Home » Judo news
The latest Judo News offered by JudoInside.com
Junior European Championships battle in Maribor
14 Sep 2017 09:35
The Junior European Championships in Maribor this week will be a super event. In the memory of the 2013 Junior World Championships, the organizer will do the utmost to showcase a top event. Also the strength of the competition will be awesome with some amazing weight categories with senior level athletes. Read the preview for the men.
Let’s start our journey with the U55kg, not a senior category but certainly with high level athletes. Natig Gurbanli (AZE) will defend last year’s title in Malaga but he will face competition Andrea Carlino, but for the rest many youngsters all won one European Cup, not a single outperformer.
In U60kg Tomer Golomb won two European Cups. But Neil MacDonald and Belgian Jorre Verstraeten will mingle in the medal distribution. Traditionally a strong Italian participation with both Pantano as D’Angelo. Russia with Ayub Bliev will have a good chance for a medal.
Again Italy has medal chances U66kg with Manuel Lombardo and Gabriele Sulli. Both won a European Cup this year, Lombardo even two.
Obviously the clear home favourite for the title U73kg will be Martin Hojak of Slovenia. He had a good senior World Championships, is the number one of the World Ranking. But with Hidayet Heydarov in the field as well, this is a highly competitive category. Alexandr Kolesnik who won two European Cups and Turkish promise Bilal Ciloglu will fight hard for the medals.
Russian Turpal Tepkaev and Belgian Matthias Casse are the highest seeds U81kg. Casse even won three European Cups and one bronze and is the most successful junior this season over all categories. Also German Tim Gramkow will be among the favourites to follow up Nemanja Majdov. The Serbian stepped up to U90kg after his title and recently captured the senior World title, a huge motivation for the current junior generation, it’s all possible.
Speaking about senior results, German Eduard Trippel has a great year, he almost grew out of his junior period, but he will face some competition of Inal Taimazov who won two European Cups. Jakub Ozimek (POL) is the highest European in the World Ranking.
Simeon Catharina of the Netherlands is reigning his category U100kg but heard today of his doctor he can't compete. Belarussian Daniel Mukete won two European Cups as well as Zelym Kotsoiev. Danish Mathias Madsen won three medals this season and is determined to take a medal for his country in Slovenia. Just like the U100kg in the seniors, it’s highly competitive.
At the senior World Championships some juniors showed their best, such as Stephan Hegyi of Austria in the plus category. With world number one Jur Spijkers they are candidates for the title. Also Hungary and Belarus will have medal chances.
The Junior European Championships will start on Friday. The team event will still be separated in men and women’s teams. The World Championships will take place in October in Zagreb.
Related judoka and events
Related Judo Photos
Related Judo Videos
Related Judo News
The home crowd in Tel Aviv had high expectation for Sagi Muki of Israel to win gold in a relative new weight category U81kg. Muki won European Games gold in 2015 U73kg but could convert success in his category U81kg. However with the European top present in Tel Aviv that assignment was not easy. Read more
Turkey’s annual Grand Prix comes one week after Georgia’s Tbilisi Grand Prix and before April’s respective continental championships. The next IJF event after this weekend will be the Hohhot Grand Prix at the end of May as China launches the two-year qualification period which for the first time will see an equal number of male and female athletes qualify (18 per weight category). Read more
Turkey had an incredible great day with two gold medals at the Grand Prix in Agadir. Youngster Bilal Ciloglu knows he is capable of closing in to senior level. The runner-up of the World Junior Championships however jumped to the top of international judo with an outstanding first place in Agadir beating Musa Mogushkov of Russia. Read more
World number five and European champion Hidayet Heydarov of Azerbaijan delivered on the world stage as the senior star signed off from the junior age group with U73kg gold. Heydarov pinned 19-year-old former Cadet European Championships winner Bilal Ciloglu (TUR) with a tate-shiho-gatame before turning to apply a juji-gatame which forced his overmatched opponent to submit. Read more
At the Junior European Cup in Athens the team of Turkey was by far the most successful. On Saturday the Turkish judoka claimed seven gold medals. On Sunday another title was added. The Turkish team never won 8 gold medals in one event outside Turkey and to finish success on Sunday, the 100st gold medal ever was secured, amazing milestone. Read more
Bryan Drew (GBR)
|2||Tel Aviv||28 Apr|