U.S. judo elites Hannah Martin, Nick Delpopolo and Olympic Bronze Medalist Marti Malloy give it their all in Russia at the IJF World Masters, a tournament only in its fourth year that promises huge ranking points and a share of the $200,000 purse to winners. Tune in TONIGHT at midnight EST to watch live at IPPON.TV.
Only the top 16 judoka in each weight category of the world ranking roster were invited to the mats in Tyumen, Russia. The tournament has drawn some 200 judoka from 41 countries, whose fate was cast at draws held earlier today.
You can watch the action LIVE at IPPON.TV. Remember, there is a 10-hour time difference between the U.S. East Coast and Tyumen, where it is already Saturday morning and competition is slated to begin in a matter of hours … That means that in New York City or Miami you should tune in at 12 a.m., midnight, with finals beginning at 8 a.m. EST.
For her first match, Malloy, 57 kg. (San Jose State University Judo/NYAC, San Jose, CA), faces Telma Monteiro of Portugal, who has taken three silver medals and a bronze at World Championship competitions.
Delpopolo, 73 kg. (Budokan Judo, Miami, FL) goes against …Uzbekistan’s Navruz Jurakobilov, who took a bronze at the 2011 World Championships in Paris.
Martin, 63 kg. (Jason Morris Judo/NYAC, Glenville, NY) steps out against Edwige Gwend of Italy, who lost in the second round at the 2012 Olympics in London.
See the brackets, updated LIVE at IPPON.ORG.
n a dream scenario for judo fans around the world the star-studded event, which is now in its fourth year, matches only the best judoka against each other. The top 16 judoka in each weight category according to the world ranking list have been invited to compete in Tyumen, a booming oil-rich region which was the first Russian settlement in Siberia.
The flourishing city hosted the 2011 Open World Championships and is guaranteed to show to the world another spectacle this weekend as the Palace of Sport transforms into a theatre of judo.
Today (Friday), delegates visited the West-Siberian Innovation Centre Park to witness the draw as the fate of the 200 judoka from 41 countries was decided.
Mr. Sergey KUSHKOV, President of Russian Judo Federation of Tyumen region, opened the draw by welcoming those in attendance.
“Ladies and gentlemen, I’m delighted to welcome you all to the city of Tyumen for the World Judo Masters. We hope all of our guests will like the city. I’m sure the next two days will produce some spectacular judo.”