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France claims four titles in Warsaw

France claims four titles in Warsaw

27 Feb 2024 13:10
Tamara Kulumbegashvili - IJF

The European Open in Warsaw unfolded over two days of intense judo action, with 458 competitors representing 37 nations, the event continued on the second day. One of the most anticipated matches was the -100kg final, featuring a rematch between Laurin Boehler of Austria and Simeon Catharina of the Netherlands. Boehler had previously secured a victory over Catharina, but the Dutch athlete was eager for redemption.

In a tightly contested bout, Boehler managed to outmaneuver Catharina, ultimately securing his fourth European Open gold medal. Despite Catharina's valiant effort, Boehler's experience and skill proved to be decisive factors in the outcome.

Meanwhile, in the U81kg category, Magerram Imamverdiev of Azerbaijan emerged as the surprise victor and yougest winner on Sunday. Despite facing tough competition, Imamverdiev displayed exceptional judo skills and tactical acumen, securing a well-deserved gold medal.

Italian judoka Tiziano Falcone also had a standout performance in the U90kg category. Making a successful return after recovering from shoulder surgery, Falcone demonstrated his resilience and determination, ultimately claiming gold in a hard-fought final.

In the heavyweight division, French judoka Amadou Meite impressed with his dominant performance. Facing off against formidable opponents, Meite showcased his strength and skill, ultimately emerging victorious and claiming his first European Open gold medal.

While the tournament saw its fair share of expected victories, there were also several surprise upsets and standout performances from rising stars. Ukrainian judoka Khrystyna Homan stunned the crowd with her victory over Coralie Hayme of France in the heavyweight division. Despite being the underdog, Homan executed a flawless technique, securing a surprise win and announcing herself as a rising star in the sport.

Another notable performance came from German judoka Friederike Stolze, who overcame tough competition to claim gold in the U70kg category. Stolze's determination and skill were on full display as she outmaneuvered her opponents with precision and finesse.

In the -78kg category, French judoka Lyse Versmisse made a statement with her lightning-fast victory over Vicky Verschaere of Belgium. With a perfectly executed uchi mata, Versmisse secured an ippon in just 20 seconds, showcasing her dominance in the weight class.

As the European Open in Warsaw concluded, athletes of the next level looking ahead to train and prepare for upcoming competitions, including the Tashkent Grand Slam.

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