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.
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