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Grand Prix Zagreb is a good event for the talents

14 Sep 2014 17:55

   IJF Media Team / International Judo Federation
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Twelve gold medals for the European nations at the Grand Prix of Zagreb, an expected amount at the Grand Prix where the top of the world wasn’t present but it gave good chances to others to breakthrough personal barriers.

At day three it was Krisztian Tóth who does belong to the top of the world given his silver medal in Chelyabinsk. He was first seeded and won the gold for men U90kg. In the final he defeated Aleksandr Kukolj of Serbia. Bronze for strong guys like Karolis Bauza and Noël van ‘t End who weren’t successful in Chelyabinsk and showed some glance that is needed for their status.


Another expected gold medallists kept word, Ana Velensek was the highest seeded and claimed gold for women U78kg. In the final she defeated Abigel Joo, who slowly gets better. This was the perfect level for her to get back at previous levels. Velensek simply added another medal to her successful season. She kept good the whole year so far starting in Paris, with a bronze medal in Chelyabinsk and now gold in Zagreb.


In the women’s heavyweight category Yu Song of China defeated Svitlana Yaromka of the Ukraine.

Adlan Bisultanov won a second gold medal for his country, which effectively gave Russia the victory in the medal table.

In the men’s heavyweight category it was Dutchman Roy Meyer who was proud at his first Grand Prix victory. He fought well at the World Championships, and on Sunday he could hold that shape as he was the highest seeded here in Zagreb. Meyer is now booking progress and will enter the top 10 of the World Ranking, which is a likely good position for qualification for Rio, although that road is still long.

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