Home » Judo news
The latest Judo News offered by JudoInside.com
Hifumi Abe faces An Baul in semi final
21 Sep 2018 13:00
Two out of the four top seeds in the men’s U66kg category in Baku's World Championships were able to overcome tricky contests in the pool stage to secure semi-final spots. A clash is coming up with An vs Abe. But in the morning session there was lots a great action.
European Championships bronze medallist and world number one Tal Flicker (ISR) held firm in pool A. Daniel Cargnin (BRA) bested Nijat Shikhalizada (AZE) and Pavel Petrikov (CZE). The Israeli survived a lengthy quarter-final battle against Daniel Cargnin (BRA) which required six minutes of golden score before Flicker produced a waza-ari score.
His teammate Baruch Shmailov (ISR) did not fare so well as he suffered a surprise third round loss against world number 36 Yerlan Serikzhanov (KAZ). The surprise package from Kazakhstan then defeated Ganbold Kherlen (MGL) in the quarter-finals.
Abe Hifumi (JPN) lit up the preliminaries with a breathtaking display of ippon judo to power into the last four with ease. Georgii Zantaraia moved up well and has won so many World Championships medals, he is still in the race to win another one but lost to Abe in the quarter.
In pool D, 2017 world bronze medallist Vazha Margvelashvili (GEO) came unstuck against Sebastian Seidl (GER) in round three by ippon in a fantastic fight. Olympic silver medallist An Baul (KOR) book his spot in the last four at the expense of Mikhail Puliaev (RUS) after the Russian had overcome Seidl. The former world champion claimed the fourth and final pool. Puliaev will meet Zantaraia which is also a great repechage match.
In the women's division U52kg Uta Abe is still in the race for a unique double. No brother-sister combination have ever been world champion.
Tal Flicker (ISR) v Yerlan Serikzhanov (KAZ)
Hifumi Abe (JPN) v An Baul (KOR)
Daniel Cargnin (BRA) v Kherlen Ganbold (MGL)
Georgii Zantaraia (GEO) v Mikhail Puliaev (RUS)
Related judoka and events
Related Judo Photos
Related Judo Videos
Related Judo News
Georgii Zantaraia is a exceptional judoka who won the world title U60kg in 2009 in Rotterdam. The Ukrainian phenomenon won 6 World Championships medals in a row (2009-2018) and took the European title in 2011 and 2018 and he captured European Games gold in Minsk. He stepped up to U66kg in 2012 and still kept performing and recently won a consecutive bronze medal at the Grand Slam in Paris. Only that one precious medal fails. Oon Yeoh of JudoCrazy didn’t have to ask him whether Zantaraia is still motivated. Read more
The Paris Gram Slam always meets the expectations. Each year it is guaranteed fireworks. The French know how to create an amazing environment, supported by their locals and enjoying themselves in every match. Besides great ippons and unforgettable contests, the Paris Grand Slam always brings huge surprises and this year was not an exception. Read more
The U66kg category in Tokyo is hard to predict, but when it comes to the finallists, it’s doable as some athletes are way above the rest. There are two Japanese in this category and the gold could easily go to either one. Abe is the more accomplished internationally but the older Maruyama has beaten Abe in both domestic and international competitions. Read more
Without Teddy Riner Cuban judo star Idalys Ortiz is the one with the most World Championships medals fighting in Tokyo. The Cuban heavyweight captured seven World Championships medals in her career. In 2009 she won her first and in 2013 and 2014 she took the world title. Read more
One of judo's most exciting players, Georgii Zantaraia, was only 21 years old when he won the World title in 2009 at the Rotterdam World Championships. Last week he was again on form when he won the European Games in Minsk giving him another stepping stone to take the World title, 10 years after his remarkable first. Read more
Oruj Valizada (AZE)