JAPANESE TRIUMPH IN SAINT PETERSBURG

Junior European Judo Cup St. Petersburg

On April, the 16th, the Junior European Judo Cup started in Saint-Petersburg (Russia). It took place at the sports complex “Athletics Arena” on Krestovskiy Island and gathered 368 sportsmen from 20 European countries as well as athletes from Japan and Brazil. For the first time in 14 years of holding the European Cup on the banks of the Neva River, the Georgian team became its participant.

In the -60kg category the winner was 17 years old Japanese judoka, Genki KOGA. In the final, he defeated Ramazan ABDULAEV, a team member of the host.

"I was two years old when I first put on my judogi, although I got into judo even before that time" - confessed the Cup winner. "But it was also my own choice: I had a shining example of my father, the Olympic Champion Toshihiko KOGA. It is very difficult to get through to the Japanese national team. Of course, I want to be an Olympic Champion, as my father did, and I will try to do my best. All the opponents in Saint-Petersburg were well prepared, but the Russian guy, whom I met in the final, was the strongest", Koga added.

It is necessary to notice that Genki is a son of a famous Japanese judoka called Toshihiko Koga, who also recognised as the Olympic Champion of 1992 in Barcelona and the winner of Olympic silver medal in Atlanta, 1996.

Tomouchi MASAHIKO, coach of the national Japanese team is pleased with the performance of his sportsmen.

"Nevertheless, it would be better to win gold medals in all categories",- he noticed. "This tournament in Saint-Petersburg always assembles high-level opponents, so we try to bring strong sportsmen here. Genki Koga was a favorite initially. Despite his young age, he has a strong will to win" - Masahiko concluded his thoughts.

The first day of the tournament became a true triumph for Japanese judokas, who managed to win 5 gold medals. In addition, sportsmen from Russia, France and Azerbaijan climbed to the top of the podium. Edward KAIUMOV became the only winner of the host team.

"When I was entering the tatami, I already knew the results of other categories. That is why it was so important to win at least one medal for the Russian team today. Also, I had an important opponent. I met Aram GRIGORYAN. We fought before at the Russian Championship and he sat me back of winning a medal. That is why I really wanted to take revenge. And I am very happy I succeeded" - explained Edward Kayumov after the victory.


-55 kg

1. GURBANLI, Natig (AZE)

2. MEREMOV, Damir (RUS)

3. GEJADZE, Davit (GEO)

3. PAFOV, Alii (RUS)

-60 kg

1. KOGA, Genki (JPN) 

2. ABDULAEV, Ramazan (RUS)

3. ABULADZE, Yago (RUS)

3. TSJAKADOEA, Tornike (NED)

-66 kg

1. TAGAWA, Kenzo (JPN)

2. CARGNIN, Daniel (BRA)

3. PHILIPP, Leon (GER)

3. SCHIPPER, Roy (NED) 

-73 kg

1. KAIUMOV, Edvard (RUS)

2. GRIGORIAN, Aram (RUS)

3. PATOKOV, Pavel (RUS)

3. TATSUKAWA, Arata (JPN)

-44 kg

1. DELEUIL, Justine (FRA)

2. VASILCHENKO, Viktoriia (RUS)

3. GILLY, Marine (FRA)

3. ZERSHCHIKOVA, Vladlena (RUS)

-48 kg

1. UMEKITA, Mai (JPN)

2. PICHKALEVA, Daria (RUS)

3. AKKER, Kim (NED)

3. MOSDIER, Anais (FRA)

-52 kg

1. TOMIZAWA, Kana (JPN)

2. MALIUKOVA, Natalia (RUS)

3. GILES, Chelsie (GBR)

3. PLOTNIKOVA, Tatiana (RUS)

-57 kg

1. FUNAKUBO, Haruka (JPN)

2. CYSIQUE, Sarah Leonie (FRA)

3. STARKE, Pauline (GER)

3. TOPRAK, Acelya (GBR)

 

 

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