9 February 2014

Japan and Cyrille Maret shine at Grand Slam Paris

The Judo Grand Slam, Paris 2014, concluded with the second and final day at the Palais Omnisports Paris-Bercy on Sunday.

-70kg: BOLDER back on top for the Netherlands 
Former Tokyo Grand Slam winner Linda BOLDER (NED) defeated French hope Fanny Estelle POSVITE to ensure the Netherlands won -70kg gold in Paris for the second consecutive year. Kim POLLING (NED) struck in 2013 and in her absence through injury, teammate BOLDER was the star performer in the category. The former European silver medallist needed just 16 seconds in the final as she won with a juji-gatame after a kouchi-gari took her to the floor without a score. In the first semi-final BOLDER dispatched Miami Grand Prix bronze medallist TACHIMOTO Haruka (JPN) on shido penalties while at the same stage POSVITE profited from the inactivity of CHEN Fei (CHN) who received four shido penalties for hansoku-make.

The first bronze medal was won by 2013 Paris Grand Slam bronze medallist Kelita ZUPANCIC (CAN) who defeated CHEN by ippon. The second bronze medal was clinched by TACHIMOTO who bested Lucie PERROT (FRA) with o-goshi for ippon after leading by a yuko from ashi-waza.  

BOLDER, Linda (NED) vs POSVITE, Fanny Estelle (FRA)          

Bronze Medal Fights
CHEN, Fei (CHN) vs ZUPANCIC, Kelita (CAN)   
TACHIMOTO, Haruka (JPN) vs PERROT, Lucie (FRA)      

Final Results
1. BOLDER, Linda (NED)            
2. POSVITE, Fanny Estelle (FRA)             
3. ZUPANCIC, Kelita (CAN)             
3. TACHIMOTO, Haruka (JPN)          
5. CHEN, Fei (CHN)           
5. PERROT, Lucie (FRA)              
7. NIANG, Assmaa (MAR)      
7. THONGSRI, Surattana (THA)     

-78kg: VELENSEK halts MALONGA showcase
Rijeka Grand Prix winner Anamari VELENSEK (SLO) abruptly ended the hopes of 20-year-old Madeleine MALONGA (FRA) in the -78kg final after the young French ace embraced one of the sport’s greatest stages. VELENSEK defeated Junior World bronze medallist MALONGA in 28 seconds by ippon from a harai-makikomi. In the first semi-final VELENSEK defeated Guusje STEENHUIS (NED) on shido penalties while France’s latest prodigy was impressive against Qingdao Grand Prix bronze medallist LI Xin (CHN) who fell by ippon from a kuzure-kesa-gatame.

The first bronze medal was won by former world champion Marhinde VERKER (NED) who beat STEENHUIS on shido penalties with two against the Dutchwoman which was one more than her rival received. The second bronze medal went to another former world champion as Audrey TCHEUMEO (FRA) downed LI in 10 seconds with an emphatic tai-otoshi.

MALONGA, Madeleine (FRA) vs VELENSEK, Anamari (SLO)

Bronze Medal Fights
STEENHUIS, Guusje (NED) vs VERKERK, Marhinde (NED)
LI, Xin (CHN) vs TCHEUMEO, Audrey (FRA) 

Final Results
1. VELENSEK, Anamari (SLO)
2. MALONGA, Madeleine (FRA)
3. TCHEUMEO, Audrey (FRA)
3. VERKERK, Marhinde (NED)
5. LI, Xin (CHN)
5. STEENHUIS, Guusje (NED)
7. MALZAHN, Luise (GER)
7. HEISE, Annika (GER)

+78kg: YAMABE strikes for Japan 
Tokyo Grand Slam runner-up YAMABE Kanae (JPN) was triumphant against home judoka Emilie ANDEOL  (FRA) in the +78kg final. YAMABE won her first Grand Slam gold medal at the expense of the European silver medallist ANDEOL who was thrown with a osoto-gari for ippon. ANDEOL (FRA) booked her place in the final by holding down Moscow Grand Slam bronze medallist Sarah ADLINGTON (GBR) as YAMABE surprised world silver medallist Maria Suelen ALTHEMAN (BRA) albeit on shido penalties to setup their final.

