Three Medals Earned for Canada
Montreal, October 27, 2011 – It was an exciting day on the tatami Thursday, where Catherine Roberge won the silver medal, and both Antoine Valois-Fortier and Alexandre Émond won bronze medals in their respective categories at the Pan American Games in Guadalajara, Mexico.
Catherine Roberge, from Quebec, gave Canada its first sample of hardware at the Pan American Games in the judo competition, winning a silver in the Under 78kg category. In the quarter final, Roberge won her bout against Columbia’s Anny Lorena Cortes with an ippon, prior to winning in ippon again in the semi-final against Argentina’s Andrea Briceno.
“To be honest, it’s rare that it happens to me, but I had an excellent draw,” admitted the silver medallist. “All the super strong women were on one side and I was the only one in my part of the table,” Roberge commented.
In the final, the Canadian couldn’t get past American judoko Kayla Jean Harrison, but didn’t let her competitor off without a fight. Roberge lead by shido at the half-way point in the bout when Harrison made a move. “I had a good match, but in the middle of the match she surprised me. She got me to the ground and the judges gave her a waza-ari. So, I still have some things I need to work on in order to win against her, but I’ll get there!” exclaimed Roberge.
Harrison was a bronze medallist at the Judo World Championships.
Antoine Valois-Fortier, a Quebec native, won the bronze medal in the Under 81 kg category. Valois-Fortier earned a pass into the first round, before moving on to best Argentina’s Emmanuel Lucenti with an ippon. In the semi-final, Valois-Fortier faced and bettered Brazil’s Leandro Guilheiro. In the final, with the bronze medal at stake, he only needed two minutes to win in ippon against Cuba’s Osmay Cruz.
Alexandre Émond, also from Quebec, also earned a place on the third step of the podium today, with a bronze medal win in the Under 90 kg category. Émond began his day on the tatami with a pass into to acceed directly to the quarter final round. There, Émond faced and defeated Brazil’s Tiago Camilo with an ippon. Émond then went into a repechage, where he first marked a win against Venezuela’s Jose Camacho, before taking a mere 1 minute 29 seconds to take care of American judoko Jacob Ryan Larsen with an ippon – and earned himself the bronze medal.
Kelita Zupancic, from Ontario, took fifth place in the Under 70 kg category. She won her two first matches in ippon, against Guatemala’s Andrea Eugenia Menegazzo and Mexico’s Lizbeth Leon, respectively. In the semi-final, Cuba’s Onix Cortes bested the Canadian via ippon, while in the final, bronze medal round, Zupancic lost against Puerto Rico’s Maria Perez, who won with a yuko.
Friday, Joliane Melançon (57 kg), Stéfanie Tremblay (63 kg), Sasha Mehmedovic (66 kg) and Nicholas Tritton (73 kg) will take to the tatami in Guadalajara.
Written by Sportcom for Judo Canada
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