Rochele Nunes wins bronze medal in Paris Grand Slam

The judoka Rochele Nunes won today the bronze medal in the category of +78 kg of the Grand Slam of Paris by judo, conquering the only ‘metal’ of the Portuguese entourage in the event.

The Portuguese beat, in the fight for third place, the Tunisian Nihel Cheikh Rouhou, by ‘ippon’, after both had already scored a ‘waza ari’, in the sixth match of the day for the Portuguese judoka.

Before, he started by beating Kazakh Kamila Berlikash, in the debut, which was followed by Frenchwoman Anne Fatoumata Bairo, Puerto Rican Melissa Mojica, and Algerian Sonia Asselah, in three fights decided by ‘ippon’.

In the semi-finals, she faced Belarusian Maryna Slutskaya, who defeated her after 2.34 minutes, falling to the bronze fight, in which she collected the only medal for Portuguese participation in the Paris event.

For Rochele Nunes, this is the fifth individual bronze medal since he started to represent Portugal and left Brazil, after the Tel Aviv Grand Prix, the Yekaterinburg Grand Slam, the Tbilisi Grand Prix, and the Brasilia Grand Slam, to which is added a silver medal in the European Games of the same year by teams.

Before that, two other judokas missed the bronze in the repechage, after reaching the semi-finals, cases of Bárbara Timo (-70 kg) and Anri Egutidze (-81 kg), who ended up qualifying in fifth place.

The judoka started by beating the German Alina Boehm by ‘ippon’, the Dutch Sanne van Dijke with a ‘waza ari’, the Spanish Maria Bernabéu with ‘ippon’ and the Swedish Anna Bernholm with ‘waza ari’, in a fight of almost eight minutes.

After losing, in the semi-finals, with the Japanese Yoko Ono (‘ippon’), the fight for the bronze ‘smiled’ to the British Gemma Howell, who applied an ‘ippon’ to win the fight.

Egutidze, on the other hand, registered three wins by ‘ippon’ to reach the semi-finals: against Robin Pacek (Sweden), Etienne Briand (Canada) and Kamoliddin Rasulov (Uzbekistan), before losing also by ‘ippon’ against Belgian Matthias Casse, already in the ‘socks’.

Against the Canadian Antoine Valois-Fortier, the Portuguese tried to reach the medal in 6.31 minutes but ended up giving ‘ippon’ to the opponent.

-100 kg world champion in 2019, Jorge Fonseca had high expectations for the Parisian event, but the Portuguese only fought two matches, winning the first, against Adnan Khankan, of the International Judo Federation refugee team, by ‘ ippon ‘.

Later, against the Russian Arman Adamian, the Portuguese ended up defeated in 1.56 minutes, also by ‘ippon’, staying out of the competition.

Yahima Ramírez got in the way in the -78 kg heats, losing to Russian Antonina Shmeleva, by ‘ippon’, already after winning, in the same way, Shu Huei Hsu Wang, from Taiwan, in the debut.

On Saturday, only Telma Monteiro reached the semi-finals, so she was able to compete for medals, but a disqualification in the fight with Sumiya Dorjsuren, from Mongolia, for an involuntary gesture that could hurt her opponent, prevented her from playing, fights for the bronze medal, a decision that the Portuguese have already criticized.

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