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Silver surprise for Mills
2:01pm Tuesday 1st October 2013 in Local
Picture attached of Ian Mills (please credit Rainbow Belles Photography) DAY one of two British National judo events hosted by Samurai Judo Club at the Glades Leisure Centre were a triumph for the home club as one of their most distinguished coaches Ian Mills made a surprise comeback and took the silver medal at the British Masters.
Four more Samurai players also won bronzes with two more finishing fifth.
Mills, 5th dan, has had a long and successful contest career including a bronze at the World Masters Championships in Canada a decade ago and several major international medals as well as three silvers at the British Masters. However, his last competition was the European Masters six years ago and few expected him to compete this time.
In the final he was up against another fifth level black belt and another experienced international and this time it was Ian who received a single penalty for passivity which cost him the gold medal.
Other medals were a bronze for Paul Moss in the 50-54 years under 90 kilos weight group, Nigel Tinsdale who defied a back injury to win bronze in the 45-49 years under 100 kilos category, Rob Alloway in the first level black belts open despite being a lightweight who earned a bronze.
There was also a section for players below black belt and Samurai had Andy Gallacher, Paul Spencer and Stuart Parker from their senior parents and lower grades group having a go. Andy and Stuart fought very well but it was Paul who eventually clocked up a fifth medal for the Samurai, losing to a Plymouth player in the semi-final but then beating a Birmingham player with a groundhold for maximum points to take the bronze.
Next week is day two of the weekend was the British Championships for 10-12 Year-olds.
For details about starting judo or information about the Samurai club and its activities, telephone 0776 1122977 or visit the Samurai website on www.samurai.org.uk.
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