Elnur Mammadli (AZE) seemed to get back his shape again in his new category U81kg. The 2008 Olympic Champion U73kg won the European title in his final against Sergiu Toma of Moldova. The experienced Mammadli defeated Toma by oseikomi in the golden score.
In 2006 Mammadli won the European title in the U73kg category. This year he won the IJF Masters in Baku.
Sergiu Toma was the surprising finalist from Moldova. He could have been the first European Champion for his country but silver with a golden edge a marvelous performance for Toma.
Mammadli won the 6th European title for Azerbaijan and he is the third person in his country. Earlier Nazim Gouseinov (1993) and Elchin Ismayilov (2000, 2001, 2005) won gold.
Sirazhudin Magomedov defeated Tomislav Marijanovic in 20 seconds for the bronze.
Ole Bischof (GER) won the bronze against Alain Schmitt (FRA). In an exciting match Olympic Champion Bischof was able to score an ippon with 90 seconds to go. Schmitt defeated the current Olympic Champion Bischof one time at the 2006 Europeans in Tampere.