Montreal, May 27, 2012 – Montreal judoka Amy Cotton was crowned champion of the Under 78kg category at the Moscow Judo Grand Slam, Sunday in Russia, while Ontario native Kelita Zupancic took home a bronze medal in the Under 70kg class.
Cotton, ranked 15th internationally in the Under 78 kg category, scored a Waza-ari and a Yuko in the final bout, earning herself the top spot on the podium after a match against Mongolia’s Lkhamdegd Purevjargal – ranked seventh in the world.
In the first round, Cotton out performed Hungary’s Anett Meszaros with a win by Ippon; in the semi-final, Germany’s Luise Malzahn (ranked 15th internationally) fell to an Ippon doled out within the first minute of combat on the tatami.
“Amy (Cotton) had three difficult competitors to face today and won each bout decisively, its clear she’s been working hard to come back after a difficult Winter,” explained coach Nicolas Gill.
Zupancic, 17th in Judo world rankings in the Under 70 kg category, bettered Russia’s Ekaterina Dengenkova with an Ippon, but was then in turn bettered in the semi-final with a Yuko from Brazil’s Maria Portela. Portela, currently ranked 10th internationally, went on to win the gold medal in the Under 70 kg class today.
“Kelita (Zupancic) also had a great day today,” continued Gill. “In the semi-final – against the eventual gold medallist – she lost because of a Shido (penalty); that’s how tight the match was.”
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