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Turkish Ebru Sahin takes the triple

15 Nov 2013 17:15

 EJU - by Hans van Essen    Kostadin Andonov / EJU / Copyright: www.eju.net
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Ebru Sahin added another European title to her impressive list of honour. The Turkish judoka won the gold U48kg. Previously she won a European gold medal in the Cadets (2008) and Junior (2011) category. Now she has the triple and will look forward to the European Senior title next year in Montpellier. The Turkish women have a reputation at the European U23 Championships. Sahin is the fifth woman of Turkey to win the title, Tugba Zehir won even two titles.

Sahin started with a quick victory over Olga Smolska stating she was ready for the gold. In her second match she defeated Mara Kraft from Austria and overcame Sonja Wirth (GER) in the quarter final. Evgeniya Demintseva was put aside in the semi final. In the gold medal match threw Kristina Vrsic of Slovenia after 75 seconds by ippon with a powerful combination. Vrsic had never medalled in this age category at European Championships. She was European Junior Champion in 2008 and won bronze in 2010 at junior level, so also Vrsic is still booking progress. Her semi final victory over Noa Minsker proved that as well.

German Sonja Wirth and Israelian Noah Minsker kept eachother in balance for four minutes, and only in the last seconds it was Wirth who received her second penalty which delivered Noah Minsker the bronze.

Russian Maria Persidskaya had to fight her compatriot Evgenia Demintseva, the former Cadet and Junior European Champion.

Persidskaya scored a waza-ari after 2 minutes in the match and added a yuko not far after her first score. She was able to maintain her lead during the remainder of the match and took the bronze.

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