JUDO: Stevens Wins Third Straight Title as Seven U.S. Athletes Win Gold at Rendez-Vous Canada
Rendez-Vous Canada is a USA Judo Senior B-Level Point Tournament held in Montreal.
(Colorado Springs, Colo.) – U.S. athletes won gold medals in seven of the 10 divisions held on Saturday at the Rendez-Vous Canada, a USA Judo Senior B-Level Point Tournament, in Montreal.
Beijing Olympian Travis Stevens (Wakefield,
Mass. / NYAC / USA Judo National Team FORCE) won
his third consecutive gold medal at the event after winning titles in 2007 and
2008 when he threw Canadian World Team member Kalem
Kachur for ippon (instant win) in the final of the 81kg division.
In the 57kg division, Hana Carmichael (Wakefield, Mass. / USA Judo National Team FORCE) threw 2008 U.S. Open Champion Hannah Martin (Glenville, N.Y. / NYAC / USA Judo National Training Site at the Jason Morris Judo Center) for two yuko scores (quarter-point each) in the semifinals to advance to her first final match at the Rendez-Vous. In the final, Carmichael threw her Mia Hermansson (SWE) for ippon with a sode (sleeve throw) during the first exchange. Martin went on to win the bronze medal in the division.
Kyle Vashkulat (Glenville, N.Y. / USA Judo National Training Site at the Jason Morris Judo Center) upset four-time World Cup medalist Scott Edward (CAN) in the final of the 100kg division when he threw him for ippon with a leg pick.
Paralympian Myles Porter (Colorado Springs, Colo. / NYAC / USA Judo National Training Site at the Olympic Training Center) also competed in the 100kg division where he won the bronze medal and became just the second visually impaired athlete ever to earn a B-Level ranking on the USA Judo Senior Elite National Roster where he will be ranked third among sighted athletes.
After winning silver medals as a 48kg player in 2007 and 2008, Natalie Lafon (Glenville, N.Y. / USA Judo National Training Site at the Jason Morris Judo Center) defeated a Canadian player in the final of the 52kg division to win her first Rendez-Vous title.
Toni Geiger (Dumont, N.J. / Tech Judo) and Olympian Daniel McCormick (Wakefield, Mass. / NYAC / USA Judo National Team FORCE) each went 3-0 to win gold medals in the +78kg and +100kg divisions, respectively.
Alexa Liddie (Colorado Springs, Colo. / USA Judo National Training Site at the Olympic Training Center / Boulder Judo Training Center) won a gold medal in the 44kg division.
Competition continues on Sunday with the men’s 60g, 66kg and 73kg divisions as well as the women’s 48kg, 63kg and 70kg divisions.
For more information, contact Nicole Jomantas, USA Judo Director of Communications and Media Relations, at 719.271.9937 (cell) or Nicole.Jomantas@usajudo.us.
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