IJF World Championships Astana Day 4 Recap & Photos

The World Judo Championships produced a riveting day of judo as the defending world champions continued to tumble at the Alau Ice Palace in Astana, Kazakhstan on Thursday.

Day four saw 123 judoka compete across the men’s -81kg and women’s -63 categories with 75 men in action and 48 women bidding for gold at the last World Championships before the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

Catherine Beauchemin-Pinard So Close to Podium

After earning silver in the Junior World Championships of 2013 and bronze in 2014, Canadian judoka Catherine Beauchemin-Pinard came very close to adding a medal to her collection on Wednesday, at the Senior World Championships in Astana, Kazakhstan. She eventually succumbed in overtime in the Under 57kg bronze match, and finished the competition in fifth place.

IJF World Championships Astana Day 3 Recap & Photos

The World Judo Championships 2015 spectacle continued to grip fans at the Alau Ice Palace in Astana, Kazakhstan, and spectators watching around the world on Wednesday. On the third day of the IJF’s seven-day judo festival, 129 judoka were competing across two categories as 74 men fought in the -73kg category and 55 women were in action in the -57kg category.

Short Day for Bouchard and Guica at Judo World Championships

It was a short day for Canadian judokas on Tuesday at the World Championships in Astana, Kazakhstan. Antoine Bouchard was eliminated in the second round in the Under 66kg class, while Ecaterina Guica, fighting in the Under 52kg, was stopped in her first match.

“It ended a little too quickly for my taste,” admitted Bouchard, defeated in his second bout of the day by world’s 9th-ranking judoka, Azerbaijani Nijat Shikhalizada.

Two-Match Day for Sergio Pessoa at World Judo Championships

Sergio Pessoa’s day at the World Judo Championships on Monday came to an end after two matches in Astana, Kazakhstan.

Competing in the Under 60kg, he won his first match against Hong Kong’s Kin Ting Yu, ranked 102nd in the world. Pessoa, currently 78th in the world, got his opponent to take three penalties, against two of his own, and moved through to the next round.

Klimkait, Rygielski on Third Step of Podium at Judo Euro Cup

Canadian judokas Jessica Klimkait and Martin Rygielski will not come home empty-handed from the Deva Junior European Cup, in Romania. Both of them earned the bronze in their respective classes.

Competing in the Under 57kg, Jessica Klimkait was off to a great start and won her first two matches, against Italian Samanta Fiandino and Israeli Adi Grossman.

BT Sport Joins Judo Broadcast Family

Mr. Marius Vizer, the IJF President “We are delighted that BT Sport has become our British broadcast partner for the World Championships of Judo. BT Sport has shown a remarkable liveliness and vigour in its promotion of sports since it came on the scene, and in many ways this matches Judo’s own ambitions to be fully recognised as a premier brand around the world. This has been achieved in many countries including Britain’s neighbour, France. But – despite judo’s proud history in the Olympic Games and its popularity with many generations of young people – judo has received too little television coverage in recent years in Britain. We are sure this is the start of a major swing towards judo being recognised in British households as a gripping and very exciting television sport for young and not-so-young alike.”

IJF Congress in Astana 2015 Recap

The IJF Congress, the first official and public business on the occasion of the World Judo Championships 2015 in Astana, Kazakhstan, took place on Friday at the Palace of Peace and Reconciliation.

Mr. Jean-Luc ROUGE, IJF General Secretary and Mr. Naser AL-TAMIMI, IJF General Treasurer, were re-elected unopposed for four-year terms while four new IJF Executive Committee members were unveiled in the Kazakhstan capital ahead of the seven-day competition which starts on Monday.

Tony Walby Finishes 5th at Judo ParaPan American Games

Last Canadian parajudoka to compete in the ParaPan American Games, Tony Walby didn’t manage to repeat his 2011 feat, when he won the Under 100kg bronze medal Guadalajara. This time fighting in the Under 90kg, he was up against tough opponents and eventually finished fifth.

With Bronze, Radoman Attains His Goal at Judo ParaPan Games

Despite a slow start this Thursday, Ontario judoka Alexander Radoman climbed onto the third step of the podium in the Under 81kg class at the ParaPan American Games at the Whitby sports centre.

After losing by ippon in his quarter-final match against the tournament favourite, Mexican Eduardo Avila, Radoman dished out his share of ippons in his next two bouts: in repechage, against American Ryan Jones, and in the fight for one of the bronze medals, against Cuban Isao Cruz.

Priscilla Gagne Judo Vice-Champion of the Americas

Ontario judoka Priscilla Gagne got her hands on the Under 52kg silver medal at the ParaPan-American Games on Wednesday afternoon, after winning three of her four matches in the round robin competition at the Whitby Sports Centre.

After winning her first bout by ippon against American Christina Thomas, the Sarnia athlete took two penalties in her next match and lost to Brazil’s Michele Ferreira. She then bounced back with ippons in her next two fights, against Andreia Canteiro, also from Brazil, and Rocio Ledesma, from Argentina.

