The latest Judo News offered by

European Judo Championships Preview U70kg: new generation will take it

19 Apr 2017 10:05


None of the top eight U70kg of the Olympic Games in Rio will appear at the European Championships in Warsaw. That leaves space for a new generation. In this case, a new generation of juniors. They have all taken medals, but it is Marie Eve Gahie who has one of the best transitions to the senior division. The French champion claimed silver at the Grand Prix in Düsseldorf in 2017. At the draw, she is the highest seed in Warsaw.

Gahie won the Grand Slam of Abu Dhabi in 2016. She became World U18 Champion in 2013. Since then she has made a remarkable conversion to the senior level with victories in Samsun, Almaty, and Abu Dhabi.

Barbara Matic is the double Junior World Champion from Croatia, but for her it has been a bumpy road in the seniors. With World Tour victories in Tbilisi, Qingdao, and Zagreb, she still seems short of the absolute breakthrough. She won bronze in Baku this year. At European level she won bronze in 2014, but due to the competition she wasn’t successful at Europeans. This is a new year, however, and she might rise to the occasion.

So might the Slovenian, Anka Pogacnik, the number three seed. She won the Grand Prix in Antalya and the African Open in Tunis in 2017. Her name is a familiar one since her silver at the European U23 Championships in 2011. Later she won the European Open in Sofia in 2016 at U70kg. She also took a bronze medal at the Grand Prix in Zagreb and a silver at the Grand Prix in Tashkent, both in 2016. Now she seems ready to take another competitive step upward.

Szabina Gercsák of Hungary is the only competitor in this field who won a European medal last year. With bronze she bested world number one Kim Polling (still injured) which proved her major breakthrough. We know Gercsák from her amazing youth performances with a Youth Olympic title, World titles, and European titles. She can throw anyone when the wind is blowing from the right corner. With a little luck and a little magic she can do it in this field.

The same for Dutch woman Sanne van Dijke, who has a career comparable to Gercsák. She is also moving up now to the senior division.

Still, we cannot forget former World bronze medallist Katarzyna Klys, who wants to shine for her home crowd as captain of the women’s team. If you play our game, then don;t forget German outsider Szaundra Diedrich, she can surprise the best.

GAHIE Marie eve (FRA) 1. seed (4. place WRL)

MATIC Barbara (CRO) 2. seed (9. place WRL)

POGACNIK Anka (SLO) 3. seed (10. place WRL)

GERCSAK Szabina (HUN) 4. seed (15. place WRL)

VAN DIJKE Sanne (NED) 5. seed (19. place WRL)

SAMARDZIC Aleksandra (BIH) 6. seed (23. place WRL)

KLYS Katarzyna (POL) 7. seed (26. place WRL)

BERNHOLM Anna (SWE) 8. seed (29. place WRL)

Related judoka and events

Related Judo Photos

  • Marie Eve Gahié (FRA) - Grand Prix Düsseldorf (2017, GER) - © Klaus Müller, Watch:
  • Zere Bektaskyzy (KAZ), Barbara Matić (CRO) - Grand Slam Baku (2017, AZE) - © IJF Media Team, IJF
  • Anka Pogacnik (SLO) - Grand Slam Paris (2017, FRA) - © Klaus Müller, Watch:

Related Judo Videos

Related Judo News


Brazil’s Maria Portela enjoys career-best result

17 Dec 2017 17:55

Brazilian Maria Portela saved the best day of her career thus far for the last day of IJF competition in 2017 as the Brazilian surged through the field to top spot. Judo Sogipa ace and Rio 2016 Olympian Portela defeated European bronze medallist Barbara Matic (CRO) in a surprisingly one-sided contest between two judoka who were already assured of their first World Judo Masters silverware. Read more


French Flam91 European Club Champion for women in Wuppertal

26 Nov 2017 21:05

French women’s team FLAM’91 are the new European Club Champions. In Wuppertal the French bested the German team of MönchenGladbach. Strong women were gathered in Wuppertal and many athletes were hired to strengthen the teams. Read more


Chizuru Arai meets the Japanese expectations with world title

1 Sep 2017 20:00

Japanese Arai Chizuru will bring a red backpatch home after winning her first World Championships gold medal with a professional performance that saw her overcome Olympic medallists and surprise packages. Normal business was resumed as Japan had one more gold medallist among their ranks in the form of the 23-year-old who bested Maria Perez of Puerto Rico in the final. Read more


Preview U70kg Chizuru Arai slight favourite in open category

1 Sep 2017 03:55

The top favourites for the U70kg gold at the World Championships in Budapest are all within the Top 3 in the IJF Rankings, but it's the No. 3, Japan's Chizuru Arai, who looks to be the leading candidate for the top spot in Budapest. Her track record is impressive with 2016 Tyumen Grand Slam gold, 2017 Paris Grand Slam gold, and 2017 Dusseldorf Grand Prix gold. Read more


Bernadette Graf celebrates comeback with gold U78kg

4 Jun 2017 17:25

The two favourite Romanian athletes for the European Open in Bucharest met the expectations taking two gold medals. Other interesting topics were the return of Austrian Bernadett Graf who started in the U70kg category and was immediately successful with gold and a victory against European Champion Audrey Tcheumeo. Most likely she is still the best option U70kg. Read more

Judo birthday

Result City Date
1Rio de Janeiro2016
Result City Date
1St. Petersburg2017


First description Second description Third description Four description