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Mar 16 USA Judo Takes Five Medals At Pan American Open

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By Ernest Pund | March 16, 2013, 10:30 p.m. (ET)

USA Judo Takes Five Medals

At Pan American Open

Olympic Gold Medalist Kayla Harrison Competes Tomorrow

March 16, 2013 - USA Judo took a silver and four bronze medals today at the Pan American Open in Montevideo, Uruguay, in one of the first big ventures by the U.S. team in the new Olympic quadrennium.

Janine Nakao, 63 kg (Team FORCE, Wakefield, Mass.) went 3-1 for the day to take the silver. Taking bronze alongside Nakao in that division  were Hannah Martin (Jason Morris Judo, Burnt Hills, NY), who defeated Katherine Campos of Brazil in repechage for a spot on the podium, and Alisha Galles (Mojica Judo Club, Lancaster, CA), who bested Colombia's Diana Velasco in repechage to join her teammates.

Hana Carmichael, 57 kg. (Team FORCE, Wakefield, Mass.), defeated Great Britain's Connie Ramsay in repechage, throwing her twice with sode for two yukos to win, going 3-1 for the day to take bronze. Angelica Delgado, 52 kg. (Ki-Itsu-Sai National Training Center, Coral Springs, FL), defeated Argentina's Fiorella Garnica in repechage to take bronze.

Competition continues tomorrow with Olympic Gold Medalist Kayla Harrison and Paralympic Silver Medalist Myles Porter leading the charge. See the brackets at IPPON.ORG and watch live at IPPON.TV.

For a number of the athletes on this large U.S. team, this is their first time back at a major tournament since London, where Team USA made history with Harrison taking the nation’s first gold medal in the sport.

Following is the complete roster:

Men

-60kg: Aaron Kunihiro, Pedro’s Judo Center, Wakefield, MA

-60kg: George Truong, OTC Judo Club, Colorado Springs, CO

-60kg: Corwin Learned, San Jose State University Judo, El Granada, CA

-66kg: Rick Roig, Ki-Itsu-Sai National Training Center, Pembroke Pines, FL

-73kg: Joseph Hashimoto, OTC Judo Club, Thornton, CO

-73kg: Salama Salem, Tech Judo, Jersey City, NJ

-73kg: Bobby Lee, Pedro’s Judo Center, Wakefield, MA

-81kg: Travis Stevens, Pedro’s Judo Center, Wakefield, MA

-81kg: Tony Sangimino, Jason Morris Judo Center, Burnt Hills, NY

-90kg: Jake Larsen, Boulder Judo Training Center/U.S. Olympic Training Center, CO

-100kg: Myles Porter, OTC Judo Club, Colorado Springs, CO

-100kg: Ajax Tadehara, Idaho State University Judo Club, Pocatello, ID

 Women

-48kg: Alexa Liddie, OTC  Judo Club, Colorado Springs, CO

-48kg: Veronica Prado, North Miami Judo, Coral Springs, FL

-52kg: Alaine Abuan, Tech Judo, Jersey City, NJ

-52kg: Angelica Delgado, Ki-Itsu-Sai National Training Center, Miami, FL

-57kg: Veronica Graves, OTC Judo Club, Colorado Springs, CO

-57kg: Hana Carmichael, Pedro’s Judo Center, Wakefield, MA

-63kg: Hannah Martin, Jason Morris Judo Center, Burnt Hills, NY

-63kg: Janine Nakao, Pedro’s Judo Center, Wakefield, MA

-63kg: Alisha Galles, Mojica Judo Club, Lancaster, CA

-63kg: Leilani Akiyama, US Judo Training Center, Bellevue, WA

-70kg: Samantha Bleier, OTC Judo Club, Colorado Springs, CO

-70kg: Kathleen Sell, OTC Judo Club, Colorado Springs, CO

-70kg: Kayla Harrison, Pedro’s Judo Center, Marblehead, MA

 Coaches

Ed Liddie, OTC Judo Club, Colorado Springs, CO

Jhonny Prado, Ki-Itsu-Sai National Training Center, Coral Springs, FL

Jim Pedro Sr, Pedro’s Judo Center, Wakefield, MA

Sauveur Soriano, Westchester Judo, Scarsdale, NY


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