A post by Bloody Elbow Grappling Team member and Judo guy Ananse
The rest of this week and this weekend are the European championships held in Montpellier, France. Currently, Europe is probably the most competitive region for judo in the world in terms of depth of talent, with Asia a very close second. That means that some of the best athletes from the strongest countries will be competing this weekend for the chance to become European Champion. At every weight, there will be a ton of really good competitors and some fun technique on display.
People to watch:
At -60kg, Arsen Galstyan of Russia will try to add to his Olympic gold from London. Amiran Papashvilli, the reigning European champ will be on deck, as will UK's Ashley McKenzie will also be trying to better his bronze from last year. Ludwig Paischer of Austria is a wily veteran at this point, but one always capable of interesting things. Keep an eye on him too.
At -66kg, France will be sending both David Larose and Loic Korval to continue their battle for the best in France at that weight I'm not sure who will win, but it will be entertaining. Georgii Zantaraia of the Ukraine will also be doing crazy acrobatic stuff as usual. The UK has 2 men at the weight, but I'd bet on Colin Oates as the more likely to do interesting things.
I'm not really familiar with the women at -48kg. On the world stage, Japan tends to own that division and they aren't here. At U52kg, Majlinda Kelmendi of Kosovo continues to be that great combination of a fascinating story and serious skill. Definitely keep an eye on her. Also keep an eye on Romy Tarangul of Germany.
At -57kg, things get really interesting with European Champion Automne Pavia of France, Former multiple time champ Telma Montero of Portugal and Miryam Roper of Germany
Final blocks should be beginning at about 10 am Eastern time, but feel free to watch the bracket matches until then, click here.
The schedule of competition is as follows
Thursday May 24th
Women: -48kg, -52kg, -57kg
Men: -60kg, -66kg
Friday May 25th
Women: -63kg, -70kg
Men: -73kg, -81kg
Saturday May 26th
Women: -78kg, +78kg
Men: -90kg, -100kg, +100kg
Sunday May 27th
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