEIRO, Telma (POR)

 


-63kg: Fourth Paris Grand Slam title for France’s world champion AGBEGNENOU

World champion Clarisse AGBEGNENOU (FRA) ruled at her home Grand Slam for the fourth time to provide the hosts with a dream ending to the first day of competition in Paris. AGBEGNENOU, 25, who has long been one of the most consistent judoka in the sport, dominated Tokyo Grand Slam winner and World Judo Masters winner TASHIRO Miku (JPN) who had won their last meeting in December. French favourite AGBEGNENOU extended her head-to-head lead over her Japanese adversary to 7:1 as the chants of ‘Clarisse, Clarisse’ echoed around the atmospheric Bercy. Title number four for the Olympic silver medallist came by ippon with 74 seconds left on the clock and the hosts’ first gold medallist at the first Grand Slam of the season raised both of her hands to encourage the home crowd to raise their levels and they responded with a mutual appreciation and affection to conclude day one with home delight.

In the first semi-final TASHIRO outlasted Olympic champion Tina TRSTENJAK (SLO) in golden score to defeat the owner of the gold backpatch by ippon in the third minute of golden score. In the second semi-final AGBEGNENOU powered past European Games winner Martyna TRAJDOS (GER) by ippon with a osoto-gari.

In the first bronze medal contest TRAJDOS emerged triumphant after Abu Dhabi Grand Slam silver medallist Lucy RENSHALL (GBR) was penalised for the third and final time for passivity in golden score to miss out on a place on the medal podium.

The second bronze medal contest saw TRSTENJAK book a place on the podium at the expense of World Judo Masters silver medallist NABEKURA Nami (JPN) who received her third shido for passivity in golden score to receive hansoku-make.

Final

TASHIRO, Miku (JPN) vs. AGBEGNENOU, Clarisse (FRA)

Bronze Medal Contests
RENSHALL, Lucy (GBR) vs. TRAJDOS, Martyna (GER)
NABEKURA, Nami (JPN) vs. TRSTENJAK, Tina (SLO)

Final Results
1. AGBEGNENOU, Clarisse (FRA)
2. TASHIRO, Miku (JPN)
3. TRAJDOS, Martyna (GER)
3. TRSTENJAK, Tina (SLO)
5. NABEKURA, Nami (JPN)
5. RENSHALL, Lucy (GBR)
7. BALDORJ, Mungunchimeg (MGL)
7. FRANSSEN, Juul (NED)

 


MEN

-60kg: SHISHIME repeats 2016 victory in the French capital

SHISHIME Toru (JPN) won the Paris Grand Slam for the second time in his career after conquering World Judo Masters bronze medallist Sharafuddin LUTFILLAEV (UZB) in the first men’s final of the 2018 instalment of this renowned competition. SHISHIME was coached by former world silver medallist KANAMARU Yusuke who is currently on a one-year sabbatical in Cardiff with the Welsh Judo Association. KANAMARU, who coached ONO Shohei (JPN) to Olympic and world gold, had his suit on from the morning as he showed his confidence in his latest charges. SHISHIME went ahead with a hopping ouchi-gari for a waza-ari score and utilised the same technique for a second waza-ari to take the -60kg title.

In the first semi-final SHISHIME defeated Zagreb Grand Prix winner and 10-time Grand Slam medallist Amiran PAPINASHVILI (GEO) in golden score when the latter received a direct hansoku-make for a dangerous action as he attempted ouchi-gari from the wrong side. In the second semi-final LUTFILLAEV beat Cancun Grand Prix silver medallist Phelipe PELIM (BRA) by ippon with a magical piece of ashi-waza from a secondary attack.

The first bronze medal contest was won by former European bronze medallist Ashley MCKENZIE who threw PELIM with a textbook low left-sided tai-otoshi after just 21 seconds.

The second bronze medal contest saw Ekaterinburg Grand Slam bronze medallist Cedric REVOL (FRA) receive the plaudits and admiration of the crowd as his would be opponent, PAPINASHVILI of Georgia, was directly disqualified in his previous contest and therefore was unable to take to the tatami.

