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BUCS Nationals 2017: Judo round-up


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With the BUCS Nationals Judo underway we’re covering the individual competition results.

Anglia Ruskin and Wolverhampton universities put in particularly strong showings with Coventry, Edinburgh and Edinburgh Napier also prominent in the medal tables.

Notably Loughborough, typically a dominant force across student sport, only took home one gold medal from Saturday’s Judo.

Above: Southampton warm up

With 388 competitors from 68 different institutions there was set to be competition aplenty at the BUCS Nationals Judo this weekend. Notably Emmanuel Nartey followed through on a promise to defend his title, claiming Gold in the men’s under 73kg category for more experienced Judokas, graded at 1st Kyu and above. The University of East London PhD student is currently the 50th ranked Judoka in the world and expected nothing less than gold at the BUCS Nationals.

Other male champions in the more experienced ranks included Anglia Ruskin’s Ben Caldwell (under 60kg) and Billy Goldsmith (under 66kg), and to finish off Anglia Ruskin’s batch of champions Mateja Glusac triumphed in the under 100kg category. Bath’s Jan Gosiewski (-81kg), Coventry’s Jamal Petgrave (-90kg) also took gold and Sheffield Hallam’s James Austin scored a win for the home team in the over 100kg category.

For the women graded at 1st Kyu and above there was more success for Coventry as Olivia Piechota took gold in the under 48kg category. Olivia has been practicing Judo since the age of six and is one of the most experienced competitors at the BUCS Nationals. Emma Reid also racked up a gold for Coventry in the under 78kg category.

The other women taking gold in the 1st Kyu and above categories included Kate Saunders (over 78kg) representing St. Andrews, Bath’s Prisca Awiti-Alcaraz (-63kg) and Julia Scardone (-52kg) who represented the University of East London. Wolverhampton also racked up a double with Acelya Toprak and Ebony Drysdale-Daley taking gold in the under 57kg and under 70kg categories respectively.

For the less experienced Judokas (graded 2nd Kyu and below,) Oxford took two golds. In the men’s category Edinburgh Napier’s Scott Duff triumphed in the under 60kg weight class, Oxford’s Alexander Bridge taking the under 66kg category. Daniel Saakyan (-73kg) took a win for the home team, representing Sheffield University and Dmitry Nikonov (-81kg) took Loughborough’s only Judo gold of the day. Cian Grace (-90kg) claimed a gold medal too having made the short trip from Leeds University and Murray Kemp (-100kg) took a gold medal for Glasgow.

The women graded 2nd Kyu and below also saw healthy competition which was ultimately dominated by students who had travelled from the South of England. Holly Hobbs (-57kg) triumphed for Plymouth, Nikola Evripidou (-63kg) took gold for Imperial College London, Kirby Earl (+78kg) claimed top spot for Northampton and Claudia Havranek (-70kg) grabbed gold for Oxford. Eleanor Hannan hadn’t travelled quite so far and claimed gold for Manchester Met in the under 78kg category.

Edinburgh University might come away a little frustrated with four athletes just missing out on golds, on the other side of the coin though Anglia Ruskin’s hattrick of wins in the 1st Kyu and above categories makes them the success story of the day. 

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