Gregg wins European Cup silver

25 September 2012

Team Bath judo player Gregg Varey is celebrating winning silver at the European Cup in Finland at the weekend.

The 24-year-old scored preliminary round wins over Bas Koffijberg of the Netherlands, Alexander Lundqvist of Sweden and Finland’s Eetu Laaksonen in the under-60kg class in Tampere.

That earned him a place in the semi-final against another Dutch player, Wessel van de Ploeg.

Varey, a University of Bath Sports Performance graduate, won that one with an Ippon score to book a place in the final against Elnur Aliev, but it was the Estonian that took gold.

It was Varey’s first competition back fighting at under-60kg after more than a year competing at under-66kg.

Meanwhile Andy Burns came fifth in the uder-90kg class. He won his pool to progress to the semi-finals, but lost his semi against Poland’s Jakub Zarzeczny.

That gave him a shot at the bronze medal, but he was beaten by Switzerland’s Domenic Wenzinger. Burns is a University of Bath Coach Education & Sports Development graduate.

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