Catherine Beauchemin-Pinard secured Canada’s second judo medal (bronze) in the women’s 63kg event at Tokyo 2020 after beating Anriquelis Barrios. The Canadian star was on a roll until World No.1 Anriquelis Barriosing scored a waza-ari over her in the semi-final.
In the round of 16 clashes, Catherina had beaten Magdalena Krssakova in only 38 seconds. A few hoped that she could upset the odds against Barriosing, but the world’s number one stood firm being forced to trade hands with Venezuela’s Barrios, Catherine made no mistake to win the medal by thumping the 12th-ranked judoka.
The first four minutes of the regulation remained scoreless. In the Golden score time, Beauchemin-Pinard got the win via waza-ari to win Canada its seventh all-time Olympic medal in judo.
In fencing, Estonia’s women’s team overcame South Korea by a small margin to win their first Tokyo 2020 gold medal. Lehis struck, who won individual Brzone, came with the decisive blow in the final that defeated Choi In-Jeong.
After winning the 36-32, the participants were greeted by Estonia’s President Kersti Kaljulaid as well.
“Yes, it was exciting. I was talking to myself out loud under the mask, saying to myself that I can do it,” Katrina Lehis said after the fight.