The latest Judo News offered by

All smiles for Kazakhstan’s former world champion Yeldos Smetov

17 Mar 2018 17:35

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

Former world champion and Olympic silver medallist Yeldos Smetov (KAZ) won his first Grand Slam title with a lively performance in the U60kg category at the Grand Slam in Ekaterinburg. Kazakh star Smetov won all four of his contests without conceding a score as he was back to the form that saw him Olympic and world medals.

In the final Smetov defeated outsider Islam Yashuev (RUS) by waza-ari-awasette-ippon with a morote-seoi-nage and then a yoko-sutemi-waza effort.

In the first semi-final former Tyumen Grand Slam winner Oshima Yuma (JPN) lost out to Yashuev. The home judoka opened the scoring with a right-sided uchi-mata for a waza-ari and then threw with a ura-nage to win by waza-ari-awasette-ippon.

In the second semi-final Smetov (KAZ) dominated Khyar (FRA) by scoring twice without reply. The Kazakh star won by waza-ari-awasette-ippon with the pick of his two scores being his opening waza-ari from a right-sided low tai-otoshi.

The first bronze medal contest was won by Rio 2016 Olympic champion Beslan Mudranov (RUS) who bested former European champion Khyar. After two minutes of additional time the Frenchman was penalised with his third shido for stepping out to gift Mudranov the fourth Grand Slam medal of his career.

The second bronze medal contest saw Oshima defeat Sofia European Open silver medallist Sakhavat Gadzhiev (RUS) after 16 seconds of golden score. A sumi-gaeshi brought the only score of the contest as the Japanese earned a place on the podium at his first IJF event since he missed the medal podium at the 2016 Tokyo Grand Slam.

Fundraising with GoGetFunding

Related judoka and events

Related Judo Photos

  • Eric Takabatake (BRA), Yeldos Smetov (KAZ) - Grand Slam Ekaterinburg (2018, RUS) - © IJF Media Team, International Judo Federation
  • Yeldos Smetov (KAZ) - Grand Slam Ekaterinburg (2018, RUS) - © IJF Media Team, International Judo Federation
  • Yeldos Smetov (KAZ) - European Cup Saarbrucken (2017, GER) - © Klaus Müller, Watch:

Related Judo Videos

Related Judo News


Beslan Mudranov doesn't impress yet U66kg

6 Oct 2019 21:25

Russian 2016 Olympic champion U60kg Beslan Mudranov came in action at the Grand Slam in Brasilia on Sunday. Two-time European silver medallist Matteo Medves (ITA) was his opponent in the first round. Mudranov (RUS) who has won five Grand Prix events, four Grand Slam medals and a world silver survived this first round against 25-year old Medves. Read more


Beslan Mudranov steps up to U66kg category

8 Mar 2019 09:05

At the Grand Prix of Marrekech a few judo super stars are back on the mat. One of them is Beslan Mudranov. But he will have to give the utmost to gather enough points for qualification for the Olympic Games. Mudranov has been moved from the U60kg category to the U66kg category for Marrakech which will be his debut at the heavier weight. Qualifying is an almost impossible job, but with Olympic Champion Mudranov, nothing is impossible. Read more


Vladimir Putin makes Russian team and himself smile on the mat

14 Feb 2019 18:10

A smiling Putin took part in a training session on Thursday. Putin had a sparring with 2016 Olympic judo champion Beslan Mudranov in the resort city of Sochi, during which he injured one of the fingers on his right hand. The incident did not prevent Putin from continuing the training. Read more


Judo World Championships Preview Day 1 U60kg and U48kg

19 Sep 2018 16:20

Only two times the World Championships had more fighters U60kg then this edition. In a field of 68, only the 2010 Tokyo and 2011 Paris edition had such an amount of class players. The quality is awesome but we’re also missing some guys here. Read more


Preview Day 1: Grand Prix The Hague enjoys comeback of Olympic Champion Mudranov

16 Nov 2017 23:15

At the opening day of the Grand Prix in the Hague, the Dutch home crowd will be witnessing the return of Olympic Champion Beslan Mudranov. The Russian lightweight hasn’t done any event since his victory in Rio. In The Hague the current number 41 of the World Ranking will start up his engines against young Dutchman Tibo Volleman. In The Hague Mudranov can win his tenth World Cup and sixth Grand Prix. However Spaniard Francisco Garrigos starts as the top seed in the men’s lightest weight category. Read more

Judo birthday

Result City Date
2Düsseldorf21 Feb
Result City Date
1Düsseldorf21 Feb


First description Second description Third description Four description