News Archive, Category: Judo

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Tokyo 2020: Alumna Anna Hopkin through to first individual Olympics swimming final as Thursday unfolds in Tokyo

29 July 2021

University of Bath alumna Anna Hopkin is through to her debut individual Olympic final in dramatic style. She snatched fourth in her 100m freestyle semi today and made the final by just one hundredth of a second in a time of 53.11 seconds. “I wasn’t sure that the time was going to make it, so when I scraped in eighth I was really happy. I am just glad to get it out the way and...

2G9WCPH Austria's Michaela Polleres and Ireland's Megan Fletcher during the judo elimination round of 32 at Nippon Budokan on the fifth day of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games in Japan. Picture date: Wednesday July 28, 2021.

Tokyo 2020: Team Bath judoka past and present compete in Nippon Budokan while rowers enjoy morning of mixed fortunes

28 July 2021

Team Bath Judo’s Megan Fletcher achieved her dream of competing on the Olympic stage when she and University of Bath graduate Gemma Howell contested the women’s -70kg category in the Nippon Budokan at Tokyo 2020 on Wednesday. Team Ireland's Fletcher (pictured) was edged out by Waza-Ari in the dying seconds of her tight-fought opening contest against world number eight Michaela Polleres of Austria, while Sports & Exercise Science graduate Howell’s bout against 2017 World silver-medallist...

2G9JRDX Tokyo, Japan. Credit: Matsuo. 27th July, 2021. Vicky Holland (GBR) Triathlon : Women's Final during the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at the Odaiba Marine Park in Tokyo, Japan. Credit: Matsuo .K/AFLO SPORT/Alamy Live News

Tokyo 2020: Third Games for triathlete Vicky Holland and Olympic debut for judoka Prisca Awiti-Alcaraz during busy day of action

27 July 2021

Triathlete Vicky Holland became a three-time Olympian and judoka Prisca Awiti-Alcaraz made her Games debut during a busy Tuesday for University of Bath-based sportspeople at Tokyo 2020. Rio 2016 medallist Holland, who trains with the British Triathlon Bath National Performance Centre at the Team Bath Sports Training Village, finished 13th in an eventful women’s final that was affected by high winds and heavy rain after Typhoon Nepartak hit Tokyo in the early hours of the...

Tokyo 2020: Who to watch and when as 20 University of Bath-based sportspeople and 12 graduates compete at Olympic Games

22 July 2021

After a year’s delay, the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games are finally here and we are looking forward to cheering on 20 sportspeople who train at the University of Bath as they compete on the biggest sporting stage of all. Twelve graduates of the University will also be representing their countries across a wide range of sports at the Games, which run until Sunday 8th August. All are dreaming of joining the celebrated ranks of Olympic...

Tokyo 2020: Team Bath judoka Megan Fletcher aiming to ‘go out with a bang’ as Olympic debut provides dream conclusion to career

22 July 2021

Tokyo 2020 marks the end of an era for Team Bath judoka Megan Fletcher but she says she cannot think of a better climax to a brilliant career than making her long-awaited Olympic debut at the home of judo. After narrowly missing out on qualification for London 2012 and Rio 2016, Fletcher’s years of dedication to her sport – the past 13 of them with the high-performance squad at Team Bath – will be justly...

Tokyo 2020: Team Bath judoka Prisca Awiti-Alcaraz proudly flying the flag for Mexico in her sport’s spiritual home on Olympics debut

20 July 2021

Judoka Prisca Awiti-Alcaraz is proud to be flying the flag for Mexico at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games – and for her Team Bath home. The University of Bath graduate will be the sole representative of her mother’s home country when the judo competition takes place in Tokyo’s legendary Nippon Budokan, the spiritual home of the sport. She will also be cheered on by the Team Bath family she has been part of for the...

Siblings Ben and Megan Fletcher join fellow Team Bath judoka Prisca Awiti-Alcaraz and graduate Gemma Howell on plane to Tokyo Olympics

14 July 2021

Ben Fletcher is heading to his second Olympic Games and there are debuts for Megan Fletcher and Prisca Awiti-Alcaraz as Team Bath judoka celebrate their official selections for Tokyo 2020. University of Bath graduate Gemma Howell will also be competing in Japan’s legendary Nippon Budokan, judo’s spiritual home, after overcoming several injuries to represent Team GB at this summer’s Games. The Fletcher siblings - whose selection has been officially confirmed today - will be competing...

Megan Fletcher at the 2021 World Judo Championships. CREDIT Sabau Gabriela/IJF

Top-five finish for Megan Fletcher and good wins for Prisca Awiti-Alcaraz as Team Bath judoka impress at World Championships

10 June 2021

Megan Fletcher narrowly missed out on a podium place in her last World Judo Championships as both she and fellow Team Bath judoka Prisca-Awiti Alcaraz impressed at the last major competition before the Tokyo Olympic Games. Fletcher, representing Ireland, was in fantastic form throughout Thursday’s -70kg competition in Budapest and recorded victories over South Africa’s Anastasiya-Alexandra Nenova and Barbara Timo of Portugal to reach the quarter-finals. Sanne Van Dijke of the Netherlands had the edge...

Podium place and Tokyo Olympic qualification are the twin goals for Team Bath’s Prisca Awiti-Alcaraz at World Judo Championships

08 June 2021

Team Bath judoka Prisca Awiti-Alcaraz heads into her third World Championships this week with two major goals – a podium finish and confirmation of her place at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. The University of Bath Sports Performance alumna, who represents Mexico, currently holds a Continental quota place in the women’s -63kg division with the World Championships in Budapest the final chance to earn qualification points. “If I perform well at the Worlds, I could...

Judoka Ben Fletcher pleased with recovery so far as he targets Tokyo Olympic Games return just five months after breaking leg

25 May 2021

Team Bath judoka Ben Fletcher says not having “time to dwell on things” has helped him stay laser-focussed on recovery as he bids to compete at the Tokyo Olympic Games just five months after breaking his leg. Fletcher suffered the injury while representing Ireland at the Tel Aviv Grand Slam in February and underwent surgery a couple of days back in London later to pin the break. Remarkably he was back on his feet later...

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