News

The latest Judo News offered by JudoInside.com

Maribor proud host of Junior European Championships

13 Sep 2017 17:55

   Andre de Heus
20170809_papendal_tc_lois_petit_ah1708087568

Slovenia is of course well known for its success in the women’s divisions for the last five years with two Olympic Champions in London and Rio and bronze for Ana velensek. Silver at the recent World Championships for Tina Trstenjak and of course surprise Mihael Zgank U90kg gave Slovenian judo another boost. Perhaps in the junior division less dominant as before, but still medal chances for some of their youngsters.

This year was less successful for the Slovenian women in the Junior European Cup. Over the last 15 years 2017 is one of the least successful years in the Junior European Cup with 5 medals, only 2011 was worse.

Almost 200 young women will be at the start in Maribor including the current most successful youngster Lois Petit of Belgium who will try to take the European title as last piece of art in this category U44kg. Opposition will come from France with World number one Marine Gilly and last year’s winner Justine Deleuil.

U48kg Turkish Melisa Cakmakli had a good pre-season as only athlete with two victories but for the Slovenians Marusa Stangar will be their favourite to follow up European senior champion Daria Bilodid who won’t be fighting in Maribor. It will be a very competitive category with Daria Pichkaleva as world number one, strong Spanish in Hidalgo and Martinez and Dutch Amber Gersjes.

Another strong Belgian is Myriam Blavier U52kg. British Chelsie Giles and double European Cup winners Nazakat Azizova and Betina Temelkova, now Israelian. Who knows what World Cadet champion Seija Ballhaus can do in this age category.

The category U57kg was always strong but not easy to make a transition to the seniors. However when they do, they get far such as former winners Automne Pavia, Hedvig Karakas and Helene Receveaux, all became world players. Of course also in this category a Belgian contender in Mina Libeer. The Belgians will be strong in the team event this year. Sarah Cysique won two European Cups this year and we just mentioned, the French have a reputation.

U63kg is always competitive with good winners as Szabina Gercsak and Lucy Renshall. Last year’s winner Sanne Vermeer (NED) was the youngest ever winner in this category and will this time also try to prolong the title. Nadia Simeoli (ITA) was successful in the pre-season. The World Ranking though looks totally different with Piovesana and Olsen in the top, so enough rivalry. Andreja Leski (SLO) might surprise.

They’re almost seniors, those women U70kg, experienced, tall and ready for a big battle. Michaela Polleres (AUT) and Gabriela Willems (BEL) both won two events, but Aleksandra Samardzic (BIH) is experienced at senior level. All European Champions of the past made it at senior level, so a good outlook for these juniors. Giovanna Scoccimarro (GER), Hilde Jager (NED) and Karla Prodan are worth-while mentioning as outsiders.

Compared to U70, the division U78kg requires more power to breakthrough at senior level. Svetlana Voronina (RUS), Julie Hoelterhoff (GER) and Ilona Lucassen (NED) give a good impression this season, but there are lots of potential surprises as anything is possible U78kg. Klara Apotekar may have the best papers at home.

Traditionally less competition O78kg. Russian Anna Gushchina is the number one of the world ranking whereas Mercedesz Szigetvari (HUN) is the most successful this season. French Romane Dicko got a boost at the World Senior Team Championships and might retain the title for France.

France will certainly have a good share at the European Team Championships with quality women, but also Belgium, Russia and Germany seemed to deliver great teams. The team event will still be separated in men and women’s teams.

Related judoka and events

Related Judo Photos

  • Aleksandra Samardžić (BIH),  GreenHill Sports (RUS) - Grand Prix Düsseldorf (2017, GER) - © Klaus Müller, Watch: http://km-pics.de/
  • Nadia Simeoli (ITA) - European Cup U21 Lignano (2017, ITA) - © Sebastiano Simeoli
  • Lubjana Piovesana (GBR) - Training Centre Papendal (2017, NED) - © Andre de Heus

Related Judo Videos

Related Judo News

20170915_maribor_podium_73

Hidayat Heydarov prolongs European Junior title after Azeri final

15 Sep 2017 20:35

The junior team of Azerbaijan claimed six medals on the first day of the European Championships in Maribor. Highlights were the gold medals for Hidayat Heydarov U73kg and Karamat Huseynov U60kg. No medals yet for the home-crowd of Slovenia that saw the Dutch women take two gold medals as well. Read more

20170408_fijlkam_lignano_lombardo_manuel

Manuel Lombardo makes it three in Lignano

10 Apr 2017 13:15

It was not a surprise that the Italian team was the best at the European Cup for Juniors in Lignano. With four gold medals and 8 medals in total, the Italian judoka had a good performance, the best since 2011. Germany followed with three gold medals, all in the women’s division. Read more

20151024_AbuDhabi_66_GAITERO MARTIN, Alberto (ESP)

Spain takes three gold medals in La Coruna

21 May 2016 17:10

At the first day of the European Cup in La Coruna in Spain, the host nation took three gold medals. The two Spanish lightweights Mireia Lapuerta Comas and Laura Martinez Abelenda took the victory in both Spanish finals. Read more

20160530_CoimbraU18_RuiTelmo_Manuel Lombardo

Italian judoka start with two EYOF titles in Georgia

28 Jul 2015 18:05

Italy has done some good business at the opening day of the European Youth Olympic Festival. In Tbilisi the Italian team won medals in each category including two titles. Moldova and Azerbaijan claimed the other two titles. In one day equal to the record of 1991. Read more

Coimbra_Cadets

Italians shine at first day of European Cup in Coimbra

30 May 2015 22:30

At the first day of the European Cup for Juniors in Coimbra the Italian team was celebrating three gold medals, including the victory delivered by Luca Carlino. "We are very happy. Luca is very young, it is his first year in this age category and with this win he is going to gain some points for the Cadet World Ranking List." said Nicola Moraci, head coach of the Italian team. Although this was Luca's first participation in Coimbra, winning here runs in his vains - his brother won the portuguese cadet cup two years ago and last month was second in the junior division. The total number of 326 athletes from 23 different countries are competing this weekend at the Cadet European Judo Cup, hosted by Portuguese city of Coimbra. Read more

Partners

First description Second description Third description Four description

Judo birthday

Result City Date
3Budapest3 Sep
1Budapest2 Sep
1Budapest2016
1Rio de Janeiro2016
1Kazan2016
Result City Date
2Budapest3 Sep
2Budapest2 Sep
1Cancun18 Jun
1Ekaterinburg21 May
3Tbilisi2 Apr