happy with Osaka third, by Mike Gandon - 28th
Wollongong judo player Mick Cutajar finished third
in his division at the 15th Osaka international
goodwill contest at the Ancient Osaka Castle in
Japan last weekend.
This was Cutajar's highest placing at a contest
"Overall I had done more than I expected,"
Cutajar said yesterday.
"I feel this has redeemed the disappointment
of the judging at last month's World Cup that
robbed me of a place.
"I did use this to motivate a drive to succeed
in this event."
More than 250 players from several countries including
the powerhouses of judo, Korea, Japan and Brazil
The event was set in age divisions and not a weight
contest and was held under international rules.
Cutajar contested a division of 44 players split
into two pools and his first match was against
Brazilian judo/jujitsu player De-Almeida Nilson
which he won with ippon (knockout) to move to
the second round.
Cutajar was to take on another Brazilian Calasana
Wagner but he won by no show to advance to the
His next opponent was Irish player Mark Donnellan,
who weighed over 120kg, and who he beat by ippon
to move into the semi-finals for the first time
in a contest in Japan.
Cutajar's fourth fight was against a Korean player
who had won the contest on two past occasions
and had been runner-up twice before.
This contest went to the bell with Cutajar winning
by two scores of yuko and one koka and a place
in the finals.
The final was against another Korean who had dominated
this event from the start and who then went on
to win gold.