Slavin Strikes as Longobardi-Radford also claims debut Gold
Jade Slavin achieved a first tournament win of the Tokyo Olympic cycle as Great Britain newcomer Peter Longobardi Radford also left his mark on the Galeb Trophy in Belgrade.
The part-time model from Consett strutted her stuff all the way to the final of the Galeb Trophy in Belgrade.
And faced by home favourite Ana Bajic in the final of the +73kg weight division, Slavin turned on the style to add the title to last season’s Austrian and Luxembourg Open successes.
Slavin, part of a nine strong squad in the Serbian capital, wasn’t the only golden GB wonder.
Team mates, Longobardi Radford, making his senior debut since becoming a full-time member of the Manchester based squad, also took first place at -68kg.
To do so, the 21-year-old had to beat team mate Bradly Sinden in the semi-finals while Scottish teenager Rebecca McGowan, took bronze in the -68kg junior competition.
“It feels great,” said Slavin, expected to become a serious in-house challenger to Rio Olympic bronze medallist and reigning world champion, Bianca Walkden.
“After the disappointment of losing early in Poland recently, this victory has given me the confidence I needed to get myself back up.
“Each player was different so I had a different game plan for each fight. So before each fight I went over with my coach what to do and I believe it stuck to it well.”
Slavin didn’t have all things her own way. She only dropped three points in her four fights but against Spaniard Rosanna Alamo in the quarter-finals came through on the judges’ decision after golden point stalemate. Longobardi also had a tough second fight, beating Turkey’s Umut Bildik by a single point.
But he upped his game to defeat Spain’s Javier Polo in the last eight, Yorkshire born team mate Sinden in the last four and Bildik’s compatriot, Kutay Cekem, in the final.
McGowan, hoping to emulate 2014 gold medallist, Lauren Williams at next month’s World Junior Championships, collected bronze in the girls -68kg weight division.
Max Cater (Southampton)
bt Yavuzhan Urgac (TUR) 15-12
lost 9-7 to Jakub Posadzy (POL)
Josh Calland (Liverpool)
Beat Görkem Sezer (TUR) 13-4
Lost 13-11 to Marcos Caballero Echevarria (ESP)
Peter Longobardi Radford (Rye)
Beat Manuel Parada Martinez (ESP) 10-4
Beat Umut Bildik (TUR) 1-0
Quarter-finals: beat Javier Perez Polo (ESP) 12-3
Beat Bradly Sinden (GBR) 11-2
Beat Orhan Guler (TUR) 5-4.
Bradly Sinden (Doncaster)
Beat Dejan Tomic (SRB) 14-1
Beat Stylianos Mechteridis Papadopoulos (GRE) 15-3
Beat Kutay Cekem (TUR) 6-1
Quarter final beat Konstantinos Chamalidis (GRE) 4-3
Semi-final lost 11-2 to Peter Longobardi Radford (GBR)
Christian McNeish (Plaistow)
Beat Benjamin Reimeir (AUT) 13-4
Lost 11-5 to Daniel Quesada Barrera (ESP)
Levi Goodridge (Farnborough)
Lost 14-9 to John Asp (NOR)
-57kg: Rachelle Booth (Wigan)
Beat Sara Garcia Suarez (ESP) 6-0
Lost 4-3 to Aleksandra Radmilovic (SRB)
Charlie Maddock (Stoke on Trent)
Beat Weronika Uscimiuk (POL) 12-2
Lost 3-1 to Nikita Glasnovic (SWE)
+73kg: Jade Slavin (Consett)
Beat Nadine Truxius (GER) 16-3
Quarter-finals: beat Rosanna Simon Alamo (ESP), after golden point on superiority 0-0
Semi-finals: beat Lorena Brandl (GER) 7-0.
Final: beat Ana Bajic (SRB) 6-0.
Rebecca McGowan (Glasgow)
Quarter-finals: beat Lucija Pavlek (HRV)13-0
Semi-finals: lost 14-12 to Alema Hadzic (GER)