November 27th, 2020

Canada earns four medals in judo at Pan American Championships in Mexico

By The Canadian Press on November 22, 2020.

GUADALAJARA, Mexico – Four Canadians earned medals at the Pan American Judo Championships on Saturday, including one gold medal.

Shady El Nahas, defended his Pan American under-100 kilogram title with a victory over Brazil’s Rafael Buzacarini in the final.

El Nahas reached the final after defeating fellow Canadian Kyle Reyes in the semifinals. Reyes would go on to win a bronze medal after defeating American Nathaniel Keeve.

“I’m really happy with this medal, which should help me move up in the international rankings,” El Nahas said.

“I really wanted to defend my title, and this is the first time I’ve won gold medals at the same tournament twice in a row. This is a really big day for me,”

Two other Canadians, Zachary Burt and Marc Deschenes, also won bronze medals Saturday.

Burt, in the under-90kg division, defeated fellow Canadian Mohab El Nahas to earn his third-place finish. Deschenes, in the over-100kg group, defeated Ecuador’s Freddy Figueroa to claim his bronze medal.

“It felt great to be competing again, but this definitely wasn’t my best day physically,” Burt said. “I had some trouble in each of my bouts, but I’m glad to have made the podium.”

Canada won seven medals at the championship, trailing only Brazil. Catherine Beauchemin-Pinard, Ecaterina Guica, and Antoine Bouchard each won gold medals in their respective events Friday.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Nov. 22, 2020.

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