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Tough day for Canadian Judokas

Montréal, December 11, 2011 — Kelita Zupancic, Marylise Lévesque and Amy Cotton endured a trying day, Sunday, at the Tokyo Judo Grand Slam, in Japan.  After obtaining a free pass through the first round, all three Canadians were defeated in their very first bouts.

Kelita Zupancic, 11th ranked judoka in the under 70 kg class, lost by way of ippon to the Japanese Tomoe Ueno, a one time world junior champion.

In the under 78 kg category, Marylise Lévesque and Amy Cotton were both easily defeated in their respective opening fights.

Cotton, ranked 16th in the International Federation of Judo, was beaten with an ippon by the German Heide Wollert, 5th at the previous world championships and currently sitting 8th worldwide.  As for Lévesque, 24th in the world, she ran into a wall against 2010 world champion Kayla Harrison.  The 4th ranked judoka in the International standings was simply too much for the Quebecois judoka to handle.

“All three of them started their competition in the round of 16 which, for this type of tournament, meant they would face some top judokas right out of the gate.  Sadly, none of them were able to pick up what would have been valuable points in the run up to the London Games. Here’s hoping that things go much better next week,” coach Nicolas Gill noted. 

In a few days, Marylise Lévesque, Jolianne Melançon, Michal Popiel, Catherine Roberge and Antoine Valois-Fortier will all compete at the Qingdao Grand Prix, in China.