GB Judo Fighters Set For European U23 Championships and Baku Grand Slam

This weekend sees 9 GB Judo fighters in action at the European U23 Championships in Budapest, whilst 7 fighters will compete at the Baku Grand Slam.

Dylan Munro enters in the form of his life having claimed back-to-back bronze and silver medals at the Dubrovnik European Cup and Malaga European Open respectively.

Munro is joined by 2019 European Junior Championship bronze medallists Lachlan Moorhead and Yasmin Javadian. Javadian who also added European U23 Championship bronze to her medal haul in 2019, will face Erza Muminoviq (KOS) in the opening round.

Munro is seeded 3rd and will face either Yehonatan Veksler (ISR) or Denys Tupytskyi (UKR) in Round 2 whilst Moorhead will face Tiziano Falcone (ITA) in Round 1.

Joshua Giles competes alongside Munro in the -60kg category and will face B.Tralhao Fernandes (POR) in the opening round, whilst Michael Fryer and Charlie Young compete in the -66kg category and will face Stanislav Semkov (UKR) and Ion Tonofrei (MDA) respectively.

Louis Delsol competes in the -81kg category and faces Dobromir Kalisterski (BUL) in the opening round, whilst Malaga European Cup bronze medallist, Max Gregory competes in the -100kg.

Gregory is seeded 6th and will face Kenny Liveze (FRA) in the opening round.

Dubrovnik European Cup bronze medallist Amy Platten has experienced standing on the top step at a major championship as she won gold at the European Youth Olympic Festival bacin 2017. She competes in the -48kg category.

Platten enters as 4th seed and will face Anias Perrot (FRA) in the opening round.

This weekend also sees the IJF World Tour head to Azerbaijan for the Baku Grand Slam. Baku was host for the 2018 World Championships, which saw Nekoda Davis claim silver.

At the Baku Grand Slam, Olympic bronze medallist Chelsie Giles returns to the tatami on Friday for her first competition since the Tokyo Games. Seeded first, Giles has an opening round bye and will face either Liliia Nugaeva (RUS) or Yasmin Lima (BRA) in the Quarter-Finals.

Fellow Tokyo Olympian and recent Paris Grand Slam silver medallist, Lucy Renshall competes on Saturday in the -63kg category. She is joined by Kelly Petersen-Pollard (-70kg) who enters following a 5th place finish at the Paris Grand Slam and a silver medal at the Zagreb Grand Prix.

Renshall is seeded 2nd and has an opening round bye before facing Gabriella Moraes (BRA) or Aytaj Gardashkhanli (AZE) in the Quarter-Finals.

Also seeded 2nd is Petersen-Pollard who will face Millena Silva (BRA) in the Quarter-Finals.

In the -73kg category Eric Ham and Daniel Powell are in action. Powell recently won silver at the Sarajevo European Open.

Ham is seeded 8th and has an opening round bye before facing the victor of the opening round contest between Oleksandr Koshliak (UKR) and Ertur Turdubaev (KGZ).

Meanwhile, Powell faces PanAmerican Junior Champion Gabriel Falcao (BRA) in the opening round.

Sunday sees Dubrovnik European Cup gold medallist Jamal Petgrave (-90kg) and Sarajevo European Open bronze medallist Harry Lovell-Hewitt (-100kg) in action.

Petgrave has an opening round contest against local fighter Rufat Ismayilov (AZE) who was gold medallist at the 2017 Baku Grand Slam, whilst Lovell-Hewitt faces three time Grand Slam gold medallist Kentaro Iida (JPN).

In Budapest action on Friday starts at 09:00am (GMT), whilst on Saturday Preliminary Rounds start at 10am.

Final Block is scheduled to commence at 16:00 on Friday and 15:00 on Saturday.

In Baku action on Friday starts at 08:00am (GMT), whilst Saturday and Sunday Preliminary Rounds start at 9am.

Final Block is scheduled to commence at 13:00 on each day.

British Judo will bring you a recap of how all your British fighters perform each day and you can follow the action on the British Judo social media channels. You can also watch the action live on the British Judo homepage.