Havana, June 12 - Cuba will be represented today by Idalys Ortiz and Andy Granda, on the seventh date and closing of the individual tournament of the World Judo Championship in Budapest, Hungary, which represents the last option to achieve a medal, with an arena stage Sports Laszlo Papp.
Undoubtedly, this Saturday the chances are good, since Ortiz is the first in the Olympic ranking of more than 78 kilograms (kg) -18 in each division and one judoka per country- for the Tokyo 2020 Games, postponed to take place from the July 23 to August 8.
For Granda (more than 100 kg / eighteenth) everything seems more complicated in the contest that concludes the race for the qualification for the Japanese multisport event, hence the importance of a performance that guarantees them to add the most points to stay or improve the location in the listing.
According to the website www.ippon.org, Ortiz appears toe in section A and opens against the Polish Paula Kulaga looking for the knockout final, while direct Granda is located in the group of top 16, including his opposite of the initial turn, the always difficult Brazilian Rafael Silva.
Without a podium, they previously concluded Maylín del Toro (63 kg / eleventh), who finished seventh with two victories and two setbacks, a result with which he added 540 points, while Iván Silva finished with 1-1 and 320 units.
Polanco won one match and lost another, a performance 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 the zone for the continental quota - one for nations.
The worst performance was reached this Friday by Kaliema Antomarchi (78 kg / ninth), who lost in her first fight and only obtained 20 points.
Japan leads the medal table by nations, with three gold, three silver and two bronze, followed by Spain (1-1-2), Georgia (1-1-2), France (1-1-0), Germany (1-0-1), Portugal (1-0-1), Russia (1-0-1), Canada (1-0-0), Belgium (1-0-0) and Croatia (1-0- 0), the 10 countries with at least one crown.
663 judokas -385 men and 278 women- from 118 countries participate in the Budapest World Cup. (ACN) (Photo: File)