The second day of competition came to an end at the Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium and four new Grand Slam winners were designated in the women’s -63kg and -70kg and men’s -73kg and -81kg. In the preliminary rounds, many surprises occurred as being a favorite in Tokyo does not necessarily mean to finish on the podium. Thus, several world and Olympic champions or medallists were defeated even before the final block, showing that this year’s edition of the Grand Slam is particularly uncertain in terms of results.
The Canadian contingent got off to a tough start, Friday, on day 1 of the Tokyo Grand Slam presented in Japan. Only Saguenay-native Stéfanie Tremblay was able to come away with a victory on the day.
“It was a difficult start, overall,” national team coach Jeremy Le Bris explained. “Our judokas were handed some tough draws, and we weren’t able to overcome that challenge.”
For this first day of competition, the level of the Judo Grand Slam, Tokyo 2014, already reached a very high level as several world and Olympic Champions were in action in today’s five weight categories: women’s -48kg, -52kg and -57kg an men’s -60kg and -66kg. Throughout the day, being a favorite didn’t prove to guarantee a place on the top of the podium and sometimes not even on the podium, as several top athletes were eliminated early during the preliminary rounds.
After a gruelling year on the IJF World Judo Tour composed of already four Grand Slams (Paris, Baku, Tyumen and Abu Dhabi), 11 Grand Prix (Düsseldorf, Tbilisi, Samsun, Havana, Budapest, Ulaanbaatar, Zagreb, Astana, Tashkent, Qingdao and Jeju) and the World Championships in Chelyabinsk, Russia, the finest judoka in the world will have one last outing this weekend in Japan as the Tokyo Grand Slam brings the years to a close.
The Tokyo Grand Slam takes place from 5-7 December at the Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium and fans can watch all the action live at www.ippon.tv (according the TV rights policy in each country).
Canadian judokas Kyle Reyes (- 100 kg) and Ana Laura Portuondo Isasi (- 78 kg) took home 5th and 7th place classifications, Saturday, on the final day of competition at the Jeju Grand Prix presented in South Korea.
Reyes, who currently resides in Japan, got his day off to a good start with a win by ippon against the South Korean Yoonchul Lee. The Ontarian then went on to lose his next bout, falling to the 11th ranked Mongol, Tuvshinbayar Naidan, by a yuko.
The Judo Grand Prix, Jeju 2014, produced a gripping third and final day as the heavyweights battled it out at the Jeju Halla Sport Complex on Saturday.
The Korean faithful saw the women’s -78kg and +78kg categories and the men’s -90kg, -100kg and +100kg categories compete for the remaining five gold medals.
Canadian judoka Monika Burgess came away with a 5th place classification in the under 70 kg class, Friday, at the Jeju Grand Prix presented in South Korea.
“It was a good day for Monika. There’s a lot to look forward to for her,” women’s national team coach Jeremy Le Bris explained.
The final Grand Prix of 2014, Jeju 2014, produced a blistering second day as the top seeds shone at the Jeju Halla Sports Complex on Friday.
Home interest was largely on Olympic champion KIM Jae-Bum, Olympic silver medallist and double world champion WANG Ki-Chun and Junior world champion AN Changrim.
Stéfanie Tremblay was successful in her bouts against Olympic and World medalists at the Jeju Grand Prix, but her fifth place finish during the South Korean competition left her disappointed.
Fighting in the under 57 kg category, the Québécoise, who is ranked 28th in the world, won by ippon during the first round against the Honkonger Po Sum Leung, ranked 136th.
The last Grand Prix of the season, Jeju 2014, exploded into life on Thursday at the Jeju Halla Sport Complex as hosts Korea were prominent throughout.
The second edition of the Jeju Grand Prix, which will be promptly followed next week by the season-ending Tokyo Grand Slam, has surged in popularity this year with 278 judoka competing from 42 nations.
The IJF World Judo Tour has arrived in Jeju for the final Grand Prix of the season at the Jeju Halla Sports Complex from Thursday 27 – Saturday 29 November.
