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Judo Crazy : World Championships 2015, Astana DAY 5

Women: -70kg | -78kg |  Men: -90kg

Three new world champions were inaugurated at the World Championships on Thursday as a day of surprises sent shockwaves through the sport at the Alau Ice Palace.

The men’s -90kg and women’s -70kg and -78kg categories had their chance to shine in Astana as 138 judoka graced the tatami.

Olympic champion Kayla HARRISON (USA) and world champion Mayra AGUIAR (BRA) were eliminated in the -78kg pool stages while -70kg top seed Kim POLLING (NED) bowed out in the quarter-finals.

Greek great and reigning world champion Ilias ILIADIS (GRE) fell in the -90kg second round while world silver medallist Krisztian TOTH (HUN) succumb to resurgent Russian opposition in the quarter-finals.

Day five, which was trending in the world of social media on Twitter in Porto Alegre, Brazil, one of the strongest judo hotbeds in the country, saw a host of new names seize the occasion on the world stage.

Astana Grand Prix winner Komronshokh USTOPIRIYON (TJK), who at 22 years old was one of the youngest judoka in the -90kg field, put in a spirited display as he rose to the occasion in the capital city.

USTOPIRIYON (TJK) came to the IJF after his maiden Grand Prix win last year asking for support and was dually granted financial assistance to compete more regularly and on the biggest stages in the sport.

The Tajikistan fighter defeated Karolis BAUZA (LTU), Isao CARDENAS (MEX), Noel VAN T END (NED) and Aaron HILDEBRAND (GER) to propel himself into the semi-finals. USTOPIRIYON lost to eventual winner GWAK Dong Han (KOR) in the semi-final and unfortunately was injured in the process which meant that he was denied the opportunity to fight fellow beaten semi-finalist BAKER Mashu (JPN) for bronze and finished a career-best fifth-place. 

On Saturday, the sixth day of the World Championships, the final three remaining individual categories will be contested in the form of the women’s +78kg heavyweight division and the men’s -100kg and +100kg divisions with Olympic champion and seven-time world champion Teddy RINER (FRA) aiming for a record-breaking eighth  world title. 


-70kg: Incredible EMANE on the Top of the World Again

The final between Maria BERNABEU (ESP) and Gevrise EMANE (FRA) burst into life after only 16 seconds the French veteran dropped on her knees in an incredibly quick drop-seoi-nage for ippon which steered Emane back to the top of the world.

The first bronze medal fight between Fanny Estelle POSVITE (FRA) and ARAI Chizuru (JPN) was expeditious as the French counterattacked an uchi-mata attempt from ARAI to score an indisputable ippon.
For the second bronze medal fight, Yuri ALVEAR (COL) met Bernadette GRAF (AUT). After one minute, the defending world champion scored a first waza-ari with o-uchi-gari to take a strong lead. Tiring after a long competition day, ALVEAR had a lot of difficulties to keep up her pace. Penalised three times, she was thrown for yuko, but held on to secure a new world medal.

Times were hard for the favourites in the -70kg weight category since the first four athletes in the world ranking list were eliminated during the elimination phase. If Kim POLLING (NED) and Fanny Estelle POSITIVE could still claim a medal, but maximum of bronze, Laura VARGAS-KOCH (GER) and Kelita ZUPANCIC (CAN) did not have the same luck. However, Maria BERNABEU (ESP), who was not part of the most likely contenders for the world title, managed to eliminate in the quarterfinals the world number one, Kim POLLING, who won the last World Masters in Rabat. The team of Austria, represented by Bernadette GRAFF (AUT), integrated the last four at the expense of the French Fanny-Estelle POSVITE, who earlier eliminated the Canadian ZUPANCIC. Using the momentum of her victory against POLLING, BERNABEU integrated the final, winning by penalty against the Austrian.

In the second part of the draw, the triple world champion, Yuri ALVEAR (COL), had the secret hope, once again, to get on the top of the podium in Astana, but Gévrise EMANE (FRA), whose longevity at this level commands admiration, did not permit the Columbian to advance. The French qualified for a new semi-final by inflicting two beautiful yuko to the current world champion, the first with a drop-seoi-nage and the second with a blitz ura-nage.

