Sasha Mehmedovic wins bronze

Friday February 29th, 2008
(Nicholas Tritton fifth in 73 kilos)
Montreal, February 24, 2008 – Sasha Mehmedovic of North York won the bronze medal in men’s 66 kilos Friday at a Super World Cup judo tournament in Hamburg, Germany.
Mehmedovic got a bye in the first round then lost his next bout to Adrian Kulisch of Germany.  
In the repechage, Mehmedovic defeated Ragheb Karchoud of Tunisia, Hasan Yilmaz of Turkey and Olympic silver medallist Jozef Krnac of Slovakia. ‘’Sasha was mentally and tactically ready for his bout against Krnac,’’ said Canadian national team coach Nicolas Gill. ‘’It’s his speed and dynamics that made the difference.’’
Mehmedovic then defeated Ahmed Awad of Egypt. In the bronze medal bout he took out Dan Gherghe Fasie of Romania and ended his day’s work with five straight wins. ‘’Sasha had faced the Romanian before and lost,’’ said Gill. ‘’He dominated the bout this time from start to finish.’’
In the championship final, Oscar Penas of Spain beat Miklos Ungavari of Hungary for the gold.  Nazaryan of Armernia won the other bronze.
Tritton one win short of bronze
On Saturday in men’s 73 kilos, Nicholas Tritton of Perth, Ont., was fifth posting a 4-2 record.
Tritton, 23, won his opening four bouts against Tihomir Blagovestov of Bulgaria, Claudiu Bastea of Romania, Mario Schendel of Germany and Gilles Bonhomme of France. In the semis, Tritton lost to Elnur Mammadli of Azerbaijan then to Leandro Guilheiro of Brazil for the bronze.
Mammadli won the gold medal over Dirk Van Tichelt of Belgium.  Rasul Bokiev of Tadjikistan and Guilheiro were the bronze medallists.
‘’Mammadli is very strong and experienced,’’ said Tritton.  ‘’He was second at the world championships in Rio in September. I felt I fought well.’’
Tritton though was disappointed to lose to Guilheiro.  ‘’I beat him at the worlds so I’m a little disappointed. But he managed the bout well. Being so close to the podium I would have liked the victory but overall I’m satisfied with my day.’’

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