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هزاع بن زايد: برونزية أولمبياد ريو مستحقة لـ«رياضة الإمارات

 

استقبل سمو الشيخ هزاع بن زايد آل نهيان نائب رئيس المجلس التنفيذي لإمارة أبوظبي في مكتبه في ديوان ولي عهد أبوظبي ماريوس فايزر رئيس الاتحاد الدولي للجودو يرافقه محمد بن ثعلوب الدرعي رئيس اتحاد المصارعة والجودو والكيك بوكسنج رئيس اللجنة المنظمة العليا لبطولة «آيبيك» جراند سلام للجودو 2016 التي اختتمت مؤخراً في صالة آيبيك في مدينة زايد الرياضية في أبوظبي برعاية سموه.

 

واطلع سموه من ماريوس فايزر على الفعاليات والأنشطة التي يقوم بها الاتحاد الدولي للجودو وأهم البرامج والخطط المستقبلية، إضافة إلى مشاركة الإمارات في مجال رياضة الجودو، وإسهاماتها المميزة في دورة الألعاب الأولمبية بريو دي جانيرو بالبرازيل مؤخراً، إذ حقق خلالها اللاعب توما برونزية وزن تحت 81 التي تعد أول إنجاز لـ «جودو الإمارات» خلال تلك الفعاليات الأولمبية، إضافة إلى مواصلة تطور اللعبة لتصبح بطولة جائزة أبوظبي الكبرى للجودو في مصاف بطولات «الجراند سلام» العالمية، وهي البطولة العالمية الثانية التي ينظمها الاتحاد الدولي للجودو بعد بطولة كأس العالم.

 

وأشاد سمو الشيخ هزاع بن زايد آل نهيان بجهود الاتحاد الدولي للجودو المستمرة في خدمة اللعبة، مهنئاً اللاعب توما بالإنجاز الذي حققه خلال مشاركته في دورة الألعاب الأولمبية، إذ فاز خلالها بالميدالية البرونزية الغالية بجانب ذهبية بطولة آيبيك جراند سلام للجودو أبوظبي 2016 في وزن تحت 81 كجم، بجانب برونزية اللاعب فيكتور، مؤكداً سموه أن الفوز البرونزي الذي تحقق في ريو 2016 يعد مستحقاً لرياضة الإمارات، وينبغي تطويره والبناء عليه ومضاعفة الجهود خلال الدورات الأولمبية القادمة.

 

وأعرب رئيس الاتحاد الدولي للجودو عن سعادته باللقاء، ووجوده مجدداً في الإمارات خلال فعاليات بطولة آيبيك جراند سلام، مثنياً على استضافة أبوظبي اجتماعات الاتحاد الدولي للجودو، علاوة على تكريمها الرعيل الأول من المؤسسين لرياضة الجودو في أبوظبي، مؤكداً أن الزيارة أتاحت له فرصة الاطلاع على التطور الذي وصلت إليه رياضة الإمارات بشكل عام ورياضة الجودو خاصة سواء في ممارسة اللعبة وفي تنظيم البطولات العالمية الرياضية المختلفة مما جعل من أبوظبي عاصمة للرياضات العالمية بفضل البنية التحتية المتقدمة.

 

كما وجه رئيس الاتحاد الدولي للجودو دعوة فخرية إلى سمو الشيخ هزاع بن زايد آل نهيان لحضور بطولة العالم للجودو التي تقام أغسطس القادم في العاصمة المجرية بودابست عرفاناً من الاتحاد الدولي للجودو بدور سموه في خدمه الرياضة الإماراتية في مختلف المجالات.

 

وفي ختام اللقاء، تبادل كل من سمو الشيخ هزاع بن زايد آل نهيان ورئيس الاتحاد الدولي للجودو الهدايا التذكارية بهذه المناسبة، كما تلقى سموه درع الاتحاد الدولي للجودو ودرع بطولة آيبيك جراند سلام من محمد بن ثعلوب الدرعي الذي ثمن استقبال سموه لرئيس الاتحاد الدولي للجودو وأعضاء مجلس إدارة الاتحاد واللاعبين الذين حققوا الإنجاز الأولمبي والدولي لجودو الإمارات.

 

حضر اللقاء كل من ناصر خليفة البدور نائب رئيس اتحاد المصارعة والجودو وناصر التميمي الأمين العام للاتحاد أمين صندوق الاتحاد الدولي للجودو ومحمد جاسم أمين السر المساعد للاتحاد، وعدد من أعضاء مجلس إدارة الاتحاد إلى جانب لاعب منتخبنا للجودو توما الفائز ببرونزية دورة الألعاب الأولمبية 2016، والفائز بذهبية بطولة آيبيك جراند سلام للجودو أبوظبي 2016 في وزن تحت 81 كجم، واللاعب فيكتور الفائز بالميدالية البرونزية في وزن تحت 73 كجم في البطولة نفسها. 

