"Judo Grand Prix Duesseldorf 2010"

Best result in years for German Judo Federation !
Great atmosphere at sold-out Philips-Halle

Duesseldorf (pps) Considerable upwards trend for Germany's judoka: During the Grand Prix at Duesseldorf Philips-Halle they celebrated their biggest success in years at a tournament "back home". With two gold and three bronze medals they took second place on the medals table behind Japan (6-5-1).

After the victory of Germany's Claudia Malzahn in the -63kg category on Saturday, her compatriot Heide Wollert won the -78kg on Sunday. Malzahn and Wollert had earned the bronze medals in their weight categories at the 2009 World Championships in Rotterdam. It was Malzahn's first competition in Duesseldorf after a five-months break due to a knee injury. Heide Wollert, on the other hand, celebrated her third Grand Prix, respectively World Cup victory in Germany after 2005 and 2006. "But I never expected I would be that successful here", she revealed.

"I think we're on a good way towards the 2012 Olympic Games in London", said a happy Peter Frese, President of the German Judo Federation. And DJB Sports Director Manfred Birod added: "Bearing the international top field of entries in mind, our team has really shown great performances."

Additional bronze medals for the German Judo Federation: Mareen Kraeh (-52kg), Franziska Konitz (+78kg) and Robert Zimmermann (+100kg).

For both partners of the Judo Grand Prix, the German Judo Federation and sportAgentur Duesseldorf, the tournament turned out to be a great success. Despite the Olympic Games, Philips-Halle was sold out to a crowd-capacity of 3,000 visitors on both competition days. And via the internet TV station spobox.tv more than 80,000 viewers followed the bouts on the tatami mats on Saturday. Commentators, among others, were the two Olympic champions Frank Wieneke and Ole Bischof.

Christina Begale, managing director of sportAgentur Duesseldorf, and DJB President Peter Frese intend to discuss an even "bigger" tournament for the second edition on February 19-20, 2011, then perhaps even at the much bigger ISS Dome in Duesseldorf. Begale: "Thanks to the sport of judo, the sports city Duesseldorf has one more attraction."

Michael Frisch / Mobil +49 (0)173 / 393 96 50
E-Mail: frisch.m@sportstadt-duesseldorf.de