News

The latest Judo News offered by JudoInside.com

Dutch Amber Gersjes takes European and World title this year

18 Oct 2017 19:10

 by Mark Pickering - IJF    Klaus Müller / Watch: https://km-pics.de/
20171018_junior_world_championships_zagreb_km_podium_48kg

Dutch Junior European champion Amber Gersjes was crowned Junior world champion on Wednesday as the Dutch ace now rules the continent and the world. At the World Junior Championships in Zagreb Gersjes bested Junior European Championships silver medallist Laura Martinez Abelenda of Spain as the continental adversaries became rivals on the world stage.

A statement ensured for the four minutes of regulation time and an additional two and a half of minutes was required to separate the two European starlets when a third and final shido against Martinez Abelenda gifted the final and the gold medal to Gersjes. Both judoka appear to have the potential to make a splash on the senior stage in the coming years and that could come as soon as the IJF World Judo Tour’s 2018 season as their junior jousting could turn into a long-term storyline in the next Tokyo 2020 Olympic qualification period which opens in May next year.

In the first semi-final Martinez Abelenda edged out 18-year-old Melissa Hurtado Munoz of Cuba by a waza-ari in regulation time to win the all-Spanish speaking contest. In the second semi-final Gersjes conquered two-time senior European Cup winner Marusa Stangar (SLO) by a waza-ari score to seal a place in the gold medal contest.

Gersjes also claimed 700 points, comparable to a Grand Prix victory, for the IJF Senior World Ranking, a new rule that delivers Gersjes the 32. place now in the IJF World Ranking.

The first bronze medal was clinched by Stangar who returned to winning ways with a narrow win over former Cadet Asian Championships winner Akmaral Nauatbek (KAZ) by a waza-ari score.

The second bronze medal was won by Hurtado Munoz  who fought back from being a waza-ari down to hold down 20-year-old uchi-mata specialist Daria Pichkaleva (RUS) for ippon with a kesa-gatame. 

Read all other stories from Zagreb

Heydarov also claimed 700 points, comparable to a Grand Prix victory, for the IJF Senior World Ranking, a new rule that delivers Heydarov the 3rd place now in the IJF World Ranking.

 

Related judoka and events

Related Judo Photos

  • Amber Gersjes (NED) - World U21 Championships Zagreb (2017, CRO) - © JudoInside.com, judo news, results and photos
  • Amber Gersjes (NED), John van der Meer (NED) - World U21 Championships Zagreb (2017, CRO) - © JudoInside.com, judo news, results and photos
  • Amber Gersjes (NED) - World U21 Championships Zagreb (2017, CRO) - © JudoInside.com, judo news, results and photos

Related Judo Videos

Related Judo News

20190825_tokyo_ijf_48_final_mm_tonaki_funa_vs_bilodid_daria_2

Judo teen Daria Bilodid claims second world title on Olympic ground

25 Aug 2019 15:35

Ukraine super champion Daria Bilodid is the youngest world judo champion of all time who successfully defended her world title as she won a thrilling rematch of the 2018 final against former world champion Funa Tonaki on home soil. Bilodid couldn’t be believe the achievement in the Nippon Budokan. “I can’t believe it, I know once, but two? For now I have too many emotions. Fighting Funa Tonaki is very hard, now it was in Tokyo. I felt a big pressure and many fans from Japan.” Read more

20190825_tokyo_ijf_48_action_daria_bilodid_laura_martinez_abelanda

Tonaki and Bilodid on course for world title U48kg

25 Aug 2019 08:50

No major surprises so far in the preliminaries for the women’s division U48kg at the World Championships in Japan. The favourites progressed to the quarter finals and a final between Funa Tonaki and defending World Champion Daria Bilodid is still possible. For that final Bilodid will first have to defeat 2013 World Champion Urantsetseg Munkhbat of Mongolia. Read more

european_games_minsk_medals30

Bilodid set to regain European title in Minsk

19 Jun 2019 10:30

Young and old will battle for the European Games title U48kg in Minsk. However there are no doubts with the fans that one of the youngest, Daria Bilodid, is the biggest ace to win the title. Bilodid won the European title in 2017 and looking back at the history this class has waves with successful women. Karen Briggs and Sarah Nichilo are big names from the past, Alina Dumitru won it eight times (2004-2012) for Romania and is topscorer. Read more

20190510_baku_gs_48_final_laura_martinez_abelenda69

Laura Martinez Abelenda youngest ever winner for Spain

10 May 2019 19:50

Spanish youngster Laura Martinez Abelenda defeated Marrakech Grand Prix winner Julia Figueroa (ESP) to strike gold on the IJF World Judo Tour for the first time. The youngster fought back tears after throwing her teammate and two-time Grand Slam winner Figueroa with a thunderous o-soto-gari for ippon in a time of 37 seconds. Read more

20190510_bakugs_action_48_edf_laura_martinez_abelenda

Spanish lightweights inspired by competition in Baku

10 May 2019 14:40

At the first day of the Grand Slam in Baku the Spanish team battles for the gold in a surprising category U48kg. Although Julia Figueroa dominates the class for years, new kids on the block have arrived and this time Laura Martinez Abelenda reached the final where she will battle for gold against Figueroa. Abelenda who was always so close to a medal at various age levels, now breaks through the barriers with a victory over Catarina Costa of Portugal. Read more

Judo birthday

Result City Date
1Fukuoka7 Apr
1Düsseldorf22 Feb
1Osaka2018
1Jakarta2018
3Fukuoka2018
Result City Date
1Montreal5 Jul
2Fukuoka7 Apr
1Paris9 Feb
7Guangzhou2018
1Baku2018

Partners

First description Second description Third description Four description