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Joshua Prado and Max Schneider to Fight for Gold at Pan Am Juvenile Championships

June 12, 2009, 7:30 p.m. (ET)

(Colorado Springs, Colo.) - Two former bronze medalists will be fighting for their first chance at gold at the Pan American Juvenile Championships for 15-16-year-old athletes tonight in San Salvador, El Salvador. 

Joshua Prado (Coral Springs, Fla. / USA Judo National Training Site at North Miami), a bronze medalist at this event as a 51kg player last year, advanced to the finals in the 55kg division.

Max Schneider (Chicago, Ill. / Tohkon Judo), a bronze medalist at the 2005 Pan Am Infantile Championships in the 42kg, will compete for gold in the 66kg division.

Max Golembo (Vernon Hills, Ill. / Cohen's Judo) won a silver medal earlier in the day in the 73kg division. 

Kadee Shadden (Mineral Wells, Texas / Ruben Martin Judo), a gold medalist in 2008, returned to the 70kg division this year where she won her second straight medal at the event.  As Shadden's division was a round-robin, she is awaiting later results to determine whether she will win the silver or bronze.

Nine athletes will compete in bronze medal matches tonight as well:

  • Vanessa Calimquim (Long Beach, Calif. / South Bay Judo / 44kg)
  • Samantha Martin (Burleson, Texas / Ruben Martin Judo Training Center / 52kg)
  • Crystal Butts (Fontana, Calif. / LACC Judo Club / 57kg)
  • Yesenia Crespo (Dover, Fla. / Del Diaz Mambi Training Center / 63kg)
  • Micaela Enriquez (Burleson, Texas / Ruben Martin Judo Training Center / +70kg)
  • Daniel Neyra (Boca Raton, Fla. / Onikusu Judo Club / 51kg)
  • Ruben Martin (Burleson, Texas / Ruben Martin Judo / 66kg)
  • Pablo Redden-Gonzalez (Earlysville, Va. / Charlottesville Judo Academy / 81kg)
  • Jimmy Barnes (Oklahoma City, Okla. / USA Stars / +90kg)