Canada’s Jessica Klimkait captures bronze at judo world championships

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Canada’s Jessica Klimkait defeated top-ranked Timna Nelson Levy of Israel to seize the under-57 kilogram bronze medal at the judo world championships in Tashkent, Uzbekistan on Saturday.

The athlete from Whitby, Ont., rebounded from an earlier loss within the event with a convincing effort towards Nelson Levy, who Klimkait has now defeated in 5 consecutive fights.

“I knew my opponent rather well and I knew I needed to comply with my sport plan to the letter. To counter her strengths, I needed to dictate the tempo of the struggle, utilizing my very own judo and my holds,” stated the second-ranked Klimkait.

“That labored effectively from the very starting, so I set my very own tempo. In the tip, my holds made the distinction for the win.”

After back-to-back wins to begin the competitors, Klimkait misplaced to South Korea’s Mimi Huh within the quarter-finals. As a results of being within the repechage, the 25-year-old Canadian defeated Eteri Liparteliani of Georgia with a purpose to struggle for bronze.

“Things did not begin out the way in which I’d have preferred, however my quarter-final loss gave me an opportunity to clear my head, dig a bit deeper, and discover motivation to make it to the rostrum,” Klimkait stated.

“My principal objective is to make it to the highest of the rostrum, and I’ve bought some issues to work on. My goal is all the time to maintain enhancing, and this competitors will permit me to do precisely that.”

Klimkait was the reigning world champion getting into the occasion and likewise gained bronze at the Tokyo Olympics.

Brazil’s Rafaela Silva gained gold, whereas Japan’s Haruka Funakubo took silver. Enkhriilen Lkhagvatogoo of Mongolia defeated Huh within the different bronze medal closing.

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