European Judo Championships 2017 Warsaw

The first day of the 2017 European Judo Championships saw five of the lightest weight categories on show. Day one resulted in Ukraine finishing top of the medal table with a double golden celebration. Russia, Kosovo and France all shared a gold in-between. The most ecstatic performance came from 16-year-old Ukrainian judoka, Daria BILODID. On her way to gold in the -48kg category, Bilodid defeated Olympic bronze medallist and double European Champion, CSERNOVICZKI Eva (HUN).

The celebration continued for the Ukrainian team after the end of the final of the -66kg category, where judo legend, Georgii ZANTARAIA stood atop the podium. The last time Zantaraia claimed a European title was in 2011 in Istanbul. The former World Champion had his ups and downs recently, and it has been some while since we last saw him shining. Well, today, he certainly made his comeback with a very dedicated and promising performance. The only opponent who was able to score on him today was Matteo MEDVES of Italy. 


Robert MSHVIDOBADZE won the gold medal and became 2017 European Judo Champion in the -60kg category. The Russian judoka only showed signs of struggling during his first contest against Maksim Klimau (BLR) and from the second round onwards, he became unstoppable. Majlinda KELMENDI defended her title in the -52kg category whereby she delivered what was expected. Latter bronze medallist, Evelyne Tschopp (SUI) was the only person able to throw Kelmendi throughout the whole day and yet she ended up as the second bronze winner, Joana RAMOS (POR) whom Kelmendi could not throw for a score. Instead, Kelmendi used her tactical skills to defeat Ramos. The last national anthem of the day came with a celebration for the French team. Whilst all expected top seed of the -57kg category, Helene RECEVEAUX (FRA) to claim victory, it was her teammate, former -52kg player, Olympic bronze medallist, Priscilla GNETO winning gold. On her way to glory, Gneto defeated some of the bigger names of this weight class, such as, Nora GJAKOVA (KOS). In the final, she overcome 2017 Dusseldorf Grand Prix winner, Theresa STOLL (GER).




-60 kg


2. GERCHEV, Yanislav (BUL)

3. SAFAROV, Orkhan (AZE)

3. GARRIGOS, Francisco (ESP)



-66 kg

1. ZANTARAIA, Georgii (UKR)

2. GOMBOC, Adrian (SLO)


3. POLIAK, Matej (SVK)



-48 kg

1. BILODID, Daria (UKR)

2. DOLGOVA, Irina (RUS)

3. UNGUREANU, Monica (ROU)




-52 kg

1. KELMENDI, Majlinda (KOS)


3. TSCHOPP, Evelyne (SUI)

3. RAMOS, Joana (POR)



-57 kg

1. GNETO, Priscilla (FRA)

2. STOLL, Theresa (GER)

3. GJAKOVA, Nora (KOS)

3. RECEVEAUX, Helene (FRA)




European Judo Championships Warsaw 2017

The Press Conference for the 2017 European Judo Championships took place at the Courtyard by Marriott Warsaw Airport Hotel this afternoon. Eight distinguished guests were at present during the press conference. 


"I believe each federation of the EJU is able to organise European Championships for a high level. The president, Mr. Zawadka is a newly elected president and immediately after his election he started to organise this event. We [EJU Team] have been contact all the time and Mr. Zawadka has a strong team. Of course, we can only speak about the level once the competiton is over, but we can say now that there is a very good organisation and very good competition. I also would like to thank for the administarion of the city and ministry of sports for cooperation with our federation and the Polish Judo Association. I would like to wish them good luck."




"The city council has been very generous in supporting this event. It is important that we assist the organisers in many ways. We focus on many aspects, not only financial aspect but also, during a big event like this, we must look at the transportation amendments in the city, and of course, we are focused on the promotion of the event too."






"The preliminary figures we spent was about PLN 350.000, but I want to highlight the fact that the Polish Judo Association is a very reliable partner and we can trust them with the organisation."



"We were able to organise everything and now the tournament can start. The time when we can actually summerise everything will be on Sunday and we are hoping that the European Judo Union will be happy with the level of organisation and everything else. If everything is going well we are ready to plan organising a World Championships too."



