The first day of Croatian Open was full of amazing fights and impressive points. New taekwondo rules made fights more dynamic and interesting. Categories will be listed here according to the fighting areas. Honourable mentions included, too.
The following categories participated here – senior female -62, senior female -57 and senior female -46 kilograms.
Senior female -62: Ivana Babic from Croatia became the champion. She defeated Rhonda Nat from Germany with the score of 14:3 in the finals. The third place winners were Sandra Milosavljevic from Croatia and Jelena Jureta from Croatia. The highest victory occurred in ¼ finals, where Ivana Babic demolished Iveta Jirankova from the Czech Republic with the score of 24:4.
Senior female -57: Jolanta Tarvida from Great Britainwas the winner. She defeated Bruna Vuletic from Croatia in the finals, with the score 19:14. The third place was won by Inese Tarvida from Great Britain and Aleksandra Radmilovic from Serbia. The highest victory happened in the semifinals. Jolanta Tarvida demolished Aleksandra Radmilovic – 20:0.
Senior female -46: The champion was Rivka Bayech from Israel. In the final fight, she defeated Dina Pouryounes Langeroudi from Netherlands via golden point. The third place is divided between Valeria Santos from Brazil and Yvette Yong from Canada. The highest scoring fight was seen between Giorgia Remonato from Italy and Maria Floutsakou from Greece in the 1/8 finals. The final score was 25:18 for Maria.
Only two categories with the highest number of competitors took place here – senior male -63 and senior male -74kg. Here are the results.
Senior male -74: The surprise champion was Julio Ferreira from Portugal. In the final fight, he defeated Daniel Quesada Barrera from Spain with the score of 10:3. The third place winners were Marko Mutak from Croatia and Martin Stach from Germany. An amazing fight, also the highest scoring, was seen between Martin Stach and Jan Fiala from the Czech Republic in the 1/8 finals. Martin won by the score of 35:15, but the fight was a tie for the first two rounds.
Senior male -63: The champion was Marcos Caballero Echevarria from Spain. He won Jaroslaw Mecmajer from Poland in the finals, with the score of 11:8. The third place is shared between Jure Pantar from Slovenia and Nikola Vuckovic from Serbia. Maybe the most interesting fight was seen in the ¼ finals, between Vuckovic and Kaloyan Binev from Bulgaria. Despite Vuckovic won with the score of 28:8, Binev was fighting amazingly and he threw a lot of spinning techniques. The crowd rewarded him with an applause at the end of the fight.
Maybe the most interesting fighting area. The categories – senior male -80, senior male -58 and senior female – 49kg.
Senior male -80: Surprisingly, a domination of Serbian competitors was seen. The champion, former Olympic and world champion, Steven Lopez, defeated Ivan Karajlovic from Serbia in the finals with a score of 16:5. Serbian competitors won two medals. This kind of success wasn't seen for Serbian competitors in this category in all of history. The third place was shared between Budimir Krivokuca from Serbia and Raul Martinez Garcia from Spain. The highest scoring and the most interesting fight was seen between Budimir Krivokuca and Saleh El Sharabaty from Jordan in the ¼ finals. The winner was Budimir Krivokuca with the score of 32:20.
Senior male -58: The finals looked more like the fight between two uneven competitors. Despite both fighters having won four fights before the finals, Jesus Tortosa Cabrera from Spain demolished Georgios Simitsis from Greece with a score of 32:3. This was an amazing fight. The third place winners were Mateusz Nowak from Poland and Dimitriy Nagaev from Israel. Jesus Tortosa Cabrera dominated every aspect of this weight bout. The highest scoring point fight was seen between Angelo Adda from Italy and Stanislav Staykov from Germany. Stanislav won with the score of 26:33.
Three weight bouts were held here – senior female -73, senior male -54 and senior male -68 kg. Here are the results.
Senior female -73: Even though there were only 8 competitors, you cannot say the weight bout wasn't tough. The winner was Anika Godel-Chelmecka from Poland, who defeated Alema Hadzic from Germany with a score of 18:15 in the final. The third place was divided between Maristella Smiraglia from Italy and Estelle-Vander Zwalm from France. The highest scoring fight occurred in ¼ finals, where Alema Hadzic won Grammatiki Christidou from Greece with the score of 28:12.
Senior male -54: Ryuta Matsui from Japan made a world-class surprise. While Japan is known as the country of karate, judo and other traditional martial arts, Matsui became the champion of the Korean martial art! He defeated Daniel Lo Pinto from Italy in the finals with a score of 20:9. The third place was divided between Mert Erdogan from Turkey and Stephane Audibert from France. The highest scoring fight was the semi-final between Erdogan and Lo Pinto, where Lo Pinto won by the score of 36:16.
Senior male -68: Joel Gonzalez Bonilla, a world champion from Spain, fulfilled the expectations of many. He won the tournament with ease. He defeated Si Mohamed Ketbi from Belgium with a score of 12:4 in the finals.The third-place winners were Daniel Lefkowitz from Slovakia and Javier Perez Polo from Spain. You could say that Joel Gonzalez Bonilla didn't have a hard time winning this tournament. The highest scoring and the most interesting fight was seen in the ¼ finals, between Daniel Lefkowitz and Marko Golubic from Croatia. Lefkowitz won with the score of 24:23.
There were five weight bouts in this area. Many great fights were seen. Here is the list of weight bouts – senior female -53, senior male -87, senior female -67, senior male +87 and senior female +73 kg. Here is the list of medalists.