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UAE Flag Day - NOV 3rd

Wishing all the UAE citizens and residents a Happy UAE Flag Day

 
The UAE Flag, a symbol of pride, loyalty and belonging for both Emiratis and expats, will be seen decorating the country in the run up to UAE Flag Day on November 3.
 
The annual occasion, which coincides with the anniversary of President His Highness Shaikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan’s assumption of office as the leader of the country, is marked with the flag being hoisted across all government departments and buildings across the emirate.
 
All members of the UAE community, including private companies, are keen on participating in this joyous occasion. This also comes in response to a special call by His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, to launch a nationwide campaign to celebrate UAE Flag Day on November 3.
 
News Courtesy - Gulfnews.com
 

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IJF honours Lassana Palenfo at special gala in Abu Dhabi

The judo family gathered at the Ritz Carlton on Saturday evening, following a successful second day of the Abu Dhabi Grand Slam, to honour the retiring and distinguished Lassana Palenfo who was the longest-serving President in the history of African Judo.

 

 

Mr. Marius Vizer, IJF President, awarded the IJF Gold Medal to Lassana Palenfo, and recognised his lifelong work and dedication to the sport as H.E Mohamed Bin Tha'loob Al Derai applauded

The judo family gathered at the Ritz Carlton on Saturday evening, following a successful second day of the Abu Dhabi Grand Slam, to honour the retiring and distinguished Lassana Palenfo who was the longest-serving President in the history of African Judo.

Ivory Coast judo supremo Palenfo, 75, is one of the most decorated and accomplished sporting figures in not only his own country but also his continent and paved the way for an unprecedented and long-running period of success for judo in Africa.

The long-time Ivory Coast National Olympic Committee President, who has excelled in the sporting and military sectors, officially stepped down in Brazil ahead of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. An audience teeming with judo greats joined together to honour him at the lavish setting. 

Mr. Vizer said: “Ladies and gentlemen, dear friends, we are not here to say good bye but to recognise Mr. Lassana Palenfo who has dedicated his life to judo. It is a pleasure to make him an IJF Honorary Member and, with his own family, to remain in our unique judo family. I thank your Mr. Palenfo for your support and all of your work for to the development of judo worldwide.

“I wish all the best to Mr. Habib Sissoko who was formally elected as the new African Judo Union President at the Rio 2016 Olympics. I wish you every success and to all of your team and African judoka.” 

Mr. Palenfo said: “Dear Mr. Vizer, IJF President, distinguished guests, dear judoka, I am honoured and humbled to be here before you and receiving such honours. I thank Mr. Vizer and appreciated his kind words. Moving on is a part of life and I would like to express my gratitude and appreciation to everyone who has supported me and the progression of our sport.

“I have enjoyed working with you all and I have had incredible experiences through our sport which will always remain with me. I am sure that I am leaving the torch in good hands and the framework is in place for a prosperous future for African judo and the international stage.

“African judo has potential at all different levels and needs to be trusted, supported and better results will come. Hard work leads to experience and experience leads to excellence. I leave with feelings of emotion but also a sense of competition.”

Mr. Jean-Luc Rouge (above - left), IJF General Secretary, presented the IJF Honorary Member Diploma to Mr. Palenfo (above) before Mr. Vizer presented the IJF Symbol, a special Jigoro Kano statue to H.E Mohamed Bin Tha'loob Al Derai, U.A.E Wrestling, Judo and Kickboxing President (below - left).

His Excellency then presented a special award to Mr. Lassana Palenfo

H.E Mohamed Bin Tha'loob Al Derai said: “I am very happy today as we won two medals and we could not have done it without your support. I thank you all and I am very happy to see you here.”

Famed Italian singer and actor Al Bano (below - centre), who was appointed as an IJF Ambassador in 2016, has been enjoying the action at the Abu Dhabi Grand Slam 2016 and treated the gala evening crowd to some special performances.

The attention returns to the Abu Dhabi Grand Slam 2016 on Sunday morning as the heavyweights will bring the fourth Grand Slam of the season to a thrilling close. 

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IPIC Judo Grand Slam 2016, U.A.E - Day 3

France top the medal table ahead of the Netherlands in Abu Dhabi

The Abu Dhabi Grand Slam 2016, the fourth and penultimate Grand Slam of the season, produced a pulse-raising final day as the ippons flowed at the IPIC Arena in the Emirates. 

 

The U.A.E’s premier annual sports event came to an explosive finale the with heavyweights as the women’s -78kg and +78kg categories and the men’s -90kg, -100kg and +100kg categories all featured on the last day of competition. 

