26 Mar - 2018 | par Autre

Panamerican open and Junior European Cup

Alex Marineau Crowned Champion in Argentina

Montreal, March 25, 2018 – Alex Marineau was the best athlete in the -81 kg category during the Panamerican Open that ended on Sunday in Buenos Aires. The athlete from Montreal concluded an excellent day with a victory by ippon against French Armann Khalatian.

The victory was made even sweeter for Marineau, considering that Khalatian had defeated him a week ago.
“I’m very happy to have had my revenge against him. I know him very well, because we often train together in Europe,” added the gold medallist. “I know that he’s very strong, and that he would try to take my back and crush me. I made sure to move a lot and to control his sleeve to bring him out of his comfort zone and to force him to make a mistake. I waited for an opportunity.”
Before that last bout, Marineau had defeated Mexican Samuel Ayala in the semi-final, as well as Santiago La Torre and Luis Vega, both from Argentina, in the first and second rounds. It’s worth noting that all these fights were won by ippon. Despite an injury to the hip that happened during his first fight of the day, the judoka didn’t slow down.
“I was confident from the start that I would get to the final. However, I knew that my last opponent would be a big challenge. I was going for gold, no matter how, but it’s always very satisfying have such a convincing victory!”
Three Gold Medals and Two Bronze Medals for Junior Athletes
The medal haul was successful for Canadian judokas during the second day of competition at the Junior European Cup in Sarajevo, in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Hanako Kuno (-63 kg), Shianne Gronen (-70 kg), and Benjamin Kendrick (-90 kg) all won the gold medal in their respective categories. Allayah Copeland (-78 kg) and Joe Casey Andres (+100 kg) both won the bronze.

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