Alina Dumitru and Carmen Bogdan have qualified for the final of the World Cup in Bucharest in the category U48kg. Both Romanian were also in the semi finals of the IJF Grand Prix in Tunis but Bogdan lost that semi final to Laetitia Payet (FRA). It’s the second time in the history of World Cup that two Romanians are in the final. The first time was at 15 April 2006 when Olimpia Ianc and Alina Dumitru qualified, as well in Bucharest.
In Tunis this year Sarah Loko (FRA) and Corina Caprioriu (ROU) had met before. Today they are in the final U57kg. Loko won the last confrontation in Tunisia.
An Asian confrontation U52 where Lichuian Zhang (CHN) and Kum Ae An (PRK) will form the final. An is the Olympic finalist of Beijing and the favourite for this victory. She’s not often in Europe and it can be her first ever World Cup win.
Vlora Bedzeti (SLO) qualified for the final U63kg. The bronze winner of the European Championships will face Kim Su Gyung (PRK) who was 5th last year in the same weekend, but than in Madrid. Both women can win their first ever World Cup. Bedzeti was already a finalist this year in Budapest, where she lost to Kana Abe (JPN)