Judoka Yiannis Antoniou makes history by winning gold in IJF World Tour

Yiannis Antoniou made history when he won a gold medal in the IJF World Tour( U21) in Algeria. The young athlete has swept all competitions he took part in the last two weeks. He won a silver medal in men’s pre-Olympic games in Tunisia (12/3/23), a gold medal in the Junior World Cup (U21) in Tunisia (10/3/23), and a bronze medal in the European Under 21 Championship (U21) in Lignano, Italy (5/3/23). After these continuous successes, the young judoka climbed to third place in the world rankings. With his victories, he secured competition in the Men’s World Championships, which will take place in May in Qatar. Antoniou is expected to be one of the youngest to compete in this major event among the best judo athletes worldwide. Knowing that he would be a step closer to qualifying for Qatar, he emerged victorious from the tatami on Friday. From the +100 kg category, he initially defeated Fares Boukedjar (Algeria), then Mohamed Amokrane Sebki (Algeria), and finally Mohamed El Mahdi Masahel (Algeria), achieving new victories for Cypriot Judo and raising the Cypriot flag to the top of the podium.

Source: Cyprus News Agency