Final
SHISHIME, Toru (JPN) vs. LUTFILLAEV, Sharafuddin (UZB)

Bronze Medal Contests
MCKENZIE, Ashley (GBR) vs. PELIM, Phelipe (BRA)
REVOL, Cedric (FRA) vs. PAPINASHVILI, Amiran (GEO)

Final Results
1. SHISHIME, Toru (JPN)
2. LUTFILLAEV, Sharafuddin (UZB)
3. MCKENZIE, Ashley (GBR)
3. REVOL, Cedric (FRA)
5. PAPINASHVILI, Amiran (GEO)
5. PELIM, Phelipe (BRA)
7. CHKHVIMIANI, Lukhumi (GEO)
7. VERGNES, Richard (FRA)

 


-66kg: Olympic silver medallist AN wins second Grand Slam title

Olympic silver medallist AN Baul (KOR) followed up on his bronze medal from December’s Tokyo Grand Slam by topping the podium at the first Grand Slam of 2018. Former world champion AN, 23, squared off against Tokyo Grand Slam silver medallist MARUYAMA Joshiro (JPN) in the -66kg final with the Asian rivals tied in their head-to-head series 1:1 before today. MARUYAMA is a protégé of Japanese great HOSOKAWA Shinji at Tenri University with his older brother MARUYAMA Goki who campaigns in the -81kg category. As HOSOKAWA looked on from the crowd, there was little of note in the regulation time as both judoka were tentative and aware of their respective skillsets. A third shido for passivity against the Japanese sent AN to the gold medal position on the podium at a Grand Slam and for the first time since Abu Dhabi’s own Grand Slam in 2015.

South Korea's AN Baul (in white judogi) throws NURILLAEV (UZB) for ippon in the -66kg third round

In the first semi-final AN put Tokyo Grand Slam bronze medallist ISODA Norihito (JPN) under pressure from the outset and the Japanese picked up three shidos in regulation time to receive hansoku-make as the South Korean progressed into the final. In the second semi-final MARUYAMA bested 2016 Paris Grand Slam bronze medallist Kilian LE BLOUCH (FRA) when the Frenchman was penalised for the third time in golden score.

In the first bronze medal contest LE BLOUCH lost out to European Games bronze medallist Sebastian SEIDL (GER) by a waza-ari score after 35 seconds of golden score.

The second bronze medal went to ISODA who defeated African champion Houd ZOURDANI (ALG) by ippon at the halfway mark. ISODA has now won two Grand Slam bronze medals back-to-back and will jump up the rankings from his modest position of 65thin the world at the start of play in Paris.

Final

AN, Baul (KOR) vs. MARUYAMA, Joshiro (JPN)

Bronze Medal Contests
SEIDL, Sebastian (GER) vs. LE BLOUCH, Kilian (FRA)
ZOURDANI, Houd (ALG) vs. ISODA, Norihito (JPN)

Final Results
1. AN, Baul (KOR)
2. MARUYAMA, Joshiro (JPN)
3. ISODA, Norihito (JPN)
3. SEIDL, Sebastian (GER)
5. LE BLOUCH, Kilian (FRA)
5. ZOURDANI, Houd (ALG)
7. CRISOSTOMO, Joao (POR)
7. WU, Zhiqiang (CHN)

 


-73kg: GJAKOVA becomes Kosovo’s first male IJF World Judo Tour winner

Tunis Grand Prix silver medallist Akil GJAKOVA (KOS) made history for his country for the second successive event to maintain his imperious start to 2018. GJAKOVA, 22, whose older sister Nora GJAKOVA lost out in the second round of the -57kg category today, became the first male judoka from Kosovo to win a Grand Prix medal in January and went to the next level today as he accomplished the feat on the Grand Slam stage. London 2012 Olympic champion and Rio 2016 Olympic bronze medallist Lasha SHAVDATUASHVILI (GEO) was left perplexed after GJAKOVA registered the only score of the contest (waza-ari) for a momentous victory on one of the biggest stages in the sport.

Kosovo's GJAKOVA (in white judogi) throws HSAN (TUN) for ippon in round two

In the first semi-final double world bronze medallist AN Changrim (KOR) fell to SHAVDATUASHVILI by ippon with a ko-soto-gari. In the second semi-final GJAKOVA profited from an error-strewn display by TSEND-OCHIR Tsogtbaatar (MGL) who received hansoku-make after a third shido.

The first bronze medal was won by Rio 2016 Olympian TSEND-OCHIR who produced his best result in his new weight category with a modified kata-guruma earning a match-winning waza-ari score after 44 seconds of golden score.

The second and last male bronze medal contest saw AN add to his country’s growing medal haul by dismissing Tokyo Grand Slam silver medallist Arthur MARGELIDON (CAN) by ippon with a driving left-sided ko-uchi-gari.

