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Junior European Cup Berlin gives indications for World Championships Zagreb

31 Jul 2017 02:50

   David Finch / Judophotos.com
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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.

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