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As the International Olympic Committee decided not to impose a blanket ban on Russian Olympic Delegation and leave the decision upon the international sport federations, Russians will finally have the chance to watch their nation represented in most of the Olympic sports during Rio 2016. As it is already announced that the Russian Olympic Teams of basketball, football, hockey and rugby have not qualified, meaning that we will see no Russian representatives for these sports in these Olympic Games.
 
 
What is more, the respective federations in aquatics, archery, athletics, badminton, canoeing, equestrian, fencing, judo, modern pentathlon, rowing, sailing, shooting, tennis, triathlon, volleyball and weightlifting have also made and announced their decisions upon the Olympic Russian qualifiers.
 
Coming to the sport of Taekwondo, The European Taekwondo Federation is on hold of the final decision upon its Russian athletes. The country of Russia has qualified in the Olympic Taekwondo for Rio 2016 and will be represented by the following athletes: Anastasia Baryshnikova (-67kg), Alexey Denisenko (-68kg) and Albert Gaun (-80kg).
Although the official announcement of the World Taekwondo Federation (WTF) regarding the Russian taekwondo athletes participating in Rio 2016 is pending, the Russian federation has already communicated to the national media, that it is almost certain, that its athletes will be eligible to fight.
 
Being almost one week before the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games, the Russian ban has been the main subject of discussion and announcement by many officials of the international sporting world. One of these was by the Hellenic Olympic Committee President, Mr. Spyros Capralos, who characteristically said: «It is unfair to ban all Russian athletes. » The President strongly supports that the “clean” Russian athletes have every right to compete in Olympic Games. As a second Pierre de Coubertin quoting that “Olympic Games is not winning, but taking part”, Mr. Capralos said, that it is unfair for athletes never related to doping issues, not to be permitted their participation in the topmost sporting event. 
 
Specifically, his exact statement as given to the Greek National News Agency was the following: «I believe it is unfair to ban all Russian athletes, since this implies a politically oriented decision. We are in favor of fairplay in all sports and that all athletes participating in the Olympic Games, have qualified through the necessary anti-doping controls. The Russian athletes competing in Rio 2016 cleaned from doping substances, are making their efforts as well. It is like IOC is proceeding with a Judgement of Solomon, in order to secure the sporting integrity of the Olympic Games».

 

Τhe European Taekwondo Union, as the governing continental union for all the 19 European Taekwondo federations that will be present in the Olympic Games Rio 2016, will support every inaugural decision taken by the World Taekwondo Federation and will continue to align all its activities decisions and actions, to actively encourage and stimulate the sport ethics and fairplay in Taekwondo.
 

 

Kindly be informed that the next ETU Coach Seminar - for new coaches only- will be held in Bucharest -Romania on 6/9/2016.

 

Register online for Etu Coach Seminar Here

 

 

 
The Olympic Games Rio 2016 is about to celebrate the opening ceremony, while the sport of Taekwondo will wait patiently up to August 17 to start.
 
Forty two (42) from the one hundred twenty eight (128) athletes in total are originated European and they engage the 32.8% of the participants. This isn’t the first time that so many athletes participating in Olympic Games are members of the European Taekwondo Union. In London 2012, the European Continent collected the 50% of the total number of medals of the event and 5 from the 8 gold ones (Jade Jones GBR, Servet Tazegul TUR, Carlo Molfeta ITA, Joel Gonzalez  ESP, Milica Mandic SRB). There were 12 years absence  of gold medals by European athletes since Sydney 2000 (first time Taekwondo in the official Olympic program) were Michalis Mouroutsos from Greece holds the Gold title in the first male weight category -58kg  making himself a unique record man. 
 
There are 19 European countries competing in Rio 2016 with Moldova and Belarus having their first appearance. There are three (3) Countries from Europe participating in full team: Great Britain, France and Azerbaijan.
 
 
From the list below, 8 athletes of each weight category were qualified by the WTF Olympic ranking system, 2 through Continental qualification (except from Oceania which qualifies one athlete per category) and 4 with Wild Cards. This year Tripartite Commission has offered athletes from the Central African Republic, Haiti, Honduras and Nepal invitation places for the taekwondo competition at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.
 
