Calgary's Keith Morgan is battered and bruised but he's on a roll. The
26-year-old is displaying the consistency which could eventually lead to an
Olympic medal in men's 90 kilos category. In fact he is Canada's hottest
judoka heading into the 2000 season.
Morgan medalled at eight of nine international meets between October 1998
and March 2000. The streak was highlighted by a gold medal performance at
the 1999 World University Games. The only non-medal performance in that
stretch was a respectable seventh place finish at the world championships
last fall which guaranteed an automatic berth for his second straight
This success has come despite several injuries, a fact of life in this
physically jarring sport. Last spring he suffered a severe ankle sprain
which kept him hobbling for months. Then at the worlds he hyper extended
his elbow in the third round. But with an Olympic spot on the line, he
fought two more bouts basically with one arm. Needless to say staying
healthy is among Morgan's top priorities leading up to the Games.
Men's middleweight (90-kg): Keith Morgan, Calgary, def. Robert Ivers, Australia, yusei-gachi, in Pool A first round; beat Rasul Salimov, Azerbaijan, ippon, in second round, and won by ippon over Jean Claude Raphael, Mauritius, in quarter-finals; lost to Mark Huizinga, Netherlands, by ippon, in semifinals, then lost by ippon to Rusian Mashurenko, Ukraine.
Canada's Keith Morgan celebrates
Morgan is thrown by Ruslan Mashurenko
Morgan loses in the semi-finals
Morgan defeated by Mark Huizinga
Morgan slumps dejected
Morgan loses the bronze medal match
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