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08/11 - World Senior Championships 2011

900 athletes from 140 countries met in Paris to compete in the largest ever world championships for Judo. Malta was represented with the same team of the GSSE Brent Law in the 60 Kgs, Jeremy Saywell in the 66kgs, Johanna Camilleri in the 52kgs and Marcon Bezzina in the 63kgs.

Marcon Bezzina

After a full recovery from the elbow injury at the Games of the Small States of Europe and intensive training, Marcon Bezzina returned to the scene by beating LOHOVA, Mariya from Turkmenistan with a Yuko, she then met ALDIKOVA, Zarina from Kazakhstan, the Asian Bronze medal winner and reigning champion of Kazakhstan. In this match, Marcon was dominating, but after suffering a yuko, lost momentary her concentration to be thrown for Ippon one and a half minutes before the end. Marcon was in great form and could have won this event too. Marcon now hold a world ranking of 86th out of 166 in the -63kg category, sharing this place with a Japanese, Brazilian, German and Polish athlete, having won 40 points in this largest ever world Championship.

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Jeremy Saywell

 At 18 years, the Silver Medallist of the GSSE was drawn against the twice Olympian and veteran from Lithuania Albert Techov. Rather than being dishearten, Jeremy immediately started his attacks, one after the other. The experience of the opponent showed in how he stopped all these techniques. At the end however unexpectedly, Jeremy managed to maintain his superiority and won with a Yuko. Jeremy is presently ranked 110 out of 276 in the World Ranking, together with a Japanese, Georgian and Korean, although he is still a Junior.