22 Nov - 2020 | par Sportcom Services

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A Gold and Three Bronze for Canada

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Montreal, November 21, 2020 – Buoyed by a three-medal haul on Friday, the Canadian team saw four more of its members battle their way to the podium on Saturday at the Pan American Championships in Guadalajara, Mexico. Shady El Nahas claimed the gold medal in his weight class, while Kyle Reyes, Zachary Burt and Marc Deschênes won bronze medals in each of their respective categories.

El Nahas and Reyes, who both competed in the under-100 kg group, met in the semi-final. After having defeated Dominican Robert Florentino in an earlier round, El Nahas triumphed over his teammate, who received three penalties and was disqualified.

In the gold medal final, El Nahas, who is ranked eighth in the world, recorded his third victory of the day and successfully defended his Pan-American title when he scored an ippon against Brazil's Rafael Buzacarini.

“I’m really happy with this medal, which should help me move up in the international rankings,” said El Nahas, who says he didn’t feel any pressure to defend his title. Quite the opposite, in fact: “It gave me extra motivation. I really wanted to defend my title, and this is the first time I’ve won gold medals at the same tournament twice in a row. This is a really big day for me,” he stated. Last month, El Nahas won a bronze medal at the Budapest Grand Slam.

Before bowing out to his teammate, Reyes had ousted American L.A. Smith III in an earlier match. He ended today’s tournament on a high note, beating American Nathaniel Keeve to earn the bronze medal.

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Information:
Patrick Esparbès
Chief Operating Officer
Judo Canada
(514) 668-6279
p.esparbes@judocanada.org

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