Today was the second day of competition on the occasion of the Judo Grand Slam, Paris 2013. The heavy weight categories were concerned.
Following a first day, which was "very positive" as Mr. Vizer, the IJF President, declared, the public and officials could again enjoy great and very dynamic judo throughout the tournament. "After a long period of reflexion, where many experts were involved, we were able to implement, for the first time at the IJF level, the new adapted rules. We are going in the right direction", said the IJF President. "We still have to work. We only have two days of experience", said the IJF Head refereeing Director, Mr. Juan-Carlos Barcos, before adding: "But everybody did a great job, here in Paris. We all can be proud of that." This was also the position of the Head Sports Director, Mr. Vladimir Barta, who underlined the extraordinary public that we have every year in Paris: "It was not easy to propose those adaptations, but it was necessary, and the public perfectly reacted." After this first full-scale test, the new adapted rules will be again tested, within two weeks on the occasion of the Judo Grand Prix, Düsseldorf 2013, and in many other competitions until the World Championships in Rio, in August.
Signature of the Contract for the World Judo Masters, Tyumen 2013
On the occasion of the Paris Grand Slam, the IJF signed the contract for the organization of the World Judo Masters, Tyumen 2013, which will be held in Russia on May 25th and 26th. The ceremony took place in the presence of the IJF President, Mr. Marius VIZER, the Governor of Tyumen, Mr. Vladimir Vladimirovich YAKUSHEV, the President of the Russian Judo Federation, Mr. Vasily ANISIMOV, and the President of the European Judo Union, Mr. Sergey SOLOVEYCHIK. On that special occasion, Mr. YAKUSHEV declared how happy he was to have such an important event coming to his region: "We are very proud to welcome the international judo family in Tyumen and the best judo players in the world. We have already organized the Open World Championship, last year in our city and it was a great success. Chelyabinsk organized the European Championship and every year, Moscow welcomes the Grand Slam. The Masters will once again put the focus on judo in Russia and it is a great honor for us." Mr. Vizer underlined the fantastic results obtained by Russia during the last Olympic games in London: "It shows the dynamism of Russian Judo. It shows that judo, as a sport, has a lot of success, but it also shows that judo is an incredible educational tool and this is something that is really crucial for the development of judo in Russia and throughout the world. In 2014, we will also be present in Russia, in Chelyabinsk for the World Judo Championships." Mr. ANISIMOV added that he was also really proud of his team and of all the work that is done in his country, by his federation to support the IJF and the development of judo. "Judo is the best sport and Tyumen will be the capital of the best sport in May", said Mr. ANISIMOV.
Men's -81kg : Gold for IMAMOV (UZB)
The rhythm of the first minute of the final was quite intense, even if none of the finalists could find an opportunity within their opponent's defense. It took another minute before Yakhyo IMAMOV (UZB) engaged a strong hip movement on the edge of the combat area, which concluded with a superb ippon at the expense of Avtandil TCHRIKISHVILI (GEO).
Winner of several major tournaments in 2012 (Rio Grand Slam, Abu Dhabi and Qingdao Grand Prix), Victor PENALBER occupied the number one spot in the category, here in Paris. But after two victories against Sven MARESCH (GER) and Hong Suk WOONG (KOR), he was defeated by the Georgian Avtandil TCHRIKISHVILI to access to the semi-finals. In Pool B, the Japanese NAKAI Takahiro (JPN) acted as the favorite, but he stumbled in the first round against Srdjan Mrvaljevic (MNE), who sent him several times to the floor. However, this did not open the way of the Montenegrin, as in the next round, he lost against Alan KHUBETSOV (RUS), who himself lost in front of the second Japanese, NAGASHIMA Keita (JPN). In Pool C, the top seeded athlete Murat KHABACHIROV (RUS), entered the semifinals, where he had to surrender to the discrete Yakhyo MAMOV (UZB). It must be noted that the return to competition of the Canadian surprise of the last London Games, Antoine Valois-Fortier(CAN), who obtained a brilliant bronze medal, was inconclusive, despite a first-round victory. The two bronze medals were won by NAGASHIMA Keita (JPN) and Victor PENALBER (BRA).
