(Colorado Springs, CO) – Both of Team USA’s entrants in the men’s and women’s events at the Senior World Championships on Thursday fell short of advancing during the competition in Doha, Qatar.
2023 Senior World Championships Live Results
John Jayne (Chicago, IL), a 2022 Senior Pan American Championships medalist, drew the eventual bronze medalist in the 90 kg division in the opening round. Marcus Nyman (SWE), a bronze medalist at the 2021 Senior Worlds as well, took Jayne to the mat late in the second minute, pinning the American to win the round of 64 match.
The 90 kg finals came down to a pair of Georgian powerhouses with three-time Senior World bronze medalist Luka Maisuradze taking on teammate Lasha Shavdatuashvili, the World No. 1 who has won medals at the last three Olympic Games, including gold at the 2012 Games. The finals would be a rematch of their final at the Tbilisi Grand Slam in March where Shavdatuashvili won gold. Following his semifinal win by a waza-ari (half-point) score over World No. 2 Christian Parlati, Maisuradze threw his teammate for a waza-ari two minutes into Golden Score (sudden death overtime).
Fighting at her fifth Senior World Championships, two-time Senior Pan Am medalist Chantal Wright (San Antonio, Texas / Semper Fortis Judo) fought 2022 Cadet World bronze medalist Nyam-Erdene Batsuuri (MGL) in the opening round of the 70 kg division. Batssuri threw Wright for a waza-ari score and moved into a pin to take the match.
A bronze medalist at the 2022 Senior World Championships, Saki Niizoe (JPN) earned gold in the 70 kg division – her ninth straight World Tour medal in a streak that dates back to February of 2020. Niizoe upset two-time reigning Senior World Champion Barbara Matic (CRO) in the semifinals, coming back from a waza-ari throw by Matic that was waved off late in the final minute to throw the Croatian for a waza-ari of her own in the final 15 seconds. In the gold medal final, Niizoe threw 2021 World Masters bronze medalist Giovanna Scoccimarro (GER) for a wazar-ari and pinner her to claim gold.
Top eight and U.S. results are as follows:
Men’s 90 kg
1. Luka Maisuradze (GEO)
2. Lasha Bekauri (GEO)
3. Marcus Nyman (SWE)
3. Sanshiro Murao (JPN)
5. Christian Parlati (ITA)
5. Ivan Felipe Silva Morales (CUB)
7. Mansur Lorsanov (AIN)
7. Noel Van T End (NED)
Also Competed: John Jayne (Chicago, IL), 0-1
Women’s 70 kg
1. Saki Niizoe (JPN)
2. Giovanna Scoccimarro (GER)
3. Michaela Polleres (AUT)
3. Barbara Matic (CRO)
5. Katie-Jemima Yeats-Brown (GBR)
5. Elvismar Rodriguez (VEN)
7. Marie Eve Gahie (FRA)
7. Madina Taimazova (AIN)
Also Competed: Chantal Wright (San Antonio, Texas / Semper Fortis Judo), 0-1