Home » Judo news
The latest Judo News offered by JudoInside.com
Gili Cohen takes revenge against Giuffrida in tight final
6 May 2016 17:25
Israelian Gili Cohen captured the gold medal at the Grand Slam of Baku. In the final she took revenge of her loss in the final of the Grand Prix of Tbilisi against the same opponent, Odette Giuffrida. World number 12 Odette Giuffrida (ITA) entered the U52kg final as the favourite against Samsun Grand Prix bronze medallist Gili Cohen (ISR).
Tbilisi Grand Prix winner Giuffrida, 21, boasted a 4-1 head-to-head record against her opponent coming into the final but this time the contest and spoils went to to Cohen. Giuffrida lost her balance during a tai-otoshi attempt but Cohen was slow to react. Cohen showed her resolute defence moments later as she resisted the shime-waza of the Italian in the form of a koshi-jime strangle. Golden score was needed and while a score still didn’t materialise a shido for the Italian did after three minutes and Cohen celebrated her first Grand Slam gold medal.
In the first semi-final world number three Erika Miranda (BRA) lost out to Italian young gun Giuffrida in golden score. With no scores on the board and two shidos against both judoka, the added time was required which sees the first score or penalty determine the winner. Only 29 seconds were required for Miranda to receive a third shido which handed Giuffrida the victory and a place in the final. In the second semi-final Samsun Grand Prix bronze medallist Cohen (ISR) was unable to trouble the scoreboard but still managed to eclipse Asian Championships silver medallist Ma Yingnan (CHN). MA was penalised twice which was once more than Cohen who claimed the scoreless contest and the right to fight for gold in Baku.
The first bronze medal contest was decided with 16 seconds remaining as a low left-sided morote-seoi-nage from world number eight Ma saw off former World Judo Masters silver medallist Laura Gomez (ESP) by ippon. The second bronze medal was won by Asian Championships bronze medallist Munkhbaatar Bundmaa (MGL) as Miranda was beaten twice in Baku which is a rare sight on the international stage. Mongolia, who have picked Adiyasambuu Tsolmon at this weight for Rio 2016, added one more medal to their Baku collection as Munkhbaatar took the lead with a waza-ari from an uchi-mata and added a yuko by osaekomi with a ushiro-kesa-gatame. Miranda could not find a route back into the contest and it was Munkhbaatar who screamed with delight after securing a fine bronze medal.
Related judoka and events
Related Judo Photos
Related Judo Videos
Related Judo News
Mongolian middle weight Munkhzaya Tsedevsuren and lightweight Bundmaa Munkhbaatar both day goodbye to her judo career. The 30-year old number five of the London Olympic Games and World Bronze medallist in 2015 U63kg will not continue her quest for Tokyo 2020, same for 31-year old Munkhbaatar. Read more
Rome European Open winner MA Yingnan (CHN) defeated a below-par world number four and top seed Mareen KRAEH (GER) in the -52kg final. MA broke the deadlock by scoring a yuko before adding a second by trapping KRAEH to the tatami with osaekomi for 12 seconds. The German judoka appeared to fall back awkwardly on her left foot from a ashi-waza attack and MA seized her opportunity be applying shime-waza and forcing her German rival to submit. Read more
Olympic silver medallist Odette Giuffrida of Italy defeated Israelian Gili Cohen to win U52kg gold. Both judoka had struck Grand Prix gold on one occasion previously and for both their victories were in Tbilisi. Giuffrida added to her 2016 Tbilisi win by catching 2014 winner and Ekaterinburg Grand Slam winner Cohen with ashi-waza as a de-ashi-barai earned a second and match-winning waza-ari. Read more
A great contest between Nora Gjakova and Olympic Champion Rafaela Silva in Tbilisi’s U57kg final. After the first shift and qualification for the final both won all their matches. Kosovo star Gjakova defeated Dutch woman Sanne Verhagen in the semi final whilst the Brazilian defeated Helene Receveaux for a place in the final in the Georgian capital. Read more
Aizhan Zhylkybayeva (KAZ)