Kelita Zupancic wins Gold at Pan Am Championships

Monday April 12th, 2010

<p>Kelita Zupancic wins gold at Pan Am Championships</p> <p><br />Montreal, April 9, 2010 – Kelita Zupancic of Whitby, Ont., won the gold medal and Catherine Roberge of Quebec City and Alexandre Émond of Varennes, Que., each added a bronze Friday at the Pan Am judo Championships in San Salvador.<br /> <br />In women’s 70 kilos, Zupancic received a first-round bye then defeated KathleenSpell of the U.S. by Waza-ari in the preliminaries and Onix Cortez of Cuba by Ippon in the semifinal.<br /> <br />In the final, Zupancic beat Helena Romanelli of Brazil scoring two Yukos.<br /> <br />''Kelita had a very good tournament,'' said Canadian coach Nicolas Gill. ''The highlight was a victory over the world junior champion from Cuba in the semifinal. Her success in Europe has carried over to here and she is improving with each competition. We feel she can be a medal contender by the 2016 Olympics, maybe even 2012.''<br /> <br />In women’s 78 kilos, Roberge also had a first round bye then took Keivi Pinto of Venezuela by Ippon in the prelims before falling to the eventual gold medallist Mayra Aguiar da Silva of Brazil by Ippon in the semifinal.<br /> <br />In her bronze medal bout, Roberge scored an Ippon for the victory over Anny Cortes of Colombia.<br /> <br />In men’s 90 kilos, Émond was also awarded a first round bye. He lost his opening bout by Ippon to Hugo Pessanha of Brazil, the eventual gold medallist, in the preliminaries.<br /> <br />However Émond came back strong with Ippon victories over Jose Camacho of Venezuela in the repechage and Alexis Chiclana of Puerto Rico in his bronze medal match.<br /> <br />Kalem Kachur of Montreal and Scott Edward of Calgary won one of their three bouts each in 81 kilos and 100 kilos respectively for fifth place finishes.<br /> <br />New Brunswick’s Myriam Lamarche and Quebec’s Lenuta Berinde lost their opening bouts in 63 kilos and 78 kilos and over and were not ranked.<br /> <br />Canadians in action Saturday are Joliane Melançon (57 kilos, Quebec), Bianca Ockedahl (48 kilos, Quebec), Laurie Wiltshire (52 kilos, Alberta), Sasha Mehmedovic (66 kilos, Ontario), Nicholas Tritton (73 kilos, Ontario), Frazer Will (60 kilos, Quebec) and Youssef Youssef (55 kilos, Ontario).<br /> <br />-30-<br /> <br />Written by Sportcom for Judo Canada</p>

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