EC 2009: Russia greater than ever…

Who else than Russia won the first medal on Sunday. U81kg Alikhan Dzarmotov (RUS) beat Arpad Szakacs from Slovakia and kept the chance open of winning all medals by Russia in the men’s category.


U70kg Italy won another gold medal. On Sunday Valeria Ferrari defeated German Maike Ziech. Ferrari has a great year. She became Italian Cadet Champion obviously but also won top cadet tournaments in Zagreb and Teplice. For Germany it meant the fourth silver medal, a record.


Germany never won 4 silver medals. Only in 2002 Germany had the same number of medals, but than won 1 European title.


German U17 EChs medals

2000: 3 silver

2002: 1 gold, 3 silver

2003: 3 silver

2004: 3 gold

2005: 2 silver

2006: 1 gold, 1 silver

2007: 1 gold

2008: 3 gold

2009: 4 silver


Germany won 9 European titles and 16 silver medals since 2000. Compared to other countries Germany is in the top 5 with Russia leading dominantly (see statistic below this page).



Another Russian gold medal. Now Magomedrasul Gashimov (RUS) beat Toma Nikiforov U90kg by ippon.


In the men’s super heavyweight O90kg the last Russian fighter could finish the ultimate record of eight Russian European titles. But Anton Krivobokov (RUS) stepped into the trap of Yakov Mamistvalov (ISR) and was taken over brilliantly. Israel’s 6th ever gold medal. David Mamistvalov won the European U17 title in 2005. Sadness by Krivobokov, but nonetheless great compliments for the Russian team.


Previous U17 Europeans titles

2000 5 of 16 gold medals

2002 6/16 gold medals

2003 1/16 gold medals

2004 2/16 gold medals

2005 4/16 gold medals

2006 7/16 gold medals

2007 4/16 gold medals

2008 4/16 gold medals

2009 9/16 gold medals



In the women’s over70kg category Urska Potocnik (SLO) won the first Slovenian European title by winning over Spanish Aroa Martín in an exiting fight. The crowd went nuts after the first gold medal this championship for the host country. For Slovenia the second ever European U17 title, after Lea Murko won in 2005 in Salzburg.


Although Martín finished second in the Spanish championships in January behind Garcia Aguilar, Martín worked towards this Championships with wins in Fuengirola (ESP), Fuenlabrada (ESP) and Coimbra (POR). Martín could have been the first ever winner of the U17 European title for Spain. But the statistic now show three silver medals since 2000, and two gold medals for Slovenia.


Most successful U17 EChs finals since 2000

1. Russia: 42G, 27S

2. Azerbaijan: 15 G, 11S

3. Netherlands 11 G, 12S

4. Hungary: 10G, 5S

5. Germany: 9G, 17S

6. Italy: 7G, 4S

7. Georgia: 6G, 7S

8. Great Britain: 6G, 4S

9. Ukraine: 5G, 9S

10. France: 5G, 6S