Home » Judo news
The latest Judo News offered by JudoInside.com
Tina Trstenjak grabs calculated gold medal and follows up Zolnir
9 Aug 2016 23:35
It wasn’t a surprise that both Tina Trstenjak as Clarisse Agbegnenou before the undisputed favourites, but it’s a quality that both reached the final at these competitive Olympics. This category U63kg is one of the most rivalled division and knows a broad list of challengers of these two. It was Tina Trstenjak who stayed cool as ever. She is as cool as Ono, as efficient as Riner and as laid-back as 2012 Olympic Champion Urska Zolnir. Trstenjak took over her legacy for a bright future of Slovenian judo. It was the only category of the 14 where none of the judoka had won an Olympic medal before.
Another European gold medal, where the Asians were expected to shine. Europe has now won five gold medals, Pan America two and Asian follows with just one Olympic title.
Today Trstenjak dominated in her way and so she did in the final, cool, calculated and smart like a fox where Agbegnenou left the space to Trstenjak to break her defense on the ground for a rock-solid oseikomi. Agbegnenou was close to gold qualifying for the final via victories against Katipoglu (TUR), Van Emden and Tashiru (JPN).
Trstenjak defeated Edwige Gwend (ITA), Yang Junxia of China and Mariana Silva in the semi final, where perhaps Gerbi or Trajdos were expected, but the Brazilian was loose today. In the end she finished fifth but with all the cheers of the Brazilians who hadn’t expected her in the semi final. Anicka van Emden of the Netherlands won the bronze after some solid results. She won bronze at the World Championships 2013 in Rio, an image that seems to have a direct relation with this weeks results. The second bronze medal was captured by Yarden Gerbi with an historic bronze medal for Israel, the fourth in history and second for a woman after Yael Arad in 1992.
Related judoka and events
Related Judo Videos
Related Judo News
The IJF World Judo Tour will resume next weekend in the city of The Hague, Netherlands for a newly established Judo Grand Prix. The best athletes in the world will meet in the 14 weight divisions to collect points for the world ranking list. A few days ago a masterclass led by Rio Olympic bronze medallist Anicka van Emden was held in the city of The Hague. Read more
At the World Championships in Budapest five judoka will be elected to represent the athletes in the IJF athletes commission. The next four-year period runs from 2017 to 2020 and current chairman Teddy Riner is not on the list. Read more
At the World Championships in Budapest it's not only about the competition, besides the 56 medals, also the IJF Congress and Gala, congresses of the continental Unions, many meetings, commercial gatherings are held. One of the most interesting gathering is the election by athletes for the IJF Athletes Commission. Dutch Olympic medallist Anicka van Emden has the experience and is still seeded in athlete commissions at various levels. Read more
Dutch Olympic medallist Anicka van Emden retires as top athlete. Van Emden won World bronze in 2011 and 2013 and highlighted her career in Rio with Olympic bronze. In 2011 she won European silver followed by bronze in 2014 and 2016 and she claimed 13 Grand Slam medals. Read more
Only one surprise in the semi final for women, the rest is by the book. Brazil’s Mariana Silva achieved to book victories over Yarden Gerbi in the quarter final, Martyna Trajdos in the 1/8 final and Szandra Szogedi in the first round. Read more
Julie Baeyens (BEL)
|1||Rio de Janeiro||2016|