USA Judo elite athletes wrapped up a busy weekend of competition across three European countries with a slew of medals. USA Judo was represented by elite athletes in three major competitions. Top 2020 Olympic hopefuls and senior elite level athletes competed in the Paris Grand Slam, but came up short of the medal podium. USA Judo para-athletes captured three medals at the German Open for the Visually Impaired in Heidelberg, Germany. Meanwhile, the USA Judo junior athletes competing at the Danish Cup Open in Vejle, Denmark are bringing home a whopping total of 24 medals.
2020 German Open for the Visually Impaired
Continuing their journey down the road to Tokyo, USA Judo para-athletes Ben Goodrich and Liana Mutia captured silver and bronze respectively. Ricky Ties also competed, but did not medal. Junior para-athlete, Alaina Gott also won bronze in the Under 45kg Youth Division. The team was coached by Scott Moore.
2020 Danish Cup Open
In Denmark, 23 USA Judo athletes will be bringing home a total of 24 medals from competition in the Under-15, Under-18, Under-21 and Senior age categories for male and female. For more information, please visit https://www.teamusa.org/USA-Judo/Results/2020/February/08/Danish-Open-Day-1 and https://www.teamusa.org/USA-Judo/Results/2020/February/09/Danish-Open-Day-2.
2020 Paris Grand Slam
The 2020 Paris Grand Slam was be held February 8-9 at the AccorHotels Arena of Bercy. Top USA Judo Olympic contender and 2016 Olympian, Angelica Delgado saw her first tournament action of 2020, but lost her first match to the host country's Penelope Bonna. Up and coming athlete, John Jayne (90kg) won two matches. He was knocked out of the tournament by France's Axel Clerget who ended up winning the bronze medal. Jayne’s two wins in Paris earned him 160 points, moving up 8 spots on the World Ranking List.
Amelia Fulgentes (57kg), Mackenzie Williams (+78kg), and Arthur Wright (81kg) had one win each. Williams won her first match before losing to the eventual gold medalist, Romane Dicko of France. With her match win and subsequent 120 Olympic Qualifying points, Fulgentes climbed a step on the qualification ladder giving her attempt of qualifying for the 2020 Olympic Games a boost.
For complete draw sheets, please visit: Paris Draw. Next stop on the IJF Tour is the Dusseldorf Grand Slam where the USA Judo athletes will be looking to capture Olympic qualification points on February 21-23.