ETU President, Sakis Pragalos, stated: “During every Olympic cycle, we strive to supply our athletes with high-level championships from cadets to seniors and help them gain experience within the field of play. The European Taekwondo has ascended to the top of the world claiming the most of the Olympic medals in London 2012. This is a reflection of all our efforts, an outcome of our collaborations and the triumph upon all those years of work. I appreciate on behalf of Europe our 42 athletes from all the 19 countries participating in Rio 2016 and the dedication they have shown towards the Olympic dream. My dream for Taekwondo, to which I have dedicated all my life, establishes it among the elite of the Olympic sport. It is the dynamic soul-force of the sport that motivates my purposes for Taekwondo and it is the same dynamic that will outgrowth the sport to the international standing it deserves.”
 
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The full list of 128 qualified athletes by category
 
W-49kg WTF Olympic Ranking
 
1 WU, JINGYU CHN 1
2 WONGPATTANAKIT, PANIPAK THA 2
3 ZANINOVIC, LUCIJA CRO 3
4 SING, IRIS BRA 6
5 MANJARREZ, ITZEL MEX 4
6 AZIEZ, YASMINA FRA 5
7 KIM, SOHUI KOR 10
8 BOGDANOVIC, TIJANA SRB 13
9 ABAKAROVA, PATIMAT AZE 21
10 DIEZ CANSECO, JULISSA PER 28
11 PIMENTEL RODRIGUEZ, MONICA ARU 48
12 KELEKU LUKUSA, ROSA COD 52
13 KILDAY, ANDREA NZL 74
14 YESBERGENOVA, AINUR KAZ 125
15 ANDRADE, MARIA CPV 129
16 HUANG, HUAI-HSUAN TPE 243
W-57kg WTF Olympic Ranking
 
1 JONES, JADE GBR 1
2 CALVO GOMEZ, EVA ESP 2
3 WAHBA, HEDAYA EGY 3
4 VASCONCELOS DOS SANTOS, JULIA BRA 24
5 GLASNOVIC, NIKITA SWE 4
6 HAMADA, MAYU JPN 5
7 ZANINOVIC, ANA CRO 6
8 CARSTENS, CAROLENA PAN 15
9 ASEMANI, RAHELEH BEL 20
10 ALIZADEH ZENOORIN, KIMIA IRI 21
11 BEN ALI, RAHMA TUN 22
12 MARTON, CAROLINE AUS 23
13 MIKKONEN, SUVI FIN 33
14 PATINO MARIN, DORIS ESMID COL 40
15 HARNSUJIN, PHANNAPA THA 64
16 BAKKAL, NAIMA MAR 73
W-67kg WTF Olympic Ranking
 
1 NIARE, HABY FRA 1
2 JOHANSSON, ELIN SWE 2
3 CHUANG, CHIA-CHIA TPE 3
4 TATAR, NUR TUR 4
5 BARYSHNIKOVA, ANASTASIIA RUS 5
6 OH, HYERI KOR 6
7 MC PHERSON, PAIGE USA 10
8 ELSAWALHY, SEHAM EGY 11
9 GBAGBI, RUTH MARIE CHRISTELLE CIV 13
10 AZIZOVA, FARIDA AZE 14
11 PAGNOTTA, MELISSA CAN 15
12 GULEC, RABIA GER 16
13 MARTON, CARMEN AUS 21
14 DENIZ, CANSEL KAZ 51
15 TURSUNKULOVA, NIGORA UZB 93
16 LOUISSAINT, ANIYA NECOL HAI 120
W+67kg WTF Olympic Ranking
 
1 ESPINOZA, MARIA DEL ROSARIO MEX 1
2 ZHENG, SHUYIN CHN 2
3 WALKDEN, BIANCA GBR 3
4 GALLOWAY, JACKIE USA 4
5 OOGINK, RESHIMIE NED 5
6 MANDIC, MILICA SRB 7
7 EPANGUE, GWLADYS FRA 8
8 RODRIGUEZ PEGUERO, KATHERINE JULISSA DOM 20
9 DISLAM, WIAM MAR 21
10 KONE, MAMINA CIV 26
11 SKAAR, TINA NOR 31
12 SORN, SEAVMEY CAM 33
13 WEEKES, CRYSTAL BIRTHANY PUR 46
14 KASSMAN, SAMANTHA PNG 99
15 RAWAL, NISHA NEP 289
16 ALORA, KIRSTIE ELAINE PHI Unranked
M-58kg WTF Olympic Ranking
 
