15 May 2011

Emphatic France finish top of the medal table

Emphatic France finish top of the medal table

France claimed gold in four of the seven categories on day two of the British Open, a senior European Cup event, to convincingly finish top of the medal table at K2 Crawley.

The ever-impressive French team took an emphatic fifteen medals over the course of the weekend to finish ahead of the Netherlands and Spain.

Second-placed Netherlands scored eleven medals which featured two gold, one silver and eight bronze.

Third-placed Spain picked up one gold medal, four silver and one bronze to pip hosts Britain who finished in fourth spot.

In the -52kg category Delphine Delsalle defeated Poland’s Zuzanna Pawlikowska to take gold while her compatriot Morgane Brunet topped the -57kg category by besting Marine Richard in an all-French final.

At -81kg the fast-rising Loic Pietri made his mark by toppling Canada’s Antonie Valois-Fortier to take gold. In the -100kg final Frenchman Meheddi Khaldoun defeated Britain’s James Austin after the home judoka received three shido’s in the final.

After the contest silver medallist Austin said: “I’m disappointed but I can take positives from today, I was dominant in the earlier rounds, and my gripping was good.

“In the finals my opponent had a good game plan for me and I couldn’t really impose myself in the fight but maybe I can consider taking a more tactical approach in the future.”

Great Britain scored a bronze medal through Matthew Clempner who defeated fellow Brit Samson Omonua.

After stepping off the medal podium Clempner said: “I’m really pleased to earn my first medal at the British Open, it’s been an ambition of mine and I really enjoyed the competition.

“I felt good coming into the event, my fitness is ever-improving and the competition was a very good test for me.”

Four British fighters registered fifth-place finishes as +100kg pair Chris Sherrington and Samson Omonua, Tom Reed and Kimberley Renicks all lost bronze medal bouts.

Tom Reed was competing in the -81kg category while Kimberley Renicks fought at -48kg.

Britain won four medals on day one through Nathon Burns, Lewis Keeble, Faith Pitman and Sarah Adlington.

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