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Kavanagh is king at BUCS

16:30 27 February 2014

Matt Kavanagh BUCS

Matt Kavanagh BUCS

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Ford Judo Club youngster wins gold

Ford Judo Club’s Matthew Kavanagh showed superb form to win gold at the British Universities and Colleges Sports finals in Sheffield.

Kavanagh stormed to victory in his first two under-81kg fights in a combined total of just 10 seconds, before throwing his quarter-final opponent and pinning him for 15 seconds.

That set up a semi-final meeting with an Olympic athlete from Ghana and Kavanagh fell behind to two small scores.

But the youngster kept his composure and concentration to earn a 10-point throw and memorable win.

It was a similar story in the final as Kavanagh came up with another 10-point throw to the delight of coach Bill Taylor who said: “Matthew injured his shoulder in December winning the Junior National Championships and was rested for quite a while.

“Although he did a ranking event two weekends ago he pulled out of after his first two wins as his shoulder was twinging.

“This was a great decision by Matt as it was completely rested for this event. Matt took part in the team event on the Sunday and although the team was under par due to injuries they still managed to win a bronze medal.

“Matthew had 12 fights over the weekend with all being 10-point knockouts, I don’t know anyone that could have matched that form, so impressive.”

Kavanagh and clubmate Kelly Staddon have both been selected to represent GB in Portugal next month and will be chasing ranking points to compete at the world championships.

Both are looking for sponsors to help them on the big stage and anyone interested in helping can contact Taylor at fordjudoclub@hotmail.co.uk.

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