Team USA Takes Five Bronze On First Day Of Pan Am Champs

By Ernest Pund | April 19, 2013, 11:02 p.m. (ET)

April 19, 2013 – Team USA took away five bronze medals from the first day of the Pan American Championships in Costa Rica today.

The best of the Americas converged on San Jose, Costa Rica, for one of the most competitive tournaments in the hemisphere, where athletes collect international ranking points and gather experience that takes them to even higher competitions.

Two U.S. athletes in the 81 kg division took bronze today, Olympian Travis Stevens,( USA Judo National Training Site, Pedro’s Judo Center/NYAC, Wakefield, Mass.), and Jonathan Fernandez, (Baragua Judo Kai, Miami, FL.). In the 90kg division, Jacob Larsen, (Boulder Judo Training Center, USA Judo National Training Site, Olympic Training Center, CO), joined his teammates in taking a bronze.

Among the women, Hannah Martin, 63 kg. (Jason Morris Judo Center/NYAC, Glenville, NY), and Olympic Gold Medalist Kayla Harrison, 70 kg. (USA Judo National Training Site, Pedro’s Judo Center/NYAC, Wakefield, MA), took bronze.

For complete results and full brackets got to RESULTS


Fighting tomorrow for Team USA are:

MEN:

Adonis Diaz, 55 kg. (Budokan Judo Club, Miami, FL), Nick Kossor, 60 kg. (Jason Morris Judo Center/NYAC, Glenville, NY), Brad Bolen, 66 kg. (Jason Morris Judo Center/NYAC, Glenville, NY), and Nick Delpopolo, 73 kg. (Budokan Judo Club, Miami, FL);

WOMEN:

44kg: Erin Butts,44 kg. (Fontana, CA), Veronica Prado, 48 kg. (USA Judo National Training Site, Ki-Itsu-Sai Training Center, Miami, FL), Angelica Delgado, 52 kg. (USA Judo National Training Site, Ki-Itsu-Sai Training Center, Miami, FL), and Olympic Bronze Medalist Marti Malloy, 57 kg., (USA Judo National Training Site, San Jose State University Judo, San Jose, CA).



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