The judoka from Rio Grande do Sul, 34 years old, won the bronze in the category up to 70 kilos, at the Grand Prix of Odivelas (Portugal) this Saturday afternoon (29). It is the second medal of the Brazilian delegation in the competition: the Rafaela Silva, from Rio de Janeiro, Olympic champion at Rio 2016, was the first to reach the podium yesterday (28), winning gold in the under-57 kg category. The competition continues this Sunday (30), with a live broadcast on the International Judo Federation (IJF).
And so we closed the 2nd day of the Grand Prix of #JudoPortugal ! With Brazil on the podium!
bronze medal for @MahPortela 70kg! Congratulations, warrior!
— CBJ (@JudoCBJ) January 29, 2022
In the fight for bronze, Portela surpassed the current Asian champion, the Korean Heeju Han. The Brazilian, currently number 6 in the world ranking, started the day beating Ukrainian Yuliia Ukrkurchenko. Then, she lost to the Dutch Jorien Nedvisser in the final match of the bracket. In the repechage, Portela beat British Katie-Jemina Yeats-Brown, and advanced to the bronze medal.
Who also competed for the podium this afternoon was Guilherme Schmidt, 21, from Brasília, current military world champion in the under-81kg category. However, in the dispute for bronze, Schmidt was surpassed by the Japanese Yuhei Oino, finishing the competition in fifth place.
This Sunday (30) four more Brazilians will go in search of the podium in Odivelas: Beatriz Freitas (78 kg), Rafael Macedo (90 kg), Rafael Buzacarini (100 kg) and Juscelino Nascimento (+100 kg). The fights start at 8:30 am (Brasília time), with the finals always at 2 pm.