Étienne Briand finishes in 7th place
Montréal, March 25, 2012 (Sportcom) – Étienne Briand, of Sept-Îles, was the top Canadian judoka at the U20 International tourney of Bremen, Sunday, in Germany. Fighting in the under 73 kg class, Briand came away with a seventh place finish thanks to a record of four wins and two losses.
Briand stringed together three consecutive victories versus Danny Rutters (Holland), Niklas Blöchl (Germany) and Pavel Matveev (Russia) before falling to the Japanese Hikaru Hoshi.
The Quebecer got back on track with a win over the Dutchman Menno Vink, but was subsequently knocked out of the tournament in his next bout, falling to the eventual bronze medallist, Frenchman Tristan Avaliani.
In the -73 kg final, a division that consisted of 83 judokas, the Belgian Sami Chouchi claimed top honours with a win over Hikaru Hoshi, the very same judoka who had beaten Briand earlier in the day.
Of the 14 other Canadians in action Sunday who were unable to receive a classification, only Simon Gaudreault-Faucher (-66 kg, 2-1), Patrick Cantin (-66 kg, 1-1), Antoine Bouchard (-66 kg, 1-2), André Nogueira (-73 kg, 1-1), Arthur Margelidon (-73 kg, 1-1), Marc Deschênes (-90 kg, 1-1) and Miguel Raymond (-90 kg, 2-2) were able to come away with a victory.
Written by Sportcom for Judo Canada
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