The first bronze medal was clinched by Olympic and world champion Idalys ORTIZ (CUB) who defeated ALTHEMAN by ippon in a repeat of their Rio final from last year. The second bronze medal was won by European champion Lucija POLAVDER (SLO) who subdued and submitted ADLINGTON from a juji-gatame.

YAMABE, Kanae (JPN) vs ANDEOL, Emilie (FRA)

Bronze Medal Fights
ALTHEMAN, Maria Suelen (BRA) vs ORTIZ, Idalys (CUB)
ADLINGTON, Sarah (GBR) vs POLAVDER, Lucija (SLO)     

Final Results
1. YAMABE, Kanae (JPN)
2. ANDEOL, Emilie (FRA)
3. POLAVDER, Lucija (SLO)
3. ORTIZ, Idalys (CUB)
5. ALTHEMAN, Maria Suelen (BRA)
7. ODKHUU, Javzmaa (MGL)
7. KONITZ, Franziska (GER)

-81kg: TCHRIKISHVILI denies PIETRI in Paris 
World number one Avtandili TCHRIKISHVILI (GEO) won the latest meeting with the Loic PIETRI (FRA) who defeated him to clinch world gold last year as the Georgian was in devastating form on Sunday. Frenchman PIETRI opened the scoring with a yuko from a yuko-otoshi but his arch-rival responded with a waza-ari and, despite the crowd rallying behind their champion, it was TCHRIKISHVILI who topped the -81kg podium with neither judoka adding any further scores. In the first semi-final Avtandili TCHRIKISHVILI (GEO) shone against Olympic champion KIM Jae-Bum (KOR) as he won by warari-awasette-ippon as he repeatedly unlocked the South Korean’s defence. TCHRIKISHVILI took command with his first waza-ari from a thunderous ura-nage. PIETRI booked his place in the final with a rousing semi-final display against Olympic bronze medallist Antoine VALOIS-FORTIER (CAN) as he scored a waza-ari from his trademark reverse drop seoi-nage before adding a yuko.

The first bronze medal was won by Tokyo Grand Slam winner NAGASE Takanori (JPN) who narrowly defeated Olympic bronze medallist Antoine VALOIS-FORTIER (CAN) by a solitary yuko. The second bronze medal was claimed by KIM, Jae-Bum (KOR) who saw off 2013 Paris champion Yakhyo IMAMOV (UZB) who receieved his fourth shido for passivity with 21 seconds remaining. 

TCHRIKISHVILI, Avtandili (GEO) vs PIETRI, Loic (FRA)    

Bronze Medal Fights
VALOIS-FORTIER, Antoine (CAN) vs NAGASE, Takanori (JPN)
KIM, Jae-Bum (KOR) vs IMAMOV, Yakhyo (UZB)      

Final Results
2. PIETRI, Loic (FRA)
3. NAGASE, Takanori (JPN)
3. KIM, Jae-Bum (KOR)
5. IMAMOV, Yakhyo (UZB)
7. MARESCH, Sven (GER)

-90kg: Korean LEE earns Grand Slam gold
Former world champion LEE Kyu-Won (KOR) took the honours in the -90kg final in the final day after world silver medallist Varlam LIPARTELIANI (GEO) was unable to fight due to injury. In the first semi-final LEE Kyu-Won defeated 19-year-old Tokyo Grand Slam winner BEIKER Masyu (JPN) by the smallest of margins as the former was penalised twice while BEIKER received three shido penalties. At the same stage LIPARTELIANI battled past Marc ODENTHAL (GER) as he won by kesa-gatame.

