Judoka Falk Petersilka won the first gold medal for the German national student team at the World University Games in Chengdu.
Judoka Falk Petersilka won the first gold medal for the German national student team at the World University Games in Chengdu, China. The medical student from the University of Cologne prevailed in the final of the weight class up to 100 kg against the Japanese Kaito Green. It was the first German judo gold ever at the World University Games.
“I felt fit and good right from the start, it was an all-round excellent day,” said former cadet world champion Petersilka, who defeated the strong Japanese, third at the Tokyo Grand Slam in December, six seconds before the end of the fight. Raffaela Igl (HS Munich) also took bronze in the class up to 78 kg.
The water jumpers Alexander Lube (RWTH Aachen) and Lou Massenberg (HTW Berlin) and the table tennis men were also happy about medals. Lube and Massenberg won silver in the synchronized competition from the 3-meter board on the first day of competition. “We actually didn’t think we could keep up with the Chinese here,” said Lube.
The table tennis team with Florian Bluhm (Hohenheim University), Kirill Fadeev (Düsseldorf University), Tobias Hippler, Nils Hohmeier (both IU Internationale HS) and Pekka Pelz (Saarland University) secured bronze after beating Romania 3-0 in the quarter-finals . The German selection narrowly missed out on reaching the final with a 2:3 win over Taiwan.
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