KIT Athletes with Strong Performances at DHM Judo 2013
But not only quantitatively, but also qualitatively this DHM set new standards. Thus, the field of participants included several reigning German champions, national squad athletes and countless Bundesliga fighters.
It was therefore all the more pleasing that the 35 Karlsruhe participants were not only the largest in terms of numbers but also the most successful team.
In the individual championships held on Saturday, the Karlsruhe judoka won three gold medals, one silver and two bronze medals.
In the weight category up to 60 kg Martin Schuhmacher achieved something unique. In a high-class final he won against the reigning German champion Philip Graf from Munich and can call himself German University Champion for the fourth time in a row.
Up to 66 kg Julian Izsak could prove his class and achieved an outstanding 3rd place at his first DHM participation. Also in the weight category up to 66 kilograms Johannes Neumann fought his way to the final without any problems. There, however, he had to give up his fight prematurely due to an injury and had to settle for 2nd place.
Karlsruhe had two hot irons in the fire in the weight category up to 73 kilograms with Garlef Eder and Philip Müller, the strongest weight category with almost 100 participants. After strong performances, both faced each other in the semifinals, which Philip Müller narrowly won. After this victory he was also unstoppable in the final and secured his first title at German university championships.
In the weight category plus 100 kg Jan Weber crowned his excellent performance on this day with a worth seeing Uchi-Mata in the final and thus secured the gold medal in his weight category.
In the women's category, Melanie Gallmeier was particularly convincing and won the bronze medal up to 48 kg.
After a short night, the team competitions were on the agenda on Sunday. Here, the Karlsruhe competition community presented two men's teams, one women's team and one newcomers team.
Especially the men's team "Karlsruhe 1" had planned a lot after 4 third places in the last years. After 4 unchallenged victories, the Karlsruhe team also reached the final with confidence. There they met the strong Stuttgart team and had to admit defeat in the purely Baden-Württemberg final with 2:3 despite a sacrificial fight.
Despite this defeat in the final, the second place in the team competitions was a worthy conclusion to this extremely successful weekend for the Karlsruhe judoka.