Not satisfied with their previous day’s results, Team Quebec put forward a dominant performance on Day 2 of Canada Games judo action at the St. Mary’s Tower. By the end of the day, Quebec had racked up four gold medals, two silver, and one bronze. Added to their total from yesterday, Quebec finishes as the top ranked team following individual competition after posting medal performances in all fourteen categories.
The Maritime Provinces had another strong day, taking home a combined six medals. New Brunswick finished the day with a gold and two silver, while Nova Scotia’s Brent McDonald brought the hometown crowd to its feet with a silver medal performance. Prince Edward Island reached the podium for the first time at the judo event with a pair of bronze medals.
At the end of the individual competition, nine provinces had won multiple medals, demonstrating the quality of judo athletes being produced in all regions of the country. This increased parity is attributed to improved athlete development programs as well as the establishment of full-time provincial coaches in several provinces, including Nova Scotia.
Once again, an excellent crowd came out to watch the judo competition and they were treated to a second straight day of high quality competition. Some of the loudest cheers were reserved for Manitoba’s Josef Hamraev, who won the province’s only judo gold.
The judo competition will wrap up on Saturday with the team competition. The Canada Games is one of the few opportunities for judo athletes to compete in a team competition and is always a highlight for the teams. A random draw conducted Thursday night has Nova Scotia’s mens team facing off against regional rivals New Brunswick in what is sure to be a close and exciting matchup.