Travis Stevens takes GOLD At World Cup in Uzbekistan

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From USA Judo:

September 18, 2011 – Collecting points and training toward the Olympics in London next year, Travis Stevens took a gold medal for Team USA at a World Cup competition over the weekend in Uzbekistan.

Stevens is a favored fighter to win a medal for the US at the Olympics. He won all four matches in the 81kg division to take the World Cup gold at the tournament in Tashkent, the nation’s capital city.

“Travis travelled to Uzbekistan with the mission of winning Gold and gaining 100 points to help secure his spot in the 2012 Olympics and remain in top 8 on world ranking list,” commented said Jimmy Pedro, two-time Olympic Bronze Medalist and Steven’s coach in Wakefield, Mass. “Mission accomplished!”

“I am very proud of Travis’ win as the US has not had many gold medals in International World Cup events,” Pedro said. “This is a great confidence booster for him.”

Also placing for Team USA were Christal Ransom, 63 kg (OTC, Colorado Springs, CO) and up-and-coming Angelica Delgado, 52kg (Ki-Itsu-Sai, Coral Springs, FL) who both took 5th in their divisions. Taking 7th in the 63kg division was Hannah Martin, (Jason Morris Judo, Glenville, NY).

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