Reigning African Judo Champion, Michaela Whitebooi, has successfully defended her title at the African Senior Judo Championship in Madagascar to put her well on her way to realizing her dream of representing South Africa at the Olympic Games in Tokyo.
Last year, Whitebooi became the first South African woman in 20 years to win gold at the Championships, and this effort sees her earn valuable points in her quest to qualify for the Tokyo Games.
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Congratulations 🙌 South Africa’s Michaela Whitebooi wins Gold in the Under 48 kg division at the 40th African Judo Championship taking place until 28 April #JudoCapeTown2019 #GoGirls 📸 TuksSport pic.twitter.com/3OUWjBQEyp
It’s the third gold medal for Whitebooi, since the start of November and she looks set to keep going.
Last month, she recorded back-to-back wins in Cameroon and Dakar.
In a previous interview with gsport, she expressed her desire to represent her country at the Olympics after the tournament was cancelled this year due to the global Coronavirus pandemic.
The Port Elizabeth-born Whitebooi has an incredible list of achievements globally as she has put the sport of judo on the map and is aiming to continue rising her star.
This week, she was included in the 2020 gsport Annual List of Newsmakers along with nine other recipients at #GAL2020, South Africa’s only women’s sports newsmakers event.
Photo Caption: African Judo Champion, Michaela Whitebooi, has won her third gold medal in just over a month, to put her dream of representing South Africa at the Olympics well on its way. Photo: Supplied