A sparkling and uninhibited performance from 19-year old Larissa VAN KREVEL (NED) was the highlight of the opening day of competition as she won gold in the under 57kg category on the opening day of the Junior European Championships being staged in Maribor, Slovenia. Sweeping aside all challengers, van Krevel had amassed 10 waza ari by the time she arrived in the final to face Acelya TOPRAK (GBR). The Dutch girl’s scoring streak continued in the final where she threw Toprak first with left sided sode tsuri komi goshi for waza ari. Toprak came back only to have her right sided ko soto gake effort countered with left uchi mata that led to a ne waza exchange in which van Krevel secured a shime waza from which Toprak was forced to submit. The bronze medals in the -57kg category went to Sarah Leonie CYSIQUE (FRA) and Julia KOWALCZYK (POL).
When asked about her day van Krevel said,
“I am really happy about this win as I did not expect this. I came here just hoping to be able to do my thing and see what happens. There were all hard matches against tough opponents and of course you expect that at a European Championships. Only in the final, after winning, did I stop and think, heh, I can win this today. During the day I was simply trying to keep focus and listen to a bit of music. I don’t really have any experience at senior tournaments. But I guess that will come now.”
Podium -57 kg 1. VAN KREVEL, Larissa (NED) 2. TOPRAK, Acelya (GBR) 3. CYSIQUE, Sarah Leonie (FRA) 3. KOWALCZYK, Julia (POL) – Carlos Ferreira
Podium -48 kg 1. GERSJES, Amber (NED) 2. MARTINEZ ABELENDA, Laura (ESP) 3. MOSDIER, Anais (FRA) 3. MAMMADALIYEVA, Gultaj (AZE) – Carlos Ferreira
Podium -60 kg 1. HUSEYNOV, Karamat (AZE) 2. VERSTRAETEN, Jorre (BEL) 3. ABDULAEV, Ramazan (RUS) 3. EZ ZERRAD, Naoufal (BEL) – Carlos Ferreira
Podium -55 kg 1. SHERIEV, Murtaz (RUS) 2. BAKHISHALIYEV, Rashkhan (AZE) 3. LUNCAN, Vlad (ROU) 3. RAOUL HEBRARD, Theo (FRA) – Carlos Ferreira
Podium -52 kg 1. KORKMAZ, Irem (TUR) 2. TEMELKOVA, Betina (ISR) 3. PRIMO, Gefen (ISR) 3. AZIZOVA, Nazakat (AZE) – Carlos Ferreira
Podium -66 kg 1. IVANOV, Denislav (BUL) 2. SULLI, Gabriele (ITA) 3. OVCHARENKO, Oleh (UKR) 3. ADAM, Michel (GER) – Carlos Ferreira
Podium -73 kg 1. HEYDAROV, Hidayat (AZE) 2. FATIYEV, Murad (AZE) 3. GRIGALASHVILI, Tato (GEO) 3. GAMOSOV, David (RUS) – Carlos Ferreira
Podium -44 kg 1. DELEUIL, Justine (FRA) 2. PETIT, Lois (BEL) 3. CHISS, Mihaela (ROU) 3. BULGAKOVA, Kristina (RUS) – Carlos Ferreira
In the -44kg category Justine DELEUIL (FRA) won the gold medal whilst the silver medal went to Lois PETIT (BEL). There were bronze medals for Kristina BULGAKOVA (RUS) and Mihaela CHISS (ROU). In the -48kg category Amber GERSJES (NED) won the gold medal whilst the silver medal went to Laura MARTINEZ (ESP). There were bronze medals for Gultaj MAMMADALIYEVA (AZE) and Anais MOSDIER (FRA). In the -52kg category Irem KORKMAZ (TUR) won the gold medal whilst the silver medal went to Betina TEMELKOVA (ISR). There were bronze medals for Nazakat AZIZOVA (AZE) and Gefen PRIMO (ISR).
In the -55kg category Murtaz SHERIEV (RUS) won the gold medal whilst the silver medal went to Rashkhan BAKHISHALIYEV (AZE). There were bronze medals for Vlad LUNCAN (ROU) and Theo RAOUL HEBARD (FRA). In the -60kg category Karamat HUSEYNOV (AZE) won the gold medal whilst the silver medal went to Jorre VERSTRAETEN (BEL). There were bronze medals for Ramazan ABDULAEV (RUS) and Naoufal EZ ZERRAD (BEL). In the -66kg category Denislav IVANOV (BUL) won the gold medal whilst the silver medal went to Gabriele SULLI (ITA). There were bronze medals for Oleh OVCHARENKO (UKR) and Michel ADAM (GER). In the -73kg category Hidayat HEYDAROV (AZE) won the gold medal whilst the silver medal went to team mate Murad FATIYEV (AZE). There were bronze medals for David GAMOSOV (RUS) and Tato GRIGALASHVILI (GEO).