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Today was the second day of competition on the occasion of the Judo Grand Prix, Düsseldorf 2013. Seven weight categories were competing: women's -70kg, -78kg and +78kg, and men's -81kg, -90kg, -100kg and +100kg.



-70kg: And 2 Gold Medals for POLLING (NED)

The final opposed Laura VARGAS KOCH (GER) and Kim POLLING (NED), who already won the Paris Tournament 2 weeks ago, and who was unbeatable today in Düsseldorf again. Laura VARGAS KOCH, even if she was strongly supported by her public, was never capable to put POLLING in danger. The Dutch concluded her today's show with a tremendous hip movement, starting with arai-goshi and finishing with a uchi-mata for ippon.


The top seeded athlete of the category was the Brazilian Maria PORTELA (BRA), but if the first round went well for PORTELA, her second fight was more complicated and she lost against Juliane ROBRA (SUI). The Swiss athlete was then opposed to the German Laura VARGAS KOCH (GER) in semifinal. In front of her public, VARGAS KOCH qualified for the final, offering a second medal to her delegation, the color still needed to be determined. In the Pool B, TACHIMOTO Haruka (JPN) was defeated by Bernadette GRAF (AUT), who then was eliminated by the future finalist VARGAS KOCH. In the second half of the draw, Kelita ZUPANCIC (CAN) lost against KIM Seongyeon (KOR), when in POOL D, Kim POLLING (NED), winner of the Paris Grand Slam, two week ago, continued her good result series and qualified once again for the final.
The first bronze medal went to KIM Seongyeon (KOR) who scored ippon against Bernadette GRAF (AUT), with a unstoppable shoulder movement. The second bronze medal fight was tighter and only one penalty decided the victory of Juliane ROBRA (SUI) against Houda MILED (TUN).





Bronze Medal Fights

GRAF, Bernadette (AUT) vs. KIM, Seongyeon (KOR)
MILED, Houda (TUN) vs. ROBRA, Juliane (SUI)



Final Results

1. POLLING, Kim (NED) 
2. VARGAS KOCH, Laura (GER) 
3. KIM, Seongyeon (KOR) 
3. ROBRA, Juliane (SUI) 
5. GRAF, Bernadette (AUT) 
5. MILED, Houda (TUN) 
7. PORTELA, Maria (BRA) 
7. ZUPANCIC, Kelita (CAN)



-78kg: Gemma GIBBONS (GBR) is Back at the International Level

The final opposed SATO Ruika (JPN) and Gemma GIBBONS (GBR). Just after one minute of fight, GIBBONS scored the first waza-ari of the final (tani-otoshi), almost immediately followed by a yuko, on o-uchi-gari. The only possible strategy for SATO was now to attack again and again. But this was a dangerous game to play with the British champion, as GIBBONS was waiting for the smallest SATO's mistake that could put an early end to the fight. It took some more time for GIBBONS to finally score a second waza-ari on uchi-mata and confirm her comeback at the international level after her silver medal in London, last summer.


After her beautiful victory, two weeks ago, in Paris, Lucie LOUETTE (FRA) started her competition day with two victories against Hana MAREGHNI (TUN) and Luise MALZAHN (GER). In semifinal, the French faced SATO Ruika (JPN), who earlier during the day eliminated the bronze medallist from Paris, Catherine ROBERGE (CAN), and the French lost by ippon. In POOL C, JOO Abigel (HUN), after a first win, lost against Marhinde VERKERK (NED), who then was defeated by the silver medalist from the last Olympic Games in London, the British, Gemma GIBBONS.

Even if LOUETTE could not reedit her result from two weeks ago in Paris, she finally obtained an encouraging bronze medal. For her last appearance on today's tatami in Düsseldorf, she executed an opportunistic sweep movement (de-ashi-barai) for ippon. The competition is launched between LOUETTE and TCHEUMEO for the supremacy of the category in France, specially since the first defeated the London Bronze medallist in Paris on the occasion of the Grand Slam. The second bronze medal went to Marhinde VERKERK (NED) who defeated Luise MALZAHN (GER) by penalties.



