Howell strikes gold in Samoa

21 November 2012

University of Bath student and judo player Gemma Howell has won her first World Cup title since moving to study and train in Bath.

Howell, who is in the first year of a Sport and Exercise Science degree at the University, struck gold in the World Cup in Samoa.

She did it in style with three Ippon wins in the under-63kg class, including a two minute and 20 seconds victory over USA player Hannah Martin in the final.

University graduate Andy Burns also continued his recent form with bronze in the under-90kg class in Samoa. Victory over New Zealand’s Ryan Dill-Russell in the bronze medal play-off secured the medal.I

It means he climbs to 48th in the world rankings for his division, making him the highest ranked British athlete for his weight. The Coach Education and Sports Development graduate, who trains at Team Bath, took gold at the World Cup in Minsk, Belarus, last month.

Howell, a London 2012 Olympian, returns to action in the Qingdao World Cup in China this weekend.

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