Oates retains his British Championship crown
North Lopham’s Colin Oates recovered from a disappointing Tokyo Grand Slam to retain his British Championship crown in Sheffield.
Having failed to place once again in Asia’s most prestigious competition, the 31-year-old eased to five successive wins on his way to lifting the Under-66kg title.
Oates turned in very safe performances in the first pool, where he won all of his three contests with hold downs, saving his best display for the final pool where he threw both of his opponents to secure narrow wins.
It was the eighth time the world number six has taken the British title, including four junior golds.
Oates will now take a break to return home to North Lopham over the Christmas period before returning to the mat in February at the German Grand Prix, followed by a two-week training camp in Japan as he continues his quest for Olympic qualification in Rio in 2016.
n Meanwhile the Lopham and Diss-based Kumo Judo Club also breaks for the festive period and will be looking to rebuild their competition base of players to follow in the footsteps of Oates and 2014 World Visually Impaired bronze medallist Jonathan Drane.