PICTURE SPECIAL - 'Gripping stuff' as capacity crowds enjoy Commonwealth Games judo at Coventry Arena - The Coventry Observer

7th Aug, 2022

PICTURE SPECIAL - 'Gripping stuff' as capacity crowds enjoy Commonwealth Games judo at Coventry Arena

JUDO fans from across the country and further afield have descended on the Coventry Arena to watch the Judo with 160 competitors from 36 countries battling it out for the medals.

Come on England. Picture by Marcus Mingins 3122002MMR7 copyright Bullivant Media

Competition took place between Monday and Wednesday with medals up for grabs in 14 weight categories for men and women.

On the opening day, Ashleigh McKenzie won an all-England final against Samuel Hall to give the home fans something to cheer about.

Getting instruction from the coach. Picture by Marcus Mingins 3122002MMR6 copyright Bullivant Media

McKenzie had beaten Scotland’s Dylan Munro in his quarter-final and Australia’s Joshua Katz in the semis.

For these young fans judo is the number one sport. Picture by Marcus Mingins 3122002MMR1 copyright Bullivant Media

Hall had beaten Welshman Daniel Rabbitt in the quarters and Cypriot Petros Christodoulides in his semi-final.

Even tense for the volunteers. Picture by Marcus Mingins 3122002MMR4 copyright Bullivant Media

Another thrilling encounter saw England’s Acelya Toprak narrowly beaten by World Champion Christa Deguchi of Canada.

Scotlands Alexander Short (blue) in the Men’s under 66kg bout. Picture by Marcus Mingins 3122002MMR12 copyright Bullivant Media

By the end of the competition, Team England topped the Judo medal table with five golds, three silvers and five bronzes.

Team red sunglasses. Picture by Marcus Mingins 3122002MMR3 copyright Bullivant Media

The other golds came from Daniel Powell, Lachlan Moorhead, Jamal Petgrave and Emma Reid.

The silvers were won by Gemma Howell and Samuel Hall (as well as Toprak) and Amy Platten, Katie-Jemima Yeats-Brown,  Kelly Petersen-Pollard, Rhys Thompson and Harry Lovell-Hewitt won bronzes.

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