IJF Cadet World Championships Sarajevo Day 5 Recap & Photos

The Cadet World Championships 2015 came to an enthralling conclusion on Sunday as Japan won both team titles at the Olympic Hall Juan Antonio Samaranch.

After four days of individual action, the stage was set for the team event as 14 girls’ teams and 13 boys’ teams gripped a captive audience with the judo fans also watching live around the world on the official IJF stream.

IJF Cadet World Championships Sarajevo Day 4 Recap & Photos

The Cadet World Championships 2015 produced a riveting last day of the individual competitions as the heavyweights were finally able to test their mettle at the Olympic Hall Juan Antonio Samaranch in Sarajevo.

Day four saw exactly 100 judoka compete across the girls’ -70kg and +70kg categories and the boys’ -90kg and +90kg categories.

IJF Cadet World Championships Sarajevo Day 3 Recap & Photos

The Cadet World Championships 2015 were officially opened on Friday by IJF President Mr. Marius VIZER on a day when 136 judoka staked their claim for the four world titles at the Olympic Hall Juan Antonio Samaranch in Sarajevo.

The first IJF World Championships of the year – which will be promptly followed by the senior version from 24 – 30 August in Astana, Kazakhstan – saw four more world champions inaugurated in Bosnia and Herzegovina as the girls’ -57kg and -63kg categories and boys’ -73kg and -81kg categories all graced the three tatami.

Judoka Tanner Sudo Showcases Warrior Spirit in Defeat

Albertan Tanner Sudo may not have won his match on Friday, but he did walk away with a lot more experience at the World Cadet Judo Championships in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina. He was up against a worthy opponent, Russia’s Pavel Berlin, ranked 1st in the world in the Under 81kg class, and lost after taking three penalties against his rival’s two.

Coach Jean-Pierre Cantin was very proud of the Lethbridge athlete, 24th in the world. “Tanner was up against a really strong rival!,” said Cantin. “He put up a great fight and tried strategies, but he didn’t manage to bounce back and score. I am happy with his performance – a true warrior!”

IJF Cadet World Championships Sarajevo Day 2 Recap & Photos

The Cadet World Championships 2015 continued on Thursday as 147 of the world’s finest young judoka all graced the tatami dreaming of capturing the coveted title of Cadet World champion.

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.

Jacob Valois Fights with Grit and Wins Two Bouts in Sarajevo

Quebec judoka Jacob Valois came out on top in his first two matches and made it to the round of sixteen in the Under 60kg class at the World Cadet Judo Championships, in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina.

In his first match, the Boucherville athlete defeated Kazakhstan’s Damir Abdekov by getting him to take two penalties. He then disposed of Algerian Youcef Mokhtar Zallat, 18th in the world, with an ippon.

IJF Cadet World Championships Sarajevo Day 1 Recap & Photos

The fourth Cadet World Championships opened on Wednesday as 92 judoka were in action in Sarajevo at Olympic Hall Juan Antonio Samaranch.

On the opening day in the capital city of Bosnia and Herzegovina, the boys’ -50kg and -55kg judoka were in the medal hunt along with the girls’ -40kg and -44kg athletes.

Virginia Nemeth Stopped by Euro Vice-Champ in Sarajevo

Virginia Nemeth won her first bout on Wednesday, but lost her second match in the Under 44 kg division at the World Cadet Judo Championships in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina.

The Lethbridge athlete, ranked 14th in the world in the Under 48 kg, scored a waza-ari to beat Spain’s Rocio Garcia Torres, 16th in the world in the Under 44 kg.

IJF Sarajevo Judo Cadet World Championships 2015 Preview

The Cadet World Championships 2015 will cast a light on the sport’s future stars as 478 hopefuls will look to announce their arrival on the international stage in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina this week.

The first IJF World Championships of the year is being hosted from Wednesday 5 – Sunday 9 August at the Olympic Hall Juan Antonio Samaranch and is the fourth instalment of the sport’s signature u18 event. Previous editions were held in 2009 (Budapest), 2011 (Kiev) and 2013 (Miami).

Three Out of Three for Canadian Judokas in Taipei

The long trip to Taiwan has proven to be most fruitful for Canadian judokas Stéfanie Tremblay, Sergio Pessoa and David Ancor: Tremblay got her hands on a gold medal, while her teammates came away with a silver medal each at the Asian Open in Taipei.

Valois-Fortier, Zupancic Make Podium at Tyumen Grand Slam

Antoine Valois-Fortier snatched the Under 81kg silver medal, whereas Kelita Zupancic grabbed third place in the Under 70kg class today at the Tyumen judo Grand Slam, in Russia.

“I’ve had a good day, better than in Mongolia two weeks ago,” said Valois-Fortier. “I’m a bit disappointed that I lost in the final, but it’s still a very good sign for the World Championships five weeks from now.”

IJF Judo Grand Slam Tyumen 2015 Day 2 Recap & Photos

The Tyumen Grand Slam 2015 concluded on Sunday with a pulse-pounding finale at the Tyumen Athletic Centre.

