Fifth-placed finish for judoka Ben Fletcher in final contest before Rio 2016

19 July 2016

Team Bath judoka Ben Fletcher narrowly missed out on a medal in his final competition before the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

Competing at the Tyumen Grand Slam in Russia on Sunday, Fletcher – coached by Juergen Klinger at the Sports Training Village – was edged out by home judoka Niiaz Bilalov in his -100kg bronze-medal bout, meaning he finished fifth overall.

Fletcher had started the day with a quarter-final victory over Moldova’s Denis Tachii before losing by virtue of a solitary penalty during a hard-fought semi-final against Russia’s Adlan Bisultanov.

Next up for Fletcher is his Olympic debut, with the men’s -100kg competition taking place on Thursday, August 11.

Meanwhile, four University of Bath students are heading to Croatia this week to represent Great Britain at judo in the European University Games.

Jemima Duxberry, Renz Vallejera, Chloe Robyns-Landricombe and Prisca Awiti-Alcaraz are all Team Bath Dual Career athletes and supported by the Elite Athlete Fund. Robyns-Landricombe and Awiti-Alcaraz are also recipients of Thomson Education and King Scholarships respectively.

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