"I aimed for a medal in Rio, which unfortenely didn't turn out the way I wanted it and the original plan was to stop competing after the Rio Olympics. When I learned that the European Championships will be in Warsaw, I thought this will be a perfect time and place to have my farewell tournament to thank to all my fans and supporters."



"The preapartion went really well and all the control matches went well, my coach was very happy too. So in terms of results, well its open, but I will spare no effort to succeed and I will do everything to win."



"In regards to my approach to Tokyo 2020, I think this time I will have a chance to focus on winning an Olympic medal. During the last cycle, I didn't even think of Olympics until my Paris Grand Slam bronze medal in 2015. That was the moment when Rio 2016 crossed my mind for the first time, and so I rushed to qualify and by the time I needed to be on the mat winning in Rio, I was exhausted. This time around, I am hoping to secure my qualification well on time so that I can spend my preparation in focus of an Olympic medal."



"The message I would leave for the younger generation is that the day is what is important. We have to think about the actual day, what is on the day, because we can win against anyone, Olympic or World Champion; but the most important is that our heart is in the fight and we believe in ourselves."




  EJU | COMPETITION | 04/19/2017



European Judo Championships Warsaw 2017

The second day of the 2017 European Judo Championships will see four of the following weight classes on stage: -63kg, -70kg, -73kg, -81kg. According to the entry list, there are 24 athletes inscribed in the -63kg category with 2016 Rio Olympic Champion, Tina TRSTENJAK (SLO) leading the list. Only a very few opponents manage to concur the challenge the Slovenian judoka sets out and undoubtedly, all eyes will be zoomed in to see if there will be anyone to pass the test. Martyna TRAJDOS (GER) accomplished to win against Trstenjak at two previous occasions, which gives her the confidence to gain victory. To do so, it won’t be enough to just focus on the Slovenian judoka, but also to make sure she is prepared for explosive Clarisse AGBEGNENOU (FRA).



Chances are heightening for the host nation to win a medal during the second day of the tournament. Precisely in the -70kg category, where Katarzyna KLYS (POL) will keep the home crowd off their seats. In this weight class, seeding will almost be inapplicable as some of the non-seeded names could possibly run the show. For instance, Szaundra DIEDRICH (GER) and Elisavet TELTSIDOU (GER). It will be rather attention-grabbing to see the outcome of the draw in this particular division. 



Rustam ORUJOV (AZE) is top seed in the -73kg category. Orujov is aiming to click on a double European title by this time next week. Winning another European title would allow Orujov to be a step closer to Elchin ISMAYILOV, who is a former judoka of Azerbaijan with a history of three European Championships victory. The most anyone ever won for the country. So, to make that step forward, Olympic silver medallist, Orujov, will need to be ready for a few tougher ones; such as Lasha SHAVDATUASHVILI (GEO), Denis IARTCEV (RUS), UNGVARI Miklos (HUN), Musa MOGUSHKOV (RUS), Dirk VAN TICHELT (BEL) and young, yet, striving Hidayat HEYDAROV (AZE). Heydarov defeated Orujov already on stage, and to do that for a European title will certainly be something the youth is up for.

There are 36 athletes entered in the -81kg category. Frank DE WIT (NED) kicked off the year with a terrific win at the Paris Grand Slam in February. He will arrive to Warsaw as number two seed, whilst the top seed position is occupied by Ivaylo IVANOV (BUL). Looking at the line up, we can expect a spectacular appearance in this division since the majority won as well as lost against each other previously; which leaves us with excitement to follow every single contest.




Rustam ORUJOV (AZE) 

Rustam Orujov won silver at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. A year ago, he won his first European title which he aims to double up in less than a week time. Up to date, Orujov accomplished to win 19 IJF World Tour medals with the latest being from the 2017 Baku Grand Slam.

“Despite my shoulder injury I will go ahead and fight. Considering the circumstances, I feel very much prepared and my goal is to take a medal. I really want to become European Champion the second time and I will do everything in my power to make it happened.”




