2016 Zagreb GP Preview card

A ten strong British Judo team will take to the mat in the first Grand Prix since the Olympic Games in Zagreb, Croatia from Friday 23 to Sunday 25 September.

OWith up to 300 WRL points on offer, this represents a good opportunity for judoka across the globe to make a move up the rankings.

On Friday Chelsie Giles (-52kg) will make her Grand Prix debut off the back of her seventh at the Junior European Judo Championships in Malaga last weekend. She will be joined in the -52kg category by Kelly Edwards, who has medalled at her last two competitions including bronze at the Tallinn European Open while Patryk Wawrzyczek (POL) will be Jonathan Dewar’s opponent in the first round of -66kg.

At -57kg current British Senior British Champion Laure Fournier will be fighting in her second Grand Prix after appearing in Samsun back in April. Bekky Livesey goes in on good form with a silver medal last time out at the Tallinn European Open and she will face her old rival from Juniors, Stefania Adelina Dobre (ROU).

Saturday will see Lucy Renshall (-63kg) back on the mat after her gold in Tallinn and the former Junior European Champion has placed at Grand Prix level with a fifth in Budapest in June.

Jemima Yeats-Brown (-70kg) was another medallist from Tallinn earlier this month and she takes on Nicole Stout (USA), who reached the final at the Taipei Asian Open at the start of September.

Aaron Turner (-73kg) will also be looking for world ranking points as he takes on Kushtrim Gashi (KOS) in his first round match on Saturday.

Max Stewart (-90kg) and Philip Awiti-Alcaraz (-100kg) will be in action on Sunday with Stewart looking to improve upon a couple of fifth place finishes at the Madrid European Open and Budapest Grand Prix. Awiti-Alcaraz won his first Grand Prix medal when he took home bronze in Budapest with an impressive win over 2013 World Champion Elkhan Mammadov (AZE).

Centre of Excellence coach Dennis Stewart said:

“The competition this weekend will be a good standard, not as strong as during qualification last year but that is to be expected. Overall we’re happy with the draw. There are a few tricky fights first up but we can’t complain.”

Competition starts on all days at 1000 GMT with live coverage on ippon.tv, @BritishJudo on Twitter and the British Judo live blog from 0930

2016 Zagreb GP Selection (1)