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IJF World Judo Tour – Zagreb, Croatia

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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.

Sofia Asvesta wearing the white Judogi

Sofia Asvesta wearing the white Judogi

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.

Georgios Kroussaniotakis wearing the white Judogi

Georgios Kroussaniotakis wearing the white Judogi

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.

Cyprus Judo Federation – We have A Dream!

Our Athletes Do Us Proud Again!

Panagiotis Shakkos pictured with coach Marinos Piponas

Panagiotis Shakkos pictured with coach Marinos Piponas

Athletes from Cyprus were in action this week in Croatia and Switzerland and all of them are coming home with their heads held high.

U18 Cadet European Cup – Zagreb, Croatia

 Our first medal winner is Panagiotis Shakkos who came home with a silver medal in the -73Kg category, winning 6 contests and narrowly missing out on the gold medal in the final!

Panagiotis Shakkos pictured on the podium receiving his silver medal

Panagiotis Shakkos pictured on the podium receiving his silver medal

Our second is Kyprianos Andreou competing in the -60Kg who after winning his first four contests lost in his fifth and then won his next three contests to come home with the bronze medal - EIGHT contests in all!

Bronze medalist Kyprianos Andreou pictured with coach and father Marios Andreou

Bronze medalist Kyprianos Andreou pictured with coach and father Marios Andreou

Our female athletes were represented by Janet Michaelidou who came home 9th who after winning her first contest lost a very closely fought and evenly matched second contest.

Janet Michaelidou photographed at the contest

Janet Michaelidou photographed at the contest

There were also excellent performances by Alexey Gladshev in the -90Kg category who won his first contest, but lost his second and brother Ilia Gladshev as well in the -81Kg category who fought well.

Competing for the first time for Cyprus was Petros Christodoulides in the -50Kg category who up against one of the weight category’s favourites and narrowly lost – an excellent opportunity for him to gain valuable experience at international level.

Silver medalist Panagiotis Shakkos pictured with coach Marinos Piponas and other members of the team proudly flying the Cypriot flag

Silver medalist Panagiotis Shakkos pictured with coach Marinos Piponas and other members of the team proudly flying the Cypriot flag

It is worth noting that Cyprus as a team in the Mens category came 8TH, beating 16 other countries – many of which very well known for their Judo!!!

Mens results table showing Cyprus in 8th place!

Mens results table showing Cyprus in 8th place!

 Swiss Open – Zurich, Switzerland

Two of our athletes were also in action in Switzerland.

Charilaos Adamou in the -73Kg category who had one win against the German athlete and Sofia Asvesta in the -52Kg womens category.

Both athletes fought well and proudly represented our country.

 

A few words from the Cyprus Judo Federation

The Cyprus Judo Federation would like to point out that the Judo in Cyprus has experienced a fantastic growth the past few years and is most certainly on the right road with the base of athletes that we have now.

With a lot more hard work from all athletes, who with the help of the Federation, their clubs and most importantly their coaches are making us proud at every competition that they attend, we can expect a lot more positive results.

Well done to all our Judoka – you make us all very proud!!