Monday, September 17, 2007

Cuba Concludes Fourth in Medal Standings of World Judo Championships

Cuban News Agency

Havana, Sept 17 (acn) Cuba concluded second among women and fourth in the general medal standings of the 25th World Judo Championships that concluded on Sunday in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Cuban News Agency

In the last day of competitions, Yanet Bermoy gave Cuba another medal after she lost only in the finale of the women's 48-kilo division to the almost invincible Japanese Ryoko Tani, who returned this year to competitions after a pause in her career to walk away with her seventh world title since 1993. Prior to her loss in the gold medal bout, Bermoy beat Congolese Honorine Oyamaenye, Belarusian Tatyana Moskvina, Italian Valentina Moscatt and Argentinean Paula Paretto in semifinals.

In all, Cuba concluded the tournament with two crowns, two silver and a bronze medal.

The titles were for veteran Driulis Gonzalez (women's 63 kg) and Yurisel Laborde (women's 78 kg). Meanwhile, the other medals were for Yordanis Arencibia (silver in men's 66 kg) and Oreidis Despaigne (bronze in men's 100 kg).

Japan dominated the medal standings with three titles, two silver and four bronze medals. Brazil (3-0-1) and France (2-2-4) placed second and third, respectively.

The tournament also granted tickets for next year's Olympic Games in Beijing, China, to the medalists in all divisions.

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