Final

SHAVDATUASHVILI, Lasha (GEO) vs. GJAKOVA, Akil (KOS)

Bronze Medal Contests
WANDTKE, Igor (GER) vs. TSEND-OCHIR, Tsogtbaatar (MGL)
MARGELIDON, Arthur (CAN) vs. AN, Changrim (KOR)

Final Results
1. GJAKOVA, Akil (KOS)
2. SHAVDATUASHVILI, Lasha (GEO)
3. AN, Changrim (KOR)
3. TSEND-OCHIR, Tsogtbaatar (MGL)
5. MARGELIDON, Arthur (CAN)
5. WANDTKE, Igor (GER)
7. BUTBUL, Tohar (ISR)
7. MACIAS, Tommy (SWE)

PROGRAMME

Sunday 11 February

Preliminary rounds - 10:00
Final Block - 17:00

Paris Grand Slam 2018: THE SUPERSHOW IS ABOUT TO START

Authors: Mark Pickering, Nicolas Messner, ijf.org,on 09. Feb 2018

Since 1971, the year of the first edition of the 'Tournoi de Paris', now a Grand Slam event, the moment of the draw that took place today under the main tribune of Bercy, is still feverishly awaited by the delegations that made to trip to the French capital.

This tournament, which launches the Grand Slam season has become over the years a real institution and one of the most competitive tournaments on the IJF World Judo Tour. Winning in Paris, getting on the podium, and even being able to pass several rounds, is always a big test and a great moment in the career of an athlete.

Above: Kosei Inoue (JPN) head coach of the Japanese team during the draw

For this 2018 edition of the Paris Grand Slam, there are 403 athletes from 71 countries who will be present during the next two days in the AccordHotels Arena (formerly Palais Omnisports de Paris Bercy) in front of a packed room of more than 15,000 spectators. The magic of the Paris Grand Slam lies in these few statistics as it is difficult to compete with such a fervour and such a crowd that has eyes only for all the champions.

While 14 weight categories will be in contention on Saturday and Sunday, no less than seven world number ones will be in action. Winning in Paris will earn 1000 points, which could upset the World Ranking List after the weekend, and two weeks prior to the second Grand Slam of the season to be held in Düsseldorf.

Official draw of the Paris Grand Slam 2018

The draw is also a great moment of gathering of judo supporters, as within the space of thirty minutes, coaches from around the world, officials and referees get together to discuss the state of world judo. And when a judoka meets another judoka ... they tell each other stories of judo. This was again the case here in Paris, where, before the tension linked to the expectation of the draw could be read on the faces, embraces and smiles that were on the menu of the day. After the welcoming speeches by Juan Carlos Barcos, IJF Head Referee Director, and Jean-René Girardeau on behalf of the French Federation, a tense silence gave way to the small music that accompanies the draw which can now be consulted at the following address: https://live.ijf.org/#!/gs_eng2018/

At the same time, dozens of technicians were at work in the competition hall that tomorrow morning, from 10am, will host the first matches. In the meantime, the heads of delegations will have informed their athletes about the vitally important draw. Some will want to know who will be their first opponents, others will simply want to know the time they should cross the breach to access the competition hall and plunge into the boiling arena. Taking place on four tatami, the preliminary phases will leave room for the final block, which will start at 5pm local time, on two tatami.

Above: The venue is getting ready to welcome 403 athletes from 71 countries and 15,000 spectators

We invite you to discover below the main athletes to follow during the weekend, knowing that in Paris, perhaps more than anywhere else, nothing is written in advance and if some, on paper, seem to be in good shape, everything can evolve as the course of the day unfolds.

PREVIEW WOMEN

-48kg

Former world champion MUNKHBAT Urantsetseg (MGL) has medalled in her last 10 events since finishing fifth at the Rio 2016 Olympics. The world number one is a six-time Paris Grand Slam medallist and won here in 2015. Reigning world champion TONAKI Funa (JPN) took bronze at the Tokyo Grand Slam before winning the World Judo Masters to conclude her 2017. European champion Daria BILODID (UKR) won the season-opening Tunis Grand Prix to maintain her record of only once leaving a senior event once without a medal. The 17-year-old sensation, who exited her first senior World Championnships in the third round against Otgontsetseg GALBADRAKH (KAZ), is already a two-time Grand Prix winner and makes her Grand Slam debut in Paris.

-52kg
World Judo Masters silver medallist Amandine BUCHARD (FRA) finished 2017 on a high note with an emotional bronze medal win in Tokyo before gracing the final in Russia at the Masters. The 22-year-old home judoka took bronze in Paris in 2014 and needs to be winning medals on domestic soil while former Abu Dhabi Grand Slam Astride GNETO (FRA) will have the same goal. The Hague Grand Prix winner Distria KRASNIQI (KOS) opened her season with silver at the Tunis Grand Prix and will be looking to improve on her bronze medal from a year ago in Paris. Junior world champion and Tokyo Grand Slam winner ABE Uta (JPN) was unbeaten internationally in 2017 and opens her 2018 season by making her Paris debut.

