Home » Judo news
The latest Judo News offered by JudoInside.com
Top athletes in Mexico for Grand Prix Cancun
12 Oct 2018 09:40
With just a few events to go in the IJF Tour, the international elite athletes visiting Mexico this weekend for the Grand Prix in Cancun. The second edition of this tournament attracted a few Rio 2016 Olympic champions such as Paula Pareto (ARG), Rafaela Silva (BRA) and Lukas Krpalek (CZE).
Pareto flew in from Buenos Aires where the former world champion was an Athlete Role Model at the Youth Olympic Games.
In her category we see the return of London 2012 Olympic champion Sarah Menezes (BRA) who has won as many Grand Prix titles as she has won Olympic gold medals. The three-time Grand Slam winner topped the Grand Prix medal podium in Havana, Cuba, in 2016 but could be in line for glory in Cancun. Menezes, who was not selected for her country for September’s World Championships, will be aiming to make a point in Mexico and could star on day one.
Antalya Grand Prix gold medallist Catarina Costa (POR) finished fifth on her World Championships debut in September as she lost out to Olympic champion Paula Pareto (ARG). The world number 17 has caught the eye this year and will expect to medal to win her third Grand Prix medal of the year.
Junior World Championships gold medallist Amber Gersjes (NED) is a wise selection by the Netherlands and will offer her strongest performance since moving up to the senior level last year. Cancun Grand Prix silver medallist Edna Carrillo (MEX) will be under pressure to perform for the hosts on day one.
Olympic champion Rafaela Silva (BRA) lost her opening contest at the World Championships and will be keen to put on a show in Cancun. Former world champion SILVA won the Budapest Grand Prix in August and will be one of the favourites in the -57kg category with a potential fifth Grand Prix title on the line. World silver medallist Nekoda Smythe-Davis (GBR) is now up to third place on the World Ranking List which is a new personal best for the Londoner. Smythe-davis has won back-to-back World Championships medals and is one of the most consistent performers in a deep division.
World number 10 Jessica Klimkait (CAN) and Agadir Grand Prix bronze medallist Miryam Roper (PAN) will also be in action and both are capable of putting together a run and going all the way in Mexico.
Related judoka and events
Related Judo Photos
Related Judo Videos
Related Judo News
Brazil and Canada seemed to be the two most dominant nations in this moment at the forthcoming Judo Pan American Championships held in Lima, Peru, this week. The Pan Americans are strong at level in both heavyweight categories but perhaps the most eye-catching division in for women U57kg. However Jessica Klimkait will be missing in Lima, so no Canadian clash, but perhaps Christa Deguchi and Rafaela Silva may battle as highest seeded players. Read more
Beijing 2008 Olympic bronze medallist and Rio 2016 Olympic champion Paula Pareto (ARG) defeated Marrakech Grand Prix winner Julia Figueroa (ESP) in golden score to win her second Grand Slam title. The Argentine veteran marginally outworked her Spanish opponent who received her third shido in added time to hand the gold medal to Pareto. Read more
The Grand Slam of Ekaterinburg booked a record number of participants. With 358 athletes of 47 nations saw by far more athletes this year compared to 2018 and 2017. Only the Grand Slams in Moscow attracted more judoka in 2010 (488) and 2011 (458). We will have a look at the women in Russia after the draw. The women U70kg counts 33 athletes, that happened only 5 times more in the IJF Tour. Read more
Five reigning Olympic champions and eight current world champions are among the 235 judoka from 53 countries who are all set for action at the season-ending World Judo Masters in Guangzhou, China on Saturday and Sunday. The field includes four 2016 Olympic Champions in their weight category. Obviously Lukas Krpalek is the fifth now fighting +100kg. Read more
Larissa Greis (GER)