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JUDO NEWS DAY-1: Junior World Championships, Ljubljana 2013 - DAY ONE [Plus Video Footage of Finals]

IJF News - October 23rd, 2013

Junior World Championships, Ljubljana 2013

DAY  1

The Junior World Championships, Ljubljana 2013 become the centre of the judo world as the Slovenian capital staged the opening day of the Championships at the Stozice Centre on Wednesday 23 October.

World Championship Juniors 2013 - Day 1 Finals

World Championship Juniors 2013 - Day 1 Finals - Tatami 1

World Championship Juniors 2013 - Day 1 Finals - Tatami 3

Four weight categories were in action on day one as the junior women’s -44kg, and -48kg categories and the junior men’s -55kg and -60kg categories were contested.

The five-day competition is the leading event for juniors and a final stepping stone before making the jump to senior competition.

For the first time, the Junior World Championships features a team event which will close the competition on Sunday.

Russia lead the medal table after day one as they won both junior women’s categories. Berlin Junior European Cup silver medallist Anastasia PAVLENKO topped the -44kg medal podium and was followed by teammate and Junior European champion Irina DOLGOVA who added the world -48kg crown to their medal haul.

France are second in the table with one gold, one bronze medal and a fifth place to show for their efforts while South Korea occupy third position after winning one gold medal.

Opening ceremony 2013 World Junior Championships Ljubljana


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-44kg: PAVLENKO provides perfect start for Russia

Anastasia PAVLENKO (RUS) claimed the first gold medal of the 2013 Junior World Championships as she defeated Junior European Championships bronze medallist Andreea STEFANESCU (ROU) in the -44kg final. 10-time Junior European Cup medallist PAVLENKO has been prolific on the circuit and finally won her first major medal with a dramatic ippon in the closing seconds. STEFANESCU went ahead with a yuko with just 11 seconds left but PAVLENKO responded immediately to win the contest by ippon. PAVLENKO took her place in the final after outworking 2013 Cadet World Championships winner YAMAUCHI Honoka (JPN). The Russian earned two yuko scores as her opponent failed to trouble the scoreboard. The second semi-final saw STEFANESCU conquer Junior African Championships winner Olfa SAOUDI (TUN) after taking the lead with a yuko and scoring ippon with 90 seconds left.

The first bronze medal was won by YAMAUCHI who bested Cheyenne MOUNIER (FRA) who finished seventh at the 2013 Junior European Championships.  MOUNIER started her day by abruptly ending the hopes of home judoka Marusa STANGAR (SLO), the reigning Cadet World Championship and Junior European bronze medallist, by throwing her for ippon with a morote seoi-nage. 17-year-old YAMAUCHI scored a yuko before sealing bronze by ippon with 45 seconds remaining. The second bronze medal was awarded to former Berlin Junior European Cup bronze medallist SAOUDI who defeated Junior European champion Borislava DAMYANOVA (BUL) by waza-ari.

STEFANESCU, Andreea (ROU) vs PAVLENKO, Anastasia (RUS)

Bronze Medal Fights
MOUNIER, Cheyenne (FRA) vs YAMAUCHI, Honoka (JPN)  
DAMYANOVA, Borislava (BUL) vs SAOUDI, Olfa (TUN)

Final Results

1. PAVLENKO, Anastasia (RUS)
2. STEFANESCU, Andreea (ROU)
3. YAMAUCHI, Honoka (JPN)
3. SAOUDI, Olfa (TUN)
5. MOUNIER, Cheyenne (FRA)
5. DAMYANOVA, Borislava (BUL)
7. SATYVALDY, Yenglik (KAZ)
7. HYATT, Alex (USA)

-48kg: Russian DOLGOVA wins final in 32 seconds

Junior European champion Irina DOLGOVA (RUS) won a superb world title to propel herself to the summit of the sport in her age group. The former Cadet World champion has long been one of Russia’s brightest prospects and produced a virtuoso display in Slovenia which was summed up perfectly in the final where she prevailed in just 32 seconds. Paks Junior European Cup bronze medallist Alexandra POP (ROU) was caught with a yoko-tomoe-nage and DOLGOVA continued the movement by transitioning into a juji-gatame which forced the Romanian to submit. The Russian ace owes credit to her selfless teammate Anna DMITRIEVA (RUS) who, having lost the repechage semi-final to finish seventh, stayed matside to study POP in semi-final action. After DOLGOVA won her semi-final against Abu Dhabi Grand Prix winner Gabriela CHIBANA (BRA) on shido penalties, DMITRIEVA approached her teammate and showed her the techniques which POP used against Amandine BUCHARD (FRA) after the contest was decided by shido penalties.