1 ASHOURZADEH FALLAH, FARZAN IRI 1
2 KIM, TAEHUN KOR 2
3 BRAGANCA, RUI POR 4
4 TEIXEIRA, VENILTON BRA 26
5 NAVARRO VALDEZ, CARLOS RUBEN MEX 5
6 TUNCAT, LEVENT GER 6
7 KETBI, SI MOHAMED BEL 8
8 ZHAO, SHUAI CHN 11
9 TORTOSA CABRERA, JESUS ESP 13
10 SAFWAN, KHALIL AUS 14
11 PIE, LUISITO DOM 20
12 SHRIHA, YOUSEF LBA 45
13 ATIAS, RON ISR 48
14 MUNOZ OVIEDO, OSCAR LUIS COL 56
15 HANPRAB, TAWIN THA 64
16 HAJJAMI, OMAR MAR 80
M-68kg WTF Olympic Ranking
 
1 ACHAB, JAOUAD BEL 1
2 LEE, DAE-HOON KOR 2
3 GUTIERREZ, SAUL MEX 3
4 DENISENKO, ALEXEY RUS 4
5 TAZEGUL, SERVET TUR 5
6 GONZALEZ BONILLA, JOEL ESP 6
7 AHMED, GHOFRAN EGY 16
8 ROBAK, KAROL POL 17
9 DIEYE, BALLA SEN 22
10 ABUGHAUSH, AHMAD JOR 40
11 GRGIC, FILIP CRO 43
12 MORALES, IGNACIO CHI 61
13 CONTRERAS, EDGAR VEN 92
14 PUREVJAV, TEMUUJIN MGL 112
15 BOUI, DAVID SYLVERE PATRICK CAF 115
16 KASSMAN, MAXEMILLION PNG Unranked
M-80kg WTF Olympic Ranking
 
1 KHODABAKHSHI, MAHDI IRI 1
2 COOK, AARON MDA 2
3 CISSE, CHEICK SALLAH JUNIOR CIV 3
4 GAUN, ALBERT RUS 4
5 MUHAMMAD, LUTALO GBR 5
6 GUELEC, TAHIR GER 9
7 RAFALOVICH, NIKITA UZB 10
8 COULIBALY, ISMAEL MLI 14
9 BEIGI HARCHGANI, MILAD AZE 15
10 OUESLATI, OUSSAMA TUN 17
11 HERNANDEZ ENCARNACION, MOISES DANIEL DOM 19
12 SHKARA, HAYDER AUS 20
13 LOPEZ, STEVEN USA 21
14 PAZINSKI, PIOTR POL 23
15 LIU, WEI-TING TPE 32
16 FERRERA, MIGUEL HON 50
M+80kg WTF Olympic Ranking
 
1 SHOKIN, DMITRIY UZB 1
2 MARDANI, SAJJAD IRI 3
3 ISAEV, RADIK AZE 4
4 SIQUEIRA, MAICON BRA 51
5 N DIAYE, M BAR FRA 5
6 CHA, DONGMIN KOR 7
7 OBAME, ANTHONY MYLANN GAB 8
8 TRABELSI, YACINE TUN 9
9 CASTILLO, RAFAEL CUB 11
10 CHO, MAHAMA GBR 12
11 SILLA, ARMAN-MARSHALL BLR 13
12 ISSOUFOU ALFAGA, ABDOULRAZAK NIG 14
13 LAMBDIN, STEPHEN USA 19
14 ZHAPAROV, RUSLAN KAZ 49
15 TAUFATOFUA, PITA NIKOLAS TGA 157
16 QIAO, SEN CHN Unranked
 

 

 

We would like to inform you that the 1st European Mixed Team Championships 2016 in Bucharest | Romania are postponed until further notification.

 

 

 

 

With time gap for the quarterfinals to start, the European athletes gave their best with Braganca Rui (POR), Zaninovic Lucija (CRO) and Bogdanovic Tijana (SRB) qualified. The eighteen years old Serbian representative against Abakarova Patimat (AZE) went ahead from the first round scoring three points and managed to preserve the score until the end of the match, despite the fact that Abakarova reduced the point difference to 2-3. The experienced in Olympic Games and holder of the Bronze medal in London 2012, Zaninovic Lucija (CRO), dominated the eighteen years old Yesbergenova Ainur (KAZ) with final score 18-7. As for the twenty years old Braganca Rui from Portugal, he made an amazing appearance against the twenty-three years old Munoz Oviedo Oscar Luis (COL) and Bronze medalist in London 2012. The final score was 14-2. 

