Portuguese judoka Jorge Fonseca, world champion in the -100 kg category, lost today in the fight for the bronze medal at the Doha Masters, finishing the competition in fifth place.
Jorge Fonseca had four matches, with two wins and two losses, the last one already in the discussion for the ‘bronze’, against the world number one and European champion, the Israeli Peter Paltchik, with whom he had also lost in 2018 in the Masters of Guanhzhou.
The judoka of Sporting thus repeats the classification reached in the Masters of 2018 and 2017, this one in Saint Petersburg, always staying at the podium, in a competition in which Telma Monteiro is the only Portuguese with medals, in 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2019.
Until he reached the fight for the medal, Jorge Fonseca had beaten Croatian Zlatko Kumric (34th in the ‘ranking’), by ‘ippon’, in the main frame, and Canadian Shady Elnahas (seventh), already in the recap, and lost with the Dutchman Simeon Catharina (29th) in the access to the semi-finals.
A fight in which Jorge Fonseca had to be assisted, ending up injured in the head area, just as it had happened on the first day with Telma Monteiro, who had also concluded the competition with a head injury.
In the fight for bronze, the Portuguese received two punishments, but he still dragged the decision to the golden point – extra time, after the initial four minutes -, period in which at three minutes, seven in total, suffered the third ‘shido’, and respective ‘ippon’.
Also today, Rochele Nunes (+78 kg) competed with the judoka of Benfica, 11th in the world, to be removed in the initial match by Cameroonian Hortence Vanessa Mballa Atangana (14th), for ‘waza-ari’.
Portugal entered the Masters, a competition that brings together at the end of each season the ‘top-36’ of each category in judo, with seven athletes, four eliminated, cases of Joana Ramos, Anri Egutidze, Bárbara Timo and ROchele Nunes, and three, Telma Monteiro, Catarina Costa and Jorge Fonseca, finishing in fifth place.
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