Robert Van De WalleRobert Van De Walle

Belgian judoka, Robert Van De Walle, is amongst those sole athletes who won numerous European medals, 17 in his case. At three occasions, he managed to claim victory. He won seven World Championships medals, two of which are silver and five bronzes. In 1980, he became Olympic Champion in Moscow and in eight years’ time he added an Olympic Bronze to his collection from Seoul. At his third and final Olympic appearance in Barcelona 1992, Van De Walle finished 7th place respectively.






 EJU | 04/17/2017



International Judo Tournament for Army, Police and other Forces

The XI. International Judo Tournament for Army, Police and other forces took place over the weekend in the VTB Ice Palace Moscow, Russia. This is a team event dedicated to those officers who lost their lives in line of duty. 14 teams (7 Russian and 7 Foreigner) from 8 different countries were competing to pay tribute to their fellow officers.

Organisers of the Tournament were the European Judo Union, the International Judo Fund, the National Veteran Judo Union, the Russian Judo Federation, the All-Russian Sports Society "Dynamo" and the "Voluntary Society of Assistance to Army, Air Force and Navy of Russia". The competition was held with support of the Department for sport and tourism of Moscow city. By decision of the Organising Committee, the day started with a flower-laying ceremony at the monument “Grateful Russia - to law enforcement officers killed in line of duty” in Trubnaya square. The President of the European Judo Union, Sergey Soloveychikn also attended at the ceremony alongside members of the EJU Commission for Judo development in police, army and other forces and Team officials of International Participating Teams. Russian Organisers were represented by the State Secretary, Deputy Minister of Internal Affairs of the Russian Federation, Igor Zubov, the Vice Chairman of the All-Russian Sports Society "Dynamo", Major General of the Internal Service, Vladimir Gazizov and the Head of the Office of the State Duma Committee on Physical culture, Sports and Youth Affairs, Alexander Nikitin.

According to tradition, the top half of the draw was occupied by difference Russian forces whilst the lower half was booked up for all foreigner forces. Top seeded, nine times winner in a row, Team of Ministry of Interior of Russian Federation (MVD) stood up to expectations. The team started off with a clean sweep against Team of Tax Service of Russian Federation (FNS). The first struggle for Team MVD happened to be during the quarter final, where they met Team of Federal National Guard Troops Service of Russian Federation (RGV). This match up went head to head all the way to the final contest between Ruslan DZHARIM (MVD) and Aleksey GLADKOV (RGV). The pressure was on both and the clear contest time ended with no score, which led the pair of them continue into golden score. Not until up to the third minutes when Gladkov was penalised. MVD fast bounced back into shape for the semi-finals where the team defeated Team of Federal Penitentiary Service of Russian Federation (FSN) with a 5-0 win. 



Meanwhile, the Japanese Police Judo Team had a similar run up on the lower half of the draw. The team started off with 5-0 win against the Austrian Police Team. During the quarter final, Team Dynamo Belarusian suffered an immediate 3-0 start against the Japanese Team. At last, both, Aliaksei STEPANKOU and Yuri RYBAK won their contests to make it a 3-2 end, yet it was still in favour of Japan. The semi-final saw Czech Republic coming through with two wins in their pocket. Japan, however, overpowered the Czech Team and with another 5-0 win, booked their spot into the final.

Rematch of the past five years’ finals saw once again MVD vs Japan Police Judo Team. The final match up displayed very tight contests between every single opponent. First up was Maksim KUZNETSOV (MVD) against SUGINO Toma (JPN). The contest gone all the way into the third minute of golden score when Kuznetsov excelled with his right sided uchi mata attempt to take the lead for the team. FUJIMOTO Masahiro made a fast come back for the Japanese team when defeating Artur KHAKHUK by a left side uchi mata. A breath-taking ashi waza throw by Maksim BUGA against KATABE Yasuhiko put the Japanese Police force under pressure and the next, fourth contest, became critical. Both, Vladislav FILIN and NAKANISHI Tsutomu performed equally during the normal contest time of four minutes. Not until the second minutes of golden score when Nakanishi surpassed by an osoto gari attempt. So, there it was, the moment of truth. Ruslan DZHARIM and ARAI Shingo were facing each other with one goal in mind, to win. The steak was high and pressure was on both sides. No score, neither any penalties were on display when the gong went off. It was time to continue the contest into golden score, where Arai switched his game plan to a next level. At 3:16 the referee came to a conclusion to penalise Dzharim for inactivity. A single penalty broke history in the VTB Ice Palace. Nine times winners, MVD had to settle for the second place, whilst five times silver medallist, Japan Police Judo Team was able to gain gold for the first time. 

