Maribor’s hall Lukna offered second day of competition at the judo European junior championships for judokas, aged between 15 and 21 years. Eight new champions were honoured, among them also the Slovenian Klara Apotekar, winning the under 78 kilo women’s category.
Slovenia got its first medal at this year’s junior championships, Apotekar was successful in the category under 78 kilo. In the final she beat the Russian Marina Bukreeva. Bronze medals fight in the same category were won by the French Chloe Dollin and Lea Gobec from Croatia.
Otherwise, Sanne Vermeer from the Netherlands was best in the under 63 category, beating Israeli Gili Sharir in the final. Emilia Kanerva from Finland and Dena Pohl from Germany got bronze medals. In the under 70 kilo category Russian Madina Taimazova left the tatami as the winner, beating Michaela Pollers from Austria in the final. Alice Bellandi from Italy and Aleksandra Samardzic from Bosnia and Herzegovina were third placed. In the heaviest category over 78 kilo Romane Dicko from France won, Russian Anna Gushchina was second and Kubranur Esir from Turkey and Mercedez Szigetvari from Hungary were third.
On the men’s side of the competition, German Tim Gramkow conquered the under 81 kilo category, beating Luka Maisuradze from Georgia in the final. Italian Christian Parlati and the Dutch Jesper Smink won the bronze medal fights. The under 90 kilo category was won by the French Aurelien Diesse, who beat Ukrainian Mykyta Matlashevsky in the final. Jamal Petgrave from Great Britain and Armenian Grigor Sahakyan settled for bronze.
Zelym Kotsoiev from Azerbaijan was best in the under 100 kilo category, Russian Arman Adamian had to leave the tatami as European vice champion. Daniel Mukete from Belarus and Daniel Zorn from Germany got bronze medals. In the over 100 kilo category the Russian Inal Tasoev was best, winning the final against the Austrian Stephan Hegyi in less than a minute. Amirani Tsikoridze from Georgia and
his compatriot Gela Zaalishvili went away with bronze medals.
Tomorrow’s programme concludes this year’s European championships in Maribor, the team event will be under way. Interesting competition ahead, since the team event is going to be a part of the next Olympic games in Tokyo 2020.