Ma­jes­tic Meyer turns on the style

The Jewish Chronicle - - SPORT - BYDANNYCARO

SPORT Amy Meyer be­lieves the 2016 Rio Olympics are the next part of her jour­ney af­ter win­ning bronze in the judo com­pe­ti­tion at the Com­mon­wealth Games.

Meyer, 22, re­cov­ered from a firstround loss to win her repechage fight against Zam­bia be­fore claim­ing bronze against Bar­ba­dos in the un­der-48 divi­sion.

“I fought with ev­ery­thing I had and be­ing able to come home with a medal is an ined­i­ble feel­ing,” said Meyer.

“My par­ents came from Aus­tralia to watch me fight so it means a lot that they were there to sup­port me and share that ex­pe­ri­ence. With­out them, I prob­a­bly wouldn’t still be in­volved in the sport. They were ec­static and are so proud of me.”

Vic­tory in the bronze medal match was al­most snatched from Meyer in the dy­ing sec­onds af­ter her op­po­nent, Onoh-Obasi Okey, pulled off what seemed like a win­ning throw.

A point was added to the score­board be­fore be­ing quickly re­moved and the Aus­tralian ju­doka was awarded vic­tory be­cause she had only com­mit­ted two penal­ties to Okey’s three.

“I think the best feel­ing af­ter that bronze medal match was look­ing over at my coach, Kylie, and see­ing her a bit teary and run­ning over and jump­ing on her. She was ac­tu­ally a lit­tle teary,” said Meyer, who was com­pet­ing at the Games for the first time. “

“Qual­i­fy­ing for the Glas­gow was a mas­sive achieve­ment in it­self. I’ve worked so hard to get here so be­ing able to add a medal to that is like adding the cherry on top.

“It is just an in­cred­i­ble feel­ing so all the sac­ri­fices that I’ve made to get here have def­i­nitely been worth it.”

Although judo was one of the first sports to fin­ish in Glas­gow, Meyer re­mained with the del­e­ga­tion to cheer on her team­mates.

“Win or lose here Rio was al­ways the next step,” she said. “In judo, as in any sport, you have your good days and your bad days. You just have to make sure that you don’t let your bad days get youdow­nand­keep mo­tor­ing through.

“Luck­ily for me, ev­ery­thing lined up here and I had a great day. I’m def­i­nitely look­ing for­ward to the next part of the jour­ney lead­ing up to Rio.”

Steve Solomon was in philo­soph­i­cal mood af­ter limp­ing out of the 400m semi-fi­nals with a re­oc­cur­rence of a ham­string in­jury.

The Aus­tralian cham­pion sprinter made a promis­ing start, but he pulled up sud­denly clutch­ing his thigh which has also ruled him out the 4x400m.

“It’s all part of sport,” he said. “The road to vic­tory is some­times the same road to in­jury.

“I went into the race feel­ing stronger and faster than ever be­fore. I had never got to the 200m mark feel­ing so fresh, but when I went to start putting on the burn­ers around the top bend I felt my leg go.” Swim­merJa­sonDun­ford failed to re­tain gold in the 50m but­ter­fly. The Zim­bab­wean missed out on a place in the fi­nal af­ter fin­ish­ing fifth in the semis.

His best per­for­mance came in the 100m fi­nal. He led for the ma­jori t y of t he r a c e be­fore run­ning out of steam and fin­ish­ing seventh in a time of 52:71.

Bronze: Amy Meyer

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