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Thea Gercken strongest in European Cadet competion U57kg
5 Jul 2014 17:35
Thea Gercken (GER) continued her streak from the preliminaries and defeated Anna Dabrowska (POL) in the U57kg final to win the first gold medal for Germany at these European Cadet Championships.
Gercken was quick to score a yuko within 35 seconds into the match and then followed up with a throw to achieve Ippon. The match ended after 57 seconds.
“I can’t believe it, I am overwhelmed”, Gercken commented. “The first fight was the most difficult for me, because it decides in what shape you are and how far you can go. You always have to believe in your dreams”, the German noted. She now wants to heal injuries and move up to the junior level.
“I feel amazing”, Dobrowska said. “Last year in Tallinn I lost my second fight, but I have been working really hard and I have fantastic coaches that helped me to improve.” Dombrowska was also excited about her teammate Julia Kowalczyk (POL) taking bronze, defeating second-seeded Mariia Gryzlova (RUS). “She (Kowalczyk) is my friend and I am very happy for her”.
Top seeded Hilde Jager (NED) recovered to win the other bronze medal over Emilia Kanerva (FIN).
28 judoka competed in this category.
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