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Judo: Bronze medal for Ford's Mitchell

PUBLISHED: 17:00 07 December 2017

Ford Judo Club's Mitchell Kennedy (far right) won bronze at the British Cadet Championships

Ford Judo Club's Mitchell Kennedy (far right) won bronze at the British Cadet Championships

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Ford Judo Club's Mitchell Kennedy made it on to the podium at the British Cadet Championships at the English Institute of Sport in Sheffield on Saturday.

The under-73kg category included 29 judoka, but Kennedy made a strong start and won his first three bouts in spectacular fashion.

Kennedy suffered defeat in his fourth fight to a five-time national champion, who went on to win another gold medal.

But the Romford youngster bounced back from that loss when it came to competing for the bronze medal, showing great maturity and calmness to come out on top and ensure he did not return home empty-handed.

The two hopefuls battled it out in front of a packed stadium for a full four minutes before Kennedy took the win.

And as well as pocketing a bronze medal, the Ford member was also delighted to learn his exploits in Yorkshire had earned him a place on the England cadet squad.

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