HAVANA, APRIL 17 (RHC) Cubans Ivan Silva and Andy Granda win gold medals in the singles final of the South American and Oceania Judo Championships in Lima, Peru.
Silva won his fifth title at the 90kg category since Panama 2017, confirming that he is the best player at this weight class on the continent.
This Saturday, the man from Matanzas appeared in good shape by winning three of his four fights at the Vedina Tatamis circuit, where he also won the gold medal at the 2019 Lima Pan American Games.
The Antilles, seventh in the world rankings before the tournament, beat New Zealand’s Noah Wallis at the start, and beat Canada’s Keegan Young by Wazari, American John Jane in the semi-finals, and Brazil’s Marcelo Gomez in the final.
With this performance, the Antilles will add 700 points in the next list update.
Bronzes in this category correspond to Jane and Dominican Robert Florentino.
Granda, also from Matanzas, wrapped up his gold medal in the +100kg weight category by defeating Brazilian Rafael Silva, who earned a Hansko (disqualification) mark. It was the third smile of the Cuban in eight encounters with South America. The precedent was set in the final of this tournament in Guadalajara 2020.
Granda also scored Ebon’s goals against New Zealander Cody Andrews and Canadian Mark Dechenes.
The bronzes were suspended by Chilean Francisco Solis and American Christian Konoval.
Of the remaining six Cubans, Leicester Cardona in the 100kg weight class battled for the bronze medal he lost by the ministerial against Australian Keihan Ozchik-Takagi. The Cuban won the gold medal by falling to Brazil’s Rafael Buzzarini, the silver after losing in the final to favorite Canadian Shadi Al-Nahhas.
Before, he had defeated Mexican Victor Ochoa by this mark and at the start of the American playoffs Los Angeles Smith.
The other tan was Peruvian Servando Nakamoto.
In fifth place, Cuban Maidelines Gorguet also finished in 70 kg. She had a second, very tough fight against veteran Brazilian Mayra Aguiar, and finally a gold. Georgette, just 21, was unable to reach the bronze when she fell to New Zealander Moira de Villiers.
The silver went to Venezuela’s Karen Leon, and the other bronze went to Dominican Iraima Silvestre.
With these two gold medals, Cuba climbed to second place in the event with a 2-2-2 record, ahead of only Brazil (7-5-3). The island was escorted by the United States (1-1-6), Canada (1-1-4), Venezuela (1-1-0), Costa Rica and Australia (1-0-0). Country winning titles out of a total of 24 participants.
The Mixed Tag Team Championship will take place on Sunday.
Other offers of the day for Cuba:
70 kg (weight): Edellanes Gomez lost to Colombian Estefania Garcia.
+78 kg (Female): Noomis Ellizard took seventh place. She beat Chile’s Catalina Asensio and lost to Brazil’s Beatriz Souza and Dominican Moira Murillo.
81 kg (m): Yasil Baeza lost to the Brazilian Vinicius Panini.
Taken from JIT.