Grand Prix Portugal

Jan. 28 - 30, 2022


L.A. Smith & Christian Konoval Come up Big in Portugal for USA Judo


The 2022 International Judo Federation World Tour kicked off in Almada, Portugal, this past weekend at the Grand Prix Portugal 2022 and two American Judokas started off their seasons very strong.

A delegation of nine USA Judo representatives competed under coach and two-time Olympian, Colton Brown.

L.A. Smith III won a bronze medal in the -100kg category after beating Adil Karimili from Azerbaijan (AZE). Previous wins were against Ailton Cardosa (POR), Joris Agbegneneou (FRA), Jorge Fonseca (POR) to earn his way to the bronze medal match. See competition at IJF.org.

Junior athlete, Christian Konoval, (100+kg) also had a respectable finish for Team USA by placing 5th in this weekend’s tournament. He had three wins in the bracket against Imran Yusifov (AZE), Minjong Kim (KOR) and Guerman Andreev (FRA). See competition at IJF.org.

USA Judo’s full roster for the Grand Prix Portugal 2022 was as follows:

MEN
-66kg Ari Berliner
-73kg Jack Yonezuka
-81kg Kell Berliner
-81kg Nicolas Yonezuka
-90kg John Jayne
-100kg L.A. Smith III
+100kg Christian Konoval
WOMEN
-63kg Hannah Martin
-70kg Nicole Stout

 

The next stop on the IJF World Tour is the Paris Grand Slam 2022 this coming weekend, February 5-6, featuring 57 countries and 324 competitors. Scheduled to represent USA Judo are the following athletes.

MEN
-66kg Ari Berliner
-66kg Isaiah Ramirez
-73kg Jack Yonezuka
-81kg Kell Berliner
-81kg Nicolas Yonezuka
WOMEN
-52kg Angelica Delgado
-57kg Mariah Holguin
-70kg Nicole Stout
-70kg Chantal Wright
+78kg Mackenzie Williams
SEE ALL RESULTS at IJF.ORG