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Canadians earn Olympic judo berths

Canadians earn Olympic judo berths
Canwest News ServicePublished: Friday, May 09, 2008
Canadian judokas Keith Morgan and Marylise Levesque have punched their ticket to the Summer Olympics.
The pair guaranteed their berths on Thursday in Miami at the Pan American judo championships, which also doubles an Olympic qualifying event.
Morgan, a 34-year-old native of Calgary, qualified for Beijing simply by virtue of participating in the tournament, while Levesque, of La Pocatiere, Que., earned her berth after capturing the bronze in the women's 78-kilogram event.
"For Keith it was a formality,'' said Canadian national team coach Nicolas Gill. "For Marylise it was also relatively easy. There were no surprises.''
Morgan, who will be attending his four Olympic Games, still won the gold medal in the 100-kilogram weight class, defeating Argentina's Eduardo Costa in the final.
Levesque, 25, defeated Guatemala's Mirla Nolberto in her bronze-medal match.
Catherine Roberge of Beauport, Que., defeated Ronda Rousey of the U.S., in women's 70-kilogram bronze-medal match, but fell short of clinching an Olympic spot.
She now faces Yuri Alvear of Colombia on Sunday in Miami, vying for the final Olympic spot for the Americas.
Alexander Emond of Varennes, Que., who was already out of contention for an Olympic berth, defeated Cuba's Jorge Benavide for the bronze medal in the men's 90-kilogram event.
"He had a good tournament,'' Gill said of Emond. "He lost against the Argentinean (Diego Rosatti) who was second. In the repechage he won all his bouts. It's his first medal at this level. It's a positive step in his career.''
Winnipeg's Olia Berger, who is competing in her final event before retiring, was fifth in the women's 78-kilogram and over, while Tyler Boras of Lethbridge, Alta., also finished fifth in his men's 81-kilogram weight class.
FONTE: Canada.com - Don Mills,Ontario,Canada

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