Olympic Champ Stops Isabel Latulippe at Judo GP in Abu Dhabi

Press Release / November 24, 2010 - 7:19pm


Montreal, November 24, 2010 – Isabel Latulippe of Quebec placed an impressive fifth defeating opponents ranked ahead of her on Monday at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix judo tournament in the United Arab Emirates.

In women’s 48 kilos, Latulippe, ranked 65th in the world, defeated by Ippon Lisa Kearney of Ireland in the first round and Volha Leshchanka of Belarus in the round of 16 who are ranked 22nd and 24th respectively.

‘’I had already beaten the Belarussian but it was my first bout against the Irish girl,’’ said Latulippe, competing in only her third international tournament this season.

Latulippe faced a big challenge in the quarterfinals facing Olympic champion and world championship bronze medallist Alina Dumitru of Romania ranked fourth internationally.

At the one minute and 25 second mark, Dumitru scored an Ippon and eventually took home the gold.

‘’She wasn’t going to be easy to beat,’’ said Latulippe, the Canadian champion. ‘’At each competition she is always ranked. She is very talented.’’

Latulippe was especially pleased to continue her comeback from a concussion which kept her off the mat for a full year, from January 2009 to January 2010. ‘’It feels great to be at high level competitions. I missed it.’’

Two other Canadian judokas were also in action.

In men’s 81 kilos, Guillaume Perrault of Quebec, ranked 43rd in the world, lost his opening bout on tuesday to number-five Sirazhudin Magomedov of Russia by Ippon at the 0:58 second mark.

In women’s 78 kilos, Amy Cotton of Quebec, ranked 20th, received a first round bye then lost on Wednesday by Waza-ari to Daria Pogorzelec of Poland, ranked 21st.