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Canada's Emond wins gold at Pan-Am judo championship

The Canadian Press
4/27/2012 11:55:58 PM
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MONTREAL -- Canada's Alexandre Emond won the gold medal in the men's under-90-kilogram division Friday at the Pan-American judo championships.

Emond beat Cuba's Asley Gonzalez in the final, scoring a yuko in an overtime period.

"The crowd really helped me out," said the Montreal native, who was making a return to competition after a five-month layoff. "With the London Games in sight, today was a good test for me. I wanted to find out how I measured up against the other judokas. Turns out I'm looking pretty good."

Montreal's Antoine Valois-Fortier won silver in the men's 81-kg division, Kelita Zupancic of Whitby, Ont., won bronze in the women's under-70-kg division, and Montreal's Amy Cotton took bronze in the women's under-78-kg class.

Cotton, Valois-Fortier and Emond have already qualified for the London Olympics. Zupancic is making a strong bid for the only continental Olympic berth in her class.

"I was really stressed out. I knew that every one of my bouts would have a direct effect on my Olympic qualification," she said. "It was an emotionally draining day."

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