Austria’s judo association is sending a 12-man team to the Under-18 European Championships in Porec (CRO, June 23 – 26), nine judoka are qualified for the individual game, three more complete the mixed team for Sunday. A total of 428 young athletes from 40 nations are at the start in the Istrian tourist stronghold. Franziska Schlögl (-63/Judozentrum Krems/NÖ) is number two, Emily Starzer (-63/Askö Reichraming/OÖ) and Nina Auer (-40/Creativ Graz/ST) are number three.
“In the category up to 40 kg with Nina and in the category up to 63 kg with Franziska, who has already beaten the top seeded French Bouras in Bielsko Biala this year, and Emily we have serious chances of medals. The primary goal, however, is to achieve as many top 7 placements as possible. Anyone who writes to a cadet championship creates the basis for a career in competitive sports,” says ÖJV sports director Markus Moser. “The level at the under-18 European Championships in Porec is absolutely impressive. In a total of 14 weight classes, 10 (cadet) world ranking first are at the start.”
Judo Austria team for the Under-18 European Championships in Porec (CRO, June 23-26), female (7), -40 kg: Nina Auer (Creativ Graz/ST/3), -52: Carina Klaus-Sternwieser (Askö Reichraming/Upper Austria), -57: Helena Rottenhofer (Judounion Flachgau/S), -63: Franziska Schlögl (Judozentrum Krems/Lower Austria/2), Emily Starzer (Askö Reichraming/Upper Austria/3), -70: Jael Wernert ( Vienna Samurai/W), +70: Helene Schrattenholzer (JU Klosterneuburg/Lower Austria); male (2), -73: Lenz Naprudnik (Judoschule Sakura/S), -81: Ronald Proell (UJZ Mühlviertel/Upper Austria); also nominated for Sunday’s mixed team competition, female (2), -48: Maya Kochauf (Galaxy Judo Tigers/W), -63: Leonie Bayr (Vienna Samurai/W); male (1), -60: Alexander Bluhme (SU Karuna Vienna/W).