Canada's Beauchemin-Pinard wins gold at judo Grand Slam tournament

(Itsuo Inouye/AP)

TBILISI, Georgia -- Canada's Catherine Beauchemin-Pinard won a gold medal in the women's under-63-kilogram event Saturday at a judo Grand Slam tournament.

Beauchemin-Pinard, from Saint-Hubert, Que., defeated Yang Junxia of China, throwing her opponent on her back with 50 seconds to go to pick up her fifth ippon in a row.

"Today, I did the opposite of what I usually do. My fights were short, and I quickly seized opportunities to win my matches,'' Beauchemin-Pinard said. "I've often made it to the podium at Grand Slam and Grand Prix tournaments, but it's been a long time since I won gold."

Montreal's Arthur Margelidon added to Canada's hardware by taking silver in the men's under-73 kg event.

Quebec City's Antoine Valois-Fortier advanced to one of the bronze-medal bout in the men's under-81 kg event, but couldn't compete due to an intercostal muscle injury.

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