Canadian Jessica Klimkait is the first Canadian woman to win an Olympic medal in judo taking bronze in the women’s under 57 kilogram category after defeating Kaja Kajzer of Slovenia.
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Jessica Klimkait becomes the first Canadian woman to win an Olympic medal in judo, in the 57 kg event.
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This is Canada’s first medal in judo since the 2012 Olympics when Antoine Valois-Fortier won bronze. Doug Rogers captured Canada’s first medal in judo by winning silver in Tokyo in 1964 when the sport made its Olympic debut.
Klimkait missed the chance to add a gold medal to her world championship title when she lost to Sarah Leonie Cysique of France in the semi-finals.
Klimkait was defeated by ippon when she was evaluated as shido in the gold scoring period for a false attack. It was Klimkait’s third penalty in the fight, earning Cysique a spot in the gold medal match.
Klimkait was in good shape before his semi-final loss. She defeated the Polish Julia Kowalczyk in her quarterfinal fight at the Nippon Budokan.
The victory, her second in a row via ippon, came after beating Bulgarian Ivelina Ilieva in the round of 16 earlier in the day.
Canadian Arthur Margelidon lost the bronze medal match in the men’s under 73 kilogram category at the Nippon Budokan.