Home » Judo news
The latest Judo News offered by JudoInside.com
Kanae Yamabe on her way to World Championships qualification
22 Feb 2015 13:45
Kanae Yamabe took a gold medal at the Grand Prix of Dusseldorf. With this victory she is on her way to qualification for the World Championships together with unrivalled Megumi Tachimoto. In the women’s +78kg weight category, the surprise came from the fact that the two top seeded athletes, Franziska KONITZ (GER) and YU Song (CHN) were not able to enter the final, the Chinese being defeated during the preliminary rounds. It was the third and fourth seeded competitors who finally fought for gold, YAMABE Kanae (JPN) and Nihel CHEIKH ROUHOU (TUN).
In the final, CHEIKH ROUHOU was rapidly penalized with a first shido, and again before the halfway point of the fight. Both fighters looked set to trade penalties, until YAMABE Kanae applied a sweeping movement with perfect timing for ippon.
Among the four athletes qualified in the bronze medal fights, only one was not seeded, Carolin WEISS (GER), the three others being the two Ukrainian Iryna KINDZERSKA (UKR) and Svitlana IAROMKA and the top seeded and third in the world ranking list, Franziska KONITZ (GER), who had an occasion, together with her teammate WEISS, to add one more medal to the German prize list. Thus the first bronze medal fight took place between Iryna KINDZERSKA and Carolin WEISS (GER) and after a long gripping battle, WEISS won the bout by two penalties against one.
Svitlana IAROMKA (UKR) and Franziska KONITZ (GER) faced for the second bronze medal on the podium and this match had exactly the same outcome as the previous one, as KONITZ won for Germany with two penalties against one.
Related judoka and events
Related Judo Photos
Related Judo Videos
Related Judo News
German heavyweight Franziska Konitz who’s qualified for the Olympic Games, has to let go her dreams. Konitz is forced to quite judo with immediate effect. At her facebook she writes how she must leave her big dream. Konitz suffers a cervical vertebrae of the neck. Read more
Hosts Germany have entered a 51-strong team with 26 men and 25 women fighting over the three days at the Grand Prix of Düsseldorf. Both the German men as the women are among the world’s strongest team’s and can use the event to not only look at their third and fourth choice athletes as well as their leading names. Read more
France was the best nation at the second day of the Grand Slam in Paris. The Accor Hotel Arena was full with an amazing crowd. Judo sells in France, but you need to have the right idols, and Audrey Tcheumeo, Emilie Andeol and Cyrille Maret awarded the crowd with gold for France. Read more
In the heavyweight final of the Grand Slam in Paris, European Games winner Emilie Andeol of France defeated Budapest Grand Prix bronze medallist Franziska Konitz of Germany to win +78kg gold and continue her country’s medal charge on day two. Andeol, who took silver a year ago, trapped her opponent in osaekomi for 20 seconds and ippon as the home crowd were on their feet to celebrate once again. Read more
A total of 34 women will be fighting for the world title to including world and Olympic champion Idalys Ortiz of Cuba. The World ranking list and seeding is led by Chinese Song YU. Despite the number of women, there are no real weak ones in the field. The level is quite high and a lot of surprises can happen. In the same pool with Yu also Japanese Kanae Yamabe. Nihel Cheikh Rouhou is the favourite in pool B, tall women and powerful. Ma Sisi of China is one of them and capable to reach the semi final against Yu or Yamabe. Read more
Min-Jae Lee (KOR)