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Taken down a few pegs
Dan Levin
December 15, 1980
The U.S. was the favorite at the first women's world championships in New York, but when the tournament was over it was Austria and France that were preeminent
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December 15, 1980

Taken Down A Few Pegs

The U.S. was the favorite at the first women's world championships in New York, but when the tournament was over it was Austria and France that were preeminent

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"I don't know."

"Do you play other sports?"

"No, I'm too old for more than one." DeCal lit a cigarette.

As she was leaving, a New Yorker tried testing her English. "Why do you play judo?" he asked.

"Because I try to play judo, I like to play judo, and I play judo."

"Why do you always say 'play'?"

"I say 'play' because it's a sport. I say 'fight' if I want to kill someone."

With the first day ended and half the competition completed, the U.S. had won one medal, Penick's bronze. As the second day began, 114-pound Lynn Lewis of Revere, Mass., who had taken two golds, a silver and a bronze in four British Opens, lost by one-eighth of a point. What was it with the British Open? Had those other countries sent second teams?

Mary Lewis, 104 pounds, of East Berne, N.Y., no relation to Lynn, won two matches and lost a close one when she drew a penalty for stalling. Then she put Argentina's Norma Casco on the mat to win the team's second bronze.

By now, hopes for U.S. gold had dwindled to two contestants. One of them, Monica Emmerson, of Daly City, Calif., in the 123-pound class, is only 17 but had what Kanokogi called "the best technique I've seen in a long time." She tumbled Sweden's Gunnel Tolfes all over the mat to win her first match, but Belgium's Jeanine Meulemans arm-barred her and Emmerson ended up knocked from the repechage, and the World's.

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