Brazilian judo had a bronze double this Saturday (16) with Ketleyn Quadros (63 kg category) and Daniel Cargnin (73 kg) at the Zagreb Grand Prix (Croatia), the last competition that scores for the ranking, before the Uzbekistan World Cup, in October.
The competition continues this Sunday (17), with seven more Brazilians on the mat: Mayra Aguiar (78kg), Giovanna Santos (+78kg), Rafael Macedo (90kg), Luanh Rodrigues (90kg), André Humberto (100kg), Rafael Buzacarini ( 100kg) and Rafael Silva “Baby” (+100kg) on the mat at the Zagreb Grand Prix. The Grand Prix has Live broadcast on the website of the International Judo Federation (IJF): preliminary bouts start at 5:00 am and the medal match starts at 12:00 pm.
Bronze at the Zagreb Grand Prix ?
— Daniel Cargnin (@dadscargnin) July 16, 2022
Bronze a year ago at the Tokyo Games in the light middleweight (66 kg) category, Cargni was all joy this Saturday with his first achievement in the new category – lightweight (73 kg) – in which he started to fight this year. The Brazilian won bronze in Zagreb after winning five out of six fights. The only defeat was in the semifinal to the Italian Manuel Lombardo. In the fight for bronze, Cargni got the better of fellow rookie Pedro Medeiros.
“I’m still adapting to 73kg. I’m very happy with the progress, that I’m doing well. I know there’s still a lot to improve, but it’s step by step. And I’m still looking for Paris 2024, my second medal. I thank everyone who cheered, who didn’t get discouraged in defeats. See you at the Worlds”, said excited Daniel, in a statement to the Brazilian Judo Confederation (CBJ).
Number four in the world at 63kg and in the fifth Olympic cycle, Ketlley Quadros won two matches in the preliminaries, but was surpassed in the semifinals by Canadian Catherine Beauchemin-Pinard – she would later take the gold after Anriquelis Barrios withdrew due to injury. In the dispute for bronze, Quadros defeated the Israeli Gili Sharir with a waza-ari right at the beginning of the fight and then only managed the advantage until the end of the match. It was the Brazilian’s second medal this year.
“I’m very happy with my medal. I think this is a sign that I’m on the right path, that I’m getting better every day, overcoming myself. I hope it will serve as a motivation and stimulus, since this is the last competition before the Worlds. The work will continue. Now, it’s time to go back, correct the details so that the next results are better and in our favor”, projected Ketleyn, who dreams of winning his first medal in World Cups, in the next edition in Uzbekistan, in October.