Catherine Beauchemin-Pinard wins Canada's second judo medal of Olympics

Jul 27 2021, 5:53 am

Canada is quickly turning into a powerhouse when it comes to judo events at the Olympics.

Catherine Beauchemin-Pinard is the latest Canadian Olympian to medal in judo with a bronze in the 63kg weight classification, a day after Jessica Klimkait did the same in the 57 kg weight classification.

Taking place at Tokyo’s Nippon Budokan venue, Beauchemin-Pinard won the match in extra time over Venezuela’s Anriqueli Barrios. By way of the waza-ari, Beauchemin-Pinard tossed Barrios to the mat and gave a series of emotional fist bumps from the floor.

Beauchemin-Pinard was beaten by France’s Clarisse Agbegnenou in the semifinal, who eventually went on to win the gold medal.

Previously, Beauchemin-Pinard has had quite the storied judo career. She’s won the gold medal at both the 2019 and 2020 Pan American judo championships at the 63 kg level, while also winning a silver medal at the 2015 Pan American Games hosted in Toronto. She also competed at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, falling in the second round of the 57 kg event.

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