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Judo

The three-day Judo bonanza kicked off with Team England success in the form of a gold medal for Ashley McKenzie who came out on top in an all-English final against Sam Hall in the 60kg competition. 

These were backed up by a further three medals on the opening day. Acelya Toprak also took home a silver medal after losing her Women's 57kg final to Canadian Christa Deguchi. 

Rounding off the medals in judo, Amy Platten won her bronze medal match over Malawi's Harriet Bonface in the 48kg. Day two proved just as fruitful with a raft of medals again won by English Judokas. Hometown hero Daniel Powell won his maiden senior international title when he took gold in a gruelling final to win the Men’s -73kg category.

There was also gold for Lachlan Moorhead who won by ippon in the -81kg category. For Gemma Howell it was silver, but a celebration of growth after she initially planned to quit the sport six years ago. 

Kelly Petersen-Pollard and Katie-Jemima Yeats-Brown both took bronze by ippon in their -70kg bouts, defeating Nigeria's Joy Oluchi Asonye and Northern Ireland's Rachael Hawkes respectively.

The final day of action brought another flourish of silverware. 

Three-time British champion Jamal Petgrave got the ball rolling with gold in a scrappy -90kg final while Emma Reid also claimed gold by beating “idol” Natalie Powell in front of a packed-out Coventry Arena. She produced the performance of her life and was roared to victory by adoring fans.

Team England previous judo medals

28
Gold
8
Silver
6
Bronze
42
Total

You might need to know...

Holding techniques include applying pressure to an opponent's neck or manipulating the elbow joint, but thrusts and strikes are only permitted in pre-arranged forms of the sport
After taking to the mat (called the tatami) regulation bouts last four minutes for both males and females.
Competitors wear either blue or white, with the universal judo uniform known as the judogi. Seniority is based on a ranking system, denoted by the colour of a judoka's belt, from white belt for beginners through to a variety of black belts.

Team Leader

Tim Ellis

Tim Ellis

Having held many roles at the Royal Yachting Association (RYA) Pathway Coach, Coach Educator and Scottish Performance Manager, Tim has coached or led sailors at multiple levels of the pathway across Europe. 

Making the jump to Performance Pathway Manager at British Judo in 2017 he lead the strategic direction for the British Judo Pathway, directly managing the England Talent Development Programme. 

Tim said:

"Having watched sailors and fighters succeed at world and European championships and watching the buzz of Glasgow 2014 from a non-Commonwealth sport, whilst working in Scotland, I am excited for my first experience as part of Team England."
Tim Ellis
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