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International judo competitions started in Chelyabinsk

International judo competitions in memory of the Honored Master of Sports of the USSR Grigory Verichev for the prizes of the Russian Judo Federation have started today in the capital of the Southern Urals.

Governor of the Chelyabinsk Region Alexei Teksler and President of the Russian Judo Federation Sergei Soloveichik solemnly opened the competition.

– For many years now, a tournament named after our famous judoist Grigory Verichev has been held in our region, and this year this tournament is held at a new, special level. I am sure that the athletes will show excellent fights, – Alexey Teksler commented on the opening of the tournament.

On the first day of the tournament, South Ural athletes won gold, silver and two bronze medals. Anastasia Kholodilina became the champion. She performed in the weight category over 78 kilograms. The second place was taken by Diana Gizatulina in the weight up to 70 kilograms. Taisiya Kireeva won a bronze medal in the same category. Also third place was taken by Ivan Syrtsev. He fought at 66.

– I wish the participants of the competitions victory here, on the mats of Chelyabinsk, and I am also sure that there will be victories at other international competitions in Russia and abroad, – Sergey Soloveichik said at the opening.

Our athletes were opposed by 231 participants from 7 countries and 31 regions of Russia. For the entire duration of the competition, 14 sets of awards will be played. Tomorrow the judoists will have to fight again.

Source From: MK

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