2017 European: Lo vs. Calasans, Porfirio vs. Mesquita at the open class finals
After 5 days of event, the black belts finally stepped on the mats of the Pavilão Multiusos de Odivelas this Saturday, 21, to compete in the open class division both for men and women. Here’s how each bracket played out.
Male Black Belt Open Class
Leandro Lo confirmed his condition of biggest name in the event and glided through the open class bracket to reach the final after four matches. He debuted against Andreas Perales and then faced Thomas Johannessen in the round of 8. The quarterfinal was against Alliance’s Isaque Bahiense and the semifinal put Lo against Mahamed Aly. On the other side of the bracket, Claudio Calasans Jr. also needed four matches to reach the final. He faced Hassine Azarkan, Muslim Patsarigov, Gustavo Dias and Manuel Ribamar. Lo and Calasans will meet this Sunday to fight for a title both of them still don’t have.
Female Black Belt Open Class
The ladies final will be a clash of generations. Veteran Beatriz Mesquita will face young talent Tayane Porfirio. Both ladies had to fight twice to reach the final. Mesquita beat Karolina Zawodnik in the quarterfinals and then Claudia Doval in the semifinal. On the other side of the bracket, Porfírio reached the gold medal match with a win over Priscilla Cerqueira in the quarterfinals and then a big win over favorite Mackenzie Dern in the semifinals. Bia will be going after her second gold medal at the absolute black belt in Lisbon while Tayane wants her first ever.
Click here for the full results after 5 days of competition in Lisbon.