Mr. Marius Vizer, IJF President, stood alongside Mr. Al Bano, IJF Ambassador (far right), H.E Mohamed Bin Tha'loob Al Derai, U.A.E Wrestling, Judo and Kickboxing President, and Mr. Obaid Al-Anzi, Judo Union of Asia President and IJF Vice President (far left) for the IJF Anthem at the end of the competition 

Judo’s finest athletes will now move on to China for the final Grand Prix of the year as 176 judoka from 18 nations will compete from 18 – 20 November in Qingdao. Hosts China, who won their first men’s Olympic judo medal at Rio 2016, will field a full strength team of 56 judoka while Japan, Mongolia and South Korea will also be there in high numbers.

Watch #JudoQingdao2016, the final Grand Prix of the IJF World Judo Tour 2016, live and free at www.ippon.tv

WOMEN

-78kg: Steely STEENHUIS records fourth Grand Slam victory        

European Championships silver medallist Guusje STEENHUIS (NED) recorded her fourth Grand Slam victory with a gritty display in Abu Dhabi. STEENHUIS has now won seven medals in a row as she has left no doubt over who is the Netherlands’ top -78kg judoka having missed out on Rio 2016 to Marhinde VERKERK. On her Grand Slam debut Junior European Championships winner Anna Maria WAGNER (GER) showed her untapped potential at the highest level as she only lost to STEENHUIS who took silver at the Zagreb Grand Prix last time out in September. The Dutch star scored a yuko from an ouchi-gari in a professional performance even if she was disappointed to only win by that slender margin.

In the first semi-final STEENHUIS could not break the stubborn resistance of Zagreb Grand Prix bronze medallist Sama Hawa CAMARA (FRA). The young Frenchwoman was penalised twice while STEENHUIS was only reprimanded once and safely advanced into the gold medal contest. In the second semi-final Samsun Grand Prix winner Madeleine MALONGA (FRA) lost to WAGNER on shido penalties. The French fighter was penalised three times while her German opponent posted an unblemished record to book a fascinating final against STEENHUIS.

The first bronze medal was won by Tallinn European Open silver medallist Samanta SOARES (BRA) who beat MALONGA who knew that it was a contest that she should have won. The athletic Frenchwoman was penalised twice while former Rio Grand Slam silver medallist SOARES was penalised once. The contest lacked rhythm and attacking intent from both judoka as the shidos determined the winner and provided one more medal for Brazil.

The second bronze medal contest was won by former Junior European Championships winner Anastasiya TURCHYN (UKR) who prevailed against CAMARA by a single shido as both bronze medals surprisingly escaped the clutches of the French women’s team who had thrived on day one and two.                   
Final

WAGNER, Anna Maria (GER) vs STEENHUIS, Guusje (NED)

Bronze Medal Fights

MALONGA, Madeleine (FRA) vs SOARES, Samanta (BRA)
TURCHYN, Anastasiya (UKR) vs CAMARA, Sama Hawa (FRA)

Final Results 

1. STEENHUIS, Guusje (NED)
2. WAGNER, Anna Maria (GER)
3. SOARES, Samanta (BRA)
3. TURCHYN, Anastasiya (UKR)
5. MALONGA, Madeleine (FRA)
5. CAMARA, Sama Hawa (FRA)
7. ROSE, Brigitte (SEY)
7. APOTEKAR, Klara (SLO) 

+78kg: ALTHEMAN inks fourth Grand Slam prize after Rio 2016 anguish     

Rio 2016 Olympian Maria Suelen ALTHEMAN (BRA) bounced back from her glum Games experience by topping an IJF Grand Slam medal podium for the fourth time on Sunday. Double world silver medallist ALTHEMAN, who finished fifth at the London 2012 Olympic Games and lost her opening contest at Rio 2016, opposed Budapest Grand Prix winner Carolin WEISS (GER) who lacked confidence at the final hurdle as gold again escaped her on the Grand Slam stage. A harai-makikomi gave the Brazilian a waza-ari and WEISS was beaten on the ground as the immovable South American pinned her down for 15 seconds and wazari-awasette-ippon. 

In the first semi-final WEISS threw former Baku Grand Slam silver medallist Santa PAKENYTE (LTU) with a thunderous hip throw for the maximum score while in the second semi-final ALTHEMAN subdued Tashkent Grand Prix silver medallist Maryna SLUTSKAYA (BLR) on the ground. The Brazilian submitted her opponent with shime-waza, which is not so common in heavyweight women’s judo, via a sode-guruma-jime.  

The first bronze medal was won by SLUTSKAYA who saw off Budapest Grand Prix bronze medallist Iryna KINDZERSKA (UKR) with a sode-tsurikomi-goshi for a yuko score. The Belarus judoka vanished under the Ukrainian to throw her for the smallest score and KINDZERSKA needed to chase the contest but instead toiled and was penalised for passivity before SLUTSKAYA was penalised for dropping in the closing seconds.   

