Dutch judoka Sanne Van Dijke won her second European title after winning gold in 2017, with a women's U70kg victory over France's Margaux Pinot in the final. Pinot had won the last three encounters, but this time it was Van Dijke who caught the double European Champion by ippon in the golden score.
A big statement for Van Dijke who recently also defeated her nemesis Kim Polling who finished fifth today after she couldn’t fight for bronze after an elbow injury in the quarter final where she defeated Barbara Timo who took bronze for the home nation Portugal in her match against Lara Cvjetko (CRO). Madina Taimazova took the bronze by fusen gachi against Polling.
France's world champion Marie-Eve Gahié suffered an early exit in the second round to Cvjetko.
France will likely choose Margaux Pinot as their representative for the Olympic Games after today’s silver medal and difference. End of April the Dutch Judo Association will decide who will go to Tokyo between Van Dijke and Polling who are in complete balance. Given today’s result Van Dijke is favourite, but before this championships Polling had the general preference. It’s clear both rivals give the Association a luxury position, but a hard decision.