Camberley Judo Clubs Sophie Johnstone has made an impressive comeback to the international Judo circuit with gold at the Swiss Open. The win comes after Johnstone who was off the Judo mat for 12 months with a knee injury has hit the competition circuit hard in the lead up to the Olympics in 2012.
Johnstone who was competing in the u52kg category did not concede a score in any of her 5 fights in Geneva. Johnstone fought her way through the pools to meet top German international Susi Zimmermann in the final. A close fight between the two competitors meant the contest went in to Extra time. Johnstone battled hard and eventually emerged the winner by throwing the German for a Yuko (5 point) score.
Head coach Luke Preston said ‘’ I am extremely pleased with the result for Sophie this weekend. She has put in a massive amount of hard work with her rehab and extra training to get her back up to the level of winning international events’’
Back on home soil the previous weekend Johnstone also managed to pick up a Gold medal at the North West Senior Open. Johnstone who was fighting up a weight category at u57kg met fellow Camberley team member and training partner Rebecca Dunning in the final. Both players had beaten all the other competitors in their division throughout the day to walk away the Gold and Silver.
Other medals went to Danny Williams who was fighting up at weight category at u81kg and managed to secure a silver medal with Daniel Finney taking the bronze in the same weight division.
In the junior team, players from Camberley Judo club were competing at the under 20 English Open at Crystal Palace.
Jessica Black won all four fights by maximum points on the day to take the gold in the u63kg category. On the boys side Lasha Lekishvili walked away with the silver medal in the u66kg .Lekishvili who beat the Scottish number 1 in the semi finals was then unlucky in the final to go down by a small score which he was unable to get back and resulted in the silver medal.