The stronghold of Russia and guests Kazakhstan finished on top of the first day in the European Open in Orenburg.
The hosts of the tournament, Russian national team, expectedly captured the leadership in the number of medals. The Russians became the best in three weight categories. Ismail MISIROV won in the weight category -66kg, Alina SERGEEVA (-48kg), Dali LILUASHVILI (-63kg). Misirov enjoyed this particular tournament,
It is a very interesting tournament. In addition to European teams, national teams from Central Asia perform here and show us an unusual fight. It is useful to compete with opponents from other schools.
The national team of Kazakhstan came second in the overall team count on the first day of competition taking two gold medals and two second places. Abdusalam BAKYT (-60 kg) and Askar NARKULOV (-73 kg) have celebrated the victory.
Belarusian judoka Ksenia DANILOVICH won the gold medal in the weight category -52kg, and Croatian Tena SIKIC -57kg. Sikic shared her impressions,
My opponents today were only Russians. Unfortunately, I do not know all of them by name, but they all are strong judokas.
Today the men will compete for the medals in the following categories: -81kg, -90kg, -100kg and +100kg, as well as women in the following categories: -70kg, -78kg and +78kg.
Yulia Kravtsova, RJF
Author: Thea Cowen