National judo champion Cynthia Rahming (under-57 kilogram-kg. class) defeated athletes from the Dominican Republic and Canada before losing in the medal rounds at the Santo Domingo Pan American Open in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. She finished fifth overall.
Rahming was coached by Omri Kelly, a level one graduate of the International Judo Federation’s (IJF) Academy. Her performance allowed her to gain much needed points for 2020 Olympic qualification and to move up the world rankings ladder in judo. Her performance is being termed the best result ever by a Bahamian athlete in a senior judo competition at this level.
“We are pleased with Cynthia’s development and results,” said Head Coach Oneysin Portorreal Pons who prepared Rahming and Coach Kelly for the competition. “We fixed a major hole in Cynthia’s game after the CAC (Central American and Caribbean) Games, which enabled this victory. We are expecting many more positive results to come.” Rahming will fight next at the Cancun Grand Prix 2018 in Cancún, Mexico.
Also in judo, national champion Breanna Major (under-70 kg.) will represent The Bahamas at the World Championships Seniors and Teams Baku 2018 in Baku, Azerbaijan from September 20-27. This will be her debut tournament at the senior world level. She will be coached by High Performance Director D’Arcy Rahming Jr.
“We have every confidence in Breanna,” said Rahming.
Major will also fight as a member of The Bahamas’ team at the IJF Junior World Championships which will be held October 17-21 in New Providence, Bahamas. Interested persons can find information on tickets as well as updates on the tournament at the website www.bahjudo.org.
Jump Line – National champion Breanna Major will represent The Bahamas in Azerbaijan.
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