-57kg

World silver medallist YOSHIDA Tsukasa (JPN) is a six-time Grand Slam winner but has never won in Paris. YOSHIDA, who is the leading contender for -57kg selection in Japan at this stage, will avoid world champion DORJSUREN Sumiya (MLG) this time as the Mongolian has withdrawn due to a neck injury. Olympic bronze medallist Telma MONTEIRO (POR) won here in 2012 and 2015 and will be confident of sealing a hat-trick of wins in the French capital on day one. World Judo Masters bronze medallist Helene RECEVEAUX (FRA) also picked up bronze medals at the World Championships and European Championships last year in addition to a silver medal in Paris. This will be the eighth Paris Grand Slam for RECEVEAUX and her medal tally should be bolstered on Saturday.

-63kg

World champion Clarisse AGBEGNENOU (FRA) won bronze at the World Judo Masters in December and opens her 2018 campaign at home this weekend. Olympic silver medallist AGBEGNENOU, 25, has won the Paris Grand Slam three times and is the overwhelming favourite at home despite the inclusion of Olympic champion and world silver medallist Tina TRSTENJAK (SLO). Tokyo Grand Slam winner and World Judo Masters winner TASHIRO Miku (JPN) is out to spoil the domination of the division by the aforementioned champions and is only missing a gold colour medal from her Paris honours.

-70kg

World champion ARAI Chizuru (JPN) finished with silver at the Tokyo Grand Slam in December after slipping to defeat at the hands of her teammate ONO Yoko (JPN). ARAI is the defending Paris Grand Slam champion, a result which was crucial to her first world title victory, and the Japanese star will wear her red backpatch outside of Japan for the first time. World Judo Masters bronze medallist Marie Eve GAHIE (FRA) is yet to open her medal account in Paris and will be a leading contender while Olympic bronze medallist Sally CONWAY (GBR) and world silver medallist Maria PEREZ (PUR) will all be front-runners at the first Grand Slam of the year.

-78kg

World number one Guusje STEENHUIS (NED) is the top seed for the -78kg category on Sunday. The Dutch standout took control of the category with a bronze in the Masters to pocket a $50,000 bonus and begins her new season in Paris. Former world number one Natalie POWELL (GBR) won her first World Championships medal in 2017 and earned a impressive bronze medal a year ago in France. UMEKI Mami (JPN) is another fellow former world champion in the mix in Paris and missed the podium in her only appearance at the French Grand Slam in 2016. Double Olympic medallist Audrey TCHEUMEO (FRA) won the world title in Paris in 2011 and is one of the leading champions of her star-studded team.

+78kg

World number one KIM Minjeong (KOR) captured the World Judo Masters title in December to rule the rankings for the first time in her career. KIM clinched bronze in Paris last year and will be in contention this year while world bronze medallist Iryna KINDZERSKA (AZE) has flourished in the Azerbaijan regime having switched from representing Ukraine in 2017. World number nine KINDZERSKA took silver at the Abu Dhabi Grand Slam and competes for the first time this year in Paris. Junior world champion SONE Akira (JPN) is a two-time Grand Slam silver medallist at 17 years old and will compete at a Grand Slam on international soil for the first time on Sunday.

PREVIEW MEN

-60kg

Zagreb Grand Prix winner and 10-time Grand Slam medallist Amiran PAPINASHVILI (GEO) is the top seed for the men’s lightest weight category on Saturday. World number six PAPINASHVILI clinched bronze here a year ago and will take some stepping at the first major of 2018. SHISHIME Toru (JPN) won here in 2016 and could lead the way for Japan while World Judo Masters bronze medallist Sharafuddin LUTFILLAEV (UZB) and former World Judo Masters silver medallist Vincent LIMARE (FRA) both possess the quality to come out on top at the Bercy.

-66kg

Abu Dhabi Grand Slam winner and world number two Tal FLICKER (ISR) will be bidding for his first ever medal at the Paris Grand Slam on Saturday. The former world number one finished seventh in Paris last year and will need to be at his best to improve on that result with a stacked roster present this weekend. The Hague Grand Prix winner YONDONPERENLEI Baskhuu (MGL), World Judo Masters bronze medallist Baruch SHMAILOV (ISR), Olympic silver medallist AN Baul (KOR) and world bronze medallist Vazha MARGVELASHVILI (GEO) are all capable of coming out with top spot.

