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Croatian girls and Japanese boys strong in Bielsko Biala

22 May 2016 19:20

   Emmeric Le Person
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Three Japanese boys and two Croatian girls coloured the podiums on Sunday at the European Cup for Cadets in Bielsko Biala, Poland. The Japanese young men captured gold in the categories U73kg, U90kg and +90kg.

Only Roland Goz of Hungary was able to defeated Masato Okudo in the semi final. Goz overcame Soso Ebilashvili in the final U81kg. U73kg Yuya Murakami won gold in the final against French Hugo Metifiot. Koshi Nagai beat Swiss Luc Heitz in the final U90kg. Hungarian recordholder Peter Arvai finished with bronze. He won three European Cups this season so far. Hungarian Richard Sipocz lost his final against Japanese Naoki Tobe +90kg.

The Cadets are getting in shape for the European Championships in July in Finland. On Saturday the talents of Azerbaijan were strong with three gold medals, on Sunday the men from Japan, but also the young women from Croatia. U57kg Iva Oberan captured gold in the final against Italian Federica Luciano in this division with 44 girls. Lara Kliba of Croatia took the gold U63kg against Polish Eliza Wroblewska. Last year Poland won one gold medal, today two silver medals as heavyweight Julia Swiatkiewicz lost her final against Romane Dicko of France. France actually lost four finals this weekend. Marlene Galandi won the final U70kg against French Melanie Dhaiby. Galandi was the only non-French on the podium.

From today Hungarian Richard Sipocz is the most successful cadet so far this season. Watch the stats.

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