Karate : He won two Golds at the European championships (-67 kg and team)

Karate – Burak Uygur : « All athletes would like that to happen »

Karaté - Burak Uygur : « Tous les athlètes aimeraient que cela leur arrive »

He is the n°1 of the European championships held in Novi Sad (May 10th-13th). European champion for the 2nd year in a row in the -67 kg division, Turkey’s Burak Uygur also won the team title with his country fellowmen. A star is rising.

 

By Ludovic Mauchien in Novi Sad (Serbia)

 

 

 

Karate : 3rd in -55 kg, 2nd by team at the European championships (May 10th-13th)

Karate – Sara Cardin : « I fought the way I like »

Karaté - Sara Cardin : « J’ai combattu comme j’aime »

She was happy to offer an alert, committed and spectacular karate. Only a small mistake in the semi final against Ukraine’s Terliuga (the future winner) deprives Sara Cardin of the final (-55 kg). But the Italian champion did not fail in the fight for the bronze medal against Germany’s Bitsch. She then won her 5th European medal in six years (gold in 2014 and 2016, silver in 2013 and 2015). A bronze completed by a 2nd place with the Italian team.

 

By Ludovic Mauchien in Novi Sad (Serbia)

 

Karate : He won the European championships for the 11th times in Novi Sad

Karate – Rafaël Aghayev : « in the final, I found my Karate again »

Karaté - Rafaël Aghayev : « En finale, j’ai retrouvé mes sensations »

He did it ! He did not feel at his top, and yet, Rafael Aghayev dominated Italy’s Busa and, in the final, Hungary’s Harspatacki to win his... 11th European title and, by doing so, he once more breaks his own record. Congratulations champion !

 

By Ludovic Mauchien in Novi Sad (Serbia)

 

Karate : he is qualified for the final at the European championships

Karate – Burak Uygur : « I had very good sensations »

Karate - Burak Uygur : « J’ai eu de très bonnes sensations »

The current European champion has not left much crumbs to his opponents. He notably defeated Italy’s Maresca and Hungary's Tadissi in the ½ final. He will be opposed to Serbia’s Joksic for the Gold (-75 kg) on Saturday.

 

By Ludovic Mauchien in Novi Sad

 

 

Karate : He aims Gold at the European Championships in Novi Sad (May 10th-13th)

Karate – Rafael Aghayev : « I am not 20 years old anymore but I feel very good… »

Karaté - Rafaël Aghayev : « Je n’ai peut-être plus 20 ans mais je me sens très bien… »

Since the first of his ten European titles in 2004, Rafael Aghayev (-75 kg) has never returned empty-handed two years in a row of a European championship. Last season, he was injured. In 2018, he is in top form. Four podiums including two victories (Dubai and Rabat) have sprinkled his way since the beginning of 2018. He is ready to win a... 11th title.

 

By Ludovic Mauchien

 

Karate : The World champion is on his way to the Europeans (May 10th-13th)

Karate – Jordan Thomas : « I have prepared something special… »

Karate - Jordan Thomas : « J’ai préparé quelque chose de spécial… »

European champion in 2014 (3rd in 2016), the current World champion (-67 kg) cannot wait to fight at these coming European championships held in Novi Sad (Serbia), from May 10th to 13th. He has trained and worked a lot these last months to be ready for the Olympic qualifications. These Europeans would be a first test for him to see where his improvements can lead him.

By Ludovic Mauchien

Karate : European Championships in Novi Sad (May 10th-13th)

Karate – Enzo Montarello : « I want to show that I have improved »

Karate - Enzo Montarello : « J’ai envie de montrer que j’ai progressé »

He comes a long way. But the turtle has sometimes beaten the rabbit. Currently ranked World n°36, Enzo Montarello started his race against the Olympic clock. In Novi Sad, for the European Championships (May 10th-13th), the French Kata man wants to show that his hard work, filled with questioning, yealds results. The team European champion and World silver medallist aims, at 24, his first individual international medal.

 

By Ludovic Mauchien

 

 

Karate : he is the running European champion (-67 kg)

Karate – Burak Uygur : « Being World n°1 is good for motivation »

Karate - Burak Uygur « Etre n°1 mondial, c’est bon pour la motivation »

At 23 years old, Burak Uygur (-67 kg) will register to the European Championships in Novi Sad (May 10th-13th) as the World n°1 and the reigning European champion. Winner of the Rotterdam Premier League last March, finalist in Dubai in February, the Turkish fighter is ready to keep « his » title...

 

By Ludovic Mauchien

 

 

Judo : 3rd at the European Championships in Tel Aviv (April 26th-28th)

Judo – Henk Grol : « Now, I felt physically stronger »

Judo - Henk Grol : « Je suis maintenant plus fort physiquement »

He is not yet at the peak in his new category. But he has not changed his habits and leaves the Tel Aviv European Championships with a new medal around his neck, his seventh in all, his first in +100 kg. Dutchman Henk Grol, a two-time Olympic medalist in -100 kg (2008, 2012), is starting a new heavyweight career at 33 years old.

 

By Ludovic Mauchien in Tel Aviv

 

Judo : 3rd of the European Championships in Tel Aviv (April 26th-28th)

Judo – Peter Paltchik : « This medal means that I am doing everything right »

Judo - Peter Paltchik : « Mon chemin est le bon »

Brilliant bronze medalist at the European Championships -the fourth Israeli medal-, Peter Paltchik (-100 kg) was thrilled last Saturday. Winner of Azerbaijan’s Kotsoiev in the ¼ finals (Waza), he lost to France’s Cyrille Maret in the semi-finals (Ippon). But he beautifully resumed against Russia’s Bilalov whom he defeated by Ippon for the Bronze.

 

By Ludovic Mauchien in Tel Aviv