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Disappointment in Dusseldorf

Montreal, February 19, 2012 – No Canadian judokas were able to win their bouts on the tatami today, Sunday, at the Düsseldorf Judo Grand Prix in Germany.

Canada’s two females representatives participated in the Under 78k category, both Marylise Lévesque and Catherine Roberge ended their day with the same fate: Lévesque was bested by Poland’s Daria Pogorzelec, while Roberge was defeated by Portugal’s Yahima Ramirez.

In men’s competitions, Antoine Valois-Fortier injured his left elbow and was forced to retire from the competition, while Kalem Kachur (Under 81 kg) was surprised in a bout by Hungary’s Sandor jr Nagysolymosi.

“I would say that the three matches were within our reach,” analyzed Kachur.  “Marylise (Lévesque) had one of her attacks countered, Catherine (Roberge) was penalized early on in her match, and I was far too slow.” he concluded.

Saturday, Sergio Pessoa caused unexpected celebration with a fifth place finish in the Under 60kg class, after having missed the past seven months of competitions.  Only South Korea’s Jin-Min Jang was able to get past the Quebec native; Jang then went on to win the gold medal.




Written by Sportcom for Judo Canada