Idalys Ortiz proclaims three-time Pan American champion

The Cuban Idalys Ortiz met the forecasts and won the Pan American crown for the third consecutive time in the +78 kilograms, now in Lima 2019, to be ratified as one of the best judocas in the entire planet.

The three-time Olympic medalist, including a gold in London 2012, solved his final fight easily by ippon against the Puerto Rican Melissa Mujica.

Ortiz, also a world multi-champion, added title 32 for the Cuban delegation in Lima, which will close its competitive action with the gold lawsuit in the 100 kilograms (m) of its representative Andy Granda against the Venezuelan Pedro Pineda.

The Brazilian Beatriz Souza and the Peruvian Yuliana Bolívar remained with the bronze medals in this division, after defeating the Nicaraguan Izayana Marenco and the American Nina Cutro-Kelly, respectively.


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Stars of Today in Cuban Sports: Iván Silva

I reached the men’s Judo gym at Cerro Pelado and Iván Felipe Silva Morales (90 kg, born January 8th, 1996) moved like a panther on the mat. Doing randori with a peer of a superior division and he seemed not to get tired at all: projections, change to defense, continued work in Ne-waza after beginning technical moves in the Tachi-waza…

In year 2018 with the World subtitle of Azerbaijan he marked his definitive establishment in the elite of the 90 kg, after a start and a successful pass through the 81 kg, the Judoka from Camaguey agreed to talk with CubaSí after almost three hours of training:

What has changed or how beneficial has been Iván Silva's transition from the 81 to the 90 kg?

“The change was mainly because I was having a hard time to work on the 81 kg for reasons associated to my stage of physical growth. Year 2017 was my first year in the 90 kg and I cannot consider it bad. I won on the first category and the Pan-American Championship.

In 2018 I finished well my adaptation to the new division. I won again the national championship and the reincorporation of Asley González it spurred ne to train harder and raise the levels of training. The randori with him were world class. That contact helped me a lot, not just in America, but also to enter the high world level.

An exact description of an intense competitive year, which you finished with excellent balance in international tournaments with 23 wins 7 lost.

“It was a year in the rising. I was confident as I competed. After the national championship and Pan-American Games of the sport we went to Barranquilla. There I won the individual competition as well as the teams from there we went to Europe. There I improved a lot, I took advantage of the randoris with athletes from Hungary and the rest of Europeans athletes who participated at the training grounds, which was key in my later result at the World Championship.”

Main strengths and elements that you should improve?

“My main strength is the physical side, not just muscle, but endurance, reaching the end of the combat with good capacity. I have won many fights towards the end or in golden rule and right there, even more than techniques sometimes, prevails the will and the drive.

I should increase the variety of my technical repertoire, add some things to my arsenal, focusing mainly in the legs like the Uchi-mata, Ouchi…”

When did you begin in judo?

“I was seven in my hometown Colon. I was off for a while because my first coach left for Venezuela. I practiced baseball encouraged by my cousins back then, but then I returned to judo until today.”

One or several coaches who have influence or decisive in your sport career?

“To mention a single name would be unfair. Alain and Justo Noda, José Jhonson, Danny Porte. At EIDE school Yanosky Gómez and Dayannis Manmo worked a lot with me. Many have helped me, besides my family which is unconditional and supports me even to the tiniest thing.”

What importance do you give to the fact of training daily with Asley González?

“It’s been essential. Professor Justo and now Julio Alderete always tells us that we don’t have to look for champions abroad, the fact of having them right here in the same mat, is very advantageous. I have always tried to learn the best, not only from him, but from all those who have contributed with my training and growth.”

Perspectives looking at Tokyo 2020 knowingly that the World Championship grants a thousand points to the champion?

“I cannot rely on that, I will come out to win my fight as if it were an Olympic final. Being fourth in the world ranking (4 355) and third in the Olympic one (1 455) it doesn't mean I should not keep working hard daily. I will go with everything to the World Championship, the points are essential for the classification and possible fights in the toss.”

Iván Silva certainly has had a brilliant career since his debut with Bronze in the II Olympic Games of Youth in Nanjing 2014. The same result came in World Juvenile Championship of Abu-Dabi 2015. Only in year 2013 he finished with an unfavorable balance regarding wins and lost (4-5).

The specialized website puts his global balance since then with 90 wins and 46 lost, success has been his goal.

The Paris Grand Slam will mark the beginning in this 2019. Silva way ahead has his judo outfit very tight and his mind is focused in one objective: the Olympic podium of Tokyo 2020.

