Bezzina, Camilleri & Saywell on the highest podium in Judo Open

Sunday, April 18, 2010, 6:30

he 26th International Malta Open this year was moved to April, and it looked like a very good decision because the Maltese Team had a better opportunity to prepare. Participants in these events came from the traditional strong clubs in Italy and a few other countries.

The Malta Open on Saturday is the greatest opportunity that Maltese Judoka have in participating in an international event at low cost, because everything is organized in Malta. It gives the opportunity also to Maltese National Referees and Table Officials to take part in an International event locally.

Marcon Bezzina showed her old supremacy by eliminating all her opponents by Ippon (full points). Besides Joanna, there were 3 stong Italian Judoka coming from Sicily and Rome with International experience. Marcon threw in all her experience and dominated the event to win gold in the Open Female Category, to be followed by Angelina Bombara Angelina, Bronze in the last World Cadet Championships, and Joanna Camilleri.

Joanna managed to come back to the golden team by systematically eliminating her opponents in her category.

Jeremy Saywell tried his luck in the heavier -73 kgs Male Open Category. When he took part in his own weight and age category, (-66kgs Juniors), the same category he will be representing Malta in the Youth Olympic Games, Jeremy was dominant. He flew around, countering his Italian opponents’ attacks with his characteristic flip-overs and managed to slip into his favourite techniques throwing most of his opponents by Ippon (full points), ultimately winning gold.

Unfortunately, there was only 1 opponent for Isaac Bezzina who was weighing 5 kilos heavier, and did not have a second opportunity.

3 other members of the National Team Pool, Alexander Gribinets, Shawn Farrugia and Tiziana Apap did not fair too bad and managed to secure a bronze medal each.

The two cadet member in the National Team Pool showed a great prospect for the future. Artem Pashkov beat his 2 opponents winning gold and Tyron Zerafa made his debut in international competition.

On the whole, the Maltese Team faired very well, placing first in the medal table.

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