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European Cadet Championships challenge for Finland to build team

30 Jun 2016 15:25

Finland EC Cadets Vantaa

This week the Cadet European Championships will take place in the Finnish city of Vantaa. The Finnish have a strong upcoming team in judo and are proud to have a reigning European champion in Emilia Kanerva who took the title last year in Sofia U57kg. In the past, 16 years ago Johanna Ylinen won the European title in 2000. Same number of countries participating like last year, 41. Only the participants of 423 is little smaller than last year 469 and the lowest since 5 years championships.

Vantaa is a judo city and organized Finnish Championships and Finnish Open championships as well as the Nordic Championships. A long time ago in 1975 Finland also organized Cadet European Championships with winner Alexander Yatskevich, now Sports Director of the EJU.

It is ten years since Finland organized the European Senior Championships in Tampere and since than none of the Finnish athletes won a medal, so this championship is also to build out the new talents.

240 Young men are fighting in the 8 categories and 183 women. The Finnish have a team of 12 including the two winners of a European Cup for Cadets in Berlin, Oskari Makinen and Valtteri Olin who won in Cluj.

The biggest teams are France, Hungary, Italy and Russia. Last year the young Russians won 4 titles, followed by Georgia and Ukraine, and in total 11 winning nations, which is a good distribution.

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