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What a weekend in Potsdam where the EJU European Championships U23 took place in the MBS Arena. 310 judoka from 37 different countries came together in the city, which borders Berlin. The strongest upcoming European athletes gathered to compete for a prestigious title, so the field was packed with young stars of the IJF and EJU tour. We proudly witnessed an incredible performance by our IPPONGEAR team, taking home 4 out of 14 gold medals and 12 medals in total.

Vera Wandel: Gold in the weight class up to 48 kg

Vera Wandel clinched the title in the 48 kg category. The 18-years old Dutch talent won gold at the Cadet Worlds, Europeans and EYOF in 2022 and ads her first U23 title to the score board.


Roza Gyertyas: Gold in the weight class up to 52 kg 

In the under 52 kg category, Roza Gyertyas from Hungary stood on top of the podium defending her European U23 title from 2022.

Peter Safrany: Gold in the up to 90 kg weight class

The Hungarian team shined during the whole event and saw another gold medal won by IJF tour star Peter Safrany in the 90 kg category. The 21-years old put another big title on his records after winning Junior Worlds gold in 2021 and silver in 2022. The future looks bright for the tall Hungarian.

Yuliia Kurchenko: Gold in the weight class up to 78 kg

The last IPPONGEAR gold went to Yuliia Kurchenko. The young Ukrainian won already two IJF tour medals in 2023 with only 20 years of age. It is her first big title after two bronze medals at the European Junior Championships in 2022 and 2023.

But not only our incredible four European U23 gold medal winner Yuliia Kurchenko, Peter Safrani, Vera Wandel and Roza Gyertyas were successful, also eight other IPPONGEAR athletes ended their day with a medal around their neck.

Yael van Heemst is getting better and better after her tough injury period last year. The Dutch talent brought home a strong Bronze -78 kg, sharing her podium with IPPONGEAR athletes Yuliia Kurchenko and Nikolett Sagi.

Nikolett Sagi was one out of 7 medals for the strong Hungarian team. We already mentioned the two gold medals for Peter Safrani and Roza Gyertyas. Further bronze medals went to Marton Andrasi, Brigitta Varga, Gergely Nerpel, and Rebeka Rita Koszegi.

To round up the weekend, Ana Viktorija Puljiz for Croatia and Lisa Grabner for Austria took home great bronze medals for their countries and the IPPONGEAR team.

A result that can only make us proud. In a few weeks, the World Tour continues with the prestigious Tokyo Grand Slam. Of course, we will keep you posted here on the IPPONGEAR MAG

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