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IJF News - December 5th, 2013

The opening day of the first Judo Grand Prix in South Korea, Jeju 2013, took place at the Jeju Halla Sports Complex on Thursday with a world-class field of judoka. 

Judo Grand Prix Jeju 2013: Day 1 Final Block

The final World Judo Tour event of the year opened with seven weight categories on day one as the women’s -48kg, -52kg, -57kg and -63kg categories and men’s -60kg, -66kg and -73kg categories all graced the tatami.


-48kg: YAMAGISHI wins the first gold medal of the Jeju Grand Prix  

Tokyo Grand Slam bronze medallist YAMAGISHI Emi (JPN) defeated top seed JEONG Bo Kyeong (KOR) to win the first gold medal in South Korea on Thursday. Dusseldorf Grand Prix silver medallist JEONG, 22, received a shido at the halfway mark for passivity and a seond shido shortly after for a false attack. However, the home judoka was still alive in the contest until the very last second when she was undone by a yuko score from an osoto-gari from in-form YAMAGISHI.

JEONG booked her place in the final by besting Rome European Open bronze medallist Julia FIGUEROA (ESP). Home judoka JEONG scored a waza-ari after 90 seconds and registered a second for wazari-awasette-ippon with a ouchi-gari. In the second semi-final YAMAGISHI blasted past Qingdao Grand Prix bronze medallist Kay KRAUS (GER) in 15 seconds by ippon as she looked even stronger than she was in Tokyo a week ago.

The first bronze medal was won by FISU Unviersiade bronze medallist Maryna CHERNIAK (UKR) against losing semi-finalist KRAUS. In a contest which was low on action, neither judoka could develop any momentum after a long feeling out process. KRAUS was penalised with a shido for passivity after one minute and that was followed by a second and third for the same reason. CHERNIAK, who failed to trouble her German opponent wit a ko-uchi-gari attack, received a shido for passivity with 20 seconds left but that failed to impact the outcome of the contest after the five minutes elapsed. The second bronze medal went to losing semi-finalist FIGUEROA who was all smiles as she responded to lsing out on a place in the final in her previous contest by defeating Qingdao Grand Prix runner-up CHUNG Jung-Yeon (KOR) with an ouchi-gari for ippon in the first minute.

JEONG, Bo Kyeong (KOR) vs YAMAGISHI, Emi (JPN)

Bronze Medal Fights
CHERNIAK, Maryna (UKR) vs KRAUS, Kay (GER)
CHUNG, Jung-Yeon (KOR) vs FIGUEROA, Julia (ESP)

Final Results

2. JEONG, Bo Kyeong (KOR)
3. CHERNIAK, Maryna (UKR)
3. FIGUEROA, Julia (ESP)
5. KRAUS, Kay (GER)
5. CHUNG, Jung-Yeon (KOR)
7. KAO, Wei Ting (TPE)
7. QIU, Xiang Ting (TPE)     

-52kg: MUNKHBAATAR makes her mark for Mongolia 

Former Moscow Grand Slam winner MUNKHBAATAR Bundmaa (MGL) ruled in Jeju as she defeated the much-fancied World Championships bronze medallist JUNG Eun Jung (KOR) in the -52kg final. MUNKHBAATAR started slowly with a shido for passivity after one minute but reacted well by opening the scoring with a waza-ari. JUNG was held accountable for her lack of activity with a shido before her Mongolian rival was penalised with two quickfire shido penalties for false attacks. The Mongolian produced a second waza-ari with a clinical piece of ashi-waza for a second waza-ari to win by wazari-awasette-ippon.

JUNG sealed her place in the gold medal contest by ending the run of European u23 Championships winner Larisa FLORIAN (ROU). The Romanian judoka took the lead with a waza-ari but that encouraged JUNG to spring into action and she levelled the score with a pinpoint piece of ashi-waza. FLORIAN lost out in shido penalties as neither judoka could add to their waza-ari scores. In the second semi-final MUNKHBAATAR held down Minsk European Open bronze medallist Tetiana LEVYTSKA (UKR) with a kesa-gatame in a display of alarming power and control.

