Poland has become the big winner of the European Cup for Juniors in Cetniewo this weekend. The Polish fighters won a total of fourteen medals and four victories. At the second day the heavier categories showed their skills at the city near the Baltic Sea.
In the -63kg division Polish favourite Halima Mohamed-Seghir prolonged last year’s victory. This time she didn’t disappoint the enthusiastic fans while defeating Dutch Jamie Lee Leonora by an outstanding uchimata in the final match. Third place went to Milane Kerckhove (BEL) and Laura Naginskaite (LTU).
The category U70kg was collected by Lola Mansour (BEL), the Youth Olympic Champion of 2010. She defeated Szaundra Diedrich (GER). Nicoline Alberts (NED) and Kateryna Lyalina (UKR) took the bronze.
Gold medal U78kg was taken by Miryam Dunkel (GER) who won the final contest against Russian Alena Prokopenko by quite slight throw and hold. Ekaterina Inozemtseva (RUS) and Karen Stevenson (NED) were decorated with the bronze.
In the women’s heavy weight Sandra Jablonskyte (LTU) threw Zita Notter (GER) in the last seconds of the final fight’s golden score. Polish Monika Bank took the fastest victory of the medal round, proving her nice performance. Second bronze medal was taken by Yulya Orazbayeva (KAZ).
The men’s tournament was as much exhilarating as women’s. The polish hosts had a big appetite for medals, especially in U81kg division. Eventually after dramatic golden score Peer Schweder (GER) reached his goal throwing Bartosz Kurkiewicz with drop ko-uchi gari. Right behind them were Serhiy Gonchuk (UKR) and Tomasz Szczepaniak (POL).
The vategory U90kg was a spectacle of Ukrainian Vitaliy Kovtunov who took a brilliant submission at Max Strotte (GER). Bronze medals were presented to Uladzimir Shumeika (BLR) and Polish Jakub Zarzeczny, who won by the decision after 6 minutes. Among the U100kg men the podium steps were shared by Toma Nikiforov (BEL), Vadims Lando (LAT), Gabor Geier (AUT) and Arturs Nikiforenko (LAT). Competition of the biggest judokas that came to Cetniewo was a big challenge for Polish Damian Nasiadko, who proved his top tactical skills in the final against Ukrainian Mykyta Dibrin, scoring in the last seconds. Two bronze medals were taken by Andriy Kolesnyk (UKR) and Emre Sanal (FRA).
Medal table after finishing all 16 categories was dominated by Poland (4–5–5). Germany (3–3–2) and Russia (2–2–5). The competition was finished earlier, good news for the crowd that could enjoy the sunny beach approx. 500m from the venue.