BEN Newbury returned to the contest mat at Samurai Judo Club’s men’s black belts open and took a tremendous gold medal in the fourth level black belt and above section.

Rob Alloway and Paul Moss added golds in the veterans section of the competition, and there were a further three bronze medals for the Samurai men.

Newbury already has a fourth level black belt at the age of 24 and defeated opponents with higher gradings to secure is gold.

Tony Leroux had a good win in the third level black belts but finished just outside the medals, while Mike Marden edged out club mate Paul Clarke for the bronze.

In the first level black belts, Alex Poulton and Brendam Crummy were unlucky to just miss out on a place in the knockout.

In the masters section, Rob Alloway took gold in the lightest weight group.

In the next weight up, Tony Leroux reached the last four but had to settle for bronze, Paul Moss added another gold medal for the club in the over 50s category.

Moss and Rob Alloway entered the masters open category, along with the much less experienced Mark Flello.

While Moss and Flello were eliminated early on, Alloway reached the quarter-finals and bounced back to reach the bronze medal play-offs.

Meanwhile, Laura Dangerfield was at the English Senior Open in Sheffield, where she took a bronze medal with her best performance for some time, including some very good wins.

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