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Portuguese World champion Jorge Fonseca in his new life

24 Oct 2019 13:10

 Mark Pickering - IJF    IJF Emanuele Di Feliciantonio / International Judo Federation
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Portuguese powerhouse Jorge Fonseca struck IJF World Judo Tour gold at his 46th attempt and achieved it in dream fashion at the blue ribbon event on the international circuit. Fonseca, 26, had lost Grand Prix finals in 2017 and 2018 which stood as his best results on the IJF stage until his career-making day at the Nippon Budokan in August.

The o-soto-gari specialist went 6-0 in Tokyo to become Portugal’s first world judo champion.

“I don’t have words to explain my happiness,” said the popular champion after his awarding ceremony.

“I’ve worked a lot to win this competition and to win this medal and I’m so happy to be in this position with this gold medal.”

Fonseca will now have a target on his back in his red backpatch and will be aiming for another first as he looks to secure consecutive IJF titles for the first time in his career.

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