The first bronze medal was destined for Germany as Qingdao Grand Prix bronze medallist ODENTHAL countered an osoto-gari from Khusen KHALMURZAEV (RUS) by holding his opponents’ waist and rolling him onto his back. The second bronze medal was won by BEIKER who dismissed Jeju Grand Prix winner GWAK Dong Han (KOR) with a yoko-shiho-gatame trapping the Korean down on the tatami.   

LIPARTELIANI, Varlam (GEO) vs LEE, Kyu-Won (KOR)      

Bronze Medal Fights
BEIKER, Masyu (JPN) vs GWAK, Dong Han (KOR)         

Final Results
1. LEE, Kyu-Won (KOR)              
2. LIPARTELIANI, Varlam (GEO)       
3. BEIKER, Masyu (JPN)          
3. ODENTHAL, Marc (GER)         
5. GWAK, Dong Han (KOR)             
5. KHALMURZAEV, Khusen (RUS)                 
7. KATO, Hirotaka (JPN)      
7. BUFFET, Romain (FRA)

-100kg: MARET wins with last-gasp attack 
World Judo Masters bronze medallist Cyrille MARET (FRA) defeated world bronze medallist Lukas KRPALEK (CZE) after a sensational conclusion to the -90kg final. Both men received shido penalties and, after KRPALEK scored a yuko from a ura-nage, MARET registered a yuko of his own just as the five minutes elapsed. Czech judoka had three shido penalties which was one more than MARET and that was decisive. KRPALEK sealed a place in the final after Abu Dhabi Grand Prix winner Dimitri PETERS (GER) pulled out through injury. In the second semi-final MARET outlasted double Omypic bronze medallist Henk GROL (NED) on shido penalties (3-2).

The first bronze medal was won by GROL against Casablanca African Open winner Maxime CLEMENT (FRA) as the latter bowed out (2-1) on shido penalties. The second bronze medal went to Qingdao Grand Prix bronze medallist Adlan BISULTANOV (RUS) as PETERS could not compete due to injury. 

KRPALEK, Lukas (CZE) vs MARET, Cyrille (FRA)     

Bronze Medal Fights
GROL, Henk (NED) vs CLEMENT, Maxime (FRA)    
PETERS, Dimitri (GER) vs BISULTANOV, Adlan (RUS)         

Final Results
1. MARET, Cyrille (FRA)                
2. KRPALEK, Lukas (CZE)        
3. BISULTANOV, Adlan (RUS)              
3. GROL, Henk (NED)      
5. PETERS, Dimitri (GER)            
5. CLEMENT, Maxime (FRA)                  
7. SAYIDOV, Ramziddin (UZB)      
7. MSKHALADZE, Aleksandre (GEO)     

+100kg: SHICHINOHE wins first IJF gold medal
All Japan Judo champion SHICHINOHE Ryu (JPN) won a career-best Grand Slam gold medal as he dismissed Tashkent Grand Prix bronze medallist DAVID Moura (BRA) with a uchi-mata after just 13 seconds. The Japanese judoka guaranteed a place in the final by countering former Olympic bronze medallist Oscar BRAYSON (CUB) who mistimed a uchi-mata attempt and SHICHINOE drove him over with pure upper body control and strength. In the second semi-final MOURA held firm against world bronze medallist  Faicel JABALLAH (TUN) who received two shido penalties while the Brazilian had an unblemished record.

The first bronze medal was won by JABALLAH who defeated German national champion Andre BREITBARTH (GER) after the latter received hansoku-make for four penalties. The second bronze medal was clinched by World Judo Masters bronze medallist Renat SAIDOV (RUS) who dispatched BRAYSON by ippon at the halfway point.

SHICHINOHE, Ryu (JPN) vs MOURA, David (BRA)      

Bronze Medal Fights
JABALLAH, Faicel (TUN) vs BREITBARTH, Andre (GER)    
BRAYSON, Oscar (CUB) vs SAIDOV, Renat (RUS)     

Final Results
1. SHICHINOHE, Ryu (JPN)            
2. MOURA, David (BRA)                 
3. SAIDOV, Renat (RUS)   
3. JABALLAH, Faicel (TUN)        
5. BRAYSON, Oscar (CUB)
5. BREITBARTH, Andre (GER)             
7. MEYER, Roy (NED)       
7. MATIASHVILI, Levani (GEO)      

text bij IJF Media Department

Teddy Riner and Yarden Gerbi voted best judoka of 2013

The traditional Judoka of the year elected was awarded in Bercy. Both were awarded in a full stadium.

