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Podium places for Ensdorf judokas in Leipzig

Photo: Jonas Löffler/exb

Kilian Löffler (above) causes his opponent to involuntarily stand on his head. The man from Ensdorf came second at the “AT Cup” in Leipzig.”>

Kilian Löffler (above) causes his opponent to involuntarily stand on his head. The man from Ensdorf came second at the “AT Cup” in Leipzig.

Photo: Jonas Löffler/exb

At the “AT Cup”, an international judo tournament in Leipzig, a total of 451 athletes from Italy, Austria, Finland, Denmark, the Czech Republic, Israel, Poland and Germany fought for the coveted medals last weekend. The tournament is highly appreciated by the judo elite. 112 clubs took part in the competition. Among the participants were Laura Luber and Kilian Löffler from DJK Ensdorf

Kilian Löffler started in the age group U18 up to 60 kg with 29 other fighters. His first opponent, Itamar Zeevi from Israel, scored medium (Wazzari), but was disqualified a short time later for a forbidden technique. The fight was scored in favor of Löffler.

In the second encounter, the Ensdorfer met Luis Burmeister from Judo Holzhausen. With a victory before the end of the four-minute fight time, Löffler prevailed. Adil Orozaliev from PSV Grün-Weiß Kassel had also been successful up to this point and was the third opponent for the Vilstaler. Löffler also ended this encounter prematurely with a holding technique in his favour. After these three worthwhile performances, the Czech Simon Weber from JC Domažlice was waiting in the semifinals. In the third minute of the extremely exciting encounter, Löffler was able to apply the decisive restraint and fix his opponent on the back for 20 seconds.

In the final he met Jonas Purschke from the 1st Dessau Judo Club. Purschke skilfully prevented Löffler’s attempts to attack and cleverly countered with a shoulder throw. This meant the silver medal for the Ensdorfer.

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Laura Luber also competed in the U18s, in the weight class up to 44 kg. The athlete from Vilstal had to admit defeat to Lina Tarnowski from Universitäts JKC Potsdam and Roza Aqumava from JV Ippon Rodewisch and was rewarded with the bronze medal for their performances.

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