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Deguchi and Fonseca wrote history for their countries

24 Dec 2019 09:25

 Mark Pickering - IJF    IJF Gabriela Sabau / International Judo Federation
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Both judoka Christa Deguchi (CAN) and Jorge Fonseca (POR) earned their country’s first world judo titles and in doing so wrote their names into the history books. Deguchi won four of her five contests by ippon and beat former teammate and defending world champion Yoshida Tsukasa (JPN) in the final by a waza-ari score from a tani-otoshi.

Fonseca went six for six in Portugal as he emerged triumphant after the longest and greatest competition day of his life.

Both judoka now have a target on their backs, in the form of their red backpatch, and will look to bounce back in early 2020 after losing their respective opening contests at the Masters.


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