Judo European Championships update
Date: November 29, 2015
Today, the third and final day at the IBSA Judo European Championships 2015 in Odivelas, Portugal, sees the team competitions taking place.
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Here are full reports on days one and two at the championships, courtesy of the IPC web site:
Day one – Friday 27th
The biggest shock of the day came in the women’s under 48kg category, where Russia’s world No.9 Viktoria Potapova beat Germany’s reigning world and Paralympic champion Carmen Brussig in the final. The usually peerless Brussig took to the mat suffering with an ankle injury and Potapova took full advantage to win by ippon.
Caption: women's bout at the IBSA Judo European Championships 2015 (© Rita Taborda).
Another upset came in the women’s over 70kg category. Turkey’s world No.4 Mesem Tasbag finished the round robin competition undefeated, beating Russia’s world No.1 Irina Kalyanova and Belarus’s world No. 2 Arina Kachan on her way to gold.
In men’s under 60kg event Turkey’s Haydar Ciftci, who is ranked 40th in the world, defeated France’s World No. 15 Kevin Villemont 12-10 in the first round. This left Russia’s Vitalii Koriakin as the clear favourite and he did not disappoint. Koriakin needed less than a minute to beat Azerbaijan’s Ramin Ibrahimov by ippon in the final.
Khorava’s title search continues
Davyd Khorava’s search for a first title since his London 2012 gold continues after defeat in the final of the men’s under 66kg category. In a tense final Khorava was beaten by Azerbaijan’s Bayram Mustafayev. Mustafayev secured two waza-ari in quick succession to take the title.
It was an all-Russian final in the men’s under 100kg competition with Abdula Kuramagomedov beating countryman Malik Kurbanov.
In the women’s under 52kg category gold medal match Ukraine’s Nataliya Nikolayck beat France’s Sandrine Martinet by just a single penalty.
In the men’s over 100kg category Azerbaijan’s Ilham Zakiyev was named the victor after Russia’s Gaidar Gaidarov retired with injury during the final.
For more information about IBSA European Judo Championship 2015, visit the event website. Full results and a live stream of day two of competition are available at the event website.
Day two – Saturday 28th
Ukraine’s Inna Cherniak won gold in the women’s under 57kg event on day two of the IBSA Judo European Championships on Saturday 28 November in Odivelas, Portugal. In doing so, the World No.1 added a European Championship title to the gold that she won at June's European Games in Baku, Azerbaijan.
Caption: Russia's Kuramagomedov in action in the men's -100kg category (© Rita Taborda).
It caps an impressive season for Cherniak, who also came very close to gold at the IBSA World Games in Seoul, South Korea. But she lost in the final to South Korea’s Ha Na Seo.
In Odivelas, Cherniak cruised through the competition, requiring only 40 seconds to secure ippon (the highest score a judoka can earn) in the quarter-final and just 33 seconds in the semi-final. The gold-medal match against Azerbaijan’s Sabina Abdullayeva then proved a tougher bout before Cherniak secured victory with a submission hold.
Strong showing from Ukraine
Inniak’s victory epitomised a strong team performance from the Ukrainian squad. On Saturday, Ukrainian judokas won three of the six available golds.
Inniak’s teammate Irina Husieva won gold in the women’s under 63kg category round robin. The World No.1 finished undefeated after quickly pinning Sweden’s Nicolina Pernheim to the mat in the final match.
Ukraine’s other title came in the men’s under 81kg competition, where favourite Olexander Kosinov beat Rovshan Safarov of Azerbaijan by ippon to win gold.
But Ukraine’s reigning Paralympic champion Dmytro Solovey did not fare as well in the men’s under 73kg category. Solovey was quickly overwhelmed by Azerbaijan’s Ramil Gasimov in the final.
Gold for Gogotchuri
Georgia’s Zviad Gogotchuri further underlined his intention to challenge for men’s under 90kg gold at Rio 2016. Gogotchuri beat Great Britain’s London 2012 silver medallist Sam Ingram in the semi-final before getting the better of the Ukrainian top seed Oleksandr Nazarenko in the final.
In the women’s under 70kg round robin, Russia’s Tatiana Savostyanova took the title by winning all three bouts.
The European Judo Championships 2015 concludes Sunday (29 November) with the team competitions.