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Four Cadet European titles for Team IPPONGEAR in Sofia

This weekend, one of the season highlights for the Cadet athletes, took place in Sofia, Bulgaria: The Cadet European Championships. With a total of eleven medals, of which four was gold, the stars of tomorrow made Team IPPONGEAR proud.

Bogdan Velickovic: Gold in the weight category -73 kg

This weekend, Bogdan Velickovic of Serbia could celebrate his third major medal of his career. After winning a bronze medal at both the Cadet European Championships and the EYOF last year, this weekend, Velickovic was able to capture the Cadet European title and raise the flag for Serbia. 

Marek-Adrian Masak: Gold in the weight category +90 kg

In the +90 kg category, the number one seed Marek-Adrian Masak of Estonia managed to clinch a gold medal, the only medal for Estonia at this year’s European Championships. After making it into four European cup finals through out the season, Masak was a favourite in the category and the Estonian heavyweight met the expectations in style. 

Amelia Ptasinska: Gold in the weight category -63 kg 

Poland’s Amelia Ptasinska could celebrate capturing the European title in the category -63 kg. Ptasinska came into the competition unseeded and was able to upset the number one seed already in the second round and in the end of the day step on the highest spot at the podium. What a debut for the Polish athlete at her first European Championships. 

Ilariia Tsurkan: Bronze in the weight category -63 kg

Ptasinska could share the podium with another IPPONGEAR athlete, Ilariia Tsurkan of Ukraine. Tsurkan has had a terrific season and won not less than five Cadet European cup medals and three European cup medals in the Junior category. This weekend the young Ukrainian who could add her first European medal as a cherry on top after a great year. 

Zuzanna Banaszewska: Gold in the weight category +70 kg

Poland’s second gold medal went to Zuzanna Banaszewska, who could celebrate a gold medal in the +70 kg category. Banaszewska came into the competition as the number one seed and left no doubt, to whom the title belonged, as she powered through the competition to raise the flag for Poland for the second time at this year’s European Championships. 

Kristyna Kaszperova: Bronze in the weight category +70 kg

Alongside Banaszewska, stood Czech Republic’s Kristyna Kaszperova, who picked up a bronze medal in the women’s heavyweight division. Kaszperova has had a great season and has only once missed out a medal and this weekend, she could secure her first European medal. What a season for the Czech athlete.

Busra Ceylin Coskun: Bronze in the weight category -40 kg

Busra Ceylin Coskun of Turkey could be delighted about winning her first ever European medal. Coskun narrowly missed out on a medal at the last two European cups she attended but this time, the Turkish lightweight was able to book a spot at the podium. 

Botond Kunyik: Bronze in the weight category -55 kg

Hungarian Botond Kunyik could celebrate a bronze medal in the -55 kg category. Kunyik won a gold medal at his home event, the Cadet European cup in Gyor, in november last year and this weekend, he was able to claim his first medal at a European Championship. 

Janka Juttner: Bronze in the weight category -52 kg

Team Hungary could celebrate yet another medal, as Kunyik’s teammate, Janka Juttner, was able to come away with a bronze medal in the weight category -52 kg. Juttner has had a good season 2024 and was able to fight for a medal at three occasions on the Cadet European Tour and this weekend, she could be delighted to win her first major medal. 

Lyova Srapyan: Bronze in the weight category -60 kg 

Lyova Srapyan could celebrate clinching a bronze medal in the -60 kg category. The Armenian came into the competition unseeded but was able to secure a podium spot and become the only Armenian medalist at this year’s Cadet European Championships. 

Hili Zakroisky: Bronze in the weight category -57 kg 

In the -57 kg category, a bronze medal went to Israel’s Hili Zakroisky. The Israeli won a bronze medal at the Cadet World Championships last year and this year she was able to add Cadet European medalist to her resume. 

Congratulations to our Cadet athletes for the great results this weekend! The future is bright for the new generation of Team IPPONGEAR athletes.

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