This weekend the World Cup of Budapest will take place for women. The Hungarian women’s team is definitely eager to win their first gold medal at home soil since 2006. Bernadett Baczkó was the last Hungarian winner. In 2008 Baczkó and Anett Meszaros both won bronze, but no gold. Three out of seven titles were for Chinese judoka. Before 2006, Hungary only won three other titles since the Hungaria Cup turned into the A-tournament of Budapest, and since 2005 the World Cup of Budapest. Zsuzsa Nagy (1992 U61kg), Maria Pékli (1996 U56kg, later competing for Australia) and Éva Granicz (1996 O72kg) were the previous home winners before Baczkó.
Now with their talented team it should be possible to deliver a champion this weekend. But despite the talented team, the Hungarian haven’t won many World Cups in the past (19 in total), but ten in the last four years:
2006 Baczko (Budapest), Perge (Moscow U48), Bejczi (Bucharest (U63)
2007 Csernoviczky (Tallinn U48)
2008 Csernoviczky (Sofia U48), Baczkó (Rome U57),
2009 Joo (Sofia U70), Karakas (Prague U57), Csernoviczky (Abu Dhabi U48), Meszaros (Abu Dhabi U70)
Eva Csernoviczky, Abigel Joo, Hedvig Karakas and Anett Mészáros (pictured) are again listed in the participants list. You can see all of them and many more in action, this weekend Live from Budapest via http://www.eju.net