The Brazilian Judo Confederation (CBJ) announced today (2), in Rio de Janeiro, the 19 athletes summoned for the World Championship of the modality, between October 6 and 13, in Tashkent, Uzbekistan. The winner adds two thousand points in the classification ranking for the Paris Olympics in 2024.
This season, Brazil was on the podium ten times in Grand Prix and Grand Slam stages, two of them at the top, both with Guilherme Schmidt, in the under-81 kg category. He is currently the fourth best in the world in weight, being the country’s highest ranked male judoka in the International Judo Federation (IJF) ranking. The best positioned Brazilian, however, is Beatriz Souza, third in the category over 78 kilos.
Of the 19 called up, eight are among the top ten in their respective weights. In addition to Guilherme and Beatriz, the top 10 include Willian Lima (sixth in the under 66 kg category), Rafael “Baby” Silva (seventh in the over 100 kg category), Rafaela Silva (ninth in the under 57 kg category), Ketleyn Quadros (fourth in the under 63 kg category), Maria Portela (eighth in the under 70 kg category) and Mayra Aguiar (sixth in the up to 78 kg category).
Mayra, by the way, owns six medals in the competition and is aiming for a third world championship, which would be unprecedented for Brazil, between men and women. The two titles came in Chelyabinsk (Russia) and Budapest (Hungary) in 2014 and 2017, respectively. In addition to her, Rafaela also had the taste of being world champion, in 2013, in Rio de Janeiro.
“With the change of calendar, postponing the event from August to October, we need to recalculate the route and keep the preparation at the level that a World Cup requires. The athletes spent almost two months without major competitions with this change, but, together with the clubs , we built a path of preparation, passing through the Brazil Trophy, which kept the athletes in a competitive rhythm. Now, we are in the final phase, facing the main opponents in international field training. I believe that the team will arrive very well for this World Cup”, evaluated CBJ’s High Performance manager, Marcelo Teothonio, to the entity’s website.
The last World Cup was in June last year, in Budapest. Brazilian judo won three bronze medals, one in the mixed team dispute and two in the over 78 kg category, with Beatriz Souza and Maria Suellen Altheman. The country, however, is chasing a gold that hasn’t come since Mayra’s title in the Hungarian capital in 2017.
Check out the squad for the World Cup
Up to 60kg – Allan Kuwabara
Up to 66kg – Willian Lima and Eric Takabatake
Up to 73kg – Daniel Cargnin
Up to 81kg – Guilherme Schmidt
Up to 90kg – Rafael Macedo and Marcelo Gomes
Up to 100kg – Rafael Buzacarini
Over 100kg – Rafael Silva and Juscelino Nascimento*
*Juscelino will only compete in the team dispute.
Up to 48kg – Amanda Lima
Up to 52kg – Larissa Pimenta
Up to 57kg – Rafaela Silva and Jessica Lima
Up to 63kg – Ketleyn Quadros
Up to 70kg – Luana Carvalho and Maria Portela
Up to 78kg – Mayra Aguiar
Over 78kg – Beatriz Souza