Marti Malloy Advances to Third Round at Senior Worlds

Aug. 27, 2009, 10 a.m. (ET)

(Rotterdam, Netherlands) - Marti Malloy (San Jose, Calif. / USA Judo National Training Site at San Jose State University) advanced to the third round of the 57kg division at the Senior World Championships on Thursday after winning her first two matches.

Malloy fought strategic matches against her first two opponents, forcing both into decisive penalties.  

In the first round, Malloy fought seven-time World Cup medalist Marlen Hein (GER) and held Hein scoreless, but both players were penalized for having a defensive posture midway through the match.  Hein was later given a stalling penalty that would give Malloy the match.

"I knew she's physically really strong, but I am too so I wasn't worried about that," Malloy said.  "I knew I just had to fight the match smart and I could beat her."

Malloy appeared to confound her next opponent, Nora Gjakova (KOS) who failed to attack throughout the entire match and was given four stalling penalties in four minutes.

Malloy's next opponent was Rafaela Silva (BRA), a 17-year-old who burst onto the senior scene this year when, after winning the Junior World Championships in 2008, she earned three World Cup medals in 2009 to move up to a #8-ranking on the World Roster.

The match was tied with a penalty each when Malloy went in for an attack and was countered with a throw for ippon.

"Actually I think that Brazil match was my best one.  I got thrown, but I was attacking the whole match and I just went for it, no holds barred," Malloy said.  "I regret not doing the judo I know how to do, but I won't lose to her next time."

This is the second trip to the World Championships for Malloy who fought up to 63kg in 2007 and placed ninth.

"Both times I was unknown internationally.  Last time I moved up and no one knew me, but I fought really well and beat some great players.  Even the match I lost against Urska Zolnir who's an Olympic medalist...  I fought her well and only lost by a yuko," Malloy said.  "This time I moved down and I know I'm a stronger player now.  I'd trained hard and I was so confident I would be able to win a medal.  The letdown is the worst.  That's the worst feeling in the world, knowing that you could have done it, but that's what drives you to train harder so that you don't have to have that feeling again."

With the change to the international schedule making the World Championships an annual event, Malloy could have an opportunity to try for a medal again when the Worlds are held in 2010 in Tokyo.  

 "I started counting the days the second I came off the mat," Malloy said.

Two of Malloy's teammates also competed on Thursday, but did not advance out of their opening matches.

Michael Eldred (Fruitland, Idaho / Western Idaho Judo Institute) lost his first round match in the when he was thrown for two waza-ari scores (half-point each) by eventual silver medalist Chol Su Kim (PRK)

Seventeen-year-old Kayla Chappell (Oklahoma City, Okla. / USA Stars) had a first-round bye in the 52kg division and managed to keep her match against Hanane Kerroumi (MAR) scoreless until Kerroumi threw her for ippon (instant win) with a drop seoi nage at the edge of the mat.   

Competition continues on Friday with two-time Pan Am Champion Travis Stevens (Wakefield, Mass. / NYAC / USA Judo National Team FORCE) fighting in the 81kg division and Janine Nakao (Wakefield, Mass. / USA Judo National Team FORCE) competing in the 63kg division.

Complete results are as follows:

Men's 73kg
1. Ki-Chun Wang (KOR)
2. Chol Su Kim (PRK)
3. Mansur Isaev (RUS)
3. Dirk Van Tichelt (BEL)
5. Sezer Huysuz (TUR)
5. Rinat Ibragimov (KAZ)
7. Kiyoshi Uematsu (ESP)
7. Atilla Ungvari (HUN)

Also Competed: Michael Eldred (Fruitland, Idaho / Western Idaho Judo Institute), 0-1

Women's 52kg
1. Misato Nakamura (JPN)
2. Yanet Bermoy (CUB)
3. Ana Carrascosa (ESP)
3. Romy Tarangul (GER)
5. Hongmei He (CHN)
5. SongHui Jo (PRK)
7. Kitty Bravik (NED)
7. Bundmaa Munkhbaatar (MGL)

Also Competed: Kayla Chappell (Oklahoma City, Okla. / USA Stars), 0-1

Women's 57kg
1. Morgane Ribout (FRA)
2. Telma Monteiro (POR)
3. Kifayat Gasimova (AZE)
3. Hedvig Karakas (HUN)
5. Kaori Matsumoto (JPN)
5. Rafaela Silva (BRA)
7. Malgorzata Bielak (POL)
7. Chen-Ling Lien (TPE)

Also Competed: Marti Malloy (San Jose, Calif. / USA Judo National Training Site at San Jose State University), 2-1