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Russia and Zabolotnyi start well at first day of European Cadet Championships
4 Jul 2014 18:00
At the European Cadet Championships Rustam Zabolotnyi of Russia struck gold in the U50kg and the silver went to Temur Nozadze of Georgia. The Russian looked confident in the final and scored waza-ari, then yuko and finally threw Nozadze for Ippon.
“I am full of emotions right now and still shocked. I can’st believe yet that I won”, Zabolotnyi commented. “In the morning I fought well and I felt I can win today. The final was the toughest match. I already had three warnings, but I was able to turn the match around”, he continued. “When I walked into the venue, I felt the Olympic spirit. This is the place where Ilias Iliadis won Olympic gold. I also want to get that far”, Zabolotny added.
Kryril Samotug (UKR) secured bronze over Vano Khubashvili (GEO) and top seed Konstantin Simeonidis (RUS) claimed the other bronze medal over Andrea Carlino (ITA).
A total of 31 boys competed in the -50kg.
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