Points lost for Oates in bid to make Olympics

Colin Oates.
Colin Oates.

Judo ace Colin Oates reached the quarter-finals of the Grand Slam tournament in Tyumon, Russia.

But after two surprising defeats to home-nation competitors in succession, the North Lopham-raised ace was left with a feeling of disappointment.

Oates collected another 80 Olympic ranking points, bringing his total to more than 400, but he viewed the event as a case of points lost rather than points gained.

The previous week Oates had fought at the British Open, and it seemed that the tiring schedule of two high-level events, coupled with the travel, took its toll on the North Lopham man.

However, the result still 
ensures a seeding at the World Championships in August, and Oates’ preparations for the event are set to begin by attending a training camp in Germany.

Kumo Judo Club members were also in action at the weekend, competing in the East Anglian Fours at Thetford.

Martin Munn fought for the first time in two years and collected a gold medal in the senior group.

In the juniors there were some impressive performances from Joe Terry, who took gold, Lewis Eaton-Cole and Alex Lawrie, who both earned silver medals for their efforts.

Lizzy Lawrie fought well to take bronze in her first major event.

Tommy Collings also returned to competition and scrambled a bronze in a very tough group.

The club has recently concluded Getting Started taster sessions at a number of schools in the area, an initiative designed to introduce children to a new sport and Kumo Judo Club will continue these sessions following the summer break.

In the meantime, the clubs in Lopham and in Diss will take a break during August.