News

The latest Judo News offered by JudoInside.com

Guadalajara hosts Pan American Championships

18 Nov 2020 10:05

 Judo Canada    IJF Emanuele Di Feliciantonio / International Judo Federation
20190706_ijf_montreal_bronze_73_bouchard_antoine

This week continental championships will be held in Europe and Pan America. The Championships will start at the 19th in Prague (CZE) and Guadalajara (MEX). African Championships are scheduled for December. In Guadalajara the cadet Championships have already been conducted and athletes are preparing for the senior championships where countries such as Brazil and Canada will have a big stake in the medal share.

The event was eventually scheduled in April in Montreal, but was postponed to the coronacrisis. A delegation of nine Canadian judokas headed to Mexico to take part in the Pan-American Championships. For the participants, it’s a golden opportunity to reconnect with the tatami and renew the thrill of victory if they haven’t tasted it yet in Budapest at the Grand Slam.

The event will mark the official return to competition for seven of the Canadians, notably Ecaterina Guica (-52 kg), Zachary Burt (-90 kg), Marc Deschênes (+100 kg), Constantin Gabun (-73 kg), Mohab El Nahas (-90 kg), Kyle Reyes (-100 kg) and Antoine Bouchard (-73 kg), all of whom have been busily preparing for the big event.

“Everyone is really looking forward to getting back out there! Several members of the team haven’t competed in eight months, but we’ve all trained hard for the tournament. We have to get back into the game pretty quickly and this competition is the perfect place to do so,” declared Bouchard, who is hoping for a spot on the podium for the third time in as many Pan-Am appearances.

Despite the long break in competition, Bouchard, who was crowned champion in 2018 and won the bronze medal in 2019 in the under-73 kg class, is optimistic about the upcoming tournament, both for himself and for his teammates.

“I’ve definitely got my sights set on the gold medal and I believe several of us could make it to the podium. We’re a very strong and experienced team. Several of us have won medals in the past or participated in this competition. We’re ready for the challenge,” he said.

Defending their Titles

For Catherine Beauchemin-Pinard (-63 kg) and Shady El Nahas (-100 kg), this will be the second tournament in less than a month, after they placed fifth and third respectively at the Budapest Grand Slam in October.

They are both primed to defend their 2019 Pan-American titles. And although Beauchemin-Pinard admits that she’s putting a lot of pressure on herself, she’s adamant about one thing: Only a first-place finish will do.

“I can't really see myself not making it to the podium and quite honestly, I would be disappointed if I didn’t come in first. I saw in Budapest that we’re still able to hold our own at the international level, and now I just really want to win,” she admitted.

Following last month’s Grand Slam, Beauchemin-Pinard and El Nahas participated in a three-day training camp in Hungary, where they had the opportunity to take on new opponents during their training sessions.

Catherine Beauchemin-Pinard

“We really wanted to take full advantage of having new training partners, so we never took a break. It started to get tougher physically towards the end, but it was great to be able to fight new people. That training will definitely serve us well at the Pan-American Championships,” concluded Beauchemin-Pinard, who is currently ninth in the IJF rankings in the under-63 kg weight class.

Beauchemin-Pinard, Ecaterina Guica, Antoine Bouchard and Constantin Gabun will hit the tatamis on Friday, while Zachary Burt, Marc Deschênes, Kyle Reyes and the El Nahas brothers will be in action on Saturday.

The coaches for the Canadian contingent in Mexico are Jean-Pierre Cantin and Sasha Mehmedovic.

For now 22 countries are registered with 138 athletes. Last year in Lima there were 28 countries and 215 athletes. Guadalajara was host of the IJF World Masters in 2016 and Pan American Games in 2011.

Fundraising with GoGetFunding

Related judoka and events

Related Judo Photos

  • Catherine Beauchemin-Pinard (CAN) - Grand Slam Paris (2020, FRA) - © IJF Emanuele Di Feliciantonio, International Judo Federation
  • Shady El Nahas (CAN) - Grand Slam Budapest (2020, HUN) - © IJF Gabriela Sabau, International Judo Federation
  • Sasha Mehmedovic (CAN) - Pan American Championships Lima (2019, PER) - © Rafal Burza - Judo Canada

Related Judo News

20190713_budapest_ijf_edf_action_antoine_bouchard_can_73

Canada strong at day one, Roper writes history

21 Nov 2020 09:00

The Canadians came out swinging at the first day of the Pan-American Judo Championships in Guadalajara, Mexico, with Catherine Beauchemin-Pinard, Ecaterina Guica and Antoine Bouchard all winning gold medals on day one. Miryam Roper won a gold medal for Panama for the first time in the history of the country. Read more

20190705_ijf_montreal_57_final_edf_deguchi_christa_klimkait_jessica

Canada, Australia and Poland withdraw from the Games in 2020

23 Mar 2020 09:15

Canada, Australia and Poland will not send athletes to the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo because of the risks associated with the coronavirus outbreak, the Olympic committees for both countries said in separate statements. All countries' Olympic committees also are calling for the Games to be postponed until 2021. Read more

20200124_ijf_day2_final_63_gs_8558_haecker_katharina

Katharina Haecker takes the honours for Australia

24 Jan 2020 17:05

If the first day of competition had been dominated by Japan and Korea with two gold medals each, this second day was marked by the domination of European countries (Gold medal for Great Britain, Italy and Russia) while the Australian anthem also resounded in the stadium with the magnificent victory of Katharina Haecker who won the first ever IJF World Tour title for her country. Read more

20190706_ijf_montreal_edf_podium_63_medal63kg2_1562456385_1562456386

Korean Cho Mok-Hee grabs first World Tour gold U63kg

7 Jul 2019 04:05

Quite unexpected Korean judoka Cho Mok-Hee took the gold medal U63kg at the Grand Prix in Montreal. She defeated Amy Livesey (GBR) and in the semi final Gili Sharir (ISR). Read more

20190426_panlima_rb_6575_etienne_briand_antoine_valois_fortier

Canadians strike at second day in Lima

27 Apr 2019 06:10

The Canadian team had an incredible day at the Pan American Championships in Lima (Peru), where they won a total of six medals on Friday: two gold, two silver and two bronze. Read more

Judo birthday

Result City Date
1Prague19 Nov
1Budapest25 Oct
1Perth2019
1Wuhan2019
3Tokyo2019
Result City Date
2Prague19 Nov
7Budapest25 Oct
3Qingdao2019
3Odivelas2019
5Abu Dhabi2019

Partners

First description Second description Third description Four description