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The Cuban national men and women's judo teams began their annual European tour with very good results in two tournaments held over the weekend in Belgium.

At the women's 23rd Open Tournament of Arlon, Cuba won five titles. On Saturday, in the Under-20 competition, the titles were for 48-kilo world champion Yanet Bermoy, Sheila Espinosa (52 kg) and Onix Cortés (63 kg).

Then, on Sunday, in the open competition, Espinosa repeated her title in 52 kilos and Yurisel Laborde added another crown for the Cuban squad in 78 kilograms.

There were also silver medals for Yurisleidis Lupetey (57 kg), Yalennis Castillo (70 kg) and Ivis Dueñas (+78 kg). Yaritza Abel (63 kg) and Idalis Ortiz (+78 kg) walked away with bronze medals.

Japan dominated the contest (4-2-2) followed by Cuba (2-3-3).

In the meantime, at the men's 25th International Open Tournament of Visé held with a record participation of 447 competitors from 22 countries, bronze Olympic medallist Yordanis Arencibia took the title in the 66-kilo division beating German Johanns Herzig in the finale.

Meanwhile, Ronald Girones (73 kg) and Oscar Cárdenas (81 kg) walked away with silver medals. In their respective finales, Girones fell to Russian Roman Mistura while Cárdenas lost to Italian Giuseppe Maddaloni.

Finally, Oreidis Despaigne (100 kg) and Oscar Braison (+100 kg) finished with bronze medals. The other members of the island's squad - Yanier Peña and Yasmani Piker (60 kg) and Jorge Benavides (90 kg) - were eliminated in the preliminary rounds.

In the team competition, Cuba placed second (1-2-2) only behind France (2-1-3) and ahead of Great Britain (0-2-1).

The next competition for the Cuban judo teams will be the strong Ville du Paris Super Cup in the French capital from February 9-12.

Source: Radio Habana Cuba

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