Hall and Thomp­son grab bronze medals at Eu­ro­pean Open

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Team Bath ju­doka Adam Hall and Rhys Thomp­son both won bronze medals when they com­peted at the 2018 Eu­ro­pean Judo Open in Glas­gow. Hall, who is in his last year of com­pe­ti­tion as he tran­si­tions into his role as as­sis­tant coach to Juer­gen Klinger at the Univer­sity of Bath, beat fel­low Brits Neil Schofield and Wes­ley Greenidge in the repechage of the +100kg cat­e­gory to earn his podium place af­ter an open­ing de­feat to Spain’s Irinel Che­laru. Thomp­son, sup­ported by the Tal­ented Ath­lete Schol­ar­ship Scheme (TASS), lost to France’s Cle­ment Delvert in Pool C of the -100kg di­vi­sion but over­came Luca Ardizio of Italy and Swe­den’s Emil Matts­son in the repechage to se­cure his medal. The two bronzes helped Great Bri­tain fin­ish sec­ond over­all in the medal table. Klinger said: “They were good re­sults for Adam and Rhys. It is Adam’s last year of com­pe­ti­tion, so that is a great way to fin­ish his in­ter­na­tional ca­reer.” Gregg Varey also com­peted in Glas­gow but had to set­tle for sev­enth place over­all in a big -66kg field. He started well in Pool A, beat­ing Aus­tralia’s Noam Tid­har and Elias Korkko of Fin­land, but was de­nied a place in the semi-fi­nals by Bel­gium’s Ken­neth van Gans­beke and was then de­feated by An­drej Klokov of Lithua­nia in the repechage.

From left, Bath Judo Club’s Matthew Mc­k­eever, Arni Trevethick and Jasper Trevethick took gold at the Bushido Na­tional Cham­pi­onships in High Wy­combe

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