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                                       IJF News - February 23rd, 2014

The third and final day of the Judo Grand Prix, Dusseldorf 2014, produced some of most enthralling judo of the event on Sunday as the heavyweights matched power with style in Germany.  

Grand Prix Duesseldorf 2014: Day 3 Final Block

Grand Prix Duesseldorf 2014: Day 3

Grand Prix Duesseldorf 2014: Day 3 - Tatami 1

Grand Prix Duesseldorf 2014: Day 3 - Tatami 2

Grand Prix Duesseldorf 2014: Day 3 - Tatami 3

The women’s -78kg and +78kg categories took to the tatami along with the men’s -90kg, -100kg and +100kg categories with a total of 107 judoka competing on day three. Japan started the day top of the medal table with four gold medals as hosts Germany went in search of their first gold medal.

Mr. Daniel LASCAU, IJF Sports Director, shared his thoughts on the first Grand Prix of the year.

“We are in the process of adaptation and coaches, athletes and referees are adjusting to the new rules,” said the former world champion for Germany.

“We have had a busy start to the year with the ECCO Challenge, Paris Grand Slam, Continental Opens and now the Dusseldorf Grand Prix. Now everyone can go back and assess their performance from recent weeks and prepare to take their level of performance under the new rules to a new level. We feel the rules are more clear and more transparent.

“In difficult economical times, we are fortunate to have very organised national federations who can deliver such competitions. I had particular pleasure in seeing many young judoka on the tatami presenting the flags of the participating countries on Saturday, they had the chance to see their idols compete, and will be Germany’s next generation of judoka.”

IJF Hall of Famer Mr. Neil ADAMS, who recently delivered the international seminars on the new rules, believes the changes are having a positive effect at this early stage of their application.

“I think the timing of the application is a key element, the edge rule is working perfectly, you can’t deny that every judoka is working to stay inside,” said the double Olympic silver medallist.

“It is vital for referees continue to diligently develop their understanding of the concept of gripping strategies as the kumi-kata can potentially cause a number of early shido penalties. Fighters are adjusting after the recent run of events and we are seeing some really positive judo with elements of vintage tachi-waza.”

Before the final block, judo fans had the opportunity to say farewell to Olympic bronze medallist Andreas TOELZER (GER) who officially retired after the 2013 World Team Championships in Rio. TOELZER thanked the crowd for their support during his highly-successful career which included three senior world medals and four senior European medals.

German Judo Federation President Mr. Peter FRESE with Andreas TOELZER

After a breathless start to the year, the IJF World Judo Tour will resume in March with back-to-back Grand Prix In Georgia and Turkey. The first Tbilisi Grand Prix will take place from 21-23 March and one week later the leading protagonists of the sport will travel to Turkey for the second edition of the Samsun Grand Prix from 28-30 March.

The full results can be seen at http://www.ippon.org/gp_ger2014.php


-78kg: MALZAHN ends Germany's barren run

Miami Grand Prix silver medallist Luise MALZAHN (GER) ended Germany’s wait for a gold medal as she defeated world number six Anamari VELENSEK (SLO) in the -78kg final. MALZAHN scored a yuko after two minutes with a ko-soto-gari and that slender advantage was the difference as VELENSEK could not impose herself into the contest which delighted the 3,000-strong crowd.

VELENSEK booked her place in the final by surging past Paris Grand Slam bronze medallist Audrey TCHEUMEO (FRA) via a waza-ari and ippon after only two minutes of action. Germany celebrated victory in the second semi-final as MALZAHN defeated Paris Grand Slam runner-up Madeleine MALONGA in 13 seconds by ippon from a forceful otoso-otoshi.

The first bronze medal was won by TCHEUMEO who threw Asian Championships bronze medallist ZHANG Zhehui (CHN) for ippon with a tani-otoshi with 11 seconds left. ZHANG led until that point by a yuko from a 13-second holddown. The second bronze medal contest was won by Rome European Open silver medallist Natalie POWELL (GBR) who denied a French double by throwing MALONGA for a waza-ari and pinning her for 15 seconds to win by wazari-awasette-ippon. The French youngster led by a waza-ari from an ouchi-gari until a quick turnaround in favour of her experienced British foe.

