Montréal, February 2, 2013 – Monika Burgess came away with a bronze medal, Saturday, at the junior Orlon Open in Belgium. The Canadian judoka won six of her seven bouts in the under 63 kg division on her way to a 3rd place finish.
After losing in the semifinals to the German Jenny Werner, the Ontarian got the better of the German Vivian Hermann in her last fight to claim the bronze medal.
“It’s a great medal for Monika Burgess. She put together a good run and battled really hard,” women’s national coach Marie-Hélène Chisholm explained.
Catherine Beauchemin-Pinard finished 5th in the same category. The Quebecoise finished the day with a record of five wins and two losses. After beating Gabrielle Desforges in the repechage, Beauchemin-Pinard fell to the Frenchwoman Gwenaelle Viard in the bronze medal bout.
In the under 52 kg class, Ecaterina Guica won all three of her preliminary matches. Her day would come to an end soon after, however, succumbing to the Frenchwoman Megane Mattei in the first round of elimination.
Elsewhere, Ana Laura Portuondo-Isasi won her first two bouts in the round robin pool before falling in the under 78 kg division to the Frenchwoman Madeleine Malonga.
Beaten in her first fight in the under 70 kg category, Alix Renaud-Roy came back strong with a win over the German Lisa Muller. In the knockout phase, the Quebecoise was eliminated by the Japanese judoka, Misaki Nishimura.
As for Whitney Lohnes of Nova Scotia, she would come up empty on the day, losing both her bouts in the under 48 kg class. The Quebecoise Élodie Lavoie would suffer the same fate in the under 57 kg division.
“Overall, I’m pretty satisfied with how things went today, Chisholm pointed out. The team managed to accumulate a number of victories, which is very positive! Also, it’s been a while now since Canada had won a junior medal, so today was important in that respect.”
Meanwhile, the men were in action at the Visé Open, a senior competition taking place in Belgium.
In the under 73 kg class, Arhtur Margelidon finished with a record of 1-1. Nicholas DiBartolo (-60 kg) and Nedjo Sarenac (+ 100 kg) both lost in their very first fight.
Finally, in the Tbilissi Continental Open in Georgia, Charles Breton-Leduc lost by way of ippon in the first round to the Kazakh Bakdaulet Sabitov.
The Canadian judokas will be back in action tomorrow in Belgium.
Written by Sportcom for Judo Canada
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