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Samurai success at Coventry Open
6:00am Friday 25th October 2013 in Local
AFTER the excitement of the British Masters and British A Bands tournaments recently, it was business as usual for Samurai Judo Club at the Coventry Open Championships where they took four gold, two silver and five bronze medals.
In the girls lightweight, Ellie McAteer kicked off with a gold medal, disposing of all of her opponents.
A couple of weight categories above that, Maddy Averill had a tough group but managed a bronze medal.
Lauren Fletcher was still suffering from a knock she had taken at the British Championships and was withdrawn from action part way through, but had already won enough contests to secure another bronze.
Sophie Pollitt was in the hunt for her first ever gold medal and reached the final of her category without too much difficulty. With just 30 seconds left to go in the final she was a score up and heading for the gold, but then lost out and had to settle for silver.
Ellie Arnull and Toni Poulsom were in the same category but stormed through the pools and knockout, both winning three contests out of three emphatically to come up against each other in the final. Arnull was the heavier of the two and that helped her to win the final, taking gold and leaving her club mate with the silver.
Hetty Tinsdale was giving away weight in the last girls’ category and never had a chance of reaching the final, but had some good wins to get to the bronze medal.
Callum Fletcher and Jake McAteer both did well in the boys lightweights, taking bronzes, but the boys’ star was Sam Bravo.
In his own grade section he took the gold medal with ease, defeating all of his opponents by maximum points.
The coaches arranged for him to enter the higher grades group, and despite his comparative inexperience he produced a repeat performance, taking the gold with a series of maximum point wins.
Anyone who wants more details about starting judo can call Andrew Haffer on 07761 122977 or visit samurai.org.uk
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