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Seven medals for the Canadian judokas

Montréal, May 18th, 2012 – The Canadian judokas put in a dominating performance, Friday, at the San Salvador World Cup.  When it was all said and done, an impressive total of seven Canadians climbed the podium.

Three Canadians were in action in the under 73 kg class. Étienne Briand beat the Guatemalan Edgar Chub to reach the semifinals, where he went on to face his teammate Arthur Margelidon, who had previously defeated the Costa Rican Osman Murillo.  Thanks to a couple of waza-aris and a yuko, Briand was able to get the better of Margelidon, and reach the grand finale against the Mexican Lee Mata. Briand would go on to take the title, beating his last opponent by ippon for the gold medal.

“Étienne was the star of the day, coach Marie-Hélène Chisholm noted.  He was very good. Despite the fact that he hurt himself in his very first bout, he stayed focused throughout the entire competition. This was a hugely important victory for Étienne because it allowed him to move up another niche in Judo Canada.  From this point forward he can participate in a much larger array of competitions.”

For his part, Margelidon finished his day on a winning note, defeating the American Robert Lee to claim the bronze medal.

Justin Fumiya Imagawa started his day with a solid victory over Salvadorian Carlos Cruz, before falling to Lee Mata in the semifinals.  In his last fight, Imagawa beat the Costa Rican Osman Murillo to win a bronze medal of his own.

In the under 66 kgcategory, Patrick Gagné came away with the silver medal. He got off to a quick start, easily dispatching both the Costa Rican Ian Sancho and Austrian Georg Reiter.  He then went on to beat the Brazilian Francinildo Bernardes by waza-ari to reach the gold medal final.  He would ultimately come up short versus the Brazilian Vinicius Sakamoto Leal, who won with an ippon.

Audrée Francis-Méthot (-52 kg) beat the Mexican Monica Hernandez and the Guatemalan Shirley Cabnal with ippons to come away with the gold medal.

Catherine Beauchemin-Pinard and Stéfanie Tremblay were on display in the under 63 kg division.  Tremblay reached the final thanks to victories over the Salvadorian Karla Catota Ouijano and the Brazilian Katherine Campos.  In the gold medal bout, she was beaten by ippon by the American Hannah Martin.

“I battled harder today (Friday) then I did in my last competition. I was more focused and made less of those little errors. I was a bit disappointed by my last bout, though. I was ahead by two shidos with thirty seconds left when the American took me to ground,”  Tremblay explained, who won her very first medal in a World Cup competition in this category.

Beauchemin-Pinard pulled out a win against the Ecuadorian Estefania Garcia before falling to the American Hannah Martin in the semifinals. In the bronze medal bout, she came away victorious, defeating the Salvadorian Karla Catota Ouijano by ippon.

After losing her first bout to the Austrian Anja Mayr, Nicole Jenicek (-57 kg) won her next fight in the L bracket, taking out the Guatemalan Wendy Ordonez.  In the bout for 3rd spot, Jenicek came up a bit short, losing to the Ecuadorian Diana Villaviciencio.  The result would garner her a 5th place classification.

Saturday, Alix Renaud-Roy (-70 kg), Sarah Myriam Mazouz (-70 kg), Yacinta Nguyen-Huu (-70 kg), Scott McGrandle (-81 kg), Guillaume Perrault (- 90 kg), Dilyaver Sheykhislyamov (-90 kg) and Emin Sheykhislyamov (-90 kg) will all be in action in San Salvador.