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Emyr makes promising comeback.
Source : Ceri Griffiths, Sunday, March 19, 2006.
At the recently held British Universities National Championships Emyr ap Sion of Carmarthen Judo Club, representing UWIC made his return to competitive judo winning a bronze medal.
This was Emyrís first outing after damaging shoulder ligaments which have kept him out of the sport for over a year.
The BUSA championships are the major event of the student calendar which attracts 400 entrants from across the UK to the Wolverhampton Univeristy, Walsall Campus.
Emyr was competing in the -73 kilogram category and was given a tough draw in the first round pools.
Albeit a little shy of match fitness, Emyr disposed of his first two opponents with Ippon throws to face a 2nd Dan to decide the pool winner. Emyr, a 1st Dan, edged a very close contest to win by koka (3 points).
In the knock out stages Emyr received a bye into the quarter finals where he faced a regular British top 10 rankings fighter. The contest was very fierce with both fighters looking to gain the first score. However, Emyr got caught in ne-waza (groundwork) and was pinned for his first defeat of the day. His opponent eventually went on to win the silver medal.
The tournament was running a two defeat knock out repechage, which now meant that Emyr could only compete for a bronze medal, and would have to win all his remaining fights to do so.
In his first repechage contest Emyr threw his opponent for Ippon inside ten seconds to advance to the bronze medal fight off against an opponent who had been defeated in the semi-finals.
The contest was a very cagey affair with neither competitor wanting to make a mistake and lose out on a medal. After two minutes with the scores level, Emyr countered his opponent to land him on his side for a waza-ari (seven point score). However, due to the way his opponent landed from the throw he was unable to continue the contest.
Emyr returned home with a well deserved bronze medal.
Emyr would like to thank UWIC and Carmarthen Judo Club for their support and Steve Clarke and Neil Rodgers for their assistance on the day.