Short day for Canadian judokas
Montréal, November 6, 2011 – The last day of competition at the Junior World Championships, taking place in Cape Town, South Africa, ended in a decidedly disappointing fashion for the Canadian contingent, Sunday, where the three judokas in action all lost their first round bouts.
Geneviève Lavoie, who was fighting in the under 78 kg division, lost by ippon at the 2 min 39 s mark of her bout versus the Brazilian Samanta Soares. The Brazilian would go on to win her next fight before dropping a third. She now finds herself in the L bracket and could still take home the bronze if she wins her final two bouts.
In the under 78 kg class, Sophie Vaillancourt had no answer for the Korean Ara Jo, who scored two yukos in her victory. Jo has since gone on to classify for the semifinals. To reach the gold medal match she’ll have to get past the German, Caroline Weiss.
Jean-François Ouellet, who plies his trade in the under 100 kg category, lost, for his part, to the American L.A. Smith. Smith was able to score an ippon at the 2 min 26 s mark for the victory. His day would also be cut short though, as the Korean Younghun Kim would stop him in the next round.
“It was their first major international competition, coach Marie-Hélène Chisholm pointed out. Their lack of experience was a clear factor on the day. They’re young athletes who will have plenty of chances to achieve success in the years to come.”
Which brings us to an end to the Junior Judo World Championships of 2011. When all was said and done, the best Canadian result of the competition was garnered by the Quebecer Michael Fortin-Demers, who finished 5th in the under 66 kg category.
Written by Sportcom for Judo Canada
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