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Judoka prospects

The Algarve Judo Club’s Ana Cachola more than justified her inclusion in the Portuguese national team at the sport’s World Championships held in Rotterdam last week. The 22-year-old London 2012 Olympics prospect floored top North Korean and French opponents, before losing to Slovenian Urska Zolnir in the quarter-finals.

Fellow Algarvean Leandra Freitas enjoyed a less successful tournament, the 21-year-old suffering a first round 49-second ippon against eventual U-48 kg World Champion Tomoko Fukumi from Japan. Portugal’s only medal came from Telma Monteiro who was the beaten finalist in the U-57 kg division.