Montreal, July 20, 2019 (Sportcom) – Canadian judokas were eager to demonstrate their skills on Friday at the Pan American Cadet Championships in Cali, in Columbia. On the first day, the Canadian squad won a total of five medals: three silvers and two bronzes.
Canadian Asia Douglas (+70 kg) won a silver medal. She started her day by eliminating Mexican Maria Landa, then American Natalija Stanojevic, to reach the finale. Asia Douglas was up against Brazilian Anna Santos in a fight where her opponent was a lot heavier and took advantage of it.
“I think the Brazilian must have been 50 kg heavier than Asia, and Asia is only 14 years old,” explained coach Alexandre Emond. “She was much heavier and it was hard for Asia, but she gave a good performance.”
Evelyn Beaton (-44 kg) had a similar day on Friday. The judoka first defeated American Anat Tsyrlin and Venezuelan Maria Gimenez, the winner of the Youth Olympic Games in 2018.
In the finale, Evelyn Beaton lost against Venezuelan Fabiola Diaz, and lost her chance for a gold medal. “It was very, very tight, and it went into overtime,” said Emond. “Her opponent was more aggressive and was attacking a lot. Evelyn lost by penalty.”
Brae Booth (-70 kg) will be coming home with a bronze medal around her neck. After winning against Argentinian Fiona Cuneo, Booth lost against Brazilian Luana Carvalho. The Canadian came back strong for her bronze-medal contest and defeated Columbian Valeria Guerrero.
Klavdia Danilkov (-48 kg) also stood on the third step of the podium. She lost against Mayury Urena Parra, from Columbia, before defeating Erika Jara and Amaya Perez to finish on a high note. Kierra Westlake (-57 kg) was the third Canadian to win a bronze medal, after defeating Mexican Corinna Espadas.
Amélie Grenier (-52 kg) ranked in 7th place with 1 victory and 2 losses.
Silver Medal for Amr Abd Elrehim
On the boy’s team, silver medallist Amr Abd Elrehim (-90 kg) was the only Canadian to win a medal. He started off by defeating Guatemalan Alejandro Morales. He then eliminated Venezuelan Juan Diaz, and lost his final match against Brazilian Kayo Santos in the last second of the finale.
“It all happened in the end when Amr lacked a little cardio. Santos used it to throw him and took advantage when they were almost out of time, and that’s when Amr lost,” explained Emond.
In the same category, Owen Macumber barely missed the podium. After being defeated in his first bout, Macumber won in repechage against Ecuadorian Henrry Padilla. He was then defeated by Venezuelan Juan Diaz, who had just been defeated by Amr Abd Elrehim.
With 1 victory and 2 losses, Jasmin Bélanger (-55 kg), Maximus Litzenberger (-60 kg), and Daniel McCristall (-60 kg) didn’t get a ranking. David Popovici (-66 kg) had the same score, but ranked in 7th place.
Finally, in -73 kg, Koen Heitman lost both his matches, and Emil Schenk was eliminated after his first and only fight.
“Those with more experience performed well, while the others were taken by surprise by the South American style, that’s much more aggressive than European or Canadian judo. We could have done better, but the athletes learned a lot,” concluded the coach.
The tournament will be continuing on Saturday with the Junior Pan American Championships, during which the U18 athletes who were in action on Friday will be facing the U21 judokas.
Written by Sportcom for Judo Canada
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