17 July 2011

Turkish women make difference in Istanbul European Cup

Turkish women make difference in Istanbul European Cup

Turkey has become the great winner of the European Cup in Istanbul. On Saturday the Turkish team won four categories in the women’s division, on Sunday two other gold medals were added.
Only British Sally Conway was able to win one out of the seven women’s categories, the U70kgs.

Feyyaz Yacizi was the only Turkish man who won a gold medal in the men’s division. Yacizi won the U100kg category by defeating his compatriot Kocan Burhan.
Russia finished second in the medal tally. The strong Russian team won four categories in the men’s division. On Sunday Sheykh-Magomed Vakaev (RUS) won gold U90kg after being victorious over Russian Mayerbek Abdulaev.
Soslan Dzhanaev won the heavyweight category. Dzhanaev won silver at the European Cup in Orenburg but on Sunday he defeated Bulgarian champion Ivan Iliev.
20-Year old Georgian Lasha Zurabiani won his first international event. Two years ago he won bronze at the World Junior Championships in Paris and now won his first Senior event.

Turkish Ezgi Yilmaz won the U78kg category which was only participated by Turkish judoka. Belkis Zehra Kaya not surprisingly won the plus category. A more international division was the U70kg won by Sally Conway. She defeated Kristina Marijanovic (CRO) in the final. She won the European Cup in Sarajevo. She knows Conway well from their junior time where she defeated Conway, but in the seniors Conway seems to have the better piece of the cake winning twice now. The Scottish finished ninth at the 2010 World Championships. With Megan Fletcher she will be the candidate for Great Britain in the U70kg category for the London Olympics.
In this category Barbara Matic (CRO) won bronze in Istanbul as well as Nino Odzelashvili (GEO).

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