Tritton wins gold & Youssef takes bronze

Monday April 12th, 2010

Montreal, April 10, 2010 – Canada won three medals on Saturday to conclude the individual portion of the Pan American judo championships held in San Salvador.
Nicholas Tritton of Perth, Ont., went undefeated in four bouts to win the gold medal in men’s 73 kilos.  He defeated Antonio Rivas of Venezuela in the final by Ippon.
Joliane Melançon of Blainville, Que., and Ontario’s Youssef Youssef each earned a bronze in women’s 57 kilos and men’s 55 kilos respectively.
‘’Nicholas had a strong tournament and completely dominated,’’ said Canadian coach Nicolas Gill.  ‘’It was almost an uneventful day for him.  In fact,  it was the Venezuelan who was the real surprise after beating the Brazilian and Cuban to reach the final.’’
Melançon lost her opening bout to Marti Mallo of the U.S., and while she was out of contention for gold she bounced back with three consecutive victories.  In her bronze medal bout, she defeated Melissa Rodriguez of Argentina by Ippon at the 1:44 mark.
‘’We knew the American would be a tough opponent and Joliane had trouble adapting to her style,’’ said Gill.  ‘’After that she won all her bouts to take the bronze.’’
Youssef posted a 2-1 record to grab third spot.  He defeated Michael Garcia of Guatemala in his medal match.
‘’Youssef is still a junior so this was a great opportunity to compete at the international level,’’ said Gill.
Frazer Will of Star City, Sask., nearly reached the podium in men’s 60 kilos dropping his third place bout to Juan Postigos of Peru.  Will was 3-2 on the day.
Bianca Ockedahl of Montreal and Laurie Whiltshire of Calgary both placed seventh in women’s 48 kilos and 52 kilos respectively with 1-2 records.
Sasha Mehmedovic of Montreal lost his only bout and was not ranked.
‘’Overall these were good championships,’’ said Gill.  ‘’Six medals including two gold.  We didn’t specifically prepare for this competition.  It’s a good sign because starting next month the international meets will counts towards 2012 Olympic qualifying.’’

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