Montréal, July 6, 2014 (sportcom) – Catherine Roberge came away with a bronze medal at the Ulan Bator Grand Prix, Sunday, presented in Mongolia.
In the first round, she took down the Mongol Uuganjargal Munkh-Erdene. She then fell to the Korean Kyong Sol, putting an end to her hopes of reaching the grand finale.
“The Korean, who’s the defending world champion, is very dangerous with one particular maneuver, Roberge pointed out. I did everything I could to stop her, but she still managed to perform her move and throw me down for an ippon.”
The Quebecoise regained her composure in the repechage, dominating the Chinese Zhang Zhehui to advance to one of the two bronze medal bouts in the under 78 kg class. She took on the Pole Katarzyna Furmanek, and came away with the second medal for the Canadians at the Grand Prix.
On Friday, Catherine Beauchemin-Pinard was crowned champion in the under 57 kg category.
“It wasn’t a day that will go down in history, that’s for sure. I decided that I would rely on my conditioning today, instead of performing good judo. Despite the result, I was very ordinary. I would like to have delivered a much better performance than what I showed today. I suppose you can’t win in spectacular fashion all the time,” Roberge commented.
Ontario-product Kyle Reyes finished in 7th position. After profiting from a bye, he took down the Mongol Bat-Erdene Davaadorj before falling to the Korean Guham Cho. He couldn’t get anything going in the repechage, where he succumbed to defeat at the hands of the Hungarian Miklos Cirjenics.
The Canadians will make their way over to Russia next week, where they will compete in the Grand Slam.
“It’s one of the most difficult tournaments. There will be a lot of tough competition. A top-5 finish would be ideal, but I’m just going to go one match at a time. I’m hoping to win my first bout and then we’ll see how it goes,” Roberge said.
Written by Sportcom for Judo Canada