Canada’s Catherine Beauchemin-Pinard claims silver at judo world championships

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Canada’s Catherine Beauchemin-Pinard earned a silver medal within the world judo championship Sunday.

The 28-year-old from Montreal, who was a bronze medallist at final summer season’s Olympic Games in Tokyo, misplaced to Japan’s Megumi Horikawa within the girls’s 63-kilogram ultimate in Tashkent, Uzbekistan.

The consequence had Beauchemin-Pinard considering the 2024 Olympic Games in Paris.

“When I received my bronze medal at the Olympics, I knew I needed to maintain competing for at least one other yr in order that I may win the one medal I did not have, a world championships medal,” Beauchemin-Pinard mentioned.

“I’m joyful to say that I did it, I achieved my purpose. It undoubtedly makes me really feel like making an attempt for the gold medal, however I’m going to take it one step at a time.”

Beauchemin-Pinard received her first three bouts shortly Sunday in underneath 70 seconds in every with victories over Audrey Jeanette Etoua Biock of Cameroon, Iva Oberan of Croatia and Renata Zachova of the Czech Republic.

The Canadian, ranked third within the world by the International Judo Federation, wanted simply over two minutes to beat Manon Deketer of France within the semifinal earlier than dealing with Horikawa.

Beauchemin-Pinard began the ultimate aggressively with a sequence of assaults repelled by her opponent.

The Canadian maintained stress by means of the match, however Horikawa prevailed within the ultimate second of the 4 minutes of regulation time with an ippon, which is a decisive throw or maintain much like a knockout in boxing or pin in wrestling.

“Throughout the struggle, I used to be capable of block her, however her approach bought the very best of me at the very finish, after I had gotten a bit drained,” Beauchemin-Pinard mentioned.

“It was between two high-level opponents who have been pushing themselves exhausting. At one level, on the bottom, I got here near scoring, however wasn’t capable of.

“I’m proud of my consequence, however proper now, I’m principally feeling the bitterness of defeat. A silver medal is at all times a bit exhausting to take, and it would take just a few days earlier than I be ok with it.”

Francois Gauther-Drapeau of Alma, Que., misplaced to Tajikistan’s Somon Makhmadbekov in his opening bout of the 81-kg class Sunday.

Montreal’s Shady El Nahas and Toronto’s Kyle Reyes will compete Tuesday within the males’s 100-kg division.

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