SAN JOSE, Costa Rica - Kelita Zupancic won gold in the 70-kilogram women’s category on Friday at the Pan-American judo championships.
The 22-year-old judoka led the Canadian contingent, which amassed six medals on the first day of competition.
Zupancic eliminated American Kathleen Sell, Puerto Rico’s Maria Perez and Ecuador’s Vanessa Chala to reach the final.
She dispatched Cuba’s Onix Cortes Aldama to win the top prize in her weight category.
“I lost to the Cuban last year so beating her here in the finals was icing on the cake,” said Zupancic. “It was a tactical fight. I was strong on the grips and kept it a fast pace fight. I was confident for the other bouts because they were competitors I have beaten before.”
The Canadian Press