Kyle Reyes wins silver at the 2022 World Judo Championships

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Kyle Reyes of Brampton, Ont., won the silver medal Tuesday at the 2022 World Judo Championships in Tashkent, Uzbekistan. The 29-year-old judokan placed second in the men’s 100 kilogram light heavyweight division.

Reyes was placed in Pool B and won his pool despite not getting a bye in the first round. In the pool he beat Miklos Cirjenics from Hungary, Benjamin Mataseje from Slovakia, Batkhuyagiin Gonchigsuren from Mongolia and Ilia Sulamanidze from Georgia. In the semifinals, Reyes defeated Zelym Kotsoiev of Azerbaijan, before losing to gold medalist Muzaffarbek Turoboyev of Uzbekistan in the gold medal match. Michael Korrel of the Netherlands and Kotsoiev each won the bronze medal.

The 2022 World Judo Championships are the most successful World Judo Championships Team Canada has ever had. Never before has Team Canada won so many three medals until this year. Other Canadian medalists in Tashkent were Canadian Olympic bronze medalists Jessica Klimkait of Whitby, Ontario and Catherine Beauchemin-Pinard of Montreal, Quebec. Klimkait won bronze in the women’s 57 kilogram division and Beauchemin-Pinard won bronze in the women’s 63 kilogram division. Both Klimkait and Beauchemin-Pinard won bronze for Canada at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo in 2021.

It was the third time Canada had won multiple medals at the World Judo Championships. They had already won two medals in 1981 and 2019.