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IJF News - September 29th, 2013
The enthusiastic Kazakh crowd saw the remaining seven weight categories take to the tatami in search of Grand Prix honours as the women’s -70kg, -78kg, +78kg categories and men’s -81kg, -90kg, -100kg and +100kg categories were all in action.
Almaty welcomed the IJF World Judo Tour for the first time in history and for the next four years, the best judoka in the world will meet in Kazakhstan. But the year before the Rio Olympics will be very special as yesterday, Mr. VIZER, IJF President, and Mr. Kenges RAKISHEV, the President of the Kazakhstan Judo Federation, signed the contract to host the 2015 edition of the World Judo Championships in the capital city of Astana. Thus this year's Grand Prix had a particular interest and feel as it is already a rehearsal of the IJF’s flagship event.
In front of a vocal home crowd, Kazakhstan comfortably finished top of the medal table after winning five gold as part of their astonishing 17–medal haul. Next week will again represent an important step forward for the IJF, as the World Judo Tour will arrive for the first time in Uzbekistan to organize the seventh Judo Grand Prix of this sports season. Mr. Armen BAGDASAROV, President of the Uzbek Judo Federation and IJF Sports Director declared: "It is a big honour for us to welcome the seventh Judo Grand Prix of the year. We have been working many years to develop judo in our country. Judo is now a well-known sport in Uzbekistan and having the IJF come to Tashkent represents a lot and is a great recognition for our work."
The best female judoka award went to Ketleyn QUADROS (BRA) who won all three fights by ippon in the -57kg category on Saturday. The best male award went to home judoka Yeldos ZHUMAKANOV (KAZ) who also shone on the opening day as he won all four of his -66kg contests by ippon to help his country to the top of the medal table.
The full results can be seen at: http://www.ippon.org
The second final of the day opposed London European Open runner-up Lior WILDIKAN (ISR) and fast-rising 21-yer-old Nadia MERLI (BRA). Impressive during the preliminary rounds, WILDIKAN ensured Israel’s blistering run in the female categories would continue as their impressive five-strong team all won medals in Almaty. WILDIKAN entered the tatami with a determined look but South American Championship bronze medallist MERLI remained calm and slowly imposed her power. Always attacking before WILDIKAN, MERLI took the incentive in the fight with two penalties given to the Israeli. Finally MERLI scored with a seoi-nage technique for a yuko.
In the first bronze medal fight, only 45 seconds were necessary for Pan American San Salvador silver medallist Barbara TIMO (BRA) to score a superb ippon-seoi-nage for ippon against the Kazakh national champion, Dinara KUDAROVA. In the second bronze medal fight, one shido was enough for unknown Luiza GAINUTDINOVA (UKR) to step on the podium. For that, she defeated Irina SORDIYA (RUS), the current Russian Champion.
WILDIKAN, Lior (ISR) vs. MERLI, Nadia (BRA)
Bronze Medal Fights
KUDAROVA, Dinara (KAZ) vs. TIMO, Barbara (BRA)
SORDIYA, Irina (RUS) vs. GAINUTDINOVA, Luiza (UKR)
1. MERLI, Nadia (BRA)
2. WILDIKAN, Lior (ISR)
3. GAINUTDINOVA, Luiza (UKR)
3. TIMO, Barbara (BRA)
5. KUDAROVA, Dinara (KAZ)
5. SORDIYA, Irina (RUS)
7. FAIZOLLANOVA, Zamzagul (KAZ)
7. UMIRALIYEVA, Dilbar (KAZ)
The final saw 2013 FISU Universiade competitor Albina AMANGELDIYEVA (KAZ) take on Miami Grand Prix bronze medallist Anastasiya DMITRIEVA (RUS). Despite the strong support of her home public, Albina AMANGELDIYEVA rapidly seemed to be dominated by Anastasiya DMITRIEVA who scored a o-uchi-gari for ippon to win the gold.
In the first bronze medal fight, Madrid European Open bronze medallist Alena KACHOROVSKAYA (RUS) had almost to wait until the last minute to score a superb uchi-mata for ippon giving no chance to Orenburg European Cup bronze medallist Anar SEITIMOVA (KAZ) to bring one more medal to the host country of the tournament. To won the second bronze medal, Victoria TURKS (UKR), who finished in seventh-place at the Moscow Grand Slam this year immobilised home judoka Zarina RAIFOVA (KAZ) after less than two minutes.