The Judo Grand Prix, Jeju 2014, is the 11th and final Grand Prix of the season which culminates next week in Japan at the Tokyo Grand Slam. After Grand Prix events in Germany, Georgia, Turkey, Cuba, Hungary, Mongolia Croatia, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan and China, the stars of the judo will compete in South Korea in the second edition of the Jeju event.
The Judo Grand Prix, Qingdao 2014, produced a stirring conclusion for this first part of an IJF World Judo Tour triple-header that will conclude in Tokyo in December. Today the heavyweights went toe-to-toe at the Qingdao Guoxin Stadium. The public saw the women’s -78kg and +78kg categories and the men’s -90kg, -100kg and +100kg categories compete for the remaining five gold medals of the event in China. Next stop will be next week in Jeju, Korea, for the last Grand Prix of 2014.
The Judo Grand Prix, Qingdao 2014, continued with the focus on the middleweights on Thursday at the Qingdao Guoxin Stadium on day two. The public and officials saw four weight categories take to the tatami in search of Grand Prix honours as the women’s -63kg and -70kg categories and men’s -73kg and -81kg categories were contested.
The Qingdao Grand Prix is the first part of an IJF World Judo Tour triple-header as the 2014 season comes to a riveting conclusion Asia. Many athletes will travel on from China to South Korea next week for the second edition of the Jeju Grand Prix and then, a week later, head to Japan for the season-ending Tokyo Grand Slam, the fifth Grand Slam of the year. Fans around the world can continue to watch all the action on www.ippon.tv as 386 judoka from 52 countries will compete in Jeju and 585 judoka from 74 countries will see action in Tokyo.
The first day of the Judo Grand Prix in Qingdao was completed with the first five gold medals which were awarded after more than 90 fights. Today 33 men and 52 women were in action in five categories: men’s -60kg and 66kg and women’s -48kg, -52kg and -57kg.
During the opening ceremony, Mr.Ji Gaoshang, Director General of Qingdao Sports Bureau, declared: “Distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen, good afternoon! Today, we are gathering here for the grand opening ceremony of “Taishan Real Estate Q1 Cup” 2014 World Judo Grand Prix in Qingdao. On behalf of Qingdao Sports Bureau, I would like to extend our warmest welcome to all the judokas, coaches, referees and IJF officials!
This weekend, the IJF World Judo Tour is making a stop in Qingdao, a city with 5 million inhabitants in the eastern Shandong Province, Eastern China. Lying across the Shandong Peninsula while looking out to the Yellow Sea, Qingdao is a major seaport, naval base, and industrial centre and in 2009, the city was named China’s most liveable city.
The Canadian team added 3 medals to its already impressive collection on Saturday, at the Judo Oceanic Open in Wollongong, Australia.
Alix Renaud-Roy won the gold medal in the under 70 kg category. After facing the Czech Alena Eiglova and the Australian Catherine Arscott, the Quebecoise won against the New Zealander Moira de Villers in the final.
The Canadian contingent put in an impressive performance, Friday, at the Oceanic Open presented in Wollongong, Australia. Every athlete representing Canada came away with a podium finish.
In the under 73 kg category, the Canadians made a complete sweep of all the medals up for grabs. The Quebecois Arthur Margelidon dominated in all of his matches en route to a gold medal victory. In the grand finale, he came away victorious versus his teammate and fellow Quebecer, Alexis Morin-Martel. He began his day with wins in the prelims against the Nauruan Sled Dowabobo and the Singaporean Yilong Low, before taking down the Australian Jake Bensted in the semifinals.
The IJF’s annual judo festival #WorldJudoDay, was observed around the world on Tuesday 28 October, the birthday of judo founder Jigoro Kano.
Now in its fourth year, the worldwide movement to celebrate the sport and its core values has again captured the imagination of the global judo landscape.
The Judo Grand Slam, Abu Dhabi 2014, produced a stirring conclusion as the heavyweights went toe-to-toe at the FGB Arena on Sunday. The public saw the women’s -78kg and +78kg categories and the men’s -90kg, -100kg and +100kg categories compete for the remaining five gold medals on this first Grand Slam in the history of UAE.
After two months off, the Quebecois judoka Antoine Valois-Fortier added a silver medal to his collection on Sunday, at the Grand Slam in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Kelita Zupancic, from Ontario, won a bronze medal.
