Home » Judo news
The latest Judo News offered by JudoInside.com
Korea vs 41 hungry Italians at European Open Rome
17 Feb 2017 20:35
An Baul is likely attract the most attention at this weekend’s European Open in Rome. The Korean World Champion and Olympic finalist leads the seeding list at U66kg among 51 men. Italian Fabio Basile took the Olympic title in this category in Rio, but Basile is still enjoying his post Olympic rest period, and he’s right. Without Korean An Chang-rim, perhaps Guillaume Chaine (FRA) will be the man to beat at U73kg. So, the first day in Rome, the Korean judoka will likely set the tone.
On the second day, more Italian success is expected, especially at U81kg, where Matteo Marconcini is stepping back on the tatami. The Olympic Games fifth place finisher had a remarkable late qualification for Rio and surprised the world with excellent judo. Seven months later, he is back in Rome in the weight category where Antonio Esposito recently took the Italian title. The former World Junior Champion (U73kg) is unseeded, but is performing well and may be one of the top challengers out of 46 men this weekend, with Sven Maresch in his last international event as judoka. Also, Benjamin Muennich (GER), Hong (KOR) and opposition from France, Holland, and perhaps Pan America will make things interesting.
World Champion Gwak Donghan is by far the favourite U90kg. With Alexandre Iddir coming back at his previous level of competitiveness, Loic Pietri in a new weight category, and the always dangerous Mikhail Igolnikov it maybe a surprising outcome for the other medals. In U100kg, the Koreans will again mingle but Benjamin Fletcher is first seeded as number 29 in the rankings. Despite the strong Korean entries, it is typical for this European Open in Rome. Relatively small heavyweights Lurii Krakovetskii and Daniel Allerstorfer are the highest seeded in Rome; let’s see if they are at the top of the podium on late Sunday afternoon.
Although there are only a few top athletes, the large field in each weight will certainly make this European Open an interesting event. Follow the competition in Rome this weekend with strong entries from Korea and France pitted against 41 hungry Italians.
Related judoka and events
Related Judo Photos
Related Judo Videos
Related Judo News
Germany have a long and storied tradition of success in the U81kg weight category. From 2003 world champion Florian Wanner, to 2008 Olympic silver and 2012 Olympic champion Ole Bischof, to European medallist, World Team medallist and Grand Slam winner Sven Maresch and now 2017 world champion Alexander Wieczerzak and Paris Grand Slam gold medallist Dominic Ressel. Read more
This weekend the Bundesliga final for men will take place in Leipzig. Among the participants many international stars fighting for the four clubs who qualified for the final stage. After some exciting preliminary rounds in the north and south of Germany and a quarter-final with mostly clear results, the best four teams are now looking forward to the final in Leipzig. Read more
Sven Maresch has announced his retirement from judo. This weekend in Rome he will fight his final contests at the international level; 2017 is his last year as an internationally competitive judoka. The 30-year-old judoka has selected The European Open of Rome as his closing individual event. Read more
World number 19 Maresch and world number 20 Nifontov were the first and second seeds respectively and both came through the preliminaries unscathed to book a fascinating final. The head-to-head series was locked at 1-1 coming into the gold medal match with their previous meetings coming in 2008 and 2012. Former world, European and Grand Slam winner Nifontov marked his first IJF outing of 2016 with the top prize as he rolled over his German rival for a waza-ari and held down the top seed for 15 seconds with a kesa-gatame to win by wazari-awasette-ippon. Read more
German athletes qualified for three finals today at the Grand Prix in Budapest. Laura Vargas-Koch was able to reach the final after a victory against Sanne van Dijke (NED) U70kg, she will now face Rodriguez Elvismar of Venezuela who defeated Karen Nun-Ira of Japan in the semi. Both are qualified for the Olympic Games. Read more
Miho Tanigawa (JPN)