AMANGELDIYEVA, Albina (KAZ) vs. DMITRIEVA, Anastasiya (RUS)
Bronze Medal Fights
SEITIMOVA, Anar (KAZ) vs. KACHOROVSKAYA, Alena (RUS)
RAIFOVA, Zarina (KAZ) vs. TURKS, Victoriia (UKR)
1. DMITRIEVA, Anastasiya (RUS)
2. AMANGELDIYEVA, Albina (KAZ)
3. KACHOROVSKAYA, Alena (RUS)
3. TURKS, Victoriia (UKR)
5. RAIFOVA, Zarina (KAZ)
5. SEITIMOVA, Anar (KAZ)
7. AKYLBAYEVA, Markhabbat (KAZ)
The final of the women's +78kg category saw former Prague European Cup winner Gulzhan ISSANOVA (KAZ) oppose FISU Universiade bronze medallist Maryna SLUTSKAYA (BLR). For the last final of the women's category, Kazakhstan was again present in the final and rapidly ISSANOVA took a strong lead with a seoi-nage for waza-ari which proved decisive after five minutes of action.
Ulannbaatar Grand Prix silver medallist Javzmaa ODKHUU (MGL) is still yet to win a medal outside of her homeland, as she was defeated by La Coruna Junior European Cup winner Ruza DUKHTURBAYEVA (KAZ), who in front of her home crowd kept the minimal penalty advantage. Orenburg European Cup silver medallist Ksenia CHIBISOVA (RUS) scored a first waza-ari against Nazira YERZHANOVA (KAZ), followed by a yuko with o-uchi-gari. Largely dominated, teenager YERZHANOVA was able to score waza-ari on a counter attack before being scored again for yuko and finally for ippon from a superb left-handed uchi-mata.
ISSANOVA, Gulzhan (KAZ) vs. SLUTSKAYA, Maryna (BLR)
Bronze Medal Fights
DUKHTURBAYEVA, Ruza (KAZ) vs. ODKHUU, Javzmaa (MGL)
YERZHANOVA, Nazira (KAZ) vs. CHIBISOVA, Ksenia (RUS)
1. ISSANOVA, Gulzhan (KAZ)
2. SLUTSKAYA, Maryna (BLR)
3. CHIBISOVA, Ksenia (RUS)
3. DUKHTURBAYEVA, Ruza (KAZ)
5. ODKHUU, Javzmaa (MGL)
5. YERZHANOVA, Nazira (KAZ)
7. NUSSIPBAYEVA, Zarina (KAZ)
The first final of the day saw teenager and former Junior European champion Khasan KHALMURZAEV (RUS) face World Military Championship bronze medallist Aliaksandr STSIASHENKA (BLR). KHALMURZAEV was quickly penalised for not having respected the border of the competition area, with a shido, giving a small lead to the Belarus athlete, STSIASHENKA. But a few seconds later, Khasan KHALMURZAEV was penalised as well for passivity. Just 90 seconds before the end of the fight, the strongest attack came from the Russian, who with a dangerous o-soto-gari, put his opponent off balance but for no score. Being much less active, STSIASHENKA was penalised two times before he could find an opportunity to score waza-ari with ippon-seoi-nage. But totally exhausted, he couldn't resist the pressure of KHALMURZAEV, who finally scored ippon from o-soto-gari.
The first bronze medal was won by former Tashkent World Cup bronze medallist Shukhratjon ARSLANOV (UZB) against Sindelfingen European Cup bronze medallist and former Junior World Championship runner-up Vitalii POPOVYCH (UKR) by ippon. The second bronze medal went to Ulaanbaatar Grand Prix silver medallist Uuganbaatar OTGONBAATAR (MGL), who immobilised Celje European Cup bronze medallist Artem VASYLENKO (UKR) with osaekomi-waza 50 seconds before the end of the fight.
KHALMURZAEV, Khasan (RUS) vs. STSIASHENKA, Aliaksandr (BLR)
Bronze Medal Fights
POPOVYCH, Vitalii (UKR) vs. ARSLANOV, Shukhratjon (UZB)
VASYLENKO, Artem (UKR) vs. OTGONBAATAR, Uuganbaatar (MGL)
1. KHALMURZAEV, Khasan (RUS)
2. STSIASHENKA, Aliaksandr (BLR)
3. ARSLANOV, Shukhratjon (UZB)
3. OTGONBAATAR, Uuganbaatar (MGL)
5. POPOVYCH, Vitalii (UKR)
5. VASYLENKO, Artem (UKR)
7. ABDUALIYEV, Bekzhan (KAZ)
7. SAIDOV, Saidjalol (TJK)
In the men's -90kg, the fate of the final was due to be decided between the two Asian Championship bronze medallists Islam BOZBAYEV (KAZ) and Khurshid NABIEV (UZB), but NABIEV was unable to compete due to injury to hand the gold medal went to BOZBAYEV.
