The final EJU player of the day at the U23 European Judo Championships in Podgorica, Montenegro goes to MikhailI IGOLNIKOV. The Russian triumphed over a strong field in the -90 kg category with an air of maturity and class. The Tbilisi Grand Prix silver medallist appeared invincible today, each bout decided by an unmistakable ippon score up to the final. The judoka did all this without allowing any of his opponents to score against him.
In the final match against the strong Belarusian Yahor VARAPAYEU, the 21 year old stylish judoka, used his skill set to score early and controlled the contest convincingly to take the title.
Podium -90 kg 1. IGOLNIKOV, Mikhail (RUS) 2. VARAPAYEU, Yahor (BLR) 3. KOZLOWSKI, Rafal (POL) 3. KUCZERA, Piotr (POL) – Carlos Ferreira
Podium -78 kg 1. WAGNER, Anna Maria (GER) 2. TURCHYN, Anastasiya (UKR) 3. PACUT, Beata (POL) 3. GIMALETDINOVA, Alexandra (RUS) – Carlos Ferreira
Podium -100 kg 1. MUKETE, Daniel (BLR) 2. SVIRYD, Mikita (BLR) 3. FARA, Aaron (AUT) 3. ILYASOV, Niyaz (RUS) – Carlos Ferreira
Podium +78 kg 1. KYRYCHENKO, Vasylyna (UKR) 2. HERSHKO, Raz (ISR) 3. AKBULUT, Sebile (TUR) 3. LUCHT, Renee (GER) – Carlos Ferreira
Podium +100 kg 1. BASHAEV, Tamerlan (RUS) 2. TSIARPITSKI, Uladzislau (BLR) 3. CULUM, Zarko (SRB) 3. ZAALISHVILI, Gela (GEO)