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Manuel Lombardo takes fifth junior title in a row

13 May 2018 17:25

   Klaus Müller / Watch: https://km-pics.de/
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At the Italian Junior Championships Manuel Lombardo won his fifth consecutive national title. Quite a unique performance for a junior. On Saturday Lombardo won the title U66kg where he had won titles U55kg and U60kg previously. Also Alice Bellandi is working a good streak of titles, she won her third in a row on Sunday.

Manuel Lombardo equaled the Italian record of Francesca Congia who captured 5 consecutive titles from 1997-2001. Laura Maddaloni also won five titles in a row, but two in one year from 1996-2000.

Some examples of international athletes with more than 5 national junior titles in a row are Barbara Maros (HUN), Anja Stangar (SLO), Petra Nareks (SLO), Madelene Rubinstein (NOR), Maria Lindberg (SWE) and as far as we know Hedvig Karakas tops the list with seven Hungarian junior titles in a row from 2003-2009. Still the performance of Manuel Lombardo current and the 19-year athlete might be able to compete next year at the U21 championships.

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  • Manuel Lombardo (ITA) - World U21 Championships Zagreb (2017, CRO) - © IJF Media Team, IJF
  • Alice Bellandi (ITA) - World Junior Mixed Team Championships Zagreb (2017, CRO) - © Samira Rohn
  • Hedvig Karakas (HUN) - World U20 Championships Paris (2009, FRA) - © IJF Media Team, IJF

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