New York Open Judo Championship
3:05am Mar 5
The New York Open Judo Team Championship at the New York Athletic Club was won Sunday by Team France for the second consecutive year. Team Japan took the silver and Team Germany, a two-time winner of this event, took bronze.
Tokai University sent two male teams and one female team to the New York Open. A special guest of the event was the Consul-General of Japan in New York, Ambassador Sumio Kusata and his wife Madame Kusata. The Consul-General gave out awards to the athletes and posed for photos with the teams.
The New York Open Judo Team Championship, sponsored by Arthur Canario, MD, Film Annex and United Water, was created to promote the Olympic Sport of Judo and to have international Judo here in New York City and available to all to see and enjoy. The team tournament format sends teams of five players against each other. The format encourages rivalry in an atmosphere of friendly competition. There are no professional consequences to the athletes winning or losing a match. As a result, the competitors play an inspired, action-reaction style judo.
The prize money for this year was $3500.
In the preliminary rounds, the youthful Canadian and USA teams were eliminated leaving two Japanese teams from Japan, the French and German teams all vying for the title.
France's Vincent Massimino won the Radomir Kovacevic outstanding player award in recognition of his steady play in anchoring the winning squad.
However, two booming left-handed uchi matas (major inner thigh throw) by Germany's 22-year old Sven Heinle will not be soon forgotten by his American and French opponents.
Here is the final pool sheet:
For more photos go to: http://www.filmannex.com/galleries/show/5146.
And Special Recognition was given to the tournament organizers...
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Bernie medaled in the US National Championships 10 times in his career (the last, a silver medal at age 45!), won the Metropolitan AAU championships as a heavyweight and then as the Grand Champion (the play-off among the winners of all weight classes) virtually every time he entered it. Internationally, he medaled in the Canadian Open Championships several times and won individual and team Gold Medals in four successive Maccabiah Games over a span of 16 years.
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