Excellent performance by the Mongolian judokas

Ulaanbaatar, July 18, 2013: Last Sunday was the second day of competition on the occasion of the first edition of the Judo Grand Prix, Ulaanbaatar 2013. The last seven categories that fought for the Grand Prix title were: men’s -81kg, -90kg, -100kg and +100kg and women’s -70kg, -78kg and +78kg. One of today’s highlights was the first ever victory of an athlete from the UAE, Sergiu TOMA, who won in -81kg. The UAE federation representative declared: “It is a great day for the United Arab Emirates. For the first time in judo history and in the history of our young federation, we have an athlete who won a gold medal on the occasion of an international judo event. The UAE is building a new generation of champions, who will become role models for our young judoka. It will help to develop the educational aspect of judo among the population. Tonight we are really happy for Sergiu TOMA, who is coming back at the top level.”

After the competition, the President of the Mongolian Judo Association, Col. BAT-ERDENE Badmaanaymbuu and its General Secretary, Mr. BUKHBAT Mashbat, declared: “In the name of the Mongolian Judo Association, we would like to thank all the participants, the IJF EC members, the referees, the IJF staff, the referees and all the volunteers, who made this event a success. For Mongolian Judo, having the Grand Prix here in Ulaanbaatar, was in important step forward and it will greatly help the development of judo on our country. Without the support of the IJF, it wouldn’t have been possible.” The Mongolian Judo Association representatives also underlined, that for the first time in history, a sporting event was internationaly live broadcaster from Mongolia: “Judo is making history in our country. Even if Mongolia might be seen as a far destination, the magic of judo brings people together for the best of our sport.”

Women: U 70kg: Gold for Korea

The final of the category opposed KIM Seongyeon (KOR) and TSEND AYUSH Naranjargal (MGL). The first athlete to score was the Korean, who produced a superb effort to score waza-ari with an arm-version of cata-guruma. A few seconds later, she produced a second effort, that time with a shoulder movement, on the edge of the competition area, for a second waza-ari.

Juliane ROBRA (SUI) won the first medal against Antonia MOREIRA from Angola with a counter-attack for ippon. The second bronze medal went to the Japanese ONO Yoko (JPN) who immobilized Alena EIGLOVA (CZE) just on the limit of the tatami.

Final Results: 1. KIM, Seongyeon (KOR). 2. TSEND AYUSH, Naranjargal (MGL). 3. ONO, Yoko (JPN). 3. ROBRA, Juliane (SUI). 5. EIGLOVA, Alena (CZE). 5. MOREIRA, Antonia (ANG). 7. SUKHBAATAR, Adiltsetseg (MGL). 7. TSENDSUREN, Tserenkhand (MGL).

U 78kg: Fighting Spirit and Gold Medal for BATTULGA

The final opposed HIDAKA Misaki (JPN) and BATTULGA Munkhtuya (MGL). From the very first seconds, HIDAKA looked stronger than her smaller opponent from Mongolia. More precise on the kumikata (gripping) and faster, the Japanese had an obvious advantage. Nevertheless, BATTULGA had no fear and after having received a first shido for passivity, she slowly took the advantage and began to be more active and to show more fighting spirit than HIDAKA, who was also penalized for the first time. Maintaining the same rhythm throughout the rest of the fight, BATTULGA finally won the title, after HIDAKA received another penalty.

The first bronze medal was won by JUNG Da Woon, from Korea, who combined a first attack with uchi-mata and a conclusion with o-uchi-gari for ippon. The second bronze medal fight was the first match of the final block (among all the bronze medal fights), that didn’t end with a ippon, but with a win by penalties, TURBAT Baasanjav (MGL) winning against her teammate, MYAGMAR Sugar (MGL).

Final Results: 1. BATTULGA, Munkhtuya (MGL). 2. HIDAKA, Misaki (JPN). 3. JUNG, Da Woon (KOR). 3. TURBAT, Baasanjav (MGL). 5. MYAGMAR, Sugar (MGL). 5. PINTO, Keivi (VEN). 7. MUNKH-ERDENE, Uuganjargal (MGL)

+78kg: KIM Scores Again for Korea

The final opposed ODKHUU Javzmaa (MGL) and KIM Na-Young (KOR). After the first half of the fight, only penalties were given to both finalists: two to ODKHUU and one to KIM. Then thirty seconds later, the physiognomy of the fight completely changed when KIM scored a first waza-ari with uchi-mata, immediately followed by an immobilization for ippon.

The first bronze medal fight was a one-way combat, Gantogos GARMAA (MGL) being incapable of taking the advantage over the Japanese ICHIHASHI Suzuka (JPN), who scored waza-ari before winning by penalties. In the second bronze medal fight, the public had to wait until the very last second to know who would win the medal. DORJGOTOV Tserenkhand (MGL) was leading by two penalties and was almost sure to step on the podium, but Giovanna BLANCO (VEN), a true underdog in the category launched a last desperate attack for waza-ari. She had every reason to explode with joy.

