Montreal, October 21, 2017 – The last two Canadians judokas to step on the Junior World Championships mat this Saturday in Zagreb, Croatia, logged similar results. Allayah Copeland (Under 78 kg) and Joe Casey Andres (Over 100 kg) were both eliminated after their first bout of the day.
Ontario’s Copeland succumbed to German Teresa Zenker, who would go on to fight Japan’s Shiyu Umezu for the gold medal and lose.
Alberta’s Joey Casey Andres, the Canadian senior Over 100 kg champion, lost to Polish Krzysztof Zaleczny by waza-ari.
“I am disappointed with the results,” said coach Jean-Pierre Cantin looking back on the World Championships. “We came here hoping to bring back a medal and get two top-seven spots. We’re walking away from these Championships with six ninth places. We are close to reaching our goals, but at the same time, still pretty far away.”
Now, the coach will get to work analyzing the athletes’ performances. He believes the athletes have what it takes for the next Junior World Championships.
“Our athletes have had an excellent year in international competitions, and we can see clear improvement. Now, we have to translate that into World Champ medals. I will go over each match and conduct an in-depth analysis to pinpoint what didn’t work, so we can come back stronger next year.”
The mixed team competition will take place on Sunday.
Written by Sportcom for Judo Canada