The first bronze medal was won by YAMAZAKI Tamami (JPN) who conquered CHIBANA. The Brazilian seemed in control when she registered two quick yuko scores with the second from a morote seoi-nage. YAMAZAKI showed her resolve by driving forward with an ouchi-gari for ippon with just 19 seconds left. The second bronze medal was won by French national champion Amandine BUCHARD (FRA) against Junior European Championships bronze medallist Tamara SILVA (SUI) as she secured wazari-awasette-ippon after just 58 seconds.

DOLGOVA, Irina (RUS) vs POP, Alexandra (ROU)

Bronze Medal Fights

YAMAZAKI, Tamami (JPN) vs CHIBANA, Gabriela (BRA)
SILVA, Tamara (SUI) vs BUCHARD, Amandine (FRA)

Final Results

1. DOLGOVA, Irina (RUS)
2. POP, Alexandra (ROU)
3. BUCHARD, Amandine (FRA)
3. YAMAZAKI, Tamami (JPN)
5. SILVA, Tamara (SUI)
5. CHIBANA, Gabriela (BRA)


-55kg: MANQUEST on top of the world for France

Junior European Championship silver medallist Vincent MANQUEST (FRA) won world gold as he bested Junior Pan American Championships bronze medallist Armando MAITA (VEN).  The South American slipped off an uchi-mata attempt from MANQUEST but the Frenchman had the final say as he produced the only score of the contest with one second left. MANQUEST come up with a yuko from an ouchi-gari just as the pair were poised to enter golden score as both judoka each had just a shido to their name. MANQUEST had edged out 2011 Cadet World Championship winner NAGAYAMA Ryuju (JPN) in the semi-final by a solitary yuko while MAITA had disposed of Pan American Junior champion Vitor TORRENTE (BRA) with a yuko and waza-ari registering without reply.

The first bronze medal was won by TORRENTE who come-from-behind against Bulgarian u23 Championships bronze medallist Valentin ALIPIEV (BUL) who opened the scoring with a waza-ari before the Brazil responded with ippon. The second bronze medal was clinched by two-time Junior European Championship runner-up Leri TCHELIDZE (GEO) who inflicted a second successive defeat for NAGAYAMA by waza-ari.

MANQUEST, Vincent (FRA) vs MAITA, Armando (VEN)

Bronze Medal Fights
ALIPIEV, Valentin (BUL) vs TORRENTE, Vitor (BRA)

Final Results

1. MANQUEST, Vincent (FRA)
2. MAITA, Armando (VEN)
3. TORRENTE, Vitor (BRA)
5. ALIPIEV, Valentin (BUL)
5. NAGAYAMA, Ryuju (JPN)
7. MAMMADOV, Davud (AZE)
7. SADIGOV, Mehman (AZE)

-60kg: South Korea celebrates winning the final gold medal on day one

AN Baul (KOR) erased any lasting memories of his 2011 Junior World Championships final defeat by taking gold in Slovenia. AN, who lost out to now 2013 senior World champion TAKATO Naohisa two years ago, defeated Liberec Junior European Cup bronze medallist Diyorbek UROZBOEV (UZB) by waza-ari after four minutes of quality action. AN booked his place in the final with a win against Junior European Championship bronze medallist Oruj VALIZADA (AZE) by ippon with 24 seconds left. UROZBOEV earned his place in the last contest of the day by defeating Ahmet Sahin KABA (TUR) by ippon with an o-goshi after 77 seconds.


The first bronze medal was won by former Junior Asian champion OSHIMA Yuma (JPN) who defeated VALIZADA by ippon after exactly 100 seconds of action. The second bronze medal was clinched by KABA who humbled World Military Championships silver medallist Meirlan BAIMAKHANBETOV (KAZ) by ippon after 95 seconds.

UROZBOEV, Diyorbek (UZB) vs AN, Baul (KOR)

Bronze Medal Fights
BAIMAKHANBETOV, Meirlan (KAZ) vs KABA, Ahmet Sahin (TUR)

Final Result

1. AN, Baul (KOR)
2. UROZBOEV, Diyorbek (UZB)
3. OSHIMA, Yuma (JPN)
3. KABA, Ahmet Sahin (TUR)
7. DASHYAICHIL, Byambasuren (MGL)



09:00 Preliminaries on three mats
16:30 Opening ceremony

17:00 Repechage final, semi-finals, bronze medal fights and finals

Women: -52kg, -57kg

Men: -66kg, -73kg


10:00 Preliminaries on three mats
17:00 Repechage final, semi-finals, bronze medal fights and finals

Women: -63kg, -70kg

Men: -81kg, -90kg


10:00 Preliminaries on three mats
17:00 Repechage final, semi-finals, bronze medal fights and finals

Women: -78kg, +78kg

Men: -100kg, +100kg


10:00 Preliminaries on three mats
17:00 Final block

Women’s team event

Men’s team event

Location: Stozice Sports Hall

IJF Media & Communications Department

Mark Pickering, IJF Media Manager


Photos © IJF Media Team by G. Sabau


IJF Lausanne Maison du Sport International
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