Senior female -53: The winner is Madeline Folgmann from Germany. In the German final, she won Ela Aydin with the score of 11:10. The third place was shared between Ruxandra Rodgers from the USA and Tanja Rastovic from Croatia. The ¼ finals between Tanja Rastovic and Julia Ronken from Germany were the highest scoring fight. Tanja won by the score of 21:11.
Senior male -87: Yassine Trabelsi from Tunisia demolished his opponents. In the finals, he destroyed Jordan Stewart from Canada with the score of 34:0. This was the highest scoring victory in the finals of 23rd Croatia Open. The third-place winners were Muhammet Sari from Turkey and Aleksandar Keselj from Germany. The only opponent who gave a hard time to Yassine was Cem Unlusoy from Germany, who was defeated with the score of 34:24 in the 1/8 finals. This was the fight with the highest number of points.
Senior female -67: Doris Pole from Croatia was the winner. She defeated Axelle Attoumani Briand from France with the score of 15:4. There were two third places – Hedaya Malak from Egypt and Jasmin Andersen from Denmark. Jasmin Andersen took part in the highest scoring fight against Vanessa Koerndl from Germany, where she won with the score of 32:26.
Senior male +87: The champion was Abdoul Issoufou from Niger. He defeated Hamza Kattan from Germany in the finals – 9:7. The fight was a tie until the end. The third place was won by two competitors – Ivan Rados from Croatia and Danilo Vukelic from Serbia. The highest scoring was the fight between Danilo Vukelic and Luka Mavracic from Croatia in the ¼ finals. Danilo won with a score of 24:15.
Senior female +73: Lorena Brandl from Germany won Marlene Jahl from Austria with the score of 5:4. The third place winners were Aleksandra Kowalczuk from Poland and Laura Giacomini from Italy. The highest scoring fight was the semifinal between Laura Giacomini and Lorena Brandl. Lorena won in this fight – 32:12.
There were three categories – junior female +68, junior male -68 and junior male -63kg.
Junior male -63:The champion was Muhammedcan Gokce from Great Britain. He destroyed Suliman Sessay from Netherlands. The final result was 23:0. Muhammedcan dominated all of the fights in this tournament. There were two third places – Jan Machu from the Czech Republic and Hasham Bandar N Bin Dookhy from Saudi Arabia. The fight with the highest number of points was between Gokce and Luigi Madonna from Mexico. The final score was 39:19 to Gokce.
Junior male -68:Dusan Bozanic from Serbia made quite a surprise. He demolished Arturo Secondo from Italy with the score 23:3 in the finals. The third place winners are Filip Jelosek from Croatia and Denis Selimovic from Germany. The fight with the most points is seen between Selimovic and Luka Uremovic from Croatia. Denis Selimovic won with the score of 30:10.
Junior female +68: The champion was Isabeau van Droffelaar from Netherlands. She won Anja Madunic from Croatia. The final score – 30:4 – says that the fight was a pure demolition. The third place was won by Helena Drilje from Croatia. The final was definitively the most interesting fight in the whole category. There were only 6 competitors.
Three categories were held here – junior female -63, junior female -68 and junior male -73 kg.
Junior female -63: Nadica Bozanic from Serbia defeated Celine Schmidt from Germany with the score 20:0 in the finals. Nadica purely dominated the weight bout. There are two second places – Mateja Horvat from Croatia and Dagmara Haremza from Poland. The fight with the highest number of points was the final, where Nadica demolished Mateja with the score of 45:6.
Junior female -68: Darija Husovic from Great Britain lost to Kristina Cerina from Croatia in the finals with the score of 5:7. There are two third places – Laura Glasnovic from Croatia and Eliza Zbrzezna from Poland. The showdown is seen in the finals between Laura Glasnovic and her opponent, Marija Pavic, from Croatia. Laura won by the score of 27:11.
Junior male -73: Tibor Sudec from Croatia is the champion. Adrian Wojtkowiak from Poland won second place. Tibor won in the finals with the score of 17:15. Third place winners were Pasko Bozic and Marko Culina, both from Croatia. Croatia dominated this weight bout! The most interesting fight was seen in the 1/8 finals, between Mislav Senicnjak from Croatia and Junas Shareef from Denmark. Junas won with the score 29:23.
Four amazing weight bouts took part here – junior female -55, junior female -59, junior male -78 and junior male +78 kg.
Junior female -55: Rama Abo-Alrub was the winner. This competitor from Jordan defeated Ewelina Krynska from Belgium with the score of 23:8. The third place winners were Antonia Krajinovic from Croatia and Ewa Jamiolkowska from Poland. The fight with the most points was seen between Abo-Alrub and Katarina Borrmann from Germany. The final score was 27:12.
Junior female -59: Lucija Saravanja from Croatia was the winner. In the finals, she purely demolished Amela Nicol Imsirovic from Croatia with the score of 27:5. There were two third places – Kathrine Kamp Nordentoft Fredriksen from Sweden and Viviana Valentino from Germany. An amazing fight with 58 points was seen in the semifinal, where Lucija Saravanja won Viviana Valentino with the score of 30:28.
Junior male -78: Ali Malbrouk S Almabrouk from Saudi Arabia won the second place. The winner was Vanja Micic from Serbia, who won in the finals with the score 26:13. The third place winners were Matija Ruzic from Croatia and Viktor Puskic from Serbia. The finals were the fight with the highest number of points.
Junior male +78: Nicholas Novakovic from Croatia won second place. He lost from Josip Vuljanic, also from Croatia, with a score of 10:6. The third place winners were Mihailo Radakovic from Serbia and Nik Augustin from Slovenia. The most interesting fight was seen in the semifinal, where Josip Vuljanic won Mihailo Radakovic by the last second kick. The final score was 16:15.