Contact: Ernest Pund, USA Judo Communications
August 8, 2013, Miami – Miami Teen Adonis Diaz, 17, fights for a bronze medal in Doral today after going 3-1 this morning at the super-elite World Cadet Championships at the Doral Resort & Spa.
"It was good until I got my neck cranked. I felt really confident, I felt really good, I felt I could fight anybody. The home crowd was chanting 'Adonis! Adonis!' and it lifted me up,” said Diaz. “I loved their support. Now as I head into the bronze medal match, hopefully the home crowd will still stand behind me and I'll get a bronze medal. I feel great right now."
Diaz dominated all his victory matches, shooting a wide variety of throws and ground assaults, including a standing arm bar, at his opponents, leaving them looking tired and searching for openings that never came. He lost his third match against Kazakhstan’s Bauyrxhan Zhauyntayev but was not deterred. He returned to the mat to defeat Uzbekistan’s Kemran Nurillayev, advancing to the medal round for bronze.
All medal rounds, including Diaz’ match for bronze, begin at 5 p.m. EST, in the Legends Ballroom at the Doral Resort & Spa.
Two more South Florida athletes figsht Friday, Ashlyn White, 48 kg., and Katherinne Lieby, 52 kg., of Pembroke Pines. The subset of South Florida athletes indicates once again that this part of the country is a leader in raising top up-and-coming judo stars.
The 19 members of the U.S. team have come from all over the nation, Hawaii to New York, California to Florida. Six are from Florida, a rising power of young judo talent. See the US ROSTER.