Home » Judo news
The latest Judo News offered by JudoInside.com
Nine different countries have gold at U23 Euros
3 Nov 2018 17:55
The last day of the U23 European Championships shall decide which country performed best as so far nine different countries have won a gold medal. In an age group in which Russia, Germany and Hungary have traditionally carried the strongest competitors, no country has emerged as the clear front runner.
The U63kg final saw Lubjana Piovesana of Great Britain take on Renate Zachova, the first Czech female in a final since 2006 when Alena Eiglova took silver. It was a last-minute mistake by Zachova that decided the match; Piovesana saw that she could switch direction, and benefitted from her decision with a wazari score, almost catching Zachova on the ground as well in the process. Piovesana won all of her previous matches with ne-waza, but the last-second score was enough to take the gold U63kg. It was the the fifth-ever European U23 title for Great Britain, and its third in four years.
The U73kg final was contested between Akil Gjakova of Kosovo and Rufat Mammadov; the winner of the Paris Grand Slam taking on the U23 Champion of Azerbaijan. Mammadov pressed with full effort to begin the match and almost was rewarded for his efforts with a wazari, giving Gjakova all he could handle with his dangerous belt grip. Gjakova maintained his composure, and even received two penalties during the match, but still only needed a backswitch with his hip to turn an attack into a barai and score an ippon, a great move. Kosovo celebrates another U23 champion, with DIstria Krasniqi winning the title in 2016 and 2017 and his sister Nora Gjakova having won gold, albeit under the IJF flag in 2014, and Kelmendi winning in the same manner in 2012.
The U70kg final was decided in two minutes when Michaela Polleres scored ippon against Spaniard Sara Rodriguez. Polleres was able to find her favorite grip on Rodriguez’s back and could go any way she pleased, deciding to attempt a kosoto gari in the edge of the tatami.
Vladimir Alkhalkatsi won an uncontested gold for U81kg men against his compatriot Tamazi Kirakozashvili, both from Georgia. Germany won both two bronze medals as Tio Cavelius and Tim Gramkow both claiming spots on the podium.
After two days in Györ, Russia still leads the medal table, followed now by Georgia, but nine countries have won a gold medal, a unique statistic the demonstrates that quality judo players can be found around the world.
Related judoka and events
Related Judo Photos
Related Judo News
Slovenian Andreja Leski defeated Abu Dhabi Grand Slam bronze medallist Katharina Haecker (AUS) to win -63kg gold in Marrakech. Once again Düsseldorf Grand Slam bronze medallist Leski showed that she is far more than a back-up to Olympic champion and world number two Tina Trstenjak (SLO) as she claimed her second Grand Prix title. Read more
France was by far the strongest nation at the European Open for women in Sofia. The first Continental Open of 2019 delivered France four gold medals out of four finals. Spain, Germany and Italy signed for the remaining three titles among twelve medal winning nations. Read more
With Sharafuddin Lutfillaev, Uzbekistan sent a top athlete to the European Open in Minsk. The lightweight who won two silver medals at the Grand Slam of Paris became the winner in Minsk, an event that is considered as the test event for the 2019 European Games. Read more
Lubjana Piovesana was the only non-Russian woman who took a gold medal at the first day of the European Open in Orenburg. The British fighter took the victory in her category U63kg against Yauheniya Zaitsava of Belarus. Read more
World champion Clarisse Agbegnenou of France worked her way through the U63kg field at the Grand Prix in Tbilisi to win all four of her contests to capture gold in Georgia. It was the eighth city in the world where the Olympic silver medallist won a World Tour event. Read more
Catarina Costa (POR)