Canadian Judokas Shine at World Championships: Deguchi Wins Silver, Klimkait Takes Bronze

Canadian Christa Deguchi, reigning champion, won the silver medal in the 57 kg category at the World Judo Championships on Monday.

The 28-year-old from Lethbridge, Alberta, lost to South Korean Mimi Huh in the final.

Ranked No. 1 in the world, Deguchi earned her fourth career medal at the World Championships.

Maple leaf representative Jessica Klimkait, from Whitby, Ontario, was awarded bronze in the same category. Second in the world, she lost to Huh in the semi-final, then defeated Israeli Timna Nelson Levy for the bronze medal.

Although they occupy the top two ranks in the world, Deguchi and Klimkait will not both be able to represent Canada at the Paris Olympic Games since each country can only send one representative in each category.

Judo Canada has indicated that the qualification process will conclude on June 23. Klimkait beat Deguchi for the Tokyo Games in 2021.

Quebecers François Gauthier-Drapeau (81 kg), Louis Krieber-Gagnon (90 kg) and Catherine Beauchemin-Pinard (63 kg) will also be in action between now and the end of the Worlds on Friday.

2024-05-21 00:40:23
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