24 July 2009

Russia wins the medal tables at EYOF

Russia wins the medal tables at EYOF

At the European Youth Olympic Festival in Finland, Russia has won the medal table. Russia won four gold medals followed by Azerbaijan and Belgium with two Olympic titles. At the European U17 Cadet Championships three weeks ago, Russia won nine categories.

Russia has won 22 Olympic youth titles in the past including this edition. 1999 Was the most successful year with 4 gold medals, but this year Russia won a silver and bronze medal, compared to two bronze medals in 1999.

On Wednesday Magomed Akhmarov won the category U60kg. Veronika Romanko won U57kg. On Thursday Imranbek Gabasov was the best U73kg.
On Friday Sulim Dovtukaev (RUS) won the fourth Russian gold medal.

Odette Giuffrida again confirmed to be the best U17 fighter U48kg. She beat Darya Mezhetskaya (RUS). Azerbaijan won also two finals Kamran Baghirov U50kg and Jalil Jalilov U66kg.

Odette Giuffrida (ITA) and Nataliia Ilkiv (UKR) where the only fighters who could confirm their European win in Koper (SLO).
European champion Verena Nizamova (RUS) finished third in Tampere losing to Dutch Laura Prince (NED) who took the gold U44kg.

Valeria Ferrari (ITA) wasn’t able to win the European Olympic title this year. She lost to Belgian U17 Champion Lola Mansour who finished fifth in Koper.

The second Belgian gold medal was delivered to Toma Nikiforov after his win over Zilvinas Lekavicius (LTU). Belgium has never won two Olympic titles in one edition.