Cuban Judokas Struggle at Judo Grand Slam in Tashkent

Havana, March 2.- Cuba today recorded its second day without a podium in the Judo Grand Slam in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, a competition that will conclude this Sunday with the participation of 495 representatives from 68 countries in search of points for the world ranking (RM ).

After leaving the path to the medal discussion on Friday, Jonathan Charón, in the 60 kilograms (kg), and Orlando Polanco (66 kg), this Saturday Magdiel Estrada (73 kg) lost the second round of preliminaries after being bye in the first, while Maylín del Toro (63 kg) and Idelannis Gómez (70 kg), also went bye and lost their debut.

According to the International Federation site, Estrada defeated by Ippon in his first presentation against the Lithuanian Kestuti Vtkaukas, but was later defeated in the same way by the Polish Adan Stodolski.

Maylín and Idelannis were victims of Ippon and Wazari of the Russian Dali Liluashvili, who competes for an independent team, and Ida Erikson, of Sweden, respectively.

Tomorrow will be the day with the greatest chances of medals for Cuba when Iván Silva (90 kg), Andy Granda (+100 kg) and Idalis Ortiz (+78 kg) take to the tatami.

So far France leads the official medal table by country with three gold, one silver and one bronze, followed by Uzbekistan (1-1-2), Tajikistan (1-0-0) and Italy (1-0-0 ), although Russia appears with a laurel of each color (1-1-1), and should occupy the third step.

The Grand Slam has the presence of 255 men and 240 women registered, and awards points for the RM that defines the Olympic team for the Paris 2024 Games.

According to what was announced on the Tashkent site, Granda is the most outstanding for Cuba in the RM with fourth place, followed by Silva (7), Estrada (20), Maylín (23), Idalis (29), Polanco (43) , Idelannis (44), Charón (59) and Lianet Cardona (65-78 kg), who now did not compete in the Uzbek city.

These nine Cubans have training bases in France (f) and Hungary (m), and previously participated in the Grand Slams in Paris and Baku, but none of them managed to get on the podium, with the highlights going to Maylín and Silva, occupants of seventh and fifth –discussed bronze- places, respectively

Before traveling to France and Hungary, Rafael Manso, president and commissioner of the National Federation, informed the Cuban News Agency that they must also attend, not always with everyone as in previous events, the Austrian Grand Prix (GP) ( March 8-10), the Georgia GS (March 22-24) and the Turkish GP (March 29-31).

The women’s and men’s teams must return to Cuba on April 1 to compete in the Varadero Pan American Open (April 4-5) and would return to France and Hungary in May to continue preparation. (Text and photo: ACN)

2024-03-02 20:27:05
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