Home » Judo news
The latest Judo News offered by JudoInside.com
Majlinda Kelmendi takes victory in second final in two weeks
9 Nov 2018 16:25
With no real surprise, Olympic champion, Majlinda Kelmendi of Kosovo was present in the final for the second event in a row after Abu Dhabi Grand Slam two weeks ago. This time she caught the gold medal at the Grand Prix in Tashkent where in Abu Dhabi she lost to Giuffrida after she had to 'throw the towel' in the final
Kosovo’s hope was opposed to top seeded Swiss athlete Evelyne Tschopp. Obviously, both competitors perfectly know each other as Kelmendi was trying to impose her powerful left arm over Tschopp's shoulder, and the Swiss was trying everything to avoid it. But as the Kosovar was not able to pass over the head, she went under the arm... for the same result, a beautiful koshi-waza technique for a beautiful ippon. Kelmendi is back on top of the podium.
In the first bronze medal contest, Betina Temelkova of Israel was opposed to Ana Perez Box of Spain. Last year’s winner Temelkova scored a beautiful first waza-ari with an action-reaction technique that she immediately followed on the floor with an immobilization. The match seemed to be done, but Perez Box managed to escape and turn the situation to her advantage to catch the Israeli with an immobilisation of her own and score ippon.
For the second bronze medal, the 2018 Antalya Grand Prix bronze medallist, Pupp Reka (HUN) faced the 2018 Cancun Grand Prix silver medallist, Agata Perenc (POL). Pupp was penalized with a first shido for passivity after one minute and thirty seconds. Entering the last minute, the Polish scored a beautiful first waza-ari to take the lead and gently control the end of the match to take the bronze medal back home.
Related judoka and events
Related Judo Photos
Related Judo Videos
Related Judo News
World champion and 2018 Hohhot Grand Prix winner Abe Uta (JPN) defeated world number eight Evelyne Tschopp (SUI) with a textbook uchi-mata to win her third Grand Prix title. The 18-year-old, who was making her first start of the season, scored ippon with her favoured technique after 90 seconds to extend her winning streak to 37 contests on the IJF World Judo Tour. Read more
Ana Perez Box of Spain was the shock winner of the U52kg gold medal as she defeated four-time Grand Prix medallist Agata Perenc (POL) in the final. Hohhot Grand Prix bronze medallist Perez Box won her first IJF final appearance at expense of Tashkent Grand Prix silver medallist Perenc by a waza-ari score to send her country to the top of the medal podium for the time being. Read more
French judoka Amandine Buchard won her fourth Grand Prix gold medal with a dominant win over Agadir Grand Prix winner Evelyne Tschopp (SUI). The 22-year-old former U48kg judoka and Paris Grand Slam silver medallist now has five wins over Tschopp without ever tasting defeat at the hands of the Swiss. Read more
At the Grand Prix in Agadir Russia brought a strong women’s team as well. It was Russia that took the first gold medal of the day. The Russian school is present in class in Agadir, since Irina Dolgova won without any trouble in the lightweight category. Read more
Majlinda Kelmendi won her third European title. Despite a back injury the Kosovarian was too strong for the rest. Surprise was the final for Alesya Kuznetsova. In her new weight category she is able to reach the top of Europe. Her groundwork is amazing but that was about the danger for Kelmendi. 49 seconds for the end Kelmendi struck with ippon in the final. Nothing to do against Kelmendi who won the title in 2014, 2016 and 2017. Ramos was her only dangerous opponent today. Read more
Jeremie Bottieau (BEL)