The latest Judo News offered by

Russian final U100kg with golden boy Ilyasov

25 Oct 2020 22:10

 IJF Media Department and JudoInside    IJF Gabriela Sabau / International Judo Federation

The Russian team dominated the men’s tournament in Budapest. In the category U100kg it wasn’t any different with Niyaz Ilyasov (RUS) and Arman Adamian (RUS) persuading everyone in the category to agree, after a day of strong matches. Aside from the Russian onslaught, like Van ‘t End, in the lower category, wearing the red backpatch of a reigning world champion was not a guarantee of success. Jorge Fonseca (POR) lost in the semi-final, obviously not yet fully sharpened to repeat his Tokyo feat of 2019.

Having to face a fellow countryman in the final is always complicated, as they know each other so well. After a moment of observation, during a moment on the ground, the two competitors find themselves mirroring one another, neither wanting to release the pressure. It was ultimately Niyaz Ilyasov who took the upper hand to immobilise his opponent on a ushiro-kesa-gatame hold.

We note the disappearance in the preliminaries of Paris winner Peter Paltchik (ISR), who had driven through a very good series at the beginning of the year, before the Covid crisis. We were happy to find Belgian Toma Nikiforov at his best, absent from the tatami for many months due to injury and to whom the stop of the circuit seems to have gone well, while Alexandre Iddir (FRA), whose style is still as attractive as ever, had a good day of competition, to face Fonseca in the bronze medal contest.

This was interesting with the athletes having a similar style, with big throws. If the Portuguese judoka is not known for his capacity to keep the pace for a long time, he's still one of the most powerful throwers and once again he proved it. As the golden score period was just starting, he caught for one second only, the sleeves of the Frenchman and immediately disappeared under him for a beautiful Ippon.

Toma Nikiforov can certainly be satisfied to return to this level of competition after such a long absence, but even more certainly, he is not satisfied to have lost to Canadian Shady El Nahas, for the bronze medal, on a hip movement of exceptional amplitude. One more medal for team Canada, a team on fire. He was the fourth Canadian to be decorated in Hungary after Jessica Klimkait (U57kg), Antoine Valois-Fortier (U81kg) and Arthur Margelidon (U73kg) won gold, silver and bronze, respectively.

Fundraising with GoGetFunding

Related judoka and events

Related Judo Photos

  • Niyaz Ilyasov (RUS), Arman Adamian (RUS) - Grand Slam Budapest (2020, HUN) - © IJF Gabriela Sabau, International Judo Federation
  • Niyaz Ilyasov (RUS), Arman Adamian (RUS), Jorge Fonseca (POR), Shady El Nahas (CAN) - Grand Slam Budapest (2020, HUN) - © IJF Gabriela Sabau, International Judo Federation
  • Arman Adamian (RUS) - Grand Slam Budapest (2020, HUN) - © IJF Gabriela Sabau, International Judo Federation

Related Judo Videos

Related Judo News


Brazil and Canada win four titles at Pan Am Championships

22 Nov 2020 07:50

Brazil and Cuba were strong at the second day of the Pan-American Judo Championships in Guadalajara, Mexico. Maria Portela and Maria Suelen Altheman took gold for Brazil and Ivan Felipe Silva Morales and Andy Granda took men’s gold for Cuba. Shady el Nahas grabbed another gold medal for Canada equaled the strong Brazilian team that won the medal tally in Mexico. Read more


Canada, Australia and Poland withdraw from the Games in 2020

23 Mar 2020 09:15

Canada, Australia and Poland will not send athletes to the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo because of the risks associated with the coronavirus outbreak, the Olympic committees for both countries said in separate statements. All countries' Olympic committees also are calling for the Games to be postponed until 2021. Read more


Cho Gu-Ham wins third Grand Slam

26 Oct 2019 18:10

Former world champion Cho Guham of Korea defeated Tashkent Grand Prix silver medallist Zelym Kotsoiev (AZE) to win his country’s second gold medal on the final day of competition in Abu Dhabi. Cho outworked the 21-year-old Azeri for a narrow win after Kotsoiev was handed his third shido for passivity which was loudly backed by the crowd. Read more


Canadian Shady El Nahas wins first IJF gold medal

28 Jul 2019 22:05

Shady El Nahas delivered gold for Canada at the Grand Prix in Zagreb as the youngster went one better than his result at home earlier this month. The 21-year-old Montreal Grand Prix silver medallist, who exploded onto the scene by taking a stunning silver medal at the Osaka Grand Slam last year, has progressed from being a raw talent into being an elite judoka and showed that by overcoming Antalya Grand Prix winner Alexandre Iddir (FRA) in golden score with a juji-gatame. Read more


Egyptian Ramadan Darwish signs for fifth Grand Prix gold

8 Jul 2019 00:30

The final of the Grand Prix in Montreal opposed top seed Ramadan Darwish (EGY) and Shady EL Nahas (CAN), who produced an incredible performance in the semi-final when he threw with a massive o-goshi, world bronze medallist Karl-Richard Frey (GER) for ippon. Read more

Judo birthday

Result City Date
1Tel Aviv2020
5Abu Dhabi2019
Result City Date


First description Second description Third description Four description