Brazil won this Saturday (4) two more medals in the Grand Slam of Judo in Tbilisi (Georgia), both in the category up to 63 kilos. Olympic medalist at the Beijing Olympics (2008), Ketleyn Quadros from Brasilia won silver after being surpassed in the final by Israeli Imbal Shemesh. Tamires Crude secured bronze by defeating German Nadja Bazysnk. Last Friday (3), the carioca Rafaela Silva won bronze, the country’s first medal in the competition.
The competition continues this Sunday (5), from 5 am (Brasilia time) with the fights of Mayra Aguiar (up to 78 kg), André Humberto (up to 100 kg) and Juscelino Nascimento Júnior (over 100 kg). The finals are scheduled for 10 am, with Live broadcast on the website of the International Judo Federation (IFJ).
To reach the final, Ketleyn had three consecutive victories: she overcame Zuhulmar Dashinkova (Turkmenistan) in the round of 16; she beat American Hannah Martin in the quarterfinals, and in the semi she beat Frenchman Manon Deketer. In the gold dispute, the Brazilian lost the victory in the final minute, when learing a waza-ari from rival Imbal Shemesh.
Before, the Israeli had already defeated Tamires Crude in the semifinal, pushing the Brazilian to the bronze dispute. Tamires debuted at the Georgian Grand Slam with a win over Czech Renta Zachova and then defeated Hungarian Brigitta Varga. In the fight for bronze, the Brazilian beat Nadja Bazysnk by fitting a ippon.
Brazil also had three other representatives on the mat this Saturday (4): Julio César Koda (up to 73 kg) and Vinícius Panini (81 kg) were eliminated in the round of 16, and Luana Carvalho (70 kg) finished in seventh place.