On day two gold medallists were crowned in the remaining seven categories as the full judo programme delighted the home audience who have embraced their annual Grand Slam with their traditional enthusiasm and patriotism.

The women’s -70kg, -78kg and +78g categories and men’s -81kg, -90kg, -100kg and +100kg categories were all contested as 153 judoka stepped into the arena in Tyumen with the upcoming World Championships at the forefront of their minds.

Catherine Beauchemin-Pinard Gets Judo Bronze in Russia

Just days after winning silver at the Pan-Ams, Catherine Beauchemin-Pinard climbed the third step of the podium this Saturday at the judo Grand Slam in Tyumen, Russia.

In the fight for one of the bronze medals, the Saint-Hubert athlete defeated Italian Giulia Quintavalle by ippon after immobilizing her on the ground.

IJF Judo Grand Slam Tyumen 2015 Day 1 Recap & Photos

The second IJF Grand Slam of the season started on Saturday with a sensational judo spectacle at the sold out Tyumen Athletic Centre in Siberia.

The two-day centrepiece of Russian Judo has welcomed 312 judoka from 53 nations who are all looking to strengthen their case for world honours next month in Astana, Kazakhstan.

IJF Judo Grand Slam Tyumen, Russia 2015 Full Preview

Russia’s premier judo competition, the Tyumen Grand Slam, has become the focal point of the sport this week as the world’s elite judoka prepare for the final IJF competition before August’s World Championships in Astana, Kazakhstan.

The second edition of the Tyumen Grand Slam will illuminate the Siberian region from 18-19 July at the Tyumen Athletic Centre as judoka bid to make one last push towards the last World Championships before the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

Deschênes Vice-Champ, Roberge Gets Judo Bronze in Toronto

The sport of judo added two more medals to Canada’s medal haul on Tuesday night, at the end of the last day of judo competitions at the Toronto Pan-Ams. Marc Deschênes snatched the silver medal, and Catherine Roberge came away with the bronze.

In the Under 100kg final, Marc Deschênes, 49th in the world, bowed out to Brazil’s Luciano Correa, 14th. “The silver medal is a positive outcome, although I would have loved to get the gold,” said the Quebec judoka.

Kelita Zupancic Crowned Judo Champion at Pan Am Games

For the first time since the beginning of the judo competitions at the Toronto Pan-American Games, the Canadian anthem could be heard during the podium ceremony on Monday night, at the Mississauga Sports Centre, and it was all thanks to Kelita Zupancic, gold medallist in the Under 70kg class. Stéfanie Tremblay also contributed to the medal haul and climbed onto the second step of the podium.

The final match pitted Zupancic, 5th in the world, against Cuban Onix Cortes Aldama, ranked 25th in the world. The Canadian athlete managed to pin her opponent to the ground, immobilize her, and score an ippon in the last minute of the match. “I did good ground work, with quick transitions. Everything seems like it’s coming together, it feels so good!,” rejoiced Zupancic, who appreciated the support from the crowd at the Mississauga Sports Centre. “It helped me keep my momentum.”

Three Canadian Judo Medals on the Pan-Am Tatami

Canadian judokas Catherine Beauchemin-Pinard and Antoine Bouchard climbed onto the second step of the podium in their weight classes, whereas Arthur Margelidon snatched the bronze on Sunday night, at the Toronto Pan-American Games.

Beauchemin-Pinard, ranked 11th in the world, was up against American Marti Malloy in the Under 57kg final. Malloy, 6th in the world, won the final match with a yuko.

Ecaterina Guica, Pan-American Judo Vice-Champion

On Saturday evening, Quebec judoka Ecaterina Guica won Canada’s first medal for tatami sports at the Pan-American Games in Toronto, the Under 52kg silver.

Guica had gone undefeated in the competition until she was stopped on her tracks by Brazil’s Erika Miranda. In the final match, the Brazilian, 3rd in the world, threw Guica and scored an ippon in a mere 26 seconds.

IJF Judo Grand Prix Ulaanbaatar 2015 Day 3 Recap & Photos

The Ulaanbaatar Grand Prix 2015, the final Grand Prix before August’s World Championships, concluded on Sunday at the atmospheric Buyant Ukhaa Sport Complex.

Mongolia’s premier competition has took pride of place in Ulaanbaatar since the first edition in 2013 and is rapidly developing as the athletes and spectators return every year with increased vigour.

Antoine Valois-Fortier Wins Gold at Grand Prix in Mongolia

Antoine Valois-Fortier snatched the gold medal on Saturday, at the Ulaanbaatar Judo Grand Prix, in Mongolia.

“It wasn’t one of my best days in terms of throwing, but I’m happy I won,” said the 25-year-old after beating Hungary’s Attila Ungvari in the final match. “It’s a good sign, especially two months before the World Championships.” Ungvari, 44th in the world, was penalized twice in the bout, whereas Valois-Fortier received only one penalty.