13 Jan - 2020 | par Sportcom Services

Elite National Judo Championships

Juteau and Booth Champions and Most Outstanding Athletes at Elite Nationals

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Montreal, January 12, 2020 – The second and last day of the Elite National Judo Championships was the Seniors’ time to shine at the Pierre-Charbonneau Centre in Montreal. After a day of fighting for their respective national title, Gabriel Juteau, from Quebec, and Brae Booth, from British Columbia, were also named Most Outstanding Male and Female Athletes by the national team coaches. Both judokas had a perfect day and stood out by their control and technique on the tatami.

Gabriel Juteau was very happy to be back on the first step of the podium in -73 kg. Last time he had won it was two years ago, when he was fighting in -66 kg. He won his first fight by fusen-gachi (forfeit) against Damien Ekosky (MB) and eliminated David Popovici (QC) in the second round to reach the final. He won the gold-medal contest against Munkhjin Batdorj, also from Quebec, by ippon. “I feel like I’m in a good place right now. Training has been going well and I’m focused on not getting injured so I can perform well for the rest of the season. I was happy to win this year, it shows that my hard work is paying off and I’m getting better,” he said.

 

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Junior and Senior Teams Ready for their European Tour

Sasha Mehmedovic, Judo Canada’s Senior National Coach, was happy with the performances he saw during the weekend. “Elite Nationals are a great competition to see where our athletes are at and what they need to work on before the European tour in February and March. We still have time to improve before the big tournaments, but it’s close enough to give us a good idea of their shape and technique. Overall, it was very exciting to watch. Everyone is pretty much where we want them, but we also had a few surprises, so we’re very excited to see how they’ll do in the next few months,” he commented. The national teams will be leaving for their annual European tour in the next few weeks.

Written by Sarah Mailhot for Judo Canada

Information:
Patrick Esparbès

Chief Operating Officer
(514) 668-6279
p.esparbes@judocanada.org

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