Canada’s Catherine Bauschmann-Pienaar wins world judo silver medal


Canada’s Catherine Bauschmann-Pienaar won the silver medal at the Judo World Championships on Sunday.

The 28-year-old from Montreal, who was a bronze medalist at last summer’s Tokyo Olympics, lost to Japan’s Megumi Horikawa in the women’s 63kg final in Tashkent, Uzbekistan.

As a result, Beauchemin-Pinard considered the 2024 Paris Olympics.

“When I won the bronze medal at the Olympics, I knew I wanted to keep competing for at least another year so that I could win the only medal I didn’t have: a World Championships medal,” Beauchemin-Pinard said. I was.

“Well done, I’m happy to say that I achieved my goal. Of course I want to challenge for the gold medal, but I want to take it step by step.”

Beauchemin-Pinard quickly won their first three matches on Sunday with wins over Cameroon’s Audrey Jeanette Etoua Biock, Croatia’s Iva Oberan and Czech Republic’s Renata Zachova in under 70 seconds each.

The Canadian, who is ranked No. 3 in the world by the International Judo Federation, defeated France’s Manon Dequeter in just two minutes in the semifinals before facing Horikawa.

Beauchemin-Pinard aggressively started the final with a series of attacks that were repulsed by their opponents.

The Canadian maintained the pressure throughout the bout, but Horikawa won in the final second of four minutes of regulation time with an ippon, a decisive throw or hold akin to a boxing knockout or wrestling pin. .

“Throughout the match, I was able to block her, but her technique beat me at the last minute when I was a little tired,” said Bauschmann-Pienaar.

“It was between two high-level competitors who were pushing themselves hard. At one point I came close to scoring on the ground but couldn’t.

“I’m happy with the result, but right now the biggest pain is losing. Silver is always a little bit harder and it may take a few days to feel better.”

Alma’s Francois Gauther-Drapeau lost to Tajikistan’s Somon Makhmadbekov in Sunday’s 81kg opener.

Montreal’s Shadi El Najas and Toronto’s Kyle Reyes will compete in the men’s 100 kg division on Tuesday.

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