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120502 - Marcon Bezzina at EC Seniors Chelyabinsk

Marcon Bezzina represented Malta at the European Judo Championships in Chelyabinsk, Russia. This edition of the European Championships was one of the strongest since this was the last chance for European Judoka to qualify for the Olympic Games. Marcon was accompanied by Lamberto Raffi. Envic Galea, Louisa Galea and Alexis Milne were also present in Chelyabinsk as the European Judo Union General Secretariat. Marcon was psychologically prepared for the event, and went to the mat ready for the contest. She was drawn against KARADAG Selda from Turkey. Karadag has a collection of results on her cv such as 3rd European Team Championships and 1st European Cup Seniors Istanbul in 2011, 5th IJF Grand Slam Abu Dhabi and 3rd World Cup Baku in 2010. The contest started off well balanced, but Marcon managed to score a yuko with a counter attack. She managed to keep the advantage for half of the contest, however Karadag started getting a top grip thus pushing marcon to a defensive position. The referee awarded 3 penalties to Marcon which converted to a wazari for Karadag. Though Marcon was clearly the stronger judoka of the contest, Karadag advanced in the category and her next match was a close encounter with the Israeli Schlesinger who eventually won bronze in the category. Marcon flew straight from Russia to Great Britain for a pre-Olympic Training Camp, where she will be accompanied by Joanna Camilleri and later Lamberto Raffi.