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Tough pool for Deguchi with Rafaela Silva and Corina Stefan
9 Aug 2018 20:30
Christa Deguchi of Canada is the only judoka in the sport who has won gold at the two opening events of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic qualification phase. Japan-based Deguchi, 22, has won five gold medals from five outings this year. Paris Grand Slam winner won the Hohhot Grand Prix and Zagreb Grand Prix, both first two events of the qualification.
Deguchi, 22, has won 24 contests in a row and astoundingly all by ippon. Olympic champion Rafaela Silva (BRA), Olympic bronze medallist Telma Monteiro (POR) and former world champion Udaka Nae (JPN) all contribute to the U57kg category again being one of the standout categories at a Grand Prix event. In the pool with Deguchi also 2012 Olympic finalist Corina Stefan-Caprioriu who’s on her way back. Rafaela Silva is on the other side in the same pool.
From Hungary Hedvig Karakas is in a good shape. She won bronze at the previous Grand Prix in Zagreb and silver this year at Grand Slam level in Düsseldorf. She won Grand Prix bronze in Budapest in 2014 only. Although the competition is tough, this is her chance. She is among the seeded athletes and in a good position to reach the last eight.
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