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27 May 2024 [13:57] - Today.Az

Laman Ismayilova

Azerbaijani junior judokas have claimed five medals at the Coimbra European Cup 2024, Azernews reports.

The national team finished the tournament with three silver and two bronze medals.

As a result, the Azerbaijani national ranked sixth in overall medal standings, took fourth place among men, and seventh place in women competition.

Nearly 491 judokas from 26 countries participated in Coimbra European Cup 2024 held in Portugal.

Founded in 1972, the Azerbaijan Judo Federation actively promotes this martial art across the country. Since 2015, the Federation has been led by Rovnag Abdullayev.

The country's modern judo history was laid by Mehman Azizov, who won a silver medal at the Old World Championship in 1998.

A year later, the winner of the World Youth Games in Moscow, Rasul Salimov, grabbed the bronze medal at the European Championship in Slovakia. Another national judoka, Elchin Ismayilov, became the European champion in 2000 in Wroclaw.

However, the achievements of Azerbaijani judo fighters did not stop there. Elnur Mammadli was named the best at the 2008 Beijing Olympics in the 73 kg division.

The 2008 Beijing Olympics gave fresh impetus to judo in Azerbaijan.

The list of the country's top judo fighters includes Rustam Orujov, Irina Kindzerskaya, Mammadali Mehdiyev, Elmar Gasimov, Hidayet Heydarov, Zelim Kotsoev, Ushangi Kokauri, and Nijat Shikhalizada.

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