The latest Judo News offered by

Amazing weekend for Belgian juniors in Kaunas

14 May 2017 20:10


It’s a long time ago that Belgium won the medal table of an international event. At the Junior European Cup in Kaunas the Belgians took five gold medals and didn’t lose any of the finals. In total eight winning nations but the Belgians where phenomenal which is a good sign for the follow up for their senior athletes. Belgium didn’t win any medal at the senior European Championships, but the junior today had a good effort in Lithuania. Not the strongest event, but it’s a good sign of the development.

It was the best Belgian performance at junior level since 2008 when they won five gold medals as well in Coimbra. The first gold was for Lois Petit U44kg. The Belgians won three gold medals in the women’s division; Myriam Blavier won the category U52kg and U70kg Gabriella Willems won her final against Hilde Jager (NED).

Jorre Verstraeten was Belgium’s golden boy U60kg, his third victory at a European Cup but the first U60kg. On Sunday Matthias Casse showed his candidacy for the European title this year. Casse won gold U81kg against Tim Gramkow. For Casse it was his fourth European Cup victory and the second this season.

Four nations won two gold medals. The Ukraine  won U66kg by Oleh Ovcharenko and U90kg by Vitalii Shepel in an all Ukraine final with three Ukrainians on the podium. Kazakhstan claimed gold U55kg by Bauyrzhan Narbayev, also in a Kazach final. U73kg Madiyar Sembayev bested Hiervorh Manukian (UKR). The Belarussian men showed a great performance today in Kaunas with gold for Daniel Mukete who won his three matches U100kg and took the second victory of the season. Heavyweight Yahor Kukharenka didn’t give Ignas Mecajus a real chance to win gold for the host nation. Kukharenka won by three scores difference. The Netherlands claimed two gold medals, Larissa van Krevel won her first gold U57kg against European Champion Pauline Starke (GER) and with a strong podium. Also U63 there was a premier gold for Jessica Gorissen (NED).

The German team though won gold U78kg by youngster Christina Faber (17) U78kg. Italy’s Sofia Petitto claimed the gold U52kg and heavyweight Mercedesz Szigetvari of Hungary took the last title among junior women. Host Lithuania lost two finals. In July the best European talents come to Kaunas for the Cadet European Championships.

Related judoka and events

Related Judo Photos

  • Jorre Verstraeten (BEL) - European U21 Championships Malaga (2016, ESP) - © Menno Lesterhuis
  • Gabriella Willems (BEL) - European Championships Warsaw (2017, POL) - © Alan Marchal, L'Avenir
  • Daniel Mukete (BLR), Mukhammadkarim Khurramov (UZB) - World Junior Team Championships Abu Dhabi (2015, UAE) - © IJF Media Team, IJF

Related Judo News


European Judo Championships part of European Games in Minsk 2019

21 Sep 2017 15:35

The European Judo Championships will be included into the program of the 2019 European Games in Minsk. Also at the 2015 European Games in Baku Judo was part of the programme and the only and official European Championship as in that year the European Championships were cancelled. In 2019 Judo is structurally part of the European Games and one of the most important sports in Minsk. Read more


Day 5 of the EYOF summarises the tournament

1 Aug 2015 19:00

It was a true race between Italy and Georgia for the 2015 European Youth Olympic Festival overall medal count. On the last day, Georgia gained another title but Italy’s Annalisa Calagreti won the fifth gold medal for Italy, amazingly. Stephan Hegyi gave Austria ecstasy with his gold medal, the first Austrian gold since 1999 by Hilde Drexler. Read more


Fairy tail title for Toma Nikiforov who claims the medal and the girl

5 Nov 2017 17:10

Toma Nikiforov was the happiest man at the sports Arena in the occasion of the Belgian Championships in Herstal. Nikiforov won his first senior Belgian title in his career and took the opportunity to ask his girlfriend Nica Antonis to marry her… and she said yes. Read more


Giovanna Scoccimarro fifth ever German World Junior champion

20 Oct 2017 19:25

Giovanna Scoccimarro won world junior gold for Germany by beating Aleksandra Samardzic of Bosnia Herzegovina in the U70kg final in Zagreb. A waza-ari score was the difference after four minutes of judo as European Championships silver medallist Scoccimarro outworked Samardzic for a victory which ended Germany’s wait for a medal in Zagreb in scintillating fashion. Read more


Maribor proud host of Junior European Championships

13 Sep 2017 17:55

Slovenia is of course well known for its success in the women’s divisions for the last five years with two Olympic Champions in London and Rio and bronze for Ana velensek. Silver at the recent World Championships for Tina Trstenjak and of course surprise Mihael Zgank U90kg gave Slovenian judo another boost. Perhaps in the junior division less dominant as before, but still medal chances for some of their youngsters. Read more

Judo birthday

Result City Date
1Rio de Janeiro2016
Result City Date
1St. Petersburg2017


First description Second description Third description Four description