In pool D, ARAI Chizuru (JPN), slowly but surely, progressed round after round to reach the semi-finals and to join EMANE, thus remaining in the race for gold in the last weight category in which Japan had never won the gold medal. But the experienced EMANE once again entered the final of a world class event and joined BERNABEU, by defeating the Japanese, who was penalised with two shido while the former only received one.

BERNABEU, Maria (ESP) vs. EMANE, Gevrise (FRA)

Bronze Medal Fights
POSVITE, Fanny Estelle (FRA) vs. ARAI, Chizuru (JPN)
ALVEAR, Yuri (COL) vs. GRAF, Bernadette (AUT)

BERNABEU, Maria (ESP) vs. GRAF, Bernadette (AUT)
EMANE, Gevrise (FRA) vs. ARAI, Chizuru (JPN)

Repechage finals
POLLING, Kim (NED) vs. POSVITE, Fanny Estelle (FRA)

Final Results
1. EMANE, Gevrise (FRA)
2. BERNABEU, Maria (ESP)
3. ALVEAR, Yuri (COL)
3. POSVITE, Fanny Estelle (FRA)
5. ARAI, Chizuru (JPN)
5. GRAF, Bernadette (AUT)

-78kg: Historical day for Japan and UMEKI

The last final of the day opposed UMEKI Mami (JPN) and Anamari VELENSEK (SLO). The question was simple: will VELENSEK be able to imitate her teammate from the -63kg weight category and add one title for Slovenia, or will Japan be able to win a fifth gold medal on the occasion of the 2015 edition of the World Championships?

The Slovenian seemed to take the lead during the first half of the fight even if nothing was written on the scoreboard. Both athletes then spent a long sequence on the floor, but VELENSEK’s defense was impenetrable. After four even minutes, it was time for the golden score. The second sequence on the floor was the undoing of the Slovenian. With this victory in -78kg, Japan enters one more time into the legend of judo as the home country of judo has now won a world title in every possible weight category, as the women’s -78kg was the last category never won by an athlete from the country of the rising sun.

In the first bronze medal fight, Luise MALZAHN (GER) totally upset Audrey TCHEUMEO (FRA). The French engaged a right handed-o-soto-gari but without control and without putting the German out of balance. The punishment was immediate as MALZAHN counterattacked with o-soto-otoshi for waza-ari, immediately followed with an immobilisation for ippon.

The second place on the podium was decided between Marhinde VERKERK (NED) and Daria POGORZELEC (POL). The Polish was penalised once, giving the victory to Marhinde VERKERK and the very first medal of the Dutch delegation.

World champion and Olympic champion Kayla HARRISON (USA), who won the World Masters in Rabat in May, could not advance beyond the second round as she was blocked by Hyunji YOON (KOR) who threw HARRISON with an unstoppable counterattack during the Golden Score. The road of the semifinals cleared of the American allowed outsiders to take their chance. Thus Pogorzelec Daria (POL) eventually qualified to face UMEKI Mami (JPN) who had settled her account as the top seed in the pool B to Luise Malzahn (GER). It is noteworthy to say that during the first rounds, Pogorzelec had beaten the current world champion, Mayra Aguiar (BRA). UMEKI secured a place in the final with an immobilisation for ippon.

After a difficult start, Audrey Tcheumeo (FRA) managed to recover to also reach the semifinal and meet Polish Pogorzelec on her way to a new title. It must be said that despite extraordinary power, the French appeared very timid during her first fight against Yalennis CASTILLO (CUB). After this winded beginning, Tcheumeo ventured to eliminate JOO Abigel (HUN) by ippon and Marhinde VERKERK (NED) by waza-ari.

In Pool C, unsurprisingly, was the top seed Anamari VELENSEK (SLO) who qualified for the semis, ready to imitate her compatriot Tina TRSTENJAK, who was world champion yesterday in the -63kg. In the quarterfinal, Anamari VELENSEK prevailed against the Olympic silver medallist, Gemma GIBBONS (GBR). With two penalties against one, TRSTENJAK stepped into the final.