As for the rest of the European athletes competing earlier today, Tuncat Levent (GER) had to withdraw since he was injured, Ketbi Si Mohamed (BEL) lost easily 1-8 points by Safwan Khalil (AUS), Tortosa Cabrera Jesus (ESP) struggled against Zhao Shuai and finally lost with 3-7 score. To conclude, Atias Ron (ISR) faced Teixeira Venilton (BRA) to an unequal game since their height difference. As a result, was very difficult for Atias Ron to approach his opponent and to gain points. 
As for Abakarova Patimat (AZE), certainly she wishes the best for Bogdanovic Tijana (SRB) in order to get the right for repechage. 
 
 
 
 
The Serbian Bogdanovic Tijana is touching her dream.
Qualified to the Final, the way is only one• the medal. At the same time her road gives the opportunity to Abakarova Patimat from Azerbaijan, to fight for a bronze medal. From the Pool B -49kg the French Aziez Yasmina lost in the semifinals closing the way to repechage for Zaninovic Lucija (CRO).
In -58kg Men category, ETU stands out of medals. Even if, Tortosa Carbra Jesus (ESP) is in repechage, he has to face the Moroccan Hajjami Tawin and then if he wins he has to overcome the Dominican Pie Luisito.
 
The Finals:
 
-49kg Women
Bogdanovic Tijana (SRB) – Kim Sohui (KOR)
 
-58kg Men
Zhao Shuai (CHN) – Hanprab Tawin (THA)
 
 
 
 
The first Day of Taekwondo at the Olympic Games Rio 2016 was successfully completed today on 17th August in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in the Carioca Arena 3. Throughout the medal standings, two (2) out of the four (4) women medallists are proving that European women lead the way in Taekwondo. After a series of spectacular matches in the categories Women -49kg and Men -58kg, the Olympic medallists are the following: 
 
Women -49kg
1st : Kim Sohui(KOR)
2nd: Bogdanovic Tijana (SRB)
3rd : Abakarova Patimat (AZE)
3rd : Wongpattanakit Panipak (THA)
 
Men -58kg
1st : Zhao Shuai (CHN)
2nd : Hanprab Tawin (THA)
3rd : Pie Luisito (DOM)
3rd : Kim Taehun (KOR)
 
Bogdanovic Tijana (SRB) – Timeless Golden point
The 18-year-old “athlete of the year 2015” and full promising Serbian athlete showed that she surely stands high in quality. Passionate and determined, she manage to make a series of three victories, the first against Abakarova Patimat (AZE) scoring 3-2, the other confronting Wu Jingyu (CHN) with a high score win of 17-7 and finally she competed against Itzel Adilene Manjarrez Bastidas (MEX), qualifying to the final after scoring 10-0. During a thrilling final match with the Korean Kim Sohui and while the score was 7-6 in favor of the Korean, for clusters of a second, she did not manage to lead the match to the golden point. It might have been the young of her age that finally brought the silver medal, yet Tijana has for sure a long way to go, many more titles to claim and medals to win.
 
Patimat Abakarova (AZE) – The first medal for Azerbaijan!
The Azerbaijani athlete, despite the fact that she was stopped by the Serbian Bogdanovic Tijana from claiming the top of the podium, had the chance to chase the bronze medal through the repechage, where she competed with the Chinese Jingyu Wu and won scoring 3-4. In the final stage of the repechage she showed her supremacy over the French Aziez and took the bronze medal after her victory of 2-7.
 
Yasmina Aziez (FRA) – Anxiety never proved a good ally
With a score of 1-2 against Monica Pimentel Rodriguez (ARU), Aziez passed to the quarterfinal where she confronted her lifetime taekwondo opponent Zaninovic Jucija (CRO). The two women had met several times on the terrain during the European Championships in 2010, 2012 and 2014, with the later always being the one who qualified to the next round. Having not met for two years since Baku 2014, Aziez Yasmina managed to win for the first time, qualified to the semifinals, trying to claim a place in the final against the Korean Kim Sohui, yet she did not manage to take the golden point from her opponent. In the final stage of the repechage she found the Azebaijani Abakarova, who left her outside the Olympic podium.
 
Lucija Zaninovic (CRO) – Golden point(less)
The bronze medalist in London 2012 and gold in Baku 2014 was favored to proceed to the final. After an easy match against Yesbergenova Ainur (KAZ) scoring 18-7, she competed against the French Aziez Yasmina, who she has won several times in the past in 2010,2012 and 2014 European Championship. Unfortunately, her winning opponent did not qualify to the finals, so Lucija did not had the chance to go to the repechage and fight for a place on the podium.
 
