Montreal, July 7, 2018 – Six Canadian judokas stood on the podium during the Pan American Junior Championships in Cordoba, in Argentina, on Saturday. These medals are added to the six won by the Canadian cadet athletes on Friday.
“It was a hard day, but a good one. A lot of our athletes had fought yesterday in the cadet championship. Their participation as juniors was a good opportunity for them to gain experience,” explained their coach, James Millar.
Manon Reglat-Arzate won the silver medal in the -57 kg category. The Quebecoise lost by ippon in the final against Brazilian Ketelyn Nascimiento. Before that, she had defeated Argentinian Brisa Gomez in the preliminary round and Ecuadorian Karia Valencia in the semi-final.
“I wasn’t expecting this today. This is only my second competition outside Canada. I had an idea of what it would be like, but I wasn’t sure. I took advantage of their weakness by fighting on the ground for both my victories. In the final, I was up against the best athlete in my category. She was really strong,” said Reglat-Arzate.
Coralie Godbout (-70 kg) finished in third place after winning against her teammate Brae Booth by ippon in the bronze-medal fight. Before that, she had one victory and one loss.
“I’m really happy. I didn’t have any expectations for the junior level. I wanted to give it my all, but I didn’t really know who I would be up against. It’s good, because the girls were really strong. I gave everything I had. I’m happy that my efforts were rewarded,” commented Godbout.
She was especially proud of her performance against her teammate Booth. “I often face her in Canada, and I was happy to show that I can win against her even in another country. I’m also proud of the clean ippon I executed in my second fight. It was clear that I had won,” said the athlete.
In the -78 kg category, Megan Neuman also won the bronze. Fighting in a category with only 4 participants, she was first defeated by Brazilian Camila Ponce before winning against Argentinian Antonella Elisii.
Alexandre Arencibia (-81 kg) was able to finish in third place as well. He was defeated after his second bout in the preliminary round, but he was able to come back by winning twice in repechage. In the bronze-medal fight, he was able to win by ippon against Argentinian Victor Gonzalez.
Keagan Young was on the third step of the podium in -73 kg after winning by ippon against Argentinian Igor Prado.
Earlier today, after winning his first two fights, he was defeated by ippon by Colombian Leider Navarro in the semifinal.
Despite losing his first bout in the preliminary round, Ian Ryder also finished in third place in his category, -90 kg. He eliminated Argentinian Mariano Coto Bersier by ippon in repechage. He did it again against American Jeffrey Stout in the bronze-medal fight.
Erik Vandersanden (-60 kg), Bogdan Jora (-66 kg), Martin Penchev (-81 kg), Wilson Elliot (+100 kg), and Brae Booth (-70 kg) narrowly missed out on the podium by losing their bronze-medal bouts.
Roxanne Emond (-63 kg), Tami Goto (-48 kg), Kimiko Kamstra (-44 kg), Sierra Tanner (-57 kg), and Jackson Minnick (-90 kg) all finished in seventh place. Mitchell Markwat (-66 kg), and Sarah Maloum (-52 kg) didn’t get a ranking.
Written by Sportcom for Judo Canada
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