UMEKI, Mami (JPN) vs. VELENSEK, Anamari (SLO)

Bronze Medal Fights
MALZAHN, Luise (GER) vs. TCHEUMEO, Audrey (FRA)
VERKERK, Marhinde (NED) vs. POGORZELEC, Daria (POL)

TCHEUMEO, Audrey (FRA) vs. VELENSEK, Anamari (SLO)

Repechage finals
YOON, Hyunji (KOR) vs. MALZAHN, Luise (GER)
VERKERK, Marhinde (NED) vs. GIBBONS, Gemma (GBR)

Final Results
1. UMEKI, Mami (JPN)
2. VELENSEK, Anamari (SLO)
3. MALZAHN, Luise (GER)
3. VERKERK, Marhinde (NED)
5. TCHEUMEO, Audrey (FRA)
7. GIBBONS, Gemma (GBR)
7. YOON, Hyunji (KOR)


-90kg: GWAK beats DENISOV to world gold and the red backpatch

Second at the world championships, but that was in 2009 in Rotterdam, Kirill DENISOV (RUS) again had a chance to inscribe his name among top names of the judo world. But first, he had to face the forceful GWAK Dong Han (KOR), who was the first to attack with the left handed drop-seoi-nage for no score. 

At halfway point of the final, neither DENISOV nor GWAK had found the opportunity to throw each other, until the South Korean engaged a tremendous drop-seoi-nage for waza-ari. Six years after Rotterdam and his lost final, the story stuttered again for DENISOV, and the 23-year-old GWAK Dong Han could win his first world title.

Due to an injury, USTOPIRIYON Komronshokh (TJK) could not compete and BAKER Mashu (JPN) won the bronze medal.

The battle between Varlam LIPARTELIANI (GEO) and Beka GVINIASHVILI (GEO) turned to the advantage of LIPARTELIANI, who after having scored a first waza-ari with uchi-mata, scored ippon with a arai-makikomi technique.

The -90kg weight category was announced as extraordinarily tough and the knockout stages did not disappoint the public. In the first rounds, spectators and judo fans could be the witnesses of several finals before the actual one, like TOTH Krisztian (HUN) against Kirill DENISOV (RUS), or Varlam LIPARTELIANI (GEO) against GWAK Dong Han (KOR).

Thus, in the battle between the Hungarian and the Russian, DENISOV managed to undermine his opponent, TOTH Krisztian, who was promised a bright future after his second place last year behind his idol, the Greek Ilias ILIADIS. The latter was also quickly defeated by Lkhagvasuren Otgonbaatar (MGL) in the second round of the competition. While Varlam LIPARTELIANI (GEO) was eliminated in the quarter-final by Gwak Dong Han (KOR), the eyes of the Georgian delegation looked on Beka GVINIASHVILI (GEO) for a place in the last four. Out of breath, but still standing, GVINIASHVILI managed to keep a small advantage over BAKER Mashu (JPN), who believed until the last second that the Georgian could be penalised, which would have given him the victory. GVINIASHVILI was probably still looking for fresh air, when he entered the tatami against DENISOV in the semi-final. The Russian took that opportunity to defeat him and to enter for the second time the final of the world championships.

The surprise of the day came from the qualification for the semifinals of Komronshokh USTOPIRIYON (TJK), who has been supported by the IJF, in a quarter of the draw that that included the Olympic and world champion, Iliadis, and the 2013 World Champion, the Cuban Asley Gonzalez (CUB). If USTOPIRIYON did not have to directly face them, since they were quickly eliminated, the Dutch Noel VAN T END (NED), world number two and winner of the Samsun and Qingdao Grand Prix in 2015, was among his scalps. In the semifinal he faced GWAK Dong Han. The Tajik was more active but less effective than the South Korean, and one main attack was enough to score a yuko with a drop-seoi-nage.

DENISOV, Kirill (RUS) vs. GWAK, Dong Han (KOR)

Bronze Medal Fights
BAKER, Mashu (JPN) vs. USTOPIRIYON, Komronshokh (TJK)

USTOPIRIYON, Komronshokh (TJK) vs. GWAK, Dong Han (KOR)

Repechage finals
TOTH, Krisztian (HUN) vs. BAKER, Mashu (JPN)

Final Results
1. GWAK, Dong Han (KOR)
2. DENISOV, Kirill (RUS)
3. BAKER, Mashu (JPN)
5. USTOPIRIYON, Komronshokh (TJK)
7. TOTH, Krisztian (HUN)

Source: Judo Crazy : World Championships 2015, Astana DAY 5 | 29 Aug 2015 | 11:08 pm

