Teenager Hayley steps up to senior competition with ease

TEENAGER Hayley Willis stepped up to senior level, after landing the junior title in the under-48kg category, to win gold at the Senior British Closed Championships in Sheffield, yesterday.

The 16-year-old, who represents the Stratford Jodokai Club, defeated Pinewood’s Emma Pang to gold with Wolverhampton’s Eve Mikhael earning the bronze.

British Judo performance director Daniel Lascau said: “I’m very pleased with Hayley Willis because she confirmed her ability at this level after winning the junior title on Saturday and she’s a very good judoka.”

Lascau’s Olympic squad was on show and there were victories for Olympic test event bronze medallist Sophie Cox (-52kg), Connie Ramsey (-57kg), Sarah Clark (-63kg), Sally Conway (-70kg), Fiona Jones (-78kg) and Sarah Adlington (+78kg).

Lesley Reid, 49, in the +78kg division, left with bronze - a repeat of her 1987 achievement for the competitor who left the British visually impaired team last year due to new sight classification criteria.

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In the men’s competition, gold medals went to Brandon Dodge (-60kg), Colin Oates (-66kg), Jan Gosiewski (-73kg), Tom Reed (-81kg), Euan Burton (-90kg), Peter Cousins (-100kg) and Matthew Clempner (+100kg).

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