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Croatia cheers for two gold in Dubrovnik where France rules the event

2 Apr 2017 17:35

   Carlos Ferreira CJF / Croatian Judo Federation
20160925_Zagreb_CF_COVIC Ivan CRO

France was the best nation at the European Cup for seniors this weekend in Dubrovnik. The French took 50% of the titles. Host nation Croatia won two gold medals on Sunday. The category +78 between Ivana Maranic and Ivana Sutalo was an all Croatian final with Maranic as the winner. Heavyweight Ivan Covic snatched the gold for his home country against Claudio Pepoli (ITA).

Remarkable was the first Irish success since Lisa Kearney took international gold in 2014. Megan Fletcher reached out her hand and fights for Ireland now and won the European Cup in Dubrovnik against Viard of France. For Fletcher also a nice victory, at another level she’s used to, but a fine step for more.

France was certain for three gold medals in the finals as they were all French contests. Sylvain Goulet bested Mkheidze, Benjamin Axus defeated Julien La Rocca and Virginia Aymard took gold U48kg beating Marine LHenry. Robin Corrado U66kg, Benoit Collin U81kg and Caroline Peschaud U63kg won their weight classes and on Sunday Stessie Bastareaud won her pool with just 4 athletes U78kg.

Italy was traditionally doing well with an All Italian final U57kg between Martina Lo Giudice and Giulia Caggiano, won by Lo Giudice. Before her, Giulia Pierucci had won gold U52kg.

Neighbours Serbia secured one gold medal in the U90kg class when Miroljub Ivezic defeated Abderhamane Diao in the final. Austrian Max Hageneder was very satisfied with gold U100kg. Hageneder had never won gold in a senior international tournament but was always close to the medals. 

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