It is not yet that Catarina Costa managed to return to the conquests in Grand Slam events. The Académica judoka was very close to achieving this yesterday in Tel Aviv (Israel), but suffered a severe setback in the last match.
In the first match, in the 2nd round, Costa faced the Italian Assunta Scutto, No. 143 in the world, for a match that was quite divided and ended up being decided only on the gold point. Ippon for Catarina Costa against a 19-year-old Italian girl who, this time, does not take the best memories of Coimbra. The 2019 European Cadet Champion won three European Cups for cadets and juniors held… in Coimbra.
In the quarter-finals, the Conimbricense faced the 16th in the world, Sabina Giliazova and won again in the gold point and again by ippon.