Keagan,Jessica and Shady win medals in Germany

Wednesday March 23rd, 2016

Bremen Masters, International Thuringia Cup

     Ontario won three medals in Germany this past weekend . At the U18 Masters tournament in Breme, Keagan Young snatched the Under 50 kg gold and Shady El Nahas won silver. Meanwhile at the women’s competition in Thuringia, Jessica Klimkait carved a place for herself on the second step of the podium.

Keagan Young showed dominance throughout the day, with six consecutive victories ­– four by ippon and two by yuko. In the first rounds, Germany’s Konstantin Weinmann and Lennart Slamberger and Switzerland’s Julian Bersnak didn’t stand a chance against him. In the semi-final, the Ontario athlete disposed of his first Dutch opponent Jesse Reede, while the second, Daan Moes, succumbed to him in the final match.

“Keagan really dominated his opponents today,” said coach Jean-Pierre Cantin. “What’s more impressive is that he was born in 2001, which means he’s U16 in Canada. He’s even younger than the official category. His potential is extraordinary!”

Shady El Nahas (Under 100kg) had an excellent day and won almost all of his fights. Finishing with the Silver medal. Among his victims were German Daniel Zorn, French Alan Ardenoy, German Cailin Calder, and Latvian Aleksejs Akimenko. He was stopped in the final match, however, and the Under 100 kg gold medal went to Dutch Simeon Catharina.

”Shady is a very talented athlete,” said Team Canada coach Jean-Pierre Cantin. “He’s won medals here in the last two years, and while today is no surprise, it is a great achievement. On the mat, he’s a highly tactical and intelligent fighter.”

In the Under 73 kg, Benjamin Kendrick started out his day with a string of three wins. In his fourth bout, he was defeated by Dutch Ziggy Horsten, and then he lost again in repechage, this time to Swedish William Rittfeldt.

Also competing were Sava Antic (Under 73 kg) was eliminated after the second round. Aidos Saperov and Christian Dametto (Under 50 kg) got to the third round before bowing out.  

Jessica Klimkait on the podium at the International Thuringia Cup

The Canadian U18 and U21 women were also in Germany, but in the city of Thuringia. Jessica Klimkait, competing in the U21, won every single one of her Under 57 kg matches by ippon before losing in the final combat and walking away with a silver medal around her neck.

After a bye in the opening round, she beat Germany’s Agatha Schmidt and France’s Sarah Léonie Cysique and Véronique Mandeng before losing the finals by waza-ari to Japan’s Miho Tanigawa. 

“Jessica dominated her opponents in the preliminary matches, showing great class and outstanding submission techniques,” said coach Ewan Beaton. “In the final, she was scored on with a very unusual technique in the first 20 seconds of the match, and could not find solutions to the Japanese defense.”

“It was still a good day for Jessica, but she wanted to win the competition, so in the end, she is disappointed that she could not finish the day at the top of the podium.”

Emily Burt was the second Canadian to go the furthest in the women’s U21 competition. The Oshawa judoka came in fifth in the Under 63 kg class, after winning her first three preliminary matches and then losing to Dutch Sanne Vermeer. In repechage, she encountered three opponents before coming up short against Japanese Suzu Iino.

Rygielski in the Top Seven

Natalie Rygielski came in seventh in the Under 57 kg. Although her preliminary round left quite a bit to be desired, she bounced back in repechage and won two matches before bowing out to Belgium’s Anouk Maekelberg.

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