SSaturday 28 and Sunday 29 January the first GRAN PRIX 2023 FIJLKAM CADETS and JUNIORS took place at the BELLA ITALIA VILLAGE in Lignano Sabbiadoro, in which our club participated with 8 athletes in the two categories; many national level athletes and also foreign athletes from the nearby Italian borders were present at the tournament.
For our cadets (born 2008-2007-2006) Saturday was the first real important race of the year, given their transition to this category since January. The best result came from BUDA DANIEL in the kg category. 46 who came close to the podium reaching 5th place out of 20 participating athletes, winning 3 matches and losing 2. The other cadets did not reach the podium but fought with great determination so as to arrive at a good placement, GIULIODORI MATTIA kg . 55 – 19th out of 88 athletes, NITRATES MATTEO kg. 73 – 33rd out of 61 athletes, TEOLI MASSIMO kg. 60 – 17th out of 97 athletes and COLTRINARI PIETRO kg. 55 – 34th out of 88 athletes.
On Sunday instead the juniors (born 2005-2004-2003) stepped on the tatami; the best Italian athletes confronted each other on the competition area and reaching the podium is certainly not easy. Our athletes proved to be up to the competition, above all our athlete VERDECCHIA RICCARDO kg. 60, who by winning 4 matches for Ippon, reaches the final in the category where there were 39 members, loses the final but fighting with honor and demonstrating his value, for which he gets the silver medal and the second step of the podium.
ALESSANDRINI NICOLO’ kg. 66 still not in great shape he manages to win 1 fight then he gives up in the next fight due to the exacerbation of a pain in his arm that he has had for a few months and his race stops here, however arriving in 10th place out of 54 athletes.
BRACONI DANIELE at his first kg competition. 73, starts as always aggressive and proactive, unfortunately on his attacking mistake he suffers the counter technique and loses and is not fished out.
The calendar is very full of commitments for Sakura, where judo is practiced both at a competitive and amateur level and is open to everyone from 4 years of age to mature age.