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London 2012 Olympic Games – Mehmedovic Ousted by World Champ

Montreal, July 29, 2012 – Canadian judoka Sasha Mehmedovic was eliminated in the second round Sunday at the London 2012 Olympic Games by World Champion–in-Title in the Under 66kg category, Japan’s Masashi Ebinuma. 

The competition began well for Mehmedovic, currently ranked 25th according to the International Judo Federation.  The Quebec native won his first bout by waza-ari in his first match against El Salvador’s Carlos Figueroa, 74th internationally.  Things took a turn for the worse for the Canadian in the second round, against Japan’s Masashi Ebinuma.

“Obviously I’m upset that I lost.  I never like to look at the match tableau and see who I’m up against prior to starting the competition, only this morning did I learn that I would face the World Champion in the second round.  Two years ago I fought him and the bout was a lot tighter than today’s (Sunday),” explained Mehmedovic.   

After only one minute on the tatami, the Japanese judoka brought out his best against 27 year-old Mehmedovic, dolling out ground throws at an impressive pace.  Ebinuma first scored a yuko, then a waza-ari before definitively halting the Montrealer’s Olympic experience with an ippon at two minutes 53 seconds.

“The bout started well. I was able to hold his head and contain his attacks, but at the second minute, he switched strategies.  He changed his hold and got a hold of my left hand; from that moment on, there wasn’t much I could do,” analyzed Mehmedovic.  

Monday, Quebec’s Nicholas Tritton (73 kg) and Joliane Melançon (57 kg) will be in action on the tatami at the London 2012 Olympic Games.  




Written by Sportcom for Judo Canada