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China’s annual Judo Grand Prix, which was first held in 2009, was held in Qingdao for the final time as one of the leading Asian events will move to Hohhot in Inner Mongolia in the North of China from 2017.
The Qingdao Grand Prix 2016 concluded on Sunday with the women’s 78kg and +78kg categories and the men’s -90kg, -100kg and +100kg categories as China had high expectations for their heavyweights.
-100kg quarter-final action as DENISOV (RUS) in blue defeated AWITI-ALCARAZ (GBR)
Russia ruled in China as they recorded a 14-strong medal haul including four gold, five silver and five bronze medals. An inexperienced Japanese team showed that ability can more than match experience as they won four gold medals and three bronze medals to finish above China who earned three gold, four silver and eight bronze medals.
+78kg action as MA (CHN) in white beat XU (CHN)
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In the first semi-final TAKAYAMA dismissed LI Yang (CHN) with a quick workout as she threw for waza-ari and then held down the local fighter with a kuzure-kesa-gatame for 15 seconds to book a place in the final. In the second semi-final 19-year-old MA Zhenzhao (CHN) lost out to teammate ZHANG Kaili (CHN) by the maximum score to drop into the bronze medal contest instead of the gold medal contest on her senior debut.
The first bronze medal was won by MA against 19-year-old TIAN Miao (CHN) by a yuko in clash between two young Chinese talents. A makikomi attack from MA was enough for a yuko as the hosts further inflated their medal haul on the final day. The second bronze medal contest was won by former Almaty Grand Prix winner Anastasiya DMITRIEVA (RUS) who beat LI. DMITRIEVA moved ahead 2-1 in their head-to-head series as she won their third contest on shidos 1:3.
ZHANG, Kaili (CHN) vs TAKAYAMA, Rika (JPN)
Bronze Medal Fights
MA, Zhenzhao (CHN) vs TIAN, Miao (CHN)
DMITRIEVA, Anastasiya (RUS) vs LI, Yang (CHN)
1. TAKAYAMA, Rika (JPN)
2. ZHANG, Kaili (CHN)
3. MA, Zhenzhao (CHN)
3. DMITRIEVA, Anastasiya (RUS)
5. TIAN, Miao (CHN)
5. LI, Yang (CHN)
7. TU, Yung Chen (TPE)
7. WANG, Szu-Chu (TPE)
World champion YU Song (CHN) won the domestic bragging rights as she defeated World Judo Masters silver medallist MA Sisi (CHN) in the last women’s contest in Qingdao. YU extended her head-to-head record to 4-2 as she made a winning return to action in her first competition since winning bronze at the Rio 2016 Olympics. YU, who could still be identified from her red backpatch which is reserved for reigning world champions, countered an osoto-gari effort from MA with one of her own for ippon with 90 seconds left on the clock.
In the first semi-final YU defeated former Jeju Grand Prix silver medallist LEE Eun-Ju (KOR) in a flat contest which saw the world champion move into the final on shidos 1:2. In the second semi-final MA bested Zagreb Grand Prix bronze medallist Sandra JABLONSKYTE (LTU) in osaekomi with a mune-gatame hold for 20 seconds having led by a yuko score.
The first bronze medal was won by 2011 Qingdao Grand Prix bronze medallist KANG Jie (CHN) who threw JABLONSKYTE for a waza-ari before she trapped the Lithuanian on the ground for 15 seconds. The second bronze medal was won by LEE who saw off ko-soto-gari specialist XU Xin (CHN) on shido penalties. XU, who had never medalled at this level, showed a lack of desire as she allowed KIM to take the medal from Qingdao on shidos 2:0.
MA Sisi (CHN) vs YU, Song (CHN)
Bronze Medal Fights
JABLONSKYTE, Sandra (LTU) vs KANG, Jie (CHN)
LEE, Eun-Ju (KOR) vs XU, Xin (CHN)
1. YU, Song (CHN)
2. MA Sisi (CHN)
3. KANG, Jie (CHN)
3. LEE, Eun-Ju (KOR)
5. JABLONSKYTE, Sandra (LTU)
5. XU, Xin (CHN)
7. KARPOVA, Daria (RUS)
7. SUN, Pei Yu (TPE)
STEWART said: “I was always looking for the strangle in the final and I had the perfect chance after my first hold down. I’m getting used to fighting at these bigger events and I hope for more competitions and more success in 2017. My next event will be the British Championships in December.”
In the first semi-final STEWART (GBR), who held down highly-rated Tenri University recruit ODKHUU Tsetsentsengel (MGL) with a tate-shiho-gatame in his quarter-final, submitted JEON Chan (KOR) with shime-waza after an expertly controlled turnover. In the second semi-final GANTULGA defeated former Taipei Asian Open bronze medallist LEE Jaeyong (KOR) by a waza-ari to guarantee the second Grand Prix medal of his career.
The first bronze medal was awarded to rank outsider Said Emi ZHAMBEKOV (RUS) who threw LEE with a sumi-gaeshi for ippon with two minutes remaining. World number 133 ZHAMBEKOV seized his opportunity as he won the first medal contest on the last day of the Qingdao Grand Prix 2016. The second bronze medal went to beaten semi-finalist JEON who routed ERIHEMUBATU (CHN) with four unanswered scores to the delight of his South Korean teammates in the stands. JEON opened his account with a waza-ari from a drop seoi-nage after 40 seconds before adding a yuko from a left-sided seoi-nage. A shell-shocked ERIHEMUBATU was then thrown for a yuko with a right-handed seoi-nage before being put out of his misery by ippon from a morote-seoi-nage.