VELENSEK, Anamari (SLO) vs MALZAHN, Luise (GER)

Bronze Medal Fights

ZHANG, Zhehui (CHN) vs TCHEUMEO, Audrey (FRA)
POWELL, Natalie (GBR) v MALONGA, Madeleine (FRA)

Final Results

1. MALZAHN, Luise (GER)
2. VELENSEK, Anamari (SLO)
3. TCHEUMEO, Audrey (FRA)
3. POWELL, Natalie (GBR)
5. ZHANG, Zhehui (CHN)
5. MALONGA, Madeleine (FRA)
7. MARANIC, Ivana (CRO)
7. ZIECH, Maike (GER)

+78kg: TACHIMOTO denies second German gold 

National champion Franziska KONITZ (GER) was the last surviving German heavyweight as she lost out to three-time world bronze medallist TACHIMOTO Megumi (JPN) in the +78kg final. TACHIMOTO scored a yuko with a harai-makikomi after two minutes and trapped her opponent to the tatami with a kuzure-kesa-gatame for ippon.

KONITZ (GER) bested 20-year-old teammate Carolin WEISS (GER) in the first semi-final by wazari-awasette-ippon to advance to the final and guarantee one more medal for the hosts. In the second semi-final TACHIMOTO had the measure of Qingdao Grand Prix bronze medallist Jasmin KUELBS (GER) as the Japanese heavyweight threw for waza-ari and held down her opponent with a kami-shiho-gatame for 15 seconds for wazari-awasette-ippon.

The first bronze medal was won by home judoka KUELBS who disposed of Paris Grand Slam bronze medallist Lucija POLAVDER (SLO) by ippon from a hane-goshi at the halfway point. The second bronze medal was clinched by World Judo Masters winner YU Song (CHN) who comprehensively ended the medal challenge of WEISS. YU held down her opponent with ease as WEISS had no answer to the mune-gatame pin having already trailed by two yuko scores.


KONITZ, Franziska (GER) vs TACHIMOTO, Megumi (JPN)

Bronze Medal Fights
POLAVDER, Lucija (SLO) vs KUELBS, Jasmin (GER)
YU, Song (CHN) vs WEISS, Carolin (GER)

Final Results

1. TACHIMOTO, Megumi (JPN)
2. KONITZ, Franziska (GER)
3. KUELBS, Jasmin (GER)
3. YU, Song (CHN)
5. POLAVDER, Lucija (SLO)
5. WEISS, Carolin (GER)
7. ORTIZ, Idalys (CUB)
7. ANDEOL, Emilie (FRA)


-90kg: Greek great ILIADIS grabs gold  

World bronze medallist Ilias ILIADIS (GRE) was in devastating form in Germany and ended his successful day by defeating Abu Dhabi Grand Prix silver medallist Noel VAN T END (NED) to win -90kg gold. Throwing phenom ILIADIS, still only 27, exchanged shido penalties with the Dutchman who neutralised every attack until 23 seconds from the end when the Greek ace scored a yuko from an uchi-mata. ILIADIS was in a relaxed mood before starting his day as he warmed up with -81kg gold medallist Travis STEVENS (USA), eventual -78kg bronze medallist Audrey TCHEUMEO (FRA) and heavyweight KAMIKAWA Daiki (JPN) who took gold.

VAN T END sealed his place in the -90kg final by registering a last-gasp score against Tokyo Grand Slam bronze medallist NISHIYAMA Daiki (JPN) in their intriguing semi-final. The Dutchman had two shido penalties to his name while the Japanese judoka only had one but VAN T END held his nerve and his patience was rewarded when he caught his opponent with a ko-uchi-gari for ippon. In the second semi-final ILIADIS produced a clinical performance against Romain BUFFET (FRA) who was overpowered in ne-waza before being trapped with osaekomi-waza from which the Frenchman submitted after just one second.

The first bronze medal was won by NISHIYAMA against Rijeka Grand Prix bronze medallist Ciril GROSSKLAUS (SUI). The Japanese fighter scored a yuko from a harai-goshi and despite a spirited effort his Swiss rival was unable to trouble the scoreboard. The second bronze medal was captured by Oberwart European Open winner Zviad GOGOTCHURI (GEO) as he needed just 35 seconds to dismiss Romain BUFFET (FRA) by ippon from a ura-nage.

