Home » Judo news
The latest Judo News offered by JudoInside.com
Daria Bilodid closer to world leading position after gold in Düsseldorf
23 Feb 2018 21:05
Ukraine wonderkid Daria Bilodid got closer to the World leading position U48kg as she was again able to pick up a gold medal at a Grand Slam. In Düsseldorf she kept up her winning record as she has now won all three IJF events in 2018. How long will it take before she steps up to U52kg nobody knows, but with more than two years to go, a decision is expected this year.
The 17-year-old sensation had a razor sharp focus as she powered through the field before defeating seven-time Grand Slam medallist Csernoviczki Eva (HUN) in the -48kg final with an accomplished display. Csernoviczki is a standout and stalwart in the category and offered a stern test for the Ukrainian. Bilodid, who was coached by her mother, quickened the pace in golden score and caught Csernoviczki, who was coached by her father, with an uchi-mata for ippon.
In the first semi-final Cancun Grand Prix silver medallist Edna Carrillo (MEX) lost out to Csernoviczki by wazari-awasette-ippon with the pick of the two scores being an opening sode-tsurikomi-goshi. In the second semi-final Bilodid rushed past world number 100 Erdenetsogt Gerelmaa (MGL) in the first minute with a textbook uchi-mata.
The first bronze medal contest was won by world number five Milica Nikolic (SRB) who secured her sixth Grand Slam medal. Serbia won the first ever Düsseldorf Grand Slam medal in the opening contest of the final block on day one in Germany as Nikolic threw Erdenetsogt, who was competing at a Grand Slam for the second time, for a waza-ari after three minutes of golden score.
The second bronze medal was won by Ekaterinburg Grand Slam bronze medallist Melanie Clement (FRA) after Carrillo was penalised for a cross-grip in golden score. The Mexican defended well against the busier Frenchwoman but was second best in golden score which ended after three minutes of additional time when Carrillo received her third and final shido.
Related judoka and events
Related Judo Photos
Related Judo Videos
Related Judo News
Russian athletes claimed three gold medals on the opening day of action at the European Judo Championships in Tel Aviv. Irina Dolgova got the ball rolling for Russia in the women's U48 kilogram category with a waza-ari win over London 2012 bronze medallist Éva Csernoviczki of Hungary. Read more
At the Grand Slam of Düsseldorf Nekoda Smythe-Davis won the gold medal at the Grand Slam in Düsseldorf after her final U57kg. In a new venue Nekoda Davis again succeeded to take a medal, but this time it was gold and that was a premier performance at this Grand Slam level. Never she won gold in the IJF World Tour. Read more
At the Grand Prix in Zagreb the first gold medal went to Mongolia. One of five different winning nations on Friday where Israel took most of the medal. World silver medallist Munkhbat Urantsetseg of Mongolia continued her fine form and her country’s as she won her fifth Grand Prix gold medal on day one in Uzbekistan. Read more
The favourites for the world title U48kg in Budapest are from Asia. At the top of the world ranking for women's U48kg is Otgontsetseg Galbadrakh, formerly from Mongolia and now fighting for Kazakhstan, who has a devastating ura-nage. However, in our opinion, the top prospect is the No. 2 ranked Urantsetseg Munkhbat, a former world champion with killer newaza. Read more
Since the first joint men’s and women’s World Championships in 1987 the hosts have claimed at least one gold medal in all but four editions. The tradition, which also extends to having home field advantage on the tatami at the Olympics, has been reinforced over the last decade since the Worlds became an annual event in 2007 (except for Olympic years). Read more
Oliver Nash (GBR)
|2||Tel Aviv||28 Apr|