Warsaw European Open in judo. The White and Reds in the second row

Szymon Starnawski / Polska Press
None of the Polish judokas managed to advance to the top eight on the first day of the Warsaw European Open. The closest was Natalia Kropska, who was one victory short in the 63 kg category.

458 competitors from 37 countries take part in the event. The tournament is included in the Olympic qualifications. The winner in each weight can count on 100 points.

The event was an opportunity to present the resources of the white and red team, which is preparing to take part in the Olympic Games in Los Angeles 2028. The Polish Judo Association registered a total of 65 players. The test on the first day for Polish judokas was not successful.

The highest-ranked players of the Polish federation in the world ranking did not appear in Warsaw. The previously advised Angelika Szymańska (63 kg category) is slightly injured, and Piotr Kuczera (100 kg) was not planning to take part in this event.

Kropska, the bronze medalist of the 2020 European Youth Championships, was first won by ippon by the Dutch Naomi Rottier, and later by the German Vivian Herrmann. In her next match, she faced Ariela Sanchez Benitez, whom she lost two weeks ago in the final of the Gyoer European Open. In Warsaw, the Spaniard again proved to be the better player.

“Natalia’s fight with the German cost a lot of strength and ended after overtime. It looked much better with the Spanish in Hungary. The rematch failed,” said Jacek Kowalski, coach of the women’s team.

The Warsaw tournament, organized since 1962, is the oldest judo tournament in Europe. The Warsaw European Open is the first of eight events that the European federation has entrusted with organizing Poland for 2024. The series will close with the European Under-23 Championships scheduled for November 15-16 in Piła.

The competition in Warsaw will end on Sunday.

Results of Saturday’s finals

– women

48 kg
1. Anais Perrot (France)
2. Giulia Ghiglione (Italy)
3. Coralie Gilly, Manoin Urdiales (both France)

52 kg
1. Kenya Perna (Italy)
2. Martina Castagnola (Italy)
3. Maharani Maryam March (Indonesia), Julie Weill Dit Morey (France)

57 kg
1. Maysa Paradayeva (Turkmenistan)
2. Marta Garcia Martin (Spain)
3. Martha Fawaz (France), Shar van de Meeberg (Netherlands)

63 kg
1. Nadiah Krachen (Netherlands)
2. Viktoria Folger (Germany)
3. Varvara Kuchar (Lithuania), Anastasiia Antipina (Ukraine)

– men

60 kg
1. Enzo Jean (France)
2. Maxime Merlin (France)
3. Sherzod Davlatov (Kazakhstan), Maximiliam Heyder (Germany)

66 kg
1. Mykyta Holoborodko (Ukraine)
2. Rahimov Serdar (Turkmenistan)
3. Samuel Hall, Charlie Young (both Great Britain)

73 kg
1. Samuel Gassner (Austria)
2. Manuel Parlati (Italy)
3. Alessandro Magnani (Italy), Orlando Cazorla (France)

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