Valois-Fortier, ranked 4th in the under 81 kg category, lost by ippon in the final against the Russian Ivan Nifontov. It wasn’t his first loss against Nifontov.
The Judo Grand Slam, Abu Dhabi 2014, continued with the focus on the middleweights on Saturday at the FGB Arena on day two. The public and officials saw four weight categories take to the tatami in search of Grand Slam honours as the women’s -63kg and -70kg categories and men’s -73kg and -81kg categories were contested.
Quebecois judoka Patrick Gagné came away with his first ever podium finish at a Grand Slam event, Friday, claiming a bronze medal in the under 66 kg class at the tournament presented in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.
“Looking back, considering that I fell behind in my opening bout, things could have turned out a lot differently! But in the end it went really well. It’s the biggest result of my career, and it will give me a lot of points towards my Olympic qualification. I don’t think I could be much happier than I am today (Friday),” the judoka exclaimed.
The first day of the first Judo Grand Slam (after five editions of the Grand Prix) in Abu Dhabi was completed in the UAE capital with the first five gold medals which were awarded at the end of a day of beautiful and spectacular judo. Today 61 men and 64 women were in action in five categories: men’s -60kg and 66kg and women’s -48kg, -52kg and -57kg.
This weekend, the IJF World Judo Tour is making a stop in Abu Dhabi, the capital and the second most populous city in the United Arab Emirates and also capital of the largest of the UAE’s seven member emirates. With approximately 1 million inhabitants, the city is today the country’s center of political and industrial activities, and a major cultural and commercial centre.
Following the Policy that Has Been followed for Several Years by the International Judo Federation, the IJF Supports the IOC Provisional Recognition of the Kosovo Olympic Committe
Following the decision of the Executive Board (EB) of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to grant provisional recognition to the Kosovo Olympic Committee, the IJF President, Mr. Marius Vizer, explained that it is a human, mature and fair decision.
The Junior World Championships, Fort Lauderdale 2014, were concluded with an exhilarating team competition in Fort Lauderdale on Sunday.
The men’s team competition featured 18 teams of five judoka while the women’s team competition featured 16 teams of five judoka which is a record for this event.
Japan emulated their individual success in the team format as the swept the board by winning gold in the men’s event and women’s event.
Quebecoise judoka Ana Laura Portuondo-Isasi climbed onto the third step of the podium in the under 78 kg class, Saturday, at the Junior World Championships presented in Miami, Florida.
“I’m really happy! Winning a medal not only made my day but my entire year. It was my best ever result in the junior division to date,” the 18-year-old athlete proclaimed.
The Junior World Championships, Fort Lauderdale 2014, continued with a spectacular day of judo on the last day of the individual competition on Saturday.
Four weight categories were in action as the junior women’s -78kg, +78kg categories and the men’s -100kg and +100kg categories all graced the tatami. The world’s leading young heavyweights illustrated their quality at the last IJF World Championships of the year.
The Junior World Championships, Fort Lauderdale 2014, produced a breathless third day at the Broward County Convention Center on Friday.
It turned out to be a difficult third day of competition for the Canadian contingent, Friday, at the Junior Judo World Championships in Miami, Florida. None of the Canadians athletes were able to advance past the preliminary phase.
In the under 70 kg division, Whitby, Ontario-native Monika Burgess got off to a good start with an impressive victory over the American Olivia Winsor, winning with an ippon and two yukos. Unfortunately her day would come to an end soon after, dropping her second match to the Dutchwoman Sanne Van Dijke.
The Quebecoise judoka Catherine Beauchemin-Pinard will leave the Junior World Championships in Miami with a bronze medal around her neck. She’s the only Canadian to have won a medal on Thursday.
Fighting in the under 57 kg class, the athlete from Longueuil lost in the semi-final against the Japanese Momo Tamaoki. She fought back in the bronze medal bout and won against the Netherlander Dewy Karthaus.
The Junior World Championships, Fort Lauderdale 2014, was the focus of the judo world once again as four new world champions were inaugurated at the Broward County Convention Center on Thursday.
Four weight categories were in action in Florida as the junior women’s -52kg and -57kg categories were contested along with the junior men’s -66kg and -73kg categories.