Seven weight categories took to the tatami in search of Grand Prix honours as the women’s -70kg, -78kg and +78kg categories and men’s -81kg, -90kg, -100kg and +100kg categories were all in action.

The first IJF event of the new season was fiercely contested and the teeming Bercy crowd were just as prominent as the star-studded field of judoka on display. The Paris spectacle opens the European leg of the Tour and is one of four Grand Slams with Azerbaijan (Baku), Russia (Tyumen) and Japan (Tokyo) all hosts this year.

Ahead of the final block there was an emotional retirement ceremony for French favourites Lucie DECOSSE, Anne-Sophie MONDIERE, Matthieu BATAILLE and Benji DARBELET.

Judoka of the Year

Following the final medal ceremony there was a special presentation from L'esprit du judo magazine as judo idol Teddy RINER received the Best Male Judoka of 2013 Award and world champion Yarden GERBI won the Best Female Judoka prize. The all-conquering Olympic champion RINER, who won European and world gold last year, received a hero’s welcome as he was presented to the Bercy crowed who roared him to glory in 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013.

GERBI received a warm ovation from some of the most fanatical fans in the sport as recognition for her incredible year which saw her win the Baku Grand Slam, Moscow Grand Slam, European bronze and make history as Israel’s first world judo champion.

The event will be remembered for the scintillating judo but also the emergence of the sport’s brightest young stars including home stqars in the form of silver medallist Madeleine MALONGA (FRA) who is just 20 years old and Saturday’s bronze medallist Amandine BUCHARD (FRA) is only 18 years old.

Japan finished top of the medal table with four gold, one silver and six bronze ahead of hosts France who won one gold, five silver and five bronze.

The 2014 IJF World Judo Tour now moves on to Germany for the Dusseldorf Grand Prix from 21-23 February.

The Bercy crowd

8 February 2014

Sensational first day at Stade Bercy in Paris

AT the first day of the Grand Slam in Paris the Asian teams have done well. Japan won two gold medals, SOuth Korea and Mongolia won. The European judoka won three gold medals. It's always sensational to feel the vibration of Bercy! 

-48kg: YAMAGISHI defeats world champion to win gold 
Jeju Grand Prix winner YAMAGISHI Emi (JPN) was the star performer in the lightest category as she finished her day by beating world champion MUNKHBAT Urantsetseg (MGL) to earn gold. YAMAGISHI stepped away from a ko-soto-gari attempt which left MUNKHBAT off balance and she slipped to concede a yuko which was all that separated them after four minutes of action. YAMAGISHI booked her place in the final by conquering 18-year-old Sofia European Open winner Distria KRASNIQI (KOS) by ippon in 17 seconds.  At the same stage world champion MUNKHBAT narrowly defeated Arlen Open winner Maria Celia LABORDE (CUB) by a yuko which was the only score of the contest.  

The first bronze medal was won by teenage revelation Amandine BUCHARD (FRA) who outperformed Maria Celia LABORDE (CUB). BUCHARD won France’s first medal of the competition on shido penalties as she left the tatami overwhelmed in tears of joy and will be one of the new stars of the 2014 World Judo Tour. The second bronze medal went to Beijing 2008 Olympic bronze medallist Paula PARETO (ARG) who bested Distria KRASNIQI (KOS) after the Kosovan received a shido for passivity with a minute remaining to separate the rivals in a scoreless contest.  