Judo Crazy : -78kg Competition Report

This was a category full of surprises and no defeats were as shocking as the ones that happened in this pool, which had the two top favorites in this category, Kayla Harrison (USA) and Maya Aguair (BRA), jostling for top spot. As it turned out, both got defeated by relative unknowns. Harrison lost to Yoon Hyunji (KOR) while Aguair lost to Daria Pogorzelec (POL) who went on to top the pool. The Polish player's first fight was against Lkhamdegd Purevjargal (MGL), whom she threw with a well-time kosoto-gari for waza-ari. Next, she threw Victoria Turks (UKR) with drop ippon-seoi-nage for ippon. Nobody expected her to defeat Aguair but she did just that, throwing her not once, but twice. First with reverse seoi-nage for yuko and then with drop ippon-seoi-nage for waza-ari. This pit her against fellow underdog Yoon. It was a tough battle but the Polish player prevailed with an osoto-gari attack that scored yuko.

Little-known Mami Umeki (JPN) defeated her first opponent, Zhang Zehui (CHN) with harai-goshi for yuko and followed that up with a pin for ippon. She had a hard battle with Guusje Steenhuis (NED) and prevailed through penalties. Her toughest opponent, however, was Luise Malzahn (GER) whom she also beat through penalties. Nevertheless, she was through to the semi-finals. 

Audrey Tcheumeo (FRA) had a tough first match, against Yalennis Castillo (CUB) and had to rely on penalties to win. Against Joo (HUN) she did a lot better, throwing her opponent with tai-otoshi for ippon. She was also in good form in her fight against Marhinde Verkerk, whom she countered with a hand-technique for yuko, then threw with tai-otoshi for waza-ari.

Anamari Velensek (SLO) threw her first opponent, Anastasiya Dmitrieva (RUS) with soto makikomi for yuko and then pinned her for ippon. She also used a pin to defeat Yujin Park (KOR). Gemma Gibbons (GBR) proved to be a harder opponent but she also succumbed to Velensek's soto-makikomi which scored yuko.

Pogorzelec had done extremely well to get to this point but she could not get past Umeki who threw her with osoto-gari for waza-ari and then immediately pinned her for waza-ari-awasatte-ippon.

Velensek's match against Tcheumeo was an extremely tight one with the Slovenian winning through penalties.

Tcheumeo had fought well for most of the day but a half-hearted osoto-gari against Malzahn got countered for waza-ari. The German player then immediately clamped on a pin for waza-ari-awasatte-ippon.

The other bronze medal match, between Verkerk and Pogorzelec was a tactical one and in the end, the more experienced Dutch player won out through penalties.

Velensek fought Umeki well during regular time and brought the match into Golden Score. A careless drop onto the mat allowed Umeki to pin her for ippon and the gold medal.

Velensek, Umaki, Malzahn & Verkerk

Source: Judo Crazy : -78kg Competition Report | 29 Aug 2015 | 11:03 pm

Judo Crazy : -90kg Competition Report
Kirill Denisov (RUS) had a very tough pool with top players like former World Champion Tiago  Camilo (BRA) and Guillaume Elmont (NED) as well as last year's World Silver Medalist Krisztian Toth in way. But he was in good form and would not be denied his place at top of the pool. His match against Camilo featured a lot of heavy grip fighting and in the end, he won on penalties. He had an easier time against Rafael Romo (CHI), taking him down with a standing armlock for yuko, then pinning him for ippon. His match against Elmont was as expected, a heavily tactical one but Denisov's gripping was superior and Elmont got hansoku-make after accruing four shidos. This brought Denisov up against Toth. Again, it was a tactical match but Denisov is as tactical a player as you can get and in the end, he won through penalties. 

Powerhouse Beka Gviniashvili (GEO) knocked down Quedjau Nhabali (UKR) for waza-ari and then proceeded to hold him down for waza-ari-awasatte-ippon. In his second match, he threw Patryck
Ciechomski (POL) with a very low hip technique for waza-ari, then with another low hip technique for yuko before pinning him for waza-ari-awasatte-ippon. In his next match, he threw Aleksandar Kukolj (SRB) with a side takedown for yuko and then pinned him for ippon. His toughest battle in the pool would undoubtedly be against Mashu Baker (JPN) who he had difficulty throwing. However, a poorly executed sumi-gaeshi by Baker allowed Gvniashvili to pin him for a yuko before the Japanese player escaped. That was enough for the Georgian to win the match, though.

