Judo finished the day with two medals on the women’s side, and two on the men’s.
On the men’s side, Korin Gardner (Nanaimo) defeated Katuso Leung (Alberta) to a Bronze Medal in the male -55kg category.
“I feel pretty happy about it. I am satisfied with the bronze medal finish today,” said Gardner of his performance today. “I was able to perform a Ura nagi (sacrifice suplex throw) pick-up throw twice today, which I am pretty happy about.”
Team BC teammate Finn Shroeder (Whistler) then defeated Ethan Kean (NL) in seconds to earn himself a Bronze Medal in the -66kg category.
On the women’s side, Kimiko Kamstra (Prince George) lost in the gold medal final by submission to Evelyn Beaton (AB) in the -44kg weight category. Kamstra takes home the Silver medal at these 2019 Canada Winter Games after having to fight a full day of pool matches to secure her place in the final.
Klavdia Danilkov (Vancouver) was defeated by Emilia Tesanovic (AB) in the -48kg weight category following her own day of competition. Danilkov earned the silver medal. Danilkov was defeated by submission.
Gabriela De Sousa, Female Coach of Team BC Judo discussed the girls finish today.
“Both the girls did really well today. They had strong gripping, strong technique. While they both came here looking for gold, they should be proud of their podium finish at the Canada Winter Games.”
Though there were some disappointing results, Team BC is eager to get back on the mats and compete in the Team Event later this week. Additionally, the heavyweight divisions will come in their own finals tomorrow in Red Deer. Team BC has seven athletes competing in the heavyweight divisions.
“We expect to make the finals tomorrow in many weight categories, Team BC is going for Gold,” said coach Layton Keeley.
M-50kg Maximus Joe (Burnaby) – 7th
M-55kg Korin Gardner (Nanaimo) – Bronze
M-60kg Anthony Henry Campbell River) – 5th
M-66kg Finn Schroeder (Whistler) – Bronze
F-44kg Kimiko Kamstra (Prince George) – Silver
F-48kg Klavdia Danilkov (Vancouver) – Silver
F-52kg Isabella Greene (Nanaimo) – Did not place
Next Up: Heavyweight individual finals Wednesday February 27 at Westerner Park.