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This event is no ordinary judo event. Many of the competitors here have gone beyond the normal human limits in serving their country in different various situations and capacities. What was on display in the VBT Ice Palace was pure courage, professionalism, selflessness and extraordinary dedication 

Coach of the Japanese Police Judo Team, Mr. SHINICHIRO Sonoda expressed his thoughts after the medal ceremony; “We are overwhelmed by today’s results and we are very proud to be able to win today. We felt the pressure during the final, it was a very close match but the athletes stayed strong and managed to win at the end. We would like to dedicate this gold medal performance to the Japanese Police Force.”

Lead of the Delegation, Mr. YAMAMOTO Ryo also expressed his gratitude;

“It feels great to finally win the gold after having to collect silver for five years in a row. I would like to express my special thankfulness to the President of the European Judo Union, Mr. Sergey Soloveychik for inviting us here as well as for the outstanding organisation of this tournament.”


The President of the European Judo Union Sergey Soloveychik said;

«For eleven years in a row we have been dedicating the competitions to the memory of officers who died in line of duty. To our deepest regret, year by year the problems of terrorism and violence are becoming more pressing. And every year heroes die, people who protect the civilians die. We bow our heads before these heroes and their courage. On behalf of the European Judo Union I would like to thank the National Veteran Judo Union of Russia, all the Organisers and Partners for their compassion and brilliant holding of the Tournament” 

At the solemn opening ceremony of the competitions, the aide of the President of the Russian Federation and Vice- President of the Russian Olympic Committee, Igor Levitin, read out the greeting of the Honorary President of the IJF and the EJU, Mr. Vladimir Putin which marked "a lofty purpose of the Tournament is to pay the tribute to the memory of those who died in line of duty.” 

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Within the charity programme, called 'We remember', the tradition of supporting families of those officers who lost their lives in line of duty continued. By the decision of the President of the Tournament Organising Committee and First Vice-President of the Russian Judo Federation, Arkady Rotenberg; and with the support of partners of the competitions, keys to the ten new KIA RIO cars were awarded to family members or relatives of heroes. Each family received a commemorative certificate and a 'We Remember' sculpture composition. Spectators and participants held a minute of silence in memory of the heroes who sacrificed their lives for the sake of peace and mercy.



XI International Judo Tournament for police and army 2017

1. Police ofJapan

2. Internal Affairs of the Russian Federation

3. Federal National Guard Troops Service of Russia

4. “Dynamo” of the Republic of Belarus


2017/04/12 | 08:50 am in EJU




European Judo Championships 2017 Warsaw

The five lightest weight division [-48kg, -52kg, -57kg, -60kg, -66kg] will be up first on the opening day [April, 20] of the 2017 European Judo Championships in Warsaw, Poland. Amongst all participants on first day, two individuals will have the opportunity to defend their European title on the first day. Namely, Majlinda KELMENDI of Kosovo (-52kg) and Vazha MARGVELASHVILI of Georgia (-66kg).

There are 21 athletes listed in the -48kg category, which of nine are considered to be very strong contenders for the podium spots. Top seed, Milica NIKOLIC (SRB) has already show what she is capable of doing by her recent medal tally. Undoubtedly, a Senior European title is something she would aim to add to her collection. However, Nikolic will need to face a few bigger, yet, not impossible obstacles. To name a few; Olympic bronze medallist, double European Champion, CSERNOVICZKI Eva (HUN); 2016 European bronze medallist, Monica UNGUREANU (ROU); determined Ukrainian duet, Maryna CHERNIAK and Daria BILODID; and multiply IJF World Tour medallists, Shira RISHONY (ISR) and Julia FIGUEROA (ESP).


