Angelica Delgado won a bronze medal in the women’s 52 kg. as the first judo competition since the Rio 2016 Olympic Games got underway Friday at the grand prix event in Zagreb, Croatia.
The podium finish – Delgado’s first at the grand prix level – continues a string of success for Delgado, who has earned two other bronze medals this year at Pan American Open competitions in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and Lima, Peru. She also won bronze at the Toronto 2015 Pan American Games. In her Olympic debut last month, Delgado was out in the Round of 32.
Karolina Pienkowska of Poland won gold, defeating silver medalist Distria Krasniqi of Kosovo. Delgado fell to Pienkowska by ippon in the semifinal to tie Romanian Larisa Florian for bronze.
Earlier in the tournament, Adonis Diaz, a 2014 Youth Olympian, was eliminated in the quarterfinal round of the men’s 60 kg., finishing seventh, while Alexander Turner also placed seventh in the men’s 73 kg.
Two other Americans were eliminated in the first round Saturday: Hannah Martin (63 kg.) and Nicole Stout (70 kg.).