The second bronze medal was won by PAKENYTE who defeated former Junior World Championships bronze medallist Yelyzaveta KALANINA (UKR) to capture her second Grand Slam bronze medal. PAKENYTE rushed in front with a yuko from a harai-makikomi and dropped into osaekomi for 20 seconds and ippon.                             

Final

ALTHEMAN, Maria Suelen (BRA) vs WEISS, Carolin (GER)                                                                                                            
Bronze Medal Fights

SLUTSKAYA, Maryna (BLR) vs KINDZERSKA, Iryna (UKR)
PAKENYTE, Santa (LTU) vs KALANINA, Yelyzaveta (UKR)

Final Results

1. ALTHEMAN, Maria Suelen (BRA)
2. WEISS, Carolin (GER)
3. SLUTSKAYA, Maryna (BLR)
3. PAKENYTE, Santa (LTU)
5. KINDZERSKA, Iryna (UKR)
5. KALANINA, Yelyzaveta (UKR)
7. KARA, Kubra (TUR)
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MEN

-90kg: Top seed KUKOLJ triumphs as Serbia dominates the category                

Baku Grand Slam silver medallist Aleksandar KUKOLJ (SRB) turned his top seed status into the top prize in Abu Dhabi as Serbia won half of the -90kg medals on offer. KUKOLJ, 25, posted a new personal best as he defeated Almaty Grand Prix winner Axel CLERGET (FRA) in the first gold medal contest in Sunday’s final block. The two vastly-underrated judoka were separated by a waza-ari for KUKOLJ from a tani-otoshi before the Serbian trapped down his French opponent with a kesa-gatame before eventually settling into a mune-gatame for 15 seconds and the gold medal.   

In the first semi-final Baku Grand Slam silver medallist Aleksandar KUKOLJ (SRB) defeated Glasgow European Open winner Max STEWART (GBR) by ippon in a one-sided contest as the Serbian was on form to confirm his place in the gold medal contest. In the second semi-final the skilful CLERGET defeated former Tashkent Grand Prix bronze medallist Hannes CONRAD (GER). Neither man backed down an inch in the battle for grips as the Frenchman won a hard-fought contest by scoring a yuko and trapping his German rival in a kuzure-kesa-gatame hold for 20 seconds.

The first bronze medal was awarded to 2012 Baku Grand Prix winner Tural SAFGULIYEV (AZE) who won the opening contest of the final block against CONRAD. The Azeri broke the deadlock with a yuko from an ippon seoi-nage - with half of the contest gone - which IJF Hall of Famer YAMASHITA Yasuhiro even applauded in the front row. SAFGULIYEV was penalised with a shido for going out but had already done enough to narrowly capture his first Grand Slam medal.

The second bronze medal went to 20-year-old Junior European Championships winner Nemanja MAJDOV (SRB) who defeated STEWART. MAJDOV, who moved up from -81kg to -90kg at the Zagreb Grand Prix in September, showed that decision and timing was inspired as he won the first Grand Slam medal of his career at his first attempt in his new weight. The Serbian fighter scored a yuko with 47 seconds remaining as he countered the ashi-waza of STEWART and that score separated the young talents after five minutes.      

Final

KUKOLJ, Aleksandar (SRB) vs CLERGET, Axel (FRA)                                                                                                                                       
Bronze Medal Fights

CONRAD, Hannes (GER) vs SAFGULIYEV, Tural (AZE)
STEWART, Max (GBR) vs MAJDOV, Nemanja (SRB)

Final Results

1. KUKOLJ, Aleksandar (SRB)
2. CLERGET, Axel (FRA)
3. SAFGULIYEV, Tural (AZE)
3. MAJDOV, Nemanja (SRB)
5. CONRAD, Hannes (GER)
5. STEWART, Max (GBR)
7. BETTONI, Eduardo (BRA)
7. KLAMMERT, David (CZE) 

-100kg:MAMMADOV rolls back the years for Azerbaijan gold          

Elkhan MAMMADOV (AZE) won a battle of attrition and battle of former world champions against Luciano CORREA (BRA) as Azerbaijan struck gold. MAMMADOV, 34, was his country’s leading supporter at the Olympic Games as he was the most animated man in the building when his teammate Elmar GASIMOV took -100kg silver, and showed that he still has the quality and desire to compete at the top level. CORREA, 33, was a surprise entry but more than justified his flight ticket as he held nothing back and will return home with his first Grand Slam medal since bronze in Moscow in 2013. The -100kg final went down to shido penalties as a second shido for the Brazilian was one more than his opponent and Azeri MAMMADOV who was overjoyed to reignite his career in Abu Dhabi.      

