Judo players miss out in medals in Kazan

10 July 2013

Team Bath judo players missed out on the medals at the World University Games in Russia.

In the women’s under-70kg class, Megan Fletcher just missed out on a quarter-final berth in Kazan when she lost her round of 16 contest to Cuba’s Onix Cortes Aldama.

The bout went the full five minutes before the Cuban edged it with a late Yuko score. Cortes Aldama went on to take bronze overall.

Fletcher had earlier beaten Russia’s Margarita Gurtsieva with a contest winning Ippon score to set up the bout against Cortes Aldama.

Fletcher had a second chance of a medal through the repechage, but went down to Japan’s Asian Championships bronze medallist Karen Nunira. It meant Fletcher finished ninth overall.

In the men’s under-81kg class, University of Bath Business Administration graduate Tom Reed just missed out on progressing when he suffered a first round defeat to Russia’s Murat Khabachirov.

In women’s football, University of Bath graduate Grace McCatty played the full 90 minutes in Great Britain’s 5-1 win over Estonia in the team’s final preliminary round game. It means GB face the Republic of Ireland in the Thursday’s quarter-final.

In athletics, Irish athlete Jessie Barr, who is coached by Malcolm Arnold at the University of Bath, finished sixth in the 400m hurdles final

For a list of athletes and officials with University of Bath links at the Games, go to http://www.teambath.com/sport/student/world-university-games/

Athletes from some 170 countries are expected to compete at the 2013 World University Games, which run from 5 to 17 July.

University of Bath athletes have an excellent track record competing at recent World University Games.

Jess Dickons won gold in the 200m butterfly gold at the last Games in Shenzhen, China two years ago. Gary Warren (PGCE in Education) and Hector Mackie (Sports Performance) were members of the silver medal winning GB men’s football team.

In 2009, shortly after graduating in Sports Performance, Gemma Gibbons, won judo bronze at the World University Games in Belgrade. She went on to win Olympic silver for Great Britain at London 2012.

Grace McCatty (Coach Education & Sports Development) and Lauren Wells (Sport and Exercise Science) helped the GB women’s football team to bronze in Belgrade.

University of Bath students and graduates who are representing Great Britain at the Games are eligible to receive funding from the University’s Elite Athlete Support Fund, which is kindly donated by the University Alumni.

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