Home » Judo news
The latest Judo News offered by JudoInside.com
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.
This year is Muki’s best year. With gold at the Tel Aviv Grand Prix, the Grand Slams in Ekaterinburg and Baku Muki not only impressed with his medals, but with his attractive judo the Israelian Sode expert is the man to look out for as a neutral judo fan, so a pity he is not in Minsk.
In four years-time this division changed completely with European Games medallists Tchrikishvili, Nifontov, Pietri and Wieczerzak you can conclude the field made a change with brand new names, especially last two years, but the German World Champion is still there.
Belgian youngster Matthias Casse is now one of those favourites for the title. Although he couldn’t resist the class of Muki, he is gaining momentum for a big title. He won the Junior World title and kept developing. In his slipstream Sami Chouchi took a European silver medal last year in Tel Aviv and both friends battle for one Olympic spot. His opponent in the pool will be 2017 World Champion Alexander Wieczerzak but also another Junior World Champion Christian Parlati.
The Europeans are successful in the IJF World Tour with Muki as trailblazer. Bulgarian Ivaylo Ivanov though is doing well with three medals so far this year including a victory in Marrakech. Ivanov is in the same pool as Alan Khubetsov the Russian ace. Russia still have medal chances as former World number one and 2017 European Champion Alan Khubetsov remains a fox and he picked up silver at the Grand Slam in Paris. Khalmurzaev will not compete in Minsk, nor Lappinagov.
De Wit vs Chouchi
Also Dominic Ressel the winner of Paris is absent. The last European to beat Ressel was Frank de Wit, another Paris winner from the past. De Wit has been impressive in his whole career, but meanwhile people understand his fight plan and he showed that his aggressive style is also vulnerable. De Wit is in the pool with last year's silver medallist Sami Chouchi.
Junior World champ Parlati
We can name 20 fighters who might be able to surprise in Minsk, but we won’t forget the Italian boys Antonio Esposito and forementioned Christian Parlati who won two medals in Tel Aviv and Antalya this year.
For now we foresee Casse or Wieczerzak, De Wit and Ivanov or Khubetsov as the biggest favourites to take over Muki’s title. Vedat Albayrak (TUR) seems to have a good draw in Pool D.
Related judoka and events
Related Judo Photos
Related Judo Videos
Related Judo News
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
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
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
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
Ivaylo Ivanov of Bulgaria reinvigorated his career with gold on Saturday as he left home hero and two-time Grand Slam winner Frank De Wit (NED) in tears. Ivanov returned to an IJF medal podium for the first time in 18 months with a come-from-behind win over world number two De Wit who was overzealous and perhaps overawed by the occasion as he fought in a Grand Prix final for the first time in front of his home fans. Read more
Cristina Casas (ESP)