Budapest bronze for Awiti-Alcaraz

Philip Awiti-Alcaraz (-100kg) produced a stunning throw to come away with bronze at the 2016 Budapest Grand Prix on Sunday 26 June.

Awiti-Alcaraz took on 2013 World Champion Elkhan Mammadov (AZE) for bronze and less than a minute into the contest a sensational standing Seoi Nage gave an emotional Awiti-Alcaraz the win.

The British judoka had started his day with a dominant win over Laurin Boehler (AUT) as he threw the Austrian for waza-ari before some strong newaza forced his opponent to tap out.

Soyib Kurbonov (UZB) was next up in quarter-finals and the Awiti-Alcaraz was countered well while going on the attack and found himself going into the repechage where a solid victory over Oleksandr Romanyuk (UKR) secured his place in the bronze medal match.

Speaking later Awiti-Alcaraz said: “I knew I could medal today and I believed I would get to the final but I’m really pleased with my first Grand Prix medal.”

Max Stewart (-90kg) missed out on a place on the podium as he impressed in securing a fifth place finish. Peter Kordely (HUN) was seen off with a single yuko proving the difference before Stewart had to hold off the challenge of Rio-bound Colton Brown (USA) with another yuko proving decisive for the British judoka.

Stewart produced arguably his most impressive performance of the day in the quarter-final as he threw South Africa’s Zack Piontek for waza-ari before countering well on the ground to finish off the contest and secure another win over a Rio-bound judoka.

Home favourite Krisztian Toth (HUN) was next up in the semi-final and the Hungarian World No.4 took the contest as he forced Stewart to tap out after some good newaza. World No.7 Kirill Denisov (RUS) was his bronze medal opponent and it was a case of one contest too far as the Russian threw Stewart for ippon.

Jemima-Yeats Brown (-70kg), Jodie Myers (+78kg) and Neil Schofield (+100kg) were also in action today but all lost out in their opening contests.

Looking back on the weekend Centre of Excellence coach Jamie Johnson said: “Overall a great performance from all the team. Everyone fought well and no bad performances. Bekky Livesey and Jemima Yeats-Brown lost their first match but both their opponents went on to win gold. Not a huge number of players entered but the quality was high.”

On day one of the Budapest Grand Prix, Amy Livesey took home -63kg bronze with Lucy Renshall finishing in fifth also in the -63kg category.