Montreal, August 9, 2013 - Fighting in the under 52 kg class, Friday, at the Cadet World Championships presented in Miami, Florida, the Ontarian Judoka Jessica Klimkait came away with a world title after winning all five of her matches.
“My goal at the beginning of the year was to win the Cadet World Championships. I put my faith in my trainer (Kevin Doherty) and trusted that he’d get me to where I needed to be to win it all,” the new cadet world champion in the under 52 kg category explained.
After back-to-back wins by ippon over the Portuguese Carolina Silva and Australian Tinka Easton, Klimkait won her quarterfinal match against the Mongol Khulan Tseregbaatar with a yuko.
The Canadian again showed her dominance in the semis, winning by an ippon over the Belorussian Ulyana Minenkova after scoring two waza-aris on throws. In the gold medal final, Klimkait finished the deal in style, beating the Georgian Mariam Janashvili with another ippon.
“Jessica took control of that final match early on by keeping her opponent off balance with all sorts of different attacks, Ewan Beaton indicated. She scored a yuko in the first minute and later scored an ippon.”
The Ontarian stepped on to the tatami with a lot of confidence. “I went into every bout like it was the finals,” the young judoka, who’ll be moving up to the junior level next year, pointed out. “In the gold medal match, I told myself that this was my last shot at winning this, and from there I just followed my game-plan.”
In the same division, Saskatchewan-native Sydney Poliakiwski lost in her very first bout. She was defeated by German Katja Stiebeling, who won the fight with three yukos.
In the under 48 kg class, the British Columbian Abby Lloyd won her first duel versus the Swede Nellie Einstein with a waza-ari. In the next round, she was taken down by the Mongol Ariunjargal Manlaibaatar, who scored a yuko on two occasions.
On the boy’s side, Quebecers Gabriel Juteau and Georges Poklitar were both eliminated in the second round in the under 60 kg division.
After taking down the Cuban Cubain Leylandis Alain Puentes Hernandez in the opening round, Gabriel Juteau took on Salah Chioukh. The Algerian went on to score a waza-ari and a yuko en route to victory over the Quebecer.
As for Poklitar, he won his first bout by ippon over the South African Thomas Redpath before dropping his following contest to the Israeli Daniel Ben David by ippon.
In the under 66 kg category, the Ontarian Bradley Langlois was eliminated in his first bout, bowing out to the Slovenian Luka Harpf by a yuko.
On Saturday, the Quebecoise Eve Brochu-Joubert and Ontarian Mackenzie Burt will be in action in the under 57 kg class. Quebecoise Adriana Portuondo Isasi will be the one to watch in the under 63 kg category.
On the boy’s side, Quebecer David Boucher will be competing in the under 73 kg division. Fellow Quebecers Olivier Gobeil St-Amand and Louis Krieber-Gagnon will also be taking to the tatami, both fighting in the under 81 kg class.