Montréal, February 18, 2018 – As the only Canadian athlete competing today at the European Open in Rome, in Italy, Kelita Zupancic made her way to the final, where she lost against British Katiejemima Yeatsbrown to bring home the silver medal.
She started her day by winning both her two fights in the preliminary rounds by ippon, against French Lucie Perrot and Italian Carola Paissoni.
The judoka from Ontario won the semi-final fight against Danish Emilie Sook, once again by ippon.
During the final, the British athlete defeated Zupancic by ippon.
“It’s been 6 months since I’ve competed so it was good to get some matches today to get ready for Germany next weekend. Constantly winning medals is always the goal, so I was just happy to be back on the podium today,” said Zupancic.
“This was the first competition for Kelita since the world championships last September. The goal for today was for her to try and get as many matches as possible. She went 3-1 today ending up with a 2nd place finish, easily cruising to the final. This is a great start to her European tour,” commented her coach, Sasha Mehmedovic.
|1||Katiejemima Yeatsbrown (GBR)|
|2||Kelita Zupancic (CAN)|
|3||Melissa Heleine (FRA)|
|3||Carola Paissoni (ITA)|
|5||Hilde Jager (NED)|
|5||Emilie Sook (DEN)|
|7||Michaela Polleres (AUT)|
|7||Gabriella Willems (BEL)|
Short day for Canadians in Austria
At the European Open in Oberwart, in Austria, Canadian judokas didn’t have the same success as Zupancic. Mohab El Nahas had the best day, in which he won his first two bouts, then lost the third.
In the -90 kg category, he won by ippon against Israeli Itay Golan in the first round and by waza-ari against American Matthew Koch in the second round, but was defeated by ippon by Giorgi Papunashvili, from Georgia. In the same category, Louis Krieber-Gagnon was eliminated after his first fight. Danil Neyolov (-81 kg) was also eliminated quickly against Armenian Vartan Khachatryan.
Arencibia wins gold in Spain
Fighting in the -81 kg at the Cadet European Cup in Fuengirola, in Spain, Alexandre Arencibia had a perfect day on Sunday, where he won the final against Agustin Gil, from Argentine, to bring home the gold medal.
After winning 2 fights by ippon during the preliminary round, against British Cameron Reid-Thomas and Russian Evgenii Gerbzomer, he also won the semi-final against Italian Daniele Accogli.
The final fight was against Argentinian Agustin Gil, and Arencibia won by waza-ari to win the gold medal.
Coralie Godbout ended in repechage in the -70 kg category. She won in the first round against British Georga Halloumas before losing by ippon in the next round against Slovak Nina Gersiova.
The judoka from Saint-Charles-de-Bellechasse ended in repechage, where she won her first bout by ippon against Spanish Eunate Etxebarria Bilbao, but lost the second one against Eva Prichystalova from Czech Republic.
Rachel Krapman (-57 kg) and Jérémie Lapointe (-73 kg) both had 1 victory and 1 loss, while Samia Boussarhane (-63 kg) and Jules Martin (-73 kg) were eliminated after their first fight. None of them got a ranking.
|-70 kg||-81 kg|
|1||Raffaela Igl (GER)||1||Alexandre Arencibia (CAN)|
|2||Nina Gersiova (SVK)||2||Agustin Gil (ARG)|
|3||Cheyenne Schneider (GER)||3||Daniele Accogli (ITA)|
|3||Begona Sotillo Gomez (ESP)||3||Kenny Liveze (FRA)|
|5||Edith Ortiz (ECU)||5||Francis Damier (FRA)|
|5||Eva Prichystalova (CZE)||5||Stanislav Popaz (MDA)|
|7||Coralie Godbout (CAN)||7||Evgenii Gerbzomer (RUS)|
|7||Kaila Issoufi (FRA)||7||Aleksandr Telminov (RUS)|
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