domingo, maio 11, 2008

Cuba increases medal count in Judo championships

Cuba increases medal count in Judo championships
MIAMI (AP) — 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.
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