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Three Canadian athletes took part in the Upper Austria Grand Prix, held in Linz from Thursday to Saturday. Although none of the three attained victory on the Old Continent, they gained valuable experience that will serve them well in the future.
Julien Frascadore was the only male Canadian in action. Having won gold at the Senior Canadian Open Championships less than a week ago, he was given a first-round bye in the under-66 kg weight class. In the second round, the 23-year-old was up against Hekim Agamammedov of Turkmenistan. Frascadore received three shido during the bout, giving his opponent the win after about three minutes of combat. Agamammedov was later defeated by David Garcia Torne of Spain, who went on to win the gold medal for the weight division. On the women’s side, Isabelle Harris (-63 kg) and Coralie Godbout (-78 kg) also competed in Austria after having earned the title of Canadian champion in their respective weight classes last week at the Centre Pierre-Charbonneau in Montréal. In the first round, Harris was caught off-guard by her opponent Helene Christensen of Denmark, whose speed of execution earned her an ippon for the win. In the all-Japanese under-63 kg final, Momo Tatsukawa defeated her countrymate Seiko Watanabe. Coralie Godbout was defeated in her first-round match by Esteysy Diaz of Colombia. Diaz later lost to Anna-Maria Wagner of Germany, who went on to win gold.