Eva Csernoviczki defended her title at the European Judo Championships in Montpellier

Friday, April 25, 2014

Eva Csernoviczki (HUN) defended her title in the -48kg. The semi-final against Kristina Rumyantseva (RUS) was tough and she advanced only by shido. In the final, 18-year-old Amadine Buchard (FRA) showed a lot of resistance and even took the lead by wazar-ari. Csernoviczki was able to catch up and the match went into the Golden Score. There, Buchard received a penalty after 38 seconds, giving the Hungarian the title. “I felt some pressure coming here as the champion and the semi-final was hard. The fight against the Russian took a lot of energy out of me. But overall I am very pleased with my performance”, Csernoviczki shared.

Newcomer Buchard was disappointed, although winning silver in her debut at Europeans is not shabby for a teenager. “I made mistakes. I am disappointed, because I came here to win. I felt some pressure, but once I made it through the semi-final I was bit more relaxed”, the French judoka told the press.

Rumyantseva and Maryna Cherniak (UKR) earned the bronze medals. “It wasn’t quite enough to get to the final today. The Hungarian (Csernoviczki) has more experienced and is older than me”, Rumyantseva analyzed. “My most valuable experience from this event is that nobody is invincible. You can beat anyone”, she added.



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