Nick Delpopolo Takes Bronze in Belgium

By Ernest Pund | Feb. 02, 2014, 12:38 p.m. (ET)

Nick Delpopolo (Budokan Judo Club, Hialeah, FL) went 6-1 to win bronze in Belgium today, fighting up a weight class at 81 kg, prepping for the Paris Grand Slam next weekend when he'll be competing at his typical 73 kg. Also, taking 5th place in 90 kg weight class was Jacob Larsen (OTC/Boulder Judo, Colorado Springs, CO).

Says Delpopolo, "I had a lot of fun competing today and I felt no pressure and that I could really open up and work on new throws which I was able to do. I have never competed internationally at 81 kilos so I will say that even though its not gold, after 7 hard matches I am pretty satisfied with my bronze medal."