The latest Judo News offered by

Junior European Cup Berlin gives indications for World Championships Zagreb

31 Jul 2017 02:50

   David Finch /

The successful group of German junior judoka had to be satisfied with just one title for Giovanna Scoccimarro at the Junior European Cup in Berlin. The top countries were France and Azerbaijan, both capturing three titles.

Despite past successes, each day of competition remains unpredictable. In Berlin, the German juniors, such as Lara Reimann, Marie Klose, and Christina Faber, as well as Daniel Zorn and Falk Petersilka, fell short of the podium.

Germany’s highlight, though, was undoubtedly the all German final U70kg between Giovanna Scoccimarro and Alina Böhm. Böhm had a strong start on Sunday and both judoka were able to get through their respective battles. In the finals, however, Scoccimarro was the victor.

In the U78kg weight class Julie Hölterhoff made it to the final, but was defeated in the Golden Score by the Dutch woman Ilona Lucassen. The final of the heavyweight category also delivered silver for Germany. Renée Lucht showed strong judo during the day, but ultimately failed to take gold against Romane Dicko of France.

The French women took three gold medals by Dicko, Sarah Leonie Cysique (U57kg) and Clemence Eme U63kg in her final against Laerke Olsen of Denmark. Belgian Lois Petit captured her third U44kg victory this season after previous wins in Lignano and Kaunas. Melisa Cakmakli of Turkey defeated Azeri Leyla Aliyeva in the final U48kg. Nazakat Azizova won gold for Azerbaijan U52kg.

Georgia and Azerbaijan were the best countries in the men’s division. Vano Niniashvili won gold U55kg whilst heavyweight Amirani Tsikoridze won gold +100kg. Georgia lost two other finals and took silver. Azerbaijan won gold U60kg by Karamat Huseynov and in the strong category U100kg by Zelym Kotsoiev. Two years ago he was still fighting for the Ukraine, but switched and won silver at the World U18 Championships. Now he seemes to have developed well both in the junior and senior categories. Kotsoiev won the Grand Prix in Ulaanbaatar last year and won gold in the Junior European Cups in Prague and Berlin. In the final he bested Onise Saneblidze. Danish Mathias Madsen won the bronze; he was the second Danish athlete to medal this weekend.

Pan American champion Daniel Cargnin of Brazil is also a candidate for the world title in Zagreb this year. He won his category U66kg among 59 men. Russian David Gamosov was impressive again at U73kg. He won in La Coruna and the Masters in Bremen.

Belgian Matthias Casse won his third event of this year and, along with Lois Petit, is leading the list of most successful athletes in this season’s IJF World Tour for Juniors. Casse bested Tiago Pinho (BRA) who defeated Turpal Tepkaev (RUS) in the semi final.

Jamal Petgrave became the third Briton to win a Junior European Cup this season. Wesley Greenidge, who took silver in Berlin, won in La Coruna and Acelya Toprak took gold in Leibnitz. Now Petgrave won his most important international title U90kg and is starting to get in line with Max Stewart and Philip Alcaraz’ junior results.

The Junior European Cup in Cluj Napoca will be the last one of this season.

Related judoka and events

Related Judo Photos

  • Matthias Casse (BEL) - European Cup U21 Lignano (2017, ITA) - © Fijlkam - Emanuele Di Feliciantonio
  • Lois Petit (BEL) - European Cup U21 Lignano (2017, ITA) - © Fijlkam - Emanuele Di Feliciantonio
  • Zelym Kotsoiev (AZE), Elkhan Mammadov (AZE) - Grand Slam Baku (2017, AZE) - © IJF Media Team, International Judo Federation

Related Judo News


Haruka Funakubo sets unique series of three Junior world titles

19 Oct 2018 06:30

Funakubo Haruka of Japan remained unbeaten at the Junior World Championships as the Japanese hotshot won the event for the third time. The defending Junior world champion won gold in 2015 and 2017 and this year made her IJF World Judo Tour debut with bronze at the Zagreb Grand Prix in July where the youngster lost on international soil for the first time. Read more


Historic beautiful day for Georgia at Junior Europeans

14 Sep 2018 16:50

Another five different countries winning the title at the second day of the Junior European Championships in Sofia. However overall Italy, France and the Ukraine secured a second gold medal. Highlight though was an all Georgian final U81kg. Read more


Nekoda Smythe-Davis continues to prosper in 2018

23 Feb 2018 21:45

Paris Grand Slam bronze medallist Nekoda Smythe-Davis (GBR) started as the number one seed in Germany in a category which housed two Japanese judoka and a host of world medallists. Londoner Smythe-Davis, 24, who hails from Ealing Judo Club, took her career to a new level last year with bronze at the World Championships and has made a blistering start to the new season. Read more


Kosovo takes gold on second attempt of the day

19 Jan 2018 19:35

For the second time of the Grand Prix in Tunis, Kosovo placed an athlete in the final as Nora Gjakova (KOS) was qualified against Kwon Youjeong (KOR). Visibly more powerful than her opponent, Gjakova took the leadership of the final but had to wait until the second half to score a first waza-ari with a counter-attack. Read more


French juniors take European team title for women

17 Sep 2017 19:15

The French Junior women’s team have captured the European title in Maribor. The French were too strong for the talented team of The Netherlands. The Dutch had won three individual European titles, two of them relevant for the team weight categories that starts with U52kg. The French women had only won two medals, but they have a strong reputation in team events. Read more

Judo birthday

Result City Date
1Fukuoka7 Apr
1Düsseldorf22 Feb
Result City Date
1Montreal5 Jul
2Fukuoka7 Apr
1Paris9 Feb


First description Second description Third description Four description