Team Bath judo players win brace of medals at GB World Cup

22 September 2009

Team Bath judo players Tom Reed and Sian Wilson both won medals at the GB World Cup event in Birmingham at the weekend.

Reed, a University of Bath Business Administration student, lost a closely contested final in the under-81kg class to fellow Brit Euan Burton, who represented Great Britain at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games.

Reed (pictured) had earlier dispatched a couple of Russians and a German to get to the final – beating Salamu Mezhidov (RUS) and 2005 European Under-23 Champion Dennis Huck (GER) in the preliminary round, followed by a points victory over Mural Khabachirov (RUSS) in the semis.

Wilson meanwhile collected bronze in the women’s under-78kg class. She lost her opening contest to Canada’s Catherine Roberge but then went on to beat Germany’s Maike Heinz in the battle for bronze.

Megan Fletcher came seventh in the under-70kg class, winning her opening contest against Margot Wetzer of the Netherlands.

“Tom produced a fantastic performance, you could feel his spirit as soon as he stepped on the mat,” said Juergen Klinger, Director of Judo at the University of Bath.

“He’s only been back in full-time training here for a three weeks after his placement and he couldn’t quite keep up the high level of his performance in the last minute and a half of the final.

“Sian also did well and has shown she can win medals at this level,” added Klinger. “I was very pleased with the group. When we produce performances like this at international level, it clearly shows that we on the right path with our training at the University of Bath.”

The University of Bath has one of the leading university sports departments in the UK. Under its Team Bath brand, its success is based on the expertise and dedication of staff, and its excellent facilities, used by the community and Olympic medal winners alike.

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