The final between Massimiliano Carollo (ITA) and Zelimkhan Ozdoev (RUS) in the category U73kg didn´t need more than 13 seconds. Ozdoev threw Italian fighter perfect Uchi-mata by scoring ippon. Russian was very happy with his European title which he celebrated in front of his extraordinary crowd. Carollo was very sad because fight ended so fast, so he couldn’t actually show his real judo. However, Ozdoev won all of his fights by ippon except semi-final fight against Kurkiewicz (POL), which he took with yuko.
Ozdoev’s team-mate Denis Yartsev won fight for third place against Dutch, Neal van der Kamer. Yartsev threw academic Sasae-tsurikomi-ashi, which was more then enoguh to take the medal with an ippon. Piotr Kurkiewicz (POL) who lost semi final, at least could satisfy with bronze medal, when he won fight against Aliaksei Ramanchyk (BLR) by scoring two yuko’s.
Previous European U23 Champions
2010 Atilla Ungvari (HUN)
2009 Ugo Legrand (FRA)
2008 Mansur Isaev (RUS)