News

The latest Judo News offered by JudoInside.com

Linda Bolder quickly into Olympic shape, gold in Havana

24 Jan 2016 00:05

 by Mark Pickering - IJF    IJF Media Team / International Judo Federation
BOLDER, Linda (ISR) - GERCSAK, Szabina (HUN)

It was without a doubt a perfect day for Israel. First a motivating gold medal for Yarden Gerbi and in the category U70kg Linda Bolder added a second gold medal to the image of the Israelian women’s team. Linda Bolder was also able to enter the final of the day in the women’s U70kg division. In the final she was opposed to a young athlete with a terrific potential as Gercsak Szabina of Hungary

Gercsak is the current Junior World Champion and winner of the last edition of the Youth Olympic Games, which were held in Nanjing in 2014. No matter what the result of the final would be, this was the first appearance of Gercsak at that level in the senior division. There is no doubt that she has the potential to become one of the favourites for a senior world title and an Olympic title in the future.

After less than 10 seconds, Bolder dropped on her knees in a kata-guruma attempt but for no score even if it lifted Gercsak's feet off the tatami. It was then the Hungarian turned to execute an ample uchi-mata, but without the control of the sleeve, this technique was not successful either. After an interesting ground work session, Bolder could pin down her opponent but only for a second, not enough to take the lead. A little less active than her opponent, the Israeli was penalised with a shido. But a few seconds later it was Gercsak to receive a penalty for stepping outside of the fighting area. Having started with a kata-guruma technique Bolder concluded with the same but this time for a yuko which gave her the victory and a second gold medal for Israel on the occasion of this second day of the Havana Grand Prix 2016.

Linda Bolder declared: “The spirit in the team is very strong. We had a silver yesterday and two golds today. We feel really positive for this year.“

For the first bronze medal fight, team Brazil again entered one of its athletes in the final block, as Maria Portela, bronze medallist last December in Tokyo faced Barbara Matic of Croatia, who was the second top seeded athlete of the category. Disqualified earlier during the competition Matic could not compete due to a hansokumake and therefore Portela added one more bronze to the Brazilian prize list in Cuba.

Silver medallist at the Asian Championships last year, Gulnoza Matniyazova of Uzbekistan, confirmed that she is consistent and that she can regularly reach the final block of a major World Judo Tour event. With a bronze medal at the Baku Grand Slam, last year, French Marie Eve Gahie was Matniyazova’s contender for a place on the podium. The athletes entered the last minute, with a yuko advantage to the French, which she confirmed with a waza-ari after she counterattacked a missed drop-seoi-nage from Matniyazova. With less than 20 seconds left on the scoreboard, the Uzbek had to take some risks, which gave the opportunity to Gahie to conclude the match with a clear ippon with another counterattack.

Related judoka and events

Related Judo Photos

  • Linda Bolder (NED) - Grand Prix Havana (2016, CUB) - © IJF Media Team, International Judo Federation
  • Linda Bolder (NED), Szabina Gercsák (HUN), Maria Portela (BRA), Marie Eve Gahié (FRA) - Grand Prix Havana (2016, CUB) - © IJF Media Team, International Judo Federation
  • Linda Bolder (NED) - ECC Golden League  women Vienna (2015, AUT) - © Christian Fidler

Related Judo Videos

Related Judo News

20180210_grand_slam_paris_km_christa_deguchi_can

Switching judokas increase in the road to Tokyo2020

20 Feb 2018 16:40

Switching nations seems are still a trend, as judo is overwhelmed with judoka who switch nation, either to get a chance, either to get better financial circumstances. Although switches all from all times, but this Olympic cycle it's a method. With the latest three Mongolian athletes a new wave of many has started with the Tokyo 2020 Games ahead more will follow Read more

2017_linda_bolder

Linda Bolder retires with pain in her heart

8 Nov 2017 16:00

Israelian Dutch woman Linda Bolder announced her retirement. The 29-year old Bolder finished seventh at the Olympic Games in Rio. She won European titles in three different age categories at European Championships. She won European gold as cadet , junior and U23 and as senior she was runner up in 2013 behind Kim Polling. She won the Grand Slams of Paris & Tokyo but switched to Israel in 2015 and continued to win for gold for Israel. On her Facebook she explained her thoughts. Read more

2017_warsaw_ech_jh_w70

European Judo Championships Preview U70kg: new generation will take it

19 Apr 2017 10:05

None of the top eight U70kg of the Olympic Games in Rio will appear at the European Championships in Warsaw. That leaves space for a new generation. In this case, a new generation of juniors. They have all taken medals, but it is Marie Eve Gahie who has one of the best transitions to the senior division. The French champion claimed silver at the Grand Prix in Düsseldorf in 2017. At the draw, she is the highest seed in Warsaw. Read more

israelteam

Israelian men and women claim victory at New York Open team event

28 Mar 2017 13:40

On Sunday the Israelian team has won the team event of the New York Open Judo Championship which was held at the Historic New York Athletic Club, located steps away from equally historic Central Park. Oren Smadga coached Team Israel to win first place and an MVP award, Tal Flicker 66kg, Golan Pollack 73kg, Asaf Chen 81kg, Lee Kochman 90kg, and the men’s MVP Almmog Louzon +90kg. Read more

70

Rio2016 Olympic Judo Preview women U70kg

9 Aug 2016 22:05

After the Olympic title in London for Lucie Decosse a new are started with Kim Polling. The Dutch dominated this division, but wasn’t able to win the world titles. In fact Yuri Alvear was the most successful at World Championships in this Olympic cycle. But the amazing feeling and skills of Polling make her the favourite. She’s gone through the pain in three years and learned what it takes. At 10 August she can sign in gold for her reputation. Dealing with the pressure is the biggest challenge. Read more

Judo birthday

Result City Date
1Fukuoka7 Apr
1Düsseldorf22 Feb
1Osaka2018
1Jakarta2018
3Fukuoka2018
Result City Date
2Fukuoka7 Apr
1Paris9 Feb
7Guangzhou2018
1Baku2018
2Baku2018

Partners

First description Second description Third description Four description