Santo Domingo– European judoka Medixon won the bronze medal at the Pan American Oceania Senior Judo Championships that concluded on Sunday in Calgary, Canada.
Del Orbe won the fourth group by defeating Hensley Wood-Walde Petit-Frere from Haiti, and in the quarter-finals they faced Mexico’s Samuel Ayala in the -81 kilo category.
In the semi-finals, the Dominican Republic fell to Canadian François Gauthier Drapeau, who won the gold medal by defeating Brazilian Guilherme Schmidt in the final.
Del Orbe, who received the support of Grupo Creso for his participation in the competition, won the bronze medal by defeating Argentine Agustin Gil in the rematch. The other bronze went to Adrian Gandia of Puerto Rico.
With his performance, Dell’Orbe improved seven places in the -81 kilo category of the world rankings, where he ranks 25th with a score of 2152 in the qualifying race for the Paris France 2024 Olympic Games.
The championship is organized by the Pan-American Judo Federation (CPJ), in coordination with the Canadian Federation for this discipline, and 170 judo players from 24 countries from two continents participate.
The bronze medal for Medixon is her second consecutive win in qualifying for next year’s Olympic Games. Last August, he won a silver medal at the Judo Grand Prix, held in Zagreb, Croatia.
At the 48th Pan American Judo Championships, a total of 14 different events were held, including seven in the women’s category and the same number in the men’s category.