Britain brings home bronze

Nekoda Davis, who stepped up to senior competition in the European Open in Spain took bronze as her first medal in a senior continental open.

Davis, 20, rippled through to victory with three ippons in as many rounds and was just narrowly defeated in the semi-final of the bout by Helene Receveux of France, before beating Connie Ramsay in an all GB bronze medal contest to take bronze, leaving Ramsay fifth.

Another bronze went to Kimberley Renicks (-48kg) who won the first bout by wazari and then lost the second. She re-entered the competition through the repechage system claiming ippon over Russia’s Avakyan and beating Portugal’s Lenandra Freitas to the medal.

In the men’s open in Bucharest, Nathon Burns (-66kg) took another bronze after scoring two ippons in the first two rounds. In the semi-final his opponent scored a narrow win by a yuko but in the bronze medal contest saw Burns win a tight contest by shido over Hungarian Zsolt Gorjanacz after both scored yuko.

Greg Varey (-60kg), Philip Awiti-Alcaraz (-100kg), Ben Fletcher (-100kg) and Jan Gosiewski (-73kg) all took fifth. Michael Horley (-90kg) and Chris Sherrington +100kg were seventh.

The European Cup Juniors in Leibnitz 2013 saw three bronze wins by Katie-Jemima Yeats-Brown (-63kg), Jodie Myers in the +78 category and Max Stewart in the -81kg.

Yeats-Brown started well winning the first two rounds but then was defeated in the semi-final of the fight by Hungary’s Szabina Gercsak. She came back to score ippon against Austrian Michaela Polleres and claim bronze.

Myers won the preliminary round by ippon, lost the second to France’s Gwendoline Le Guillox but threw for waza-ari in the bronze medal contest against Russia’s Vera Daydenko.

Meanwhile, sisters Amy and Bekky Livesey both took fifth place in separate categories.

On Sunday Max Stewart achieved another bronze in the mens 81kg category after making a firm start with three ippons and waza-ari before being defeated by Lvaylo Ivanov in the semi-final. He secured third place with a waza-ari victory over Wolterbeek of the Netherlands. Daniel Lyon placed ninth.

Words by Donna Richardson