Antonio Aixel Ramírez Pérez, from Gran Canaria, returned from the European Youth Olympic Festival, held in Maribor (Slovenia), with the bronze medal, being the only Spanish athlete in the male category who managed to get on the podium.
The Spanish team summoned six judokas, 4 women and two men, to participate in the tournament.
The athlete from the Bushican Judo Sports Club, with only 16 yearsthus extends his excellent record this season in which he has also achieved third place in the Fuengirola European Cup, proclaimed himself champion of Spain, climbed to the top of the podium in the Coimbra 2023 European Cup and achieved second place that allowed him to participate in the Odívelas Portugal Cadet European Championship.
Four fights are what Aixel faced in this championship, of which he emerged victorious in three of them, being defeated in the semifinals. In the final for the bronze he did not give options to his Kosovar rival.
Inside of category of -90 kilos, which brought together 20 athletes from different countries, Aixel defeated Luigi Barbero, from Italy, with the highest score (Ippon) in the first round. In the quarterfinals, Aixel emerged victorious with the representative of Türkiye. Already in the semifinals, our judoka from the Canary Islands fell against Georgiano Saba, but was finally able to manage the bronze final after beating Kuka Blin, the athlete representing Kosovo.
The athlete from Gran Canaria returns home after spending a week in Slovenia, he will spend a few days recovering and next Friday, August 6, he will have an appointment with the national team to prepare for the World Cup at the Training Camp in Valencia. Aixel is currently ranked number 16 in the world ranking, the Spanish Judo Federation and D. The next appointment of the young judoka will be the Croatia 2023 Cadet World Championship from August 23 to 27 of this year.
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