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Kazakhstan Proves Trying for Canada’s Judokas

Montreal, September 25, 2011 – This weekend’s competition in the Republic of Kazakhstan proved disappointing for Canadian judokas Marylise Lévesque and Kalem Kachur, who participated in the Almata Judo World Cup.

After a solid start, Marylise Lévesque experienced a trying end of competition Saturday in the Under 78 kg category.  The Quebec native, currently ranked 23rd in the world in her weight category, won her first two matches by Ippon against Kazakhstan’s Zamzagul Faizollanova, and then against Dinara Kakharova from Kyrguzstan.

In the semi-final, Lévesque’s two penalties gave an advantage to her adversary, Russia’s Vera Moskalyuk, who went on win the bout. 

In the bronze medal round, Marylise Lévesque lost when Spanish judoka Raquel Prieto Madrigal, won by Ippon; Prieto Madrigal is presently ranked 38th in the world.  

“My last match was going well, but then I was taken by surprise, though I knew she was making a move to Ippon.  It was a hard day, and reminded me of my performances in Asia.  Nothing happened the way I expected or wanted this trip, so I’d like to get home and be able to put it behind me,” stated the 28 year-old athlete who has travelled far and wide since the beginning of September, including to World Cups in Mongolia and Uzbekistan.

On Sunday, Quebec judoka Kalem Kachur’s matches did not go as planned either.  Currently ranked 45th in the world in the Under 81 kg category, Kachur won his first bout on the tatami against Kazakh judoka Duman Aldiyev before losing in his next match to Iran’s Amin Ghasemi Nejad (the latter ranked 64th in the world according to the International Judo Federation).  Kachur’s performances did not enable him to be ranked in this competition.




Written by Sportcom for Judo Canada