"2010 Judo Grand Prix Duesseldorf"
World Championship third-placed Malzahn celebrates victory at Philipshalle

Duesseldorf/Germany (pps) Once more, Duesseldorf Philipshalle has established itself as an excellent venue for the athletes of the German Judo Federation, DJB: After one gold, one silver and four bronze medals at the 2003 European Championships, the DJB judoka again showed good performances at the "Judo Grand Prix Duesseldorf 2010" at Philipshalle Duesseldorf, sold-out to crowd-capacity with a total of 3,000 visitors.

Thus, Germany's World Championship third-placed Claudia Malzahn defeated Netherland's Anicka Emden in the -63kg after 91 seconds by ippon. "This was my first competition since October, since my injury in the left knee. I'd never thought that I would be able to show such a good performance here in Duesseldorf", said a very happy Claudia Malzahn.

Additionally, Germany's Mareen Kraeh took a bronze medal in the -52kg. "I'm really pleased with the entire team - even with the athletes who were defeated early on. They all have lost to international top athletes", explained Michael Bazynski, national coach of the women's judo team. And DJB Sports Director Manfred Birod added: "At the 2009 Grand Prix in Hamburg we went away empty-handed. And today we can celebrate already one gold and one bronze medal - although the tournament here in Duesseldorf boasts an extremely good field of entries."

In the categories -48kg (women) and -60kg as well as –66kg (men) the respective 2009 champions of the Worlds in Rotterdam claimed the title: Tomoko Fukumi of Japan, Ukraine's Georgii Zantaraia as well as Tsagaanbaatar Hashbaatar (Mongolia). In a new edition of the 2009 World Championship final Zantaraia defeated Japan's Hiroaki Hiraoka.

The further winners of the first day, under the eyes of football record national and World champion Lothar Matthäus ("football can really learn a lot from the sport of judo") in the women's event: Olympic runner-up Soraya Haddad (Algeria/-52kg) and Kaori Matsumoto (Japan/-57kg) as well as in the men's events Sainjargal Nyam-Ochir (Mongolia/-73kg).

The "Judo Grand Prix Duesseldorf 2010" is organised by the German Judo Federation together with sportAgentur Duesseldorf and is supported by the sports country North Rhine-Westphalia. "Already the first day has clearly shown that judo is a true enrichment for the sports city Duesseldorf", said Christian Koke of sportAgentur Duesseldorf.

The internet TV station spobox.tv offers live transmissions of the Judo Grand Prix on both days as of 10:00 hrs (www.spobox.tv).

Further information on the meeting: www.judo-grandprix.de.

Michael Frisch / mobile +173 / 393 96 50
E-Mail: frisch.m@sportstadt-duesseldorf.de