JUDO: Prague and Warsaw World Cup Day 1 Results

March 02, 2008, 1 a.m. (ET)
For Immediate Release March 2, 2008 Contact: Nicole Jomantas, 719.271.9937 (cell) Nicole.Jomantas@usajudo.us (Colorado Springs, Colo.)-In the final weekend of the first leg of the European Tour, none of the three U.S. players who competed at the Prague and Warsaw World Cups on Saturday won a match. Fighting up from the 52kg division where she holds the #1 ranking in the United States, Anna Palmer (Colorado Springs, Colo. / USA Judo National Training Site at the Olympic Training Center) fought up to 57kg in Warsaw, Poland. After a first-round bye, Palmer fought eventual bronze medalist Morgane Ribout. One of France's up-and-coming young players, Ribout had a breakout performance last week when she placed fifth at the Hamburg Super World Cup. This week she and Palmer each worked to get their grips for the first minute before Ribout threw Palmer for ippon (instant win) with an uchimata (inner thigh throw). Ribout threw her next two opponents for ippon as well, pulling Palmer through to the repechage where she was choked by Joana Ramos (POR) for ippon. Reigning Pan American Games Champion Ryan Reser (Colorado Springs, Colo. / USA Judo National Training Site at the OlympicTraining Center) struggled in the 73kg division at the Prague World Cup. Up by a koka (smallest points), Jiri Vanek (CZE) threw Reser for a waza-ari (half-point) score with just over a minute left in the match and moved straight into a pin for a second koka. Reser couldn't come back from the deficit and only earned a yuko (quarter-point) score off two penalties given to Vanek in the last 20 seconds. Two-time Pan American Champion Taylor Takata (Colorado Springs, Colo. / USA Judo National Training Site at the Olympic Training Center) fought five-time World Cup medalist Alim Gadanov (RUS) in his first match in the 66kg division, but lost by a penalty. Complete results for both tournaments are as follows: Warsaw World Cup Women's 48kg 1. Yanet Bermoy (CUB) 2. Alina Dumitru (ROM) 3. Michaela Baschin (GER) 3. Shugen Wu (CHN) 5. Liudmila Bogdanova (RUS) 5. Ludmyla Lusnikova (UKR) 7. Oiana Blanco (ESP) 7. Ana Hormigo (POR) Women's 52kg 1. Anna Kharitonova (RUS) 2. Jaana Sundberg (FIN) 3. Natalia Kuzutina (RUS) 3. Yagnelis Mestre (CUB) 5. Monika Cabaj (POL) 5. Georgina Singleton (GBR) 7. Lucie Chytra (CZE) 7. Fabiane Strubreiter (AUT) Women's 57kg 1. Deborah Gravenstijn (NED) 2. Isabel Fernandez (ESP) 3. Barbara Harel (FRA) 3. Morgane Ribout (FRA) 5. Malgorzata Bielak (POL) 5. Natalia Yukhareva (RUS) 7. Vesna Dzukic (SLO) 7. Lena Goeldi (SUI) Also Competed: Anna Palmer (Colorado Springs, Colo. / USA Judo National Training Site at the Olympic Training Center) Women's 63kg 1. Anaisis Hernandez (CUB) 2. Claudia Malzahn (GER) 3. Virginie Henry (FRA) 3. Emmanuelle Payet (FRA) 5. Sara Alvarez (ESP) 5. Marijana Miskovic (CRO) 7. Abigel Joo (HUN) 7. Olena Sayko (UKR) Prague World Cup Men's 60kg 1. Maksym Korotun (UKR) 2. Georgiy Zantaraya (UKR) 3. James Millar (GBR) 3. Jeroen Mooren (NED) 5. Cyril Soyer (FRA) 5. Gal Yekutiel (ISR) 7. Damien Bomboir (BEL) 7. Masaaki Fukuoka (JPN) Men's 66kg 1. Sebastien Berthelot (FRA) 2. Vitaly Verkhoturov (RUS) 3. Benjamin Darbelet (FRA) 3. Dex Elmont (NED) 5. Tomasz Adamiec (POL) 5. Miyaraghaa Sanjaasuren (MGL) 7. Adrian Kulisch (GER) 7. Jussi Uotila (FIN) Also Competed: Taylor Takata (Colorado Springs, Colo. / USA Judo National Training Site at the Olympic Training Center) Men's 73kg 1. Joao Pina (POR) 2. Kanstantsin Siamionau (BLR) 3. Georgi Georgiev (BUL) 3. Jaromir Jezek (CZE) 5. Marco Maddaloni (ITA) 5. Kioshi Uematsu (ESP) 7. Daniel Fernandes (FRA) 7. Koen Sleeckx (BEL) Also Competed: Ryan Reser (Colorado Springs, Colo. / USA Judo National Training Site at the Olympic Training Center), 0-1 For more information, contact Nicole Jomantas, USA Judo Director of Communications and Media Relations, at 719.271.9937 (cell) or Nicole.Jomantas@usajudo.us. -END-
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