YAMAGISHI, Emi (JPN) vs MUNKHBAT, Urantsetseg (MGL)       

Bronze Medal Fights
BUCHARD, Amandine (FRA) vs LABORDE, Maria Celia (CUB)
PARETO, Paula (ARG) vs KRASNIQI, Distria (KOS)  

Final Results
1. YAMAGISHI, Emi (JPN)               
2. MUNKHBAT, Urantsetseg (MGL)               
3. PARETO, Paula (ARG)          
3. BUCHARD, Amandine (FRA)     
5. KRASNIQI, Distria (KOS)             
5. LABORDE, Maria Celia (CUB)       
7. MESTRE ALVAREZ, Dayaris (CUB)    
7. CLEMENT, Melanie (FRA)    

-52kg: Kosovan flag flies high for KELMENDI 
World champion Majlinda KELMENDI (KOS) reigned in the French capital as she halted the title bid of Baku Grand Slam winner Jaana SUNDBERG (FIN) in the -52kg final. Kosovo hero KELMENDI attacked with an uchi-mata at the halfway point which caught her opponent and the crowd by surprise for ippon. In the first semi-final Majlinda KELMENDI (KOS) bested World Championships bronze medallist Mareen KRAEH (GER) with a clinical harai-goshi for ippon and pointed to her coach Driton TONI KUKA with a cheeky smile before returning to her feet. In the second semi-final Jaana SUNDBERG (FIN) defeated Andreea CHITU (ROU) by an uchi-mata with an incredible rotation which left fans in awe.

The first bronze medal was won by Qingdao Grand Prix winner Natalia KUZIUTINA (RUS) who prevailed against losing semi-finalist CHITU with a punishing mune-gatame sapping the energy out of her opponent and yielding ippon. The second bronze medal was clinched by KRAEH who trapped Tashkent Grand Prix silver medallist Gili COHEN (ISR) with a kesa-gatame for ippon.

KELMENDI, Majlinda (KOS) vs SUNDBERG, Jaana (FIN)

Bronze Medal Fights
KUZIUTINA, Natalia (RUS) vs CHITU, Andreea (ROU)     
COHEN, Gili (ISR) vs KRAEH, Mareen (GER)  

Final Results
1. KELMENDI, Majlinda (KOS)            
2. SUNDBERG, Jaana (FIN)        
3. KUZIUTINA, Natalia (RUS)            
3. KRAEH, Mareen (GER)        
5. CHITU, Andreea (ROU)      .            
5. COHEN, Gili (ISR)         
7. RAMOS, Joana (POR)      

-57kg: YAMAMOTO wins all-Japanese final 
2013 Paris Grand Slam silver medallist YAMAMOTO Anzu (JPN) went one better this year as she defeated teammate and Tokyo Grand Slam winner UDAKA Nae (JPN) in the final. After finishing with two shido penalties each after four minutes the action resumed with golden score and a minute later UDAKA received her third and final shido for passivity to hand her compatriot a key victory. Japan defeated hosts France in both -57kg semi-finals to the frustration of the home supporters. UDAKA reigned supreme against Casablanca African Open winner Laetitia BLOT (FRA) by two yuko scores while YAMAMOTO shocked Olympic bronze medallist Automne PAVIA (FRA) on shido penalties.

The first bronze medal was won by French hero PAVIA who was not going to be denied a place on the podium. The crowd favourite drove veteran Sabrina FILZMOSER (AUT) over onto her back for ippon with a thunderous osoto-gari. The second bronze medal was captured by world champion Rafaela SILVA (BRA) who silenced the fervent home support by showing her class against French hope BLOT. SILVA was a comfortable winner from a yuko and wara-ari as she won her country’s first medal of the competition.

