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JUDO NEWS: Official Draw Preview - Qingdao Grand Prix 2013 [Plus Highlight Footage of the 2012 Qingdao Grand Prix]

IJF News - October 29th, 2013

Judo Grand Prix, Qingdao 2013

Official Draw - PREVIEW

The Judo Grand Prix, Qingdao 2013 is set to electrify the Qingdao Guoxin Stadium from Wednesday 30 October to Friday 1 November.


JUDO - Highlight Qingdao Grand Prix 2012

The three-day Grand Prix is part of the Asian leg of the World Judo Tour which this year opened in September with the first edition of the Almaty Grand Prix (KAZ). The inaugural Tashkent Grand Prix (UZB) followed on the first weekend of October and now, four weeks later, the judo family reconvenes in Asia for the Chinese spectacle.

14 countries will represented in China as 181 athletes compete at the 12,500 capacity venue which was opened in 2009.

Following the competition, officials from the IJF and Chinese Judo Association will embark on a pioneering ‘Judo Journey Through China’ as both organisations seek to explore the enormous potential of the sport in the country with a 10-day practical and educational tour across China.

The 2014 Youth Olympic Games will be held in Nanjing, China and the ‘Judo Journey’ will promote the judo competition along with the Chinese team and the Olympic sport of judo to as much of the country’s 1.3 billion population as possible.

In his programme notes, Mr. VIZER, IJF President, said: “This year the Judo Grand Prix in Qingdao will be held at the end of October, beginning of November. Once again, it will represent one of the major events of this sports season. The Chinese Judo Association has a real expertise in organising international events. We can rely on its professionalism, for the greater benefit of all. Thank you to all our Chinese friends.

“We have now entered a new Olympic cycle that will end with the Rio Olympic Games in 2016. After a very successful World Championship this year, we are now launching a ‘new’ World Judo Tour, which is bigger and stronger than it never was before. This year’s edition of the Grand Prix will be followed by the first ‘Judo Journey Through China’. During 10 days, IJF and Chinese experts will visit several cities to highlight the educational values of judo and to promote to Youth Olympic Games which will be held next year in Nanjing, China. This is a very important IJF programme, which will help us to develop judo among the youngsters and to promote our values. We are once again happy to welcome you in Qingdao, China. We wish you good luck in the respect of our mutual values.”

Mr. WU Qi, President of the Chinese Judo Association, said: “With the great concern of IJF, JUA and World Judo Family, the international Judo tournament and relevant Judo activities in Qingdao have been upgraded as the professional event. Under the leadership of IJF leaders, we achieve a great success and obtain much experience for better development of tournament and Judo sport. When we step into new 2013-2016 period, we feel more than happy to go further for organising second period Qingdao Grand Prix with the new wind and correct direction of IJF movement, especially after the successful election of Mr. Marius VIZER as President of Sport Accord and IJF in the new period. And we feel very confident that 2013-2016 Qingdao Judo Grand Prix will be more dynamic and spectacular.”

Today (Tuesday), the 14 delegations gathered at the Qingdao Grand Regency Hotel for the draw on the eve of the highly-anticipated competition.

Official draw of the competition



The draw can be seen at: http://www.ippon.org/gp_chn2013.php
Live stream on Ippon TV: http://www.ippon.tv
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/ijudo
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/IntJudoFed
Official event hash tag: #JudoQingdao2013
Instagram: http://instagram.com/judogallery
YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/judo




World number 18 and Rijeka Grand Prix silver medallist Kay KRAUS (GER) is the top seed in the lightest weight category in Qingdao. KRAUS has played her part in the ascension of the German women’s team this year as they’ve flourished with consistent displays on the World Judo Tour. Samsun Grand Prix runner-up KRAUS will be following the progress of FISU Universiade winner Alesya KUZNETSOVA (RUS) who is on the brink of becoming a breakout talent. The 21-year-old took bronze at the Samsun and Miami Grand Prix events and, ranked 27th in the world, her star is on the rise. Rome European Open silver medallist Monica UNGUREANU (ROU) will be expected to mount a serious medal tilt after taking her career to new heights in July with bronze at the Moscow Grand Slam.


