Maria Eduarda Casagrande stops in the round of 16 of the World Jr. from taekwondo



Maria Eduarda Casagrande was South American youth champion this year (Photo: Arquivo/Beto Noval/COB)

Maria Eduarda Casagrande was the Brazilian highlight on the penultimate day of the Junior Taekwondo World Cup, this Saturday (6th), in Sofia, Bulgaria. Competing in the under-63kg category, she won two matches and was defeated in the round of 16 by South Korean Bae Dahee. Nicolas Precinato (73kg) and Nardinelo Rodrigues (78kg) also competed on the day, but lost in the first round.

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Gold Medalist at the Rosario 2022 South American Youth Games, Maria Eduarda Casagrande debuted in the World Cup in the 32nd round, against the Spanish Mariona Garcia. The Brazilian lost the first round by 9-1, but won the next two by 8-3 and 3-1. Then she passed the Syrian Shema Ibrahim.

In the round of 16, Maria Casagrande fell to Korean Bae Dahee after a very close match. The Brazilian took the lead in the first round and had a 1-0 lead until the final 15 seconds, when the Korean landed two blows to the head and turned the duel to 6-1. In the second round, Maria had an even greater advantage, with 3 to 0, until Bae got a new kick on the Brazilian’s helmet at the end, now with just seven seconds left for the end of the partial.

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Among the other Brazilians on the day, Nardileno Rodrigues even beat Moldovan Nicolai Elenin in the first round (15-7). However, he was defeated in the following two, 15 to 8 and 17 to 4. Thus, he was eliminated in the first round of the under-78kg category. Nicolas Precinato lost to Muhammed Akbabaoz (no flag) in two rounds, with partials from 14 to 12 and 8 to 8, in the under-73kg category.

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The Junior World Taekwondo will end this Sunday (07). Three more Brazilians will come into action: Yasmin Assíria (68kg), Ana Beatriz Marrega (+68kg) and Bryan Erkmann (+78kg). It is worth noting that Brazil took 17 athletes to the competition. Until now, the country had the best results in the quarterfinals of Clara Simplício (42kg) and Enzo Paludo (59kg).

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