Home » Judo news
The latest Judo News offered by JudoInside.com
History of the European U23 Championships in Bratislava
10 Nov 2015 16:05
This week the European Championship U23 will take place in the Slovak capital Bratislava. The little big city on the river Danube. Bratislava, the capital of Slovakia, has a long and glorious history. Right now, Bratislava is colorful modern capital that grew from an ancient river crossing. The Slovak Judo federation have a reputation in organizing judo events. In 1995 the European Team Championships were held in Trnava. In 1999 the European senior Championships were organised in Bratislava and this weekend the elite of the European judo U23 are selected to fight for the titles.
In total 295 athletes from 35 nations are in Bratislava, comparable to last year's 298 in Wroclaw. Most participants in the men's U81kg with a full schedule of 32 judoka.
Some of the biggest athletes of Slovakia are Jozef Krnac who won the European Junior title in 1997 and obviously he won Olympic silver in 2004 in Athens. He won two European medals. Milan Randl is still active and started his European career in 2003 when he took the European cadet title. In 2013 he won the World military title and this year he won the European Cup in Bratislava, an event held since 2013.
Last year at the U23 Europeans in Wroclaw Russia won 3 gold medals, all men and Germany, Netherlands and Italy won two gold medals. Some of those champions can defend their titles such as the ‘youngsters’ Sappho Coban (GER) and Antonio Esposito (ITA) In the category U70kg World Junior Champion Szabina Gercsak is one of the favourites as her rival Sanne van Dijke won't compete due to physical problems. It's been a busy year for some of the athletes in this age category.
Perhaps with Gerczak and Krisztian Toth the Hungarians can aim for a few more titles. Toth won the title in 2011 and 2013. In the history of the European U23 Championships the Hungarian team still have the best figures. Abigel Joo won even four European titles (2009-2012). But also Éva Csernoviczki and Barna Bor won three times, more than anyone else. By country Russia is the most successful with 30 titles, 22 for the men, 8 for the women. Germany have traditionally the best women in this age category with 11 titles followed by Hungary (10) and Netherlands (9). Sappho Coban and Maaike Ziech will defend their titles in Bratislava.
Task for the host nation to try to claim a medal, Milan Randl was so far the only one to win a medal, in 2009 he took silver. Nice challenge for Matej Poliak who won the European Cup in Bratislava U66kg. This category can be won by any country. In the 12 different European Cups, 12 different nations won the title, nine of those winners were aged younger than 23 years.
Related judoka and events
Related Judo Photos
Related Judo Videos
Related Judo News
Teddy Riner is not seeded at the World Championships in Budapest. Riner lost 50% of the Olympic points after a reduction last weekend. Same counts for Olympic runner-up Hisayoshi Harasawa who is now ranked tenth and only the first nine are seeded as Russian Andrey Volkov won't compete. Japanese Ojitani is the last seeded. The 14th place is Riner's lowest position ever. Read more
Do you have doubts if Teddy Riner will take his ninth World title? Riner of France has been unbeaten since 2011, but he didn’t give anyone a chance since the Olympic Games and will make his comeback in Budapest. Although capable of big throws, he is always prepared to play a strategic game when confronted with tough opponents in the final of an important competition like the World Championships or the Olympics. Read more
Since the first joint men’s and women’s World Championships in 1987 the hosts have claimed at least one gold medal in all but four editions. The tradition, which also extends to having home field advantage on the tatami at the Olympics, has been reinforced over the last decade since the Worlds became an annual event in 2007 (except for Olympic years). Read more
Without Teddy Riner each championships can deliver another medal. The double Olympic champion and 8 time world champion is the missing man at the European Championships in Warsaw on Saturday. Big Teddy is not the only one as Israelian bronze medallist in Rio Or Sasson should normally be counted in for a medal. Still there’s a nice bunch of spectacular judoka who may step in the gap. Read more
Georgian Guram Tushishvili made light work of a high calibre heavyweight field as he collected his first IJF World Judo Tour medal in sensational fashion. The 22-year-old Junior European champion, who weighed in at 107kg, opposed Düsseldorf Grand Prix bronze medallist Bor Barna (HUN) in the final and made it four wins by ippon from four contests. Read more
Kachakorn Warasiha (THA)