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Golden girl Szabina Gercsak perfect at Youth Olympic Games Nanjing

17 Aug 2014 18:15

 by Mark Pickering - IJF    IJF Media Team / International Judo Federation
GERCSAK, Szabina (HUN)2

Most over the European athletes enjoyed the second dat of the Youth Olympics in Nanjing, China taking two gold, three silver and four bronze medals on the second day of competition. For Hungary Szabina Gercsak was hunting for her first Olympic gold medal and succeeded.

The last final of the day, saw Stefania Adelina Dobre (ROU) against the strong Szabina Gercsak (HUN). After 50 seconds, Dobre was penalized for stepping outside of the fighting area, and received again two more penalties a few second later, just before Gercsak took a real advantage with a yuko. She doubled this advantage with a ko-soto-gake before finally scoring a superb arai-goshi for ippon.

The first bronze medal fight saw Jennifer Schwille (GER) and Lisa Mullenberg (NED) fighting for a chance to be on the podium. Schwille scored the first with the hip movement for yuko. Then Mullenberg was disqualified after having applied a forbidden technic, giving the immediate victory to the German. The second bronze medal fight opposed Michaela Polleres (AUT) and Jessica Klimkait (CAN). Even if the Canadian was the most dangerous throughout the fight, she couldn’t avoid making too many false attacks and was penalized more than the Austrian, who won the bronze.

The final was between Mikhail Igolnikov (RUS) and Tamazi Kirakozashvili (GEO). During the first seconds of the match, both fighters showed their will to become the new Youth Olympic Champion but after three minutes, the only difference was two penalties given to the Georgian for false attacks when the Russian, still had a scoreboard free of any penalties. This little difference made Igolnikov happy and Kirakozashvili sad, as the Russian young athlete won the title.

The first bronze medal fight between Arso Milic (MNE) and Frank De Wit (NED) was rapidly concluded as Frank De Wit from the Netherlands applied a precise ko-soto-gake for ippon. In the second bronze medal fight, after 2 minutes, Ivan Felipe Silva Morales from Cuba was a waza-ari ahead. Keeping this advantage alive until the end of the medal contest, despite the efforts of Nemanja Majdov (SRB), Morales won the bronze.

The final opposed Layana Colman (BRA) and Betina Temelkova (BUL). More active than her opponent, Layana Colman in a little more than a minute accompanied Betina Temelkova to the ground and applied an unstoppable arm-lock for ippon.

In the first bronze medal fight, LIU Xiaoyu (CHN) was up against Marusa STANGAR (SLO). The Chinese, inspired by the bronze medal of her teammate yesterday, was hoping to step on podium in front of her public, but STANGAR quickly apply a strangulation for ippon. The second bronze medal went to LEE Hyekyeong (KOR) who defeated Mariam JANASHVILI (GEO) with o-uchi-gari for ippon.

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  • Szabina Gercsák (HUN) - Youth Olympic Games Nanjing (2014, CHN) - © IJF Media Team, International Judo Federation
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