Two Georgians, two Azeri, two Russian judoka and an all French final U48kg is the result of the Preliminaries of the Junior European Championships in Malaga. The first day delivered some good finals. None of last year’s finallists were able to qualify for the finals again, that says enough about the strength.
The French youngsters Gilly Marine and Justine Deleuil are in the final U44kg. In an interesting semi final last year’s European Champion Reka Pupp (HUN) got surprised by this year’s European Cadet champion Daria Bilodid of the Ukraine. Bilodid will fight another “Daria” Pichkaleva of Russia in the final U48kg.
Also surprises U52kg where Irem Korkmaz (TUR) and Nadezda Petrovic (SRB) are in the final and defeated Mariam Janashvili (GEO) and Anja Stangar (SLO).
Last year’s winner Stefania Dobre (ROU) lost her semi against Pauline Starke (GER), she will fight Andreja Leski (SLO).
Number one seed Tornike Tsjakadoea (NED) reached the final U60kg against Neill MacDonald (GBR) who looks good today, it’s gonna be a strong final.
U73kg Giorgi Katsiashvili of Georgia will fight Hidayet Heydarov (AZE). Katsiashvili defeated Heydarov at a European Championship (EYOF) in 2013, but two categories higher this is gonna be another cup of tea.