Krisztián Tóth (90 kg) won the bronze medal at the European Judo Olympic qualification event in Montpellier, France on Sunday.
The Olympic bronze medalist, World Championships, and European Championships silver medalist met 2019 world champion Noël van ‘t End of the Netherlands in the bronze medal match, whom he had beaten six times in their seven encounters so far, reports Index. The seventh clash turned out to be a real marathon, with the 29-year-old MTK (Magyar Testgyakorlók Köre sports club) player receiving one warning (“Keikoku”) in the four-minute time frame, while his rival received two.
With 3 minutes 46 seconds left in the first assessed action of extra time, the opponent received his third caution for a foul – a throw that dangerously twisted the Hungarian’s elbow – and was sent off.
Photo via Facebook/European Judo Union
Krisztián Tóth won his third bronze medal at the continental tournament, having previously won in Montpellier in 2014, and in Lisbon in 2021. He won a silver medal in Kazan in 2016.
He received the Hungarian delegation’s first medal only in France this year, and also the 54th European bronze medal in Hungarian judo history.
Another member of the Hungarian delegation, Richárd Sipőcz, finished fifth on the final day of the European Championships in Montpellier.
Via Index, Featured image via Facebook/European Judo Union