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JUDO: Giunta and Rommelman Sweep Men's Kata Divisions at Pan Am Championships in Miami

May 11, 2008, 1 a.m. (ET)
For Immediate Release May 11, 2008 Contact: Nicole Jomantas, 719.271.9937 (cell) Nicole.Jomantas@usajudo.us (Miami, Fla.) -- Jeff Giunta and Heiko Rommelman, both of the Bushido Kai Judo Club in Webster, N.Y., swept the gold medals in all men's three kata (forms) divisions at the Pan American Championships on Saturday. Giunta and Rommelman won the Nage No Kata, Katame No Kata and Ju No Kata divisions and members of Team USA won nine of 18 medals overall. Medal winners are as follows: Men's Nage No Kata 1. Jeff Giunta (Webster, N.Y. / Bushido Kai Judo Club) and Heiko Rommelman (Webster, N.Y. / Bushido Kai Judo Club) 2. Luis Montes (COL) and Glatenfered Ramirez (COL) 3. Gustavo Londona (COL) and Henry Diaz (COL) Men's Katame No Kata 1. Heiko Rommelman (Webster, N.Y. / Bushido Kai Judo Club) and Jeff Giunta (Webster, N.Y. / Bushido Kai Judo Club) 2. Robert Okada (Tulsa, Okla. / Yoshitaka) and Ray Hosokawa (Azle, Texas / Fort Worth Judo) 3. Luis Montes (COL) 3. Glatenfered Ramirez (COL) Men's Ju No Kata 1. Jeff Giunta (Webster, N.Y. / Bushido Kai Judo Club) and Heiko Rommelman (Webster, N.Y. / Bushido Kai Judo Club) 2. Yves Pearson (CAN) and Jacques Mantion (CAN) 3. Christopher Arena (Rochester, N.Y. / Bushido Kai Judo Club) and Kevin Osz (Rochester, N.Y. / Bushido Kai Judo Club) Women's Nage No Kata 1. Margarita Castano (COL) and Liliana Ibarra (COL) 2. Kerry Foster (Rochester, N.Y. / Bushido Kai Judo Club) and Kirstin Weisbeck (Penfield, N.Y. / Bushido Kai Judo Club) 3. Sylvie Guertin (CAN) and Lyne Guertin (CAN) Womesn's Katame No Kata 1. Kirstin Weisbeck (Penfield, N.Y. / Bushido Kai Judo Club) and Kerry Foster (Rochester, N.Y. / Bushido Kai Judo Club) 2. Jolie Feng (Fort Worth, Texas / Okuri Judo) and Terrie Norman (Burleson, Texas / Fort Worth Judo) 3. Margarita Castano (COL) and Liliana Ibarra (COL) Women's Ju No Kata 1. Michelle Holtze (Minnetonka, Minn. / North Star Martial Arts Academy) and Kathy Buys (Wyoming, Minn. / North Star Martial Arts Academy) 2. Sylvie Guertin (CAN) and Lyne Guertin (CAN) 3. Margaret Castano (COL) and Liliana Iberra (COL) 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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