BRAZIL AND CANADA LEAD WAY FOR AMERICAS TO WORLD JUDO CHAMPIONSHIPS
Led by their Olympic medalists, Brazil and Canada are the only countries in the Americas to step onto the podium at the Tashkent 2022 World Judo Championship with many top athletes yet to compete in the last three days of competition.
The long-awaited comeback is over for Brazil’s Rafaela Silva who won her first world championship gold medal since 2013 this week at the World Judo Championships in Tashkent, Uzbekistan.
The Rio 2016 Olympic champion won gold in the women’s 57kg division after a two-year suspension from competition due to testing positive for performance-enhancing drugs. The two-time Pan American Games medalist is back in action with an impressive victory in Uzbekistan.
Her teammate Daniel Cargnin joined her on the medal table by winning bronze in the men’s 73kg competition. Daniel has already won an Olympic bronze medal at Tokyo 2020 and a silver medal at the Lima 2019 Pan American Games in the 66kg division at both events.
Canada has also won two medals at the current World Championships, led by Catherine Beauchemin-Pinard with a silver in the women’s 63kg weight class. The Tokyo 2020 bronze medalist and Toronto 2015 silver medalist was also on hand to support Jessica Klimkait who won bronze in the women’s 57kg event. Klimkait was unable to defend her 2021 world championship title which followed her Olympic bronze in Tokyo.
The American continent is represented by a total of 11 countries and 72 athletes, with Brazil and the United States bringing the largest delegations of 18 athletes each. Brazil, Canada, Chile, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Jamaica, Peru, Puerto Rico, United States and Venezuela are the countries participating in the world championships.
There are three days of competition left with the men’s 100kg and women’s 78kg tournaments taking place tomorrow October 11, the +100kg and +78kg events on October 12 and the mixed team event on October 13 to conclude the championships. Several of the continent’s best judokas will compete over the last three days of competition.
Brazil will be looking to improve on their current 5th place in the medal table with the powerful trio of Mayra Aguilar (78kg), Beatriz Souza (+78kg) and Rafael Silva (+100kg). Aguilar is a three-time Olympic bronze medalist, the 2017 world champion and the reigning Lima 2019 Pan American Games champion. Souza is the Lima 2019 bronze medalist while Silva is a two-time Olympic medalist and Guadalajara silver medalist. 2011 Pan Am Games.
USA’s best medal chance goes to LA Smith, the silver medalist from Lima 2019 who will compete in the 100kg event tomorrow.
Cuba has two powerhouse judokas hoping to step onto the podium in the final days of action, led by three-time Pan American Games champion and 2012 Olympic champion Idalys Ortiz in the women’s +78kg division who is chasing her first world title since 2014. She is joined by 2019 Lima champion Andy Granda who is hoping to make it to the podium in the men’s heavyweight +100kg event.
Panam Sports congratulates all athletes representing the Americas at the World Judo Championships.