TCHRIKISHVILI, Avtandil (GEO) vs. IMAMOV, Yakhyo (UZB)
Bronze Medal Fights
PENALBER, Victor (BRA) vs. KHABACHIROV, Murat (RUS)
CSOKNYAI, Laszlo (HUN) vs. NAGASHIMA, Keita (JPN)
1. IMAMOV, Yakhyo (UZB)
2. TCHRIKISHVILI, Avtandil (GEO)
3. NAGASHIMA, Keita (JPN)
3. PENALBER, Victor (BRA)
5. CSOKNYAI, Laszlo (HUN)
5. KHABACHIROV, Murat (RUS)
7. ATTAF, Safouane (MAR)
7. KHUBETSOV, Alan (RUS)
Women's -70kg : DECOSSE Bronze, Gold for POLLING (NED)
In the absence of Lucie DECOSSE, eliminated early during the day, this is Kim POLLING (NED) who won the title by scoring an ippon (immobilization) to the Canadian Kelita ZUPANCIC. Just before she already scored a waza-ari on an aerial uchi-mata.
The comeback was very difficult for Lucie DECOSSE, who, although she still looked unbeatable at the beginning of the day, was caught by the superb counter attack of Kim POLLING (NED), during her second round. A small smile was still visible on the face of the Olympic champion, who does not usually fly so high in Bercy, in front of the Parisian public. Thus, she did not win her eighth title in Paris in 2013. Following her victory against DECOSSE, the Dutch qualified for the final where she faced the Canadian Kelita ZUPANCIC (CAN) who early during the day defeated the French, Marie Pasquet. A the end of the day, Lucie DECOSSE could console herself with the bronze medal and the title of best athlete of 2012 given by the magazine 'L'Esprit du Judo", Laura Vargas Koch (GER) winning the second bronze.
POLLING, Kim (NED) vs. ZUPANCIC, Kelita (CAN)
Bronze Medal Fights
DECOSSE, Lucie (FRA) vs. PASQUET, Marie (FRA)
VARGAS KOCH, Laura (GER) vs. TSEND AYUSH, Naranjargal (MGL)
1. POLLING, Kim (NED)
2. ZUPANCIC, Kelita (CAN)
3. DECOSSE, Lucie (FRA)
3. VARGAS KOCH, Laura (GER)
5. PASQUET, Marie (FRA)
5. TSEND AYUSH, Naranjargal (MGL)
7. MILED, Houda (TUN)
7. NIANG, Assmaa (MAR)
Men's -90kg : European Champion, LIPARTELIANI, the Strongest
In less than one minute of combat, LIPARTELIANI scored the first yuko on uchi-mata. Perfectly controlling GONZALES (CUB), he put pressure on him to be penalized several times. LIPARTELIANI was also penalized for false attack and defensive attitude, but not enough to allow the Cuban to come back before the time limit.
With no surprise, in the upper part of the draw table, it is the Cuban, number one seeded and silver medalist in London, Asley GONZALES, who entered into the final, after having successively defeated Yunus BAYINDIR (TUR), Axel CLERGET (FRA) Khurshid NABIEV (UZB) and Grigorii SULEMIN (RUS). In the Second half of the draw, it is the current European Champion, Varlam LIPARTELIANI (GEO), who completely missed his Olympic games, who also entered into the final, after his wins against Victor SEMENOV (RUS), Shahin GAHRAMANOV (AZE), Ludovic GOBERT (FRA) and Dilshod CHORIEV (UZB). The two bronze medals went to Uzbekistan (Dilshod CHORIEV) and to Japan (KATO Hirotaka).
