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WTE European Seniors Championships Kazan 2018 - Third Day Participating Divisions:

 

Female Categories: -62kg / -67kg

Male Categories: -74kg / -80kg

 

FEMALES -62kg

*PARTICIPATION:  23 Athletes

*EUROPEAN WINNERS MONTREUX 2016: 1st place: Irem Yaman (TUR)2nd place: Magda Wiet Henin (FRA) and 3rd places: Rabia Gulec (GER) & Daniela Rotolo (ITA).

*HIGHEST POSITION IN WORLD RANKING: Irem Yaman – No1

*QUALIFIED FROM WT PRESIDENT’S CUP 2018: Wiet Henin Magda (FRA), Babic Ivana (CRO), Ciuchitu Ana (MDA), Prokudina Kristina (RUS)

 

*WHAT WE WILL SEE: The World’s top player in the category, Irem Yaman is the ultimate favorite for the gold one. Having experienced as a World and European Champion, it is sure that her rivals will struggle to face her at any round of the competition. Although, her opponent in Montreux 2016 final, World’s No4 Magda Wiet Henin will be present on the mat today and a gold European medal is missing from her collection. Among them will be also World’s No3 and silver World medallist Marta Calvo Gomez, Rabia Bachmann No5 in World and bronze World medallist Rachelle Booth. 

 

FEMALES -67kg

*PARTICIPATION:  18 Athletes

*EUROPEAN WINNERS MONTREUX 2016: 1st place: Lauren Williams (GRB) 2nd place: Nur Tatar (TUR) and 3rd places: Haby Niare (FRA) & Matea Jelic (CRO)

*HIGHEST POSITION IN WORLD RANKING: Nur Tatar– No1

*QUALIFIED FROM WT PRESIDENT’S CUP 2018: Jelic Matea (CRO), Khan Polina (RUS), Mitsopoulou Athanasia (GRE)

 

*WHAT WE WILL SEE: The relevant category indicates two Olympic medallists, Eva Calvo Gomez (ESP) and Nur Tatar (TUR). Both of them achieved also word medals and European titles, while the Turkish fighter is leading the World Ranking. This category reserves a lot of surprises and action throughout the day since Lauren Williams will also participate, the Champion in Montreux 2016 after she won Nur Tatar in the finals. Daniela Rotolo, representing Italy, besides her European bronze in -62kg category two years ago, the World’s No8 will give her present in the -67kg.  Remarkable participations are also the bronze World medallist from Azerbaijan Farida Azizova and the bronze medallist in Montreux Matea Jelic (CRO).

 

Males -74kg

*PARTICIPATION: 31 Athletes

*EUROPEAN WINNERS MONTREUX 2016: 1st place: Julio Ferreira (POR), 2nd place: Toni Kanaet (CRO) and 3rd places: Clauido Treviso (ITA) & Nicholas Corten (BEL)

*HIGHEST POSITION IN WORLD RANKING:

*QUALIFIED FROM WT PRESIDENT’S CUP 2018: Kanaet Toni (CRO), Mutak Marko (CRO), Ruiz Domenech Ramon (ESP)

 

*WHAT WE WILL SEE: It seems that Kanaet Toni is going through a great fighting condition and by his vigorous participation in President’s Cup recently, Word’s No4 showed his ambition in topping his category podium. Two years ago, he attained the silver one but now it is probably the right time to strongly claim the European champion title. Though, Julio Ferreira (POR) the gold medallist in Montreux and Toni’s rival in the final, will be present in Kazan. Among them, the bronze European medallist 2016 Claudio Treviso from Italy will join the fight for medals. 

 

Males -80kg

*PARTICIPATION: 26 Athletes

*EUROPEAN WINNERS MONTREUX 2016: 1st place: Milad Beigi Harchegani (AZE) 2nd place: Yunus Sari (TUR) and 3rd places: Aaron Cook (MDA) & Piotr Pazinski (POL)

*HIGHEST POSITION IN WORLD RANKING: Milad Beigi Harchegani (AZE) – No2

*QUALIFIED FROM WT PRESIDENT’S CUP 2018: Telikostoglou Apostolos (GRE), Zemledeltsev Andrei (RUS), Bouzid Souhili Ismael (FRA)

 

*WHAT WE WILL SEE: The -80kg division’s participations will definitely light up the Sports Hall “AK Bars”.  Beginning with the elite name of the category, the bronze Olympic medallist World and European Champion Milad Beigi Harchegani (AZE) is the favorite of the category not only for his ultimate performances but also the fact that he is close behind the No1 Cheick Sallah Cisse on the World Ranking. Azerbaijani’s opponent of 2016 European final will be present also, Yunus Sari (TUR) with a possible target the first place this year and thus we will have the chance to enjoy thrilling matches.

Even though, they won’t be alone. Among them, the two World Champions 2013 & 2017, Tahir Guelec of Germany and Maksim Khramtcov (RUS) and World’ No3 and fan’s favorite Aaron Cook representing Moldova.

 

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