MAMMADOV (white) in quarter-final action against SERIKBAYEV (KAZ)

In the first semi-final MAMMADOV dismissed 22-year-old former Tashkent Grand Prix silver medallist Zlatko KUMRIC (CRO) by the margin of a waza-ari and yuko while in the second semi-final Zagreb Grand Prix bronze medallist Joakim DVARBY (SWE) succumbed to CORREA after 38 seconds of golden score as the Swede was penalised for stepping out.

The first bronze medal was won by DVARBY who made it two medals from two IJF events up in his new weight category. The Swede moved up from -90kg to -100kg in September and after bronze at the Zagreb Grand Prix was able to defeat 23-year-old Aibek SERIKBAYEV (KAZ) who was appearing in the final block on the IJF World Judo Tour for the first time in his career. DVARBY charged ahead with a waza-ari before pinning his opponent in osaekomi with a mune-gatame for 15 seconds and wazari-awasette-ippon. The second bronze medal was won by Budapest Grand Prix bronze medallist Philip AWITI-ALCARAZ (GBR) as the Enfield Judo Club product bowed on and off as KUMRIC of Croatia could not compete due to injury.                            

Final

CORREA, Luciano (BRA) vs MAMMADOV, Elkhan (AZE)

Bronze Medal Fights

DVARBY, Joakim (SWE) vs SERIKBAYEV, Aibek (KAZ)
KUMRIC, Zlatko (CRO) vs AWITI-ALCARAZ, Philip (GBR)

Final Result

1. MAMMADOV, Elkhan (AZE)
2. CORREA, Luciano (BRA)
3. DVARBY, Joakim (SWE)
3. AWITI-ALCARAZ, Philip (GBR)
5. SERIKBAYEV, Aibek (KAZ)
5. KUMRIC, Zlatko (CRO)
7. SHUKUROV, Jalil (AZE)
7. AWITI-ALCARAZ, Philip (GBR)

+100kg: Abu Dhabi expert NATEA doubles his Grand Slam gold medal tally          

World Judo Masters winner Daniel NATEA (ROU) has now won both of his Grand Slam gold medals in Abu Dhabi after a workman-like win over Tashkent Grand Prix bronze medallist Aliaksandr VAKHAVIAK (BLR) in the heavyweight men’s final. NATEA was in devastating form in the preliminaries with a host of ippons worthy of the highlight reel treatment as he has become the leading heavyweight who is active on the tour post-Rio 2016. A yuko from a ko-soto attack put the heaviest man in the category ahead after only 30 seconds and a waza-ari almost put the rampant Romanian out of sight. VAKHAVIAK, to his credit, did not concede again as he frustrated NATEA in the closing minute as many spectators anticipated an ippon finish but the Belarus fighter held up the latter to take silver with dignity. 

In the first semi-final NATEA launched former Tyumen Grand Slam bronze medallist Soslan BOSTANOV (RUS) with an uchi-mata for a truly heavyweight ippon which was heard across the Emirates. In the second semi-final Tyumen Grand Slam bronze medallist Anton BRACHEV (RUS) was beaten by Aliaksandr VAKHAVIAK (BLR) with a picturesque sasae-tsurikomi-ashi for ippon.

The first bronze medal went to former Ulaanbaatar Grand Prix winner Michal HORAK (CZE) who countered a ura-nage attempt from BRACHEV with a ko-uchi-gari for a waza-ari score. HORAK helped himself to his first career Grand Slam honours to the delight of his Czech teammates and after absorbing this result will have to think about his next move as his teammate and -100kg Olympic champion Lukas KRPALEK (CZE) is expected to make the leap up to the heavyweight division. 

The second bronze medal went to Baku Grand Slam bronze medallist David MOURA (BRA) who held down BOSTANOV for 20 seconds and ippon. MOURA, who was a spectator in Rio as he saw Rafael SILVA (BRA) win his second Olympic bronze medal, turned over the Russian in ne-waza and was not going to be prised away from the upper body of his opponent.                                                                                                                              
Final

VAKHAVIAK, Aliaksandr (BLR) vs NATEA, Daniel (ROU)

Bronze Medal Fights

BRACHEV, Anton (RUS) vs HORAK, Michal (CZE)
MOURA, David (BRA) vs BOSTANOV, Soslan (RUS)

Final Result

1. NATEA, Daniel (ROU)
2. VAKHAVIAK, Aliaksandr (BLR)
3. HORAK, Michal (CZE)
3. MOURA, David (BRA)
5. BRACHEV, Anton (RUS)
5. BOSTANOV, Soslan (RUS)
7. SILVA, Joao Cesarino (BRA)
7. ZALAGH, Nabil (FRA)

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IPIC Judo Grand Slam 2016, U.A.E - Day 2

SERGIU TOMA STRIKES TO BE CROWNED THE U.A.E.'S FIRST IJF GRAND SLAM WINNER.

