2015 Veteran World Championships, Amsterdam DAY 3 Back
September 23, 2015
IJF News - 23 September, 2015
Veteran World Championships 2015, Amsterdam
The Veteran World Championships 2015 featured two more men's age groups at the Sporthallen Zuid on Thursday as judoka aged from 49 up to 54 fought for world glory.
A highly-impressive figure of 788 judoka are engaged in the Veteran (over 30) event this week from 68 countries and the M4 (age 45-49) and M5 (50-54) groups were in action today.
M5 -66kg judoka Anton CENA (KOS) won one more world judo title for Kosovo with a superb performance as he won all five fights to grace the top of the podium.
"I am very happy and proud, we’re one of the newest countries to be recognised by the IOC and I’m very happy that people can see all our judoka representing our country,” said CENA, who beat Alfredo CHINCHILLA (NOR) for gold.
"I am very happy that IJF President Mr. Marius VIZER has helped us to be recognised and thankful to him as he has been a great supporter for Kosovan judo. Since the IJF and Mr. VIZER recognised us we have been able to be successful in judo.
"I live in Pristina and have a dojo in my garden where I train 50 children and 20 adults while every week I will visit Peja to train with our national team. I have six brothers and they all practiced karate, for me, I immediately preferred judo and I have never looked back.”
M5 -66kg medal podium
CENA, who drove 2,400km from Kosovo to compete in Amsterdam, said: "I was an orphan at 7 years old and judo was the only thing I loved, it is still everything to me. It is a test of power, speed, control, skill and conditioning, you need all of it.”
The newly-crowned world champion, who was supported by the Kosovo Police to compete in Amsterdam, spoke of the new status of the sport in Kosovo since double world champion Majlinda KELMENDI (KOS) won her country’s first world title in any sport in 2013 and repeated her success in 2014.
"I enjoy watching all of the IJF events on the live stream, I look at everything. I am proud of Kosovo and now judo is hugely important to our country and very well-known. All the media will be waiting for me when I arrive home. I look forward to fighting at this competition next year and long into the future.”
Meanwhile M4 heavyweight Hendrik KOPPE, 53, delivered a crowd-pleasing performance as he won his sixth Veteran crown. The long-time Dutch international judoka, who was recognised on Monday for his services to judo with a special medal presentation, was unbeatable as his power and frame was too much for the opposition.
M4 +100kg medal podium
The crowd favourite defeated Davlatshokh BACHABEKOV (TJK) in the final which was his fourth fight of the day.
Elsewheere M3 middleweight MIYAMOTO Kozo (JPN) produced an accomplished display despite having to settle for bronze. The three-time Veteran World Championships winner, who went to the same school as double world bronze medallist and Rio 2016 hopeful TASHIRO Miko, defeated Oscar OOMAN (NED) for bronze.
"I will be back next year and will aim to win gold medal,” said MIYAMOTO, who lost his semi-final to eventual silver medallist Johan HORSMAN (SWE) by a shido for passivity in golden score.
The Veteran World Championships continues on Thursday with the penultimate day of judo in Amsterdam as the wait is finally over for the M2 (age 35-39) and all female age groups who will be ready for their tilt at world silverware. Watch all the action live on day four at www.ippon.tv
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Thursday - Veterans
Categories: M2/All women’s divisions
Location: Sporthallen Zuid
IJF Media & Communications Department
Nicolas Messner, IJF Media Director
Photos © IJF Media by G. Sabau