Autumn 2003 (11.3)
Judo in Baku
Left: Gold medalist Ramila Usubova (57 kg)
in the Women's Competition of the European Judo Championship
held in Baku in August.
the first time, the European Judo Championship was held in Baku.
The competition took place at the Sports and Exhibition Center
in Baku on August 23rd and 24th, 2003.
An Olympic sport, Judo is quite popular in Azerbaijan among both
men and women. There are several Judo clubs in Baku, the most
famous of which is "Ippon." Azerbaijanis have excelled
in Judo in the international arena.
For example, in 1992 Nazim Huseinov won the Gold Medal in Barcelona
and Zulfiyya Huseinova has won top awards in various International,
World and European championships in the women's division, including
four-time World Champion. This year's competition brought 300
athletes from 30 countries to Baku. Azerbaijan was represented
by 14 athletes, one of which one was a woman - Ramila Usubova,
who won a Gold Medal.
Above: (Left) Gold medalist
Elman Nasibov - 55 kg; (Right) Gold medalist Elman Karimov -
All in all, the Azerbaijanis fared exceptionally well, winning
three gold, three silver and two bronze medals. As a team, Azerbaijan
took the First Place; France, second; and Georgia, Third.
Azerbaijan's Gold Medal winners included: Elman Nasibov (55 kg),
Elman Karimov (60 kg) and Ramila Usubova (57 kg). Silver Medal
winners were Nijat Shikhalizade (50 kg), Seymur Rezayev (66 kg),
and Teymur Alikhanov (73 kg). Bronze Medals went to Anar Aliyev
(81 kg) and Mehman Novruzov (more than 90 kg). Next year's European
Judo Championship is scheduled to take place in Holland.
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