World Cup gold for Fletcher

22 January 2015

Great Britain international Ben Fletcher struck gold during a successful weekend for Team Bath Judo Club at the African Open in Tunis, Tunisia.

Fletcher, who had to withdraw from the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games after suffering a knee injury in training, showed he is back to full fitness by beating Russia’s Khaybula Magomedov in the -100kg final.

Older sister Megan Fletcher – a gold-medalist at Glasgow 2014 – took bronze in the women’s -70kg weight category, as did Tom Reed in the men’s -81kg event.

Team Bath head coach Juergen Klinger said: “It was a great start to the new year and very positive for the upcoming tournaments in February and March.

“It’s important to do well at these as the points will help with qualifying for the 2016 Olympics in Rio.
“It’s great that Ben is back from his injury and back on the world stage. It’s important for him to establish himself now in the top 20.”

The next Judo World Cup event is the European Open, taking place in Sofia, Bulgaria on February 7-8.

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