Great Britain win 13 medals at Grand Masters World Championships

Great Britain’s renowned Masters team have won 13 individual medals at the Grand Masters World Championships in Miami, Florida.

The marquee Masters event attracted over 900 competitors from 43 countries and was widely regarded as one of the most competitive instalment to date.  

Terry Watt won all three contests by ippon to take M8 -90kg gold. Watt defeated USA Judo’s William Starr and James Kinder either side of a win over Russian Magomedshapi Aliev.

Commonwealth and British Masters Champion Jason Allen, 42, took bronze in the M4 -100kg category. Allen opened his account with a win over Czech Republic judoka Vitezslav Votruba by yuko before dispatching Frenchman Francis Costamagna by ippon.

In the semi-final Allen was edged out by Russian Igor Deryugin but bounced back in the bronze medal contest to defeat France’s Thierry Cardoso by waza-ari awasete ippon.

British Judo’s Masters Player of the year Simon Woods took M6 -81kg bronze after winning five of his six fights by ippon.  

Kokotaylo Nicholas won M6 -100kg bronze as he triumphed in three of his four contests.

Thomas Moyse captured M7 -90kg bronze with three wins from four fights.

Kevin Kinney picked up fifth-place in the M5 -90kg field after withdrawing through injury from the semi-final while Stan Cantrill took seventh-place in the M8 -73kg category.

Dawn Netherwood and Sarah Hopkins starred as they both claimed gold.

Netherwood defeated Italy’s Angela Tassi to take the top prize in the F5 -63kg category while Hopkins reeled off three wins to finish on top of the F4 -78kg pile. Hopkins defeated teammate Kathryn Chamberlain in the F4 -78kg final

Kay Andrews clinched F4 -78kg bronze after bouncing back from defeats to compatriots Sarah Hopkins and Kathryn Chamberlain to overcome France’s Christine Peuch.

Great Britain continued to hit the medal trail in the open weight competition with Peter Hoar among the standouts as he captured M6 bronze.

Kathryn Chamberlain took F3-4 gold while Thomas Moyse clinched the top prize in the M7 competition.  

Stan Cantrill won M8 bronze while Jason Masters finished in seventh-place in the M4 competition.

Great Britain also enjoyed success in team competition where the men captured bronze in the TM7 competition behind winners Russia and runners-up Germany. 

Rowena Birch, Chair of the Masters Commision, said: “Fantastic and well deserved results from our Masters players. It should not be underestimated the dedication and commitment to training that these players put in preparation for this event.

“Most do judo training 3- 4 times a week, additional fitness work on top of that and take a professional approach to their diet and other contributory aspects for their performance. These players demonstrate that the competitive side of our sport can still be enjoyed in more senior years, and the opportunities to develop, gain experience, make new friends, meet old friends through the judo never stops.”