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Stephanie places at Pan Am Championships


For Immediate Release – Sports

Stephanie Hata, 16, and Sayaka Matsumoto, 18, both took medals at the Pan American Judo Union Jr. Championships, held in Acapulco, Mexico.

Hata, the defending champion and a senior at El Cerrito High School, lost a first round match to eventual winner Brazil, but came back to win her next two in the round robin to claim a silver medal. She adds this medal to her gold medal wins this year in the U.S. Senior and Youth National Championships.

Matsumoto, a freshman at UC Berkeley, won her first match handily against Nicaragua, but lost in the semi-finals against Brazil by a penalty difference. Her bronze medal match was a walk as her opponent was disqualified.

Both Hata and Matsumoto turn their attention to the US Open, which occurs in October in Las Vegas.

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