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Pan-American Games: Will and Wiltshire both finish 5th

Montréal, October 29, 2011 – Canadian judokas Frazer Will and Laurie Wiltshire both came away with 5th place finishes in their respective category, Saturday, at the Pan-American Games in Guadalajara, Mexico. 

After obtaining a bye in the first round in the under 60 kg division, Frazer Will was defeated in the quarterfinals by the Mexican Nabor Castillo, 23rd in the world.

The Quebecer got back on track in his next two fights, winning his two redraft bouts by way of ippon against the Colombian Jhon Jairo Futtinico and the Honduran Kenny Godoy.

His run came to an end in the bronze medal match, however, as the 32nd ranked judoka fell to the American Aaron N. Kunihiro, who scored three yukos. 

“The bronze medal bout was really close. Frazer started off slow, and the American was able to protect his lead when he was under duress. He’d already beaten this judoka before so this was definitely one he could have won,” coach Nicolas Gill noted. 

“It’s disappointing for Frazer because he’s had some excellent results at the Pan-American in years past.  At the same time, he’s been concentrating heavily on the Olympic qualifying process, and this competition does not count towards the Games. Psychologically speaking, these weren’t ideal conditions for him to put in a top-notch performance,” he added.

On the women’s side, Albertan Laurie Wiltshire also received a bye to kick off her competition in the under 52 kg class.

Beaten by an ippon in the quarterfinals by the Brazilian Erika Miranda, 6th worldwide, the Canadian was relegated to the L bracket. A win by ippon against the Venezuelan Anrriquelys Barrios, however, put her into a position to win the bronze medal.

Unfortunately, Wiltshire would eventually fall to the American Angelica Delgado, who won thanks to a yuko.