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Junior World Championships: The Algerians miss out

Algerian judokas Moudathir Kais Mahieddine (-66kg) and Hadi Yasmine (-48kg) were eliminated in the round of 16 (1st round) of the World Junior Judo Championships (boys and girls), whose events ended yesterday in Guayaquil (Ecuador).
Engaged in the -48kg category (girls), the young Hadi Yasmine (18 years old) and bronze medalist of the last African Open in Algiers (March 2022), was beaten by the Turkish Azak Merve (19 years old), winner of the last European Cup in Paks, Hungary (July 2022).
The category podium consists of the Japanese Hikari Yoshioka (gold), the Italian Assunta Scutto (silver), the Spaniard Gemma Maria Gomez and Azak Merve (bronze). His compatriot Moudathir Kais Mahieddine (-66kg), bronze medalist at the last African Open in Algiers, also lost, his first fight in the 16th round, against Kazakh, Zaizagaliyev Nursultan (Kaz), gold medalist at the Graz European Cup (June 2022).

The world title in the category went to Emomali Nurali (Tajikistan), winner in the final of Ortikov Azizbek (Uzbekistan), while the bronze medals were awarded to Cuban Bravo Blanco Kimyu and Turkish Demirel Mohammed. Yasmine Djellab was also eliminated in the second round of the category (-63 kg) of the Junior World Championships by losing to the Italian Antonietta Palumbo, last Thursday, in Guayaquil (Ecuador).

In the first round of Group A, Djellab defeated Kazakh Samalay Yergalyeva. The national selection participates in this competition with the objective of “going as far as possible” and “representing the national colors well”, indicated the Algerian Federation of the discipline before leaving for Ecuador. A total of 392 judokas (219 boys and 173 girls), representing 65 countries, participate in these Worlds. Ecuador, the host country of the competition is the best represented, with 28 judokas involved (15 G/13W), ahead of Japan and France, which both participate with 18 judokas.

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