[Kazan Day 2] A Day for Serbia: 2 Golds that Ensure 2 Tickets to London
– France’s hope Pascal, fails to qualify
The second day of the European Qualification Tournament was a good day for Serbia.
The men’s -68kg, +80kg and women’s -57kg categories were disputed on January 28th, with Serbian athletes Damir Fejzic (-68kg) and Dragana Gladovic (-57kg) showing off their talent by winning a gold medal each in their categories.
In the -68kg category semifinals, Damir Fejzic won over Hryhorii Husarov from Ukraine and then won by 8-4 against Polish Michal Loniewski in the final match.
The bronze medal went to Ukranian Hryhorii Husarov, who lost against Fejzic in the semifinals.
Pascal Gentil, who was in the spotlight among the +80kg category athletes, met Turkey’s Bahri Tanrikulu in the quarterfinals. After a tight match that went to sudden death, Pascal eventually lost against Bahri, missing the opportunity to compete in the Olympics for the third time. Pascal had been bronze medalist in Sydney 2000 and Athens 2004.
After beating Pascal, Bahri Tanrikulu made it successfully to the final match after beating Slovenia’s Ivan Trajkovic in the semifinals. The gold medal went directly to the Turkish athlete upon Italian Carlo Molfetta’s withdrawal from the final match.
Bahri Tanrikulu, who received a warning from the Control Supervisor Board due to displaying improper behavior during the competition, featured today’s most notable incident. Among other actions, the Turkish athlete threw the headgear against the floor during the match against Pascal Gentil. Thus, the head of the Turkish team had to apologize publicly for his behavior.
The third place went to Ivan Trajkovic.
In the women’s -57kg category Dragana Gladovic won over Marlen Harnois from France in the semifinals and met Finnish Suvi Mikkonen in the final match. However Suvi Mikkonen withdrew from the final match and the gold went to Dragana Gladovic. The bronze medal went to Marlen Harnois.
Today’s semifinals, finals and third place playoffs were broadcast on television in Russia and some European countries.
<Second Day Results of the European Qualification Tournament for London 2012>
1) Damir Fejzic (Serbia)
2) Michal Loniewski (Poland)
3) Husarov Hryhorii (Ukraine)
1) Bahri Tanrikulu (Turkey)
2) Molfetta Carlo (Italia)
3) Ivan Trajkovic (Slovenia)
1) Dragana Gladovic (Serbia)
2) Suvi Mikkonen (Finland)
3) Marlene Harnois (France)