2010 British Masters
28th August 2010

Pictured above: David O'Doherty and Gavin Archibald

On Sunday Kin Ryu Judo Club fighters Gavin Archibald and David O’Doherty were celebrating after winning medals at the British Judo Masters Open held at the Welsh Institute for Sport in Cardiff.

This event is Great Britain’s top event for Masters (fighters over 30) and both players knew they would have to perform at the highest level in order to medal.

First to fight was David in the 40-45yrs, U66kg weight category.

After a shaky start, losing his first fight, David got into his stride winning his second fight with a perfectly executed armlock to make his opponent submit.

On his third fight David’s opponent pushed him all the way and David was losing after conceding 2 small scores early on in the fight, but in the dying seconds David took advantage of a poorly executed throw by his opponent to counter him and win in spectacular form with 12 seconds left of the fight.

This secured him the silver medal.

Following him was Gavin who has been out of the sport for over a year but had trained hard and was determined to come back in top form.

Gavin was also in the 40-45 age group, but in the U81kg weight category.

Gavin easily won his first 3 fights all with perfectly executed throws to take the top spot in the final rounds.

In the semi-final he was drawn against a French player who pushed him hard to take the fight into golden score (first score wins), Gavin fought hard but couldn’t hold on until the end of the fight receiving a penalty which finished the fight but left him in the Bronze medal position but as the highest medalling British player in his group.

This is a great achievement for both players and a fitting reward for all their hard work.

Well done to all!