Round-Up of Swedish National Team Results on Day 1 of IFMA European Championships

A total of 29 bouts were featured on the opening day of the 2019 IFMA European Championships which kicked-off earlier today in Minsk, Belarus, with 5 of Sweden’s 12 athletes in action.

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Tournament favourite Sofia Olofsson started her 2019 campaign in style with a second-round stoppage over Belarusian Kseniya Novikava. She now moves onto the semi-finals of the Elite Female 54kg division where she faces Czech Viktorie Bulinova on Friday.

Four-time IFMA Champion Patricia Axling was next up in the Elite Female 57kg division, dominating the home fighter Volha Zhurauskaya taking a 30-26 unanimous decision. She moves on to face Spain’s Viktoriya Boyanova Tsvetkova in the semi-final on Friday.

Next up in Bout #8 was wonderkid Nicholas Bryant against Frenchman Celestin Mendes. After three rounds, the bout was scored even at 28-28, but the judges awarded the decision to the Swedish star.

Bryant moves on to the quarter-finals of the Elite Male 60kg category, which has a total of 10 entrants this year, where he will face Spain’s Francisco Jose Millan Alonso tomorrow.

Next up in the Female Elite 63.5kg division, Sara Matsson faced a tough test against Russian Svetlana Vinnikova, ultimately losing a 30-27 unanimous decision to one of the tournament favourites.

Andreas Gardsevic was last up for the Swede’s on Day 1, competing in the Elite Male 86kg division, he beat Greek fighter¬†Andreas Papasakellarioy by unanimous decision and will move on to semi-finals on Friday where he faces Azerbaijan’s Rafael Mammadov.

Tomorrow’s line-up sees Marcus Kenstam kick-off his Championships in the Elite Male 67kg category, and Nicholas Bryant continue his quest for European gold in the 60kg division.