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IJF News - Sunday 9th February, 2014
The Judo Grand Slam, Paris 2014, concluded with the second and final day at the Palais Omnisports Paris-Bercy on Sunday.
Seven weight categories took to the tatami in search of Grand Prix honours as the women’s -70kg, -78kg and +78kg categories and men’s -81kg, -90kg, -100kg and +100kg categories were all in action.
The first IJF event of the new season was fiercely contested and the teeming Bercy crowd were just as prominent as the star-studded field of judoka on display. The Paris spectacle opens the European leg of the Tour and is one of four Grand Slams with Azerbaijan (Baku), Russia (Tyumen) and Japan (Tokyo) all hosts this year.
Ahead of the final block there was an emotional retirement ceremony for French favourites Lucie DECOSSE, Anne-Sophie MONDIERE, Matthieu BATAILLE and Benji DARBELET.
Judoka of the Year
Following the final medal ceremony there was a special presentation from L'esprit du judo magazine as judo idol Teddy RINER received the Best Male Judoka of 2013 Award and world champion Yarden GERBI won the Best Female Judoka prize. The all-conquering Olympic champion RINER, who won European and world gold last year, received a hero’s welcome as he was presented to the Bercy crowed who roared him to glory in 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013.
GERBI received a warm ovation from some of the most fanatical fans in the sport as recognition for her incredible year which saw her win the Baku Grand Slam, Moscow Grand Slam, European bronze and make history as Israel’s first world judo champion.
The event will be remembered for the scintillating judo but also the emergence of the sport’s brightest young stars including home stqars in the form of silver medallist Madeleine MALONGA (FRA) who is just 20 years old and Saturday’s bronze medallist Amandine BUCHARD (FRA) is only 18 years old.
Japan finished top of the medal table with four gold, one silver and six bronze ahead of hosts France who won one gold, five silver and five bronze.
The 2014 IJF World Judo Tour now moves on to Germany for the Dusseldorf Grand Prix from 21-23 February.
The Bercy crowd
The full results can be seen at: www.ippon.org/gs_fra2014.php
Former Tokyo Grand Slam winner Linda BOLDER (NED) defeated French hope Fanny Estelle POSVITE to ensure the Netherlands won -70kg gold in Paris for the second consecutive year. Kim POLLING (NED) struck in 2013 and in her absence through injury, teammate BOLDER was the star performer in the category. The former European silver medallist needed just 16 seconds in the final as she won with a juji-gatame after a kouchi-gari took her to the floor without a score. In the first semi-final BOLDER dispatched Miami Grand Prix bronze medallist TACHIMOTO Haruka (JPN) on shido penalties while at the same stagePOSVITE profited from the inactivity of CHEN Fei (CHN) who received four shido penalties for hansoku-make.
The first bronze medal was won by 2013 Paris Grand Slam bronze medallist Kelita ZUPANCIC (CAN) who defeated CHEN by ippon. The second bronze medal was clinched by TACHIMOTO who bested Lucie PERROT (FRA) with o-goshi for ippon after leading by a yuko from ashi-waza.
BOLDER, Linda (NED) vs POSVITE, Fanny Estelle (FRA)
Bronze Medal Fights
CHEN, Fei (CHN) vs ZUPANCIC, Kelita (CAN)
TACHIMOTO, Haruka (JPN) vs PERROT, Lucie (FRA)
1. BOLDER, Linda (NED)
2. POSVITE, Fanny Estelle (FRA)
3. ZUPANCIC, Kelita (CAN)
3. TACHIMOTO, Haruka (JPN)
5. CHEN, Fei (CHN)
5. PERROT, Lucie (FRA)
7. NIANG, Assmaa (MAR)
7. THONGSRI, Surattana (THA)
Rijeka Grand Prix winner Anamari VELENSEK (SLO) abruptly ended the hopes of 20-year-old Madeleine MALONGA (FRA) in the -78kg final after the young French ace embraced one of the sport’s greatest stages. VELENSEK defeated Junior World bronze medallist MALONGA in 28 seconds by ippon from a harai-makikomi. In the first semi-final VELENSEK defeated Guusje STEENHUIS (NED) on shido penalties while France’s latest prodigy was impressive against Qingdao Grand Prix bronze medallist LI Xin (CHN) who fell by ippon from a kuzure-kesa-gatame.
The first bronze medal was won by former world champion Marhinde VERKER (NED) who beat STEENHUIS on shido penalties with two against the Dutchwoman which was one more than her rival received. The second bronze medal went to another former world champion as Audrey TCHEUMEO (FRA) downed LI in 10 seconds with an emphatic tai-otoshi.
