2018 World Championships: Baku, Azerbaijan
From September 20th-September 27th, four Pedro’s Judo Center Team Force athletes will represent the United States of America at the 2018 World Championships in Baku, Azerbaijan. Athletes Colton Brown, Jack Hatton, Ajax Tadehara, and Alisha Galles are four among fourteen Americans who will compete at the world-class event. Additionally, Team Force athletes Kelita Zupancic (-70 kg) and Diego Turcios (-81 kg) will represent their home countries of Canada and El Salvador.
2016 Olympian Colton Brown (-90 kg) of Wakefield, MA will be competing at his second consecutive Senior World Championships this fall. With a recent bronze medal at the 2018 Pan-American Senior Championships, Brown continues to prepare himself for another stab at a medal at the upcoming Worlds.
Jack Hatton (-81 kg) of Wakefield, MA also qualified for his second consecutive World Championships. Coming off a silver medal at the 2018 Antalya Grand Prix, Hatton expects to carry his strong performance with him to Azerbaijan.
Ajax Tadehara (+100 kg) of Wakefield, MA makes his first appearance at a Senior World Championships. Tadehara’s recent medal round performance at the Pan-American Senior Championships leaves him hungry for another shot for a spot on the podium.
Alisha Galles (-63 kg) of Wakefield, MA also qualified for her first Senior World Championship Team. Earning herself a bronze at the recent 2018 Santiago Pan-American Open, Galles is eager to step on the mat to compete again.
Jimmy Pedro: The First American Inducted into IJF Hall of Fame
2x Olympic bronze medalist and coach Jimmy Pedro commented on the upcoming World Championships,
“I am very excited to have a total of 6 of my Team Force athletes qualify for the 2018 World Judo Championships Team. Leading the way for Team USA will be Olympian Colton Brown, Jack Hatton, Lee Galles, and Ajax Tadehara. Kelita Zupancic will represent Team Canada and Diego Turcios will represent El Salvador. I am also honored to be the first ever American to get inducted to the International Judo Federation Hall of Fame that week and get a chance to watch all of my athletes shine on the world stage. These athletes have sacrificed everything to get to this point, and the Worlds is where it all pays off.”