38th WMC Judo – Rio de Janeiro (BRA) - Day 4 & 5


Brazil was once again the master of the mats with four new titles!



RIO DE JANEIRO (BRA) – For the third day of competition of the 38th WMC Judo, Brazil was once again the master of the mats at the 38th World Judo Military Championship, which ended in Rio de Janeiro.

Brazil closed the World Military Championship with ten golds and seven bronzes as on the last day, Eduardo Yudy, Rafael Macedo, Samanta Soares and Maria Suelen Altheman climbed on the first step of the podium.



Eduardo Santos Yudy (-81kg) faced the Russian Alan Khubetsov, currently ranked 5th of the IJF Ranking. The match was intense, with both athletes taking together a punishment by lack of combativity. In the final half, Khubetsov entered twice with danger, but Yudy with a waza-ari was the one who opened the count. Thirty seconds before the end, the Russian went all-out, took another punishment for the Brazilian, but Yudy counterattacked on an inning of the Russian and put the Russian back on the mat to secure the golden ippon.



Maria Suelen Altheman (+ 78kg) also faced a strong rival, the French Julia Tolofua, defeated two days earlier by the Brazilian in the fight that gave the country the gold in the women’s team event. The Brazilian went ahead with a waza-ari after one minute. The match was balanced until Maria Suellen got the perfect opportunity to beat Tolofua again and become the new Military World Champion of the +78kg category.



Samanta Soares (-78kg) defeated the Russian Aleksandra Babintseva, currently ranked 21st of the IJF Ranking, two positions ahead of the Brazilian. The dispute was very fierce and frank, with the Russian coming to uproot the top of the judogi of Samanta twice. The Brazilian almost claimed gold with a foot technique in the final seconds of normal time, but without success.

In the Golden Score, the Brazilian made one mistake in the footprint, generating the second punishment, against one for Babintseva. Aware of this, the Russian increased the pace, but it was the Brazilian who, again with her foot technique, almost scored. In the sequence, the Russian took a second punishment. Arriving in the third minute of the extra time, both athletes were exhausted. Babintseva exaggerated in defence and took a third punishment allowing the Brazilian to grab the most dramatic gold of the day.



Rafael Macedo (-90kg) beat another French representative, Lorenzo Pericone. The first big moment of the Brazilian was in the middle of the confrontation, when he managed to project the rival, but could not score. Seconds later, another attempt of the Brazilian made Pericone fell sideways. Waza-ari! The French tried to react without success and Macedo won the last title of the Brazilian delegation.



The French delegation was also very impressive with three gold medals during the last day of competition. In the -63kg, the 2016 Olympic runner-up Clarisse Agbegnenou defeated the Serbia Anja Obradovic after an intense fight.



Marie Eve Gahié imitated her teammate Agbegnenou with a new title in the -70kg category. The French judoka, who took the silver medal in the 2018 Baku World Judo Championships, defeated the Polish Daria Pogorzelec in the gold medal game.



Finally, Joseph Terhec added the last gold medal to the French delegation collection with a title in the -100kg category as he defeated his teammate Cedric Olivar in 100% French final.



The last final of the day was a Russian duel between Anton Brachev and Tamerlan Bashaev in the +100kg category. Anton Brachev managed to defeat his teammate and win the third gold medal of the Russian delegation.



On November 11, the delegations attended the Closing Ceremony of the event which was held in presence of Colonel Walter Jander, Vice-President Americas, Member of the CISM Board of Directors and Official CISM Representative of the event; Lieutenant General Jorge Antonio Smicelato, Chief of Delegation of Brazil to CISM; Lieutenant-Colonel Eric Ponsot, PCSC Judo; Admiral Gilberto Max Roffe Hirschfeld, General Coordinator of the development of the Nuclear Propulsion Submarine Program; Mr. Rogério Sampaio Cardoso, General Director of the Brazilian Olympic Committee and Judo gold medallist at the Barcelona Olympic Games 1992; Colonel Stefan Marginean, IJF Representative as well as local and international high authorities and fans.

The CISM Flag was handed over to the Chinese delegation which will organize the next edition of the WMC Judo in the framework of the 7th CISM World Summer Games.

Thank you Rio and see you next year in Wuhan!



The event was broadcasted un SporTV 2 .


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