The latest Judo News offered by

Nekoda Davis comes of age with golden victory in Zagreb

1 May 2015 18:55

 by Mark Pickering - IJF    IJF Media Team / International Judo Federation
20150501_Zagreb_57_DAVIS, Nekoda (GBR) 2

Samsun Grand Prix bronze medallist Nekoda DAVIS (GBR) took her career to new heights in Zagreb as she defeated Olympic bronze medallist Marti MALLOY (USA) who was fresh from winning the Pan American Championships a week ago. SMYTHE DAVIS won her first IJF Grand Prix gold medal and with it her first win against the world-renowned MALLOY who had triumphed in their two previous meetings.

The 22-year-old Londoner scored ippon with 53 seconds left and could not hide her emotions on the tatami as she wept with tears of joy. MALLOY returned to an IJF podium for the first time since taking silver at the 2014 Tyumen Grand Slam. 


In the first semi-final SMYTHE DAVIS threw Ulaanbaatar Grand Prix bronze medallist Tina ZELTNER (AUT) with a majestic uchi-mata as the Austrian was sent through the air in a battle of two of the brightest talents in the weight category. In the second semi-final MALLOY, who was clearly buoyed by her Pan American Championships victory, conquered Glasgow European Open silver medallist Johanna MUELLER (GER), to guarantee an overdue medal on the IJF World Judo Tour. MALLOY worked with her usual conviction to capture the left arm of MUELLER and locked on the juji-gatame to force the German judoka to submit.   


The first bronze medal was won by MUELLER who worked her way into the contest against Olympic silver medallist Corina CAPRIORIU (ROU). The world number 46 from Germany struck with 15 seconds left as she scored a yuko and there was not enough time for her Romanian foe to respond. There was an audible gasp of delight from the German who earned her country’s third medal on day one. The second bronze medal was won by ZELTNER, who having eliminated top seed Miryam ROPER (GER) in the second round, was good value for a place on the podium. ZELTNER, 22, who is behind Sabrina FILZMOSER (AUT) domestically, outperformed her veteran countrywoman today, as she defeated 18-year-old Junior European bronze medallist and Cadet European champion Andreja LESKI (SLO) for bronze while FILZMOSER fell in the second round to MUELLER. LESKI, who won her first senior title at the Sarajevo European Cup in March, lost out with 90 seconds left on the clock. 

Fundraising with GoGetFunding

Related judoka and events

Related Judo Photos

  • Nekoda Smythe-Davis (GBR) - Grand Prix Zagreb (2015, CRO) - © IJF Media Team, International Judo Federation
  • Nekoda Smythe-Davis (GBR), Marti Malloy (USA), Tina Zeltner (AUT), Johanna Mueller (GER) - Grand Prix Zagreb (2015, CRO) - © IJF Media Team, International Judo Federation
  • Nekoda Smythe-Davis (GBR) - Grand Prix Zagreb (2015, CRO) - © IJF Media Team, International Judo Federation

Related Judo Videos

Related Judo News

ah1502222108 Ole Bischof

Effects of Judo Training on College students and their academic performance

21 Oct 2020 09:30

Most people would agree that high sports participation can increase students’ motivation and teach both teamwork and self-discipline. Some studies have shown that individuals who do physical activities perform better in school than those who do not. For most students, getting some exercises means getting more things done. Doing various kinds of sports, including judo, helps not only take care of the body but also lets the mind follow positive patterns of achievement. Read more


Dorjsuren aims for revenge at World Championships, World Preview U57kg

30 Aug 2017 00:00

Will Mongolia have a second female world champion in 2017? At the Worlds in Budapest Sumiya Dorjsuren is the top favorite in her category U57kg based on her very strong performance at the 2016 Rio Olympics, where she dispatched Matsumoto for ippon like it was child's play. Read more


Marti Malloy takes Grand Prix victory in Cancun as starter for World Championships

17 Jun 2017 03:05

American Marti Malloy won the Grand Prix in Cancun in her category U57kg. Ekaterinburg Grand Slam winner Miryam Roper of Panama made history last time out when she won Panama’s first ever IJF World Judo Tour medal but had to settle for silver in Cancun after she could not contest the final against long-time rival Marti Malloy due to a knee injury sustained during her warm-up. Read more


Jessica Klimkait and Catherine Beauchemin-Pinard fight Canadian final in Panama

29 Apr 2017 18:15

It was an action-packed day for Canada at the opening of the Pan American Championships in Panama. Catherine Beauchemin-Pinard and Jessika Klimkait faced off in the U57 kg final on Friday evening. In the end, it was Klimkait who climbed to the top of the podium. Read more


Asian power in Oberwarts European Open with Unterwurzacher as eyecatcher

17 Feb 2017 18:00

This weekend, high-quality judo will be in the Austrian city of Oberwart and the Italian capital, Rome. The European Open in both cities will offer some fine competition with, obviously, a large contingent of Italian men in Rome and some of the best female fighter from Austria. Read more

Judo birthday

Max Wurth

Max Wurth (NED)
23 years

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


First description Second description Third description Four description