The United Arab Emirates’ first Olympic judo medallist Sergiu TOMA (U.A.E.) took centre stage on day two of the Abu Dhabi Grand Slam 2016 as he became his country’s first IJF Grand Slam winner at the IPIC Arena.

 

Rio 2016 Olympic bronze medallist TOMA, 29, starred in Brazil as he won the second U.A.E. Olympic medal and their first in judo. The United Arab Emirates hero only lost to eventual Olympic champion Khasan KHALMURZAEV (RUS) in Rio and won bronze by defeating Matteo MARCONCINI (ITA) by ippon.

The homecoming for TOMA in Abu Dhabi did not disappointed as he fought for the first time since Rio 2016 and was in fine form.

Mr. Marius VIZER, IJF President, recognised the landmark achievement for the hosts and praised their continued success on the IJF World Judo Tour.

“I see today’s result as confirmation of the U.A.E.’s Olympic medal. I believe it is a good promotion for judo here and in the Gulf region and a model for developing judo nations as the U.A.E have been successful in promoting the sport and its values in addition to being successful at the elite level.”

Mr. Naser AL-TAMEEMI, U.A.E Wrestling, Judo and Kickboxing Federation General Secretary, said: “This result continues what we achieved at Rio 2016 and the two medals today are a great reward for us. We are now attracting a new generation of young judoka which bodes well for the future.

“TOMA felt great pressure fighting here after the Olympics and he is already looking ahead to more challenges and winning more medals for the U.A.E. Thanks to our Olympic medal judo has been in the news, in the headlines and more and more people are talking about the sport here. There was a lot of public support already here for our athletes and now our goal is to make judo the top sport in the Emirates.”

Victor SCVORTOV (white) won -73kg bronze as part of the U.A.E's medal rush on day two

The four gold medals on day two were clinched by four different countries as France, Sweden and the Netherlands also celebrated Grand Slam gold.

The Abu Dhabi Grand Slam 2016 will conclude on Sunday with the heavyweights as the men’s -90kg, -100kg and +100kg categories will take to the two tatami in addition to the women’s -78kg and +78kg categories. 

WOMEN

-63kg: FRANSSEN firepower hands Netherlands gold in Abu Dhabi

World Judo Masters silver medallist Juul FRANSSEN (NED) won the Abu Dhabi Grand Slam with victory over European Championships silver medallist Kathrin UNTERWURZACHER (AUT) in the -63kg final. Paris Grand Slam silver medallist FRANSSEN will now break into the top 10 on the world ranking list as she tied up UNTERWURZACHER in osaekomi for 20 seconds to win her maiden gold medal on the Grand Slam stage. The awareness of FRANSSEN was evident both on and off the tatami as she blew a kiss to the camera as she left the field of play and is now focused on continental and World honours in 2017.

FRANSSEN (white) in semi-final action against Mariana SILVA (BRA) 

In the first semi-final UNTERWURZACHER bested Almaty Grand Prix winner Margaux PINOT (FRA) by a single shido in a scoreless contest as the top seed safely progressed into the gold medal contest. In the second semi-final FRANSSEN defeated Rio 2016 Olympian Mariana SILVA (BRA). FRANSSEN, who was left at home during Rio 2016 in favour of eventual Olympic bronze medallist Anicka VAN EMDEN (NED), beat SILVA who was unable to assert herself in the contest. The Brazilian finished fifth at her home Olympics and was undone today by two scores from FRANSSEN who made sure of a spot in the gold medal contest by ippon.  

The first bronze medal was won by SILVA as she defeated Tashkent Grand Prix silver medallist Marijana MISKOVIC HASANBEGOVIC (CRO) in the opening contest of the final block on day two in Abu Dhabi. The Brazilian made a poor start as she was penalised twice for cross-gripping without immediately attacking. MISKOVIC HASANBEGOVIC was unable to muster any scoring opportunities and was caught for a yuko which turned out to be the only score after four minutes. The second bronze medal was won by Beijing 2008 Olympic bronze medallist Ketleyn QUADROS (BRA) to match the result of her teammate. QUADROS, 29, scored a yuko with a left-sided drop seoi-nage on the edge of the area to defeat PINOT who failed to threaten the scoreboard during any stage of the four minute contest. 

