Camberley’s Karina Bryant secured an impressive gold medal at the Miami world cup this weekend, her first tournament back following injury.
Bryant was one of the four strong British Women’s team who competed in the tournament.
With a bye in the first round, Bryant then went on to make light work of the Bosnian and Herzegovina player Larisa Ceric.
Bryant then met Huanyan Liu of China who is currently ranked number 8 in the world. Liu was leading the fight with two yuko points however Bryant kept the pressure on and emerged the winner by beating Liu by Ippon.
In the Semi Final Bryant faced Melissa Mojica of Puerto Rico where Bryant demonstrated she was in a different league beating Mojica by Two Waza Ari and a Yuko score.
The final saw Bryant up against Maria Suelem Altheman of Brazil. The Brazillian currently sits just above Bryant on the world ranking list in 20th Place. Again Bryant piled on the pressure and defeated the Brazillian in under a minute with an impressive performance and Ippon Score.
Bryant said, “I am really pleased with my performance; I have been off the mat for 6 months doing rehab which has been a frustrating time as I have missed out on some competitions and camps. The Miami world cup was a much harder competition than I thought it would be but it has been a great test for me and I feel I am ready to move on to the next step of my rehabilitation programme and preparation in the lead up to the 2012 Olympics’’
Also on international soil Daniel Williams from Camberley Judo Club has picked up a couple of important results. Williams who competed in the Romanian World cup and the Tallinn World cup in back to back weekends achieved an impressive 5th place in Romanian, losing narrowly to the Beijing Olympic bronze medallist in the semi-final. The next weekend in Estonia Danny finished in 7th place cementing his place as British no.1 at 73kg. With just over a year till the Olympic Games placings and medals at all international events are important for the British players in the lead up to selection. Camberley currently has six players training full time who have a shot at representing Team GB in London next year.
Elsewhere for Camberley Judo Club the club has achieved results at the London International and Kent Open tournaments.
At the London International held at the London Soccer Dome saw Gold’s for Frazer Chamberlain in the men’s u81kg and Tom Davis (Willesden) in the men’s u90kg. Joining Chamberlain on the medal podium and securing the silver in the same category was Daniel Finney. Bronze medals went to Robyn Irwin in the women’s u70kg and Lee Shinkin (Willesden) in the men’s u73kg division.
Medals were also gained at the Kent International tournament held at Crystal palace. Sam Hughes took home the silver medal in the Young men’s u55kg category and Dave Clark took the bronze in the senior men’s u90kg division.
The younger players of Camberley Judo club finish up the news with three medals at the Northern Home Counties split grade tournament. Gold’s going to Stuart Brown (boys u66kg) and Sarah Hill (girls u63kg) and a bronze medal to Toby Roberts (boys u42kg).