Klimkit defeated his opponent by waza-ari in overtime. This is Canada’s first Olympic women’s judo medal.
A few minutes later, Ippon defeated fellow countryman Arthur Marglidon in his fight for bronze in the 73 kg category. Montreal was surprised by the Mongolian Tsogbata Tsend Usher, who tripped him on the ground and then immobilized him after 32 seconds of fighting.
Marglidon finishes her stay in Tokyo in fifth place.
In the semi-finals, he faced the eventual French-Canadian silver medalist, Sarah Leonie Cesek.
In the quarter-finals, Klimkett made a short run with Polish Julia Kowalczyk. Antarian had been very active since the start of the fighting.
She immobilized her opponent for 20 seconds on her back, on the ground, giving her the victory with Ippon. It was all over in 1 minute 47 seconds.
A little earlier, she easily got rid of her first opponent that day, the Bulgarian Evelina Iliva. She was also won in this battle by Ippon. With her world number one ranking, Jessica Klimkett, 24, enjoyed a pass into the round of 16.
Long trip to Tokyo
Jessica Klimkett wrote the final chapter of a story that pulled her out of the shadow of her eternal Canadian rival, Christa Deguchi. She won her Olympic qualification dearly because just two months ago she still didn’t know if she would be in the Games.
Canada could only send one judoka in the under-57kg category to Tokyo. So everything will be decided at the World Championships in Hungary.
Arthur Marglidon’s beautiful career
And Quebec Arthur Marglidon also works in the under-73kg class. He lost in the quarter-finals, but redeemed himself in the enlistment by defeating Israeli Tohar with drums.
He lowered his flag in front of a powerful opponent, two-time Olympic medalist, Lasha Shavdatoashvili of Georgia. Margelidon defended well during the four minutes of the fight. None of the judokas scored a point.
Quebec took his opponent to the ground at the start of overtime, but was unable to immobilize him on his back. The Georgian finally took the upper hand after two minutes. He surprised Kiebecker with a huge internal shear and won an EPON.
In the round of 16, Arthur Marglidon passed his first big test of the day with flying colors, defeating Kazakh Zansai Smagulov in overtime. He found himself in a precarious position, but with 40 seconds left in regulation time, he had to work overtime thanks to the drop and waza-ari.
Earlier in the Round of 16, Marglidon needed just over three minutes to defeat Saudi Arabia’s Suleiman Hamad.
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