At the start of the day, nobody would have expected Komronshokh Ustopiriyon (TJK) to top the pool but he was the man on form in his pool. He beat his first opponent, Karolis Bauza (LTU) with drop seoi-nage for yuko. Then, he beat Isao Cardenas (MEX) with a fantastic uchimata for ippon. After that he unexpectedly took out top favorite, Noel Van T End (NED) with a perfectly timed kouchi-gari against a tomoe-nage attempt, for ippon. He wasn't able to throw his next opponent, Aaron Hilderbrand (GER) and in the end, had to rely on penalties to win. But it didn't matter. He was through to the semi-finals.

In this pool, all eyes were on Varlam Liparteliani (GEO) but it was Gwak Dong Han (KOR) who came through in the end. He threw his first opponent Robert Florentino (DOM) twice with drop morote-seoi-nage, once for yuko and then for ippon. Next, he threw Vadym Synyavsky (UKR) for drop sode-tsuri-komi-goshi for waza-ari. He didn't have to do another throw to get the ippon though because Synyavsky accrued up to four penalties resulting in a hansoku-make. Against Ruiz Zajac (ESP) he got one yuko from reverse seoi-nage and another -- in a rare departure from a drop technique -- through osoto-gari. His toughest battle, of course, was against Liparteliani. He only managed to score a yuko with an ouchi-gari counter against the Georgian's kosoto-gari attempt but that was enough to win him the match.

The battle between the tactician Denisov beats and the powerhouse thrower Gvniashvili promised to be an exciting one. Denisove surprised Gvniashvili by showing that there was much of a thrower in him, taking the Georgian over for waza-ari twice, once with tai-otoshi and once with uchimata.

Ustopiriyon had done remarkably well getting up to the this point but Gwak's throwing power proved too much for him and he conceded a yuko from a very low, rolling morote-seoi-nage. 

Baker got his bronze by default as Ustopiriyon was injured and had to forfeit the match. The Japanese didn't seem to happy about his bronze though.

The second bronze medal match was an all-Georgian affair, pitting Liparteliani against Gvniashvili. The more experienced Liparteliani threw the young upstart twice, once with a hip technique for waza-ari and then with soto-makikomi for ippon. Like Baker, Liparteliani didn't seem satisfied with his bronze medal win. When you're aiming for gold, anything less will do. 

GOLDThe South Koreans are as tactical as they are capable in throwing and after Gwak dropped under Denisov to throw him for waza-ari with morote-seoi-nage, he fought tactically until time ran out. It was gold for South Korea.
Denisov, Gwak, Baker & Liparteliani

Source: Judo Crazy : -90kg Competition Report | 29 Aug 2015 | 9:38 pm

judo-sport : Teddy Riner unstoppable judo champion wins record gold
French judo heavyweight champion Teddy Riner won the gold medal in the over 100kg category in the final defeating Japanese fighter Ryu Shichinohe at the world judo championships in Astana, Kazakhstan.

Riner at 26 years of age, he became the first judoka to win eight world titles, seven of them coming in the over 100kg class.

Confirming his current dominance in the over 100kg division, Riner is now unbeaten in 95 bouts, his last loss coming in September 2010 when he dopped a points decision to Japan's Daiki Kamikawa in the final of the open-category division at the world championships.

Source: judo-sport : Teddy Riner unstoppable judo champion wins record gold | 29 Aug 2015 | 1:02 pm

