May 19, 2012 – Hannah Martin, 63 kg (NYAC/Jason Morris Judo, Scotia, NY), who recently took gold at the U.S. Senior National Championships, won three bouts in San Salvador this weekend to bring home the World Cup gold in her division.
Bolen recently took gold at the U.S. Senior Nationals in Dallas, a bronze at the Pan American Championships in Montreal, bronze at the World Cup Miami and US Open.
Martin defeated Austrian Kathrin Unterwurzacher and Canada’s Catherine Pinard in her first two bouts before slamming long time North American rival Stephanie Tremblay with harai for ippon and instant victory in the final, bolstering her record against Tremblay to 8-4.
Martin is now ranked No. 1 in the United States after being in this weight class for only a year, said her coach, Olympic silver medalist Jason Morris. Martin was ranked #1 briefly at 57 kg before moving up to 63 kg. This was her first World Cup gold in the heavier division.
"Hannah has really been doing the work and staying the course and has been continually working hard on improving her game," Morris said.
Also from Morris club were Tony Sangimino, 81 kg, who took sliver at the World Cup San Salvador, and Brad Bolen, 66 kg. (NYAC/Jason Morris Judo) who took bronze.
Placing fifth in his division in San Salvador was Nick Kossor, 60 kg, also of Morris’ club.