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Junior Belgian Ladies Open Results

Feb. 03, 2008, 1 a.m. (ET)

(Colorado Springs, Colo.) - Two U.S. players advanced to the main draw in the under-20 division of the Belgian Ladies Open in Arlon on Saturday.

In a unique format, players had to place in the top two of a three or four-person pool in order to advance to the main draw.  Unlike in most international events, a loss in the draw means that the loser only gets carried through to the repecharge if the player she loses to advances to the final. 

Competing in her first European tournament, Paola Genao-Butler (Colorado Springs, Colo. / USA Judo National Training Site at the Olympic Training Center) won her first two matches in her 63kg pool, throwing Alice Schweinoch (GER), her first opponent, with a tai o toshi (body drop throw) for ippon and beating her second opponent by three scores, including an o uchi gari throw for a waza-ari (half-point) score.  In the draw, Genao-Butler was thrown with an o soto gari (outer leg throw) by Laura Vargas Koch (NED) in her first match.

Angelica Delgado (Miami, Fla. / USA Judo National Training Site at North Miami) tied her first match in pool play against Svetlana Breier (LUX), but threw Susann Wegner (GER) for ippon (instant win) with an o uchi gari (major inner leg throw) to advance to the main draw in the 57kg division.  A bronze medalist at the 2007 USA Judo Senior National Championships, Delgado was pinned in her first match in the draw by Gemma Howell (GBR), a 17-year-old who won her first Senior World Cup medal at the Vienna A-Level event in 2007.

Three U.S. players did not advance out of the pools into the main draw.

Seventeen-year-old Kayla Harrison (Wakefield, Mass. / USA Judo National Team FORCE / NYAC) won the 70kg division of the Junior Belgian Ladies' Open in 2007, but moved down to the 63kg division two months later and would go on to win the Senior U.S. Open at 63kg in October.  This year Harrison moved back up to 78kg where she tied Jamie Lee Leonora (NED) in her first match and lost her second match to a German player by a koka (smallest points) to be eliminated in the pools.

Two 44kg players who are both Senior U.S. Open medalists fought up to 48kg, but neither could secure a win in the heavier division.  Veronica Prado (Coral Springs, Fla. / USA Judo National Training Site at North Miami) returned to compete for the second time at this event after also fighting in the 48kg division in 2007, but she lost all three of her opening matches.  Alexa Liddie (Colorado Springs, Colo. / USA Judo National Training Site at the Olympic Training Center) was competing in her first major event as a 48kg player, but lost her first two matches. 

Competition continues with the senior divisions on Sunday.

Complete results are as follows:

Completed Draws

48kg
1. Glynis Rojot (NED)
2. Sanne Verhagen (NED)
3. Svea Schwabe (GER)
3. Charline van Snick (BEL)

Also Competed: Veronica Prado (Coral Springs, Fla. / USA Judo National Training Site at North Miami), 0-3 and Alexa Liddie (Colorado Springs, Colo. / USA Judo National Training Site at the Olympic Training Center), 0-2

52kg
1. Susi Zimmermann (GER)
2. Kathrin Prill (GER)
3. Lotte Denoo (BEL)
3. Sabine Struve (GER)

57kg
1. Juul Franssen (NED)
2. Hanne van Bossele (BEL)
3. Gemma Howell (GBR)
3. Johanna Klimasara (GER)

Also Competed: Angelica Delgado (Miami, Fla. / USA Judo National Training Site at North Miami), 1-1-1

63kg
1. Antoinette Hennink (NED)  
2. Maude-Helene Benoit (CAN)
3. Julia Loselein (GER)
3. Alexandra Sebald (GER)

Also Competed: Paola Genao-Butler (Colorado Springs, Colo. / USA Judo National Training Site at the Olympic Training Center), 2-1

70kg
1. Kelita Zupancic (CAN)
2. Luiza Gainutdinova (UKR)
3. Friederike Mayer (GER)
3. Kim Polling (NED)

78kg
1. Iris Lemmen (NED)
2. Jaenet Visser (NED)
3. Franziska Butterwegge (GER)
3. Luise Malzahn (GER)

Also Competed: Kayla Harrison (Wakefield, Mass. / NYAC / USA Judo National Team FORCE), 0-1-1

+78 kg
1. Idalis Ortiz (CUB)  
2. Ashley Fleming (GBR)
3. Sandy de Brouwer (NED)
3. Angelique Heiny (GER)

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