Montreal, November 20, 2011 – Canadian judoka Justin Karn gets to bring home a bronze medal as a souvenir after his win in the Under 60kg category at the ParaPan Games in Guadalajara, Mexico this Sunday.
After having lost his first match against Columbia’s Juan P. Castellanos – who would eventually win the gold medal – Karn battled with renewed vigor in the repechage.
Karn first bested Mexico’s Francisco N. Molina by way of ippon, prior to dispatching Argentina’s Eduardo Gauto in the same fashion. “The Mexican judoka was strong and really fast, I had to put in a good performance to beat him. The Argentinian judoka had a different style, but I was able to adapt to it without too much trouble,” stated the Canadian medallist.
Waterloo native Karn put in a convincing performance in his bronze medal match, which he won by ippon against Venezula’s Elvin Vargas. “He started really strong, the Venezulan, but I was patient and waited for my chance. It ended up being the best strategy, after all it worked!”
In action on the tatami on Friday in Guadalajara, judokas Tony Walby and Timothy Rees also earned themselves bronze medals in their respective categories.
A Short Day in Amsterdam
In addition to the ParaPan Games, the Amsterdam Judo Grand Prix also took place this weekend, where three Canadian judokas took to the tatami – although their weekend ended rather unceremoniously, as each of them were unable to advance past their first bout.
Catherine Roberge, competing in the Under 78kg category, was bested by Slovenia’s Anamarie Velensek, the latter of which took the match by ippon within 26 seconds of its start. Roberge is currently ranked 28th in the world, while Velensek holds 16th place internationally.
Kalem Kachur (Under 81kg) had a match that lasted roughly one minute longer than his compatriot, Roberge. Hungary’s Sandor Jr. Nagysolymosi won bout against Kachur with an ippon after 1 minute 26 seconds.
“Catherine’s competitor surprised her from the start with an uchi-mata (inner thigh throw). As for Kalem’s fight, he threw the same move against the other judoka, but the Hungarian countered with a go-no-sen, to score that fatefull ippon that won him the bout,” explained coach Patrick Roberge.
Alister Ward (Under 66kg) had a solid match against Latvia’s Deniss Kozlovs, however a penality in overtime cost the former his match.
Coach Patrick Roberge had hoped to see some wins from his young team this weekend in Amsterdam, but will have to wait a little longer – “We’ll wait for the next World Cup,” he said.
Written by Sportcom for JudoCanada
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