The Jeju Grand Prix 2015, the final Grand Prix of the year, reached its conclusion on Saturday as four current Olympic champions took to the tatami in South Korea at the Halla Gymnasium.
The Jeju Grand Prix 2015 showcased 128 judoka across four weight categories as the world’s premier judoka took one step closer to qualification for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Halla Gymnasium on Friday.
The Jeju Grand Prix 2015, the final Grand Prix of the year, got underway on Thursday with 148 judoka fighting in South Korea across the five lightest weight categories at the Halla Gymnasium.
The final IJF Grand Prix of the season will see 422 judoka from 70 nations compete at the Halla Gymnasium in Jeju, South Korea, from Thursday 26 to Saturday 28 November.
Recording artist Andrea Bocelli becomes the latest IJF Ambassador. The singer-songwriter, was presented with IJF Ambassador status by the IJF President Mr. Marius Vizer in Budapest which is home to the IJF Presidential Office. Mr. Vizer said: “This is a great honour for the international judo community to have such a great person, human being and artist as the new IJF ambassador.”
The remaining give weight categories of the Qingdao Judo Grand Prix 2015, China, were decided on Sunday as the men’s -90kg, -100kg and -100kg categories and the women’s -78kg and +78kg judoka engrossed supporters in the competition.
Today was the second day of competition at the Qingdao Guoxin Stadium (Diamond Hall) and four categories were engaged as the men’s -73kg, -81kg and women’s -63kg and -70kg judoka were in action.
The first day of the Qingdao Grand Prix 2015, China, took place today in the Qingdao Guoxin Stadium (Diamond Hall). A sunny day outside, it was also a beautiful day for the first five winners of the lightweight categories as the women’s -48kg, -52kg and -57kg and men’s -60kg and -66kg were competing to add precious points towards Rio 2016 Olympic qualification.
Qingdao will showcase the seventh edition of the Qingdao Grand Prix this weekend. Held in the Qingdao Guoxin Stadium (Diamond Hall), the competition will gather together 379 athletes from 59 nations and will attribute points for the Olympic Qualification (gold: 300 points – silver: 180 points – bronze: 120 points – 5th: 60 points – 7th: 48 points – 1/16: 36 points – 1/32: 24 points – 1st fight won: 12 points – participation: 2 points).
West Vancouver judoka Ignacio Rodriguez climbed onto the third step of the Over 100 kg podium this Saturday, at the Oceania Open in Wollongong, Australia. This medal completes Canada’s four-medal haul in the competition.
A record number of 193 million viewers worldwide tuned in to television coverage from the World Judo Championships 2015, organised in Astana from August 24-30, 2015.
Saturday was an excellent day for Canadian judo at the African Open of Port Louis, Mauritius. After a period of erratic competition results, Canada raked in five medals at the competition – two gold, three bronze.
Kelita Zupancic finished fifth and Antoine Valois-Fortier came in seventh this Saturday at the Abu Dhabi Judo Grand Slam, in the United Arab Emirates.
The Abu Dhabi Grand Slam 2015, the fourth IJF Grand Slam of the season, concluded on Sunday as 148 judoka squared off at the IPIC Arena.
Canadian judokas had an overall good first day at the Abu Dhabi Grand Slam, in the United Arab Emirates. After a few rocky weekends, Nicolas Gill’s athletes, for the most part, had good performances in the competition.
The Abu Dhabi Grand Slam 2015 got underway on Friday with judoka in action across five weight categories at the IPIC Arena in the United Arab Emirates’ capital city.
The fourth IJF Grand Slam of the year begins in the capital of the United Arab Emirates on Friday with 489 judoka eyeing glory across 14 weight categories.
From Australia to Argentina, the World Judo Family was united by its support for the 5th edition of the World Judo Day. Perhaps fortuitously as the theme for this year was ‘Unity’ and there was plenty of it on display on the 155th birth anniversary of Master Kano.
The IJF Junior World Championships 2015 produced an exhilarating finale as the team event was the last action of the five-day junior showcase in Abu Dhabi on Tuesday.
The World Junior Championships, in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, came to an end for Canadian judokas on Tuesday, after the men’s team, made up of Olivier Gobeil-St-Amand, Darren Elcock, Patrick Cantin, Louis Krieber-Gagnon and Martin Rygielski, lost the team competition’s first round 4-1 to Belarus.
For Martin Rygielski, the World Junior Championships lasted a mere 53 seconds, the time it took French Messie Katanga to defeat Rygielski in his first and only Over 100 kg match this Monday, in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.
The IJF Junior World Championships individual competition was brought to an explosive close by the heavyweights on Monday at the IPIC Arena.
This Sunday was a day of joy and frustration for the Canadian judokas at the World Junior Championships in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. While some Maple Leafers crossed items off their goal lists, others will be returning home with a bit of a heavy heart.
Saturday was not the most productive day for Canadian judokas at the Abu Dhabi World Junior Championships, in the United Arab Emirates. Both Jessica Klimkait (Under 57 kg) and Patrick Cantin (Under 73 kg) were shown the door early on in the competition.
The IJF Junior World Championships 2015 in Abu Dhabi continued on Sunday as the youngest stars of the IJF World Judo Tour were among the medal hopefuls in the United Arab Emirates.
This Friday was a short day for Canadian judokas at the World Junior Championships in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Marie Besson and Darren Elcock were both eliminated in their first matches.
Abu Dhabi has become the epicentre of the judo world as the IJF Junior World Championships 2015 and the fourth Grand Slam of the year will be held back-to-back in the Emirates capital.
The Paris Grand Slam hasn’t yielded any medals for Canadian judokas. The best performance by a Maple Leafer this weekend was Kyle Reyes‘ seventh place on Sunday, in the Under 100kg division.
The Paris Grand Slam 2015 concluded on Sunday with a pulse-pounding finale at the Accor Hotels Arena.
The Paris Grand Slam 2015, the third IJF Grand Slam of the season, started on Saturday with a pulsating day of judo as the world spectacle opened the Accor Hotels Arena in the heart of the French capital.
This Saturday’s Paris Grand Slam was not as productive a competition for Canadian judokas as last weekend’s women’s and men’s European Opens, in Portugal and Scotland. All six Maple Leafers were shown the door early on in the competition.
The Paris Grand Slam 2015 has once again become the talking point of the sporting world as the world’s finest judoka are set grace the new-look Accor Hotel Arena (formerly Bercy) from Saturday 17 – Sunday 18 October in front of a 12,500 strong crowd.