June 22, 2013 - Janine Nakao, 63 kg. (USA Judo Training Site, Pedro’s Judo Center/NYAC, Wakefield, Mass.) climbed the podium for silver today at the Pan American Open in San Salvador. She was joined by three teammates who took bronze medals at this tourney, which closely follows the gold and bronze medals won by U.S. athletes in Miami at the nation’s first Grand Prix.
Competition resumes tomorrow at the Pan American Open. Get the brackets and results at IPPON.ORG.
Nakao’s division was thick with U.S. talent and it was Hannah Martin (Jason Morris Judo/NYAC, Glenville, N.Y.) who took a bronze medal and joined Nakao on the podium after facing her in the semi-finals.
Also taking bronze today was Angelica Delgado, 52 kg. (USA Judo Training Site, Ki-Itsu-Sai, Coconut Creek, FL.) and Hana Carmichael, 57 kg. (USA Judo Training Site, Pedro’s Judo Center/NYAC, Wakefield, Mass.).
It has been a great couple of weeks for USA Judo. The bling collected today in San Salvador, El Salvador, is added to the gold and bronze medals won last weekend at the Grand Prix Miami, the nation’s first Grand Prix and most elite tournament yet sanctioned by the International Judo Federation in the United States outside of the Olympic Games.
Marti Malloy, 57 kg. (USA Judo Training Site, San Jose State University Judo/NYAC, San Jose, CA) took gold in Miami and Colton Brown, 90 kg., also from San Jose State Judo, took a bronze medal at his first Grand Prix. Brown is among those fighting tomorrow. Malloy is not attending the Pan American Open in San Salvador.