Venezuelan judo started with silver and bronze in Rosario 2022

Venezuelan judo started at the III South American Youth Games Rosario 2022 with a silver and a bronze medal.

Natalia Odremán in the -44 kilograms won three fights and lost one, to win second place on the podium. In the series of all against all, she dominated the Colombian Manuela Crespo with four laurels.

A native of Bolívar state, Odremán started with a wazari victory against Ecuadorian Melanie Loor. She then defeated Thayssa Moraes by hansuke make. The Brazilian lost due to an accumulation of penalties, all for untying her hair. Next, Odremán yielded by ippon (double wazari) to Crespo. Argentina’s Guadalupe Rojas was later defeated by ippon.

“First of all, I thank God and all my family. Unfortunately I lost a fight but I was able to hang the silver medal. I’m going to try much harder so that the next one is gold. A big hug for everyone”, said the judoka.

Odremán adds to this silver, second place in the Pan American Championship and third place in the 2019 Cadet Pan American Championship. Three medals in three international presentations: “I improved a lot compared to the Pan American Championship. I had enough attitude to win this time,” added Odremán.

Leomarys Ruíz won the bronze medal in the -52 kilograms. She started the day losing by ippon to Agatha Benedicto from Brazil. She dominated Tatiana Galvez from Chile in the first repechage match, who did not show up for the match. In the second confrontation of the repechage instance she got rid of the Uruguayan Priscilla Sánchez by ippon (double wazari) and for the bronze medal she beat the Colombian Wendy Golu by wazari. “It is a unique experience. My second bronze medal in an international games. It is something unique to give a medal to the country. I dedicate this medal to my mom, my brothers and my dad who is in heaven. It was wonderful to win the bronze match because of the work we did,” Ruíz said.

Francisco López fought for the bronze medal but lost by ippon to local Esteban Barrionuevo. Earlier in the day, he fell by ippon to Luis Pacheco of Ecuador. In the playoff he dominated Enzo Aranda by ippon.

Andrés León competed in the -55 kilograms. He lost on principle, to Marcus Pinto of Brazil by ippon and in the first repechage match he lost to Galo Villavicencio by ippon. “I was very excited about this competition. Unfortunately I could not achieve the objective but we will continue working”, expressed León.

This Wednesday Eduardo Franco will compete in -100 kilograms, Luis Pariche in -81, Audreys Pacheco in -63 and Hannelys Espina in -78 kilograms.

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