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Europe beat Asia in judo team challenge


Europe beat Asia in judo team challenge


Europe dominated Asia to win the inaugural ECCO team challenge in the Siberian city of Tyumen, Russia.

Former European champion Andreea Chitu of Romania edged past World Championships bronze medallist Yuki hashimoto in the women’s under 52 kilo category.

Asia won only four of the 14 contests in the one-day competition.

One triumph for Asia came from World champion Naohisa Takato of japan who beat Olympic champion Arsen Galstyan in the men’s -60 kilo division.

World championships bronze medallist Georgii Zantaraia produced a moment of brilliance as he floored Azamat Munkanov with 30 seconds to win the men’s -66 kilo class for Europe.

There were also European wins for Russian Alesya Kuznetsova in the women’s -48kg class, Dutch judoka Dex Elmont in the men’s -73 kilo category, Germany’s Laura Vargas-Koch, Georgian Varlam Liparteliani, Henk Grol of the Netherlands, Slovenia’s Lucija Polavder, Russia’s Alexander Mikhailin and four-time European champion Telma Monteiro.

Portuguese Judoka Monteiro proved just too hard to handle for World Judo Masters winner Sumiya Dorjsuren of Mongolia as her victory in the -57kg class helped Europe to a dominant 10-4 triumph.

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