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Cuba ranked Fourth in Budapest Judo Grand Prix

Cuba ended fourth in the Budapest Grand Prix 2018, in Hungary, with harvest of one gold and a bronze medal.

According to the website of the contest, the crown went to Idalis Ortiz (+78 kg), who defeated Belarusian Maryna Slutskaya in the final, thus achieving her fourth win in the event.

Ortiz´s previous victims were Ukrainian Galyna Tarasova, Dutch Tessie Savelkouls and Tunisian Nihel Cheikh Rouhou, the latter in semifinals.

Cuba´s third seat was reached by man Ivan Silva (90), who beat Spanish Nikoloz Sherazadishvili in one of the bronze-medal bouts.

American Matthew Koch, Japanese Yusuke Kobayashi and Estonian Klen Kristofer, in that order, were previously defeated by Silva.
Woman Kaliema Antomarchi (78) was the only other judoka who earned points to Cuba when ranking fifth.


The rest of the members of the Cuban side, men Osniel Solis (66), Magdiel Estrada (73), Asley Gonzalez (90) and Andy Granda (+100), and women Melisa Hurtado (52), Maylin del Toro (63) and Onix Cortes (70), didn't reach the top-eight in their respective divisions, so none of them granted points to their squad.

Japan won the tournament with nine gold and four silver medals, followed by Hungary (2-0-2), Russia (1-1-1), Cuba (1-0-1) and Brazil (1-0-0).

This contest was attended by 573 judokas - 343 men and 230 women - from 86 nations, and was a good test ahead of the 37th World Championship, to be held in Baku, Azerbaijan, from next August 27 to September 2.

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Cuban Female Judokas Win Gold

Cuban judoka Idalis Ortiz won today the gold medal of women's +78 kg competition in judo at the 23rd Central American and Caribbean Games.

The London 2012 Olympic Champion won in the final match by decision of the judges over her Puerto Rican rival Melissa Mojica. Mariannys Hernandez, from Venezuela, and Gabriella Wood, from Trinidad and Tobago, reached the bronze medals.

Cuban Kaliema Antomarchi also won today the gold medal of 78 kg division beating Venezuelan Karen Leon, silver medalist, by Ippon.

Mexican Debanhi Ochoa and Dominican Eiraima Silvestre won the bronze medals.

Cuba tops the judo's medals in Barranquilla-2018 with six gold metals, Venezuela and the Dominican Republic accumulate three each, and the group of countries with titles is closed by Panama (2), Mexico and Guatemala (1).

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Win Cuba Pan-American Judo Cup in Lima, Peru

Cuba won the Pan American Judo Cup (nine gold, four silver and three bronze medals). The contest distributed points for the ranking with a view to the continental games of 2019 in the Peruvian capital.

The Cuban men's and women's national teams finished the day of Friday in front of the table of positions by countries, with four gold medals, two silver and two tans, booty to which added this Saturday five gold metals, two silver and one bronze.

The organizers of the Pan American Confederation informed the Cuban News Agency (ACN) that Brazil (2-0) -2) ranked second, followed by the Dominican Republic (1-3-1), Mexico (1-2-3), Venezuela (0-2-4), Colombia (0-2-1), Ecuador (0 -1-2) and Argentina (0-0-4).

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Next come Peru (0-0-3), Chile (0-0-2) and Canada (0-0-2), in that order, to complete the 11 nations that managed to get on the podium.

Without giving details of the fighting, stands out in relation to the Cubans, the bronze of Idalis Ortiz, in more than 78 kilograms, and the victory of Asley González before Iván Silva, in the final of the 90 kilos.

In this regard, Dr. Uvelino Moreno, doctor of the Cuban male staff, added to the ACN details that highlight that Gonzalez beat Silva for three Shidos (penalties)

Also that Ortiz fell in his first fight against the Puerto Rican Melissa Mojica, in Regla de Oro, a stage that extended the lawsuit to nine minutes and 57 seconds, when Artemiseña received a third Shido, and for the bronze it defeated the Venezuelan Mariannys Hernández

The other four Cuban champions this Saturday were Kaliema Antomarchi (78), Jorge Martínez (81), José Armenteros (100) and Andy Granda (+100), and the other silver medal corresponded to Onix Cortés (70), surpassed in the final by the Brazilian Ellen Santana.

Cuba also reached titles with Osniel Solís (66), Magdiel Estrada (73), Melissa Hurtado (48) and Maylin del Toro (63), but Friday, in a day in which they deserved p can Roberto Almenares (60) and Nahomi Acosta (52), and bronze, Yandry Torres (60) and Anaili Dorvigni (57).