World number six Andreea CHITU (ROU) is the leading name in the -52kg category in China. The Rome European Open bronze medallist has been in the medal picture at the major events of the year. CHITU finished fifth at the World Championships and Moscow Grand Slam, won bronze at the World Judo Masters along with silver medals at the European Championships and Dusseldorf Grand Prix and bronze at the Paris Grand Slam. World number 12 Natalia KUZIUTINA (RUS) has the incentive of breaking into the top 10 if she can win at least a bronze medal. Former world bronze medallist Romy TARANGUL (GER), who defeated KUZIUTINA in the opening round of London 2012, continues her comeback while Mongolian duo Bundmaa MUNKHBAATAR (MGL) and Bat-Erdene BALJINNYAM (MGL) – who are ranked 16th and 17th in the world - will hope to be prominent.



Brazil’s first female world champion Rafaela SILVA (BRA) will become world number one if she wins in Qingdao. The 21-year-old will face competition from world number four and World Judo Masters winner Sumiya DORJSUREN (MGL) along with Rome European Open winner and London 2012 Olympic silver medallist Corina CAPRIORIU (ROU). World number 18 Loredana OHAI (ROU) and European Championships bronze medallist Irina ZABLUDINA (RUS) could also be in medal contention on the opening day.


Germany will be aiming to dominate the -63kg category as they unleash Lisbon European Open bronze medallist Claudia AHRENS (GER) and Moscow Grand Slam bronze medallist Martyna TRAJDOS (GER). Opposition will include world number 20 and Ulaanbaatar Grand Prix winner Tserennadmid TSEND-AYUSH (MGL) and World Judo Tour newcomer Ana Carla GRINCEVICUS (BRA) who was part of Brazil’s women’s team who took silver at the World Combat Games in Russia a week ago.


World number three and world silver medallist Laura VARGAS KOCH (GER) is the top seed in the -70kg category and will have gold in her sights. The 23-year-old will be in action alongside reigning Qingdao Grand Prix gold medallist and Chinese fan favourite CHEN Fei (CHN). The East Asian Games winner finished fifth at London 2012 and despite being only 22 years old has been winning medals on the World Judo Tour since 2009. Brazilian youngsters Nadia MERLI (BRA) and Barbara TIMO (BRA) have spearheaded the South American’s recent medal exploits in Asia having both won medals at the Grand Prix events in Almaty and Taskent. World number 16 MERLI won gold in Almaty and silver in Tashkent while world number 19 TIMO started with bronze and finished with gold in Tashkent.


World number 16 Anastasiya DMITRIEVA (RUS) won the Almaty Grand Prix in September and could again finish on top of the medal podium in Asia this week. The European Team Championships bronze medallist will take to the tatami alongside teammate Alena KACHOROVSKAYA (RUS) who won bronze in Almaty and is aiming to keep up with her teammate. Ulaanbaatar Grand Prix winner Munkhtuya BATTULGA (MGL) produces her best results on home her continent and will be a leading contender for silverware in China.


Hosts China will have high hopes for their female heavyweights with world number six YU Song (CHN) and world number 11 QIN Qian among their representatives on the final day of the competition.. World Judo Masters winner YU and reigning Qingdao silver medallist QIN will both be expected to medal for China. World number 10 and Moscow Grand Slam bronze medallist Jasmin KUELBS (GER) will be in action along with Almaty Grand Prix bronze medallist Ksenia CHIBISOVA (RUS) and FISU Universiade bronze medallist Mariia SHEKEROVA (RUS).


Qingdao Guoxin Stadium



Olympic champion Arsen GALSTYAN (RUS) returns to action feeling refreshed after a low-key year where he’s understandably been a hot commodity for media and sponsorship activities. GALSTYAN has only been seen at the Buenos Aires Pan American Open where he took gold and the FISU Universiade where he had to settle for silver. Rijeka Grand Prix winner and former European champion Beslan MUDRANOV (RUS) will compete on the opening day along with Tashkent Grand Prix bronze medallist Kherlen GANBOLD (MGL). Beijing Olympic silver medallist Ludwig PAISCHER (AUT) is fresh off victory at the Glasgow European Open while Minsk European Open bronze medallist Tobias ENGLMAIER (GER) should not be counted out.



