POSITIVE EVALUATION OF PERFORMACE AHEAD OF RIO

European Judo Open 2016 Madrid

The first day of the 2016 Madrid European Judo Open has come to an end with many joys as well as upsets. The total number of seven gold medals were taken by four nations, namely, France, Germany, Russia and Ukraine. As mentioned in the preview, some of the elites are at present ahead of their preparation for the Olympic Games. Both, Irina DOLGOVA (RUS) and Georgii ZANTARAIA (UKR) are fully satisfied so far regarding their preparation and performance.

The first of the two was Dolgova to deliver at the Hall Jose Caballero. She had the total number of four contests which of all four was won by Ippon. Throughout the day, Dolgova mainly shined with her outstanding ne-waza skills. After her final contest against Cheyenne MOUNIER (FRA) the 20 years old judoka expressed her thoughts: “I haven’t been competing for two months and it was very important to do a competition before the Olympic Games. I wasn’t thinking much; I was just fighting. During my first fight I was stressed but after I pulled it together in my head too. I am happy not only because I won but I am also satisfied with my performance.”

Zantaraia was going through similar stages throughout the day as up to his semi-final contest he was almost like harassed. Kevin NANOR (FRA) stretched the Ukranian star and took him to golden score where the more experienced judoka [Zantaraia] managed to score for waza-ari by counter attacking his opponent. “I was happy he [Nanor] gave me some hard time because he kept on blocking my left hand and for me it was a good practice for this sort of situations.” From the semi-final onwards, Zantaraia, at last, began to shine with his throwing skills. “The purpose of the tournament was definitely preparation for the Olympic Games. Normally my last tournament supposed to be the Grand Prix in Tbilisi but I lost first fight there so me and my coach decided to come to Madrid to gain some more fights before the Olympics”, concluded the former World Champion, Georgii Zantaraia. 


"I wasn’t thinking much; I was just fighting. During my first fight I was stressed but after I pulled it together in my head too. I am happy not only because I won but I am also satisfied with my performance."

Podium -48kg

1.DOLGOVA, Irina (RUS) 

2.MOUNIER, Cheyenne (FRA) 

3.MENZ, Katharina (GER)

3.GARCIA MESA, Cinta (ESP)

"I had a very good day today and I had good feeling for judo today. I am fully satisfied. In the final, even thought I was down by a yuko, I felt that once I get the right kumikata I will be able to score even higher than a yuko. I am also happy that I managed to work on my ne-waza too, it is nice as it changes up my figths."

Podium -60kg

1.GOULET, Sylvain (FRA) 

2.GERCHEV, Yanislav (BUL) 

3.GARRIGOS, Francisco (ESP) 

3.ZAMANOV, Elbrus (AZE)

"I am very happy, especially because we had four German athletes in the semis, so to come out on top it is very satisfying. My first three fights were not convincing at all but during the rest of the fights I managed to score by throwing. I was really pleased with both of my uchi-mata I did in the final."

Podium -52kg

1.ERTL, Maria (GER) 

2.NORDMEYER, Nieke (GER) 

3.LOPEZ SHERIFF, Estrella (ESP) 

3.WIRTH, Sonja (GER)

“The purpose of the tournament was definitely preparation for the Olympic Games. Normally my last tournament supposed to be the Grand Prix in Tbilisi but I lost first fight there so me and my coach decided to come to Madrid to gain some more fights before the Olympics”

Podium -66kg

1.ZANTARAIA, Georgii (UKR) 

2.BOUCHER, Mathias (FRA) 

3.RAMIREZ RAMOS, David (ESP)

3.LAROSE, David (FRA)

"As I mentioned in Rome in February, I changed my trainings and the way of thinking and I believe this is what allows me to strive forward and I want more. Hopefully, now I can go for some of the Grand Prix tournament, which excites me even more. My view is on Tokyo and if I carry on the trainings I am doing now, I know I will be able to make myself proud in four years time."

Podium -57kg

1.BENARROCHE, Lola (FRA) 

2.GROSSMAN, Adi (ISR) 

3.LIVESEY, Bekky (GBR) 

3.STOLL, Theresa (GER) 

"We had really good trainings with the Russian team and now I have the result of it. Everything was good today, my judo, my team and the organisation too. For me the final was good becuase I knew that Alim was left sided and that perfectly fits my right sided judo."

Podium -73kg

1.SHEVOTSUKOV, Rustam (RUS) 

2.GADANOV, Alim (RUS) 

3.VALIYEV, Telman (AZE)

3.FERNANDES, Jorge (POR)

I am very overwhelmed as I didn't feel well at all in the past couple of weeks but today I managd to pull it together, both, mentally and physycally."

Podium -63kg 

1.HERRMANN, Vivian (GER) 

2.SHOR, Rotem (ISR) 

3.YVIN, Cloe (FRA)

3.KRSSAKOVA, Magdalena (AUT) 

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