UDAKA, Nae (JPN) vs YAMAMOTO, Anzu (JPN)      

Bronze Medal Fights
FILZMOSER, Sabrina (AUT) vs PAVIA, Automne (FRA)     
SILVA, Rafaela (BRA) vs BLOT, Laetitia (FRA)     

Final Results
1. YAMAMOTO, Anzu (JPN)                     
2. UDAKA, Nae (JPN)    
3. PAVIA, Automne (FRA)               
3. SILVA, Rafaela (BRA)            
5. FILZMOSER, Sabrina (AUT)           
5. BLOT, Laetitia (FRA)              
7. ROGIC, Jovana (SRB)      
7. MONTEIRO, Telma (POR)      

-63kg: AGBEGNENOU retains Paris Grand Slam title  
World silver medallist Clarisse AGBEGNENOU (FRA) produced a measured display against veteran Anne-Laure BELLARD (FRA) who was contesting the first Grand Slam final of her career. The last contest on day one saw BELLARD push AGBEGNENOU the distance but the French number one retained her title after her compatriot received a shido for passivity with 90 seconds remaining which proved the difference. BELLARD (FRA) booked her place in the final on shido penalties against Sofia European Open winner Tina TRSTENJAK (SLO) to her delight and a roar of approval from the Bercy faithful. AGBEGNENOU was in sensational form in the preliminaries and delivered a special moment in her semi-final as she lifted rival Anicka VAN EMDEN (NED) FRA with a ura-nage for ippon.

The first bronze medal was won by World Championships bronze medallist VAN EMDEN who outworked Tokyo Grand Slam bronze medallist TANAKA Miki (JPN) to produce a single yuko which was the only score of the tentative contest. The second bronze medal went to accomplished 19-year-old Tokyo Grand Slam silver medallist TASHIRO Miku (JPN) who held her nerve against TRSTENJAK to win by a wara-ari after four minutes of action.

AGBEGNENOU, Clarisse (FRA) vs BELLARD, Anne-Laure (FRA)       

Bronze Medal Fights
TANAKA, Miki (JPN) vs VAN EMDEN, Anicka (NED)     

Final Results
1. AGBEGNENOU, Clarisse (FRA)             
2. BELLARD, Anne-Laure (FRA)            
3. VAN EMDEN, Anicka (NED)               
3. TASHIRO, Miku (JPN)        
5. TANAKA, Miki (JPN)            
5 TRSTENJAK, Tina (SLO)        
7. SILVA, Mariana (BRA)      
7. YANG, Junxia (CHN)     

-60kg: Golden GANBAAT unstoppable for Mongolia
World Judo Masters runner-up GANBAT Boldbaatar (MGL) dominated European champion Amiran PAPINASHVILI (GEO) in a surprisingly one-sided final. GANBAT first broke the resistance of PAPINASHVILI after 90 seconds with a yuko from a ko-soto-gari. The Georgian responded with a uchi-mata effort on the edge of the tatami but GANBAT was ready and rolled his foe over for a waza-ari. GANBAT added a second yuko from an ashi-waza attack before sealing a crowning a masterful performance with a counter after PAPINASHVILI gripped the Mongolian’s belt and sprung forward but before he could strike with ashi-waza GANBAAT turned his body to drive his rival over for ippon with power and precision. PAPINASHVILI secured his final berth by defeating 18-year-old surprise package TSAI Ming Yen (TPE) by ippon after taking control with two yuko scores. At the same stage GANBAT proved too strong for Tokyo Grand Slam bronze medallist KIDO Shinji (JPN) as he grinded out the win by shido penalties.

The first bronze medal was won by KIDO in exactly 100 seconds as he floored former World Championships bronze medallist Ilgar MUSHKIYEV (AZE) with an ouchi-gari and followed up with osaekomi-waza for ippon. The second bronze medal was won by wonderkid TSAI who illustrated his ne-waza ability against Qingdao Grand Prix silver medallist GANBOLD Kherlen (MGL) by seizing the left arm of his rival for a win by juji-gatame.           

