Montréal, August 3, 2013 — Catherine Beauchemin-Pinard and Arthur Margelidon both came away with 2nd place finishes, Saturday, at the Junior European Cup being presented in Berlin, Germany.
In the under 57 kg class, Beauchemin-Pinard was dominant in her first five bouts.
She got things started with a two waza-ari effort against the German Alena Herbstritt, before winning by ippon against the Dane Ida Kristine Hagelskjaer, Theresa Stoll of Germany, and the Frenchwoman Treicy Etiennar.
The Quebecoise also took out the Brazlian Flavia Gomez by ippon in the semifinals, before losing by a waza-ari in the gold medal match to Fabienne Kocher of Switzerland.
“I beat them all on the ground today. I only managed one throw, but even there I finished off my opponent on the tatami,” Beauchemin-Pinard explained in regards to her wins.
In the finals, she took on an opponent she was well acquainted with. “I faced off against her just last week, in Liberec. There I lost in overtime. I wanted to get my revenge today, but things didn’t go my way.”
“I have a lot of trouble with her style of play. She’s a rugged southpaw, who excels at the uchi-mata (inner thigh throw). Near the end of the match I decided to be more aggressive because I was down a shido, and that’s when she got me.”
Beauchemin-Pinard was still pretty satisfied with her performance. “It’s already a big improvement on last week,” she joked, after being eliminated in the repechage in Liberec, Czech Republic.
Margelidon gets disqualified in finals for unsportsmanlike conduct
Margelidon was equally impressive in the under 73 kg category, also winning five of his six bouts.
He beat two Germans, first Tom Dielforder with an ippon, and then a victory on penalties against Niklas Bloechl. He would go on to eliminate the Lithuanian Deividas Tarulis and the Georgian Levan Gugava by waza-aris.
In the semifinals, the Quebecer took out the Frenchman Tristan Avaliani on penalties, but lost in the gold medal match to the Romanian Vlad Visan after being disqualified.
“I had a great start to my tournament. I beat Gugaya, the cup favourite, and followed that up with a win over the French No.1 (Avaliani). In the finale, things got really heated because the Romanian tried to do a sweeping move after the whistle had been blown,” Margelidon explained.
“He got in my face and I pushed him back with my arms. Unfortunately this got me disqualified for unsportsmanlike conduct, a decision that many thought was pretty harsh,” he pointed out.
The senior Canadian champion was upbeat despite the loss. “Even though it was disappointing to go out like that, I’m quite satisfied with how I performed today. I’m definitely feeling confident for the upcoming Junior World Championships, which is my main focus for this season.”
Bouchard, Desjardins and Di Bartolo miss out on the repechage
Also on Saturday, despite winning two bouts before dropping their third, Quebecers Antoine Bouchard (-66 kg), Philippe Desjardins (-60 kg) and Nicolas Di Bartolo (-60 kg) were unable to reach the repechage portion of the tournament, and thus did not receive a classification.
The British Columbian Alicia Briggs (-52 kg), the Nova Scotian Whitney Lohnes (-48 kg) and the Quebecois Étienne Briand (-73 kg) all lost in their very first bout.
Sunday, Ontarian Monika Burgess (-70 kg), Quebecer Alix Renaud-Roy (-70 kg), Ontarian Zachary Burt (-81 kg), British Columbia-native Brandon Jobb (-90 kg) and Ontarian Martin Rygielski (+100 kg) will all take to the tatami at the Junior European Cup in Berlin.
Written by Sportcom for Judo Canada
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