SATO, Ruika (JPN) vs. GIBBONS, Gemma (GBR)


Bronze Medal Fights

MALZAHN, Luise (GER) vs. VERKERK, Marhinde (NED)
VELENSEK, Anamari (SLO) vs. LOUETTE, Lucie (FRA)



Final Results
1. GIBBONS, Gemma (GBR) 
2. SATO, Ruika (JPN) 
3. LOUETTE, Lucie (FRA) 
3. VERKERK, Marhinde (NED) 
5. MALZAHN, Luise (GER) 
5. VELENSEK, Anamari (SLO) 
7. JOO, Abigel (HUN) 
7. ROBERGE, Catherine (CAN)



+78kg: Gold for Maria Suelen ALTHEMAN (BRA)

The final opposed Maria Suelen ALTHEMAN (BRA) and Emilie ANDEOL (FRA). After one minute and a half, the strategy of Maria Suelen ALTHEMAN was clear: wait for ANDEOL's attacks and counterattack them with strong ura-nage. And it first worked as the Brazilian scored waza-ari on ura-nage. Nevertheless ANDEOL continued to attack and she also scored waza-ari. But in the meanwhile, she was twice penalized giving a virtual lead to ALTHEMAN, who managed to keep it until the end of the final.

The Slovenian, Lucija POLAVDER, will not win a second title here in Düsseldorf. Eliminated by YAMABE Kanae (JPN) during the preliminary rounds, she was then defeated during the repackages by Franziska KONITZ (GER). The semifinals opposed, in the first half of the draw, the top seeded athlete, Maria Suelen ALTHEMAN (BRA), and Sahar TRABELSI (TUN), and in the second half of the draw, Emilie ANDEOL (FRA) and YAMABE Kanae (JPN). The Brazilian and the French, who was announced as a good outsider, both won their respective semifinal by ippon.


The two bronze medal fights were among the quickest combats of the day, YAMABE Kanae (JPN) scoring ippon on o-soto-gari against LEE Jung Eun (KOR), and Franziska KONITZ (GER) taking even less time (a few seconds) to score ippon against Sahar TRABELSI (TUN) for a new bronze medal for Germany.


ALTHEMAN, Maria Suelen (BRA) vs. ANDEOL, Emilie (FRA)


Bronze Medal Fights
LEE, Jung Eun (KOR) vs. YAMABE, Kanae (JPN)
KONITZ, Franziska (GER) vs. TRABELSI, Sahar (TUN)



Final Results
1. ALTHEMAN, Maria Suelen (BRA) 
2. ANDEOL, Emilie (FRA) 
3. KONITZ, Franziska (GER) 
3. YAMABE, Kanae (JPN) 
5. LEE, Jung Eun (KOR) 
5. TRABELSI, Sahar (TUN) 
7. POLAVDER, Lucija (SLO)




-81kg: Difficult Day for KIM, Gold for Georgia

The final opposed Levan TSIKLAURI (GEO) and Avtandil TCHRIKISHVILI (GEO) and less than one minute was necessary for Avtandil TCHRIKISHVILI (GEO) to score a superb ura-nage (counterattack) for ippon.


