It is a busy weekend of action across the European circuit as a total of 29 British athletes take to the mat in Junior and Senior level competition, looking to keep up the momentum following GB Judo’s recent success at the European Championships.
Senior European Cup, Orenburg (RUS)
A youthful senior squad of five athletes consisting of Grand Prix and Junior European Championships medallists will compete in the first European Cup to take place in Orenburg, Russia.
A number of athletes will be looking for a positive result over the weekend including the likes of Dan Powell (-73kg), Lele Nairne (-57kg) and Lubjana Piovesana (-63kg), all of whom will be making their first competitive appearances back on the mat in over a month.
Stuart McWatt (-81kg) and Jamal Petgrave (-90kg) will be hoping their experiences at the recent European Championships will help them in their hunt for their first senior medals of the year. Petgrave has shown form over the previous weeks with a 7th place finish at the Tbilisi Grand Prix whilst McWatt’s previous best finish of the year was also 7th place at the Dusseldorf Grand Slam.
Action will begin at 6:00am UK time on both competition days. Stay tuned to the British Judo social media channels for end of day medal updates.
Junior European Cup, Kaunas (LTU)
A bumper junior squad of 24 athletes packed full of potential and exciting young talent make the trip to Lithuania, which will provide a tough test of their credentials and development.
There are medal prospects throughout a squad including Scott Thomson (-60kg), Harry Lovell-Hewitt (-90kg), Amy Platten (-48kg), Jasmin Javadian (-52kg), Olivia Piechota (-63kg) and Shelley Ludford (-78kg) amongst others.
Lovell-Hewitt has certainly started 2018 in impressive fashion following Gold and Silver medal winning performances in Lignano and Coimbra respectively.
Javadian has been the model of consistency since 2016, placing in 9 of the 10 events that she has entered, picking up five medals in the process.
Action will begin at 8:00am UK time on both competition days. Stay tuned to the British Judo social media channels for end of day medal updates.