The latest Judo News offered by

Emmanuel Lucenti strikes at 16th Grand Prix attempt

18 Jun 2017 03:10

 by Mark Pickering - IJF    JudoHeroes & IJF Media / Copyright:

Argentine veteran Emmanuel Lucenti won his first Grand Prix gold medal with a win over Canadian Grand Slam bronze medallist Etienne Briand in the U81kg final on Saturday. Two-time Olympian Lucenti, 32, who was Pan American Championships silver medallist, ended his five-year wait since his last IJF medal (Miami Grand Prix silver) as he always bring his best judo when competing in the Americas.

The veteran, who made his Grand Prix debut in 2009, became his country’s first male Grand Prix winner by taking a first time meeting between two of Pan America’s most established U81kg judoka as he threw Briand with a drop seoi-nage for a waza-ari which proved decisive after four minutes.   

In the first semi-final Briand defeated Ekaterinburg Grand Slam silver medallist Ungvari Attila (HUN) with a beautiful ippon-seoi-nage after 49 seconds of golden score. It was an emphatic ending from Briand who guaranteed his best finish at a Grand Prix.

In the second semi-final Lucenti defeated world bronze medallist Victor Penalber (BRA) in golden score when the Brazilian received a second shido for passivity after an extra two minutes. Penalber was the favourite in the contest between the two rival South American nations but did not expect such resistance and commitment from the Argentine who followed wins over European Games winner Sagi Muki (ISR) and former world runner-up Srdjan Mrvaljevic (MNE) with a dogged display against his Brazilian opponent.

The first bronze medal contest saw Penalber emerge victorious against 21-year-old Buenos Aires Pan American Open winner Jack Hatton (USA). Two waza-ari scores were the difference after four minutes as the Brazilian threw with an osoto-gari and a reverse seoi-nage which both troubled the scoreboard.      

The second bronze medal went to number one seed Ungvari who forced former world silver medallist Srdjan Mrvaljevic (MNE) to tap out to a sankaku-jime with 50 seconds left in the contest. Ungvari, who was urged on from the stands by his older brother Ungvari Miklos, is in the best form of his career and will fancy his chances of home success in Hungary this summer.

Fundraising with GoGetFunding

Related judoka and events

Related Judo Photos

  • Emmanuel Lucenti (ARG) - Grand Prix Cancun (2017, MEX) - © IJF Media Team, International Judo Federation
  • Emmanuel Lucenti (ARG), Etienne Briand (CAN), Victor Penalber (BRA), Attila Ungvari (HUN) - Grand Prix Cancun (2017, MEX) - © IJF Media Team, International Judo Federation
  • Etienne Briand (CAN), Emmanuel Lucenti (ARG) - Grand Prix Cancun (2017, MEX) - © IJF Media Team, International Judo Federation

Related Judo Videos

Related Judo News


Khalmurzaev, Nagase or a surprise World Champion U81kg?

31 Aug 2017 00:10

In the category U81kg there remains two big prospects for the World title in Budapest: Olympic Champion Khasan Khalmurzaev of Russia and World Champion Takanori Nagase of Japan. Both have fought very little since the 2016 Rio Olympics, but when they did, they shone brightly. Here in Budapest they are in the same pool and may meet in the quarter final. Read more


Teen ace Tato Grigalashvili stars for Georgia

13 Jul 2019 19:30

Georgia’s Tato Grigalashvili ruled the U81kg category at the Grand prix in Budapest as he swept aside world number 353 Joao Macedo (BRA) in the final. Judo Sogipa member Macedo, 27, the older brother of Rafael Macedo, world number 15 in the weight category above, was overwhelmed by 19-year-old Baku Grand Slam bronze medallist Grigalashvili who opened the scoring with an o-uchi-gari for a waza-ari and added a second from a trademark hip throw. Read more


Matthias Casse captures European gold for first time since junior world title

24 Jun 2019 00:25

What an tremendous day for Belgian Matthias Casse. He captured the European Games title in Minsk and was among the favourites. The absence of his nemesis Sagi Muki might have helped him in the end, but he was the best of this top field and defeated opponents this he usually experiences difficulties fighting them including 2017 World Champion Alexander Wieczerzak (GER). Read more


Basile fighting U73kg, Israeli team under IJF flag in Abu Dhabi Grand Slam

25 Oct 2017 15:35

The Abu Dhabi Grand Slam is one of five Grand Slams on the IJF World Judo Tour and is the premier judo event in the region. For many athletes the circumstances and weather conditions are a good reason to fly to Abu Dhabi each year. The Grand Slam of Abu Dhabi grew to an important event and will for some heavyweight athletes be a preparation on the Open Weight World Championships in November in Marakech. Read more


Attila Ungvari books most valuable victory with World Tour gold

30 Sep 2017 19:35

Perhaps it was his biggest victory ever, Attila Ungvari captured the gold medal at the Grand Prix in Zagreb U81kg. Ungvari who won the European U23 title 2010 won four World Cups in between but never a gold in the World Tour. On Saturday she added another milestone in his 10 years career. Although he was the number one seed in Zagreb, he defeated his four opponents by the book. Read more

Judo birthday

Result City Date
1Budapest23 Oct
2Düsseldorf21 Feb
Result City Date
1Düsseldorf21 Feb


First description Second description Third description Four description