This weekend the Junior European Cup in Saint-Petersburg was held in Sport Palace “Yubileinyi”. More than 350 athletes from 18 countries of the world are present. The greatest number of judoka is from the Russian national team (127).
In the first day of the European Judo Cup Junior eight sets of categories were held. Juniors fought in weight categories 55, 60, 66 and 73 of kg – boys, and 63, 70, 78 and +78 kg – girls. Medals were won by athletes from 7 different countries. The best result is at Russian team winning twelve medal (3-3-6). The national team of Japan follows with six medals in total and three were gold (3-2-1). Also the Brazilian did well counting five medals but no gold (0-1-4). It was the second time that the Brazilians participated in St. Petersburg.
At the opening ceremony of tournament there was the general consul of Japan at St. Petersburg Yosikhiro Yamamura, and official representatives of administration of St. Petersburg.
Below you find the results as well as in our results page.
Japan and Russia dominated the men’s division by claiming two gold medals each. In each final Russia was represented.
55 kg: 1. Ryuju Nagayama (Jpn); 2. Vitaliy Kurmasshev (Rus); 3. Pavel Poltorak (Rus), Guilherme Locio (Bra)
60 kg: 1 Egor Mgdsian (Rus), 2 Yerlan Zhaksybekov (Kaz), 3 Sakhavat Gazhiev (Rus), Jose Vicente Souza (Bra)
66 kg: 1 Kengo Takaichi (Jpn), 2 Ramazan Kodzhakov (Rus), 3 Ricardo Santos Junior (Bra), Buzurgmehr Kodiri (Rus)
73 kg: 1 Bashir Tkhagalegov (Rus), 2 Artur Sarkisyan (Ukr), 3 Magomedramazan Gazaev (Rus), Zaurbek Gagloev (Rus).
In the women’s category the Dutch team performed well taking two gold medals for Do Velema and Sanne van Dijke. Japan and Russian claimed the heavier categories.
63 kg: 1 Do Velema (Ned). 2 Jessica Santos (Bra), 3 Margriet Bergstra (Ned), Nadja Bazynski (Ger)
70 kg: 1 Sanne Van Dijke (Ned), 2 Dariko Gabaidze (Rus), 3 Lea Pueschel (Ger), Eriko Chiba (Jpn)
78 kg: 1 Kaho Nishida (Jpn), 2 Ayaka Takamatsu (Jpn), 3 Karen Stevenson (Ned), Samanta Soares (Bra)
+78 kg: 1 Aydana Nagorova (Rus), 2 Akemi Hashimoto (Jpn), 3 Aleksandra Babintceva (Rus), Ruza Dukhturbayeva (Kaz).