Reigning world champion Jessica Klimkaid won the bronze medal in her first international competition after the Tokyo Olympics in the under 57 kg category. The Canadian did not miss his comeback, having excelled on his way to a gold medal in his division at Friday’s Grand Slam in Antalya (Turkey).
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Coach Antoine Valois-Fortier and the newly retired athlete, who was close to Tatami, led his supporters, delighted with Klimkait’s excellent performance, who finished tomorrow with an impeccable record of five wins and no defeats.
“We saw it as a comeback. We wanted to find her bearings to see where she stands after a long absence from the competition. She has proven that she is still in excellent condition and has her place at the top of the division,” Volois-Fordier commented at the end of the day.
In the final, Klimkite faced Sarah Leoni Cicci of France, who lost the gold final in Tokyo last summer. Ontario dominated this time and did not waste time, beating Ipanema in just 30 seconds to win the fourth Grand Slam gold medal of his career. According to his coach, it was a doubly important victory for the VTP athlete.
“It’s Sunday! Jessica and Sisick are sure to dominate the division for the next few years and they are both great. Jessica wanted to forget her defeat at the Olympics, and she never missed her chance. Today (Friday) she can be very proud of what she has achieved. ⁇
The gold medalist of the day easily won his first three fights and showed his colors quickly. He first defeated Irem Gorkmas of Turkey before winning against Nilufer Ekmaganpedova. Klimkite advanced to the semifinals with a victory over Frenchman Faiza Mokter.
The 25-year-old needed extra time to beat Jessica Lima of Brazil. Klimkite eventually won by Iban to get his ticket to the Grand Final.
“She had a great rhythm from the beginning of the day and we felt she was well prepared physically and mentally. She did nothing wrong, she won, “said Volodymyr-Fordier about the Klimkite.
In the still under 57kg category, Krista Tegucci also hoped to finish tomorrow with a medal around her neck. The match got off to a good start for Alberton, who won his first three duels. He advanced to the semifinals, beating Brazil’s Rafaela Silva, Uzbek’s Shukurjon Aminova and Portugal’s Delma Monteiro in succession.
However, in the semifinals of the Tegucigalpa Sarah Leoni showed excellent play against Sisik. With twenty seconds to go, the French won by iPhone.
So the Canadian saw himself in the fight for the bronze medal against Israeli Timna Nelson Levy. Deutsche was fined three times for a minor injury to his finger during extra time, thus conceding victory to his opponent. He therefore took fifth place in the category classification.
“It came back to Christa after many months without competition. The day started well, but it did not end the way we wanted. There were a lot of positives on his side. It was the first day of a long cycle of restarts. I did not worry she would make the necessary changes,” Volois-Fordier analyzed.
Kelly Tegucci (-52kg), the only Canadian athlete in the race on Friday, was defeated from the start against Estrella Lopez Sheriff of Spain.
“Kelly is always gaining experience. He showed us some great things before the holidays. We always have to make some changes. We have a training camp planned for this week and it will definitely be useful for him considering the two-week Pan American Championship,” the coach concluded.
The event will continue on Saturday in Antalya with Catherine Puezmin-Pinard (-63kg), Arthur Marceliton (-73kg), Antoine Bouchard (-73kg), Fran்கois Gauthier-Trebu (-81kg) and Etienne Print (-81kg). 81 kg) will be in operation.
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