The latest Judo News offered by

Yakub Shamilov defeats Zantaraia in Grand Prix final

30 Jun 2017 15:05

 by Mark Pickering - IJF    IJF Media Team / International Judo Federation

Yakub Shamilov (RUS) won the Chinese Grand Prix for the second time in his career with a marginal win over 2009 world champion and 2017 European Championships winner Georgii Zantaraia (UKR).

The 29-year-old won his last IJF medal in 2015 (Abu Dhabi Grand Slam bronze) but is a master of evasion, innovation and an all-round magical talent for the world for marvel. Ukrainian hero Zantaraia now has a rhythm at -66kg and will be a major contender in Budapest despite starting without a seeded position but it still remains to be seen if Russian winner Shamilov, who won gold in China in 2014, receives the call-up in August.

In the first semi-final Zantaraia saw off Tokyo Grand Slam bronze medallist Dovdon Altansukh (MGL) in golden score. A single shido was the difference as the Mongolian was penalised in added time to send the Ukrainian into the final.

In the second semi-final Abu Dhabi Grand Slam winner Shamilov narrowly defeated 23-year-old Grand Prix newcomer Yondonperenlei Baskhuu (MGL) by two waza-ari after a high-energy contest.

The first bronze medal was won by Yondonperenlei with a buzzer-beating score against former World Judo Masters bronze medallist Takaichi Kengo (JPN). The 23-year-old had a fine run during the preliminaries and made a medal-winning start to his Grand Prix career as Takaichi struggled to get to grips with the unorthodox Mongolian fighting style of Yondonperenlei. A pick up with one second left turned Takaichi over for a waza-ari score which went down well with the supporters in the stands as Mongolia imposed themselves further on day one.

The second bronze medal went to Tokyo Grand Slam silver medallist Hashiguchi Yuuki (JPN) who was at his explosive best against Dovdon as Japan came out on top against Mongolia this time around. Hashiguchi opened the scoring with a waza-ari from a sode-tsurikomi-goshi before throwing with a seoi-nage that lifted Dovdon up into the rafters before he turned out enough to only give away a waza-ari instead of the maximum score. The Mongolian battled away and almost got a juji-gatame at one point but his Japanese adversary was the stronger judoka and earned his place on the podium.

Give your ***** review of JudoInside

Give your ***** review of JudoInside


Fundraising with GoGetFunding

Related judoka and events

Related Judo Photos

  • Yakub Shamilov (RUS) - Grand Prix Hohhot (2017, CHN) - © IJF Media Team, International Judo Federation
  • Georgii Zantaraia (UKR) - Grand Prix Hohhot (2017, CHN) - © IJF Media Team, International Judo Federation
  • Yakub Shamilov (RUS) - Grand Prix Tbilisi (2017, GEO) - © Sport Youth Georgia

Related Judo Videos

Related Judo News


Italian starlet Manuel Lombardo aces Masters debut

12 Dec 2019 13:45

Italian super talent and Junior World Champion Manuel Lombardo won World Judo Masters gold by conquering four-time Grand Prix winner Ganbold Kherlen (MGL) in the U66kg final. The Italian Abu Dhabi Grand Slam winner made an immediate impact having qualified for his first Masters as he turned under the Mongolian to throw for a waza-ari score. Upon review, the score was upgraded as Ganbold had bridged to try to escape and in doing so endangered himself to slip to defeat via the maximum score. Read more


Joshiro Maruyama takes the lead with World gold U66kg

26 Aug 2019 16:25

Today’s semi final could have been the final with HIfumi Abe and Joshiro Maruyama who battled not just for the final spot but for much more, it was a statement who earns a place at the Olympic Games next year. Abe was close but it was Maruyama who suddenly scored and qualified for the final where the gold was reserved for Japan. Read more


Kim Lim-Hwan grabs second Grand Prix title

24 May 2019 15:35

Düsseldorf Grand Slam silver medallist Kim Lim-Hwan of Korea beat Aram Grigoryan (RUS) in golden score to send his country top of the medal table. Osaka Grand Slam bronze medallist Grigoryan was penalised for passivity in added time which was his third offence and the Russian had to settle for silver as world number 41 Kim claimed his second IJF win and first since 2016. Read more


Victorious Denis Vieru steals the show in Baku

10 May 2019 22:50

Paris Grand Slam winner Denis Vieru of Moldova won his second Grand Slam title of the season as he defeated Tashkent Grand Prix bronze medallist Nijat Shikhalizada (AZE). Vieru, 23, planted the veteran Azeri, 31, for ippon to propel himself even higher on the World Ranking List next week. Shikhalizada had to settle for silver while Moldova’s golden man won his third IJF event of the season from four outings. Read more


Overlooked Joshiro Maruyama upstages Japanese prodigy Abe Hifumi

23 Nov 2018 14:10

Maruyama Joshiro of Japan stole the show in the U66kg category as he outshone two-time and reigning world champion Abe Hifumi (JPN). Maruyama defeated the seven-time Grand Slam winner in the last contest on day one in Osaka with a yoko-tomoe-nage effort catching Abe off guard after 63 seconds of golden score. Read more

Judo birthday

Result City Date
Result City Date


First description Second description Third description Four description