The first bronze medal was captured by Tokyo Grand Slam bronze medallist Andreea CHITU (ROU) who overcome losing semi-finalist LEVYTSKA. CHITU, who was fifth at the World Championships this year, produced the first and last score of the contest as she held down her Ukranian opponent with a kesa-gatame for ippon. The second bronze medal and final place on the podium went to 18-year-old FLORIAN who defeated teammate and former World Championships bronze medallist CHITU in the quarter-finals. FLORIAN joined her victim CHITU on the medal podium defeating HA Ju Hee (KOR) with a rousing performance. The young Romanian scored a waza-ari after 15 seconds and was bright and bold as she set the pace against the home fighter. FLORIAN added a yuko from a tai-otoshi and a second waza-ari for wazari-awasette-ippon.


JUNG, Eun Jung (KOR) vs MUNKHBAATAR, Bundmaa (MGL)

Bronze Medal Fights
CHITU, Andreea (ROU) vs LEVYTSKA, Tetiana (UKR)
HA, Ju Hee (KOR) vs FLORIAN, Larisa (ROU)  

Final Results

2. JUNG, Eun Jung (KOR)
3. CHITU, Andreea (ROU)
3. FLORIAN, Larisa (ROU)
5. LEVYTSKA, Tetiana (UKR)
5. HA, Ju Hee (KOR)
7. KIM, Mi-Ri (KOR)

-57kg: Japanese teen dominates Olympic silver medallist 

Olympic silver medallist Corina CAPRIORIU (ROU) will remember the name DEGUCHI Christa (JPN) after being introduced to the Japanese starlet and Tokyo Grand Slam bronze medallist with a shock defeat in the -57kg final. 18-year-old DEGUCHI, who defeated world champion Rafaela SILVA (BRA) to win bronze in Tokyo, scored a waza-ari after 20 seconds with a tomoe-nage and never looked back. DEGUCHI added a yuko before CAPRIORIU received a shido for passivity and moments later for going out of the area to avoid engagement. The Japanese judoka was assured of her first individual World Judo Tour gold medal when she scored a waza-ari with a ouchi-gari with 51 seconds remaining. After her wazari-awasette-ippon, DEGUCHI, who held back her emotions as the Japanese anthem was played, said: “I’m very happy with my results over the last five days but now I want a Grand Slam gold medal.”

CAPRIORIU (ROU) sealed her place in the final by overcoming Almaty Grand Prix bronze medallist Shushana HEVONDIAN (UKR). The Romanian star was in control from the outset and built an unassailable lead with a waza-ari and three yuko scores. HEVONDIAN was penalised with a shido for passivity before CAPRIORIU put the Ukranian out of her misery with an ippon with 45 seconds left. In the second semi-final Japan’s new young ace DEGUCHI defeated World Judo Tour standout Jovana ROGIC (SRB) with another breathless performance. The teenager trapped Miami Grand Prix bronze medallist ROGIC with osaekomi-waza and held her for the full 20 seconds despite the Korean’s movement across the tatami to try and escape the hold.

The first bronze medal was won by ROGIC who bounced back to best CHA Yoomi (KOR) who had to settle for fifth place. ROGIC opened the scoring with a yuko from a drop seoi-nage and added a second yuko with one second remaining. The second bronze medal was captured by HEVONDIAN who frustrated the home fans with a win over SUNG Ji Eun (KOR), who is best known for a fifth place at the former Ulaanbaatar World Cup (now Grand Prix) in 2011. After trading yuko scores, the Ukrainian fighter scored a waza-ari and added a second from a kesa-gatame after holding the Korean down for 15 seconds.

CAPRIORIU, Corina (ROU) vs DEGUCHI, Christa (JPN) 

Bronze Medal Fights
CHA, Yoomi (KOR) vs ROGIC, Jovana (SRB)
SUNG, Ji Eun (KOR) vs HEVONDIAN, Shushana (UKR)

Final Results

1. DEGUCHI, Christa (JPN)
2. CAPRIORIU, Corina (ROU)
3. ROGIC, Jovana (SRB)
3. HEVONDIAN, Shushana (UKR)
5. CHA, Yoomi (KOR)
5. SUNG, Ji Eun (KOR)
7. YANG, Jia Lin (TPE)
7. EQUISOAIN, Jaione (ESP)

-63kg: JOUNG wins battle of Korean judoka

Tokyo Grand Slam bronze medallist JOUNG Da-Woon (KOR) conquered countrywoman and former East Asian Games winner KIM Seulgi (KOR) to win the -63kg final. KIM was penalised with a shido after just 50 seconds for not taking a grip and that set the tone for the contest as she received three more for passivity and not taking a grip respectively to receive hansoku-make and an immediate end to the contest.

