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Monday, October 15, 2018

Cuba ranked third in Mexican Judo Grand Prix

Havana, Oct 15. -Cuba won two gold, one silver and one bronze medals and finished third in the IJF Cancun Grand Prix 2018, in Mexico, attended by 321 athletes from 46 countries.

According to the tournament’s website, the woman Idalis Ortiz (+ 78 kilograms) and the man Ivan Silva (90) earned the titles, while Andy Granda (+100) and Kaliema Antomarchi (78) were silver and bronze medalists, respectively.

Ortiz, London 2012 Olympic champion and twice world monarch, beat in the final Brazilian Maria Suelen Altheman, bronze in the Baku 2018 World Championship, where the Cuban judoka ranked second.

Silva, Baku 2018 global runner-up, defeated in the final to German Marc Odenthal, winner of five World Cup medals since 2013.

Meanwhile, Granda ranked second after losing in the final to Czech Lukas Krpalek, Rio 2016 Olympic champion and Chelyabinsk 2014 universal monarch.

Finally, Antomarchi won over Polish Beata Pacut in the bronze medal bout, after losing in semifinals to Brazilian Mayra Aguiar, who in turn lost in the final to Japan´s Rika Takayama.

Cuban women Anailis Dorvigni (57) and Maylín del Toro (63) and men Magdiel Estrada (73) and Osniel Solis (66) also attended this major contest and they were all eliminated in their first bout but the latter, who managed to earn a win to then lose his second combat.

Russia, with two gold, two silver and two bronze medals, headed the medal table followed by Austria (2-1-2) and Cuba (2-1-1), despite participating with only eight athletes, Brazil (1-3-7), Belgium (1-1-0), Spain, Czech Republic and Holland (1-0-1), and Argentina, Japan and Sweden (1-0-0). (Taken from ACN)