The latest Judo News offered by

Elmar Gasimov grabs the gold medal in Tashkent

11 Nov 2018 17:25

 by Mark Pickering - IJF    IJF Media Team / International Judo Federation

Being the current Olympic Silver medallist and top seeded competitor, it was not a surprise to find Elmar Gasimov (AZE) in the final of the Grand Prix in Tashkent U100kg. But as we announced in the preview of the category, this could be the day of Alexandre Iddir, as the Frenchman went through the preliminary rounds with a very solid and spectacular judo.

With his left-handed guard the first in action was Iddir who was very close to put Gasimov out of balance. Being more passive, the Azeri was penalized with a first shido. Iddir seemed to be in control of the match, when the Olympic Silver medallist engaged a sumi-gaeshi from a distance. The French had no other choice than to follow and after landing on his head, finished flat on his back for ippon.

The 2015 Junior European Champion Danilo Pantic (MNE) was opposed to Veteran Ramadan Darwish (EGY), who was already a world bronze medallist in 2009, in Rotterdam. In less than 10 seconds, there were already two strong attacks, one with an uchi-mata from Darwish and a counter attack by Pantic, but both for no score. That would definitely be the physiognomy of the match, the Egyptian attacking and the Montenegrin trying to counter. Just after the half of the match, Darwish took the advantage with a hip technique for waza-ari. With less than one minute on the scoreboard, the first penalties were distributed to both competitors for passivity and Darwish just had to control until the final gong to win his twelfth medal on a Grand Prix.

Hard time for the 2015 World silver medallist, who has to struggle to get back to his best level. But Karl-Richard Frey (GER) is stil present in a final block of a World Judo Tour event as he qualified for the bronze medal contest against the owner of two Grand Slam bronze medals (Abu Dhabi 2016, Baku 2015), Joakim Dvarby (SWE). After one minute and 27 seconds, the German was penalized with a first shido for passivity. As the last minute was approaching, a shido was awarded to both athletes but it was still the Swede who was the most dangerous, first with a kata-guruma, then with a o-soto-gari that was very close to score. On the final gong, Frey launched a desperate drop-semi-nage, but once again, nothing was announced by the referee. In Golden score, a confused action was uncertain for a little while until the video confirmed that once more nothing was scored. Finally after 1 minute and 19 seconds, Frey scored an aerial ippon with a massive ura-nage for his thirteenth Grand Prix Medal.

Fundraising with GoGetFunding

Related judoka and events

Related Judo Photos

  • Elmar Gasimov (AZE) - Grand Prix Tashkent (2018, UZB) - © IJF Media Team, International Judo Federation
  • Elmar Gasimov (AZE) - World Championships Budapest (2017, HUN) - © IJF Media Team, International Judo Federation
  • Alexandre Iddir (FRA) - European Cup Saarbrucken (2017, GER) - © Klaus Müller, Watch:

Related Judo News


Mukhammadkarim Khurramov doubles Uzbekistan’s golden haul

23 Feb 2020 19:30

Asian-Pacific Championships silver medallist Mukhammadkarim Khurramov (UZB) doubled his country’s golden medal haul on day three after a fine win over Olympic silver medallist Elmar Gasimov (AZE). First-time Grand Slam finalist Khurramov took the final to veteran Gasimov who turned out of several attacks from the Uzbek who pushed the pace, under the instructions of Iliadis, until the Azeri was given his third shido for passivity. Read more


Jorge Fonseca stars for Portugal with first ever world title

30 Aug 2019 17:25

Portugal finally has a world champion. So often they were so close in the finals with Telma Monteiro four times, Barbara Timo on Thursday but finally Jorge Fonseca secured that beloved title. Another world title for Sporting Club de Lisbon where also Daria Bilodid is fighting. Read more


Arman Adamian sets career best with more to come

24 Jun 2019 20:00

The career of Arman Adamian goes fast but the competition to qualify for the Olympic Games is big Russia. Adamian captured the European Games title in a final against the experienced Varlam Liparteliani who won eight medals at European Championships including three titles, but also the man with four lost finals and Ekaterinburg winner Adamian knew who he was fighting but smelled ahis chances. Read more


European top U100kg prepared to battle in Minsk

22 Jun 2019 10:50

Irish judo is stronger than ever. Remarkable the Fletcher family consisting of Megan (women’s U70kg) and Ben fighting in the U100kg division switched to their country 18 months ago and since then had a revival. Starting with Ben Fletcher as one of the names for a European Games medal in Minsk is simply well deserved success. Read more


Frenchman Alexandre Iddir earns third Grand Prix title

7 Apr 2019 17:10

Tel Aviv Grand Prix winner Alexandre Iddir of France this defeated Tbilisi Grand Prix silver medallist Rafael Buzacarini (BRA) to win his country’s first gold medal at the Grand Prix in Antalya. World number 22 Iddir pulled away from his Brazilian adversary in golden score as Buzacarini had to attack with two shidos to his name and he got caught with a ko-uchi-gari for ippon. Read more

Judo birthday

Result City Date
2Düsseldorf21 Feb
Result City Date
1Düsseldorf21 Feb


First description Second description Third description Four description