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Cuban judoka Kaliema Antomarchi will debut today at the Budapest World Cup



Havana, Jun 11 - Cuban judoka Kaliema Antomarchi will debut today on the sixth and penultimate day of the individual tournament of the World Championship in Budapest, Hungary, in search of a medal and points for the Olympic ranking, with a stage at the Laszlo Papp Sports Arena.

According to the website www.ippon.org, Antomarchi, in a classification zone of 78 kilograms (kg) -18 in each division and one per country- for the Tokyo 2020 Games, postponed for next summer, appears in the pool B and her first rival will be the Israeli Inbar Lanir.

The outstanding Cuban athlete currently occupies ninth place, since it guarantees her participation in the Japanese multisport event, since the Budapest World Cup closes the list.

If he achieves a medal, then he will open the medal table of Cuba, after five unsuccessful attempts by Orlando Polanco (66 kg / thirty-sixth), Aranes Odelín (57 kg / step 47) and Magdiel Estrada (73kg / twenty-eighth), who located in zone by the continental quota –one by nations.

The list without a podium is completed by Maylín del Toro (63 kg / eleventh), now seventh, and Iván Silva (90 kg / sixth), who must also maintain or improve their places to confirm the Olympic ticket. 

Polanco won one fight and lost another, a result that guaranteed him 320 points for the ranking, while Odelín after being bye in the first round, closed with a win, a setback and 320 units, and Estrada concluded with 1-1 and 240 points, although the latter is in zone by the continental quota –one by nations-.

For his part, del Toro finished with 2-2 and 540 points, and Silva, with 1-1 and 320 points.

This Saturday, the last day of the individual, it will be the turn of Idalis Ortiz (more than 78 kg / first) and Andy Granda (more than 100 kg / C / eighteenth).

Japan leads the medal table, with three gold, three silver and one bronze, followed by Spain (1-1-2), Georgia (1-1-0), Russia (1-0-1), France (1 -0-0), Canada (1-0-0), Belgium (1-0-0) and Croatia (1-0-0), the eight nations with at least one title.

The mixed team tournament is scheduled for Sunday, with action in the divisions of 57, 70 and more than 70 kg for women and 73, 90 and more than 90 kg for men.

By the draw, Cuba will open against Georgia in pool D, in which France and the Netherlands will also be opponents, four of the 15 registered teams. (ACN) (Photo: File)