Judo / Traditional

Patrick Gagne Nears Podium at World Judo Championship

Press Release / October 22, 2010 - 11:06pm


Montreal, October 22, 2010 – Patrick Gagné of Quebec delivered a great performance on Friday at the world junior judo championships in Agadir, Morocco placing fifth in men’s 66 kilos. In one of two bronze medal bouts, Gagné lost to Yuki Hashiguchi of Japan.
In his last bout of the day, Gagné seemed in control until the momentum shifted in the final 30 seconds and the Asian scored an Ippon.
‘’I was dominating but he swept me under and scored an Ippon,’’ said Gagné. ‘’It’s my mistake and he had good timing. If someone would have told I’d be fifth today I would have been very happy. I wasn’t here to gain experience but to earn a result so I’m feeling proud.’’
After posting a 4-0 record in the preliminary round, Gagné lost to Kento Shimizu of Japan, the eventual gold medallist, in the semifinal. The bout went the limit but the Japanese combatant won by a Yuko. Gagné struggled to grip his opponent who produced several dangerous attacks.
‘’He scored with two minutes remaining and was able to maintain his lead,’’ said Gagné, competing in his final junior tournament. ‘’I tried to play catch-up but I wasn’t able to grab him. But I didn’t feel intimidated.’’
Canada’s other three entries were not ranked.
France Blais-Shiokawa of Manitoba (women’s 57 kilos) and David Ancor of Ontario (men’s 73 kilos) both earned first round byes and lost their following match. Blais-Shiokawa fell to Sanne Verhagen of the Netherlands while Ancor was beaten by Andrew Porras of the U.S.
In women’s 52 kilos, Ecaterina Guica of Quebec lost her opening bout to Andreea Stefanescu of Romania.
Canadians in action Saturday are: Catherine Beauchemin-Pinard of Quebec in 63 kilos, Marie-Ève de Villers Matte of Quebec in 70 kilos and Brandon Jobb of B.C., in 81 kilos.


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