MALONGA, Madeleine (FRA) vs VELENSEK, Anamari (SLO)
Bronze Medal Fights
STEENHUIS, Guusje (NED) vs VERKERK, Marhinde (NED)
LI, Xin (CHN) vs TCHEUMEO, Audrey (FRA)
1. VELENSEK, Anamari (SLO)
2. MALONGA, Madeleine (FRA)
3. TCHEUMEO, Audrey (FRA)
3. VERKERK, Marhinde (NED)
5. LI, Xin (CHN)
5. STEENHUIS, Guusje (NED)
7. MALZAHN, Luise (GER)
7. HEISE, Annika (GER)
Tokyo Grand Slam runner-up YAMABE Kanae (JPN) was triumphant against home judoka Emilie ANDEOL (FRA) in the +78kg final. YAMABE won her first Grand Slam gold medal at the expense of the European silver medallist ANDEOL who was thrown with a osoto-gari for ippon. ANDEOL (FRA) booked her place in the final by holding down Moscow Grand Slam bronze medallist Sarah ADLINGTON (GBR) as YAMABE surprised world silver medallist Maria Suelen ALTHEMAN (BRA) albeit on shido penalties to setup their final.
The first bronze medal was clinched by Olympic and world champion Idalys ORTIZ (CUB) who defeated ALTHEMAN by ippon in a repeat of their Rio final from last year. The second bronze medal was won by European champion Lucija POLAVDER (SLO) who subdued and submitted ADLINGTON from a juji-gatame.
YAMABE, Kanae (JPN) vs ANDEOL, Emilie (FRA)
Bronze Medal Fights
ALTHEMAN, Maria Suelen (BRA) vs ORTIZ, Idalys (CUB)
ADLINGTON, Sarah (GBR) vs POLAVDER, Lucija (SLO)
1. YAMABE, Kanae (JPN)
2. ANDEOL, Emilie (FRA)
3. POLAVDER, Lucija (SLO)
3. ORTIZ, Idalys (CUB)
5. ADLINGTON, Sarah (GBR)
5. ALTHEMAN, Maria Suelen (BRA)
7. ODKHUU, Javzmaa (MGL)
7. KONITZ, Franziska (GER)
World number one Avtandili TCHRIKISHVILI (GEO) won the latest meeting with the Loic PIETRI (FRA) who defeated him to clinch world gold last year as the Georgian was in devastating form on Sunday. Frenchman PIETRI opened the scoring with a yuko from a yuko-otoshi but his arch-rival responded with a waza-ari and, despite the crowd rallying behind their champion, it was TCHRIKISHVILI who topped the -81kg podium with neither judoka adding any further scores. In the first semi-final Avtandili TCHRIKISHVILI (GEO) shone against Olympic champion KIM Jae-Bum (KOR) as he won by warari-awasette-ippon as he repeatedly unlocked the South Korean’s defence. TCHRIKISHVILI took command with his first waza-ari from a thunderous ura-nage. PIETRI booked his place in the final with a rousing semi-final display against Olympic bronze medallist Antoine VALOIS-FORTIER (CAN) as he scored a waza-ari from his trademark reverse drop seoi-nage before adding a yuko.
The first bronze medal was won by Tokyo Grand Slam winner NAGASE Takanori (JPN) who narrowly defeated Olympic bronze medallist Antoine VALOIS-FORTIER (CAN) by a solitary yuko. The second bronze medal was claimed by KIM, Jae-Bum (KOR) who saw off 2013 Paris champion Yakhyo IMAMOV (UZB) who receieved his fourth shido for passivity with 21 seconds remaining.
TCHRIKISHVILI, Avtandili (GEO) vs PIETRI, Loic (FRA)
Bronze Medal Fights
VALOIS-FORTIER, Antoine (CAN) vs NAGASE, Takanori (JPN)
KIM, Jae-Bum (KOR) vs IMAMOV, Yakhyo (UZB)
1. TCHRIKISHVILI, Avtandili (GEO)
2. PIETRI, Loic (FRA)
3. NAGASE, Takanori (JPN)
3. KIM, Jae-Bum (KOR)
5. VALOIS-FORTIER, Antoine (CAN)
5. IMAMOV, Yakhyo (UZB)
7. MARESCH, Sven (GER)
7. NAGASHIMA, Keita (JPN)
Former world champion LEE Kyu-Won (KOR) took the honours in the -90kg final in the final day after world silver medallist Varlam LIPARTELIANI (GEO) was unable to fight due to injury. In the first semi-final LEE Kyu-Won defeated 19-year-old Tokyo Grand Slam winner BEIKER Masyu (JPN) by the smallest of margins as the former was penalised twice while BEIKER received three shido penalties. At the same stage LIPARTELIANI battled past Marc ODENTHAL (GER) as he won by kesa-gatame.
