News Archive, Tag: Ben Fletcher

Rio 2016: Judoka Ben Fletcher relaxed and ready to be “dangerous” on Olympic debut

10 August 2016

Team GB judoka Ben Fletcher is in the best shape of his career, physically and mentally, as he prepares to make his Olympic debut at Rio 2016. That is the view of Juergen Klinger, his long-term coach at the University of Bath Sports Training Village dojo, who believes that Fletcher can prove “a very dangerous opponent” to the more established judoka in the men’s -100kg competition on Thursday. Fletcher has been handed a tough draw...

Rio 2016: Who to watch and when as biggest sporting show on Earth finally begins

05 August 2016

It’s finally here – today’s the day the Rio 2016 Olympic Games officially get under way! What is sure to be a colourful, vibrant and spectacular opening ceremony will start the XXXI Olympiad at 8pm Rio time (midnight in the UK). Fifteen University of Bath-based athletes will be in action over the next 16 days, hoping to emulate the likes of Dr Stephanie Cook (modern pentathlon), Jason Gardener (athletics), Kate Howey (judo) and Michael Jamieson...

Back Ben in Brazil while trying judo for free at our great Judo House!

02 August 2016

People are being invited to cheer on Ben Fletcher in Brazil and have a go at judo themselves for free during a fun event at the University of Bath Sports Training Village next week. The Team Bath Dojo will be transformed into a Judo House from 2-4pm on Thursday, August 11, in celebration of Fletcher fighting in the men’s -100kg weight division at the Carioca Arena that afternoon. Action from Brazil will be screened live...

(Clockwise from top left) Eden Richardson, Ben Fletcher, Joe Choong, Sam Cook, Dave King, Sydney Gregson and Jay Lelliott have been named as MJ Church sporting ambassadors

Super seven named as sporting ambassadors for MJ Church

26 July 2016

Team Bath judoka Ben Fletcher and Pentathlon GB’s Joe Choong have been given timely boosts just before they travel to Brazil after being selected among the first group of sporting ambassadors for MJ Church, Team Bath’s new partner. The duo will be amongst a group of University of Bath-based athletes across a range of sports who will bring Team Bath’s partnership with MJ Church alive by attending events and encouraging and inspiring the company’s staff...

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...

From Team Bath to Team GB as judoka Ben Fletcher is selected for Rio 2016 Olympic Games

16 June 2016

With 50 days to go until Rio 2016, Team Bath judoka Ben Fletcher today became the ninth University of Bath-based athlete to be officially selected by Team GB for this summer’s Olympic Games. The 24-year-old, who is coached by Juergen Klinger at the Sports Training Village, will compete in the men’s -100kg weight category after being one of seven Brits to successfully qualify for the Games. After a gruelling two-year qualification period that took him...

Rio 2016 qualification is almost signed and sealed for Team Bath Judo’s Ben Fletcher

16 May 2016

Team Bath Judo’s Ben Fletcher will find out for certain in the next two weeks whether he has qualified for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. Fletcher wasn’t able to reproduce the form he had shown while finishing a career-high seventh in Azerbaijan the previous week as he was beaten by home judoka Viktor Demyanenko in the first round of the men’s -100kg competition at the Almaty Grand Prix in Kazakhstan. But despite the setback, Fletcher...

Best Grand Prix result keeps Team Bath judoka Ben Fletcher on course for Rio 2016

09 May 2016

Team Bath Judo’s Ben Fletcher produced his best-ever Grand Prix result in Azerbaijan on Sunday to maintain his push for a Rio 2016 Olympic Games qualification place. World number ten Jose Armenteros was among the judoka Fletcher overcame on his way to a seventh-placed finish in the men’s -100kg weight category in Baku. Hungary’s Miklos Cirjenics was runner-up, moving him into the automatic qualification places for Rio, but Fletcher still holds one of two continental...

Judoka Ben Fletcher closes in on Rio 2016 place after highest-ever finish at European Championships

25 April 2016

Team Bath judoka Ben Fletcher is back in the automatic qualification places for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games after producing his best result at a senior major championships to date. The 24-year-old’s seventh-placed finish at the European Judo Championships in Kazan, Russia on Saturday lifted him back up to 29th in the Olympic qualification rankings for the -100kg weight category. With just one month of the two-year qualification period remaining and no more major tournaments...

Rio 2016 qualification points up for grabs as Ben Fletcher competes in European Judo Champs

22 April 2016

Team Bath judoka Ben Fletcher can take a massive step closer to his dream Olympic debut this weekend when he represents Great Britain at the European Championships in Russia. Four-hundred precious Rio 2016 qualification points are up for grabs at the last major competition before this summer’s Games. Fletcher, who competes in the -100kg competition on Saturday, is currently just one position outside the automatic qualification places but still holds one of two European continental quota...

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