Home » Judo news
The latest Judo News offered by JudoInside.com
Russians strong at European Cup in Belgrade
9 Oct 2016 00:25
The team of Russia impressed at the first day of the European Cup in Serbia. With four gold medals, two for men, two for women the neo seniors seemed to be ready for the European U23 Championships in Tel Aviv. The first gold medal was for the host nation and the tiny Andrea Stojanovic set a record for the youngest winner of the tournament. Born in 2000 Stojanovic won a trophy bigger than her chest, but not bigger than her heart.
An amazing day for the tiny Andrea Stojadinov of Serbia. She took the first medal of her country at the European Cup in Belgrade. The 16-year rookie was the youngest winner of the day and the second youngest winner ever in Belgrade. Only Aleksandra Samardzic (BIH) was 15 when she own in 2013. In the final U48kg Stojadinov led after 90 seconds in the match by yuko against Ioana Matei of Romania. Despite a shido for both Stojanovic was safe and countered to the gold. Stojadinov An amazing performance for the 16-year old cadet who won the bronze medal at the European Cadet Championships this year. “That was my highlight and very special, but this one is also amazing. It is my last individual event of the year.”
A comparable talent, but then in 2009, won the Senior European Cup seven years later. Sakhavat Gadzhiev of Russia defeated Kamel Mohamedi of France. Gadzhiev who was the first Cadet World Champion, in 2009 in Budapest. After winning the Junior World title in 2011 the transition to senior level was tough, but his second European Cup victory this year is a good way forward. He is the man to expect U60kg at the European U23 Championships in Tel Aviv.
Anamaria Ionita of Romania won the category U52kg against Finnish Katri Kakko. Kakko was leading her match in the final by wazari but it Ionita who came back with one of the best ippons of the day, a smashing throw that put Kakko flat on her back in an exciting two minutes. Kakko is the new leader now in the European Cup ranking, which is important for the seeding in Tel Aviv.
Italian Biagio Stefanelli took the gold U66kg against Strahinja Buncic of Serbia. The Italian led quickly in the match and despite two penalties and stayed strong and took the gold for Italy.
The final U57kg was between 22-year old Daria Mezhetckaia of Russian and sixteen year Jorien Visser of the Netherlands. Mezhetckaia who won silver at the Grand Slam in Tyumen and Grand Prix of Zagreb this yearbut today’s gold gives confidence for Tel Aviv where she will be aiming for gold.
The category U73kg was an amazing field of 48 warriors. It was Saian Ondar of Russia who came out on top. Szabo Frigyes of Hungary was his opponent coached by older sister Franziska Szabo. A good match with a nice silver medal.
A great final U63kg with Russian Diana Dhzigaros who scored a wazari after 19 seconds against Dutch Geke van den Berg. Within a minute a straight ippon for the Russian, but her jaw smash like a boxer against the head of Van den Berg. Dhzigaros won silver at the World Junior Championships in 2014 and took silver at the Grand Prix in Zagreb two weeks ago.
Related judoka and events
Related Judo Photos
Related Judo Videos
Related Judo News
The most spectacular final of the day was the one U73kg between Tohar Butbul of Israel and Hidayet Heydarov. Butbul could take the first gold medal of the tournament and third ever in history. In 2009 Alice Schlesinger won the title and Baruch Shmailov won in 2014. Against Hidayet Heydarov Butbul had to fight the European Junior Champion. Read more
Equalising the record number of participating nations at U23 European Championships, the draw has been conducted in Tel Aviv, Israel. Since 1992 Israel hadn’t hosted a European Championship and this 14th edition of this U23 Europeans will host 321 athletes, the second best ever in the previous editions. Read more
Russia became the big winner of the first day of the European Cup in Celje, Slovenia. At the annual European Cup the Russian light and middleweights took five of the seven gold medals. Croatia and France both took one title. Read more
North Korean Kim Jin A won her second IJF title of the season with an impressive win over world number 16 Sarah Leonie Cysique (FRA). KIM won four of her five contests by ippon to maintain a 100% winning record on the tour this year in addition to her continental championships win in April. The 23-year-old beat Cysique in the final by a waza-ari score and could be a major contender at the upcoming World Judo Masters in December. Read more
Polish judoka Karolina Talach had the measure of Tyumen Grand Slam bronze medallist Diana Dzhigaros of Russia in the first final on day two in Zagreb. This time a big individual title for Talach who helped the Polish team to become European Team Champion. Read more
Michela Torrenti (ITA)