Sports Performance graduates and new student win fantastic four medals between them at 2019 Commonwealth Judo Champs

27 September 2019

University of Bath graduate Chloe Robyns-Landricombe produced her “best tournament” performance as she won gold at the 2019 Commonwealth Judo Championships in Walsall.

Gregg Varey also won silver and there were two medals for new Sports Performance student Imogen Ranner as Team Bath judoka impressed at the four-day international event.

Robyns-Landricombe, who studied Sports Performance and is Sports Massage Therapist for Pentathlon GB, overcame fellow English competitors Elizabeth Cheminais and, in the final, Niamh Southgate as well as India’s Swaita Swaita on her way to the women’s -52kg senior title.

It was the perfect pick-me-up after a succession of injury problems and coach Juergen Klinger, Head of Judo at Team Bath, said: “That was the best tournament I have ever seen from Chloe, she controlled the fights and emotions well and it was great to see her rewarded with the gold.”

Fellow Sports Performance graduate Varey, who is Team Captain of the Team Bath High Performance Judo Squad, also competed well in the men’s -66kg category as he represented Wales.

He beat Scotland’s David Scobbie and England’s Michael Fryer on the way to the final, where he was edged out by Saili Jasleen Singh of India.

Ranner, who will start her first year at the University of Bath next week, won bronze in the junior women’s -78kg category before going one better with silver in the senior competition.

There were also fifth-placed finishes for Harvey Spreckelsen-Brown and Jack Purllant in the junior -90kg and senior 60kg competitions respectively.

“It was a good tournament all round and we were happy as a coaching team with the performances,” said Klinger. “The standard of competition was high and this was a good stepping stone towards the British Championships in December.”

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