Europe wins unique Team Challenge against Asia

Europe has won the challenge against Asia. In the occasion of the ECCO Judo Team Challenge in Tyumen, the team of Europe defeated Asia by 10-4.
The first successful shot was by Alesya Kuznetsova who defeated World Champion Munkhbat Urantsetseg. A good start for the European team. However it was World Champion Naohisa Takato who made the equalizer against Olympic Champion Arsen Galstyan. Nakato remained undefeated but is not ready yet to attend the Grand Slam of Paris. It was Roumania’s Andrea Chitu who realized another surprise win for Europe against Yuki Hashimoto. Leading 2-1, Georgii Zantaraia extended the lead by 3-1. A comfortable lead Europe may not have expected in the early stage of this battle among the two best continents. Telma Monteiro scored 4-1 with a great ippon against Sumiya Dorjsuren and the gap started to increase dramatically for Asia. Dex Elmont added another victory when he overcame Khashbaatar Tsagaanbaatar in the category U73kg. They hadn’t fought eachother for 7 years but this time it was Elmont showing he was fit enough to beat the 2009 World Champion. Kana Abe got her revenge against Anicka van Emden who beat the Japanese at the World bronze medal bout and scored 5-2 for Asia. With Avtandil Tchrikishvili Europe could secure a big lead but it was the surprising Yakhyo Imamov who caught the World Ranking leader another time. Last year in Paris he did the same and took the victory at the Grand Slam in Paris. Laura Vargas-Koch needed all efforts to overcome the strong Korean Kim U70kg. Kim who caught Vargas-Koch with a bear hug which didn’t bring the ippon to Asia but a penalty to Kim. It secured Europe’s sixth victory in this challenge. The world’s silver medallist in Rio Varlam Liparteliani dominated in his match U90kg against Kyu-Won Lee and gave Europe the 7th win, what more could happen to the team. Gyeong-Mi Jeong defeated Abigel Joo with a small difference so that Henk Grol could make the final score. Although he hadn’t fought in a competition since September, he could overcome Soyib Kurbonov U100kg and took the 8th and decisive victory for Europe. The team already celebrated the victory while Lucija Polavder had to fight against Korean Lee Jung-Eun. The Slovenia won her match and Alexander Mikhaylin (34) could resist youngster Yuri Krakovetskii in the final fight. Although gave a good effort it was the Russian who benefit of his height and claimed the final score to 10-4 for Europe. It was a unique event attended by many VIPs and broadcasted live in many countries. The team managers Ezio Gamba (Europe) and Armen Bagdasarov (Asia) saw the two teams on the tatami celebrating a unique team spirit together where World and Olympic Champions and leaders of the world ranking battled in the Judo Arena in Tyumen. Watch all photos at the EJU gallery. http://www.eju.net/media/?mode=showEvent&id=1607 During the opening ceremony the Governor of Tyumen region, Mr. Vladimir YAKUSHEV, said: “I’m pleased to welcome you here to see the world’s greatest athletes compete. Tyumen has become the centre of judo competitions. I want to thank Sergey Soloveychik for the right to host this event and I hope that all the judo fans will remember not only the competition but also the city of Tyumen.” Mr. Sergey SOLOVEYCHIK, EJU President and IJF Vice President, said: “Dear friends, today we shall witness a new sporting event, we shall the winners of Olympic Games and the world championships in action. I thank the Governor of the Tyumen region for his support and our sponsors ECCO. Let the judo spirit win today.” Mr. Mikhail SERVYAN, Vice President of title sponsors ECCO, said: “Good evening dear friends, I would like to thank the government of the Tyumen region and everyone who helped to host the event. As a representative of ECCO company he said: "I am proud and honoured to be here and be part of such a great event. I think we will see many more editions of this tournament. I wish good luck to all of the participants and I hope you enjoy.”

Events


News

Road to Rio: Ugo Legrand, Flight: FR2014 – BR2016

04/01/2014 | 07:06 am | in
Road to Rio: Ugo Legrand, Flight: FR2014 – BR2016Ugo Legrand started judo at age of four in his father's dojo in Normandy at the club called, Grand Quevilly. When Ugo started judo, he had different motivation than 'just' gaining for the mega-event, "Since I was little, I wanted to be World... Read more

Road to Rio: Georgii Zantaraia, Flight: UKR2014 - BR2016

03/05/2014 | 11:05 am | in
Road to Rio: Georgii Zantaraia, Flight: UKR2014 - BR2016The 2011 European champion, Georgii Zantaraia started judo in Ukraine, in 1997. "My parents had to move out of Georgia because there was a war at the time and so they moved to Ukraine. I started judo there at my school. There wasn't any other... Read more

