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Telma Monteiro oldest ever European Champion
Telma Monteiro oldest ever European Champion
19 Apr 2021 11:35
João Gregório / Portuguese Judo Federation

The average age of the European Champions was 26.4 years this year. The fourth oldest of this century, not super special. Interesting is that the two years with oldest ages are as well Olympic years. In 2012 the average age was almost 27 and in 2008 26.8 years.

Of course with Telma Monteiro (35) this event had a veteran as winner in the category U57kg and she became the oldest ever winner. Also Kayra Sayit (33) and Tina Trstenjak (30) are two ‘veteran’ European Champions. Monteiro even passed Ariel Zeevi who was the oldest European Champion ever so far, who won the title in 2012 when he was 35 as well but less days. Monteiro will turn 36 this year. Although the body may not always cooperate given her shoulder injury, the experience to stay cool and knowing when to peak was a key asset.

Monteiro's contest against 40 year old Sabrina Filzmoser was the one with the highest age on the mat ever at European Championships over 16,000 registered contests, a total of 75 years on the mat.

On Sunday Lasha Bekauri became the youngest winner of the event. He will turn 21 during the Olympic Games. The youngest ever man to become European Champion was Ilias Iliadis in 2004 being 17.

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