Budapest / Zagreb, 24 October 2020 - Croatian judoka Barbara Matić achieved the biggest result in her career so far on Saturday by winning a gold medal in the category -70 kg at the Grand Slam in Budapest.

With this achievement, she additionally approached the qualifying standard for the Olympic Games in Tokyo next year. In her quarter of the draw at the Budapest Grand Slam, the Croatian national athlete defeated first Switzerland's Alina Lengweiler and then the Belgian Gabriella Willems, both of them with ippon. For placement in the semifinals, Matić also defeated the current World Champion Marie Eva Gahie from France with wazaari. In the semifinals, Matić defeated the world runner-up, the Portuguese Barbara Timo, with a "golden score", forcing her to collect three penalties.

So, she made it to the finals, where she faced another Frenchwoman, Margaux Pinot, European Champion and bronze medalist at the World Cup. Nicely performed wazaari proved to be sufficient to bring Barbara Matić a victory, gold medal and 1000 points for the world ranking, with which the 25-year-old from Split took a big step towards the Olympic Games in Tokyo. (HINA-Croatian News Agency/COC/VK)

Croatian Olympic Committee congratulates Barbara Matić on her latest great success and wishes her a speedy entry to the obvious candidates for the Olympic Games in Tokyo!