Paulista de Peruíbe, Beatriz Souza won silver this Wednesday (12), at the Judo World Cup in Tashkent (Uzbekistan), the country’s fourth medal in the competition. Current number 3 in the world, Beatriz was surpassed in the heavyweight final (over 78 kilos) by French Roman Dicko. The 24-year-old Brazilian won bronze at the last edition of the event, in Budapest (Hungary), last year.
The country can return to the podium this Thursday (13), the last day of the World Cup, in search of unprecedented gold in the mixed team dispute. The opponents in the qualifiers, from 1:30 am (Brasília time) will be the South Koreans. If they advance, the team will face Israel, Austria or Uzbekistan in the quarterfinals. The fights are broadcast live on the website of Canal Olímpico do Brasil.
BEATRIZ SOUZA, LADIES AND GENTLEMEN!
Congratulations, Bea! Brabaaaaa 🙅🏾♀️
— CBJ (@JudoCBJ) October 12, 2022
To reach the final fight for the gold, the São Paulo defeated three opponents. In her debut, she got the better of ippon over judoka Larissa Ceric (Bosnia and Herzegovina). In the next duel, for the quarterfinals, Bia surpassed the experienced Cuban Idalys Ortiz, who has collected four Olympic medals and eight world medals. Then, in the semi, the Brazilian defeated, for the first time in her career, the Japanese Wakaba Tomita, securing her place in the final against the French Dicko. However, in the fight for the gold, the Frenchwoman immobilized Bia in the second minute of the fight, and sealed the victory with a asaekomi (another immobilization technique).
The runner-up in Tashkent is the result of a successful season for the Brazilian: in the individual, Bia had already won two gold medals – Pan American Judo in Lima (Peru) and Aberto de Riccione (Italy) – in addition to silver at the Grand Slam in Tel Aviv. .
— Judo (@Judo) October 12, 2022
With Bia’s silver, Brazil ended the individual competitions in the vice-leadership of the medal table, with two gold medals – Rafaela Siva (57kg) and Mayra Aguiar (78kg) – in addition to Daniel Cargnin’s bronze (73kg). At the top is Japan, with 12 (five golds, four silvers and three bronzes).
In the men’s heavyweight contest (over 100kg), the experienced Rafael Silva, Baby, won his first fight against the Chinese Ruinxuan Li, but in the round of 16 he was overcome by the Uzbek Alisher Yusupov. Baby returns to compete this Thursday, for mixed teams.