Steph Walker (-57kg) wins bronze at the Croatia Senior European Cup 2019.

Stephanie Walker travelled to Croatia for the EJU Senior European Judo Cup 2019 held between 13th-14th April.  Once again, the Croatian Federation held a strong and well-organized tournament in the scenic Dubrovnik.

In only her second competition of the year, the 21-year-old judoka’s performance on the mat was nothing less than impressive as she made her way onto the podium.

The completion saw Walker take to the mat four times.  She breezed through the first round as Isreal’s Ariel_Bezalel was disqualified. The second round Walker faced Belgium’s Eveline Delbaen, with the fight going down to golden score where she held her opponent down for ippon.

Taking to the mat for the penultimate round, the Netherland’s Lesley Koorn proved too strong for Walker this time, narrowly winning the match in the last second.  Not one to be knocked down, Walker came back in the semi final to arm lock her opponent, 21-year-old Swiss judoka Ines Amey, for ippon.

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