Final Results: 1. KIM, Na-Young (KOR). 2. ODKHUU, Javzmaa (MGL). 3. BLANCO, Giovanna (VEN). 3. ICHIHASHI, Suzuka (JPN). 5. DORJGOTOV, Tserenkhand (MGL). 5. GARMAA, Gantogos (MGL). 7. JARGALSAIKHAN, Byambajav (MGL)

Men: U 81kg: First Gold Medal Ever for United Arab Emirates


The final opposed the bronze medallist of the 2013 edition of the Baku Grand Slam and World bronze medallist, Sergiu TOMA (UAE) and the bronze medallist of the last Asian Championship, OTGONBAATAR Uuganbaatar (MGL). Several penalties were distributed to both athletes during the first half of the fight, but after 2 minutes and 20 seconds, TOMA scored a first yuko with an acrobatic uchi-mata. Just before the end of the final, he scored again, with an ippon on a counter attack, giving the United Arab Emirates its first gold medal ever, on the occasion of an IJF World Judo Tour event.

The first bronze medal went to the Korean, LEE Hui-Jung, who executed a superb Sasae-tsuri-komi-ashi for ippon against GAN Tuvshinjargal (MGL). The best result so far at the international level for LEE was a fifth place at the Junior World Championship, Paris 2009. The second bronze medal was won by the bronze medallist at the European Open Tallinn 2013, Jaromir MUSIL (CZE), who also defeated WU Lijimengke (CHN) by ippon.

Final Results: 1. TOMA, Sergiu (UAE). 2. OTGONBAATAR, Uuganbaatar (MGL). 3. LEE, Hui-Jung (KOR). 3. MUSIL, Jaromir (CZE). 5. GAN, Tuvshinjargal (MGL). 5. WU, Lijimengke (CHN). 7. TURABOEV, Bekzod (UZB). 7. WU, Renbagen (CHN)

U 90kg: Alexander GRIGOREV on the Top of the Podium

The final opposed Vitalii KOVTUNOV (UKR) and Alexander GRIGOREV (RUS). After the first half of the match, KOVTUNOV had received two penalties and GRIGOREV only one, giving the advantage to the Russian. 1 minutes and 22 seconds before the end, GRIGOREV really took a technical advantage by scoring waza-ari with an almost perfect yoko-tomoe-nage. KOVTUNOV seemed armless and that was confirmed less than 20 seconds before the final gong, when the Russian dived under the center of gravity of his opponent with a powerful kata-guruma for ippon.

The first bronze medal went to Rinat IBRAGIMOV (KAZ), bronze medallist in Abu Dhabi in 2011, who surprised the local KHUTAG Tsogtgerel (MGL), with a quick Sumi-gaeshi for ippon. The second bronze medal, once again, was won by ippon but this time in the favor of LKHAGVASUREN Otgonbaatar (MGL) against the Kazakh BOLAT Timur.

Final Results: 1. GRIGOREV, Alexander (RUS). 2. KOVTUNOV, Vitalii (UKR). 3. IBRAGIMOV, Rinat (KAZ). 3. LKHAGVASUREN, Otgonbaatar (MGL). 5. BOLAT, Timur (KAZ). 5. KHUTAG, Tsogtgerel (MGL). 7. KONDO, Takuya (JPN). 7. SI, Rijigawa (CHN)

U 100kg: Victory for HORAK from the Czech Republic

The final of the men’s -100kg opposed WU Gedelefu (CHN) and Michal HORAK (CZE). However, Czech Judo is in good shape for the moment. After the two superb gold medals for Lukas KRPALEK (CZE), on the occasion of the Summer Universiade in Kazan, it was Michal HORAK’s turn to step on the podium with a gold medal won by ippon with an outstanding counter-attack (ura-nage).

After the final, HORAK declared: “At the beginning of the competition, I was tired and stressed, but after a first tough fight, I suddenly recovered and I was feeling better and better after each match. In the end, I am really happy with my gold medal and with my performance today.”

The first bronze medal went to KIM Kyeongtae (KOR), who scored a first waza-ari, before taking advantage of a big mistake by his opponent, Filipp IVANOV (RUS). Trying to keep up with the score, the Russian launched a desperate and unsuccessful yoko-sutemi-waza, KIM literally jumped on him and immobilized him for ippon. The second bronze medal fight was not as exciting as most of the final block fights: Or SASSON (ISR) winning by penalties against the Russian Alexsander DANKOV.

Final Results: 1. HORAK, Michal (CZE). 2. WU, Gedelefu (CHN). 3. KIM, Kyeongtae (KOR). 3. SASSON, Or (ISR). 5. DANKOV, Alexsander (RUS). 5. IVANOV, Filipp (RUS). 7. AMRENOV, Talgat (KAZ). 7. DORJ, Anar (MGL)

+100kg: Winner of Miami Grand Prix Wins again in Mongolia

The last final opposed UESUGI Ryota (JPN) and KIM Soo-Whan (KOR) and it was a rather short final as UESUGI Ryota (JPN) was rapidly disqualified for a forbidden leg gripping technique.

The first bronze medal was won by ULZIIBAYAR Duurenbayar (MGL) against his teammate NAMSRAIJAV Batsuuri (MGL) with a ashi-waza technique (leg technique) for ippon. The second bronze medal fight was also won by a local fighter, BOLDPUREV, Sugarjargal (MGL) by ippon.

Final Results: 1. KIM, Soo-Whan (KOR). 2. UESUGI, Ryota (JPN). 3. BOLDPUREV, Sugarjargal (MGL). 3. ULZIIBAYAR, Duurenbayar (MGL). 5. ENKHJARGAL, Enkhtur (MGL). 5. NAMSRAIJAV, Batsuuri (MGL).

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