Home » Judo news
The latest Judo News offered by JudoInside.com
Egyptian Ramadan Darwish signs for fifth Grand Prix gold
8 Jul 2019 00:30
The final of the Grand Prix in Montreal opposed top seed Ramadan Darwish (EGY) and Shady EL Nahas (CAN), who produced an incredible performance in the semi-final when he threw with a massive o-goshi, world bronze medallist Karl-Richard Frey (GER) for ippon.
The host country was hoping that its eighth medal would be gold but after a bit more than thirty seconds, Elnahas launched a first attack that was definitely not strong enough to bother Ramadan Darwish, who calmly but surely counterattacked for a clear ippon.
The first bronze medal contest opposed 2018 Zagreb Grand Prix silver medallist, Kyle Reyes (CAN) and Karl-Richard Frey (GER), who finished third on the occasion of the last Hohhot Grand Prix. Half way to the end, Frey was penalized a first time, for a forbidden grip and then a second time for blocking his opponent. Despite those penalties, the rhythm of the match was impressive and there was a feeling that any attack could decide who the winner would be. It is with a ko-soto-gake that eventually Kyle Reyes scored a waza-ari that needed the video to be confirmed, to win a eighth medal for the host country.
The second bronze medal contest opposed Zlatko Kumric (CRO), who finished at the bottom of the podium on the occasion of the last European Games and Leonardo Goncalves (BRA), Junior World Championships silver medallist in 2015. In less than ten seconds, Goncalves surprised his opponent with a left handed ko-uchi-gari for a first waza-ari. The sasae-tsurikomi-ashi executed by Kumric gave him also a waza-ari. With 19 seconds left Goncalves counterattacked one last attack of Kumric to score the second wazea-ari and win his first medal in a Grand Prix.
Related judoka and events
Related Judo Photos
Related Judo News
Despite te victory of Japan at the European Open in Oberwart, the Austrian male athletes can be satisfied about their performance at the Euro Open with two gold medals. It was 2001 when two Austrian took gold for their home country. On Sunday Wachid Borchashvili showed he was capable of snatching the gold U81kg and Marko Bubanja captured the title U90kg. With bronze for Kimran Borchashvili there is a new future for the Austrian men coming up. Read more
The first of the two most anticipated finals in Tel Aviv, positioned the silver medalist of the World Junior Championships 2015, Leonardo Goncalves of Brazil, and the world number 7, homeplayer Peter Paltchik against each other, Peter supported by a whole people. A little slow at the beginning of the day, Paltchik gradually increased in power to deliver an anthology match in the semi-final against world medalist Karl-Richard Frey (GER). Read more
Peter Paltchik of Israel took U100kg gold to extend his winning run to nine consecutive contests on the IJF World Judo Tour. Abu Dhabi Grand Slam winner Paltchik has excelled this year and moved closer to the leading judoka in the category with a blistering display on Sunday. World number 36 Sviryd claimed his first IJF medal despite going over after 89 seconds of golden score from a seoi-nage before both men shared a lengthy embrace. Read more
Cuba became the somewhat surprising winner at the Pan American Championships this weekend in San Jose. With five gold medals and three times silver the Cuban team overclassed the other strong nations such as Brazil and Canada. Still Canada took three gold medals and couldn’t complain. Read more
The switch to Ireland delivered a payout on Sunday at the last day of the Grand Prix in Tunis when Benjamin Fletcher claimed the gold medal U100kg. He is the only man for Ireland ever to take a victory in any World Cup. Only Lisa Kearney had won four World Cups in the past, but never a gold medal in the IJF World Tour. Read more
Milou Hendriks (NED)