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Possible repetition of 2012 Olympic Final U57kg

26 Aug 2015 12:05

Kaori Matsumoto

In fact no big surprises at the World Championships for women U57kg. Nicely distributed over Asia, Europe and Pan America. World Ranking leader Corina Caprioriu won her pool after she bested Hedvig Karakas of Hungary in the quarter final. The Hungarian has an excellent tournament though and defeated tough judoka such as Filzmoser, Amaris and Quintavalle and had to do much more effort than Caprioriu.

Her opponent in the semi final will be Beauchemin-Pinard of Canada. The Canadian had a tough road meeting with Viola Waechter, Rafaela Silva and Helene Receveaux and in the quarter final she sent American Marti Malloy to the repechage who defeated both her enemies whom she lost to previously. North Korean Ri, Korean Kim but forgot to take out Beauchemin-Pinard. 

The other semi final is between Automne Pavia who defeated Portuguese vice world champion Telma Monteiro for the fourth time, now 4-2, and Monteiro to the repechage.

Monteiro couldn’t complain about her draw while Pavia bested Nekoda Davis as small roadblock, but Pavia was more aggresive in the beginning and got a yuko and despite the seoi nage efforts Monteiro couldn't take out Pavia.

Pavia's opponent is her Olympic Champion Kaori Matsumoto. Matsumoto reached the semi final by defeating Mongolian medal hope Sumiya Dorjsuren and Russian Irina Zabludina. Also Taipeh’s best judoka Lien Chen-Ling was bested by the Olympic champion who lost her first match at the 2014 World Championships and takes revenge this time.

Caprioriu is against the strongest candidate for the final looking into the statistics. So it could be the repetition of the Olympic final as Matsumoto has record of 3-0 against Pavia. Likely three out of the four pf the London podium will be on stage again.

Semi finals:

Caprioriu vs. Beauchemin-Pinard 3-0

Pavia vs. Matsumoto 0-3


Corina Caprioriu of Romania was finallist of the 2012 Olympic Games in London. She won bronze at the 2011 World Championships in Paris and was European Champion in 2010 and bronze in 2011. She booked multiple World cup titles since 2010. European Junior silver in 2004. #1 of the world in 2015.

Catherine Beauchemin-Pinard fought the World Junior Championships final in 2013 and took bronze in 2014. Pan Am Championships bronze in 2015. She won her first senior world cup (Montevideo) and Grand Prix (Ulaanbaatar) and Grand Slam (Tyumen) in 2014. She won silver at the 2015 PanAm Games.

Automne Pavia is 2012 Olympic Games bronze medallist and bronze at the 2014 World Championships. She won two European titles in 2013 and 2014. She won 4 European medals in a row 2012-2015.

Kaori Matsumoto is the beast! Olympic Champion in 2012 and World Champion in 2010. Multiple National Champion U57kg. Won the Asian Games in 2010 in Guangzhou. She won the Grand Prix in Dusseldorf in 2014 and European Open in Oberwart in 2015. All Japan champion in 2015.

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  • Kaori Matsumoto (JPN), Automne Pavia (FRA) - World Championships Astana (2015, KAZ) - © JudoHeroes
  • Catherine Beauchemin-Pinard (CAN), Corina Caprioriu (ROU) - World Championships Astana (2015, KAZ) - © JudoHeroes
  • Corina Caprioriu (ROU) - World Championships Astana (2015, KAZ) - © JudoHeroes

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