Alexandria 2007: Greece sweeps top spot in Thessalonica

With total success in both organizational and competition fronts, the International Judo Tournament U20 “17th Alexandria” which took place in the athletic center of Kalamaria, in the Greek city of Thessalonica, reached its conclusion today, Sunday (11/11).


The Tournament opened its doors on Saturday. More than 120 athletes from seven countries – Georgia, Serbia, Montenegro, Bosnia, Cyprus, Bulgaria and Greece – came in Thessalonica to take part in the games. The “17th Alexandria” was seen as a useful test for the teams in order to try their physical and competitive condition, ahead of the impending U23 European Championship.


The results brought on the top of all men’s and women’s categories Greece, which consolidated eight gold, eight silver and eight bronze medals during the finals, indicating that its judokas are in a good overall shape. Bulgaria followed winning five gold, one silver and three bronze medals. Finally, Georgia came third with two silver and two bronze medals.


2nd day’s results

More specifically, the second day’s results brought the Greek judoka, Georgios Giankanidis, first in men’s –66 kg category. Otar Soulashvili from Georgia followed in second place. The third position was shared between Iusuf Ilanski Musa (Bulgaria) and Giga Turashvili (Georgia).


In the -73 kg category the golden winner was Alexandros Tsopozidis (Greece) who dominated against Victor Petrov (Bulgaria), the silver medal winner, while Martin Ivanov (Bulgaria) and Vassilis Kvasilava (Greece) shared the third position.


In the -60 kg category, the gold medal winner was the Bulgarian Yanislav Gertsev, followed by the Greek Dimokritos Manousaridis who came second. Georgi Hristov (Bulgaria) and Andreas Krasas (Cyprus) shared the third spot, winning the bronze medal.


1st day’s results

During the first day, the gold winner in men’s +100 kg category was Michael Alexiadis (Greece) who made a spectacular come back, after several months of absence. Alexiadis won Christos Keletzian (Greece) easily, while Tzemali Tsekelasvili was the bronze winner.


In the -100 kg category the Bulgarian judoka Daniel Ditsev came first, followed by two greek athletes, Arthuros Galpidis in second and Dimitris Telidis in third.


Theodoros Masmanidis dominated the -90 kg category, winning four successive competitions during his run to the top spot. The silver medal was awarded to the Serbian Stefan Stamenkovits, while, Gregory Votikas and Nikolaos Drakontidis (Greece) shared the third position.


Finally, the Bulgarian judoka Tihomir Blagovestov triumphed in the -81kg category leaving behind, in second place, Levan Perantze (Georgia). Panagiotis Asvestopoulos from Greece and Nenand Stamenkovits from Serbia shared the bronze medal.


High level of competition

”Although the participations were limited, the competitor’s level was high enough to satisfy the people who came in Kalamaria to watch the Tournament”, said Anastasia Stavria, General Secretary of the Hellenic Judo Federation, commenting on the whole event.



Winner List (pdf)

Medals Ranking (pdf)