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Dusseldorf 2013: Judo Grand Prix


Olympic, World and European Champions in Dusseldorf at the start

A glance at the list of participants of the Judo Grand Prix in the Mitsubishi Electric HALLE in Dusseldorf shows: The fourth edition of the top event in the sports city of Dusseldorf promises judo class in two days.

A total of 435 athletes from 50 nations have registered for the prestigious Grand Prix. Included are four Olympic champions, including two of the London Olympic Games: Korean superstar Jae-Bum Kim (Category -81 kg) and the Georgian Lasha Shavdatuashvili (-66 kg). Counted together bring the judokas with 15 medals from London to Düsseldorf.

The other two Olympic champions (both 2004) are the Greek Ilias Iliadis (-90 kg), also two-time world and European champions, and Ihar Makarau (Belarus / +100 kg). 's further international medal Statistics reported judokas with 40 World Cup Medals, including ten of gold, as well as 17 European gold medals speaks for the importance of the Grand Prix in Düsseldorf. 

The DJB shall at his home Grand Prix report up to four athletes per weight class. "This is a good opportunity for our young team, to compete with the international elite and to come to the fore," said DJB President Peter Frese. At the top of the DJB team is the Olympic bronze medalist from London, Dimitri Peters (Rotenburg/-100 kg). From a local perspective, the main focus is on the 19-year-old Anthony Hilden Zingg (Leverkusen/-66 kg), who was eliminated in late January in Riesa the national title. tickets are still available at the box office. Frese but expects "a full house again" with. 2012 about 5,800 spectators watched the struggles of the 557 athletes from 86 nations at the two days of competition.

Martyna TRAJDOS (GER) -63kg



In the absence of the winner of last year's edition, Charline VAN SNICK (BEL), the vaforites are: Amelie ROSSENEU (BEL), bronze medallist at the Tokyo Grand Slam 2012, Eva CSERNOVICZKI (HUN), bronze medallist in London, last summer, Laetitia PAYET (FRA), silver medallist in Paris two weeks ago and JEONG Bo Kyeong (KOR), who just won the European Open in Oberwart, Austria.



The women's -52kg category will also be very interesting, the favorites being: Erika MIRANDA (BRA), world number two, who will try to get a better result than the 5th place she got last year in Düsseldorf, Andreea CHITU (ROU), bronze medallist in Paris two weeks ago, the 21 year-old prodigy from Kosovo, Majlinda KELMENDI, second in Paris, and the 2010 World Champion, NISHIDA Yuka (JPN).



The new world number one, after her victory on the occasion of the Paris Grans Slam 2013, Automne PAVIA (FRA) will be the ultimate favorite of the competition in the absence of the Olympic Champion MATSUMOTO Kaori (JPN). But in the quarter final, she might have to face the winner of the Oberwart European Open from Japan, ISHIKAWA Megumi (JPN). This will be a good test for the French. Sabrina FILZMOSER, from Austria, the London silver medalist, Corina CAPRIORIU, from Romania, and the winner of the Qingdao Grand Prix 2012, DORJSUREN Sumiya (MGL), will be among the other favorites of the category.



In the women's -63kg, the French delegation also sent one of its best elements, Clarisse AGBEGNENOU (FRA), to Düsseldorf. Winner of the Paris Grand Slam, two weeks ago, she is the top seeded athlete of the category. If the hierarchy is respected, she might have to face Martyna TRAJDOS (GER) in the semi-final. In the second part of the draw, the two favorites are Anicka VAN EMDEN (NED), who lost against AGBEGNENOU in the final of the Paris Grand Slam, and ABE Kana (JPN), who was also present on the podium in Paris (bronze medal).



If she was only seeded at the fourth place, Kim POLLING (NED) will be one the major favorites of the competition. In fact, two weeks ago, in Paris, she is the one who scored one of the most spectacular ippon of the weekend against the Olympic Champion, Lucie DECOSSE (FRA). If the Dutch athlete can reach the same level than in the French Capital, she will be difficult to defeat. Nevertheless, the top seeded athlete of the category is Maria PORTELA (BRA), followed by TACHIMOTO Haruka (JPN), winner of last year's edition of the Paris Grand slam and Kelita ZUPANCIC (CAN).



The Olympic Champion, HARRISON Kayla (USA), still being absent from the international tatami, the favorites will be the winner in Paris at the beginning of February, Lucie LOUETTE (FRA), Catherine ROBERGE (CAN), who also obtained a beautiful bronze medal in the French capital, JOO Abigel (HUN) and Anamari VELENSEK (SLO).



