23 May 2024

World Judo Championships in Abu Dhabi: 5th place for Willems

ABU DHABI – The disappointment is genuine. No medals for the Belgian judokas at these Worlds. Moreover, 11 of the 12 judokas were eliminated in the preliminaries. Only Gabriella Willems (-70kg/JWB) came close to the podium but had to settle for fifth place. It does, however, earn her a ticket to the Paris Olympics! The big surprise is undoubtedly the early elimination of Matthias Casse (-81kg/JV). Consequently, no fifth World Championship medal in a row for our judoka. After a first penalty point in the third round, Matthias takes two more questionable penalties for grabbing his opponent's trouser leg. Early exit thus for our disappointed compatriot.

Click on the visual of each judoka for an overview of their matches.