April 24th, 2024

Canadian judoka Christa Deguchi wins gold at Antalya Grand Slam competition

By The Canadian Press on March 29, 2024.

Gold medallist Christa Deguchi of Canada poses during the medal ceremony for women's -57kg competition at the World Judo Championships in Doha, Qatar, Tuesday, May 9, 2023. Canada's Christa Deguchi defeated Brazil's Jessica Lima on Friday to win gold in the under-57 kilogram category at the Antalya Grand Slam judo competition. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP, Hussein Sayed

ANTALYA, Türkiye – Canada’s Christa Deguchi defeated Brazil’s Jessica Lima on Friday to win gold in the under-57 kilogram category at the Antalya Grand Slam judo competition.

Deguchi, from Lethbridge, Alta., was the first to go on the offensive in overtime and secured the win.

She beat Austria’s Laura Kallinger, Guinea’s Mariana Esteves, South Korea’s Juhee Kim and Faiza Mokdar of France earlier in the day to qualify for the final.

It was Deguchi’s second Grand Slam title of the year and 10th crown of her career.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published March 29, 2024.

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