News

The latest Judo News offered by JudoInside.com

Grand Prix Tashkent hosts record of 355 athletes in Uzbekistan

30 Sep 2015 17:25

   IJF Media Team / International Judo Federation
20150828_90_final_GWAK, Dong Han (KOR) (1)

On Thursday the Grand Prix of Tashkent will start in Uzbekistan, always an interesting Grand Prix to collect some points for the world ranking where the competition is tough but doable. Two World Champions are at the start in Tashkent and the field is stronger than ever. Title defender Amartuvshin Dashdavaa is second seeded and separated from Sharafuddin Lutfillaev who is the highest seed U60kg in a field of 26 judoka. Rishod Sobirov won’t defend his title of last year. The World bronze medallist is absent U66kg at Dimitry Shershan (BLR) is the first seeded. 35 athletes will fight for the gold in this tough category.

Sobirov: “The whole team are ready to receive the world's top judoka in Tashkent. My goal is to win the Olympic title next year in Rio, this is my target. I feel good at this weight, I have improved in this category to win bronze in Astana and now I am ready for more challenges."

North Korean Hong Kuk Hyon is first seeded U73kg. Last year’s winner Nyam-Ochir Sainjargal won’t compete, but Ugo Legrand of France is back in the field with 36 judoka, also Victor Scvortov, Wandtke (GER), Urani (FRA) and Mogushkov (RUS) to name a few strong candidates.

Alan Khubetsov is first seeded U81kg. Last year’s winner Roman Moustopoulos (GRE) doesn’t fight in Tashkent, but enough to watch out for such as Ivan Vorobev (RUS) and Sergiu Toma (VAE).

World Champion Dong Han Gwak of Korea is of course  the highest  seed U90kg in in Tashkent. The French sent Buffet and Clerget, but not last year’s winner Alexandre Iddir.

Strong Uzbek judoka U100kg in Tashkent. Japanese Aaron Wolf may be an outsider. Also space for young talents such as Zlatko Kumric (CRO).

Last year’s winner in Tashkent Temuulen Battulga (MGL) is not seeded +100kg. German Andre Breitbarth is, but he may not be the favourite. Abdullo Tangriev will be favourite among the crowd. World Junior Champion Ulziibaayar (MGL) is also a strong candidate.

The women’s division U48kg was won by Charline Van Snick last year. This year Urantsetseg Munkhbat of Mongolia seems to be the favourite U48kg if she can handle of the two strong Turkish ladies. Irina Dolgova is candidate  on the other side of the table which includes strong judoka from Korea and DPR Korea.

Ma Yingnan won 4 events in the beginning of the year, the Chinese will try to pick up her early year rhythm as first seed U52kg. Olympic medallist Priscilla Gneto is among the 23 ladies. Mareen Kraeh is always stable and dangerous. She seemed to draw the best part of the schedule.

Sabrina Filzmoser is back from the Judo for Peace project in Bhutan. Now she is highest seed in U57kg, last year won by Corina Caprioriu (ROU). Helene Receveaux is always among the top athletes, but so will Laetitia Blot take her spot. Some good German speaking women like Waechter and Mueller (GER) join Filzmoser as candidate.

A strong Austrian team anyway in Austria with Kathy Unterwurzacher as first seeded U63kg. Yarden Gerbi won last year in the final against Unterwurzacher. Edwige Gwend and Alice Schlesinger are eager to shine in Tashkent. With 26 judoka this is the best seeded women’s category.

Will there be a German winner U70kg again in Tashkent? Last year Laura Vargas Koch took the victory, now Szaundra Diedrich is #1 seeded but also Iljana Marzok is back on track.

Polish Daria Pogorzelec won Tashkent last year, now Natalie Powell is ranked #1 this time, but North Korean former World Champion Sol Kyong also starts in the field with 19 judoka.

World Champion Yu Song is present in the Uzbek capital to follow up with Svitlana Iaromka’s title +78kg. Two Ukraine judoka were in the final last year. Perhaps two Chinese as Ma Sisi is also starting as well as two Turkish candidates.

In total more than 350 athletes from 50 nations will fight in Uzbekistan, more than 70 than last year and double the number of 2013.

Related judoka and events

Related Judo Photos

  • Song Yu (CHN) - World Championships Astana (2015, KAZ) - © IJF Media Team, International Judo Federation
  • Abdullo Tangriev (UZB) - European Club Championships men Hoofddorp (2014, NED) - © Menno Lesterhuis
  • Kathrin Unterwurzacher (AUT) - World Championships Astana (2015, KAZ) - © Roland Ferenci

Related Judo Videos

Related Judo News

20180919_ijf_equity_majlinda_kelmendi_1537427098_1537427099

Kelmendi at conference on Gender Equity: Together we are Stronger

19 Sep 2018 22:50

On 19 September, one day prior to Judo Worlds, the IJF hosted its inaugural Conference on Gender Equity in the Hilton Hotel in Baku. The Conference was chaired by Lisa Allan, IJF Head of Gender Equity. One o the guests was Majlinda Kelmendi (KOS), World and OIympic Champion. Read more

20180426_ec_telaviv_sellner_filzmoser_sabrina_aut_konkina_anastasiia_rus_8

38-year Sabrina Filzmoser selected for her 13th World Championships

20 Aug 2018 14:05

Sabrina Filzmoser is one of the well known names in the Austrian selection for the World Championships. We thought so many times that it was time to quit, but all the time she was able to set some extraordinary results. Read more

20151017__Grand_Slam_Paris_Sabrina_Filzmoser_79

Sabrina Filzmoser replace Kayla Harrison in IJF Athletes commission

31 May 2018 10:10

Austrian legend Sabrina Filzmoser is going to fill up the position left by Kayla Harrison (USA) in the IJF Athletes commission. The 37-year-old recently got a seat at the athletes' commission, where also other illustrous athletes have taken positions to represent the voice of the international judoka around the world. Read more

20180406_antalya_gp_ijf_final_gjakova_nora

Fourth Grand Prix win for Nora Gjakova sends Kosovo top of the medal table

6 Apr 2018 19:00

Nora Gjakova of Kosovo won her fourth Grand Prix title in the last 12 months by defeating the returning two-time World Judo Masters bronze medallist Kim Jandi (KOR) in the U57kg final. Read more

2018_70_years_austria_sabrina_filzmoser

Sabrina Filzmoser awarded during OEJV-IJF gala in Vienna

4 Mar 2018 20:05

Austria’s most experienced judoka Sabrina Filzmoser was awarded at the gala of the Austrian Judo Federation in the occasion of the 70-year anniversary. At a gala of OEJV and IJF Filzmoser was especially appreciated for her work outside the tatami. Read more

Judo birthday

Result City Date
1Fukuoka7 Apr
1Düsseldorf22 Feb
1Osaka2018
1Jakarta2018
3Fukuoka2018
Result City Date
2Fukuoka7 Apr
1Paris9 Feb
7Guangzhou2018
1Baku2018
2Baku2018

Partners

First description Second description Third description Four description