August 11 - The fourth and final day of action at the 2013 International Judo Federation (IJF) World Cadet Championships in Miami saw top honours go to France, Cuba and Russia, while Japan finished off as it started by bagging another gold medal to lead the table with five.
Cadet European champion Marie Eve Gahie of France was the first judoka to claim gold on the day at the Doral Legends Ballroom as she defeated Japan's top seed Mako Enda in the girls -70 kilogrammes to condemn the Japanese athlete to her second successive Cadet World Championship final defeat.
The first bronze medal was won by European Youth Olympic Festival silver medallist Brigita Matic of Croatia who overpowered South American Championships winner Elvismar Rodriguez of Brazil, while Belgium's European Youth Olympic Festival bronze medallist Sophie Berger claimed the other one against Russian Ekaterina Tokareva.
Cuba's wait for a first medal of the Championships was rewarded with a gold in the girl's +70kg class as Gusmary Garcia Savigne sealed the deal against Cadet European Championship winner Morgane Duchene, of France, with a mune-gatame for ippon.
Spain's first medal of the Championships also came on the last day of action as European Youth Olympic Festival bronze medallist Sara Rodriguez overcame Canada's Ana Laura Portuondo Isasi for bronze while two yuko scores saw the Ukraine's Vasylyna Kyrychenko deny Michelle Goschin of Germany the other bronze.
In the men's -90kg category two-time Cadet European champion and top seed Karlen Palian prevailed in an all-Russian final as he just proved too strong for Shota Vaniev.
Bielsko Cadet European Cup silver medallist Yoshiaki Shirakawa of Japan executed a stylish uchi-mata which was awarded ippon to secure bronze against Germany's Domenik Schoenefeldt with the other bronze going to Asian International Sport Games champion Ramin Safaviyeh of Iran who bested Belarusian Mikita Sviryd.
The final contest of the tournament saw Japan finish as it started by claiming gold.
Bielsko Cadet European Cup bronze medallist Hyoga Ota secured his country's fifth top-of-the-podium after defeating Balkan Junior Championships winner Harun Sadikovic of Bosnia and Herzogovina by virtue of fewer shido penalty infringements after an exhausting +90kg final.
Cadet European Champion and European Youth Olympic Festival winner Ruslan Shakhbazov of Russia was expected to be the man to beat but his defeat to Ota in the semi-final meant he had to make do with bronze following his win against Brazil's Hugo Praxedes.
France's Messie Katanga claimed the other bronze in a very tight affair against Ukrainian Fedir Panko who was penalised with a third shido for a false attack to hand victory to his opponent.
Following the conclusion of the action on the tatami in Miami, which saw a total of 530 judoka from 77 countries taking part and a record 25 countries claiming a medal, IJF head sports director Vladimir Barta thanked the organisers of the event for their hosting skills.
"I have to extend my gratitude to Jose Humberto Rodriguez, USA Judo chief executive officer, for a really great event for this age group," he said.
"I know the athletes and teams were very happy with the event.
"We've seen once again that USA Judo has a great organising team and I thank everyone on behalf of the International Judo Federation."
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