The IBJJF Rio Summer Open 2024 took place on January 13th and 14th, 2024 and it attracted some incredibly talented competitors from all around Brazil. It was a great event and there were some fantastic matches on the first day in the gi, where both Jhonathan Pessanha and Pedro Machado managed to take home gold medals from the medium-heavyweight and heavyweight divisions respectively. The competition was so tough in fact that even Anderson Kauan had to settle for a silver medal in the absolute division, standing next to Renan Tavares in first place. The ultra-heavyweight division was won by Leonardo Lemos, and he even returned the next day to take a run at the no gi bracket as well.
Lemos wasn’t quite as successful on the next day though, as he took home a pair of bronze medals from the ultra-heavyweight and absolute divisions this time around. It was actually the same men who shared the top two spots on both those podiums as well, with Patrick Gaudio and Victor Honorio sharing the titles equally. Gaudio won the absolute and took silver at ultra-heavyweight, while Honorio won ultra-heavyweight and took silver in the absolute. Although there was plenty of action on the mats in the men’s divisions at the IBJJF Rio Summer Open 2024, it was really the women’s divisions that shone the brightest.
Vitoria Vieira had a great weekend overall, winning the medium-heavyweight division in the gi before taking silver at middleweight in no gi and winning that absolute division. Izabel Seki also featured on the no gi absolute podium in third place, shortly after taking home a default title at lightweight. The gi absolute was won by none other than Gabrieli Pessanha though, shortly after she took a default gold from the super-heavyweight division. The second position on the gi absolute podium was occupied by Maria Claudia, who won gold at lightweight earlier in the day. The final big name competing in the women’s gi divisions was Jessica Dantas, who won the light-featherweight title.