In the first bronze medal fight, former Junior Asian Championship bronze medallist Komronshoh USTOPIRIYON (TJK) was the first one to score with a powerful uchi-mata engaged at the limit of the fighting area for yuko, against Orenburg European Cup bronze medallist Dmitry DOVGAN (RUS). This was followed by a second uchi-mata for a better score, as USTOPIRIYON scored waza-ari, right in the centre of the tatami. The second bronze medal fight was a battle of penalties, Orenburg European Cup winner Khusen KHALMURZAEV (RUS) winning with only two penalties against his name compared to three for his opponent and former Rio Grand Slam bronze medallist Eduardo SILVA (BRA).
BOZBAYEV, Islam (KAZ) vs. NABIEV, Khurshid (UZB)
Bronze Medal Fights
DOVGAN, Dmitry (RUS) vs. USTOPIRIYON, Komronshoh (TJK)
KHALMURZAEV, Khusen (RUS) vs. SILVA, Eduardo (BRA)
1. BOZBAYEV, Islam (KAZ)
2. NABIEV, Khurshid (UZB)
3. KHALMURZAEV, Khusen (RUS)
3. USTOPIRIYON, Komronshoh (TJK)
5. DOVGAN, Dmitry (RUS)
5. SILVA, Eduardo (BRA)
7. RETYNSKYY, Stanislav (UKR)
7. SYNYAVSKY, Vadym (UKR)
The final of the men's -100kg opposed Maxim RAKOV (KAZ) and Rafael BUZACARINI (BRA). The former World Champion, Maxim Rakov is definitely a star in his country. Heavily supported by the public, he entered the tatami full of confidence. After 1 minute and 15 seconds, both fighters were penalised for passivity. The first very dangerous action came from the Kazakh side with a strong o-uchi-gari but for no score. Keeping the pressure on his opponent, Rakov took the advantage by one penalty. Concentrated and strong on the hands, Rakov continued to dominate the fight even if BUZACARINI was still dangerous, but this was enough for the national legend to win the Grand Prix title.
Baku Grand Slam silver medallist Enkhbat ERDENEBILEG (MGL) was the first athlete to score in the first bronze medal fight with a quick but aerial uchi-mata. Former national champion Talgat AMRENOV (KAZ) was able to escape at the very last moment with the referee awarding waza-ari which was then confirmed by the IJF Refereeing Commission who reviewed the action on the video monitors. This was swiftly followed by a yuko, again for the Mongol fighter. This was enough for him to win the second bronze medal of the day for Mongolia.
The second bronze medal in the -100kg category was won by Abu Dhabi Grand Prix bronze medallist Utkur KURBANOV (UZB) who subdued former Asian Championship silver medallist Parviz SOBIROV (TJK).
RAKOV, Maxim (KAZ) vs. BUZACARINI, Rafael (BRA)
Bronze Medal Fights
AMRENOV, Talgat (KAZ) vs. ERDENEBILEG, Enkhbat (MGL)
SOBIROV, Parviz (TJK) vs. KURBANOV, Utkur (UZB)
1. RAKOV, Maxim (KAZ)
2. BUZACARINI, Rafael (BRA)
3. ERDENEBILEG, Enkhbat (MGL)
3. KURBANOV, Utkur (UZB)
5. AMRENOV, Talgat (KAZ)
5. SOBIROV, Parviz (TJK)
7. GASINOV, Stanislav (RUS)
7. KHUHAYEU, Alan (BLR)
The last final of the day opposed Sindelfingen European Cup winner Aliaksandr VAKHAVIAK (BLR) and London 2012 Olympian Yerzhan SHYNKEYEV (KAZ). After exactly two minutes, a strong simultaneous attack was launched by both fighters, giving no chance to give a score. Less than one minute later, the Belarus athlete, executed the perfect movement (sasae-tsuri-komi-achi) for an unstoppable ippon.
In the first bronze medal fight London 2012 Olympian Iurii KRAKOVETSKII (KGZ), who had already scored a waza-ari at the beginning of the match, scored ippon with an opportunistic sasae-tsuri-komi-achi against national champion Stanislav BONDARENKO (UKR). In the second bronze medal fight, top seed David MOURA (BRA) won by ippon against Orenburg European Cup silver medallist Stepan SARKISYAN (RUS).
VAKHAVIAK, Aliaksandr (BLR) vs. SHYNKEYEV, Yerzhan (KAZ)
Bronze Medal Fights
BONDARENKO, Stanislav (UKR) vs. KRAKOVETSKII, Iurii (KGZ)
SARKISYAN, Stepan (RUS) vs. MOURA, David (BRA)
1. VAKHAVIAK, Aliaksandr (BLR)
2. SHYNKEYEV, Yerzhan (KAZ)
3. KRAKOVETSKII, Iurii (KGZ)
3. MOURA, David (BRA)
5. BONDARENKO, Stanislav (UKR)
5. SARKISYAN, Stepan (RUS)
7. ABUSSALIKHOV, Saulet (KAZ)
7. IMINOV, Akbarzhan (USA)
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