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IJF News - October 5th, 2013
The second day of the inaugural Judo Grand Prix in Tashkent produced an absorbing day of high-quality action at the "UZBEKISTAN” sport complex on Saturday.
Once again, the Uzbek crowd came in numbers and saw five weight categories take to the tatami in search of Grand Prix honours as the women’s -57kg, -63kg, +70kg categories and men’s -81kg, and -90kg categories were all in action.
At the end of the second day of competition, Armen Bagdasarov, President of the Uzbek Judo Federation, gave his impressions and explained how the event has been organised: "Today we have more than 50 people directly involved with the organization of the event, and we have been working for more than a year to deliver the best event possible. This is something really new for us at that level. So far, I can say that it is a big success. Yesterday when I came back home, I turned on the TV, and judo was present an many channels as well as on Euronews.
"Of course, nothing is perfect, and we are looking forward to receiving the IJF report after the event, to improve our work. Next year, it will be an Olympic qualification event and I want more delegations to come to our country for the Grand Prix.
"I am also really satisfied and surprised by the public. We all know that the most spectator interest can be found in France, Brazil or Japan, which are big judo countries. Yesterday the stadium was full of happy spectators and actually they know and understand what they are watching. It gives us a good feedback about the modifications that have been applied to judo since the beginning of the year."
Actually, the Tashkent Grand Prix is one of the last events where the modified rules are used as they have been since January 2013. Just after the Junior World Championships to be held in Slovenia from October 23rd to 27th, an important meeting will be organised by the IJF (October 28th). A strong analysis of the whole year will be conducted by experts and the final decision will be taken and the actual rules to be applied for the Olympic qualification and the Rio Olympic Games will be officially revealed.
At the end of the second day of competition, Mariana BARROS (BRA) was awarded with the best female athlete and Sherali JURAEV (UZB) with the best male athlete.
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The first final of today's competition pitted one standout against another as the 2008 Beijing Olympic bronze medallist and winner of last week's Grand Prix, Ketleyn QUADROS (BRA), and the bronze medallist of the 2013 edition of the Pan American Open San Salvador, Hana CARMICHAEL (USA). But with no suspense, precisely one minute were necessary for Quadros to score ippon with a perfect ippon-seoi-nage.
The first bronze medal fight opposed Nazgul KUBASHEVA (KAZ) and the silver medallist of last Almaty Grand Prix Camila MINAKAWA (ISR), but due to an injury, MINAKAWA could not compete and the victory went to Nazgul KUBASHEVA. The second bronze medal fight opposed Shokhida NAZAROVA (UZB) and the silver medallist of the European Cup, Belgrade 2013, last September, Andrea BEKIC (CRO). Only a few seconds were necessary for the Croatian athlete to immobilise her opponent for ippon.
QUADROS, Ketleyn (BRA) vs. CARMICHAEL, Hana (USA)
Bronze Medal Fights
KUBASHEVA, Nazgul (KAZ) vs. MINAKAWA, Camila (ISR)
NAZAROVA, Shokhida (UZB) vs. BEKIC, Andrea (CRO)
1. QUADROS, Ketleyn (BRA)
2. CARMICHAEL, Hana (USA)
3. BEKIC, Andrea (CRO)
3. KUBASHEVA, Nazgul (KAZ)
5. MINAKAWA, Camila (ISR)
5. NAZAROVA, Shokhida (UZB)
7. MANNONOVA, Makhliyo (UZB)
7. MUSTAFAEVA, Juldiz (UZB)
For the third time on the occasion of this second day of competition, the United States were represented in the finals with Hannah MARTIN (USA), but she could not do anything against the incredibly sudden morote-seoi-nage of Mariana BARROS (BRA) who scored ippon for a superb victory.
Second last week in Almaty, Mariana SILVA (BRA), could not enter the final in Tashkent. For the bronze medal she faced Hilde DREXLER (AUT), who finished at the bottom of the podium, several times this season. But this event was a good one for the Austrian. Less than one minute before the end, she immobilised her opponent for ippon. It is time for her to celebrate a well-deserved medal on the occasion of an international event. The second bronze medal fight saw a second Indian athlete in a row after yesterday's results, fighting for bronze. But Garima CHAUDHARY (IND) couldn't do anything against the powerful counterattack (ura-nage) operated by Marian URDABAYEVA (KAZ) for a clear victory by ippon.
MARTIN, Hannah (USA) vs. BARROS, Mariana (BRA)
Bronze Medal Fights
SILVA, Mariana (BRA) vs. DREXLER, Hilde (AUT)
CHAUDHARY, Garima (IND) vs. URDABAYEVA, Marian (KAZ)
1. BARROS, Mariana (BRA)
2. MARTIN, Hannah (USA)
3. DREXLER, Hilde (AUT)
3. URDABAYEVA, Marian (KAZ)
5. CHAUDHARY, Garima (IND)
5. SILVA, Mariana (BRA)
7. MASHARIPOVA, Shoira (UZB)
7. SAFAROVA, Shokhista (UZB)
In the last final of the day Brazilian teammates faced each other for gold as top seed and Almaty Grand Prix winner Nadia MERLI (BRA) met former Brazil u23 champion Barbara TIMO (BRA). TIMO was the strongest and the most tactical as she won by penalty to maintain a perfect day for Brazil in the women’s competition as they won gold in all three categories.