In addition to adding points for the ranking for Lima 2019, the disciples of Julio Alderete (m) and Félix Portuondo (f) competed as part of the preparation for the Central American and Caribbean Games of Barranquilla 2018, a multi-sport event that will take place from July 19 to August 3.

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Six Cuban Judokas to attend Major Tournament in Germany

Six Cubans appear among the 546 judokas from 72 countries that will compete in the Grand Slam of Dusseldorf, Germany, scheduled for next February 23 to 25.

Kaliema Antomarchi (78 kg), Budapest 2017 world bronze medalist, stands out among the trio of Cuban women attending this event, second stop of the 2018 IJF World Tour.

Antomarchi currently appears 12th in the world ranking and will have major rivals in that contest, as Dutch Guusje Steenhuis, leader of the global list, along with Frenchwomen Audrey Tcheumeo (4th) and Madeleine Malonga (7th), Brazilian Mayra Aguiar (5th), Japanese Ruika Sato (14th), among others.
Melissa Hurtado (48 kg) and Maylin del Toro (63) are the other Cuban women registered in the German tournament, which will award 1,000 points to the winners of each division.

Meanwhile, the list of three men is headed by Jose Armenteros (100 kg), world runner-up in the edition of Chelyabinsk 2014, Russia, who now returns after recovering from an elbow injury.
Armenteros ranks 13th in his division and will also have tough opponents such as Georgian Varlam Liparteliani, second in world ranking.

Jorge Martinez (81 kg) and Andy Granda (+100) complete the Cuban men´s squad to this event.

The Dusseldorf 2018 Grand Slam will also be attended by other aces such as the multi- world and Olympic champion Frenchman Teddy Riner, as well as other Budapest 2017 world monarchs such as women Ai Shishime and Chizuru Arai, both from Japan, and French Clarisse Agbegnenou, among others.

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Ronaldo Veitía Keeps Making History in the Cuban Judo

Professor Ronaldo Veitía Valdivié, Master in Sciences and Eighth Dan, keeps making history despite his official retirement from high-yield Judo in 2016, this time with his book Estela Rodríguez Villanueva, the ebony of Cuban female judo.

A just recognition to Estela, 50 years old, born in the municipality of Palma Soriano, Santiago de Cuba province, and example for new generations, not just of sport.

The heavyweight from Santiago de Cuba has won Olympic silver medals in Barcelona 1992 and Atlanta 1996, in + 72 kg –at present + 78 -, and gold, silver and bronze in the open division in the World Championships of Belgrade 1989, Barcelona 1991 and Chiba 1995, respectively.

She also shows gold medals in the Pan-American Games of Havana 1991 (+72 and open), a silver medal (open) and another bronze medal (+72) in Indianapolis 1987, and so many others in continental championships and Central American and the Caribbean Games.

She is no doubt, a glory of Cuban judo that cannot fall into oblivion, Veitía highlighted in the recent presentation of the book, at the Training Center Cerro Pelado, of the capital.

Although he is no longer who trains or coaches on and outside judo mats the Cuban women team, as he did for 30 years, Veiti or the teacher, at present 70 years old - October 22nd, 1947 -, walks one of his new facets, writing what his pupils achieved.

This constitutes the fifth book of his fruitful career as an author, the Estela book was preceded by The Female Judo, Best team of the World; Driulis González, the Legend of Judo; Cuban Stars, The Bounty of Women Judo and Cuban School of Female Judo.

The next launching of another book is close, nothing but his autobiography: Ronaldo Veitía, Ippon of Stories, and in writing, La Lupe of Tatamis, about Yurisleidis Lupetey, and Thoughts Beyond Sports.

But amid his love for keystrokes, he finds time and shows passion for his unquestionable quality as coach, which he shares with the training of the new generations of his native land Santa María del Rosario, in the municipality of Cotorro, the Project Spring.

Veitia once told the Cuban News Agency that he considered springtime as the most beautiful and flowered season of the year. Who can deny that children comprise these two qualities.

He also said that “I am always in debt with children, because they are who taught me the most in my professional career. If I had not worked with boys and girls I wouldn’t have had the beautiful vision of life and pedagogy with which I have worked many years at the Initiation School of Sports (EIDE for its acronym in Spanish) Martires de Barbados.”

Life proved him right, since coaching the women team Las Marianas, as he prefers to name them, he accumulated five golden medals, 10 silver medals and 10 bronze medals in the Olympic Games.

