PERFECT DAY FOR SIPOCZ

Cadet European Judo Championships

It was SIPOCZ Richard (HUN) big dream to finish his last championship at the cadet level by winning the European title once again and make his dream come true. 

Sipocz began his cadet journey as the 2016 Cadet European Champion, followed by a second place last year. This year he was #2 seed. On the other side of the draw was Omer AYDIN (TUR) waiting, the current bronze medallist of the Cadet Junior World Championchips. Before the pair could face each other, SIPOCZ had to win three matches. 

"I hadn't big problems today, I showed good techniques and big ippons today."

In the second round Sipocz threw Benjamin MATASEJE (Slovakia) with uchi-mata for ippon. In the quarter-final, Sipocz faced Losseni KONE (GER) and quickly threw him with sasae-tsuri-komi-ashi for ippon. Moving into the semi-final against Wojciech KORDYALIK (POL), he finished half way through the match with ko-soto-gari.

In the final, Sipocz faced the #1 seed from Turkey, Omer AYDIN.

In the beginning, Aydin almost caught Sipocz in a hold down. Luckily Aydin had trouble keeping it for more than a few seconds and the 17-year old Hungarian managed to escape. With both players going to the last minute, Sipocz unleashed an uchi-mata to earn a waza-ari, putting pressure on Aydin. Aydin came in for a hip throw attempt but Spiocz side-stepped and countered him with another uchi-mata to get the second waza-ari which combined for an ippon win.

“I have lost once before to Omer AYDIN (TUR) last year in the team event at the European Youth Olympic Festival. This made me nervous, but my coach advised me to use my ashi-waza and this helped me to take the win.”

The next tournament for Spiocz will be at home - at the Junior European Cup in Paks. His aim is to qualify for the Junior European Championships in Sofia, in September and the World Championships in Nassau, Bahamas in October.

“I have had a perfect day, as this is my third and final Cadet European Championships. So I came here to win the title and finalise my cadet level as a champion."

The next test is just around the corner because the first mixed team European Cadet Championship event will take place tomorrow and Hungary is hoping to get another medal.

"Tomorrow I will compete in the mixed team event. We have a tough draw so we will see, but I think we have a strong team.”

The third day of the 2018 Cadet European Judo Championships concluded individual’s competition: Girl’s -70kg, +70kg; and boy’s -81kg, -90kg, and +90kg weight categories. Russia finished at the top of the medal table with 3 gold, 3 silver and 1 bronze medal, followed by France (2 gold, 1 bronze), Italy (1 gold, 4 silver, 1 bronze) and Turkey (1 gold, 2 silver, 5 bronze) to take the top four spots.


Podium


  • Podium Cadet European Judo Championships +90kg
    SIPOCZ, Richard (HUN)
    AYDIN, Omer (TUR)
    KORDYALIK, Wojciech (POL)
    INANEISHVILI, Saba (GEO)



    Photographer: Emanuele Di Feliciantonio

  • Podium Cadet European Judo Championships -70 kg
    ESPOSITO, Martina (ITA)
    KARIAKINA, Daria (RUS)
    LOBNIK, Metka (SLO)
    IGL, Raffaela (GER)


    Photographer: Emanuele Di Feliciantonio

  • Podium Cadet European Judo Championships -81 kg
    UMAROV, Daniil (RUS)
    VAN DIJK, Mark (NED)
    SHERAZADISHVILI, Giorgi (GEO)
    CRET, Alex (ROU)



    Photographer: Emanuele Di Feliciantonio

  • Podium Cadet European Judo Championships -90 kg
    KANIKOVSKIY, Matvey(RUS)
    KHARAZISHVILI, Nika(GEO)
    SULAMANIDZE, Ilia (GEO)
    VVEG, Zsombor (HUN)


    Photographer: Emanuele Di Feliciantonio

Events


News

SUCCESSFUL PREMIER IN SARAJEVO

07/02/2018 | 01:50 pm | in
SUCCESSFUL PREMIER IN SARAJEVO EJU president Sergey Soloveychik was pleased about the level of organisation and the successful premiere of the mixed team championships. He said: "I would like to compliment President Branislav Crnogorac and his team with the progress... Read more

RUSSIA TAKES IT ALL

07/01/2018 | 06:29 pm | in
RUSSIA TAKES IT ALL Russia, by now already the top country in the individual medal tally, takes it all again today with the first place in the mixed team championship. Russia went through the day by defeating Hungary 5:1, followed by Romania in the semi-final 5:3 to... Read more

SURPRISE GIRL DELIGHTS FROM TURKEY

06/29/2018 | 07:02 pm | in
SURPRISE GIRL DELIGHTS FROM TURKEY Hasret BOZKURT from Turkey won the girl’s -57kg category. While Bozkurt had some previous success at European Cup level this year, she is not very well known in Europe in her category. Her most recent European Cup win was in Antalya,... Read more

IRENA KHUBULOVA REALISES HER GOLDEN POTENTIAL

06/28/2018 | 07:32 pm | in
IRENA KHUBULOVA REALISES HER GOLDEN POTENTIAL Our “Player of the Day” choice goes to Irena Khubulova from Russia who won the girl’s -48 kg category all by ippons. Khubulova showed her potential as a Cadet two years ago at the 2016 Cadet European Judo Championships taking... Read more

THREE DAYS TO GO: #JUDOSARAJEVO2018

06/24/2018 | 03:52 pm | in
THREE DAYS TO GO: #JUDOSARAJEVO2018 The Bosnia & Herzegovina Judo Federation has a fine history of hosting international judo events, having staged the Cadet World Championships here in 2015 and Junior European Championship in 2013. This week, they will be the host of the 2018... Read more