The European Universities Games (EUG) 2022 ended on July 30, 2022 in Lodz with a big closing ceremony in the sports arena. On the last day of the competition, the German universities were able to improve their medal balance even further with a silver medal in karate and four bronze medals in taekwondo. The German delegation finished the EUG with three gold, ten silver and 20 bronze medals in eleventh place in the medal table.
Silver in karate for Meryam Yildirim
Karateka Meryam Yildirim (IST School of Management) competed in the Kumite final to win the long-awaited gold medal. After a good start, the 27-year-old was in the lead against Kinga Harast (Uni Lodz) for a long time, but fell back shortly before the end. “Unfortunately I made mistakes in the final seconds and had to give up two points. All in all, I’m satisfied with my performance and I’m very happy about silver,” said Yildirim after the fight.
Successful competitions in Taekwondo
In total, the German universities were able to win nine medals in Taekwondo, four bronze medals were added on today’s last day of competition. In the women’s category up to 67 kilograms, Robyn Blake-Rath (Hannover University) and Ann-Christin Dorow (Frankfurt University) started. Both lost to their opponents in the semi-finals, but were happy about bronze afterwards.
Youssef Mkademm from the TU Darmstadt also delivered a successful competition in the class up to 87 kilograms, but was narrowly defeated by the Hungarian Kelen Bailey in the semifinals. The same result was achieved by Walid Hashimi (RWTH Aachen) in the heavyweight division. Like Mkademm, he was able to receive bronze at the award ceremony.