Jesus Tortosa Cabrera (ESP) – So close!
The youngest of the Spanish taekwondo trinity qualified in Rio 2016, stood unlucky from his first fight against the Chinese Zhao Shuai. He took the victory against the Morrocan Hajjami Omar in the repechage round and fought afterwards with the Dominican Pie Luisito, where finally, the second one managed to get the bronze medal after a dramatic tie match leading to the golden point.
 
Rui Braganca (POR) – Sometimes a bit of luck might do 
One of the most qualified and promising athletes, stood unlucky in the end. Following his spectacular win against Munoz Oviedo (COL) with 14-3, he could not make it to the semifinals, after his loss from the Dominican Pie Luisito. What is more, Braganca did not had the chance to get to the repechage either, since the previous did not manage to get to the final competition.
 
Si Mohamed Ketbi (BEL) – Weigh off the medals
After being absent for a lot of months from major taekwondo tournaments and a recent weigh gain, Ketbi managed to return to the kilos of his category very fast, yet this might have had weakened him. During his fight with the Australian Safwan Khalil, the later showed his superiority and took the match scoring 1-8.
 
Ron Atias (ISR) – He has a long way ahead 
The Israeli athlete qualified in Rio 2016 through the European Qualification Tournament in January 2016. As the first Israeli man in Taekwondo having qualified in the Olympics, his expectations did not match his first competition against the local Venilton Teixeira, where he lost by 12 points gap in the 2nd round. Atias did not manage to qualify to the repechage as well, since the Brazilian lost in the quarterfinals and claimed the place.
 
Levent Tuncat (GER) – Health first 
Due to injury reasons, the team doctor did not permit the German athlete to compete, so his opponent Pie Luisito (DOM) passed bye to the quarterfinals.
 

 

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW of Mr.Dragan Jovic to European Taekwondo Union

 

The 18-year-old Tijana Bogdanovic won the Silver medal -49kg during the 1st Competition Day in Rio 2016 on 17th August. Yet Serbia has not already played all of her cards, since the London 2012 Gold medallist Milica Mandic will compete on Saturday (20 of August) defending her title.
The man behind the two Olympians and coach of the National Taekwondo Team of Serbia, Dragan Jovic talks to ETU.
 
ETU: This is your second presence in the Olympic Games  as a country and you strike two to two Olympic medals. What is the reason of this success?
Dragan: The success is behind all the people that have contributed to this result. My club and everyone in there, from coaches, to doctors and athletes. We work hard and organized. The professionalism of our coaches and doctors enhances the best possible physical preparation of all athletes, who are also supported from the sport psychologist. Indeed, we train big athletes, but what we strive for is to carefully select the best cadets, prepare them and preserving their level while juniors and lead them to an athletic peak as seniors as well. We are just like a factory of Champions. This is not easy. It needs time, a lot of work, passion and dedication.
 
ETU: How easy or difficult was for an 18-year-old girl to reach such a high competition level?
Dragan: Tijana is indeed very young, but she is amazing. She has won numerous titles as a cadet and a junior, she has been always participating in major European Tournaments, counting around 20 medals, which is unbelievable if you consider her age. She is a very good athlete and has been in the steps of Milica, since there is program for athletes to follow and work for their progress.
 
ETU: Which were the final tips you gave to Tijana before the final match?
Dragan: We prepare a tactic for every opponent. Tijana just had to follow the program she had been working on all this year along with the tactic for each lady she fought against. Our pool results were very hard. During the first match she had to compete with the Azerbaijani Abakarova – a very skillful athlete – who have met already three time in the past. Obviously she was stressed during the match. The second one was with the Chinese – favored for the gold.  I will not tell you what I said to her right before the final match, but generally she already knew what she had to do. She had been prepared for all of the fights. In the final – you saw what happened. I objected for the fall of the Korean being out of time and it was rejected. This was not a random match. It was the match for the Olympic Gold medal. But I am not the one responsible to do anything after this. The issue has moved to the National Olympic Committee, which will proceed to an objection to IOC.
 
ETU: We watched a thrilling final match. Would you change something in your strategy against the Korean opponent now that you know the result?
Dragan: No, I would not change anything. As I said, Tijana was following a tactic against every opponent she faced. I do not know what went wrong, because Tijana showed her quality throughout the game. She also had the greatest support from the spectators – basketball players, other Serbian athletes, everyone were inside the arena cheering and supporting Tijana – this is a big inspiration. Maybe the young of her age, did not permit her to act accordingly and turn the score, which was taken advantage by the Korean to preserve the difference.
 