Road to Rio: Corina Caprioriu, Flight: RO2014 - BR2016

02/28/2014 | 01:04 pm | in
Road to Rio: Corina Caprioriu, Flight: RO2014 - BR2016Corina's sports career began with gymnastics at the age of five and just a bit more than a year later she swopped the somersaults for ippons. "At the time my brother was doing judo for four years and he told me to come along for a session. I loved... Read more

ECCO Judo Team Challenge spectacular season kickoff

01/22/2014 | 07:39 pm | in
ECCO Judo Team Challenge spectacular season kickoffYou can witness this spectacular event where team spirit, tactics and the best skills blend to the perfect mix for a great day of judo. It will be broadcasted live in the EJU TV Channel as well get international coverage in many countries around... Read more

Riner and Mammadov claim World titles

08/31/2013 | 11:35 pm | in
Riner and Mammadov claim World titlesWorld number one and World Judo Masters winner Elkhan MAMMADOV (AZE) arrived in Rio with the favourite tag and duly delivered as he dismissed the -100kg elite including a win in the final against Olympic bronze medallist Henk GROL (NED). Former... Read more

Day 5 full of surprises

08/30/2013 | 11:30 pm | in
Day 5 full of surprisesDay five proved to be a day of surprises as the top seeds fell and two judoka won their first senior world titles while one added a second to her impressive record. Europe claimed another seven medals making a total of 25, but no gold this time.... Read more

Lucie Decosse (FRA) retired after great career

08/30/2013 | 11:19 pm | in
Lucie Decosse (FRA) retired after great careerDecosse took an age to the leave the tatami after losing the bronze medal contest as the reality set in that she had graced the tatami for the last time in a career where she become a superstar in the sport. After leaving the competition tatami... Read more

Unique 8 medals for Europe: Gerbi and Pietri golden couple

08/29/2013 | 11:57 pm | in
Unique 8 medals for Europe: Gerbi and Pietri golden coupleWorld number one Yarden GERBI (ISR) and world number two CLARISSE AGBEGNENOU (FRA) were on an inevitable collision course from the outset as the two outstanding talents in the category this year. GERBI went ahead with a yuko from an o-goshi and... Read more

Five European medals at third day

08/28/2013 | 11:52 pm | in
Five European medals at third dayONO, the 2011 Junior world champion and Paris Grand Slam bronze medallist, was expected to be severely tested against the accomplished and hugely experienced Frenchman who won bronze at London 2012. That challenge failed to materialise as ONO... Read more

European Judo heroes inducted into IJF Hall of Fame

08/25/2013 | 11:27 pm | in
European Judo heroes inducted into IJF Hall of FameI a missing a very dear friend in this room and that is Anton Geesink. I took up judo because of him. After 1964 our careers mingled and we were good friends. I’m so pleased his family could be here. I thank you all for this wonderful award.”... Read more

German flagship Andy Toelzer retires after World Championships

08/12/2013 | 12:06 pm | in
German flagship Andy Toelzer retires after World Championships Andreas Toelzer, bronze medallist at the Olympic Games in London will retire after the World Championships in Rio de Janeiro in the end of this month. The 33-year old judoka from Mönchen Gladbach announced his retirement: “I hope for a medal... Read more

Europe leads IJF World Ranking with seven captains

07/30/2013 | 10:40 am | in
Europe leads IJF World Ranking with seven captains Europe has seven World Ranking leaders in advance of the World Championships judo in Rio de Janeiro. Seven is the same number of European Olympic Champions, but only one Olympic Champion in 2012 is still leading the World Ranking. Brazilian Sarah... Read more

Sochi hosts elite international judoka at first OTC

07/27/2013 | 10:33 am | in
Sochi hosts elite international judoka at first OTC Until the 31 st of July the elite in judo is preparing for the World Championships in Rio de Janeiro from 25-31 August. Sochi will host the Winter Olympic Athletes in 2014 but also hosted the Russian athletes in advance of their successful... Read more

Sindelfingen pleasant warm-up forthcoming major events

07/20/2013 | 09:27 pm | in
Sindelfingen pleasant warm-up forthcoming major events The fifth of five European Cups for Seniors is this weekend in Sindelfingen in Germany. Slovenia is leading the medal table after the first day of fighting. European Champion Rok Draksic preferred to prepare for the World Championships in Germany... Read more

Crowded house for new arrivals U70kg

06/28/2013 | 12:54 pm | in
Crowded house for new arrivals U70kg When Lucie Decosse FRA stood atop the podium at last summer’s Olympic Games in London she did so as reigning world champion and confirmed her status as world number one. By achieving at her third attempt her goal of winning an Olympic gold... Read more