Montreal, May 27, 2018 – The stellar performance of the Canadian team at the Hohhot Grand Prix, in China, came to an end on Sunday. Zachary Burt and Louis Krieber-Gagnon were both eliminated quickly in the -90 kg category, and will be coming home empty-handed.
Burt, from Oshawa, had one victory and one defeat in the preliminary rounds. He first won by ippon against Brazilian Eduardo Bettoni, before being defeated in the same way by American Colton Brown, who ended up in 7th place.
Krieber-Gagnon, from Montreal, was out even quicker. He was eliminated after his first bout, which was won by waza-ari by German Dario Kurbjeweit Garcia.
Cadet European Cup: Young and Arencibia On The Podium
Other Canadians were on the mats at the Cadet European Cup in Coimbra, in Portugal.
Fighting in the -73 kg category, Keagan Young barely missed having a perfect day. He won four fights by ippon before being defeated in the gold medal fight, ending up with the silver medal.
Russian Daler Shonematov was the only one to win against the Ontarian, keeping him from winning the gold medal. “It wasn’t the end result we had hoped for, but overall, the performance was impressive. Once again, Keagan showed great potential,” explained his coach, James Millar.
Alexandre Arencibia, fighting in the -81 kg category, ended the tournament on the third step of the podium. The Quebecois won by ippon against Belgian Elias Smeulders in the bronze-medal bout.
Arencibia had just barely missed a spot in the final by losing the semi-final fight against Belgian Nicolas Dejace. He started the day with stellar performances, needing less than 3 minutes to win by ippon against Spanish Jon Pascual Sagarna and Italian Filippo Bacchetta.
“Alex started the day with a bang winning his first two matches comfortably. After a very close semi-final loss, Alex managed to regain his composure and finish the day with a bronze medal,” said Millar. “He produced a great performance with a maturity and professionalism beyond his years.”
Rachel Krapman, fighting in the -57 kg category, finished with a 7th place in the ranking. Her day ended in repechage, where she lost by ippon against local favourite Alice Pereira. Before that, she had two victories and one defeat in the preliminary rounds, and had won her first fight in repechage.
“Overall, another good performance. Rachel has shown continual improvement with every tournament. Today she won three matches in convincing fashion, losing her other matches through small tactical errors against strong opponents,” concluded James Millar.
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