Belgian Judokas Struggle at Judo Worlds: A Tough Start for Team Belgium

Judo: difficult start for the Belgians at the Worlds

Before the entry into the running this Tuesday of Matthias Casse (less than 81 kg) who should change things, the Abu Dhabi Worlds started on a false note for the first five Belgian judokas entered on Sunday and Monday. Belgian Matthias Casse pictured during a training session at a training camp of Judo Belgium, ahead of the Judo European Championships in Zagreb (25-28/04), at the Stedelijk Lyceum Topsport, in Wilrijk, Antwerp, Saturday 20 April 2024. BELGA PHOTO DAVID PINTENS – BELGA By Ph.VW Published on 05/20/2024 at 8:35 p.m.

Before the entry into contention this Tuesday of Matthias Casse (less than 81 kg) who should change things, the Abu Dhabi Worlds started on a false note for the first five Belgian judokas entered on Sunday and Monday.

On the men’s side, Jorre Verstraeten (IJF 22), fortunately safe for some time in the race for the Paris Olympics in less than 60 kg, did not manage to achieve the feat he has been dreaming of for over a year. , his last medal dating back to March 31, 2023 during the Antalya Grand Slam. Little spoiled, it is true, by the draw, which had reserved the world No. 1, the Taiwanese Yung Wei Yang in the second round, the Louvaniste, who had initially taken out the Congolese Arnold Kisoka (IJF 69) on penalties, couldn’t do anything. Yang, reigning Olympic vice-champion and bronze medalist at the 2022 Worlds, took advantage of a moment of inattention from the Belgian to score waza ari and was no longer worried afterward.

On the women’s side, in the under 48 kg category, while Loïs Petit (IJF 49), exempted from the first round, was then beaten by the Russian (under neutral flag) Sabina Giliazova (IJF 11), Ellen Salens (IJF 46) was able to break in against the Turkmen Kurbanay Kurbanova (IJF 63) thanks to an arm lock, before being immobilized in twenty seconds by the Japanese Wakana Koga (IJF 9).

In the under 52 kg category, Amber Ryheul (IJF 30), after a walk in the park against the Indian Shraddha Kadubal Chopade (IJF 108) whom she immobilized in 22 seconds, was never able to impose her judo against the German Mascha Ballhaus (IJF 10) and took three penalties synonymous with disqualification.

Finally, in the under 57 kg category, Mina Libeer (IJF 25), also little spoiled by the draw, succumbed from the start in a little over a minute against the world No. 1, the Canadian Christa Deguchi, on a scan.

2024-05-20 23:09:37
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