Reigning Qingdao Grand Prix silver medallist Khishigbayar BUUVEIBAATAR (MGL) will be joined in -66kg action by world number one Tumurkhuleg DAVAADORJ (MGL). Russia has two high calibre judoka of their own as Tokyo Grand Slam bronze medallist Mikhail PULYAEV (RUS) and former European champion Alim GADANOV aim to conquer on Wednesday.


Olympic champion Mansur ISAEV (RUS) is also back in action as Russia field one of their strongest teams of the year. General Team Manager Ezio Gamba also calls upon World Team Championships silver medallist and former European Championships runner-up Murat KODZOKOV (RUS). Odbayar GANBAATAR (MGL) won bronze in Qingdao last year while world number 14 and Baku Grand Slam silver medallist Victor SCVORTOV (UAE) has shown his capabilities on the World Judo Tour this year.


World number 13 Sergiu TOMA (UAE) and world number 15 Sven MARESCH (GER) are two of the leading talents in the -81kg category and will be closely watched in Qingdao. Former world bronze medallist TOMA and two-time Moscow Grand Slam winner MARESCH could come up against Mongolian and Russian opposition as Miami Grand Prix bronze medallist Tuvshinjargal GAN (MGL) and former European champion Sirazhudin MAGOMEDOV (RUS) both compete.



World number three Kirill DENISOV (RUS) will be the man to stop in the -90kg category. DENISOV doubled up at the 2013 World Championships as he won an individual bronze medal and a team silver on the final day. World number 15 and European Championships bronze medallist Kirill VOPROSOV (RUS) could prove to be the top challenger for his teammate while Bucharest European Open silver medallist Aaron HILDEBRAND (GER) and World Team Championships bronze medallist Marc ODENTHAL (GER) will push for honours.



Olympic champion Tagir KHAIBULAEV (RUS) will be tested on his comeback as a plentiful group of -100kg judoka target top spot on the medal podium on Friday. The man he defeated to win the Olympic title will be in action as Beijing Olympic champion Tuvshinbayar NAIDAN (MGL) makes a rare appearance on the tatami. NAIDAN, who has been working as a coach for the Mongolian Judo Association, was a member of the Mongolian men’s team at the 2013 World Team Championships. Dimitri PETERS (GER) adds to the stellar line-up and renews acquaintances with the aforementioned standouts having stood next to them in London 2012 after winning bronze. Rijeka Grand Prix winner Karl-Richard FREY (GER), Miami Grand Prix winner Zafar MAKHMADOV (RUS) and Almaty Grand Prix silver medallist Rafael BUZACARINI (BRA) are all names to look out for.



Russia’s heavyweight enforcers Renat SAIDOV (RUS) and Alexander MIKHAYLIN (RUS) could be unstoppable on the final day of the competition. World number nine and World Judo Masters bronze medallist SAIDOV and 34-year-old Olympic silver medallist MIKHAYLIN are the most accomplished judoka in the field but will be the two names every judoka will want to measure themselves against. East Asian Games bronze medallist Burentugs PUREV (MGL) and rising Brazilian heavyweight Gabriel SANTOS (BRA) are two such judoa who will relish the considerable challenge that could await them.




11:00 Preliminaries, semi-finals and repechage
17:00 Final block

Women: -48kg, -52kg, -57kg
Men: -60kg, -66kg



11:00 Preliminaries, semi-finals and repechage
17:00 Final block

Women: -63kg, 70kg
Men: -73kg, -81kg


11:00 Preliminaries, semi-finals and repechage
17:00 Final block

Women: -78kg, +78kg

Men: -90kg, -100kg, +100kg

Location: Qingdao Guoxin Stadium

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Nicolas Messner, IJF Media Director



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