Ketleyn Quadros will represent Brazil in Pan-American Judo

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2008 Olympic medalist in Beijing, Ketleyn Quadros from Ceiland continues to represent Brazil on the world stage. Judoka is called up to compete in the Pan American Judo Championships, which takes place next weekend, between April 15 and 17, in Lima, Peru.

In addition to teams from the Americas, representatives from Oceania, such as Australia and New Zealand will be part of the competition which will be the determining factor in increasing competitiveness. In all, 700 points will be shared in the rankings, scores that could encourage athletes to take action in more competitions at an international level.

Born in the federal capital, judoka represents SOGIPA, from Porto Alegre, and arrived last Tuesday (12/4) in Peru. Ketlyn spoke to Sports District regarding hopes for the tournament and very excited to represent the nation at world level again.

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“I’m really happy to be called up to Pan-American, it’s a very important competition, thinking on a world level. This gives you the possibility to add the sixth point in the world ranking, as well as the Master Tournament and it will be a very tough competition. Thinking about the seeds in my division, me, Canada, Cuba and Australia, we can already predict a very competitive fight,” said Ketleyn.

Meanwhile, to defend the title, the candanga athlete aims to regain the highest position on the podium. “I will fight to defend the title. One fight at a time and knowing that the outcome is the consequence of that fight.” At 34 years old, the bronze medalist at the Beijing Olympics maintains his passion for judo and is ready for all possible difficulties.

“It has been a great pleasure to represent Brazil for so many years and contribute to judo. I think all this out of love for what I do, I love this modality, life lesson for me, responsible for giving me so many opportunities. The format of the competition, the schedule, the food, everything will be different, however, I am ready to face any difficulties to bring this result to us.”

Ketleyn Quadros will compete in the 63 kg category and is one of the main hopes of victory for Brazilian Judo Confederation (CBJ). Judoka hopes to repeat the feat achieved in 2021, in Guadalajara, Mexico, when he became champion and secured a place at the Tokyo Olympics. The competition takes place this weekend, on April 15, 16 and 17.

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