News Archive, Category: Judo

Three sports, three continents, nine medals as University of Bath-based sportspeople enjoy weekend to remember

28 May 2019

It was a brilliant Bank Holiday Weekend for sportspeople based at the University of Bath as they won nine medals, five of them gold, on three continents across three different sports – modern pentathlon, wheelchair fencing and judo. Pentathlon GB athletes continued their fantastic start to a 2019 that includes this summer’s European Championships in Bath (click here to buy tickets) by securing four podium places at the fourth World Cup of the season in...

Baku bronze for Ben Fletcher as MJ Church Ambassador secures second judo Grand Slam medal

15 May 2019

Team Bath Judo’s Ben Fletcher claimed the second Grand Slam medal of his career when he won a brilliant bronze in Baku, Azerbaijan. The MJ Church Ambassador, coached by Juergen Klinger at the University of Bath Sports Training Village, continued his fine 2019 form by defeating fellow Rio 2016 Olympian Jorge Fonseca of Portugal in his men’s -100kg bronze-medal match. After starting the day with victories over Daniel Mukete of Belarus and Georgia’s Giorgi Beriashvili,...

Chile triumph for Prisca Awiti-Alcaraz as Team Bath judoka wins first Continental gold at Panamerican Open

26 March 2019

Team Bath judoka Prisca Awiti-Alcaraz claimed the first Continental Open title of her career when she struck gold at the Santiago del Chile Panamerican Open. The University of Bath Sports Performance graduate, who represents Mexico on the international stage, overcame Argentina’s Agustina De Luca and Hannah Martin of the United States on her way to the -63kg final. She then defeated Ecuador’s Estefania Garcia to secure the gold medal, an improvement on the bronze she...

Megan and Ben Fletcher won silver and gold respectively at the Marrakech Judo Grand Prix in March 2019

Marrakech medals in the bag as Team Bath judoka Ben and Megan Fletcher win Grand Prix gold and silver

11 March 2019

Team Bath Judo siblings Ben and Megan Fletcher won gold and silver respectively during an excellent weekend of competition at the Marrakech Grand Prix in Morocco. MJ Church Ambassador Ben’s victory in the men’s -100kg category secured the second Grand Prix title of his career and moved him up to 11th in the world rankings. He fought brilliantly throughout the tournament, overcoming Poland’s Dominik Majowski, Romania’s Luca Kunszabo and Aibek Serikayev of Kazakhstan on his...

Double Championship record and magnificent seven gold medals for University of Bath athletes at BUCS Nationals

19 February 2019

There were two new championship records for swimmer Tom Dean and 25 medals, seven of them gold, as sporting University of Bath students impressed at the 2019 BUCS [British Universities & Colleges Sport] Nationals in Sheffield. MJ Church Ambassador Dean (pictured), a 2018 European Champion who is in the first year of a Mechanical Engineering degree and supported by a Bill Whiteley Sports Scholarship, eclipsed Olympic medallist Duncan Scott’s previous mark as won 200m freestyle...

First-ever Grand Prix medal for judoka Megan Fletcher as she joins brother Ben on podium in Tel Aviv

27 January 2019

Team Bath Judo siblings Ben and Megan Fletcher both fought brilliantly to earn podium places at the Tel Aviv Grand Prix in Israel over the weekend. MJ Church Ambassador Ben continued his return from arm surgery by claiming a superb silver in the men’s -100kg weight category, only being denied victory by France’s Alexandre Iddir after a hard-fought final. Older sister Megan, a reigning Commonwealth Games champion, recorded excellent victories over Canada’s Kelita Zupancic and,...

New Year, New You – watch our expert video guide to health, exercise, nutrition and more for 2019

28 December 2018

With 2019 on the horizon, many people's thoughts are turning to New Year's Resolutions - one of the most popular being doing more exercise and getting active. If you have never been to a gym before, are getting back into exercise after a break or are already active but looking to step things up in the new year, our Team Bath athletes and experts have some top tips to help you on your fitness journey....

Olympic, World and Commonwealth crowns among highlights of unforgettable sporting 2018 at University of Bath

26 December 2018

One historic Olympic title defence, two World crowns, three Commonwealth gold medals and a multitude of other national and international medals added up to another outstanding year of sport at the University of Bath in 2018. The University’s unique push-start track, the only one of its kind in the UK, became the focus of national attention in February when three athletes who train on it with British Skeleton won medals for Team GB at the...

Jan Gosiewski with Team Bath Judo coach Juergen Klinger, December 2018

Three-times British judo champion Jan Gosiewski graduates from University of Bath

14 December 2018

Three-times British judo champion Jan Gosiewski this week swapped his judogi for an academic gown when he was awarded his PhD in biomedical engineering at the University of Bath’s Winter Graduation Ceremonies, held at the Assembly Rooms in Bath. Having first arrived at the University of Bath as an undergraduate in Medical Engineering over a decade ago in 2006, Jan has combined his studies with an illustrious sporting career, coached by Team Bath’s Juergen Klinger...

Winning weekend as Team Bath quartet strike gold at 2018 British Judo Championships

10 December 2018

Adam Hall, Rhys Thompson, Gregg Varey and Oliver Nash all struck gold during an excellent weekend for Team Bath judoka at the 2018 British Judo Championships in Sheffield. Hall, who is assistant coach to Juergen Klinger at the University of Bath, came out on top in the senior men’s +100kg weight division, while Thompson – supported by the Talented Athlete Scholarship Scheme (TASS) – took the -100kg honours for the first time. Team Bath High...

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