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Hungarian city Gyor is a sports city. Last year the European Youth Olympic Festival was held in the north of Hungary, this week the city will host the European U23 Championships and soon a European Cup for Cadets.
It’s the 15th edition of the European U23 Championships and for the first time held in Hungary. The Hungarians are traditionally very successful in this age category and have won 23 titles since the first edition in 2003. Russia though leads the table with 39 gold medals followed by Germany (24).
Four Hungarians leading the athletes who were most successful with Abigel Joo as topscorer catching four European titles. Finally she can watch the championship in Hungary but more likely is is with her recent born baby. Erdelyi-Joo won two European senior titles and Eva Csernoviczki took Olympic and World Championships medals.
The women will likely be more successful than the men. And the most important member of the Hungarian national team will be Gercsák Szabina, who competed so many times in senior championships. Gercsák was European U23 Champion in 2015 and 2016 and took bronze last year in Podgorica. She can be among the most decorated judoka in this age class.
Also a medal chance for Réka Pupp who was fifth at the European junior championship and won medals at Grand Prix and Grand Slam level. Junior European champion Szigetvári Mercédesz and junior bronze medalist Tóth Fanni will have a chance and Emese Kárpáti might have a chance. Youth Olympic Champion Özbas Szofi completes a hopeful women’s team for Hungary. The expectations for the Hungarian men are lower, any success is welcome.
Among the other countries, World Champion Daria Bilodid will not fight, she was on a well deserved holiday. But another Daria, Russian Daria Pichkaleva is the most successful athlete this year at Senior European Cups. She also fights U48kg and she won this year in Saarbrucken, Orenburg and Bratislava. Also Arman Adamian fighting U100kg won three European Cups this season and is among the favourites.
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