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Gold for Margelidon, Guica, Tremblay and Renaud-Roy at Apia Oceania Open

11/16/2013 05:27 EST | Updated 01/23/2014 06:58 EST
APIA, Samoa - Four Canadian judokas claimed gold medals and another added a bronze at the Oceania Open on Friday and Saturday in Samoa.

Arthur Margelidon, fighting in the under 73-kilogram category, Ecaterina Guica, at under 52 kg, Stefanie Tremblay, in the under 57 kg class, and Alix Renaud-Roy, in under 70 kg, all took home top honours, while Zachary Burt finished third in the under 81 kg division of the tournament that had a limited number of top competitors.

Margelidon had to win four bouts for gold, Guica and Tremblay needed three, and Renaud-Roy needed two. Burt needed two of three victories to claim bronze.

Guica, ranked 93rd in the world, knocked off the 31st ranked Hannah Trotter of Australia before downing 29th ranked Louise Renicks of Britain, and 43rd ranked Lisa Kearney of Ireland.

Ranked 53rd in the under 70 kg category, Renaud-Roy defeated New Zealander Moira De Villiers, ranked 21st, and Australian Sara Collins, ranked 30th.

It was the first World Cup gold medals for each of the four Canadians, and Burt's bronze was his first medal at a World Cup event.

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