Havana, Cuba - Cuba won four bronze medals in the IJF Budapest 2019 Judo Grand Prix, in Hungary, with highlight to women Idalis Ortiz (+78 kilos), Maylin del Toro (63) and Kaliema Antomarchi (78) and man Ivan Silva (90).
According to the website of the contest, Ortiz, Silva and Antomarchi defeated in the bronze medal matches Japanese Sarah Asahina; Dominican Robert Florentino and Chinese Zhenzao Ma, respectively.
Ortiz, Olympic and universal multi-medalist and current leader of the world ranking, had overall balance of three wins and one loss, the latter against Japanese Wakaba Tomita, who was subsequently crowned.
Silva, Baku 2018 world runner-up and third in the global list, finished with four victories and one loss against Japanese Shoichiro Mukai, while Antomarchi amounted three wins and also lost once to Brazilian Mayra Aguilar, who later climbed to the top of the podium.
Previously, on Saturday, Del Toro also finished third and thus, with this harvest (0-0-4) the Caribbean island ranked 14th in the standings of this major tournament.
Ten other Cuban judokas participated in this competition, but none of them managed reach the podium although it was a good training for the coming Lima 2019 Pan Am Games, to take place from July 26 to August 11, in Peru.
Japan (5-3-0) headed the standings, followed by Brazil (2-2-0), Kosovo (1-2-0), Spain (1-1-2), Kazakhstan (1-1-0), Mongolia (1-1-0), Georgia (1-0-2), Great Britain (1-0-1) and Israel (1-0-0), the nine nations that won the 14 crowns in dispute in a tournament attended by 543 athletes (340 men and 203 women) from 81 countries.
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