Ghanaian judo player strikes World Cup bronze

28 June 2010

Team Bath judo player Emmanuel Nartey has collected his second World Cup medal and taken a step closer to competing at his first Olympic Games.

The 27-year-old Ghanaian trains at the world-leading facilities at the University of Bath and services in the British Army.

He has just won a bronze medal in the under-73kg class at the Margarita Island judo World Cup in Venezuela.

It was his second World Cup medal following his gold in the same division at the Apia World Cup in Samoa in November last year – a performance that earned him the TeamBath athlete of the month award.

In 2005 Nartey made a piece of history by becoming the first judo player from Ghana to fight at a World Championships when he competed at the event in Cairo, Egypt. His goal is now to win a place to compete at the 2012 Olympic Games in London.

In Venezuela, Nartey won his first contest against Wlunkis Herrera of Venezuela with a bout winning Ippon score before going down to Andrew Porras of the USA. That put Nartey through to the repechage, where he outpointed Alejandro Clara of Argentina to put him into to a battle for bronze.

Nartey faced Lucas Pascal of Uruguay in the third place contest and beat him in two minutes 33 seconds of the fight to claim bronze.

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