The big surprise of the category came from the defeat of the World and Olympic Champion and World Number one, KIM Jae-Bum (KOR), in the semifinal. After three victories against Adrian NACIMIENTO LORENZO (ESP), Benjamin MUENNICH (GER) and Aliaksandr STSIASHENKA (BLR), KIM was defeated by Levan TSIKLAURI (GEO) by yuko. Even if the Gorgian was not among the top height seeded athletes, he perfectly negotiated all his preliminary fights and successively gained the victory against Ivan VOROBEV (RUS), Sven MARESCH (GER), Jaromir MUSIL (CZE) and finally against KIM in the semifinal. In the second half of the draw, once again, it is a Georgian athlete who was the strongest, Avtandil TCHRIKISHVILI (GEO). In semifinal, he defeated the bronze medalist of the London Olympics, Antoine VALOIS-FORTIER (CAN). Thus in POOL D, the revenge between the Canadian and the 2008 Olympic Champion, ELnur MAMMADLI (AZE), never happened as the Azeri champion was early defeated by GAN Tuvshinjargal (MGL) by ippon.

Confirming his beautiful bronze medal obtained in London last summer, Antoine VALOIS-FORTIER (CAN), again, finished at the third place here in Düsseldorf, after his victory against Aliaksandr STSIASHENKA (BLR). In the second bronze medal contest, KIM had an other tough fight against Joachim BOTTIEAU (BEL). He finally won by yuko, an advantage scored at the end of the five minutes. The bronze medal for sure was not the expected metal for the Olympic Champion, who was clearly not at the level he was in London a few months ago. Nevertheless, KIM remains a fantastic competitor and he is getting ready for an other Olympic cycle.




Bronze Medal Fights
BOTTIEAU, Joachim (BEL) vs. KIM, Jae-Bum (KOR)



Final Results
2. TSIKLAURI, Levan (GEO) 
3. KIM, Jae-Bum (KOR) 
5. BOTTIEAU, Joachim (BEL) 
5. STSIASHENKA, Aliaksandr (BLR) 
7. MUSIL, Jaromir (CZE)



-90kg: 2nd Gold for LIPARTELIANI (GEO) After the Title in Paris

The final opposed Varlam LIPARTELIANI (GEO) and Tiago CAMILO (BRA). After a first period of observation, the European Champion from Georgia scored ippon with a counter attack, but a ippon that was changed into waza-ari, giving a second chance to CAMILO to come back. Despite the pressure that the Brazilian put on LIPARTELIANI's shoulders, the Georgian kept his waza-ari as the highest score and obtained a second coronation after his victory two weeks ago in the Paris Grand Slam.


The level of the men's -90kg was particularly high. Nevertheless, Varlam LIPARTELIANI (GEO), was among the strongest men of the morning session. During the first rounds, he defeated, Joakim DVARBY (SWE), KWAK Dong Han (KOR), Marc ODENTHAL (GER), before obtaining his ticket to the final by defeating the Dutch, Noel VAN T END (NED), who earlier during the day sent back home, with not change for medal, one of the top seeded competitors, the Russian, Kirill DENISOV. The second half of the draw was really exciting for the public. Beside the fantastic ippon festival that the competitors offered to the audience, a semifinal between the Olympic and world Champion, Ilias ILIADIS (GRE), and the two time Olympic medallist, Tiago CAMILO (BRA), was expected and the show was incredible, especially when CAMILO produced his effort to throw ILIADIS with a spinning uchi-mata for ippon.
It is a very interesting and intense fights that Axel CLERGET (FRA) and Ilias ILIADIS (GRE) delivered during the first bronze medal fight. ILIADIS being under CLERGET's pressure most of the time, he was taking advantage of all possible opportunities to counterattack the French and succeeded several times until the last ippon. The second bronze medal went to Georgia and Zviad GOGOTCHURI (GEO), who defeated Noel VAN T END (NED).




Bronze Medal Fights
CLERGET, Axel (FRA) vs. ILIADIS, Ilias (GRE)



Final Results
2. CAMILO, Tiago (BRA) 
3. ILIADIS, Ilias (GRE) 
5. CLERGET, Axel (FRA) 
5. VAN T END, Noel (NED) 
7. GUTSCHE, Yannick (GER) 



-100kg: A New Category for ONO, Gold for MARET (FRA)

The final opposed ONO Takashi (JPN) and Cyrille MARET (FRA). After 38 seconds and a strong gripping session, MARET dived under the center of gravity of ONO with a kata-guruma (without leg grab) for waza-ari. Then the strategy of both fighters completely changed: the French starting to defend and the Japanese to attack as much as possible. But MARET could keep his waza-ari as the highest score despite some penalties and a yuko obtained by ONO in the second half of the final. 



