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TUKS Sport High School’s ju­doka Donne Breyten­bach is con­tin­u­ing her jour­ney of one day reach­ing the pin­na­cle of her sport. That’s why it came as no sur­prise that she won a gold medal over the week­end at the Tyu­men In­ter­na­tional Cadet Com­pe­ti­tion in Rus­sia.

An elated Tuks head coach Nikola Filipov said it was the best re­sult of her ca­reer. “To win in Rus­sia is a big deal as judo is a ma­jor sport in East­ern Europe.”

Ac­cord­ing to Filipov, 700 ju­dokas from 14 coun­tries com­peted. Breyten­bach was pushed out of her com­fort zone. She usu­ally fights in the Un­der-52kg cat­e­gory, but de­cided to move up a weight cat­e­gory com­pet­ing in the Un­der-57kg cat­e­gory. “I will ad­mit it was tough hav­ing to fight big­ger and stronger ri­vals. It meant I had to change my fight­ing style and be more clever,” said Breyten­bach.

“Hav­ing Nikola next to the mats helped as he is a bril­liant strate­gist. He also has a way to en­sure that I re­main calm when fight­ing,” she ex­plained.

In De­cem­ber Breyten­bach will be rep­re­sent­ing South Africa in the Re­gion Five Tour­na­ment com­pet­ing in the ju­nior cat­e­gory which is Un­der-20 and she is con­fi­dent of get­ting a good re­sult.

Thomas Breyten­bach, her twin brother, came fifth over the week­end. He was rea­son­ably sat­is­fied with his per­for­mance as his goal was to gain ex­pe­ri­ence. | African News Agency (ANA)

Twins Donne and Thomas Breyten­bach.

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