Home » Judo news
The latest Judo News offered by JudoInside.com
Belarus showcases golden team at European Open in Minsk
23 Jul 2017 18:40
What a story for Belarus at the European Open in Minsk winning three gold medals for the first time since 2006. On Sunday Yahor Varapayeu and Uladzislau Tsiarpitski added another gold medal to the one of Darya Skrypnik on Saturday.
Maryna Slutskaya, Belarus’ number one of the World lost her final to Larisa Ceric by shime-waza. The story of the day was however for youngster Yahor Varapayeu. “Egor” who’s just 20 years suddenly can win gold medals at senior level. Barely out of the junior age, he showed himself for his home crowd winning the final against Li Kochman of Israel. Varapayeu came close to a European senior medal in Warsaw ranked fifth had to wait long today before he could start his way to gold. He won all his five matches against opponents such as Ushangi Margiani, Gabor Ver and Kochman, himself also just 22. The modest judoka told his story on television and now one of the showcases for the success of Belarussian judo. Varapayeu won bronze at the Junior World team Championships in 2015 and bronze at European team level as a part of a successful men’s generation with Dzmitry Minkou, Daniel Mukete, Mikita Svyrid who reached the quarter final after a victory of Joao Fonseca U100kg and Uladzislau Tsiarpitski who won the second gold today for the host nation.
Tsiarpitski had a really sharp battle with Ushangi Kokauri who tried everything he could to persuade the referee that Tsiarpitski had to get his third penalty, but it was the Belarussian who took the glance of gold after winning four contests.
The story of the U100kg category is for Varlam Liparteliani, who first saw his buddy Avtandili Tchrikishvili losing against Kochman U100kg, and then Liparteliani didn’t even had his warm-up for his first fight. But when he had to be there, Lipi was there. He grew into the tournament via victories over Kazachkov, Briceno, Paltchik and Saviytskiy before he caught Michael Korrel in the golden score of the final. Korrel, number two of the world ranking lost before to Liparteliani in Paris this year and they knew each-other from the U90kg category where they had battled in a team event.
The Georgians were in Minsk to test the form and U81kg it was Nugzari Tatalashvili who succeeded to reach the final. But his Russian opponent Denis Kalinin didn’t care about the reputation of Tatalashvili or Kirakozashvili who he defeated in the semi final. Kalinin surprised with gold, although he won silver at the European Open in Lisbon this year and was in the silver European team of Russia in Warsaw, so he isn’t knew.
In the women’s division Szaundra Diedrich had a nightmare transfer to Minsk which took her 18 hours, but despite the remarkable trip, Diedrich had enough quality to overcome bad luck and grow into the tournament. A tough battle with bronze winner Hilde Jager (NED) in the semi final and a victory over Anna Bermholm, who was first seeded, in the final in the last minute.
Gold for the Netherlands as Marhinde Verkerk confirmed she’s still belonging to the world elite U78kg. The world ranking, led by Guusje Steenhuis is not her biggest worry. Her preparation with another training situation far from her usual area in Rotterdam is more of a worry. Tokyo 2020 is yet too far for her, but this gold medal, and the way she achieved was a warm bath for the 2009 World Champion who’s Olympic ambitions were ruined in Rio. A welcome gold medal, was exactly what Verkerk needed with fine and dominant judo.
Al eyes on Maryna Slutskaya, but it was Larisa Ceric of Boznia Herzegovina who won the 11th of their encounters, 6-5 for Ceric now, who was just more clever in her groundwork. Ceric who came to Minsk alone held continuous contact with her coach and president at home. Ceric is always relaxed but today she ready when she needed to be and outsmarted Slutskaya with a devastating choke.
Belarus will have the European Games in 2019 and judo is the top sport for these Games. They have the right generation and good facilities to work towards this huge prestigious project. A weekend like this will just generate more positive publicity for judo in Belarus.
This weekend judo doesn’t stop with the training camp in Stayki… one for the die hards.
Related judoka and events
Related Judo Photos
Related Judo News
At the seventh edition of the Grand Prix of Zagreb the home crowd cheered the whole day for its own athletes, but Karla Prodan stood out in her category U78kg. She coloured the day and took an unexpected bronze medal. Prodan gave back her smile to the crowd. It was a career-first for the 20-year-old who thrilled the youthful Croatian crowd who themselves graced the same tatami just hours prior for a masterclass. Read more
The Netherlands won three gold medals at the first European Games edition in 2015 in Baku. Marhinde Verkerk was the winner U78kg. The Dutch have always had a strong line-up in this class and since that period Guusje Steenhuis took over the lead in this division. The former World number one faced some injuries but seems back in time for a good campaign in the road to Tokyo with stepping stones in Minsk, Tokyo, Prague in 2020. Read more
The draw at the Grand Prix of The Hague delivered some fine first round matches. With two world champions in the field and 412 participants coming from 62 nations the second edition of the Grand Prix in Holland almost doubled its participants field compared to last year. 242 Men and 170 Women will battle for the medals and valuable points for the qualification for the Olympic Games in Tokyo. Read more
On her 28th birthday Shori Hamada (JPN) became the new world champion for women U78kg in Baku. Again Japan for gold and a great disappointment for the Dutch Guusje Steenhuis and the Netherlands that lost eight World Championships finals in a row since the last successful title for Verkerk in 2009 in Rotterdam. After a long final of nine minutes Shori Hamada won the world title after three penalties for Guusje Steenhuis. Read more
Two shocker results in the women’s category U78kg at the 2018 World Championships in Baku. French multiple world and Olympic medallist Audrey Tcheumeo is out of the tournament. She lost to Aleksandra Babintseva (RUS). Another shock is Brazilian World Champion Mayra Aguiar who showed to be vulnerable lately but wasn’t expected to lose to Chinese Ma Zhenzhao, the revelation of today’s prelims. Read more
Riko Igarashi (JPN)