The first bronze medal was destined for Germany as Qingdao Grand Prix bronze medallist ODENTHAL countered an osoto-gari from Khusen KHALMURZAEV (RUS) by holding his opponents’ waist and rolling him onto his back. The second bronze medal was won by BEIKER who dismissed Jeju Grand Prix winner GWAK Dong Han (KOR) with a yoko-shiho-gatame trapping the Korean down on the tatami.
LIPARTELIANI, Varlam (GEO) vs LEE, Kyu-Won (KOR)
Bronze Medal Fights
ODENTHAL, Marc (GER) vs KHALMURZAEV, Khusen (RUS)
BEIKER, Masyu (JPN) vs GWAK, Dong Han (KOR)
1. LEE, Kyu-Won (KOR)
2. LIPARTELIANI, Varlam (GEO)
3. BEIKER, Masyu (JPN)
3. ODENTHAL, Marc (GER)
5. GWAK, Dong Han (KOR)
5. KHALMURZAEV, Khusen (RUS)
7. KATO, Hirotaka (JPN)
7. BUFFET, Romain (FRA)
World Judo Masters bronze medallist Cyrille MARET (FRA) defeated world bronze medallist Lukas KRPALEK (CZE) after a sensational conclusion to the -90kg final. Both men received shido penalties and, after KRPALEK scored a yuko from a ura-nage, MARET registered a yuko of his own just as the five minutes elapsed. Czech judoka had three shido penalties which was one more than MARET and that was decisive. KRPALEK sealed a place in the final after Abu Dhabi Grand Prix winner Dimitri PETERS (GER) pulled out through injury. In the second semi-final MARET outlasted double Omypic bronze medallist Henk GROL (NED) on shido penalties (3-2).
The first bronze medal was won by GROL against Casablanca African Open winner Maxime CLEMENT (FRA) as the latter bowed out (2-1) on shido penalties. The second bronze medal went to Qingdao Grand Prix bronze medallist Adlan BISULTANOV (RUS) as PETERS could not compete due to injury.
KRPALEK, Lukas (CZE) vs MARET, Cyrille (FRA)
Bronze Medal Fights
GROL, Henk (NED) vs CLEMENT, Maxime (FRA)
PETERS, Dimitri (GER) vs BISULTANOV, Adlan (RUS)
1. MARET, Cyrille (FRA)
2. KRPALEK, Lukas (CZE)
3. BISULTANOV, Adlan (RUS)
3. GROL, Henk (NED)
5. PETERS, Dimitri (GER)
5. CLEMENT, Maxime (FRA)
7. SAYIDOV, Ramziddin (UZB)
7. MSKHALADZE, Aleksandre (GEO)
All Japan Judo champion SHICHINOHE Ryu (JPN) won a career-best Grand Slam gold medal as he dismissed Tashkent Grand Prix bronze medallist DAVID Moura (BRA) with a uchi-mata after just 13 seconds. The Japanese judoka guaranteed a place in the final by countering former Olympic bronze medallist Oscar BRAYSON (CUB) who mistimed a uchi-mata attempt and SHICHINOE drove him over with pure upper body control and strength. In the second semi-final MOURA held firm against world bronze medallist Faicel JABALLAH (TUN) who received two shido penalties while the Brazilian had an unblemished record.
The first bronze medal was won by JABALLAH who defeated German national champion Andre BREITBARTH (GER) after the latter received hansoku-make for four penalties. The second bronze medal was clinched by World Judo Masters bronze medallist Renat SAIDOV (RUS) who dispatched BRAYSON by ippon at the halfway point.
SHICHINOHE, Ryu (JPN) vs MOURA, David (BRA)
Bronze Medal Fights
JABALLAH, Faicel (TUN) vs BREITBARTH, Andre (GER)
BRAYSON, Oscar (CUB) vs SAIDOV, Renat (RUS)
1. SHICHINOHE, Ryu (JPN)
2. MOURA, David (BRA)
3. SAIDOV, Renat (RUS)
3. JABALLAH, Faicel (TUN)
5. BRAYSON, Oscar (CUB)
5. BREITBARTH, Andre (GER)
7. MEYER, Roy (NED)
7. MATIASHVILI, Levani (GEO)
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