October 24, 2021

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The Judo Grand Slam begins on Saturday in Paris, the host country for the 2024 Games

Three years before the start of the Olympic Games in Paris (France), ten Brazilian athletes competed this weekend in the major judo championships in the European capital. The selection features ten athletes who, for the first time in their careers, are seeking the long-awaited position in the Games. In addition to Brazil, the tournament brings together judokas from 46 countries. The gold medal guarantees two thousand points in the world rankings of the International Judo Federation (IJF). The disputes will be broadcast on Saturday (15) and Sunday (16) live Channel do IJF On Youtube – Finals will always take place at noon (Brasilia time).

“I see this competition as the beginning of the next Olympics, and being in the Olympic city makes me feel closer to my dream. I feel the power of playing a Grand Slam with the taste of the Olympics,” said Elaine Santana (70kg), bronze medalist at the Grand Slam in Düsseldorf (Germany), in testimony before the Brazilian Judo Federation (CBJ).

This Thursday morning (14), the first five Brazilians to hit the carpet next Saturday (16) took part in the last preparatory activities before the weight and debut: Natasha Ferreira (up to 48 kg), Jesica Pereira (57 kg), Willian Lima (66 kg), Renan Torres (66 kg) and David Lima (73 kg).

“I am very confident. Paris is a traditional and high-level competition. But I am ready and ready to take a medal in this event. Fighting in the city and country of the Olympic Games will be a very special thing”, projects Gilherme Schmidt (81 kg), Vice Champion of the Grand Prix in Zagreb ( Croatia), on the 25th, the first competition of the new Olympics.

Guilherme Smith will fight on Sunday (17kg), along with Ellen Santana (70kg), Guilherme Schmidt (81kg), Marcelo Gomez (90kg), Lucas Lima (100kg) and Joao Marcos Cesarino (+100kg). The key raffle will be on Friday (15) at 9 am (Brazilian time).

At the last Grand Slam in Paris, Brazil took the podium twice: Larissa Pimenta (52 kg) and Beatriz Souza (+78 kg) won the bronze. Sarah Menezes (52kg) and Rafael Silva (+100kg) took fifth place.