The Venezuelan judoka Anriquelis Barrios materialized another epic international day, this time after placing after five fights in fifth place of the -63kg in the Master of Doha, Qatar.
This result allows her to add double the points to the ranking, digits that place her in a mathematically immovable place in the classification for the Tokyo Olympics.
Barrios, one of the two Venezuelans present on Qatari soil, began her pilgrimage on the tatami by defeating the Brazilian Alexia Castilhos in the South American duel in 2:48 seconds, an athlete who occupies the 20th ranking in the world and who in her record She has been continental champion (2016), Grand Prix medalist and runner-up at the 19 'Grand Slam Brasilia.
Later, in the round of 57, the Creole reached the Golden Score against the Russian Daria Davydova, whom she defeated by ippon (accumulation of cautions) in XNUMX seconds.
This result led her to face one of the most dominant athletes in her division in the last three Olympic cycles: the French Clarisse Agbegnenou.
The Bolivarian fought hard against Agbegnenou, who with ten seconds left in regulation time, fired an ippon that gave her the victory after dominating the duel for waza-ari.
This close setback sent the Venezuelan to the repechage zone, where she first beat the Dutch Juul Frasen - world number 8, twice Grand Slam winner: Abu Dhab 2018 and 2019 - on the mat, whom she defeated by ippon at 26 seconds of the Golden Score.
Did not give up
In the fight for bronze, Barrios (15th in the Olympic ranking) yielded by ippon at 2:39 seconds to double world champion and 21st of the world, Sanne Veermer (Netherlands), to close in fifth place and add 648 points her personal account on the way to Tokyo 2020, which confirms her among the 18 best on the planet, the second qualifying criterion for the Japanese Olympic event.
The gold went to the French Agbegnenou, the silver to the Japanese Nabi Namekura and the Veermer bronzes (Holland) and the Slovak Andreja Leski.
The Doha Master is the second competition on the World Tour Judo circuit that grants a higher and double score to the ranking after the world championship, and is attended by the 36 best athletes by weight divisions on the planet.
This Wednesday in the morning it will be the turn of the Cumanesa Karen León, who will face in her first duel of the D key of the -78kg to the Dutch and 14 of the world, Guusje Steenhuis.
Venezuelan judo is the combat sport that has more mathematically classified athletes in the absence of the closing of the ranking (June 28) to the Olympic Games: Anriquelis Barrios (-63kg) and Elvismar Rodríguez (-70kg) by ranking and Karen León (- 78kg) per continental quota of the country.