Montreal, April 22, 2012 – Étienne Briand earned the best Canadian result this weekend at the European Junior World Cup in Saint-Petersburg, Russia, with a fifth place ranking in the Under 73 kg.
Briand won his first bout prior to folding to Russia’s Abri Khamkhoev, one of two eventual bronze medallists. In overtime, Briand scored two other victories, then was bested by Russian judoka Gabasov Imranbek – the other bronze medallist.
In the same category, Quebec’s Arthur Margelidon won his first match, but was beaten in the next match, while Ontario’s John Alex Nagy was eliminated in his first round.
Écaterina Guica, competing in the Under 57 kg class, won her first bout on the tatami before Germany’s Rebecca Braeuninger got the better of her – the latter would go on to finish fifth overall.
In the Under 81 kg category, Zachary Burt had a triumphant first round, but saw his progress come to an end against the Ukraine’s Yuriy Pozhar who finished seventh overall.
Quebec’s Nicolas Di Bartolo, competing in the Under 60kg class, lost his first match in the main tableau against one of two other bronze medal winners; he was unable to access matches in overtime.
Quebec native Élodie Lavoie and Ontario’s Monika Burgess were both bested in their first rounds in the Under 63 kg; Lavoie was able to compete in overtime matches but was unable to access additional rounds.
Written by Sportcom for Judo Canada