12 July 2009

German team strong at World Cup Belo Horizonte

German team strong at World Cup Belo Horizonte

Germany was successful at the World Cup in Belo Horizonte last weekend and finished second at the medal tally behind host Brazil.
Israel finished third with one gold medal.

Marlen Hein (GER) won the final U57kg where she defeated 17-year old Giulia Penalber (BRA).
Hein won the semi final to Liraz Ben Melech (ISR) who finished third.

Germany had a strong team anyway, as Claudia Ahrens (GER) finished second in the category U63kg and Claudia Malzahn (GER) became third in this class. Malzahn was last weeks winner of the Grand Slam of Rio de Janeiro.
The glorious winner U63kg however was another European; Yarden Gerbi from Israel. For Gerbi it was her first ever World Cup medal.
Last week Alice Schlesinger beat Gerbi, this week both Israelis reached the semi final, where Schlesinger lost to Ahrens and Gerbi reached the final she finally won. This week Gerbi took revenge.

Wasilisa Prill (GER) won the bronze U48kg losing to world junior champion Sarah Menezes in the semi final. Menezes was defeated in the final by Taciana Lima who won the gold.
U52kg Mareen Kräh, also from Germany, lost the final to Erika Miranda (BRA). Miranda prolonged her title of last year in Belo Horizonte. Kräh also finished second in the World Cup of Sofia (BUL).

This world cup counts for the IJF World Ranking and was the first world cup out of Europe. The next world cup is in Birmingham (GBR), followed by Baku (AZE) and Ulaanbaatar in Mongolia.

On Sunday many more German medals where captured. Heide Wollert (GER) won the U78kg category defeating Amy Cotton from Canada and gained two positions at the IJF World Ranking which is used for the final seating at the World Championships in Rotterdam in August.
Franziska Konitz (GER) also improved her position by winning in Belo Horizonte. In the final she was too strong for Melissa Mojica from Puerto Rico.

Another European victory in the U70kg weightclass where Juliane Robra (SUI) won her final against Maria Portela (BRA). After two fifth places for her at the World Cup in Madrid and IJF Grand Slam in Rio de Janeiro, the Swiss champion finally tasted the sweet of gold.

Austrian Andreas Mitterfellner is in good shape. Although he lost the final, one can see a good development towards the world championships. The Austrian champion won the gold at the EJU Contintenal Cup in Celje in June.

Yoel Razvozov (ISR) became third last week in Rio, and now finished second in Belo Horizonte U73kg. He lost to Leandro Guilheiro who also beat him at the 2004 Olympic Games where Leandro became bronze medalist.

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