Home » Judo news
The latest Judo News offered by JudoInside.com
Natalie Powell takes Tashkent title in strong field
3 Oct 2015 16:00
World judo masters silver medallist Natalie Powell of Great Britain won her second Grand Prix gold medal to solidify her place in the world’s top eight with a come-from-behind victory over Madeleine Malonga. Wales’ commonwealth games winner Powell won her 13th grand prix medal as 21-year-old French woman was beaten for the first time in Tashkent in the U78kg final.
Powell made a bright start as she shook her opponent after just 10 seconds with an ashi-waza attack. However, it was Malonga who scored first with a ko-uchi and ouchi combination for waza-ari. Powell fought back and restored parity with a waza-ari of her own before wrapping up a superb turnaround by holding down her opponent for 15 seconds and the gold medal.
In the first semi-final Powell required added time to see off former Tbilisi grand prix winner Assunta Galeone of Italy. A yuko each was the score after four minutes and British judoka Powell sealed her place in the final 50 seconds later with a yuko effort. In the second semi-final 2013 world champion Sol Kyong came undone against Malonga who produced a waza-ari from a ko-uchi-gari after 20 seconds and held firm to protect her advantage and secure one of the biggest scalps of her career.
The first bronze medal was won by Sol who snatched the spoils in the last five seconds when she launched Minsk european open winner Maike Ziech of Germany to redeem herself after her semi-final blip. The score was tied until that point and with Ziech contemplating the likelihood of golden score her opponent went all out and found a perfect route to the podium. The second bronze medal contest was won by olympic silver medallist Gemma Gibbons who became the second british judoka to defeat Galeone in Tashkent. Gibbons took galeone down - just as the italian was in the process of launching at attack - for a waza-ari before holding her down with tate-shiho-gatame for 15 seconds and the final place on the U78kg medal podium.
Related judoka and events
Related Judo Photos
Related Judo Videos
Related Judo News
Gemma’s career started as a promising junior and her progression continued all the way through to 2016 where she became the only British woman to medal at the Tokyo Grand Slam. London 2012 was her personal career highlight and she captured the nation’s heart winning the Olympic Silver medal competing at the Under 78kg category. Read more
British Natalie Powell is set to realise her Olympics dream in Rio this summer after collecting a bronze medal in the IJF World Masters in Mexico. Powell saw off the challenge of British rival, her room-mate for this event and London 2012 silver medallist Gemma Gibbons to effectively claim her place on the Great Britain Judo team that will travel to Brazil for the Olympics this August. Read more
Where some athletes are preventing to fight each other before the Olympic Games, the women’s U78kg top athletes may again cross paths at the IJF World Masters in Guadalajara. Olympic champion Kayla Harrison (USA) and Rio 2016 Olympic Games arch-rival, Mayra Aguiar (BRA), are both in Mexico and could renew their acquaintances just months out from the Games. Read more
At this week’s Grand Prix of Almaty some of the last points are for grab, but it won’t be easy for the 399 participants. The category U81kg is as usual the most competitive with 45 participants and includes the comeback of 2013 World Champion Loic Pietri. The Frenchman may face home boy Aziz Kalkamanuly or dare devil Frank de Wit in his first fight. Many competitors are in that same pool for those last points to secure qualification. Pietri won World silver in Astana last year, so he is still the favourite and nearly almost medals where he starts. Read more
The category U78kg will gather the best athletes from Europe. A real competitive category at the European Championships in Kazan where Marhinde Verkerk of the Netherlands will defend her title. Verkerk will go to Rio anyway as in the Netherlands they have already appointed her. Verkerk can meet with Luise Malzahn, last year's final in Baku. Read more
Vera Davydenko (RUS)