Turkey finish Europeans with three golds
Turkey won three golds and a silver on the final day of the European
Championships here on Sunday to serve notice of their strength ahead of
the 2012 Olympics in London.
In the women's -53kg final Turkey's Hatice Yangin just edged
Croatia's Ana Zaninovic 8-7 while her compatriot Nur Tatar enjoyed a
more comfortable 11-5 success over Haby Niare of France to win gold in
the -67kg category.
Meanwhile, in the men's events Servet Tazegul had a walkover against
Croatia's Filip Grgic in the -68kg gold medal match while Ridvan Baygut
just missed out on another Tuirkish gold on Sunday after a 6-5 defeat by
Russia's Aliaskhab Sirazhov in the climax of the -74kg class.
Although Great Britain saw Martin Stamper (-68kg) and Caroline Fisher
(-53kg) both win bronze medals on Sunday there was disappointment for
Bianca Walkden who lost in the quarter-finals of the -67kg category as
she tried to give the British selectors, due to pick their Olympic squad
at the end of the month, something to think about.
Walkden dropped down a weight category to stand in for injured world
champion Sarah Stevenson, who is battling to be fit in time for the
Olympics following a severe knee injury, and se enjoyed a golden-score
victory over Poland's Kataryzyna Wieczorek. But Walkden then lost to
Croatia's Petra Matijasevic, whom she thought should have been
Walkden, holding back tears, said: I tried to get her disqualified
at the end for holding, but I did not get it and now it is over.
It was everything to me, the last major championships before the
Olympics and I know I should be out there still. Walkden, who recovered
from her own cruciate ligament injury last year, added: I have just got
to sit back and pray now, to see if the selectors can take anything from
my performance because I gave everything I had.
I just wish I had some luck sometimes, because I had the worst luck
last year, (I just hope) that someday it will turn around for me.
Saturday saw Britain's Aaron Cook complete a successful defence of his
-80kg title while team-mate Michael Harvey won gold in the non-Olympic
weight class of -63kg.
But teenager Jade Jones was disappointed to only take bronze after a
surprise 16-8 semi-final defeat by Hungary's Edina Kotsis in the -57kg
Friday saw Britain's Lutalo Muhammad, making his European
Championship debut, win the -87kg division after the 20-year-old
Londoner beat world number nine Augustin Bata of France 13-4 in the