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Alix Renaud-Roy wins gold in the 70 kg class

Montréal, September 9, 2012 – in a day where the Canadian judoka squad took home a grand total of seven medals, Alix Renaud-Roy was the only member of the team to walk away with top honors, at the U17 and U20 Pan-American Championships taking place this weekend in Cali, Colombia.

“Alix had a perfect day! In the final, she pulled off the victory by scoring a yuko and forcing two penalties. She was in control of the bout from start to finish,” Canadian coach Marie-Hélène Chisholm explained.

Renaud-Roy won every fight in her weight division (70 kg), the exclamation point coming in the final with a victory over the Ecuadorian Erika Corozo.          

Her teammates Antoine Bouchard (66 kg) and Catherine Beauchemin-Pinard (63 kg) also had strong tourneys, both finishing with silver medals.

After having the upper hand over her first three opponents, Bouchard was defeated in the final by the Brazilian Gabriel Pinheiro. As for Catherine Beauchemin-Pinard, she won her first two bouts before succumbing to the Brazilian Jessica Santos in the gold medal match.

Also in the U-20 competition, Étienne Briand (73 kg), Zachary Burt (81 kg), Marc Deschênes (90 kg) and Ana Laura Portuondo-Isasi (78 kg) all added bronze medals to the collection, in what was a memorable haul for Canadian judokas.

By winning his last bout against the Chilean Tomas Bringa, Briand finished his competition with a solid record of three wins and one loss.  Burt took home the bronze after beating the Brazilian Gustavo Assis. Deschênes defeated the Mexican Ian Castaneda in his fourth fight of the day, good for a bronze medal of his own.  Meanwhile, Portuondo-Isasi beat the Colombian Estafania Taborda to add another 3rd place finish to the collection.

The solid performances of Roxanne Smith-Robitaille (48 kg), Cassidy Norris (57 kg) and Charles Bilodeau-Bérubé (55 kg) should also be noted, all of who finished in a respectable 5th place.

Also on Saturday, Sophie Vaillancourt (78 kg) was unable to obtain a classification.

“There’s been nothing but big smiles around the camp as we pack up to leave Cali. After just two days of competition, the Canadian judokas won a grand total of twelve medals.  It’s really satisfying,” Chisholm declared.

On Friday, the U17 Canadian squad took home a haul of 5 medals.

Of the Canadians who were in action this weekend in Cali, some of them will go on to participate in European tourneys on September 22nd and 23rd in Tempere, Finland, as well as on the 29th and 30th of September in Rome, Italy.