Team Bath judo players Jan Gosiewski and Emmanuel Nartey both missed out on the medals at the World Championships after landing tough draws in their opening contests in Brazil yesterday (Wednesday).
The pair were both competing in the under-73kg class in Rio de Janeiro with University of Bath student Gosiewski representing Great Britain at his first World Championships and London 2012 Olympian Nartey going for Ghana at his sixth.
Gosiewski found himself with a tough preliminary round draw against Dex Elmont of the Netherlands, a double World Championship silver medallist who came fifth at the London 2012 Olympics.
The Bath Judoka, whose impressive year in 2013 has included a silver at the European Open in Tallinn, Estonia, attempted to throw the Dutchman three minutes into the contest but found himself countered for a contest wining Ippon score.
Gosiewski is currently completing an MSc in Design Engineering at the University of Bath after already graduating with a Mechanical Engineering degree. He will begin work on a PhD in Biomechanics at the University in October. He is supported by a Santander Sports Scholarship.
Nartey’s campaign also ended in the preliminary rounds. His 2013 has included bronze in the Buenos Aries Pan-American Open in March – when he beat the Olympic champion – and an African Championships bronze in Mozambique in April.
But he too had a tough draw and went down to a late Ippon score to Mongolia’s Nyam-Ochir Sainjargal, a London 2012 Olympic bronze medallist.
Elmont and Sainjargal went on to meet in the final of the repechage, with the Dutchman winning bronze.
University of Bath Sports Performance graduate Gemma Gibbons, the London 2012 Olympic silver medallist, competes in the women’s under-78kg competition tomorrow (Friday).
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