Cole Yodogawa tested his limits, both in terms of athletic ability and pain tolerance, at the recent Canadian Judo Championships in Toronto.
In his second fight in the under-17 boys 66-kilogram division, the Abbotsford athlete took a hard fall and absorbed a subsequent knee to the ribs.
But he battled through the rib injury all the way to the final, where he finally met his match against an Ontario opponent and settled for silver.
“I wanted to win gold, so I pushed through,” said Yodogawa, 16, who is going into Grade 11 at Abby Senior. “But before the final, I had a longer break, so my body cooled off and it started to hurt more.”
After winning bronze in 2010 in the U15 division and silver this year, Yodogawa’s goal is to take another step up the podium in 2013.
“Next year, the nationals are in Vancouver, and I hope to take home the gold,” he said.
Yodogawa was one of four medalists from the Abbotsford Judo Club. Perennial national medalist Brandon Jobb won a bronze, while Jeff Swadden and Leo Goldberg also took bronze in their first appearance at nationals.