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Medals at European Junior Championships is the basis for senior success

16 Sep 2016 10:45

   David Finch / Judophotos.com
20160807_FINCH_91760 Odette Giuffrida

This week the European Junior Championships will take place in Malaga in Spain. At the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio, 51 former European Junior Champions participated. Of course triple European Junior champion Beka Gviniashvili and double champions Irina Dolgova, Kayra Sayit, Dilara Lokmanhekim, Abigel Joo, Audrey Tcheumeo, Varlam Liparteliani, Odette Giuffrida and Olympic champion Majlinda Kelmendi.

2016 Olympic Champions

Four European Junior Champions won the Olympic title in Rio, outside Majlinda Kelmendi, Khasan Khalmurzaev, Lukas Krpalek and Teddy Riner.

The 2016 edition this thought will motivate the youngsters until the bone, the chance on an Olympic medal, as 12 of the 25 Europeans who took a medal in Rio were European Junior Champion. Or otherwise said, 15 of those 25 ever won a medal at the European Junior Championships. This championship is a true grade for success in the future.

Basile and Giuffrida

Both Italians Fabio Basile and Odette Giuffrida were the last ones (2014) who won a European Junior medal and both reached the final at the Rio Olympics. Giuffrida even took two Junior titles in this Olympic cycle, so it’s all possible. Just to mention, Last year’s Champion Walide Khyar of France won the senior European title not even a year later.

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