PAPINASHVILI, Amiran (GEO) vs GANBAT, Boldbaatar (MGL)       

Bronze Medal Fights
MUSHKIYEV, Ilgar (AZE) vs KIDO, Shinji (JPN)      
GANBOLD, Kherlen (MGL) vs TSAI, Ming Yen (TPE)       

Final Results
1. GANBAT, Boldbaatar (MGL)                      
2. PAPINASHVILI, Amiran (GEO)          
3. KIDO, Shinji (JPN)                
3. TSAI, Ming Yen (TPE)             
5. MUSHKIYEV, Ilgar (AZE)             
5. GANBOLD, Kherlen (MGL)             
7. MOOREN, Jeroen (NED)       
7. LUTFILLAEV, Sharafuddin (UZB)     

-66kg: PULYAEV triumphs for Russia
Abu Dhabi Grand Prix winner Mikhail PULYAEV (RUS) defeated the ever-explosive Georgii ZANTARAIA (UKR) to win -66kg gold. The Russian threw with a tai-otoshi for waza-ari and followed up with a kesure-kesa-gatame hold down for wazari-awasette-ippon.  In the first semi-final PULYAEV surged past World Championships bronze medallist FUKUOKA Masaaki (JPN) by ippon while in the second semi-final Loic KORVAL (FRA) came undone against world bronze medallist ZANTARAIA who edged through on shido penalties.

The first bronze medal was won by KORVAL who forced Nijat SHIKHALIZADA (AZE) to submit with just a minute remaining. The second bronze medal was won by FUKUOKA who just did enough to hold off 2013 Paris Grand Slam winner David LAROSE (FRA) and protect his slender yuko advantage to grace the medal podium.

ZANTARAIA, Georgii (UKR) vs PULYAEV, Mikhail (RUS)      

Bronze Medal Fights
SHIKHALIZADA, Nijat (AZE) vs KORVAL, Loic (FRA)     
LAROSE, David (FRA) vs FUKUOKA, Masaaki (JPN)      

Final Results
1. PULYAEV, Mikhail (RUS)                 
2. ZANTARAIA, Georgii (UKR)           
3. KORVAL, Loic (FRA)                 
3. FUKUOKA, Masaaki (JPN)             
5. SHIKHALIZADA, Nijat (AZE)           
5. LAROSE, David (FRA)              
7. DAVAADORJ, Tumurkhuleg (MGL)     
7. TAKAJO, Tomofumi (JPN)      

-73kg: Paris sees the best of BANG
Tokyo Grand Slam runner-up BANG Gui-Man (KOR) won his first Grand Slam gold medal by inflicting defeat on European kingpin Rok DRAKSIC (SLO). BANG stormed to his maiden title with a spinning ko-uchi-gari scoring ippon after just 16 seconds as DRAKSIC remained on the tatami in disbelief and frustration. The South Korean ace secured his place in the final by conquering European u23 Championship winner Jonathan ALLARDON (FRA) in 12 seconds by ippon. In the second semi-final DRAKSIC impressively humbled Olympic champion Mansur ISAEV (RUS) with osaekomi-waza sealing the victory after leading by a yuko.

The first bronze medal was captured by Olympic bronze medallist Ugo LEGRAND (FRA) after the unfortunate ISAEV picked up an ankle injury in their crowd-commanding contest. LEGRAND pressed with an ashi-waza attack which forced ISAEV onto the backfoot and he fell backwards with his leg landing heavily on his ankle. Classy French star LEGRAND remained on the tatami to check on the condition of his opponent which was applauded by the capacity crowd.  The second bronze medal was won by Victor SCVORTOV (UAE) by a waza-ari against ALLARDON as his meteoric rise continues in 2014.

BANG, Gui-Man (KOR) vs DRAKSIC, Rok (SLO)

Bronze Medal Fights
LEGRAND, Ugo (FRA) vs ISAEV, Mansur (RUS)     
SCVORTOV, Victor (UAE) vs ALLARDON, Jonathan (FRA)      

Final Results
1. BANG, Gui-Man (KOR)                
2. DRAKSIC, Rok (SLO)          
3. LEGRAND, Ugo (FRA)       
3. SCVORTOV, Victor (UAE)       
5. ISAEV, Mansur (RUS)                   
5. ALLARDON, Jonathan (FRA)                 
7. DANCULEA, Costel (ROU)       
7. CHAINE, Guillaume (FRA)      

text by IJF media Department