On the first day of the Paris Judo Grand Slam, Brazil did not qualify any athlete for the final block of the competition. Judokas Rafaela Silva and William Lima were the Brazilians who advanced further in the tournament, falling in the repechage phase.
In the women’s under-57kg group, Rafaela Silva debuted in the second round, where she beat Slovenian Kaja Kajzer by ippon. Afterwards, she passed the Japanese Akari Omori, in a fight that had a golden score almost six minutes long. In the quarterfinals, Rafa stopped the Frenchwoman Faiza Mokdar, being defeated by a waza-ari. Finally, the Brazilian fell in the repechage to Serbian Marica Perisic, 10th in the world rankings.
Among men, in the up to 66kg category, William Lima began his campaign beating Daikii Bouba, from France, Obid Dzhebov, from Tajikistan, and Yesset Kuanov, from Kazakhstan. Later, the judoka from São Paulo was defeated by Mongolian Baskhuu Yondonperenlei, the second best athlete in the world, in the quarterfinals. Ending his participation in the Paris GS, he lost the duel to the Spaniard David Garcia Torne.
Participation of other Brazilians
In total, Brazil also had the presence of seven other athletes at the opening of the Grand Slam in Paris. In the women’s category, Jéssica Pereira and Larissa Pimenta, both in the up to 52 kg category, fell in the second round of the competition. Alexia Nascimento and Natasha Ferreira, in the 48kg category, were eliminated in their debut fight, losing to Colombian Erika Lasso and Italian Francesca Milani, respectively. Furthermore, in the under-57kg group, Jéssica Lima beat Emirati Altantsetseg Batsukh, but stopped at Kosovar Nora Gjakova, Olympic champion in Tokyo-2020.
In the men’s competition, Michel Augusto (60kg) started beating the American David Terao. However, the Brazilian fell in the next fight, when he lost to South Korean Kim Won-jin. Finally, in the same bracket, young Roger Pereira debuted with a defeat to Frenchman Gabin Supervielle.
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