28 April 2013

All reactions of the women's European team medallists

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All reactions of the women's European team medallists

Edith Bosch (NED), team gold: Today was my last competition and I said to the girls, let’s do it, let’s enjoy it. We got together last night. But I didn’t enjoy it, I was so nervous! I thought about stepping on to the tatami for competition for the last time. And it was 2:1 (for the Netherlands) and I knew I could score the winning point. I had to stand straight. I don’t care that I won by penalties, the important thing is that I won. (On the team performance) The girls made my day from breakfast until now. (On the key to success) It’s our spirit. We motivated each other. These are the girls!

Clarisse Agbegnenou (FRA), team silver: I am sad and disappointed. This is the second year in a row that we couldn’t get the gold. I had a good championship and a great day, but it wasn’t enough for the win today. France did very well in this championship.  Next year we will host the European Championships in France and we will be happy only if we get the gold medal.

Laura Vargas Koch (GER), team bronze: It was a great experience to fight as a team. I am so happy with this medal. We thought it was possible to get bronze, but we didn’t expect to win so clearly against the Austrians. (on the competition day) The first match against France (in the semifinal) was really good, but then it wasn’t enough. I was very upset to lose my match. I was close against Slovenia (in the quarterfinal) as well, but we were able to score the last point. To compete in the team is great. I was on the team at the World Championships, but I didn’t get to fight as we lost in the first round against Korea.

Anastasiya Dmitrieva (RUS), team bronze: This medal means a lot to me, because it is my first medal. (On scoring the winning point for Russia in the bronze medal match) It was a very anxious moment. I got out and it was 2:2. I knew how much all of us wanted to win and they gave me energy. I knew I can do it. I took my moment, I took a risk, and it did it. I am very proud that I was able to beat the European Champion (Lucija Polavder, Slovenia).