Brazil beats Cuba to become Pan American judo champion

In the strongest category on the continent, Rafaela Silva, 2022 world champion, won silver. She beat Canada’s Jessica Klimkait, the 2021 world champion, in the semi-final, but lost by decision to Christa Deguchi, also Canadian and world champion in May this year.

Other Brazilian gold medals came from Larissa Pimenta (52 kg), Bia Souza (+78 kg), Rafael Macedo (90 kg) and Matheus Takaki, perhaps Brazil’s most important result in the tournament. Indeed, the country is not in the Olympic ranking zone in the world rankings in the lightweight category, but will enter it with the 700 points obtained by Matheus, 23, in Calgary.

In the women’s categories up to 48 kg and up to 70 kg, in which Brazil is also outside the Olympic ranking zone, Natasha Ferreira, 24, and Luana Carvalho, 21, won bronze. Jéssica Pereira (52 kg), Willian Lima (66 kg) and Michel Augusto (60 kg) also won bronze, while Leonardo Gonçalves (100 kg), Rafael Silva (+100 kg) and Guilherme Schmidt (81 kg) won bronze. finished second.

Guilherme’s silverware has indeed sparked many complaints. He lay down to deal a blow to the Canadian François Gauthier Drapeau, but the referee understood that it was his rival who had made him fall and applied a wazari, which ended up being decisive for the gold goes to the owner of the land.

Thinking about the Olympic race, Leonardo Gonçalves’ silver, while Rafael Buzacarini came fifth, increases Leo’s advantage on the way to Paris. Ketley Quadros finished fifth in the under 63 kg category and missed the opportunity to earn important points. The 35-year-old veteran is 18th in the Olympic rankings and faces exclusion from the Games.

Julia Fleming

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