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Friday, May 13, 2011
Undefeated Cuban Judo Team Faces Tunisia and Argentina in Men's World Cup on Friday
Havana, Cuba, May 13.- The Cuban men’s judo team will face Tunisia and Argentina on Friday at the World Cup judo team competition that is underway in Salvador de Bahia, Brazil, in an effort to continue undefeated, after beating Japan, South Korea and Portugal, in all cases 4-1.
Speaking over the phone from the venue of the event, Prof. Justo Noda, the head coach of the Cuban team, told ACN that the victories over Japan were for Ronald Girones (Yuko), Angelo Gomez (Wazari), Asley Gonzalez (Hiki Wake) and Oscar Brasion (Ippon); whereas Melvin Morlot (Wazari) took the loss.
He noted that with South Korea the wins were for Gomez (Ippon), Girones (Hiki Wake), Gonzalez (Yuko) and Braison (Ippon), and the setback was for Cruz (Ippon).
Noda added that with Portugal, Gonzalez, Oreidis Despaigne, Gomez and Girones won by Ippon; and Cruz was beaten by Yuko.
He pointed out that so far the only member of the Cuban team that has not competed is Antonio Betancourt because matches comprise five divisions and coaches are allowed to modify teams for every competition.
Brazil is also unbeaten with three victories over Tunisia (4-0), Portugal (4-1) and Argentina (5-0). However, today it will compete against the always tough South Korean and Japanese squads.
On Thursday, Japan defeated Argentina and South Korea (4-0) and Tunisia (5-0).
Japan, with 15 victories; Brazil, with 13; and Cuba, with 10, are the leaders in this World Cup with nine points.
The semifinals are scheduled for Saturday, probably with the presence of Cuba, Japan, South Korea and Brazil.
Japan won the previous event beating South Korea in the finals 2-1. Brazil was third with a 4-0 win over Portugal. (acn).