24 April 2010

Youngster Joó takes it all on Saturday

Youngster Joó takes it all on Saturday

Abigél Joó took the second gold medal in the women’s division for Hungary. In the final she defeated World Champion Marhinde Verkerk in a tough match, but Joo succeeded to score twice yuko against Verkerk. Joó was already reigning European U23 Champion, but switched from the U70kg category to the U78kgs. Joó 19-year-old judoka is responsible for playing again Hungarian national anthem in Vienna.

Joo defeated both the world champion as the vice world champion Maryna Pryshchepa today, quite a performance for the teenager.
The first bronze medal fight was between Maryna Pryschepa (UKR) and Assunta Galeona (ITA), a though fight, but the Italian judoka made a mistake with an ouchi-gari and her Pryshchepa’s pick up was good for waza-ari.

Louette Lucie (FRA) who lost in the semi-final against golden medalist Joó, faced Daria Pogorzelec from Poland for the third place. In the begining of the fight Pogorzelec scored a yuko, but after was too passive and received to shido. Due to a leg grab she lost the fight on hansoku-make which meant bronze for Louette who’s a former double European U23 champion (2005 and 2007).