GONZALEZ, Asley (CUB) vs. LIPARTELIANI, Varlam (GEO)
Bronze Medal Fights
IDDIR, Alexandre (FRA) vs. CHORIEV, Dilshod (UZB)
KATO, Hirotaka (JPN) vs. SULEMIN, Grigorii (RUS)
1. LIPARTELIANI, Varlam (GEO)
2. GONZALEZ, Asley (CUB)
3. CHORIEV, Dilshod (UZB)
3. KATO, Hirotaka (JPN)
5. IDDIR, Alexandre (FRA)
5. SULEMIN, Grigorii (RUS)
7. GOBERT, Ludovic (FRA)
7. NABIEV, Khurshid (UZB)
Women's -78kg : Explosion of Joy for LOUETTE (FRA)
With a first left handed shoulder movement, the surprise guest of the final, Lucie LOUETTE (FRA), scored a first yuko to Akari OGATA (JPN) and then did everything to keep it alive for more than four minutes. Always first on attack, despite the constant pressure of the Japanese, she managed to win the fight. Very tactical and giving no opportunity to OGATA, she could explode with joy for her first major international title.
Today was also the comeback of the London bronze medalist, Audrey TCHEUMEO (FRA). And this comeback, as it was the case for several Olympic medalists during the weekend, was not easy. After a first win in the first round against Yahima RAMIREZ (POR), TCHEUMEO lost against her compatriot, Lucie LOUETTE (FRA), by ippon. Then the last obstacle for Louette, to reach the final was Gyeong-Mi Jeong (KOR). This was passed a few minutes later. In the second part of the table it is the silver medalist of the Paris 2010 World Championships, OGATA Okari, who entered the final after having defeated Christelle GARRY (FRA), Ruika SATO (JPN) and Catherine ROBERGE (CAN). The two bronze medals were taken by Catherine ROBERGE (CAN) and SATO Ruika (JPN).
LOUETTE, Lucie (FRA) vs. OGATA, Akari (JPN)
Bronze Medal Fights
COTTON, Amy (CAN) vs. ROBERGE, Catherine (CAN)
SATO, Ruika (JPN) vs. JEONG, Gyeong-Mi (KOR)
1. LOUETTE, Lucie (FRA)
2. OGATA, Akari (JPN)
3. ROBERGE, Catherine (CAN)
3. SATO, Ruika (JPN)
5. COTTON, Amy (CAN)
5. JEONG, Gyeong-Mi (KOR)
7. JOO, Abigel (HUN)
7. TCHEUMEO, Audrey (FRA)
Men's -100kg : First in History for the Czech Republic
The -100kg final was won, for the first time in the IJF history, by a Czech competitor, Lukas KRPALEK, who after a strong and serious way to the final, won against Temuulen BATTULGA (MGL) with an unstoppable armlock.
Thus, the -100kg category was not different from what happened in other weight classes: the comeback of Olympic medalists was not a cakewalk. Bronze medalist in London in the -90kg, the Greek, Ilias ILIADIS, was eliminated in the first round by the bronze -100kg London medalist, Dimitri Peters (GER), who himself was not able to get out of the preliminary rounds. In the upper part of the draw, only one seeded athlete Lukas KRPALEK (CZE) was able to reach the semifinals, where he defeated the strong Swedish, Martin PACEK, for a place in the final. In the second part of the draw, the hierarchy was more respected, as both seeded athletes, Temuulen BATTULGA (MGL), third in the last Tokyo Grand Slam last December, and Henk GROL, bronze medalist in London, qualifying for the semi-finals. It turned to the advantage of the Mongol who joined KRPALEK Lukas (CZE) in the final. Henk GROL and Cyrille MARET took the two bronze medals.
