The team of Hungary was very efficient this weekend at the European Cup in Ploiesti capturing five gold medals and all finals won. The colleagues of Turkey lost six finals and took one gold medal. Efficiency was the key success in the Hungarian team with four titles in the women’s division. Timea Kardos (U44kg), Szofi Ozbas (U52kg), Alexandra Maroti (U57kg) and heavyweight Petra Farago claimed the gold. Botond Szeredas won his category for young men U60kg.
It was however Turkey that claimed one of the first gold medals. Ejder Tokay took the only Turkish gold medal and a clean sweep on the podium with four Turkish youngsters. Romania, Croatia and Moldova topped the medals medals behind Hungary with all two victories. Ruslan Halavachou (BLR) won his category U55kg. Petru Pelivan of Moldova won gold U66kg. His compatriot Eugen Matveiciuc was the best U81kg. With 517 participants the tournament was very tough with more than 50 judoka in the divisions U55, U60, U66 and U73kg. Andrei Pirloga of Romania won the category U73kg and Eduard Serban of Romania U90kg. Filip Miljevic of Croatia is a new heavyweight promise. Mia Mihovilovic, also from Croatia bested Merve Topoglu in the final U70kg. The Ukraine started with a victory in the women’s lightweights U40kg by Anastasiia Balaban who will now get into the top 10 of the World Ranking. Andrea Stojadinov of Serbia booked her third victory in one month, previously she won in Teplice and Berlin. Special was the first international victory for Luxembourg this year by Anetta Mosr U63kg.