On the second day of the Cadet European Cup in Bucharest, seven countries won and the only country with two titles was Turkey. Performance is not surprising from a historical perspective, as Turkey always brings in a lot of new talent, especially in the lighter categories. It’s a little different in Bucharest today, as the gold medals are won in the men’s heavier weights, while the Turkish featherweight girls are usually the ones who get the medals.
Gurgen Erman is the U73kg man. Erman beat Mihajlo Simin (SRB) for gold and saw two Azerbaijani Suleyman Aliyev and Ali Hajizada take bronze on the podium.
Turkish heavyweight Elgin Recep (TUR) defeated host country Romania’s Peter Bogdan in the final. Ibrahim Tataroglu and Darius Georgescu (ROU) took bronze. It was Turkey’s second victory on Sunday and fourth in total, meaning a victory in the medal tally of 25 countries.
Ukrainian judo player Igor Chukan is in very good shape, winning his third European Cup of the season. Zagreb, Teplice and now Bucharest are his winning cities. Another proud moment for Ukraine. Armenian athlete Gor Karapetyan won the silver medal. Vidak Maljevic (BIH) and Ghenadi Chyzhevskyi (MDA) took bronze.
Serbian Milan Bulaja is the strongest U90kg today. In the final he beat Peter Kenderesi (HUN) and was accompanied on the podium by Mevlut Oztas (TUR) and Nikita Yudanov (UKR).
In the women’s category, Azerbaijan performed well, with Fidan Alizada beating Hungary’s Inez Bognar to take the gold. This time, Arrizada won bronze at Fuengirola, having finished fifth at Strasbourg two weeks ago. Marina Azinou (CYP) and Jana Cvjetko (CRO) took bronze in the U57 kg category.
The taller U63kg is Alexandra Papagiannaki (GRE), who won gold against Adriana Torres (POR). It was the first victory for a Greek student in any European Cup in three years. Papagiannaki is the first girl in Greece to win a gold medal, with a unique performance and hope for the future. It was even the first victory outside of Greece since 2009. Eloise Le Roux (FRA) and Yuliia Kuzmenko (UKR) took bronze in this category.
Finally, the host Romanian can cheer for Alexia Usurelu (ROU)’s gold medal in the U70kg category. Usurelu beat Ecem Baysug (TUR) to see Sofija Pajic (BIH) and Valeria Usanova (EST) finish third. This is the first time a U70 kg student in this category has won the European Cup. The stats suffice to say that Romanians have traditionally had better female lightweights.
Marcelina Vranjes of Croatia won the heavyweight +70kg title after defeating Jovana Stjepanovic (SRB). Elif Baskut (TUR) and Lana Lubura (BIH) took bronze.