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Malloy wins Pan American championship
Earning a little revenge in the process, Marti Malloy won the Pan American judo championship at Guayaquil, Ecuador, Saturday, April 26.
Malloy, ranked sixth in the world, won the gold medal in the 57 kg class by defeating top-ranked Rafaela Silva of Brazil in the title bout.
The win avenged Malloy's loss to Silva in the title match of the world championships in August.
Malloy said the victory over Silva was “extremely satisfying.”
“I have been waiting for a a chance to redeem my world championship loss for almost eight months,” Malloy said. “It is even sweeter as I sustained a knee injury in January that took me out of judo for two months. This is my first event back, and gold feels great.”
When Malloy returned to training after the injury, she and her coaches focused on a strategy to defeat Silva, anticipating their encounter in the Pan American championship bout.
“The key to the win, without giving away all my tactics,” Malloy said, “was focusing on debilitating her ability to grip me and being more active and aggressive.”
Malloy reached the Pan American finals by beating Diana Villavicencio of Ecuador, Melissa Rodriguez of Argentina and seventh-ranked Ketleyn Quadros of Brazil.