The 18 Portuguese judokas who will participate in the 2019 World Championship in Tokyo today promised ambition to win medals and shine in the city that will host the Olympic Games during the official presentation.
With the maximum athletes allowed by the International Judo Federation (FIJ), Portugal will be represented by Catarina Costa (-48 kg), Joana Diogo (-52 kg), Joana Ramos (-52 kg), Telma Monteiro (-57 kg) ), Wilsa Gomes (-57 kg), Barbara Timo (-70 kg), Yahima Ramirez (-78 kg), Patricia Sampaio (-78 kg), Rochele Nunes (+78 kg), Miguel Pisco (-60 kg), Rodrigo Lopes (-60 kg), John Chrysostom (-66 kg), Sergiu Oleinic (-66 kg), Jorge Fernandes (-73 kg), Nuno Saraiva (-73 kg), Anri Egutidze (-81 kg), Carlos Luz (-81 kg) and Jorge Fonseca (-100 kg).
The main figure of the group is Telma Monteiro, the only one to count on medals in this competition and that comes motivated by the bronze recently achieved at the Minsk European Games. Regarding the expectations that fall on her performance, the 33-year-old judoka guaranteed to be “calm” and to face the pressure for the race in a positive way.
Among the men’s team stands out Jorge Fonseca, who won in July the -100 kg bronze medal at the Zagreb Grand Prix and currently occupies the eighth place in the ranking.
Faced with the status of head of the series, the 26-year-old judoka stressed that he had not changed his preparation, despite the greater confidence gained with this result.
Guiding athletes will be present coaches Ana Hormigo, Tsuyoshi Tsunoda and Pedro Soares, with the latter emphasizing the double pressure of being a year-old World Championship of the Tokyo Games2020 and whose results decisively influence the qualification.
The national team departs Friday and arrives on Saturday in Kaga, Japan, where they will remain until their departure to Tokyo on the 23rd.
The World Judo Championship will take place in the Japanese capital between August 25th and September 1st, bringing together a total of 917 athletes from 152 countries, who will compete in the men’s and women’s singles and mixed teams.