The IJF World Judo Tour in Zagreb was also held this week – a Judo tournament that where 558 competitors (332 men and 226 women) from 87 countries took part. It is another very tough competition and one where our athletes gain valuable experience competing against some of the best in the world
Two athletes represented Cyprus at these games – Sofia Asvesta in the -52 Kg women and Georgios Kroussaniotakis in the -90 Kg men.
On day 1 it was Sofia’s turn. She came up against Tinka Easton from Australia in her first contest. After initially battling for grips, Sofia scored a Waza-Ari after just 20 seconds. The next minute saw both athletes attacking and Easton receiving a Shido penalty. With almost 2 minutes to go the Australian athlete scored a Waza-Ari levelling the scores. Sofia continued her attacks but was caught for a second Waza-Ari by Easton, giving her the win. Unfortunately, Easton was beaten in her next contest so Sofia did not proceed to the Repechage.
Day 2 saw Georgios in action against the Algerian athlete Abderrahmane Benamadi. The first minute saw the Algerian in a failed attack with both athletes going to Ne-Waza where they attempted techniques without success until Georgios was turned by the Algerian and held for 20 seconds – Ippon to the Algerian. Once again, the Algerian lost two contests down the line which meant that Georgios did not progress to the Repechage.
Our athletes were accompanied by National Coach, Theodoros Mandritis,
Though we might not have had any medals at the tournament, both athletes performed well and learn more and more with every appearance. Such high-level tournament is the only place where our athletes will gain experience, not only by competing, but by watching the contests as well.
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