The latest Judo News offered by

Showtime for Holland on day 2 of the European Cup in Wroclaw

20 Jul 2014 19:05

 Polish Judo Association

The European Cup for Juniors in Wroclaw closed on a successful note for the Dutch team, with the first 4 national anthems ringing out for the Netherlands who collected 4 gold medals on the second day. It was not quite enough for the overall victory that was captured by Germany who had already won three gold medals on day one.

In the same venue that will host the European U23 Championships, the Dutch warmed up not only for the forthcoming European Championships for Juniors in Bucharest but also the World Championships later in October in Miami.                          

The first victory was for current junior European and junior World Champion Do Velema NED who in the U63kg category final between two 18 year olds defeated Buga Kovac CRO. The next gold medal went to the hugely talented Frank de Wit NED who, in an exciting final against his compatriot Rico Harder, fell behind early when Harder scored with wazari. But Harder gave away the gold when De Wit caught him for wazari and followed up with osaekomi.                  

There was gold too for Holland’s junior sensation, Sanne van Dijke, who in her opening contest defeated Croatia’s pearl and current Junior World Champion Barbara Matic. It was not a case of Matic underestimating her Dutch opponent, but the Croatian simply couldn’st handle van Dijke today. On her way to the final Van Dijke defeated Gregor (GER) and Matniyazova (UZB). In the final Monika Burgess CAN proved a tasty last meal for the greedy Dutch fighter who hasn’st been defeated for more than a year and with Wroclaw added her seventh European Cup victory.                             

One of the most promising Dutch talents is U90kg Michael Korrel, who continued his success by taking gold against the surprising Robin Monteyne BEL. The Belgian can be happy with a solid performance but Korrel was clearly the best in a field of 23 rivals.                       

Good success too for The Ukraine winning two medals in Wroclaw, one gold medal was pretty much expected for Anastasiya Turchyn, although the tough Japanese Asian Champion Takayama Rika gave Turchyn, the U23 European Champion, a good contest. Turchyn will likely return in Wroclaw in November to defend her title. Philipp Galandi GER was the expected winner for men in the U100kg category, despite some good competition from some of his German team mates. In the final Nell Ariano Rebouka FRA had no answer to Galandi the Frenchman losing by ippon.                   

In the women’s heavyweight category there was gold for Germany, which proved decisive for the final medal table. Michelle Goschin overcame junior Asian champion Fujiwara Emi JPN in the final. The heavyweight men had to concede that Messie Katanga FRA was today’s best. Among twelve participants Katanga won all three matches and Sebastian Fagerhill GER was his last victim. Katanga’s first European Cup victory will likely not be his last and we will see him, and hopefully all gold medallists, next at the European Championships in Bucharest.                    

The Polish Judo Association invites everyone to visit Wroclaw for the European U23 Championships from 14-16 November. Poland celebrated three bronze medals at this event.

Related judoka and events

Related Judo Photos

  • Rico Harder (NED), Frank De Wit (NED) - European Cup U21 Wroclaw (2014, POL) - © Stanislaw Michalowski
  • Michael Korrel (NED) - European Cup U21 Wroclaw (2014, POL) - © Stanislaw Michalowski
  • Do Velema (NED) - European Cup U21 Wroclaw (2014, POL) - © Stanislaw Michalowski

Related Judo Videos

Related Judo News


Without Muki the category U81kg is open for predators

21 Jun 2019 08:05

Without Israelian star Sagi Muki the European Championships title U81kg is open for anyone. Muki is the biggest prospect for World gold in Tokyo for Israel. In their successful team Muki continues to grow towards the absolute highest level U81kg. However the Israelians chose not go to the European Games and have selected the Grand Prix in Budapest which is the first European event for 100% qualification points. The European Games will only deliver 700 points for the winner but deducted with 50% next year. Read more


Frank de Wit rediscovers the taste of gold

30 Mar 2019 17:10

Former World number one Frank De Wit of the Netherlands won his country’s second gold medal of the day with a professional performance against number 108 Timo Cavelius (GER). De Wit went for broke in early exchanges before settling down and establishing his dominance as first-time IJF finalist Cavelius struggled to threaten the Dutch star. Read more


Takeshi Sasaki wins his second IJF gold in a month

16 Dec 2018 11:30

Japanese middleweight Sasaki Takeshi defeated European Championships bronze medallist Aslan Lappinagov (RUS) to record the highest profile win of his career. The world number 13 defeated the world number seven as the Russian had to settle for silver for the second year in a row at the Masters. Read more


Iranian World Champion Mollaei in tough pool in Guangzhou

14 Dec 2018 10:20

At the IJF World Masters in Guangzhou, world number one Mollaei has made the 2018 season his own with a sensational year that has made him a household name in the sport and a hero in Iran. Read more


Preview men Grand Slam Osaka

22 Nov 2018 12:35

For the first time the IJF World Tour is welcomed in Osaka. The Japanese city hosted Asian Championships in the past and the 2003 World Championships. Obviously the expectations for the Japanese team are high this weekend and with Oon Yeoh of JudoCrazy we preview the men’s tournament with the major favourites. Read more

Judo birthday

Result City Date
1Abu Dhabi25 Oct
2Zagreb26 Jul
1Veneto23 Feb
1Tel Aviv2018
Result City Date
2Wiesbaden9 Nov
2Abu Dhabi25 Oct
3Tallinn13 Oct
7Tokyo29 Aug
3Zagreb26 Jul


First description Second description Third description Four description