World U20: Report Day 3

The third day of the 14th World Junior Competition belongs to Russian Alibek Bashkaev, reign champion in the -81kg division and crowned for the second time in Bangkok. The 17-year old Bashkaev achieved the same fate as French Teddy Riner, junior world heavy-weight champion in 2006 and 2008. Japan took the lead at the medals table winning its third gold (total of eight) with Haruka Tachimoto on the top of the -70kg division. Brazil is just behind the overall standings with two golds (five medals). Twenty-two countries in total won medals in the first three days of competition in Thailand.


Today, Korea got its first gold with Won-Jung Kim (-73kg), same happening with United States, which had Kayla Harisson crowned in the -78kg category.


“It is an awesome feeling to win this gold. Ronda Rousey (Olympic 2008 bronze medalist and former junior champion) is one of my mentor. I helped here during the preparation for Beijing and she is also always supporting me. We train in the same club, with Jimmy Pedro (twice Olympic bronze medalist)”, says the 18-year old Harrison, planning the next steps in her career. “I look forward the next year World Junior Championships, and also the Senior World Championships. And, of course, I will work hard to be in London 2012”.



1. Alibek Bashkaev (RUS)

2. Artem Vasylenko (UKR)

3. Ramin Gurbanov (AZE)

3.Yasuhiro Ebi (JPN)

5. Mike Chavanne (SUI)

5. Szabolcs Krisan (HUN)



1. Won-Jung Kim (KOR)

2. Benji Nortan (NED)

3. Victor Oliveira (BRA)

3. Riki Nakaya (JPN)

5. Alexandros Tsopozidis (GRE)

5. Maxime Lambert (GER)



1. Kayla Harisson (USA)

2. Audrey Tcheumeo (FRA)

3. Ruika Sato (JPN)

3. Nadia Campestrin (SUI)

5. Nino Odzelashvili (GEO)

5. Luise Malzahn (GER)



1. Haruka Tachimoto (JPN)

2. Mayra Silva (BRA)

3. Irina Sordiya (RUS)

3. Abigel Joo (HUN)

5. Su-Hyun Ju (KOR)

5. Anne-Katrin Lisewski (GER)