We know the current domination of France in this category, since the title of world champion and that of the World Judo Masters, are currently held by Romane Dicko, who seems unstoppable. With her absence and knowing the depth of French judo in the +78kg category, we could reasonably expect to see another French woman emerge from the elimination phases.
Final: KIM Hayun (KOR) vs NUNES Rochele (POR)

Anne Fatoumata M Bairo started with a victory in the first round but was stopped in the next. Her teammate, Valentine Marchand, had a good start before losing to future finalist Rochele Nunes (POR) and then again in repechage. It was the end of the French chances. It is nonetheless true that the number of French athletes capable of performing at the highest level is impressive.

Final: KIM Hayun (KOR) vs NUNES Rochele (POR)

Finally, the hierarchy of the day was respected perfectly, since it was the top seeds who qualified for the final, Hayun Kim (KOR) on the one hand and Rochele Nunes on the other, for a new chance of a guaranteed medal for the host country. It was announced as an easy match for Nunes, who felt immediately under the pressure of Kim, who had been impressive the whole day. Against all odds, the Portuguese competitor was the first to score with a counterattack. Unfortunately for her and for the public, Kim kept the arm and rolled Nunes over to pin her down for ippon. She tried, she tried hard, but today Kim was the stronger judoka.

Bronze medallist: STEVENSON Karen (NED)

Karen Stevenson (NED) and Kamila Berlikash (KAZ) qualified for the first match for a bronze medal. Nothing was scored during normal time but two shido apiece were given to the athletes. It was clear that Stevenson was attacking more and logically Berlikash received a third penalty; a bronze for Karen Stevenson.

Bronze medal contest: SIMONETTI Erica (ITA) vs ZABIC Milica (SRB)

Erica Simonetti (ITA) and Milica Zabic (SRB) battled for the second bronze medal. The match was one of the shortest of the competition, though, since it took only 14 seconds for Zabic to roll to the floor and execute a perfect shoulder movement for ippon. We love that judo!

Medals and prize money were presented by Mrs Cathy Fleury, Refereeing Supervisor of the International Judo Federation, World and Olympic Champion and Mr Sergiu Oleinic, Event Producer of the Grand Prix Portugal 2023 and EJU Sport Commission Member

Final (+78 kg)

Bronze Medal Fights (+78 kg)

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