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US Athletes Take To Mats At Pan American Champs in Costa Rica

By Ernest Pund | April 19, 2013, 2:23 p.m. (ET)

April 19, 2013 - Competition commenced today at the Pan American Championships in Costa Rica with a lead brigade of U.S. athletes stepping onto the mats.

This is a pinnacle competition for the Americas, drawing the best qualifying athletes from Canada through Argentina. The tournament promises big international ranking points to winners, 400 for a gold medal, 240 for silver and 160 for bronze, more than a Grand Prix tournament and just below a Grand Slam.

Fighting today for the United States are:

MEN

 -81kg: Travis Stevens, USA Judo National Training Site, Pedro’s Judo Center/NYAC, Wakefield, MA

-81kg: Jonathan Fernandez, Baragua Judo Kai, Miami, FL

 -90kg: Jacob Larsen, USA Judo National Training Site, Olympic Training Center, CO

-100kg: Myles Porter, USA Judo National Training Site, Olympic Training Center/NYAC, CO

+100kg: Deshawn Howard, Harvey’s Judo, Jackson, MS

WOMEN

 -63kg: Hannah Martin, Jason Morris Judo Center, Glenville, NY

-70kg: Kayla Harrison, USA Judo National Training Site, Pedro’s Judo Center/NYAC, Wakefield, MA

-70kg: Kathleen Sell, USA Judo National Training Site, Olympic Training Center, CO

-78kg: Samantha Bleier, USA Judo National Training Site, USA Judo National Training Site, Olympic Training Center, CO

+78kg: Bianca Lockette, No Club Affiliation, Florissant, MO

Stay tuned for updates.

 

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