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Georgian boys and Japanese girls dominate in Bielsko Biala
21 May 2017 22:25
Russia, Georgia, and Japan all won four gold medals at the Cadet European Cup in Bielsko Biala in Poland. This polish tournament hosted 490 young judoka from 25 nations and, as always, was strong with many Japanese youngsters.
Lightweight Russians Georgii Tretiakov and Abrek Naguchev won their categories U50 and U55kg. Naguchev also won in Follonica and Tula. Italian young stallion Luigi Centracchio became the winner U60kg in a pool of 40 youngsters. The category U66 was even worse, or actually filled better with 45 cadets with winner Mikheili Bakhbakhashvili of Georgia. Both U55 and U66kg a Japanese opponent was defeated.
On Sunday, Georgia added three new gold medals via Lasha Bekauri U73kg, Gocha Gvachliani U81kg, and at U90kg by Mikheili Bekauri. Three in a row, but the last went to Russia, the fourth for David Babayan +90kg.
Japan was superior in the young women. There was gold for Japan U48kg by Aiko Watanabe, who bested Mascha Ballhaus (GER) in the final. On Sunday, there were Japanese gold medals at U63kg, U70kg, and +70kg.
The strong Romanian tradition of lightweights continued when Silvia Gherman captured the gold U40kg. Mariam Amkhadova of Russia won her category U44kg and French fighter Faiza Mokdar bested Lisa Grabner in the final U52kg. Slovenia won gold when Kaja Kajzer was victorious at U57kg.
30 June the Cadet European Championships will take place in Kaunas in Lithuania.
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