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Serbian Milica Nikolic prolongs European U23 title

11 Nov 2016 17:35


Serbia, Kosovo, Germany and Great Britain were the winners of the European titles for women U23 years in Tel Aviv. The first day of judo delivered some good matches.

The gold for women U48kg was expected for Serbian predator Milica Nikolic. Nikolic added another victory in the final in Tel Aviv when she defeated Reka Pupp of Hungary. For Nikolic the match started immediately and scored a wazari right away. After two minutes in the match she controlled Pupp by a rocksolid oseikomi and captured the gold medal. She prolonged last year’s title when she was the first for her country to take this European gold medal. Serbian judo is in the lift, two weeks ago Aleksandar Kukolj won gold at the Grand Slam in Abu Dhabi.

Distria Krasniqi of Kosovo officially won the first ever European U23 title for her country. In 2012 Majlinda Kelmendi won the title, but couldn’t find under the Kosovarian flag. Today Krasniqi won all her five matches and she defeated Larisa Florian in the final. Florian won the title in 2013 but silver this time. There were no scores in the matches, Florian only picked up  more penalties.

The final U57kg was a quick one, Theresa Stoll threw Adi Grossman for her own crowd by a powerful ippon, but Stoll was amazing today, even she defeated her own twin sister in the semi final. All the compliment for Grossman as she took a great silver medal for Israel. It was actually Timna Nelson Levy who was expected in the final stage but it was Theresa Stoll who won that pool. Stoll is the 20st European U23 champion for Germany, in 22 titles as Kristin Buessow and Sappho Coban won two titles.

British Lucy Renshall won her second European title. Renshall was really excited after she won against Russian Kamila Badurova in the final in Tel Aviv.  Lucy Renshall took the lead in the first minute when she scored a wazari against the Russian and she could control Kamila Badurova in the remainder of the match and she added a second European title, only in 2011 she won silver at cadet level, but in fact the way is clearly up for Lucy Renshall.

Read the story of the men here.

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  • Katinka Szabó (HUN) - European Championships U23 Tel Aviv (2016, ISR) - © Paco Lozano, Judo y Otros
  • Lucy Renshall (GBR) - European Championships U23 Tel Aviv (2016, ISR) - © Paco Lozano, Judo y Otros
  • Theresa Stoll (GER), World Judo Day 2017 COURAGE (IJF) - Grand Prix Düsseldorf (2017, GER) - © JudoHeroes & IJF Media, Copyright:

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