Brazil comes first in Judo Grand Slam, Cuba finishes fourth
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The Brazilian judo team shone in front of its home audience to dominate the medal table of the Judo Grand Slam in Brasilia, in which the Cuban delegation also saw a good performance.
Brazil led the medal table with four gold, nine silver and four bronze medals, ahead of Japan (2-0-2), the United Kingdom (1-1-2), Cuba (1-1-1), Italy ( 1-1-0), Russia (1-0-4), France (1-0-3), Portugal (1-0-2), Spain (1-0-2) and Colombia (1-0-0). The gold medals of the Brazilians, out of a total of 14 up for grabs, ratified the country as a world power in this sport, and went to Allan Kuwabara in the 60 kg division, Daniel Cargini (66 kg), Ketleyn Quadros (63 kg) and Beatriz Souza (+78 kg). In the case of the Cuban judokas, they saw an improved performance in the final leg of the event after the gold medal for Kaliema Antomarchi (78 kg), who came third in Budapest 2017; second place for Ivan Felipe Silva (90 kg), champion at the Lima 2019 Pan American Games; and bronze for Maylin del Toro (63 kg), also champion in the Peruvian capital. The event provided points for the qualifying ranking to the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games, scheduled to take place from Friday, July 24, to Sunday, August 9, and in which more than 10,000 athletes from around 200 countries are expected to participate.