Bari 2019 Extra European Championships (G-4): Russia dominates with 3 golds
Great Britain and Turkey grab 2 titles, while Italy, Spain and Belgium clinch 1
Russia climbed to the top of the podium in more occasions than any other nation at the Bari 2019 Extra European Championships, held in the Italian city last weekend, after winning 3 gold medals during the 3 days of competition.
The other two teams to taste glory more than once were Turkey and Great Britain, who bagged home 2 titles per country, with Spain, Italy and Belgium collecting one gold each to complete the 10 classes in competition.
The Russian athletes that managed to triumph in Bari were: Tatiana Kudashova, world number 1, who added another Women’s -53 kg gold to her cabinet after defeating Agris from Turkey in the gold medal match of the division by 13-6; Anton Kotkov, who proved to be the strongest fighter in Men’s -80 kg after getting rid of world number 1 Toni Kanaet from Croatia in the big final by a comfortable 11-1; and Aiukaev Rafail, who edged the 2017 world champion Alexander Bachmann from Germany in the Men’s +80 kg class by withdrawal to earn the throne.
Apart from the 3 Russian athletes, other featured Taekwondo starts reached the top of the podium in Bari last weekend: Vito Dell’aquila from Italy took advantage of competing at home to reign in Men’s -58 kg after outscoring Woolley from Ireland by 24-22 in the final; Jaouad Achab from Belgium added another gold to his collection after defeating Brecic from Croatia by 19-12 in the Men’s -63 kg final; Rukiye Yildirim (Turkey) set the standard in Women’s -49 kg after getting rid of Aydin from Germany by 31-14; Javier Perez Polo from Spain, who took the Men’s -68 kg throne after beating the reignin world champion Bradly Sinden (Great Britain) by 19-11 in the final; another current world champion, such as Irem Yaman (Turkey –
Daedo Team), who didn’t stop her title run in Bari and became the Women’s -57 kg champion after getting rid of no other than the double Olympic champion and reigning world champion Jade Jones (Great Britain) by 22-9 in the gold medal match; triple world champion Bianca Walkden (Great Britain), who climbed to the top of the Women’s +67 kg podium after edging Brandl from Germany by a clear 22-7; and her compatriot Lauren Williams (Grat Britain), who won the other title form GBR after outscoring Wiet Henin from France by 32-14 in Women’s -67 kg.