There were two silvers and a bronze medal for Team Bath’s elite judoka to celebrate when the European Open took place in Scotland and Portugal at the weekend.
And over at the women’s event in Lisbon, Megan Fletcher won a silver medal in the under-70kg category.
The under-81kg final in Glasgow was a repeat of the 2014 Commonwealth Games and 2015 British Open, with University of Bath Business Management graduate Reed facing off against compatriot Owen Livesey.
And it was Livesey who once again had the edge over Reed, who had beaten Iceland’s Sveinjorn Iura, New Zealand’s Ivica Pavlinic and Frank De Wit of the Netherlands en route to the final.
Livesey said: “It’s the fifth time I’ve faced Tom in a final and it’s getting closer every time. Today I managed to catch him but Tom’s a good fighter and I’m sure I’ll meet him in a final again.”
— Tom Reed (@tomreed86) October 11, 2015
Ben Fletcher moved up to 22nd on the Olympic qualification list as he added 40 valuable points to his tally with a bronze medal in the under-100kg competition. After beating Austria’s Maximilian Hageneder by ippon in his opening contest, Fletcher was beaten in similar style by Italy’s Vincenzo D’Arco and went into the repechage. Victory over Israel’s Peter Paltchik put Fletcher through to a bronze-medal contest against Hungary’s Miklos Cirjenics, which proved to be incredibly close fought. The contest went to golden score, where Fletcher needed just 12 seconds to score an ippon and secure the bronze medal.
There was disappointment in the under-73kg division for Emmanuel Nartey and Jan Gosiewski, a Mechanical Engineering PhD student who is supported by a Trendell Sports Scholarship, as they suffered first-round defeats to France’s Benjamin Axus and Guillaume Chaine respectively.
However, there was a pleasing return to the podium for Megan Fletcher at the women’s European Open in Lisbon after some impressive performances in the under-70kg division.
After coming through Pool D with victories over Maria Perez of Puerto Rico and Ecuador’s Vanessa Chala, Fletcher beat Slovenia’s Anka Pogacnik in the semi-finals.
The gold-medal bout against Germany’s Laura Vargas Koch proved equally hard fought but Fletcher narrowly had to settle for silver.
It was nice to be back on the podium today here at the Lisbon World Cup! pic.twitter.com/51B5wRQ6hG
— Megan Fletcher (@Megan_Fletcher1) October 10, 2015
Also earning a podium place on the international stage over the weekend was Team Bath’s Adam Conroy, who won a silver medal at the European Universities Judo Championship in Reims, France.
Competing in the under-60kg division, Conroy – representing the University of Bath – overcame Italy’s Andrea Feretti and Germany’s Marcel Haupt before missing out in the final to Antoine Bidault of France.
Team Bath’s judoka are coached by Juergen Klinger in the dojo at the Sports Training Village.