judo-sport : World judo championships Astana, Kazakhstan 2015

Female categories:
1.   PARETO Paula (ARG)
2.   ASAMI Haruna (JPN)
3.   JEONG Bo Kyeong (KOR)
3.   KONDO Ami (JPN)
5.   CHERNYAK Maryna (UKR)
5.   BRIGIDA Nathalia (BRA)
7.   UNGUREANU Monica (ROM)
1.   NAKAMURA Misato (JPN)
2.   CHITU Andreea Stefania (ROU)
3.   MIRANDA Erika (BRA)
3.   SKRYPNIK Darya (BLR)
5.   GIUFFRIDA Odette (ITA)
5.   BABAMURATOVA Gulbadau (TKM)
7.   ADIYASAMBUU Tsolmon (MGL)
7.   KUZIUTINA Natalia (RUS)
1.   MATSUMOTO Kaori (JPN)
2.   CAPRIORIU Corina (ROU)
3.   PAVIA Automne (FRA)
3.   DORJSUREN Sumiya (MGL)
5.   MALLOY Marti (USA)
7.   KARAKAS Hedvig (HUN)
7.   MONTEIRO Telma (POR)
2.   AGBEGNENOU Clarisse (FRA)
3.   TSEDEVSUREN Munkhzaya (MGL)
3.   TASHIRO Miku (JPN)
5.   GERBI Yarden (ISR)
5.   FRANSSEN Juul (NED)
7.   MISKOVIC Marijana (CRO)
7.   VAN EMDEN Anicka (NED)
1.   EMANE Gevrise (FRA)
2.   BERNABEU Maria (ESP)
3.   POSVITE Fanny Estelle (FRA)
3.   ALVEAR Yuri (COL)
5.   ARAI Chiruzu (JPN)
5.   GRAF Bernadette (AUT)
7.   POLLING Kim (NED)
7.   WILDIKAN Lior (ISR)
1.   UMEKI Mami (JPN)
2.   VELENSEK Anamari (SLO)
3.   MALZAHN Luise (GER)
3.   VERKERK Marhinde (NED)
5.   TCHEUMEO Audrey (FRA)
7.   YOON Hyunji (KOR)
7.   GIBBONS Gemma (GBR)
1.   YU Song (CHN)
2.   TACHIMOTO Megumi (JPN)
3.   YAMABE Kanae (JPN)
3.   ORTIZ Idalys (CUB)
5.   CHIBISOVA Ksenia (RUS)
5.   MA Sisi (CHN)
7.   ZAMBOTTI Vanessa (VEN)
7.   KONITZ Franziska (GER)

Male categories:
1.   SMETOV Yeldos (KAZ)
2.   IBRAYEV Rustam (KAZ)
3.   SHISHIME Toru (JPN)
3.   KIM Won-Jin (KOR)
5.   KITADAI Felipe (BRA)
5.   GANBAT Boldbaatar (MGL)
7.   CHOI In Hyuk (KOR)
7.   UROZBOEV Diyorbek (UZB)
1.   AN Baul (KOR)
2.   PULYAEV Mikhail (RUS)
3.   SOBIROV Rishod (UZB)
3.   POLLACK Golan (ISR)
5.   ZHUMAKANOV Yeldos (KAZ)
5.   DAVAADORJ Tumurkhuleg (MGL)
7.   VERDE Elio (ITA)
7.   SEIDL Sebastian (GER)
1.   ONO Shohei (JPN)
2.   NAKAYA Riki (JPN)
3.   SAINJARGAL Nyam-Ochir (MGL)
3.   AN Changrim (KOR)
5.   HONG Kuk Hyon (PRK)
5.   GANBAATAR Odbayar (MGL)
7.   MUKI Sagi (ISR)
7.   UNGVARI Miklos (HUN)
1.   NAGASE Takanori (JPN)
2.   PIETRI Loic (FRA)
3.   PENALBER Victor (BRA)
5.   LEE Seung-Su (KOR)
7.   MARESCH Sven (GER)
7.   DUMINICA Valeriu (MDA)
1.   GWAK Dong Han (KOR)
2.   DENISOV Kirill (RUS)
3.   BAKER Mashu (JPN)
5.   USTOPIRIYON Komronshoh (TJK)
7.   TOTH Krisztian (HUN)
1.   HAGA Ryunosuke (JPN)
2.   FREY Karl-Richard (GER)
3.   PETERS Dimitri (GER)
5.   MARET Cyrille (FRA)
5.   KRPALEK Lukas (CZE)
7.   NAIDAN Tuvshinbayar (MGL)
7.   MAMEDOV Chingiz (KGZ)
1.   RINER Teddy (FRA)
3.   KHAMMO Yakiv (UKR)
5.   KIM Sung-Min (KOR)
7.   BOR Barna (HUN)
7.   HEINLE Sven (GER)

Source: judo-sport : World judo championships Astana, Kazakhstan 2015 | 29 Aug 2015 | 12:39 pm