Rabia Senyala kickoff European Cadet Championships for Turkey
Turkey started the European Cadet Championships with a huge success. Rabia Senyala the defending silver medallist in this category, beat Blandine Pont (FRA) for the gold medal in the final of the U48kg.
Senyala achieved Ippon at the end of the match by immobilizing her opponent. “I really want to thank my parents, my coaches and our Olympic Preparation Center with all coaches. I have trained very hard and I am now very excited”, the Turkish judoka said.
“I am a little frustrated, but on the other hand, if someone had told me that I will be European Vice Champion this morning, I wouldn’t have believed it”, Pont commented. “I learned a lot for my judo here and I am really motivated to come back next year and become European Champion”, she continued.
Ekaterina Dolgikh (RUS) beat her teammate, top seed and 2013 European Cadet Champion in the -44kg , Anastasya Turcheva , for the bronze medal. World Cadet bronze medallist (U44kg) Marusa Stangar (SLO) added the European bronze to her collection, when she beat Italian Alessia Ritieni.
29 athletes competed in this category.