UEL judo players win British championship medals

sophiecox142.jpgTwo of UEL's elite scholarship athletes and Team GB hopefuls for London 2012 got an early taste of medal success at the British Closed Judo Championships in Sheffield.

Sophie Cox, who represented Great Britain at the 2004 Olympics, won gold in the under 52kg category, while Gemma Gibbons claimed silver in the under 70kg category.

Cox said: "This is my sixth British title, but it means a lot to have a solid start to the year. I feel confident now that I am ready to tackle the challenges of the coming months with the aim being to reach my peak by the start of the Olympics."

Last weekend's event was the last domestic competition before Olympic selection and both players have boosted their chances.

Elizabeth Egan, UEL's high performance sport manager, said: "It's nice to see that judo is really taking off at UEL and that Sophie and Gemma are still very much in the running for the London 2012 Games. At the same time, we also have Szandra Szogedi who is a strong contender for the Ghanaian team.

"This clearly shows UEL is attracting elite judo competitors and that we are making a serious claim to become the number one university for sport in London by 2015."

Kleovoulos Loucaides, who is also an elite scholarship athlete, picked up a silver medal at the recent Cyprus Senior Judo Championships.