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Cuban Judoka Armenteros Won the Vise Open in Belgium

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Cuban Judoka Armenteros Won the Vise Open in BelgiumHAVANA, Cuba, Feb 2 (acn) The Cuban judoka José Armenteros won a gold medal at the Vise Open, in Belgium, first of two contests of the disciples of Justo Noda on their European tour as part of the preparation for the Pan American Games in July, in Toronto, Canada.

Ubelino Moreno, physician of the Cuban men's judo team, reported from the headquarters of the event that Armenteros, world runner up of the 100 kilos in Chelyabinsk 2014 (Russia), showed superiority over his five rivals, whom he all defeated by Ippon, including Egyptian Ramadan Darwish –world bronze medalist, in the gold medal combat.

The bronzed medal went to Italian Domenico Di Guida and Dutch Michael Borrel.

Moreno said that Armenteros´ other four victims were David Pierre, from France, Volker Kloess (Germany), Timo Lesterhuis (Netherlands) and Frederick Joergeunsen (Denmark), in that order.

Regarding the other two Cubans in competition, he noted that Magdiel Estrada (73 kilos) and Ivan Silva (81), lost in their first fights against a Dutch and French, respectively.

As planned, the next contest for the pupils of Coach Justo Noda in Europe will be in the German city of Dusseldorf, home of the Grand Prix, from February 20 to 22, so they shall held a training base in France before the Teutonic event as they did before the Belgian tourney.

Vise received 280 athletes from 16 countries, with the division of 81 kilos as the most attended one, with 64 competitors, followed by 73 (53), 66 (45), 90 (39), 100 (35), 60 (27) and +100 (17).

The German competition will also have the incentive of granting points for the world ranking, list that defines the judokas who will be at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro 2016.

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