JOUNG booked her place in the final at the expense of Mia HERMANSSON (SWE) who - after being penalised with two shido penalties for not taking a grip – infringed to receive hansoku-make for a leg grab. In the second semi-final contest KIM prevailed against Hong Kong International Tournament silver medallist BALDORJ Mungunchimeg (MGL) by ippon with 90 seconds remaining.

The first bronze medal was won by PARK Jiyun (KOR) who was forced to work harder then she might have anticipated against the battling Mongolian youngster BALDORJ. PARK picked up a yuko but BALDORJ valiantly tried to respond with a uchi-mata attack but PARK held firm and just managed to hold off her rival to protect her yuko advantage. The second bronze medal contest pitted former Abu Dhabi Grand Prix bronze medallist Anna BERNHOLM (SWE) against teammate HERMANSSON. BERNHOLM eventually won a tense battle between teammates on shido penalties after both judoka produced a yuko score. HERMANSSON was penalised with a shido for going out of the contest area and after receiving a second for passivity the Swedish fighter launched two attacks but her opponent was able to defend sode-tsurikomi-goshi and tani-otoshi attempts. HERMANSSON finally scored with a tani-otoshi for a yuko to bring the teammates level but her earlier indiscretions were the difference.

JOUNG, Da-Woon (KOR) vs KIM, Seulgi (KOR)

Bronze Medal Fights

PARK, Jiyun (KOR) vs BALDORJ, Mungunchimeg (MGL)

Final Results

1. JOUNG, Da-Woon (KOR)
2. KIM, Seulgi (KOR)
3. PARK, Jiyun (KOR
5. BALDORJ, Mungunchimeg (MGL)
7. PUCHE, Isabel (ESP)
7. AHN, Saho (KOR)


-60kg: World bronze medallist KIM wins gold on home turf    

World Championships bronze medallist KIM Won Jin (KOR) emerged from an intriguing final against East Asian Games bronze medallist TSAI Ming Yen (TPE) with gold in Korea. 17-year-old TSAI had his moments with a flurry of attacks in the early stages but Tokyo Grand Slam silver medallist KIM gradually took control and in the final minute he pinned his teenage rival with a mune-gatame which sapped every ounce of energy out of the young judoka to win by ippon after 20 seconds.

In the first semi-final former Jikji Cup silver medallist HWANG Tae-Won (KOR) fell to teenager TSAI who left delivered something special in the final minute of their contest. With a low posture TASI sprung towards his Korean opponent to elevate him with an uchi-mata for ippon with 56 seconds left. In the second semi-final KIM conquered former Korean Junior International runner-up NASANJARGAL Ser-Od (MGL) who received hansoku-make for being penalised with four shido penalties.

The first bronze medal was won by KAWABATA Ryo (JPN) who ensured beaten semi-finalist NASANJARGAL Ser-Od (MGL) would suffer one more defeat. KAWABATA showed his powers of evasion as he spun out of a tomoe-nage attempt to land on his feet before sweeping his way to victory with a kosoto-gari. The second bronze medal was clinched by HWANG Dong Kyu (KOR) who defeated namesake HWANG Tae-Won (KOR). The contest generated a subdued atmosphere out of respect for the home fighters going toe-to-toe against each other and it was HWANG Dong Kyu who sealed the final spot on the medal podium with a waza-ari score proving decisive.

TSAI, Ming Yen (TPE) vs KIM, Won Jin (KOR)

Bronze Medal Fights
HWANG, Dong Kyu (KOR) vs HWANG, Tae-Won (KOR)

Final Result

1. KIM, Won Jin (KOR)
2. TSAI, Ming Yen (TPE)
3. HWANG, Dong Kyu (KOR)
5. HWANG, Tae-Won (KOR)
7. CHOI, In Hyuk (KOR)
7. HUANG, Sheng-Ting (TPE)

-66kg: ROKUGO wins all-Japanese final

ROKUGO Yuhei (JPN) won the top prize in the -66kg category by defeating countryman TAKAICHI Kengo (JPN) in the battle of Kodokan Cup bronze medallists. The flow of the contest was in stark contrast to a typical bout between teammates as it was open and brimming with attacking judo. TAKAICHI received a shido for passivity and ROKUGO made his first move with a waza-ari from a uki-goshi. TAKAICHI scored a yuko from a ippon seoi-nage yuko but ROKUGO replied by countering an attack to keep his international colleague off balance and drive him over onto his back with power, speed and control for ippon.


