Martial Art of Wednesday, 18 July 2012
Tuesday 17 July 2012
Ghana judo player Emmanuel Nartey¹s Olympic preparations have been boosted
by winning a medal in his final competition ahead of London 2012.
The Team Bath athlete, who also serves in the British Army, makes a piece of
history when he becomes the first Ghanaian judo player to compete at an
He warmed up for the biggest competition of his life by winning bronze at
the European Cup in Istanbul at the weekend.
Emmanuel, who is finalising his London 2012 preparations at the University
of Bath before moving to the Olympic Village on Monday (23 July), beat
Russia¹s Artur Khakhuk in the battle for the bronze medal in the men¹s
³It was my final preparation, and also a baseline to test my fitness and the
training I¹ve been doing for the last three or four months, so I was pleased
to win a medal,² he said.
³With this result I feel confident and ready for the London 2012 Olympic
Emmanuel said he will be proud to be the first judo player to represent
Ghana at an Olympics and he hopes his performances will prove an inspiration
to other young athletes in Ghana and Africa.
³It will be a proud moment and a big achievement for me to compete at the
Olympics," he said. "It¹s not just about me, it¹s about opening doors for
future generations coming through.²
Juergen Klinger, head judo coach at the University of Bath, will also be
coaching Emmanuel at the Games.
Emmanuel is permanently based at Team Bath and is currently training
alongside two other athletes who are attending preparation camps at the
Sports Training Village ahead of the Games - Kyle Maxwell will represent
Barbados and Sled Dowabobo will compete for Nauru.
All three athletes will compete in the under-73kg class competition on
Monday 30 July.
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