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Majlinda Kelmendi not in danger defending her European title

20 Apr 2017 18:15

Majlinda Kelmendi won her third European title. Despite a back injury the Kosovarian was too strong for the rest. Surprise was the final for Alesya Kuznetsova. In her new weight category she is able to reach the top of Europe. Her groundwork is amazing but that was about the danger for Kelmendi. 49 seconds for the end Kelmendi struck with ippon in the final. Nothing to do against Kelmendi who won the title in 2014, 2016 and 2017. Ramos was her only dangerous opponent today. Read more

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Robert Mshvidobadze marks career highlight with surprising European title

20 Apr 2017 18:10

The Russian lightweights are a story apart. This time it was Robert Mshvidobadze who took the European title for men U60kg. Without Olympic champion Beslan Mudranov the Russians still have enough alternatives. Still it was a remarkable performance as Mshvidobadze is not the most successful Russian to say the least, but 20 April became a special day for Mshvidobadze. Read more

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Polish judo veteran Katarzyna Klys can bring in her experience to her last event

19 Apr 2017 17:45

At a press conference just after the draw the Polish outperformer in women’s judo Katarzyna Klys gave her view on her last tournament. After she knew Rio was her last tournament, there was a surprise in 2017. She will turn 31 at 23 April. Klys saw the draw and saw she is in one pool with Nemesis Barbara Matic who beat her three times, but first one of the two talents from either Belgium or Netherlands Willems or Ausma. Read more

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European Judo Championships Preview +100kg: Unseeded Lukas Krpalek seeking for heavyweight gold

19 Apr 2017 14:10

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

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European Judo Championships Preview U100kg: Gasimov and Korrel still without title

19 Apr 2017 13:20

World number one Elmar Gasimov of Azerbaijan is one of the candidates to take over the European title of Henk Grol he doesn’t compete in Warsaw. The European Championships will have a great category U100kg with some of the best players around. Read more

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European Judo Championships Preview U90kg: Clerget and Kukolj in shape

19 Apr 2017 12:05

What a year it has been so far for Axel Clerget of France. At the age of 30 he is still one of the favourites for the European Championships gold medal in Warsaw U90kg. The Frenchman would normally get heavy competition of Alexandre Iddir, but so far Clerget is the man. Varlam Liparteliani left this category but gave us back Beka Gviniashvili. No space for Tchrikishvili yet in this category, but he will come soon this year. Clerget was the most appealing European so far this year. Read more

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European Judo Championships Preview +78kg: Sayit and Andeol can battle for gold

19 Apr 2017 11:30

Turkish Kayra Sayit is one of the favourites for the European title for heavyweight women in Warsaw. The former French judoka, under the name of Ketty Mathe, is the reigning European champion and number one seed. At the Olympic Games she fell just one match short of a medal in Rio; this year she seems to be the one to beat. Read more

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