It is abundant the medals in world competitions senior (16-14-27), junior (8-0-6), by teams (1-3-3), university championships (6-4-8) and cadets (1-0-0). On top of that we must include the medals won in continental championships (95-19-17) and Pan-American Games (41-5-10), in that order, and many others in Central American and the Caribbean Games (91-12-12).

We must add that from 1988 up to 2015, many of his pupils occupied positions among the best sportsmen of the year, with positions among the best 10 athletes.

Cubasi Translation Staff / Amilkal Labañino Valdés

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World Judo Open Championship: Idalys returns forged in bronze

After more than a year absent from tatamis, Cuban Idalys Ortiz returned to her old ways at the recently held World Judo Open Championship in Marrakech, Morocco, by winning the bronze medal among 18 competitors.

In my opinion, Idalys Ortiz is a judo crack. The outstanding super heavyweight from Artemisa ratified her class and after more than a year absent from tatamis returned to her old ways at the World Judo Open Championship in Marrakech, Morocco, by picking bronze among 18 judokas.

That was not the only joy for Cuba, because with four athletes among representatives from 28 nations, Alex García, of Matanzas, emulated Idalys among the men, after beating his teammate Andy Granda in the bronze medal match.

Nearly 7270 kilometers (4525 miles) separate Marrakech from Havana, but a large number of Cubans were aware of the performance of our main ace on the tatamis.

I mean that Idalys has had an enviable service record since she joined the world elite in the 2007 season, by winning the crown just on January 1st at the World Judo Open Championship in Qingdao, China.

Since then, the exceptional athlete, who says she bases her matches on tactics, with strength, speed and explosiveness little common for her division as added values, has increased her technical repertoire over the years, as well as her showcases.

She has climbed 80 awarding podiums in more than 90 competitions, with 11 Olympic victories and only 2 defeats. She’s worthy of respect and if this weren’t enough, she owns a favorable 73.1 percentage in tournaments officially registered on the specialized website derived from 179 wins and 66 losses.

On Moroccan lands, she headed her division with 2 wins. In semifinals, she lost to Japanese Sarah Asahina, (both show a bilateral 1-1 win/loss balance), and then she redeemed herself vs. French Romane Dicko in the bronze medal match.

It’s worth saying that Asahina (4050 points) and Bosnian Larisa Ceric (3284), gold and silver medalists, respectively, are solidly placed on top positions of the world ranking of the +78kg division, scenario in which Idalys, despite her impasse of more than a year, ranks 21st with 1300 points, hence, none of her elite opponents has afforded to forget her.

After being 28 years old last September 27, Idalys retakes her route, carrying the winning star on her shoulders and with her grabbings set from the distance on Tokyo 2020, where she might add another medal to her medal harvest from that 2008 Beijing Games bronze.

As regards their state of mind and amidst a renewal process of our female team, the presence of Idalys, along with the possible comebacks of Dayaris Mestre, Maricet Espinosa and Yanet Bermoy in the future, as well as the inclusion of Kaliema Antomarchi in the 78kg division elite, is substantially important and encouraging.

Almost nobody remembers Alex from the 2010 International Judoguis Golden Championship, when he escorted Oreidis Despaigne in the 100kg division, or his participation in the Youth Olympic Games that same year in Singapore, event where he stayed at the medal threshold with a fifth place.

Today, García (1856 points) ranks 14th in the world ranking of the +100kg division and is one of the main trump cards of our men’s team. He had a stony performance in Marrakech, because after surrendering vs. Japanese Kokoro Kageura (1200 points / #24) in the leadership match of the group, he had beat both Russian Alexander Mikhaylin and his teammate Andy Granda in repechage.

Speed is one of the major resources of Alex García. Maturity in the study of his rivals and security in his actions also complement his explosiveness. He does speed trials on the track (30-40 meters) with Prof. José Ibáñez to increase this last component, which he combines with jumps in circles on one foot. They are very positive for oguchi-ari and contribute to keep both balance in the equilibrium axis and correct combat positions.

He always dedicates time to acrobatics at the end of his training sessions.

By the way, from 2009 to the present day, Alex, fifth on Brazilian soil, exhibits a positive balance of 47 wins and 40 losses at top level competitions.

That’s the reality of our judo super heavyweights. Idalys, who seems she has not been absent over a year and returns to her old ways; and Alex, who is still grabbing a place in the elite. Let’s wait to see what the rest of the Olympic cycle holds in store for them.

Translated by Jorge Mesa Benjamin / Cubasi Translation Staff

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