Judo: Europeans; Manzi bronze in 66 kg, Giuffrida – Sport disappointment

(ANSA) – ROME, APRIL 29 – The blue Elios Manzi won the bronze medal in the 66 kg at the European judo championships that started in Sofia. It took only a minute and a half to reach the golden score for the Sicilian to close the game with Azerbaijani Yashar Najafov for ippon. Italy touched the second medal with Francesca Milani, who finished fifth in the 48 kg, while Assunta Scutto in the 48 kg and – surprisingly – Odette Giuffrida in the 52 kg were placed in seventh place.

“I am very happy with this result – declared Manzi – I had a bad period due to injuries and more and this injection of confidence was what we needed. I competed with the idea of ​​facing one match at a time having fun and entertaining the team. public”. Milani paid dearly for one single mistake in the final for the bronze of 48 kg against the Israeli Rishony. The seventh place disappoints Giuffrida, who had gone to the final in the two previous editions of the European Championships, winning gold in 2020 in Prague and winning silver in 2021 in Lisbon. (HANDLE).