Home » Judo news
The latest Judo News offered by JudoInside.com
Magdalena Krssakova takes second Grand Prix gold medal
8 Apr 2018 05:05
Austrian Magdalena Krssakova made good on her top seed status as Austria’s number two in the U63kg weight category won her second Grand Prix title. In Antalya Krssakova she bested Valentina Kostenko in the final.
World number five Kathrin Unterwurzacher (AUT) is Austria’s best-ranked judoka in the U63kg category and in her absence, Krssakova seized her opportunity to move up the rankings and close the gap to her teammate on the World Ranking List. World number 55 Valentina Kostenko (RUS) fell behind to a waza-ari from a uchi-mata-sukashi and world number 15 Krssakova countered her opponent for ippon with six seconds left on the clock. Both Austrian judoka will now be expected to receive the nod for the European Championships in April.
In the first semi-final Tunis Grand Prix bronze medallist Krssakova held down Zagreb Grand Prix bronze medallist Mia Hermansson (SWE) with a tate-shiho-gatame to drive into the U63kg final. In the second semi-final Kostenko defeated two-time Grand Slam bronze medallist Busra Katipoglu (TUR) with an uchi-mata for a waza-ari score in added time. It took six minutes and nine seconds of golden score to find a winner as the Russian produced the first and only score of the contest to conclude the first session of judo on day two.
The first bronze medal contest was won by Katipoglu who defeated Pan American Championships silver medallist Yanka Pascoalino (BRA) for a momentous start to the final block for the hosts. Katipoglu won bronze at home in style with two waza-ari scores with the pick of the two being her opener from a sode-tsurikomi-goshi. The Turkish judoka jumped into the arms of her father after leaving the tatami and cried with tears of joy after a rollercoaster of a ride in recent years with injuries.
The second bronze medal was won by world number 146 Alexia Castilhos (BRA) who countered an uchi-mata from Hermansson to roll her opponent for a waza-ari. Castilhos won her first IJF World Judo Tour medal when her Swedish opponent repeated the same mistake and the Brazilian took full advantage for her second waza-ari score.
Related judoka and events
Related Judo Photos
Related Judo Videos
Related Judo News
The category U63kg is a European division with Olympic Champion Tina Trstenjak who is always in for a battle with her rivals Agbegnenou, Unterwurzacher, Trajdos, and Schlesinger. Even though Olympic medallists Yarden Gerbi (ISR) and Anicka van Emden (NED) either won’t compete or retired, the competition is quite severe and there are lots of women with good confidence that they can be a showcase at this event. Read more
British Alice Schlesinger defended her 2016 Baku title with a mature performance against Tunis African Open silver medallist Andreja Leski (SLO). The modest Briton, who was making her post-Olympic return to competition, saw off world number 63 Leski on the ground as World number 12 Schlesinger trapped the body of her opponent and from there worked the arm-lock until the 20-year-old Slovenian had to submit. Read more
Dusseldorf Grand Prix silver medallist Alice Schlesinger (GBR) played down her day in the post-event interview but the modest Briton excelled in Baku as she won all five of her contests by the maximum score. Schlesinger won her first Grand Slam gold medal for Great Britain to secure 500 precious qualification points which edges her closer towards potentially being seeded at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. Read more
The strong Chinese women so far had only won the Grand Prix of Qingdao twice in the history of this event since 2009. 2008 Olympic Champion Qiuli Yang won twice in 2009 and 2010, but today Yang Junxia added another Chinese title in the category U63kg. In the final she defeated Busra Katipoglu of Turkey who also experienced her first Grand Prix final. Read more
The second day of the Grand Prix final in Qingdao delivered some surprising finals. In the men’s categories U73 and U81 both finallists have never met before. Rustam Orujov will face Soichi Hashimoto. U81kg Goki Maruyama and Wang Ki-Chun will meet in an interesting Asian final. In the women’s final U63kg it was Busra Katipoglu who surprisingly qualified for the final. China is represented by the experienced Junxia Wang. Read more about the finallists. Read more