Final

FRANSSEN, Juul (NED) vs UNTERWURZACHER, Kathrin (AUT)                                                      

Bronze Medal Fights

SILVA, Mariana (BRA) vs MISKOVIC HASANBEGOVIC, Marijana (CRO)
PINOT, Margaux (FRA) vs QUADROS, Ketleyn (BRA)

 

Final Results

1. FRANSSEN, Juul (NED)
2. UNTERWURZACHER, Kathrin (AUT)
3. SILVA, Mariana (BRA)
3. QUADROS, Ketleyn (BRA)
5. MISKOVIC HASANBEGOVIC, Marijana (CRO)
5. PINOT, Margaux (FRA)
7. OZDOBA, Agata (POL)
7. TALACH, Karolina (POL)

-70kg: France’s top teenager GAHIE is here to stay at the elite level     

 

Junior European champion Marie Eve GAHIE (FRA) became the youngest French woman to win Grand Slam gold as the teenager defeated Baku Grand Slam silver medallist Maria PORTELA (BRA) for the top prize in the -70kg category. GAHIE, who turns 20 in November, absorbed the power of her opponent and her lack of experience was not a factor as the fearless Frenchwoman was light on her feet and positive throughout the final. A shido for PORTELA turned out to be the deciding factor as PORTELA was the only judoka penalised in the four minute gold medal contest (for a negative posture) as both judoka failed to produce a score in a close contest.  

In the first semi-final double Olympian PORTELA outworked Tallinn European Open winner Anna BERNHOLM (SWE) for all four minutes as the latter was penalised with a shido which decided the scoreless contest. In the second semi-final GAHIE came from behind to defeat former Cadet European Championship winner Katie-Jemima YEATS-BROWN (GBR) in a contest between two of the rising judoka at this weight. Glasgow European Open winner YEATS-BROWN, a former gymnast and rugby player, led with a waza-ari from an ouchi-gari before her French foe restored parity with a waz-ari of her own. The younger fighter pulled away from the British judoka with two yuko scores to seal a place in the -70kg final.

The first bronze medal was claimed by 21-year-old YEATS-BROWN over 18-year-old Grand Slam debutant Giovanna SCOCCIMARRO (GER). The Briton marked her first Grand Slam appearance with a vibrant display as she was composed and energetic for all four minutes. YEATS-BROWN, who had Barcelona 1992 Olympic bronze medallist and Sydney 2000 Olympic silver medallist Kate HOWEY (GBR) offering her instruction from the coaching chair, scored a waza-ari with a sode-tsurikomi-goshi, her favourite technique, with 45 seconds left, to win a superb medal as Britain are reaping the benefit of sending out their best youngsters at this opening period of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic cycle.                                
The second bronze medal was captured by former Buenos Aires Pan American Open bronze medallist Barbara TIMO (BRA) who scored twice without reply to defeat BERNHOLM. TIMA, who is part of a plentiful and star-laden Brazilian team in Abu Dhabi, opened the scoring with a waza-ari after one minute with a harai-makikomi before the former added a yuko score with a left-sided seoi-nage. BERNHOLM, who moved up from -63kg to -70kg in July, was outgripped and was physically spent as TIMO won her first Grand Slam hardware. 

Final

PORTELA, Maria (BRA) vs GAHIE, Marie-Eve (FRA)

Bronze Medal Fights

YEATS-BROWN, Katie-Jemima (GBR) vs SCOCCIMARRO, Giovanna (GER)
BERNHOLM, Anna (SWE) vs TIMO, Barbara (BRA)

Final Results

1. GAHIE, Marie-Eve (FRA)
2. PORTELA, Maria (BRA)
3. YEATS-BROWN, Katie-Jemima (GBR)
3. TIMO, Barbara (BRA)
5. SCOCCIMARRO, Giovanna (GER)
5. BERNHOLM, Anna (SWE)
7. MOSSONG, Lynn (LUX)
7. BAKACAK, Sukran (TUR)

MEN

-73kg: Swede MACIAS arrives on the world stage at the expense of world number one

Zagreb Grand Prix silver medallist Tommy MACIAS (SWE) hit the medal trail once again on the IJF World Judo Tour as he upstaged world number one and Rio 2016 Olympic silver medallist Rustam ORUJOV (AZE). MACIAS, 23, showed that his silver medal in Croatia was a stepping stone and a sign of things to come as many pondered whether he could repeat that medal or it would be a one-off. The Swedish judoka was the highlight in the talent-rich -73kg category as he won a tremendous contest as both judoka left everything on the tatami. Every Swede and every Azeri in the building were on their feet while neutral fans were glued to the action as MACIAS showed his character by coming from a yuko down to defeat one of the most consistent performers in judo in ORUJOV who was caught with a low ko-soto-gake for a waza-ari score. 

In the first semi-final ORUJOV denied former world bronze medallist Victor SCVORTOV (U.A.E) as he won by a yuko score while in the second semi-final Tyumen Grand Slam winner Musa MOGUSHKOV (RUS) was ousted by MACIAS (SWE) who took control of his Russian rival and drove him over for ippon with a clever counter. 