The bronze medalist of the last Olympic Games, Dimitri PETERS, in front of his public, probably expected a better issue than an early elimination. But he couldn't do anything against the comeback of the former world number one of the -90kg weight category, ONO Takashi (JPN), who for the first time competed in -100kg at the IJF level. Until the semifinal, Elkhan MAMMADOV (AZE) seemed to be unbeatable, but he also succumbed to the precise attacks of the Japanese. The waza-ari that MAMMADOV scored at the beginning of the semi, was not enough to guaranty the victory and ONO finally scored ippon to enter into the final. In the second half of the draw, the two top seeded athlete Cyrille MARET (FRA) and Martin PACEK (SWE) met in the semifinal. The French won against the Swedish by penalty at the end of a very tough fight.
The first bronze medal was won by the Korean, KIM Kyeongtae, who eliminated MAMMADOV by penalties. The second bronze medal went to Martin PACEK (SWE), who defeated Rafael BUZACARINI (BRA). PACEK was already bronze medallist on the occasion of a World Judo Tour event, it was back in 2010, at the Qingdao Grand Prix.


ONO, Takashi (JPN) vs. MARET, Cyrille (FRA)


Bronze Medal Fights
BUZACARINI, Rafael (BRA) vs. PACEK, Martin (SWE)
KIM, Kyeongtae (KOR) vs. MAMMADOV, Elkhan (AZE)



Final Results
1. MARET, Cyrille (FRA) 
2. ONO, Takashi (JPN) 
3. KIM, Kyeongtae (KOR) 
3. PACEK, Martin (SWE) 
5. BUZACARINI, Rafael (BRA) 
5. MAMMADOV, Elkhan (AZE) 
7. BEN KHALED, Anis (TUN) 



+100kg : Superb Movement to Conclude the Grand Prix on MOMOSE’s Victory (JPN)

The last final of the tournament opposed Adam OKRUASHVILI (GEO) and MOMOSE Masaru (JPN). The first half of the final was mainly a matter of who will get less penalties than the other. But the public could feel that something could happen at any time. When the last minute of the final begun, MOMOSE suddenly turn his back towards OKRUASHVILI, putting his leg across and executed a perfect tai-otoshi for ippon.


With no surprise the two top seeded athletes of the category, Adam OKRUASHVILI (GEO) and 
MOMOSE Masaru (JPN), entered the final after having respectively defeated, ISHII Ryuta (JPN), Janusz WOJNAROWICZ (POL) and Faicel JABALLAH (TUN) for the Georgian, and Levani MATIASHVILI (GEO), Jean-Sebastien BONVOISIN (FRA) and Magomed NAZHMUDINOV (RUS), for the Japanese.
It took a little more than three minutes for MOURA David (BRA) to find the right opportunity to score ippon on an incredible kata-style yoko-tomoe-nage. The second bronze medal went to NAZHMUDINOV Magomed (RUS).




Bronze Medal Fights
MOURA, David (BRA) vs. JABALLAH, Faicel (TUN)



Final Results
1. MOMOSE, Masaru (JPN) 
3. MOURA, David (BRA) 
3. NAZHMUDINOV, Magomed (RUS) 
5. JABALLAH, Faicel (TUN) 
7. BONVOISIN, Jean-Sebastien (FRA) 
7. BOSTANOV, Soslan (RUS)


IJF Media & Communication Department

Nicolas Messner


Photos Gabriela Sabau


IJF Lausanne Maison du Sport International

Av. de Rhodanie 54, CH-1007 Lausanne


SOURCE: ijf.org

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