City of Zagreb hosted the first edition of European Universities Combat Sports Championship in kickboxing, judo, karate and taekwondo. For the first time these four sports were held at the same time and at the biggest European Universities Championships organized this year were more than 1300 fighters from 36 countries and 404 universities. This was a general rehearsal for the combat sports competition at the European Universities Games in Belgrade next year.
Serbia had representatives from University of Belgrade, University of Novi Sad and University of Niš. Most participants came from Poland, Russia, Great Britain, Germany and Ukraine who were the general winners of the championship with 41 medals on their chest.
Kickboxer Nikola Todorović from University of Novi Sad won gold in the category of -75kg.
“I knew that a well prepared opponent awaits me. I followed his matches and I saw that he know how to win matches. My focus was at the highest level and the tactics of my coaching staff was efficient. I think that this was a very good competition. A lot of fighters showed up, first match was against a Russian fighter, second against a Pole and I can say only the best about their approach here.” – said Todorović after the final fight.
Miloš Đukić was a silver medalist in the under 81kg and won another medal for the University of Novi Sad:
“This is my first time competing at the University level and at the event that has more than 1300 athletes. Before the final match I had two really good ones – in the first round I won a domestic fighter and in the next round I faced really tough and dedicated Polish fighter and won 3:0 by points and even threw him to knockdown. Final match was against an Ukranian fighter and he had more experience and small details decided in his favor. However, heads up and moving forward. I am satisfied because I had a great tournament. Now I have a break, and perhaps go to the preparations of the national team”, said Đukić.
University of Niš and his judoka Nemanja Milić won the bronze medal in under 60kg category an the representative of University of Belgrade Zlatko Turković also won the bronze in kickboxing under 81kg.
“I am very satisfied with how the things are going. Organization was excellent, positive athmosphere was present all around the tournament. Everything was taken care of, organizers from Croatia welcomed us nicely. My semi-final was lost by a single point against a Ukranian fighter and managed to take home to bronze. Hopefully we will return the hospitality next year at the European Universities Games in Belgrade” – concluded Turković.
Next time we will see the best university fighters at the European Universities Games in Belgrade next year.