The winner of last year's edition of the tournament, Lucija POLAVDER (SLO), will again be present in Germany this year to collect a second gold medal. Among the other favorites of the tournament, there will be Maria Suelen ALTHEMAN (BRA), top seeded athlete, Iryna KINDZERSKA (UKR) and Emilie ANDEOL (FRA).


KIM Jae-Bum (KOR) -81kg



Bronze medallist in Paris two weeks ago and at the fifth position in the world ranking list, Amiran PAPINASHVILI (GEO), is the top seeded competitor of the category. Among the other favorites are YAMAMOTO Hirofumi (JPN), Sofiane MILOUS (FRA) and the second Georgian competitor, Betkili SHUKVANI (GEO). But in the absence of the top four athletes (TAKATO, GALSTYAN, SOBIROV and MUDRANOV) it is quite tricky to draw any predictions for the final podium tomorrow on the first day of competition in Düsseldorf.



After his splendid victory in Paris, two weeks ago, David LAROSE (FRA), will be the favorite of the competition and if he can produce the same judo again, he will be difficult to challenge. But the French has a complicated draw. In the first round he will be opposed to FUKUOKA Masaaki (JPN). In case of victory, for his second fight, he will have to face EOM Hyun Jun (KOR) or Abdula ABDULZHALILOV (RUS). The favorites of pool B and C will respectively be SANJAASUREN Miyaragchaa (MGL) and Lasha SHAVDATUASHVILI (GEO), when in pool D, it will be the Olympic Bronze medallist and World Champion, EBINUMA Masashi (JPN), who will try to reach the final.



The favorite of the competition will definitely be WANG Ki-Chun (KOR). Olympic silver medallist in Beijing, 5 years ago, the Korean, who was also the favorite in London, got injured and only ended up at the fifth place last summer. But he likes Düsseldorf. Having won here last year, he might again jump on the first step of the podium tomorrow. The only 21 year-old Japanese, NISHIYAMA Yuki, winner of the European Open Budapest 2013, last weekend, will try to thwart the predictions. In the pool C, two times world silver medallist and bronze medallist in Paris two weeks ago, Dex ELMONT (NED), and in Pool D, World bronze medallist, Dirk VAN TICHELT (BEL), will be the favorites for the semi-final.



BISCHOF Ole, Olympic Champion in Beijing and silver medallist in London, won't be present on the tatami, as he retired from competition after the last Olympic games. But without any doubt the ultimate favorite will be the London Olympic Champion, KIM Jae-Bum (KOR), who is opening his sports season with the Düsseldorf Grand Prix. Who can challenge him? That is the question: in pool B, Ivan VOROBEV (RUS), in C, Avtandil TCHRIKISHVILI (GEO) and in D, the surprisingly London bronze medallist from Canada, Antoine VALOIS-FORTIER? Elnur MAMMADLI, who completely missed his Olympic Rendezvous last summer, after his title in Beijing five years ago, is also coming back and for sure, he would love to have his revenge against VALOIS-FORTIER, who defeated him during the first round of the Olympic tournament.



World number one, Varlam LIPARTELIANI (GEO), winner of last year's edition of the tournament, but also winner of the Paris Grand Slam, two weeks ago, is the ogre of the category. Kirill DENISOV (RUS), world silver medallist, is a good candidate for a medal. Ilias ILIADIS (GRE), who fought in -100kg in Paris and could not pass through the first round, is back in his weight class and, for sure, he wants to show that he is still the man to defeat. In pool D, an other world class judoka is present, Tiago CAMILO (BRA), which makes this category one of the most spicy ones of the weekend.



The bronze medalist of the last Olympic Games, Dimitri PETERS, will be the favorite of the category, especially because he will fight in front of his public. In semifinal, he might be opposed to Elkhan MAMMADOV (AZE). In the second half of the draw, the two favorites are Cyrille MARET (FRA) and Martin PACEK (SWE).



The giant Teddy RINER (FRA) and the London bronze medallist, Andreas TOELZER (GER), being absent, the favorites of the competition are Adam OKRUASHVILI (GEO), Soslan BOSTANOV (RUS), Masaru MOMOSE (JPN) and David MOURA (BRA). But surprises can happen, like with Jean-Sebastien BONVOISIN (FRA), who obtained a superb bronze medal, on the occasion of the last Tokyo Grand Slam, at the end of 2012.




9:30 preliminaries on 4 mats
16:30 opening
17:00 Final Block: bronze medal fights on two tatamis
Final on one tatami



9:30 preliminaries on 4 mats
17:00 Final Block: bronze medal fights on two tatamis
Final on one tatami


Location: Mitsubishi Electric Halle

SOURCE: ijf.org  &  judo-grandprix.de/aktuelles

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