This weekend Kiev, the capital of the Ukraine is hosting once again the European Junior Cup at Top Level.
In the competition over 300 athletes from 18 countries will participate: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Austria, Belarus, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Finland, Hungary, Israel, Latvia, Moldova, Macedonia, Poland, Romania, Russia, Slovenia, Uzbekistan and the Ukraine.
The most participants will be from the Ukraine, Russia, Azerbaijan, Belarus. and Uzbekistan.
The tournament has a long tradition and is a good school for athletes of The Ukraine. It is no coincidence that this tournament many famous Ukrainian judokas competed such as:
Two time Olympic medalist Roman Gontyuk
World and European Champion Georgii Zantaraia
European champion Rinat Mirzaliyev
Bronze medalist of the World Championships Vitali Bubon
Silver Medalist of World and Europeans Championships Marina Pryschepa European Championships medalist Anastasia Matrosova
World Cup Winner Stanislav Bondarenko
World Junior Champion Quedjau Nhabali.
Also other international stars competed at the Kiev tournament in the past such as:
Olympic gold medalist, and seven time European champion Alina Dumitru
Olympic and European Champion Elnur Mammadli
Three-times European Champion Miklos Ungvari
World Champion Ivan Nifontov
Svetlana Yaromka (UKR 2004, 2007, 2008), Olha Starubinska (UKR 2003-2005) and Shushana Gevondyan (UKR 2006-2008) are record holders. They all won the event three times.
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