Quebec shone by winning 10 titles in the senior tournaments presented at the close of the Canadian Open Championships. Yanis Hachimi of the St-Paul L’Ermite judo club won a silver medal in the 73 kg category.
Registered in the under 73 kg table, Mercier-Ross wanted to bounce back after his fifth place obtained the day before, in the under 21s. Even if he was not showing his optimal form, the representative of the Club de judo Métropolitain inc. dipped into his reserves to achieve his goals and win the first Canadian title of his senior career.
“It was really tough today (Sunday) and I even got sick before my third fight. Fortunately, I managed to find the energy to go all the way and finish it off in style in the final. I’m very happy” immediately indicated the one who won his five duels of the day.
Among other things, he defeated his compatriots Arthur Karpukov (Sport Center Ippon), in the semi-finals, and Yanis Hachemi (Club de judo St-Paul l’Ermite), in the ultimate duel.
The two judokas left everything on the carpet during this all-Quebec final, so much so that hostilities went into overtime. Mercier-Ross then took advantage of an opening to sweep his rival to the ground. The streak was later reviewed by officials who confirmed the win minutes later.
“I was really confident to have scored, but I didn’t want to celebrate too soon either,” he explained. When they announced the victory, it was magical to hear everyone screaming. It gave me a second wind today, it forced me to give my 110%. »
Barely a few minutes later, it was the turn of Catherine Toshkov (-57 kg) to make the crowd react by triumphing against New Brunswick’s Mahee Savoie, in a replay of the under-21 final. Once again, the Quebecer had the upper hand over her rival after a long strategic fight.
“We know each other really well and I knew I had to be patient. I took the time to analyze during the fight and I kept the same strategy as on Saturday. I remained patient, I used my usual techniques and I just waited for the right moment to attack”, commented the one who won by waza-ari in front of her most loyal supporters.
“I heard my family and my friends encouraging me, it was really motivating and really fun! »
The athlete from Club de Judo Boucherville inc. thus adds a new gold medal to his record which has been steadily improving for several months, in particular thanks to victories at the Canadian Elite Championships, at the Canada Games and in Montreal this weekend.
“I enjoy training and competing! When you love what you do, success often comes by itself,” she concluded before stepping onto the podium.
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