VAN T END, Noel (NED) vs ILIADIS, Ilias (GRE)

Bronze Medal Fights

Final Result

1. ILIADIS, Ilias (GRE)
2. VAN T END, Noel (NED)
5. BUFFET, Romain (FRA)
7. VOPROSOV, Kirill (RUS)

-100kg: Former world champion CORREA tops the podium  

                               "No Final Match"

Former world champion Luciano CORREA (BRA) topped the -100kg medal podium with a memorable showing in Dusseldorf. A battle of former world kingpins was denied as Maxim RAKOV (KAZ) was unable to compete in the final due to injury.


CORREA, 31, triumphed over former Olympic champion NAIDAN Tuvshinbayar (MGL) in the first semi-final on shido penalties with two against the latter and only one against the Brazilian. In the second semi-final contest former world champion Maxim RAKOV (KAZ) subdued Abu Dhabi Grand Prix bronze medallist Karl-Richard FREY (GER) by shime-waza after two minutes after some methodical ne-waza but sustained a rib injury which forced him out of the final.

The first bronze medal was won by Jeju Grand Prix winner NAIDAN who overwhelmed Sergei SAMOILOVICH (RUS) in the last 15 seconds with a kami-shiho-gatame sealing a win by wazari-awasette-ippon after the veteran Mongolian opened the scoring with a waza-ari. The second medal was won by the ever-improving Rafael BUZACARINI (BRA) who battled past German judoka FREY by submitting him with a ude-garami.

RAKOV, Maxim (KAZ) vs CORREA, Luciano (BRA)

Bronze Medal Fights

SAMOILOVICH, Sergei (RUS) vs NAIDAN, Tuvshinbayar (MGL)
BUZACARINI, Rafael (BRA) vs FREY, Karl-Richard (GER)

Final Result

1. CORREA, Luciano (BRA)
2. RAKOV, Maxim (KAZ)
3. NAIDAN, Tuvshinbayar (MGL)
5. FREY, Karl-Richard (GER)

+100kg: KAMIKAWA wins Japan's sixth gold medal

Former world champion KAMIKAWA Daiki (JPN) defeated 2013 world bronze medallist Faicel JABALLAH (TUN) to win Japan’s sixth gold medal in the final contest of the Judo Grand Prix, Dusseldorf 2014. KAMIKAWA succeeded where his teammate HARASAWA had failed as he forced the action and JABALLAH was unwilling to go toe-to-toe which saw him accumulate four shido penalties which was two more than his rival.

JABALLAH confirmed a place in the heavyweight final by defeating HARASAWA Hisayoshi (JPN) on shido penalties as the former received one for going out of the area while the Japanese fighter picked up three for passivity. In the second semi-final eventual winner KAMIKAWA was too strong for gutsy 20-year-old Baku Grand Slam bronze medallist Levani MATIASHVILI (GEO). KAMIKAWA required 25 seconds to throw the Georgian and then held him with a kesa-gatame for for wazari-awasette-ippon.

The first bronze medal went to world silver medallist Rafael SILVA (BRA) after victory against HARASAWA who, after receiving three shido penalties for passivity, was bundled over with a uchi-mata for a decisive yuko score with 30 seconds left. The second bronze medal was won by World Judo Masters winner Adam OKRUASHVILI (GEO) in a bitter-sweet victory over compatriot and Junior World Championships bronze medallist MATIASHVILI who had to withdraw from the contest after sustaining an injury when OKRUASHVILI scored a yuko from a ko-soto-gake. OKRUASHVILI stayed on the tatami to check on the condition of his colleague and helped him up to receive medical treatment.


Bronze Medal Fights

SILVA, Rafael (BRA) vs HARASAWA, Hisayoshi (JPN)

Final Result

1. KAMIKAWA, Daiki (JPN)
2. JABALLAH, Faicel (TUN)
3. SILVA, Rafael (BRA)
5. HARASAWA, Hisayoshi (JPN)

IJF Media & Communications Department
Mark Pickering, IJF Media Manager

Nicolas Messner, IJF Media Director


Photos © IJF Media by G. Sabau


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