  • Charline VAN SNICK (blue) vs CSERNOVICZKI Eva (white)
  • Charline VAN SNICK (blue) vs CSERNOVICZKI Eva (white)
  • Charline VAN SNICK (blue) vs CSERNOVICZKI Eva (white)


The total number of 29 athletes are listed to compete in the -52kg category, where 2016 Olympic Champion and double European Champion, Majlinda KELMENDI (KOS) is listed as top seed.  Unless a no-show, there has to be almost a miracle appear to take away the chance of Kelmendi defending her title. One thing is for sure, there is no other opponent to know Kelmendi’s judo style better than her training partner, Distria KRASNIQI, who is listed as number three seed. If wonder comes to live, it will be a payback from either Andreea CHITU (ROU) or Odette GIUFFRIDA (ITA). Furthermore, a very determined, hungry for success Amandine BUCHARD (FRA) is back in action. To conclude the possible podium line-up, unseeded Charline VAN SNICK (BEL) knows how to get the job done as she won the Europeans twice in a row (2015, 2016), but in the -48kg category. The only question left, can she transfer her winning skills into a new weight division?


  • Majlinda KELMENDI
  • Majlinda KELMENDI
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The -57kg category had 22 athletes listed where some of the greatest names are off the list, and an unfortunate last minute injury put medal hopeful, Nekoda SMYTHE-DAVIS (GBR) off the entry list, which leaves all of those who stays on board with equal chances. In absence of 2016 European Champion, Automne PAVIA, we will see Helene RECEVEAUX surpassing for France. In order to double the joy for Kosovo on the same day, Nora GJAKOVA will need to excel to the top. Theresa STOLL (GER) shown a significant performance earlier this year during the Dusseldorf Grand Prix and if she was to carry the same style to Warsaw, we are certainly up for a great deal. 

Switching the focus onto the male contenders, Orkhan SAFAROV (AZE) listed as top seed of the -60kg category where closely follows Amiran PAPINASHVILI (GEO). The pair of them would make an exciting match up in the final. Enthusiastic Francisco GARRIGOS (ESP) has the ability to stop that from happening and to break through to the final from the lower half. However, for him to do so, he will need to overcome another rather tough opponent Robert MSHVIDOBADZE (RUS). 




Title holder, Vazha MARGVELASHVILI (GEO) is listed number four amongst the 32 competitors in the -66kg category. Which means, if no changes until the draw he could possible face top seed Tal FLICKER (ISR) during the semi-final stage. That is of course only if both succeed up to that stage. To put a bet on the podium line up in this weight category would be a risky gamble since most of the athletes have the potential to flourish into the final block.




London 2012 Olympic bronze medallist, Csernoviczki is one of the most successful female athlete of her country. Up to date, she won two European titles in addition to her four silver and three bronze medals. At occasions, when settling for second or third place, Csernoviczki suffered a defeat from one of the most successful -48kg judoka, Alina Dumitru (ROU). The Romanian judoka won eight European titles and Csernoviczki is on route to fill the shoes of Dumitru.  


Olympic Games

  • Bronze London 2012

World Championships

  • Bronze Paris 2011

European Championships

  • Gold Budapest 2013 & Montpellier 2014
  • Silver – Tbilisi 2009 & Vienna 2010 & Istanbul 2011 & Kazan 2016
  • Bronze – Lisbon 2008 & Chelyabinsk 2012 & Baku 2015

“My main aim for this year is to be at my absolute best for the World Championships which will take place in Budapest. Having said that, I worked hard with faith that I can stand on the podium of the Europeans for the 10th time in a row."



Ingrid Berghmans (BEL)

Ingrid BERGHMANS (right) Ingrid BERGHMANS (right)

Ingrid Berghmans is known as one of the most successful Belgian female judoka. She won the total number of 14 European medal, seven of which she claimed titles. She is one of the record holder female judoka in regards to her European medal tally.  Throughout her carrier, she won 11 World medal. Six of those times she worn the crown and to put the icing on the cake, she became Olympic Champion in Seoul, 1988.







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