Home » Judo news
The latest Judo News offered by JudoInside.com
Elkhan Mammadov (35) second oldest man to capture the European title
22 Apr 2017 21:25
Elkhan Mammadov is back on top. The 35-year old Azeri judoka won the European title in Warsaw; it was a surprise victory, but well deserved. With impressive, energetic judo, he captured the gold medal over top competitors, such as World number one Elmar Gasimov and Michael Korrel.
Mammadov became the second oldest man ever to win the European title. Only Ariel Zeevi of Israel was also 35 years old, but 50 days his senior.
Mammadov defeated Cyrille Maret in the final with a giant ippon with a left-side seoi. Both men were without a previous European title, but Mammadov won silver in 2008, bronze in 2009 and 2010. Now his collection of European medals includes gold. It should be noted that his previous three medals were all U90kg. The two world leaders, Gasimov and Korrel, finished fifth. Kirill Denisov (RUS) defeated Korrel and the other Russian, Kazbek Zankishiev, defeated Gasimov.
Mammadov didn’t have the toughest path to the finals, so he had a good warm-up. However, in the semi-final, Elmar Gasimov followed the Azeri and Mammadov outsmarted Gasimov with a wazari. Gasimov did not look his sharpest during the competition. Against the promising Belarusian, Mikita Sviryd, Gasimov was looking for air, but he always has a deadly score by hand from anywhere. It was Mammadov who progressed to the final against Maret, though. The Frenchman defeated Varlam Liparteliani in the quarter final and Dutchman Korrel in the semi in the golden score.
It was the second gold medal for Azerbaijan after Hidayet Heydarov won gold on Friday.
Related judoka and events
Related Judo Photos
Related Judo News
In the category U100kg France will look to the experienced duo of Olympic bronze medallist Cyrille Maret and Tel Aviv Grand Prix winner Alexandre Iddir for inspiration. Read more
Mikhail Igolnikov earned Russia’s fourth gold of the European Judo Championships in Tel Aviv today, leaving them top of the final medals table, as he defeated Serbia’s world champion Nemanja Majdov in the U90 kilograms class. Read more
World number one Michael Korrel of the Netherlands won gold in at the Grand Slam in Paris for the first time after his fellow finalist Tokyo Grand Slam winner Cho Guham (KOR) was ruled out by a knee injury. It was the first time since 1999 that a Dutchman won this category in Paris, Ben Sonnemans was the last one. Read more
The IJF Masters is the last competition of the judo world tour this year. It is a special event since only the top 16 judoka in each weight category can participate, unlike other competitions in which the limitation is of number of competitors of each country. Read more
The preliminary matches of the World Open Championships in Marrakech saw some great battles and surprising results. Especially the lighter judokas such as Nikiforov and Granda excelled in this openweight category and qualified for the semi finals. The return of Ilias Iliadis was just great to see when he was opposed to Roy Meyer. The Greek came back for the new generation and the generous smile after his contest was full of warmth for judo. Read more
Prisca Awiti (MEX)
|1||Tel Aviv||24 Jan|