GANTULGA, Altanbagana (MGL) vs STEWART, Max (GBR)
Bronze Medal Fights
LEE, Jaeyong (KOR) vs ZHAMBEKOV, Said Emi (RUS)
JEON, Chan (KOR) vs ERIHEMUBATU, (CHN)
1. STEWART, Max (GBR)
2. GANTULGA, Altanbagana (MGL)
3. ZHAMBEKOV, Said Emi (RUS)
3. JEON, Chan (KOR)
5. LEE, Jaeyong (KOR)
5. ERIHEMUBATU, (CHN)
7. ODKHUU, Tsetsentsengel (MGL)
7. ZHAO, Zhitao (CHN)
Four-time world medallist Kirill DENISOV (RUS) stepped up to -100kg with devastating effect in Qingdao as he drove past Samsun Grand Prix bronze medallist KHUTAG Tsogtgerel (MGL) in the final to win a debut gold at his new weight. DENISOV, who has fought for a medal at the last six World Championships, has given up his world number 12 ranking at -90kg to move up to the -100kg category. That decision was vindicated in his first competition at -100kg as he beat first-time finalist KHUTAG by ippon after 29 seconds with a tani-otoshi.
DENISOV said: “I did two Olympic cycles at -90kg and I felt like now was the time to make a change. This is a good start for me but there is a lot of hard work ahead. I think that now I will really show my best judo and I want to see how my power works out at this weight. I will go to Tokyo and hope to continue this positive start at -100kg but I know it will be extremely difficult in Japan.”
In the first semi-final DENISOV (RUS) had to work harder than he expected to see off Taipei Asian Open bronze medallist HONG Yi Chih (TPE). The contest was scoreless after five minutes but HONG had been penalised three times as he was fighting to hold off the Russian who made a smooth transition to life at -100kg. In the second semi-final Orenburg European Cup bronze medallist Maksud IBRAGIMOV (RUS) was beaten by KHUTAG on shidos as the Russian was penalised three times while the latter was only penalised once.
The first bronze medal was won by IBRAGIMOV who defeated Abu Dhabi Grand Slam bronze medallist Philip AWITI-ALCARAZ (GBR) by a yuko from a sode-tsurikkomi-goshi. Russia were already assured of gold or silver in the -100kg final and IBRAGIMOV made sure that there would be two Russian’s on the -100kg medal podium with a narrow victory as Londoner AWITI-ALCARAZ was unable to put together any of his highly-regarded hip techniques or his uchi-mata. The second bronze medal was won by HU Mingchao (CHN) who defeated HONG in an exciting contest which gripped the crowd which was its most sizable of all three days of competition. HU, who had twice finished fifth at this event in recent years, finally got his sought after home medal after 68 seconds of added time as HONG was penalised for dropping to keep the medal in China.
DENISOV, Kirill (RUS) vs KHUTAG, Tsogtgerel (MGL)
Bronze Medal Fights
IBRAGIMOV, Maksud (RUS) vs AWITI-ALCARAZ, Philip (GBR)
HU, Mingchao (CHN) vs HONG, Yi Chih (TPE)
1. DENISOV, Kirill (RUS)
2. KHUTAG, Tsogtgerel (MGL)
3. IBRAGIMOV, Maksud (RUS)
3. HU, Mingchao (CHN)
5. AWITI-ALCARAZ, Philip (GBR)
5. HONG, Yi Chih (TPE)
7. TE, Rigule (CHN)
Tyumen Grand Slam silver medallist OGAWA Yusei (JPN) brought the OGAWA name back to the international landscape in China as he continued to emerge from the shadow of his father and carve out his own reputation. The Japanese heavyweight warmed up this morning with four-time world champion and Barcelona 1992 Olympic silver medallist OGAWA Naoya (JPN) who saw his son overpower fellow youngster Anton KRIVOBOKOV (RUS) to win gold. OGAWA was more adept in ne-waza and created enough space to pin down the Russian with a mune-gatame and KRIVOBOKOV tapped out after 18 seconds.
In the first semi-final Tyumen Grand Slam winner Andrey VOLKOV (RUS) lost out to KRIVOBOKOV who held down his compatriot with a kesa-gatame for 20 seconds and ippon. In the second semi-final former Junior World Championships winner ULZIIBAYAR Duurenbayar (MGL) was thwarted by Tyumen Grand Slam silver medallist OGAWA Yusei (JPN). The Japanese fighter won by a single shido which was given to the Mongolian for a gripping infringement.
The first bronze medal went to ULZIIBAYAR who came from behind to beat Taipei Asian Open bronze medallist LEE Po Yen (TPE) in the closing seconds. Two yuko scores put LEE in the ascendancy but he was careless in the last minute and was thrown for a waza-ari with 11 seconds left and tapped out while pinned in osaekomi after three seconds. The second bronze medal went to VOLKOV who edged past two-time Grand Prix bronze medallist KIM Kyeongtae (KOR). A shido against KIM for a gripping infringement was decisive as both judoka failed to threaten the scoreboard and their mutual lack of attacking impetus showed why they were inferior to today’s heavyweight final.
OGAWA, Yusei (JPN) vs KRIVOBOKOV, Anton (RUS)
Bronze Medal Fights
ULZIIBAYAR, Duurenbayar (MGL) vs LEE, Po Yen (TPE)
KIM, Kyeongtae (KOR) vs VOLKOV, Andrey (RUS)
1. OGAWA, Yusei (JPN)
2. KRIVOBOKOV, Anton (RUS)
3. ULZIIBAYAR, Duurenbayar (MGL)
3. VOLKOV, Andrey (RUS)
5. LEE, Po Yen (TPE)
5. KIM, Kyeongtae (KOR)
7. WANG, Yuntao (CHN)
7. NA, Risu (CHN)
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