The first bronze medal match was the shortest fight of the day, Lior WILDIKAN (ISR), throwing her opponent for ippon, IBRAGIMOVA Mukhayyo (UZB), after only six seconds. For the second place on the podium, Zamzagul FAIZOLLANOVA (KAZ), 7th place last week in Almaty, was opposed by the 19-year-old Gulnoza MATNIYAZOVA (UZB). Leading by a yuko, MATNIYAZOVA was also penalised two times for false attacks and passivity. But once again the public could explode with joy, as the young Uzbek athlete kept the advantage until the final gong to win a promising bronze medal.
MERLI, Nadia (BRA) vs. TIMO, Barbara (BRA)
Bronze Medal Fights
IBRAGIMOVA, Mukhayyo (UZB) vs. WILDIKAN, Lior (ISR)
FAIZOLLANOVA, Zamzagul (KAZ) vs. MATNIYAZOVA, Gulnoza (UZB)
1. TIMO, Barbara (BRA)
2. MERLI, Nadia (BRA)
3. MATNIYAZOVA, Gulnoza (UZB)
3. WILDIKAN, Lior (ISR)
5. FAIZOLLANOVA, Zamzagul (KAZ)
5. IBRAGIMOVA, Mukhayyo (UZB)
7. KUDAROVA, Dinara (KAZ)
7. OZDAEVA, Viktoriya (UZB)
Travis STEVENS was definitely one of the favourites of the competition in the men's -81kg weight class. In the final he was opposed to the Iranian Amir GHASEMI NEJAD, who was the number three seeded athlete and who is really difficult to manoeuvre because of his very strong gripping. But less than one minute before the end of the final, the American finally found two opportunities to score two yuko, one with a o-soto-gari and the second with ippon-seoi-nage. With this victory, world number 22 STEVENS shows that he is back, after an injury, earlier this year, and will now climb up the rankings to a more familiar position.
In the first bronze medal fight, the victory went to the silver medallist of the last Summer Universiade, Kazan 2013, Yakhyo IMAMOV (UZB). Despite a very late arm-lock attempt from the bronze medallist of the Judo Grand Prix, Almaty 2013, one week ago, Uuganbaatar OTGONBAATAR (MGL), the strong support of the public helped IMAMOV to find to necessary resources to take the bronze with one less penalty. The second bronze medal fight was 100% European, as Marcel OTT (AUT), 7th at the last World Championships in Rio, and Hannes CONRAD (GER), second at the last European Cup Sindelfingen 2013, fought to step on the podium. During more than four minutes, both fighters were unsuccessful in all their attacks, OTT just taking the lead because of the penalty given to CONRAD. But 30 seconds before the end of the match, CONRAD found a tiny opportunity (ippon-ko-uchi-gari) to score a single yuko to reach the podium for his first World Judo Tour medal.
GHASEMI NEJAD, Amir (IRI) vs. STEVENS, Travis (USA)
Bronze Medal Fights
IMAMOV, Yakhyo (UZB) vs. OTGONBAATAR, Uuganbaatar (MGL)
OTT, Marcel (AUT) vs. CONRAD, Hannes (GER)
1. STEVENS, Travis (USA)
2. GHASEMI NEJAD, Amir (IRI)
3. CONRAD, Hannes (GER)
3. IMAMOV, Yakhyo (UZB)
5. OTGONBAATAR, Uuganbaatar (MGL)
5. OTT, Marcel (AUT)
7. ARSLANOV, Shukhratjon (UZB)
7. VASYLENKO, Artem (UKR)
The final of the men's 90kg weight category opposed two Uzbek fighters, Sherali JURAEV (UZB), silver medallist in Abu Dhabi last year, and Erkin DONIYOROV (UZB). Already in the position to win the best athlete of the day award, JURAEV confirmed in the final by defeating his teammate with a drop-seoi-nage for waza-ari, before scoring again for yuko. At the end of the day DONIYOROV was designated the best male judoka.
Komronshoh USTOPIRIYON (TJK) and Kamoliddin KHOLMAMATOV (UZB) were opposed in the first bronze medal fight. Within 45 seconds, the bronze medallist in Almaty last week, USTOPIRIYON escaped from KHOLMAMATOV's first strong attack to engage with a precise uchi-mata for ippon. If all the first fights of the day concluded with superb techniques and ippon, it looked like the second bronze medal fight would go till the end with only penalties displayed on the scoreboard. But suddenly former world bronze medallist CHORIEV, once again, strongly supported by his home public, engaged a clever de-ashi-barai for ippon.
JURAEV, Sherali (UZB) vs. DONIYOROV, Erkin (UZB)
Bronze Medal Fights
USTOPIRIYON, Komronshoh (TJK) vs. KHOLMAMATOV, Kamoliddin (UZB)
SYNYAVSKY, Vadym (UKR) vs. CHORIEV, Dilshod (UZB)
1. JURAEV, Sherali (UZB)
2. DONIYOROV, Erkin (UZB)
3. CHORIEV, Dilshod (UZB)
3. USTOPIRIYON, Komronshoh (TJK)
5. KHOLMAMATOV, Kamoliddin (UZB)
5. SYNYAVSKY, Vadym (UKR)
7. REMARENCO, Ivan (UAE)
7. TOMA, Sergiu (UAE)
12:00 Preliminaries on two mats
17:00 Final block: bronze medal contests and finals on one mat
Women: -78kg, +78kg
Men: -100kg, +100kg
Location: Tashkent, Yunus-Abad district, “UZBEKISTAN” sport complex
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