For the 15th time the Judo Ranking 500 tournament for elite and master fighters in the age groups U18 and U21 was held in Oensingen/Switzerland. 570 athletes came from Germany, Italy, Lichtenstein, Austria and Switzerland to compete. For the hosts in particular, it was all about points for the Swiss championship.
Since the competitions are still suspended in Germany, it was important for the Arge Judo Baden-Württemberg and their state trainer to check the level of performance. Almost the entire state and association squad had arrived, including Anna-Lena Höcherl from the judo department of TSV Tauberbischofsheim in the weight class up to 48 kilograms.
Due to the birth year of the TSV fighter, she had the opportunity to start in both age groups. She takes advantage of the moment.
In the U18 age group, things didn’t quite go according to plan. Already in the first fight she lost against the later third Runa Schönenberger from BSC Arashi Yama Will/Switzerland. Then she came through the consolation round to seventh place.
The young TSV athlete started with a win in the U21 age group. In the second round she suffered a defeat against the later tournament winner Romane Comby from EJ Collembey-Muraz from Switzerland. Things went really well in the consolation round. In the fight for entry into the small final, she swept her association colleague Christin Wolz from the Budo-Club Karlsruhe off the mat. In the decisive fight for the bronze medal, she met Leonie Zeller from the Upper Bavaria judo team. The longer the fight lasted, you noticed that the previous fights gnawed at your condition. In the end, the TSVlerin went home with a good fifth place. jotef/picture: rock