Japan Tightens Grip On Lead On Day Two of World Cadet Champs

By Ernest Pund | Aug. 10, 2013, 12:06 a.m. (ET)

Japan tightened its grip on the top spot among 80 nations by taking two more gold medals on Day Two of the World Cadet Championships beneath ballroom chandeliers at the luxurious Doral Golf Resort and Spa.

This is the first time that USA Judo has hosted this tournament and there is no other competition more prestigious that is dedicated to judo for the Cadet age group, 15- 17 years old. Competition is, of course, fierce, with only the very finest of the sport qualifying from around the world. A total of 536 were registered at final count.

 No one from the United States placed today. Two more days of competition remain. Fighting tomorrow for Team USA are:

Sarah Subko, 57 kg. of Valrico, FL, near Tampa where she trains at the Florida School of Judo.

Nefeli Papadakis, 63 kg. of Gurnee, IL, where her home club is Arena Training Center.

Leonardo Subiza, 73 kg. of North Bergin, NJ and Tech Judo.

Gianni Hallak, 81 kg., of Emerson, NJ, and Kokushikai Judo Academy.

Taking spots on the podium today were:

Women, 48 kg.

Bronze, BUL Betina Temelkova

Bronze, RUS Kristina Shilova

Silver, KOR Hyekyeong Lee

Gold, JPN Mikoto Tsunemi

Men, 60 kg.

Bronze, BLR Dzmitry Minkou

Bronze, MGL Tsogtbaatar Tsendochir

Silver, UKR Bogdan Iadov

Gold, JPN Takumi Oshima

Women, 52 kg.

Bronze, JPN Chishima Maeda

Bronze, BRA Layana Colman

Silver, GEO Mariam Janashvili

Gold, CAN Jessica Klimkait 

Men 66 kg.

Bronze, KAZ Didar Khamza

Bronze, RUS Pavel Ershov

Silver, JPN Hifumi Abe

Gold, GEO Koba Mchedlishvili 

For all the results, go to WWW.IPPON.ORG.

Competition begins at 10 a.m. EST. Watch the action LIVE via webcast at WWW.USJUDO.ORG.

Go to the complete US ROSTER.