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Cuba increases medal count in Judo championships

Cuba increases medal count in Judo championships
Published Friday, May 9, 2008 at 10:53 p.m.
MIAMI — Cuba and Brazil dominated again during the second day of the Pan American Judo Championships, while the United States had some highlights of its own.
Valerie Gotay won the gold medal in the women's 66-kilogram weight class, defeating former Cuban world champion Yurileidys Lupetey along the way. The San Diego native, who was on 1992 U.S. roster in Barcelona before an illness forced her to withdraw, beat Argentina's Oritia Gonzalez to win the United States' first gold and only medal of the day.
USA Judo has collected three medals - one bronze, one silver, and one gold - in the first two days of competition.
"We always have room for improvement," U.S. coach Jason Morris said. "We played well technically today, but we could have done better strategically. That's an area of focus."
In early action, American Taraje Williams-Murray slammed Cuba's Yosmani Piker for an unlikely win in the men's 60-kilogram class.
"That was something, wasn't it?" U.S. coach Jhonny Prado said.
Prado and Morris could only watch as most Americans faltered in early rounds on Thursday, but Friday's competitors demonstrated marked improvement against the international competition.
Competing on U.S. soil for the first time in 12 years, Cuba increased its two-day medal count to 15. On Friday, Cuba added three gold medals and four bronze medals to its total.
Yanet Bermoy (women's 48 kilogram), Yordanis Arencibia (men's 66 kilogram) and Oscar Brayson (men's open division) won gold medals Friday.
Brazil continued to impress, winning a gold, a bronze, and three silvers to bring its total medals to 12. Canada, Argentina, and Venezuela each had four medals. Puerto Rico's Hiram Cruz earned the commonwealth its first gold medal of the competition in the men's 55-kilogram class, besting Canadian Julien Paradis in 2 minutes.
The Pan American Championships resume Saturday morning.
FONTE: Sarasota Herald-Tribune - Sarasota,FL,USA

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