Youth Olympic Games 2018 Buenos Aires

The third and final day of the individual events at the Youth Olympic Games 2018 saw the remaining two weight divisions, -100kg and -78kg categories. The total number of five medal winning performances were celebrated for Europe. Judoka from Germany, Georgia, Slovenia, Hungary and Turkey were able to add to the already successful medal tally. 

Germany’s one and only competitor made it a 100% success for the team when winning the -78kg category. Raffaela IGL (GER) first outclassed Metka LOBNIK (SLO) before concurring another win against Eduarda ROSA (BRA). At this point, only one person stood in the way of the precious gold, Margarita GRITSENKO (KAZ); whom Igl once again overcome in style, by Ippon. Lobnik, who suffered the first defeat from Germany’s golden girl, managed to bounce back for bronze. The -100kg final viewed another golden potential for Europe. This time it was for Ilia SULAMANIDZE (GEO) who faced Bekarys SADUAKAS (KAZ) for the final victory. The clear contest time was wrapped up with many head to head attempts, yet no score. It was not until the fourth minutes into Golden Score when Saduakas snitched the gold away from the Georgian judoka. The day ended in silver setting for Sulamanidze. 2017 Cadet World Bronze medallist, Omer AYDIN (TUR) and multiply Cadet European Cup winner, VEG Zsombor (HUN) stood side by side with their respectable bronze medal winning performances. With Veg’s bronze, Hungary made it a two out of two in Buenos Aires.

The last day of the tournament will be dedicated to the mixed team event. Invented in 2010 in Singapore on the occasion of the first edition of the Youth Olympic Games, the team event is very attractive and spectacular as each team (13 in total) is composed of athletes coming from different countries. This specific format is remarkable to watch as judoka from different origins and backgrounds have to team up together to perform in order to get a Youth Olympic medal. For that special purpose, the teams are named after different Olympic cities who hosted Olympic Games in the past whether it was for senior or for cadets.








10/09/2018 | 04:15 pm | in
YOG2018 WITH OLD AND NEW MILESTONES The third edition of Youth Olympic Games (YOG) is held in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The total number of 3926 young athletes from 206 countries are embracing the Olympic spirit. The total number of 13 venue hosting 32 sports across the period of 13... Read more