Gevrise Emane (FRA) collected her third European title today in Istanbul. This time the French won the title U63kg, the previous titles in 2006 and 2007 were in the U70kg category. She switched weight with Lucie Decosse and both very successful. Today Emane defeated Anicka van Emden whom she beat for a third time.
Emane led the match from the beginning but Van Emden couldn’t get closer to the experienced Emane.
Last year Emane defeated Van Emden at the Grand Slam of Paris and Moscow.
Previous winners U63kg
2002 Lucie Decosse FRA
2003 Sara Alvaréz ESP
2004 Sara Alvaréz ESP
2005 Elisabeth Willeboordse NED
2006 Sarah Clark GBR
2007 Lucie Decosse FRA
2008 Lucie Decosse FRA
2009 Urska Zolnir SLO
2010 Elisabeth Willeboordse NED
2011 Gevrise Emane FRA
Bronze medal fights:
Hilde Drexler (AUT) had a great day and took the bronze overcoming Alice Schlesinger from Israel. Urska Zolnir (SLO) defeated Yarden Gerbi, the second Israeli. Earlier this year Gerbi won at the IJF Masters in Baku. Today Zolnir took the bronze.