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DAY 3 Grand Masters - Russia Strengthens Hold At Grand Masters World Championships In Miami

Russia increased its dominance of brackets at the IJF Grand Masters Judo World Championships yesterday in Miami, claiming nine more gold medals in three age groups.

                                    M1 & M2 Russia takes "GOLD"


That brought Russia’s total to 22 gold, 14 silver and 19 bronze with Germany holding onto the second spot in the overall count of medals.

Sanctioned by the International Judo Federation and hosted by USA Judo, nearly 900 fighters from almost 50 nations converged on the luxurious Doral Gold Resort & Spa in Miami-Doral for this four-day elite competition among athletes ages 30+.

The action continues today with team competition and the open division.

Facing-off yesterday, on the third day of competition, were the age groups M2 (35-39 years), M4 (45-49) and the M5 (50-54 years). There are 100 competing in the M2, divisions, 128 in the M4 divisions, and 100 in the M5 divisions. 

Russia dominated the brackets in the M2 division, the youngest group of the day, picking up four of the seven gold medals in these weight divisions. The Ukraine picked up two gold medals and Argentina claimed one. Fighting was intense among the 100 fighters across the seven weight divisions in this, the second youngest age group of the tournament.

Russia also took three gold medals in the M4 age group (45 to 49). Brazil, Kazakhstan and Italy each took one, as well. 

Russia clawed through the brackets of the M5 division (50 – 54 years) again claiming the top spot on the podium in three of the weight classes. France, Italy, Mongolia and the Netherlands each took one of the other gold medals.


IJF honored famed judoka Luis Guardia for his 60+ years of service to the world of judo. He was presented with a gold medal and a certificate of recognition for his tireless contributions to the sport.

                                   M1 & M2 France takes "SILVER"


Host nation USA held onto its third-place spot in the international ranking, taking three silver medals and three bronze medals yesterday. 

                                               USA takes "BRONZE"

Photo: Bronze medalists, Great Britain

Bronze medalists, Great Britain

Go to IPPON.ORG to see complete results and brackets.




                               Donald Trump visits the Competition

Today was a special day for the organizers and the participants of the Grand Masters Judo World Championship, in Miami, as the famous American businessman, Mr. Donald Trump, made a visit to the competition being held there.

Owner of the Doral Resort and Spa, where the competition tool place over the past few days, he 'simply' came to enjoy the world championships and was warmly welcomed by Andrei Bondor, Director of the IJF Veteran Commission, from Romania, and Jose Rodriguez, USA Judo’s Chief Executive Officer. Bondor presented Trump with the gold medal of the event, which is sanctioned by the International Judo Federation and hosted by USA Judo.


Donald Trump (Center) - Jose Rodriguez (Left) and Andrei Bondor (Right)

Mr. Trump told Bondor and Rodriguez that he was very pleased that the Grand Masters were being held at his property. Nearly 900 athletes and their families from almost 50 countries have attended the four-day event that finishes today.
The Judo Representatives also discussed plans with Mr. Trump to possibly hold more upcoming events at the Doral, including the World Cadet Championships, next year, which will be the qualifying event of the Youth Olympic Games, and possibly a Judo Grand Prix, which rewards athletes with some of the highest international ranking points available for reaching the podium.
USA Judo has already hosted three IJF-sanctioned World Cup tournaments at the Doral, which is situated in a treasure trove of vacation attractions, from the Everglades to the Florida Keys, Disney World in Orlando and the Doral, itself, which boasts some of the finest golf courses in the nation.

Photo: © Doral Family Journal
Famous Actor Took Part in the Competition
Actor Bo Svenson, 71, who played the famous Sheriff, Burford Pusser, in the 70s "Walking Tall" films and who, more recently, was seen in "Kill Bill" and many other famous movies*, fought at the IJF Grand Masters World Championship in Miami on the second day of competition. Due to a knee injury, he couldn't really perform. Nevertheless, Svenson fought strong and was honored to be part of the great event. His participation made him really happy: “I can't stay away from judo. I love dojo life. I have competed in many sports, and done quite well in some, but no sport has become as much a part of me as has judo.” Bo Svenson is an accomplished athlete. He competed in different international competitions, in judo of course, but also in ice hockey, yachting, and track-and-field. Today, Bo Svenson is also a well recognized producer. 
* Svenson has starred in over sixty films and several hundred hours of network television. He starred in the second and third “Walking Tall” films – “Walking Tall – Part 2” (1975), Walking Tall, Final Chapter” (1977), “The Inglorious Bastards” (1978). He has also directed numerous motion pictures, mostly in the action-adventure genre. His television directing includes “Kung Fu: The Legend Continues,” for Warner Bros. He is presently starring in the Sydney J. Furie directed motion picture “Pride of Lions,” filming in Ontario, Canada, and Afghanistan with Lou Gossett Jr., Seymour Cassel, Margot Kidder, and Tom Jackson.

Source: By Ernest Pund and Claudia Drago, USA Judo Communications

UPDATED ON: 11/20/2012 

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