12 Fév - 2017 | par Sportcom

Judo Canada - Paris Grand Slam

Another Silver for Kelita Zupancic in Paris

Montreal, February 12, 2017 – Kelita Zupancic pulled off a second silver medal at the prestigious Paris Grand Slam on Sunday. Once again achieving her career best, the judoka from Whitby climbed to the second level of the podium in the U70 kg category.

“I think that, like any athlete, she would have preferred to finish at the top with the gold medal. But the Paris Grand Slam is one of the highest-level tournaments in the world and just standing on the podium, be it with a gold, silver, or bronze medal, is definitely a good feeling,” noted Sasha Mehmedovic, coach for the women’s national team.

Ontario’s Zupancic, who snagged a silver medal at the 2013 tournament as well, vanquished her three first opponents on Sunday before bowing out to the young Japanese sensation Chizuru Arai in the final. Last December, Arai defeated Zupancic in the semi-final at the Tokyo Grand Slam.

In Sunday’s action, Arai began by scoring a waza-ari in the middle of the bout, then followed with an arm lock that gave her an ippon. On the floor, the Japanese athlete didn’t give Zupancic a chance, flipping her quickly before pinning her.


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