KRPALEK, Lukas (CZE) vs. BATTULGA, Temuulen (MGL)
Bronze Medal Fights
KUMASHIRO, Yusuke (JPN) vs. GROL, Henk (NED)
MARET, Cyrille (FRA) vs. PACEK, Martin (SWE)
1. KRPALEK, Lukas (CZE)
2. BATTULGA, Temuulen (MGL)
3. GROL, Henk (NED)
3. MARET, Cyrille (FRA)
5. KUMASHIRO, Yusuke (JPN)
5. PACEK, Martin (SWE)
7. LORIASHVILI, David (GEO)
7. QURBONOV, Soyib (UZB)
Women's +78kg : Olympic Champion Dominated by TACHIMOTO
The final looked like a one-way road to the advantage of the Japanese TACHIMOTO Megumi, who imposed her grip and rhythm throughout the fight without giving any chance to the Olympic Champion, Idalys ORTIZ, to win. She was penalized four times for passivity or false attack and was therefore disqualified.
Thus, on the occasion of the last female category of the weekend, the hierarchy was well respected throughout the preliminary rounds, both top seeded competitors, Idalys ORTIZ (CUB), Olympic Champion and TACHIMOTO Megumi (JPN), bronze medalist at the world championships, entering the final without much difficulty.
Behind the two champions, the bronze medals went to the two korean judoka, KIM Eun Gyeong (KOR) and KIM, Jiyoun (KOR).
ORTIZ, Idalys (CUB) vs. TACHIMOTO, Megumi (JPN)
Bronze Medal Fights
KINDZERSKA, Iryna (UKR) vs. KIM, Jiyoun (KOR)
ANDEOL, Emilie (FRA) vs. KIM, Eun Gyeong (KOR)
1. TACHIMOTO, Megumi (JPN)
2. ORTIZ, Idalys (CUB)
3. KIM, Eun Gyeong (KOR)
3. KIM, Jiyoun (KOR)
5. ANDEOL, Emilie (FRA)
5. KINDZERSKA, Iryna (UKR)
7. ALVAREZ, Sara (ESP)
7. CEZAR, Claudirene (BRA)
Men's +100kg : 6th Title out of 7 participations for Rinner
If there is currently a judoka who could endanger the French giant, it is KIM Sung-Min, from Korea, who did not spend too much energy on the tatami during the preliminary rounds. But it is not yet on the occasion of the Paris Grand Slam that the big surprise will happen. RINER is really the strongest. After a little more than three minutes of observation during which the French tried to impose his grip and the Korean tried to surprise him, the Olympic champion launched a terrible uchi-mata, which left no chance to KIM, for ippon.
Teddy RINER, aged 23, is already a legend of French judo and international judo, with his Olympic title and six world titles. At each of his appearances on the tatami in Bercy, the public exploded with joy. Missing a little bit of precision at the international level (following a long break after the Olympics), RINER has nevertheless been able to qualify for the final without being endangered to much, although some of his fights were tough, particularly the one against the Cuban, Oscar Brayson, in the semifinals. In contrast, the expected fight with the young Japanese, SHICHINOHE Ryu, quickly turned to the advantage of the French, who sent his opponent to the ground within 13 seconds, with a beautiful uchi-mata. In the other half of the draw, the Korean KIM Sung-Min, who, once more, demonstrated his talent, reached the final of the competition. The two bronze medals went to the other Korean fighter, CHO Guham and to the Japanese, Ryu SHICHINOHE.
RINER, Teddy (FRA) vs. KIM, Sung-Min (KOR)
Bronze Medal Fights
SHICHINOHE, Ryu (JPN) vs. SILVA, Rafael (BRA)
CHO, Guham (KOR) vs. BRAYSON, Oscar (CUB)
1. RINER, Teddy (FRA)
2. KIM, Sung-Min (KOR)
3. CHO, Guham KOR)
3. SHICHINOHE, Ryu (JPN)
5. BRAYSON, Oscar (CUB)
5. SILVA, Rafael (BRA)
7. BATAILLE, Matthieu (FRA)
7. BOLDPUREV, Sugarjargal (MGL)
At the end of the event, the Magazine 'l'Esprit du Judo' awarded the best female and best male athlete of 2012. The trophy was awarded to Teddy Riner and to Lucie Decosse (FRA) by Jean-Luc Rougé, President of the French Judo Federation and IJF General Secretary, and by David Douillet, two-times Olympic Champion and four -times World Champion.