Sarajevo, Aug 7, 2015: On day two at the Olympic Hall Juan Antonio Samaranch, Cadet World Champions were crowned in four more categories as the girls’ -48kg and -52kg categories along with the boys’ -60kg and -66kg categories were settled in Sarajevo.
At the halfway stage of the Cadet World Championships, Japan have taken control of the medal table after a strong showing on day two and now their medal tally now stands at two gold and two bronze. Italy are up to second with Russia in third position with two days remaining in the individual competition before Sunday’steam event.
On Friday, the focus turns to the middleweights with the girls’ -57kg and -63kg categories being contested in addition to the boys’ -73kg and -81kg categories.
-48kg: Uzbek ace KELDIYOROVA victorious in Sarajevo
Cadet European Championships bronze medallist Jorien VISSER (NED) was unable to resist 17-year-old Cadet European Cup bronze medallist Diyora KELDIYOROVA (UZB) who clinched -48kg world gold on Thursday. KELDIYOROVA took the lead with a yuko, seconds after VISSER was penalised for passivity, and followed up with osaekomi-waza as she held down the Dutch judoka with kami-shiho-gatame for 20 seconds and ippon.
In the first semi-final Cadet European Championships bronze medallist Anais MOSDIER (FRA) was beaten by VISSER (NED) by the slender margin of a yuko score which was the only time the scoreboard was in action in the four minute contest. In the second semi-final eventual winner KELDIYOROVA (UZB) saw off Tugce BEDER (TUR) who finished fifth at the EYOF a week ago. KELDIYOROVA powered through to the final by ippon having been in front by a waza-ari score.
The first bronze medal was won by BEDER (TUR) who frustrated former Cadet European silver medallist and top seed Blandine PONT (FRA) and emerged with the win by way of a yuko score. The second bronze medal was claimed by MOSDIER (FRA) who defeated Cadet European Championship silver medallist Nadezda PETROVIC (SRB) by wazari-awasette-ippon.
-52kg: TOMIZAWA triumphs for Japan
All Japan Cadet Championships winner TOMIZAWA Kana (JPN) was crowned world champion in the -52kg category after defeating Cadet European Championships bronze medallist Tihea TOPOLOVEC (CRO) in the final. TOMIZAWA prevailed by ippon with 45 seconds remaining as the 16-year-old jumped from being the best cadet in Japan to the best in the world with a determined performance.
In the first semi-final contest TOPOLOVEC (CRO) defeated Cadet European Championships bronze medallist Margarita SHRAINER (RUS) by a yuko which came after 90 seconds from a koshi-guruma. In the second semi-final EYOF bronze medallist Irem KORKMAZ (TUR) was second best against TOMIZAWA (JPN) as the Turkish judoka was penalised four times to receive hansoku-make.
The first bronze medal was claimed by KORKMAZ (TUR) as Catalina SCHIOPU (ROU) was penalised for passivity with 50 seconds left and that decided the scoreless contest. The second bronze medal contest was won by Cadet European Team Championships bronze medallist Lydia BOUDOUAIA (FRA) who outlasted SHRAINER (RUS) after 66 seconds of golden score as the latter was penalised for passivity to gift the last place on the podium to the French fighter.
-60kg: KOGA Genki lives up to his family name for Japan
East Asian Cadet Championships silver medallist KOGA Genki (JPN), the son of 1992 Olympic champion and three-time world champion KOGA Toshihiko, emerged triumphant on his first World Championships as he defeated 16-year-old 1st Kyu judoka Michael MARCELINO (BRA) in the -60kg final.
KOGA made a bright start with a strong string of ashi-waza attacks which after the final he said was the advice he received from his father on the phone on Wednesday. Both judoka worked hard but absorbed the best of each other’s attacks and the contest was decided on shido penalties with two against the Brazilian and one against the Japanese.
After stepping off the medal podium KOGA said: “I felt a lot of pleasure but it is a very special feeling to win gold at this event. I have only fought abroad three times and even today I felt very nervous before the competition started.
“My dad said it is my first world competition and for me to be positive, not to be afraid of my opponent, to attack and not to be too nervous. I have many goals and the biggest one is to be Olympic champion at Tokyo 2020. I was proud to win Japan’s first gold medal here and we hope to do well in team competition.”
In the first semi-final KOGA established his rhythm and looked comfortable on the tatami as he beat 15-year-old Jamoliddin ABDULLOEV (TJK) by ippon. In the second semi-final MARCELINO (BRA) saw off former Cadet World silver medallist Robinzon BEGLARASHVILI (GEO) on shido penalties after both judoka had registered a yuko when the contest concluded at the four minute mark.
The first bronze medal was won by BEGLARASHVILI (GEO) who wasted no time in sealing his fate as he defeated 16-year-old Mahammad HAJIYEV (AZE) by ippon after only 10 seconds. The second bronze medal was won by Cadet European Championships silver medallist Akhmed BOGATYREV (RUS) who was successful against ABDULLOEV (TJK). BOGATYREV trapped his opponent in osaekomi with ushiro-kesa-gatame for 15 seconds for his second and match-winning waza-ari score with two minutes on the clock.
-66kg: Last-gasp ESPOSITO wins gold for Italy
EYOF winner Giovanni ESPOSITO (ITA) converted his European honours into world success with a dramatic late show in the -66kg final against Cadet European and EYOF bronze medallist Bagrati NINIASHVILI (GEO). The Italian was on the verge of defeat as he trailed to a waza-ari in the last minute but there is no quit in ESPOSITO who stalked NINIASHVILI on the tatami and threw him with uchi-mata-sukashi for ippon with 10 seconds left.
In the first semi-final Napoli-based ESPOSITO (ITA) – who cites senior Italian team member Elio VERDE as his hero – bested Cadet European champion Bilal CILOGLU (TUR) by a waza-ari while in the second semi-final NINIASHVILI (GEO) downed 17-year-old Ugur SARIKAYA (TUR) by ippon.
The first bronze medal was claimed by beaten semi-finalist SARIKAYA (TUR) who defeated 17-year-old Zhankozha MARAT (KAZ) on shido penalties. The second bronze medal was captured by ISHIGOOKA Hideyuki (JPN) who continued Japan’s productive second day at the expense of CILOGLU (TUR) by ippon after three minutes. —- Photos © IJF Media by G. Sabau