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Delpopolo wins Mauritius World Cup
November 11, 2014
25 year old Olympian Nick Delpopolo spent the better part of one month overseas training and competing on the IJF world tour accumulating points towards qualifying for his second Olympic team in Rio de Janiero. Delpopolo attended a 2 week training camp at the world renowned TSV Grosshadern Training Center in Munich which is home to many members of the German National Team.
After completing his training camp Nick moved on to the Abu Dhabi Grand Slam where his division was the typical war zone with multiple World and Olympic medalists in the field. Nick battled all day long, including making his way out of the same pool as the current #1 ranked player in the world, and finished just shy of the podium in 5th place narrowly losing to current World bronze medalist Musa Mogushkov (RUS) and European Champion Rok Draksic (SLO).
Nick saved the best for last after traveling to Mauritius with a large U.S. contingent he went 4-0 to win gold and was the only American to do so. Delpopolo handily defeated his opponents on the day including Luzuko Ziwa (RSA), Oren Janiv (AUS), Everet Desilets (USA) and Fernandeo Ibanez (ECU).
This is the 7th overall World Cup medal for Delpopolo including 4 gold. Nick had these comments after the the tournament: "After a great training camp in Germany and coming within 30 seconds of a Grand Slam podium last week I'm happy to have won gold today. I didn't feel my best and I have a lot more work to do but I will be back in action in a few weeks in Korea and Japan. Thanks for the support everyone!!"
Delpopolo returned to the U.S. to briefly reconnect with his coaches before he moves on to the 2 remaining tournaments of the year, which also happen to be the most difficult, the Korea Grand Prix and Tokyo Grand Slam.