ROKUGO booked his place in the final with a win over Glasgow European Open winner Colin OATES (GBR). The British judoka, who won a career-best Moscow Grand Slam silver medal in July, received a shido for passivity and a second for a false attack. ROKUGO was penalised with a shido for a false attack but registered a yuko with 70 seconds remaining. In the second semi-final TAKAICHI Kengo narrowly defeated home judoka YOUN Taeho (KOR) with a yuko from a hold down and there were no further scoring in the subsequent three minutes.

The first bronze medal was won by YOUN against former Junior Asian Championships silver medallist DOVDON Altansukh (MGL). YOUN held his opponent with osaekomi-waza for 11 seconds to earn a yuko before thundering past the Mongolian by ippon. The second bronze medal was won by World Championships bronze medallist Georgii ZANTARAIA (UKR) who narrowly defeated former European bronze medallist OATES. Glasgow-based OATES, who has a habit of beating the biggest names in the category, equalled the former world champion for much of the fascinating contest which was high on athleticism. OATES accumulated penalties which looked set to hinder his medal pursuit and that proved the case with three against him and two against the Ukranian who held on to win the final spot on the podium.

ROKUGO, Yuhei (JPN) vs TAKAICHI, Kengo (JPN)

Bronze Medal Fights
DOVDON, Altansukh (MGL) vs YOUN, Taeho (KOR)
ZANTARAIA, Georgii (UKR) vs OATES, Colin (GBR)

Final Result

1. ROKUGO, Yuhei (JPN)
2. TAKAICHI, Kengo (JPN)
3. YOUN, Taeho (KOR)
3. ZANTARAIA, Georgii (UKR)
5. DOVDON, Altansukh (MGL)
5. OATES, Colin (GBR)
7. DOVDON, Altansukh (MGL)
7. CHIMED-YONDON, Boldbaatar (MGL)

-73kg: DREBOT wins gold for in-form Ukraine

Former Qingdao Grand Prix bronze medallist Serhiy DREBOT (UKR) defeated Miami Grand Prix bronze medallist Kiyoshi UEMATSU (ESP) in an all-European -73kg final. DREBOT scored a waza-ari with a ippon seoi-nage and there was no way back for the Spaniard who had to settle for silver in Jeju.

UEMATSU sealed his place in the final with victory over Dmytro KANIVETS (UKR) by a waza-ari. In the second semi-final DREBOT defeated three-time Junior European Championships winner Georgios AZOIDIS (GRE) by ippon.The first bronze medal was captured by LEE Dongsuk (KOR) who defeated 20-year-old AZOIDIS with a waza-ari from an o-goshi and a kosh-jime strangle for ippon after just 51 seconds. The second bronze medal was won by Malaga European Cup winner Nikita KHOMENTOVSKIY (RUS) who was gifted victory by Dmytro KANIVETS (UKR) who received four shido peanlties for passivity to be penalised with hansoku-make.

UEMATSU, Kiyoshi (ESP) vs DREBOT, Serhiy (UKR)

Bronze Medal Fights
LEE, Dongsuk (KOR) vs AZOIDIS, Georgios (GRE)

Final Result

1. DREBOT, Serhiy (UKR)
2. UEMATSU, Kiyoshi (ESP)
3. LEE, Dongsuk (KOR)
5. AZOIDIS, Georgios (GRE)
5. KANIVETS, Dmytro (UKR)
7. KHASHBAATAR, Tsagaanbaatar (MGL)
7. KOVACEVIC, Ljubisa (SRB)



10:00 Preliminary rounds on three mats
17:00 Final block all on one mat

Women: -70kg, -78kg, +78kg

Men: -81kg, -90kg, -100kg, +100kg

Location: Jeju Halla Sports Hall Complex

IJF Media & Communications Department
Mark Pickering, IJF Media Manager

Nicolas Messner, IJF Media Director


Photos © IJF Media Team by G. Sabau


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