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Canada's Beauchemin-Pinard wins World Cup judo bronze

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The Canadian Press
12/6/2012 1:20:47 PM
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JEJU, South Korea -- Canadian Catherine Beauchemin-Pinard won a bronze medal at a judo World Cup event on Thursday.

Beauchemin-Pinard, from Quebec City, defeated Monika Burgess of Kitchener, Ont., by ippon -- or full point -- to take the bronze in the women's under-63-kilogram category.

"It wasn't the first time that we faced each other. The last time she beat me, and believe me, I was not happy," Beauchemin-Pinard said. "At the beginning of this bout I was a little stressed because I really didn't want to lose, but in the end things turned out quite well."

Burgess finished fifth.

Beauchemin-Pinard won her first bout against South Korea's Jeyoung You before losing to Mongolia's Mungunchimeg Baldorj in the semifinals.

The bronze medal gives Beauchemin-Pinard, who lost in the first round of last week's Tokyo Grand Slam, her best career World Cup result.

"I wanted to recharge quickly and do my best this week, and I pulled it off," the 18-year-old said.

Montreal's Stefanie Tremblay finished fifth in the women's under-57-kilogram classification.

On the men's side, Patrick Gagne of Boucherville, Que., (under-66 kg) and Montreal's Alexis Morin-Martel (under-73 kg) finished seventh in their respective divisions.

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