2009/11/19 | 03:17 pm | in EJU
Today in the history: 19 NovemberToday, in 1987 at the Essen world championships two big rivals met in the women’s under 72 kgs. Dutch Irene de Kok beat Belgian superstar Ingrid Berghmans. The six times world champion got an advantage over De Kok in the match but she was fair enough to correct the referee and De Kok won the match. De Kok and Berghmans are each others enemy on the tatami but are good friends off, joining each other in Essen before the warm-up and after the match as friends.
After her career De Kok completely left judo and started a pub in her hometown.
Georgina Singleton (GBR) won the European Junior title in 1995 in Valladolid, Spain. She beat Russian Lioudmila Khramova. Estonian Alexei Budolin won his final bout at the Junior Europeans of Graeme Randall (GBR). Françoise Harteveld (NED) won the title over 72 kgs defeating Karina Bryant (GBR).
Tamerlan Tmenov (RUS) won the U95 kg category beating Dutch Rogier Smulders. Smulders recently said goodbye to national top judo,
Tmenov is still active and became seven times European champion and won two Olympic medals in his career.