The latest Judo News offered by

Youngster Rufat Ismayilov wins home gold for Azerbaijan

11 Mar 2017 16:05

 IJF Media Department    IJF Media Team / IJF

Tashkent Grand Prix bronze medallist Rufat Ismayilov (was the cream of the crop for the hosts as he achieved what household names Orujov, Safarov, and Heydarov tried so desperately but ultimately failed to accomplish in winning a home gold medal.

The 20-year-old Azerbaijan judoka scored a waza-ari right away with a drop seoi-nage and maintained his advantage for the remainder of the contest to record a superb Grand Slam win against Asian Championships bronze medallist Saeid Mollaei (IRI).

In the first semi-final Ismayilov shocked Kohara Kenya (JPN) with a pure te-waza movement for ippon after just 32 seconds which sent the crowd into euphoria. The Azeri talent roared with pleasure as his compatriots celebrated the upset. Ismayilov had guaranteed his first IJF World Judo Tour medal and the crowd could tell that he was on the verge of something very special in his homeland.

In the second semi-final Mollaei defeat Tbilisi Grand Prix bronze medallist Otgonbaatar Uuganbaatar (MGL) by ippon having also scored two waza-ari as he surged into the final.

The first bronze medal contest saw Otgonbaatar dismiss Düsseldorf Grand Prix bronze medallist Ivaylo Ivanov (BUL) as Mongolia’s medal rush continued. The 29-year-old ensured a medal-winning resumption of IJF duty as he countered an o-uchi-gari with an opportunistic ko-soto-gari for a waza-ari score with 15 seconds left on the clock.             

The second bronze medal went to Kohara who threw Düsseldorf Grand Prix silver medallist Ungvari Attila (HUN) with a well-timed de-ashi-barai for ippon with 90 seconds left to record his first IJF silverware.

Related judoka and events

Related Judo Photos

  • Rufat Ismayilov (AZE) - Grand Slam Baku (2017, AZE) - © IJF Media Team, IJF
  • Rufat Ismayilov (AZE) - Grand Slam Baku (2017, AZE) - © IJF Media Team, IJF
  • Rufat Ismayilov (AZE), Saeid Mollaei (IRI), Kenya Kohara (JPN), Uuganbaatar Otgonbaatar (MGL) - Grand Slam Baku (2017, AZE) - © IJF Media Team, IJF

Related Judo Videos

Related Judo News

2015_EmmericLePerson_Tuvshinbayar Naidan

Surprising choices in Mongolian Olympic judo team

16 Jun 2016 09:15

The Mongolian team for the Olympic Games in Rio hosts some surprising choices. Mongolia had even four choices for the men U60kg including 2014 World Champion Boldbaatar Ganbat, but the technical staff have chosen for young daredevil Tsogtbaatar Tsend-Ochir who fought the World Junior Championships final in 2014 and in 2015. Tsend-Ochir won a bronze medal at the World Cadet Championships in 2013. In 2015 he was in the final of the Abu Dhabi Grand Slam and showed some great judo. Read more

20160326_Tbilisi_81_GUGAVA, Levan (GEO) - KHUBETSOV, Alan (RUS)

Alan Khubetsov retains his Judo Grand Prix title in Tbilisi

26 Mar 2016 19:15

Russian Alan Khubetsov successfully retained his Tbilisi Grand Prix title from 2015 as he beat former Junior world bronze medallist Levan Gugava of Georgia in the U81kg final to conclude an excellent display for the Russian. In an all time Tbilisi record field of 48 athletes Khubetsov was the most skilled. Read more


Olympic hope for Oberwart medallists

14 Feb 2016 19:05

Otgonbaatar Uuganbaatar added a second gold medal for his country Mongolia at the European Open in Oberwart on Sunday. In an all Mongolian final U81kg Otgonbaatar Uuganbaatar defeated Nyamsuren Dagvasuren. The category U81 was packed with 45 judoka with two Mongolian finallists. Read more

20151121_Qingdao_WANG, Ki-Chun (KOR)

Wang Ki-Chun back with victory U81kg

21 Nov 2015 13:50

The Grand Prix of Qingdao for men U81kg was captured by Wang Ki-Chun. Ki-Chun Wang was Olympic finallist for Korea in 2008 against Elnur Mammadli (AZE). Wang was World Champion in 2007 in Rio. With his famous Korean techniques he won the Grand Slam of Paris in 2009 and 2010. In 2015 he came back won the European Open in Warsaw. In QIngdao re regained the title that he won in 2011, then still U73kg. Read more

20151018_ParisGS_KM2_Shaxzod Sobirov (UZB)

Surprising final U81kg won by Shaxzod Sobirov

18 Oct 2015 17:00

Tashkent Grand Prix bronze medallist of Uzbekistan Shaxzod Sobirov won his first Grand Slam gold medal by overcoming world number 104 from Russia Sergey Ryabov in the U81kg final. Ryabov was caught with ashi-waza for a waza-ari and could not trouble the scoreboard but still won his first IJF World Judo Tour medal and, like his conqueror, will be a name to keep tabs on. Read more


First description Second description Third description Four description

Judo birthday

Result City Date
1Rio de Janeiro2016
Result City Date
1Rio de Janeiro2016