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Disappointing day for Canadian judokas

Montréal, November 5, 2011 – The third day of competition at the Junior Judo World Championships, presented in Cape Town, South Africa, was one shrouded in disappointments for the Canadian delegation.

Only the Quebecoise Marie-Ève DeVillers-Matte, fighting in the under 70 kg division, was able to win a bout among the Canadian contingent.  Her first round bout was against the Spaniard Sara Gonzalez, whom she beat by ippon.

DeVillers-Matte’s day came to end in the second round against the German Lisa Schneider, but not without a healthy dose of controversy.  “Marie-Ève had been dominating the fight right up to the point where, about 20 seconds from the end, her opponent scored a waza-ari, a maneuver that to my eyes, looked identical to the yuko Marie-Ève had scored earlier in the bout,” coach Marie-Hélène Chisholm clarified.

DeVillers-Matte was very disappointed by this sudden turn of events because she had been hoping to reach the semifinals.  “I wanted to show an improvement over last year’s result,” she said.  In my mind, this match should have at least gone into overtime, even though many onlookers believed that my throw deserved more than just a yuko.”

 In the under 63 kg class, Catherine Beauchemin-Pinard of Québec had the unfortunate luck of a tough draw.  Her first round opponent was Frenchwoman Clarisse Agbegnenou, a judoka who has accumulated several medals in Grand Prix competitions in the senior ranks.

“Catherine fought extraordinarily well, Chisholm pointed out. She was even leading in points up until about 40 seconds from the end, where she was taken down with a yuko.  This put the match level, but in the final few seconds Catherine incurred a penalty, breaking the deadlock and giving the Frenchwoman the victory by a yuko.”

Despite the result, Beauchemin-Pinard was satisfied with the effort she delivered. “I’m happy with my performance, she explained. I felt that I was dominating at the beginning of the fight.  It was with about a minute left that I began to lose my concentration and maybe I was getting a bit tired, too.  Things started to go less well from that point on.”

Marc Deschênes (90 kg) and the British Colombian Brandon Jobb (81 kg) also lost their first round bouts.

 Sunday will mark the last day of competition in Cape Town.  The Quebecers Geneviève Lavoie (-78kg), Sophie Vaillancourt (+78 kg) and Jean-François Ouellet (100 kg) will all be in action.


Written by Sportcom for Judo Canada