The first bronze medal was won by MOGUSHKOV who defeated 21-year-old Ulaanbaatar Grand Prix bronze medallist Fagan GULUZADA (AZE). The Azeri youngster was competing for a Grand Slam medal for the first time and it showed as he looked tentative while MOGUSHKOV looked at ease. A committed ashi-waza attack from GULUZADA sent the Russian towards the tatami but he turned out and then filled the role of the attacker himself. MOGUSHKOV adopted a low posture and executed a neat turnover from which the Azeri spun out by using his head as a pivot and bridged and the Russian was awarded the maximum score.   

The second bronze medal went to SCVORTOV who required added time to beat the resolute Tallinn European Open silver medallist Sam VAN T WESTENDE (NED). The crowd applauded the spirited endeavours of their fighter who rewarded them in golden score as he produced a sensational yoko-tomoe-nage for a yuko score to give the hosts their first medal on home soil. ‘U.A.E.’ chants rung out around the IPIC Arena as SCVORTOV revelled in the ovation and applauded his fans.     

Final

ORUJOV, Rustam (AZE) vs MACIAS, Tommy (SWE)

Bronze Medal Fights

GULUZADA, Fagan (AZE) vs MOGUSHKOV, Musa (RUS)
SCVORTOV, Victor (UAE) vs VAN T WESTENDE, Sam (NED)

Final Results 

1. MACIAS, Tommy (SWE)
2. ORUJOV, Rustam (AZE)
3. MOGUSHKOV, Musa (RUS)
3. SCVORTOV, Victor (UAE)
5. GULUZADA, Fagan (AZE)
5. VAN T WESTENDE, Sam (NED)
7. POMBO SILVA, Alex William (BRA)
7. CONTINI, Marcelo (BRA) 

-81kg: Home hero TOMA creates history as the first U.A.E Grand Slam winner

U.A.E. hero Sergiu TOMA (U.A.E.) was again the man of the moment for his country as he became the first U.A.E. judoka to win a Grand Slam and he was able to do it where it matters the most, at his home event and in front of his federation and supporters. Rio 2016 Olympic bronze medallist TOMA opposed world bronze medallist Victor PENALBER (BRA) in the final and they cancelled each other out initially with two shidos apiece after as many minutes. A driving te-waza movement with a minute left gave TOMA a waza-ari and the home fans raised the volume in the IPIC Arena as their leading light made new history only two months after his Olympic heroics. 

In the first semi-final TOMA thwarted former Paris Grand Slam bronze medallist Frank DE WIT (NED) by ippon as the former took advantage of his opponent being off balance after a laboured attack and powered over the young Dutchman with 35 seconds remaining. DE WIT was shaping up for a pick up but was not expecting such bold resistance and was unsteady as TOMA took full advantage. In the second semi-final PENALBER defeated former world silver medallist Srdjan MRVALJEVIC (MNE) with a yuko after 44 seconds proving to be the only score of the contest as the attacks of the latter lacked intent.

The first bronze medal was won by 32-year-old stalwart MRVALJEVIC who bested an out-of-sorts former Tyumen Grand Slam winner Ivan VOROBEV (RUS). MRVALJEVIC won his first IJF medal since his World Championships 2011 silver medal at the Tashkent Grand Prix two weeks ago when he won bronze and following that five-year wait the veteran won his second IJF medal in three weeks with a stylish sasae-tsurikomi-ashi earning a yuko which was the only score in the four minute contest. 

The second bronze medal was DE WIT who continues to emerge as one of the top prospects in this Olympic cycle. The 20-year-old, who is one of the leading hopes at the Netherlands’ new centralised national training centre, defeated 19-year-old Almaty Grand Prix bronze medallist Didar KHAMZA (KAZ) to win his second Grand Slam bronze medal. DE WIT made a fast start as he threw with a yoko-tomoe-nage after just 15 seconds for a yuko score and 45 seconds later KHAMZA inexplicably grabbed the legs of his opponent to receive hansoku-make. Dutchman DE WIT was ecstatic with the result and his career is only moving in one direction as he looks to break into the top 20 on the world ranking list.  

Final

TOMA, Sergiu (U.A.E) vs PENALBER, Victor (BRA)

Bronze Medal Fights

VOROBEV, Ivan (RUS) vs MRVALJEVIC, Srdjan (MNE)
DE WIT, Frank (NED) vs KHAMZA, Didar (KAZ)

Final Result

1. TOMA, Sergiu (U.A.E)
2. PENALBER, Victor (BRA)
3. MRVALJEVIC, Srdjan (MNE)
3. DE WIT, Frank (NED)
5. VOROBEV, Ivan (RUS)
5. KHAMZA, Didar (KAZ)
7. UNGVARI, Attila (HUN)
7. CSOKNYAI, Laszlo (HUN)

COMPETITION PROGRAMME 

Sunday

12:00 Preliminaries on two mats
17:00 Final block on one mat

Women: -78kg, +78kg
Men: -90kg, -100kg, +100kg

Location: IPIC Arena 

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