Cuba’s men’s squad took second place on the country medal chart of the European Judo Open, held in Cluj, Romania, with an outstanding performance by Iván Silva who won the 81 kilograms division.

Iván Silva from Matanzas won the 81 kg division in the European Judo Open, held in Cluj, Romania. Photo: Roberto Morejón

According to the tournament website, Silva secured the crown after defeating Bulgarian, Ivaylo Ivanov, by yuko, in a match decided during the Golden Score stage (extra time), earning the Cuban 100 world ranking points.

Previously, the judoka from Matanzas beat Hungarian Vlad Visan by ippon, in addition to Jonathan Allar-don (Shido) from France; Israel’s Asaf Chen (Wazari) and Laszlo Csoknyai (Shido) also from Hungary, respectively.

Speaking to AIN Justo Noda, head coach of the Cuban squad, stated that Silva was also joined on the podium by Asley González (90 kg) and José Armenteros (100kg) who both won silver after being defeated in the final matches of their respective divisions by Mihael Zgank of Slovenia and Ukraine’s Artem Bloshenko, in that order.

Noda explained that a no-show by González in the final resulted in his second place finish.

For their part, Magdiel Estrada (73kg) and Alex García (+100kg) both finished in fifth place in their divisions, contributing points for Cuba’s ranking on the country medal chart.

The renowned coach noted that his students competed in 25 fights, with 17 victories.

Noda’s disciples (1-2-0) were only surpassed by Slovenia (2-0-0) on the tournament’s country medal chart, in which 319 judokas participated (212 men and 107 women, Cuba did not participate in the women’s competition which saw representatives from 41 countries compete).