New national champions climbed the podiums this weekend in Virginia Beach, VA, at USA Judo’s Senior National Championships, gathering national ranking points and setting the bar at new heights of performance.
Most of the names topping the podium are familiar: Kayla Harrison and Marti Malloy took gold and bronze medals at the Olympic Games in London. Others climbed to the highest spots through nationally top-ranked athletes.
Finally, for the Open Division, the media showed up Sunday to see Satoshi Ishii, the Japanese Olympic Gold Medalist and MMA fighter, but it was Tokuzo Takahashi of Los Angeles Tenri who took gold in the Open division.
Taking gold medals over the weekend were:
Giovanna Prado, -44 Kg., USA Judo National Training Site, Ki-Itsu-Sai, Coral Springs, FL
Corey Jo Tashima, 48 kg., Mililani, HI
Angelica Delgado, 52 kg., USA Judo National Training Site, Ki-Itsu-Sai, Coral Springs, FL
Marti Malloy, 57 kg., USA Judo National Training Site, San Jose State University, San Jose, CA
Hannah Martin, 63 kg., Jason Morris Judo Center, Glenville, NY
Katie Sell, 70 kg., USA Judo National Training Site, Olympic Training Center, CO
Kayla Harrison, 78 kg., USA Judo National Training Site, Pedro’s Judo Center/NYAC, Wakefield, Mass.
Nina Cutro-Kelly, 78+ kg., Universal Judo, San Antonio, TX
Bianca Lockette, OPEN, Kito Kan Judo Club, Florissant, MO
Ernest Ojito, 55 kg., Washington Judo/Georgetown University, Silver Spring, MD
Aaron Kunihiro, 60 kg., USA Judo Training Site, Pedro’s Judo Center/NYAC, Wakefield, Mass.
Austin Cook, 66 kg., USA Judo Training Site, Olympic Training Center, CO
Nick Delpopolo, 73 kg., Budokan Judo Club, Miami, FL
Jonathan Fernandez, 81 kg., Baragua Judo Kai, Miami, FL
Garry St. Leger, 90 kg., Legro Sports Starett/NYAC, Brooklyn, NY
L.A. Smith III, 100 kg., Cranford Judo Karate Club, Rahway, NJ
Marktorria Fletcher, 100+ kg., Atlanta Judo Midtown, Atlanta, GA
Tokuzo Takahashi, OPEN, Tenri Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA
Go to SENIORS to see all the podium winners.
Go to VI to see the results of the visually impaired competition;
KATA to see those national results;
And BROWN BELT for that division.