-73kg

London 2012 Olympic champion and Rio 2016 Olympic bronze medallist Lasha SHAVDATUASHVILI (GEO) is the number one seed in the -73kg category. World Judo Masters silver medallist SHAVDATUASHVILI has never medalled in Paris but could change that this weekend as Georgia look set to be one of the most influential teams. World bronze medallist AN Changrim (KOR) took silver here last year having won in Paris in 2016 and the South Korean star will be brimmed for success at his first outing of 2018. World Judo Masters bronze medallist Tommy MACIAS (SWE) is up at sixth place in the world and could come into his own in this Olympic cycle.

-81kg

Paris Grand Slam reigning champion Frank DE WIT (NED) is back in 2018 ready to defend his crown. The 22-year-old, a surprise winner last year, went on to win the Abu Dhabi Grand Slam and claimed bronze medals at the Tokyo Grand Slam and World Judo Masters to conclude a stellar season. Zebeda REKHVIASHVILI (GEO) took silver in the Paris Grand Slam 2017 tournament while Tokyo Grand Slam winner OTGONBAATAR Uuganbaatar (MGL) and Pan American Championships silver medallist Emmanuel LUCENTI (ARG) can also trouble anyone in the category on their day.

-90kg

World Judo Masters winner Beka GVINIASHVILI (GEO) is a three-time Grand Slam medallist and is ready to steal the show in Paris. The 22-year-old is poised to mount his strongest challenge ever as he looks to medal for the first time in the famed Grand Slam. World Judo Masters bronze medallist NAGASAWA Kenta (JPN), Abu Dhabi Grand Slam winner Nikoloz SHERAZADISHVILI (ESP), former world champion GWAK Donghan (KOR) and European silver medallist Axel CLERGET (FRA) give an indication of the immense level of talent on display in one of judo’s most competitive divisions.

-100kg

World number one Michael KORREL (NED) closed out 2017 with bronze at The Hague Grand Prix, and silver medals at the Tokyo Grand Slam and World Judo Masters. KORREL, 23, won bronze in Paris in 2015 and will be one of the favourites on Sunday. Openweight World Championships silver medallist Toma NIKIFOROV (BEL), current Paris Grand Slam champion IIDA Kentaro (JPN), World Judo Masters winner Varlam LIPARTELIANI (GEO) and Portuguese powerhouse Jorge FONSECA (POR) – who has a habit of producing the spectacular in Paris – will be out to shine on Sunday.

+100kg

World Judo Masters winner Guram TUSHISHVILI (GEO) finished fifth in Paris last year before his meteoric rise towards the top of the category. The 23-year-old, who is the number two in the world, won the Baku Grand Slam and European Championships last year and gave two courageous performances against double Olympic and 10-time world champion Teddy RINER (FRA) who will not compete this weekend. Olympic champion Lukas KRPALEK (CZE) has won two Grand Prix since stepping up to the heavyweight field and is improving with every competition as he gets more experience under his belt against the biggest and the best at +100kg. KRPALEK took silver at the Tokyo Grand Slam in December and could record the greatest win of his brief heavyweight foray on Sunday as he looks towards an inevitable showdown with the great RINER.

PROGRAMME
Saturday 10 February
Preliminary rounds - 10:00
Final Block - 17:00

Sunday 11 February
Preliminary rounds - 10:00
Final Block - 17:00

Vedat Albayrak gümüş madalyayı kaptı

 

Tunus’ta devam eden Grand Prix’de 81 Kg’da Vedat Albayrak gümüş madalyanın sahibi oldu. Finalde Rus Stanislav Semenov ile yaptığı birincilik mücadelesinde rakibine iki waza-ari puanı verince gümüş madalyada kaldı.

Albayrak final serisine gelene kadar ilk turda Kazak rakibini ipponla geçti. İkinci turda İranlı rakibine waza-ari üstünlüğü kuran Vedat Albayrak, çeyrek finalde Tunuslu, yarı finalde Japon rakiplerini ipponla geride bıraktı ve finalist oldu.

judo.gov.tr -20 Ocak 2018

Vedat Albayrak gümüş madalyayı kaptı

 

Tunus’ta devam eden Grand Prix’de 81 Kg’da Vedat Albayrak gümüş madalyanın sahibi oldu. Finalde Rus Stanislav Semenov ile yaptığı birincilik mücadelesinde rakibine iki waza-ari puanı verince gümüş madalyada kaldı.

Albayrak final serisine gelene kadar ilk turda Kazak rakibini ipponla geçti. İkinci turda İranlı rakibine waza-ari üstünlüğü kuran Vedat Albayrak, çeyrek finalde Tunuslu, yarı finalde Japon rakiplerini ipponla geride bıraktı ve finalist oldu.

judo.gov.tr -20 Ocak 2018

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