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Bronze for Islington judoka

PUBLISHED: 13:00 23 June 2017

SPT WK26-17 Sam Charalambous (2nd right)

SPT WK26-17 Sam Charalambous (2nd right)

Islington judoka Sam Charalambous won bronze at the CSIT World Sport Games in Latvia recently.

Charalambous, who trains at the Sobell Judo Club, was in action in the under-73kg category in Riga and won his first bout against a Latvian rival with an armlock.

After losing to an Austrian, Charalambous produced a dynamic ippon to beat a Finnish rival, but then lost his semi-final to an Iranian, who went on to win gold.

After making the podium, he said: “I’m pleased I got a bronze, however I did feel I could have fought better. But I learnt a few things so I’ll go work on them and hopefully win gold next time.”

Sobell’s Sam Sampson was fifth in the under-81kg group and Phillip Bloom finished seventh in the over-100kg competition.

The World Sports Games are a major sporting event held every two years for amateurs outside the top 100 world rankings, who do not have access to full-time training or funding.


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