WEEKEND ROUND-UP: A busy one for Scottish judoka

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WEEKEND ROUND-UP: A busy one for Scottish judoka

Posted: 29/07/2019

It was a busy weekend for our judoka, with 16 JudoScotland athletes fighting across Europe in various competitions.  We had representation at 3 major events: European Youth Olympic Festival (Baku, Azerbaijan), Junior European Cup (Berlin, Germany), and Croatian Grand Prix (Zagreb, Croatia).  

Read on for a brief round-up of all the weekends action, where despite a lack of medal success, our athletes continue to Grow, Develop and Perform.

Berlin Junior European Cup (27-28 July)

We had a total of 8 junior athletes competing in Berlin: Katelyn Cox (-63kg), Andrew McWatt (-100kg), Billy Rodman (-60kg), Josie Steele (-57kg), Callum Stuart (-90kg), Ryan Turnbull (-73kg), Connor Wilson (-66kg) and Dominic Zacharias (-73kg).

The sole medal of the weekend went to Josie Steele, who secured silver in the -57kg category.  This continues her good run of form in 2019, and adds to the Gold, Silver and two Bronze medals that she has secured at Junior European Cups this year. 

Overall, it was a tough introduction to the Junior European Cup level for the JudoScotland players, with several participating in their first event at this level. There were encouraging performances from the cadet players, and lots of valuable lessons learned.  The group will now train at the exceptional international camp that follows the competition.

Congratulations to Cox, Rodman, Stuart and Zacharias who made their Junior European Cup debuts.

European Youth Olympic Festival (24-27 July)

Daisy Gilroy (-70kg), Dougie Fleming (-50kg) and Artur Patemian (-55kg) were in Baku representing Team GB at the European Youth Olympic Festival, following impressive performances on the judo mat this year. 

Patemian overcame Guga Amirkhanasvili (Georgia) in the opening round, taking just 20 seconds, to clinch a second-round match against Vincenzo Skenderi (Italy).   Skendari is the current European leader and European Cadet Championship gold medallist, and despite the 85 European ranking places between the two, the match entered final score where the Italian advanced by an ippon score. 

Fleming lost out to European number 5 Thomas Scatolino (Italy) in the opening round of the competition.

After a bye in the opening round, Gilroy was defeated by Ida Jakobsen (Denmark).

The event is a fantastic pathway towards the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, as well as Paris 2024.  EYOFs are vital in the development of young British athletes and give them great experiences and opportunities as they train towards their own Olympic dreams. 

Despite not coming home with any medals, experience at competitions like this will prove invaluable as our athletes strive to develop their judo further.  The 3 were in a group of just 10 judokas chosen to compete by Team GB, and should be commended for their hard work and efforts that contributed to them being selected.

Croatian Grand Prix (26-28th July)

Our seniors were out in force at the Croatian Grand Prix in Zagreb, with Sarah Adlington (+78kg), Sally Conway (-70kg), Stuart McWatt (-81kg), Kimberly Renicks (-48kg) and Chris Sherrington (+100kg) all competing for glory.

Adlington had a bye in the opening round and was defeated by 2018 European Junior Champion, Mercedesz Szigetvari (Hungary) in the second.

Conway, who was seeded top of her pool, defeated Ayuk Otay Arrey-Sophina (Cameroon) before losing out to Daria Pogorzelec (Poland) in the second round.

McWatt overcame Cedrik Kalonga (Democratic Republic of Congo) in the opening round to set up an exciting second round tie against world number 7 Vedat Albayrak (Turkey). Despite McWatt defeating the Turk at the recent European Games, it was not to be on this occasion with McWatt being on the wrong side of the result this time.

Renicks defeated Aziza Chakir (Morocco) in the first round before suffering defeat to Li Yanan (China) in the second.

Sherrington emerged victorious over Mircea Croitoru (Romania) in the opening round before losing out to world number 13 and former World Championship bronze medallist, Sungmin Kim (Korea).

Despite not being fruitful in the medal department, experience at events like these is vital as our athletes continue to develop their judo, and there is no doubt that there are plenty of positives and learnings to take home.