2012/05/06 | 02:04 pm | in EJU
Youngsters from Azerbaijan take third European Cup in BerlinAzerbaijan and Brazil have collected two gold medals at the European Cup for Cadets in Berlin. The tournament had a record of participants. 646 judoka of 28 nations were present in the biggest European Cup of this year. Last year 548 participants from 21 nations were present.
Azerbaijan dominated the men’s category with four medals, 2 gold and 2 bronze. Elnur Abbasov (U50kg) and Hidayat Heydarov (U60kg) won the gold. At the same time the IJF Grand Prix for seniors is held in their nation. Abbasov has won three European Cups this year and is the best performing judoka joint by Hidayat Heydarov and Italy’s Elios Manzi.
Owen Corzilius of the Netherlands defeated his compatriot Matthijs van Harten in the final U46kg. Vil Bagautdinov (RUS) took the gold U55kg when he defeated home judoka Devin Waldenburg (GER).
In the young women’s category Brazil claimed two gold medals: Bruna Silva U40kg and Layana Colman (U48kg). Japan’s Mina Asaoka won gold U44kg against German Champion Soraya Bernstein who took bronze in the European Cups in Zagreb and Teplice. In the women’s category Ilayda Seyis is the best young woman. The Turkish judoka won gold in Antalya, Tver and Berlin and won silver in Kiev. This weekend she won the U52kg against Michelle Hürzeler.
Berlin is the ninth European Cup for Cadets this year. Next week in Bielsko-Biala (POL) is the last event of the season.
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