ETU: The 2 out of the 3 Olympic Gold medals of Serbia are from Taekwondo. Do you see it becoming the National sport?
Dragan: Taekwondo is the National sport of Serbia. It is very popular throughout the country, everyone knows its rules and there are many enthusiasts, as well as young talents popping out. There are numerous taekwondo clubs and coaches around the country and what we hope for after this medal is to make better the conditions to practice taekwondo.
 
ETU: Along with our best wishes for Milica, which is the advice that you would give her before the competition?
Dragan: Milica is pressured for four years now, striving to continue in this level and preserve her title. She has participated in many tournaments during all these years, maybe not always giving the 100%, but she has not made it that far because she stood lucky and now she is smarter and more experienced than the Milica in London 2012. So I would just tell her to act normal like any other tournament. To enjoy it with her body and mind. She has nothing to prove. She worked hard for this and she got it.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Throughout the second day of the Taekwondo sport in Olympic Games, twelve European athletes competed in the round of 16 in the categories -68kg for men and -57kg for women. Totally, ten out of twelve European athletes qualified to the quarterfinals dominating the road to the semifinals.
 
The matches of the quarterfinals in the next phase for the -68kg men category are:
 
Denisenko Alexey (RUS) VS Tazegul Servet (TUR),
Robak Karol (POL) VS Achab Jaouad (BEL),
and 
the Spanish gold Olympic medallist in London 2012 Gonzalez Bonilla Joel against Purevjav Temuujin (MGL). 
 
For the -57kg women category:
 
The Finnish Mikkonen Suvi will face Glasnovic Nikita (SWE),
Asemani Raheleh from Belgium will compete with the gold Olympic medalist in London 2012 Jones Jade (GBR)
and
Calvo Gomez Eva (ESP) will fight against the Iranian Alizadeh Zenoorin Kimia.
 
That means that in both final games today, we will have European representatives.

 

 

The dream to preserve his Olympic title from London2012 stopped by Ahmad Abughaush from Jordan at the semifinals. 

Gonzalez Bonilla Joel who won Grgic Filip from Croatia and then Temuujin Purevjav (MGL) seemed to be absent from the most crucial fight towards the medals. At the same time, his defeat meant that the Jordan Abughaush Ahmad will claim the first Olympic medal in the history of his country.

 

The Russian Alexey Denisenko is not going to be an easy opponent though. This final match is also giving the opportunity to Russia to win its first Gold medal in Taekwondo. Let us not forget that Denisenko has been on the podium before in London 2012, having won the bronze medal and claiming the gold one is also a personal closer.

 

The big surprise of the day was the disqualification of the Gold Olympic medalist in London 2012 Servet Tazegul (TUR) in the quarterfinals, but because he lost from Denisenko, he now has the opportunity to claim the bronze medal in the repechage. There, he will face Edgar Contreras (VEN) and in case he qualifies, he will compete against Joel Gonzalez Bonilla (ESP). The two men have met just once before, during a Grand Prix in 2014, with the Spanish athlete winning. The change of the weigh category for Gonzalez Bonilla, proved the difficulty to dominate in such a high level competitions, but at the same time he showed that he was up to the challenge.

 

Achab Jaouad from Belgium, even if he has been collecting gold medals for the last two years, with the major one being in the World Championships Chelyabinsk, Russia in 2015, he stood frozen at the semifinal against Denisenko. Now he has to wait for his opponent in repechage, among the Ahmed Ghofran (EGY) and the Lee Dae-Hoon Dae-Hoon from Korea.

 

The gold medal in women category -57kg will be claimed by Jade Jones (GBR) who will try to preserve the title of the Olympian and Eva Calvo from Spain. The two women have met several times before, sharing victories in final matches in both European and international tournaments.

 

The experienced Jade Jones took the qualification to the semifinals by Raheleh Asemani (BEL) and then confronted the Swedish Nikita Glasnovic, who had won previously Suvi Mikkonen from Finland. Eva Calvo made it to the finals after her victory against the Iranian Alizadeh Zenoorin Kimia and the Egyptian Wahba Hedaya respectively.

 

In the repechage, Raheleh Asemani will compete against Bakkal Naima (MAR) to claim a place to the bronze medal contest.

Nikita Glasnovic, also qualified bye to the repechage, where she will face the winner between the pair of Thailand and Iran.

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