The athletes from the Dominican Republic dominated the medal table at the World Cup in Punta Cana this weekend. With eight gold medals Dominican Republic has all reason to look forward to a bright judo future. Spain and USA finished the event with both two gold medals.
Jaume Bernabeu of Spain and Maria Ruiz Muro took gold for Spain. American athletes from the Glenville, NY based and Internationally renowned, Jason Morris Judo Center performed exceptionally well at the Punta Cana World Cup in the Dominican Republic capturing 4 total medals. Kell Berliner (26) took a Gold in the 81kg division and jumped 20 slots on the world ranking list (WRL) to a career high #100. Nicole Stout (23) was also golden as she won the 70kg weight class and entered the WRL for the first time at 70kg at #117. Stout has recently moved down from 78kg where she is ranked #84. Melissa Myers (25) earned her first international medal taking a bronze at 70kg losing only to JMJC teammate, Stout in the semis. Myers enters the WRL for the first time and sits at #148. Max Alaynick (20) took his first international medal winning a bronze at 81kg and enters the WRL at #236. Alex Alaynick (25) was 5th at 81kg which puts him on the WRL list for the first time as well coming in at #260.