Whitby's Zupancic wins gold at judo championships

Monday, April 22, 2013

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

News Category: 

Latest News

  • February 22, 2017
    Mondo, the global leader in the track and field, indoor sport and contract flooring markets, today announced a partnership with Athletics Canada, the sport governing body for track and field in Canada. As part of the partnership, Mondo will provide...
  • February 22, 2017
    Paralympians and world champions Katie Harnock , Jamey Jewells , Adam Lancia and Janet McLachlan are hanging up their jerseys after announcing their retirements from the Canadian National Wheelchair Basketball Teams. A multiple Paralympic medallist...
  • February 21, 2017
    Paralympic swimming medallist and Minister of Sport and Persons with Disabilities, the Honorable Carla Qualtrough, is among a group of five uniquely accomplished individuals named today as the Canadian Paralympic Hall of Fame’s inductees for 2017,...
  • VISTA Logo
    February 10, 2017
    The winner of the award will give a keynote address at September’s VISTA conference in Toronto, Canada. There are just two weeks to go until nominations for the highly prestigious International Paralympic Committee ( IPC ) Scientific Award close on...
  • February 9, 2017
    With exactly 365 days until the Opening Ceremony of the XXIII Olympic Winter Games in PyeongChang, South Korea, the Canadian Olympic Committee ( COC ) is hard at work to create an environment that will help athletes achieve their best performances...