Judo: Silver service for Staddon

PUBLISHED: 14:00 25 September 2017

Dagenham's Kelly Staddon (left) won silver at the European Open in Belgrade (pic European Judo Union)

Dagenham's Kelly Staddon (left) won silver at the European Open in Belgrade (pic European Judo Union)


Dagenham’s Kelly Staddon struck silver at the European Open in Belgrade at the weekend.

And it represented a first senior world ranking medal for Staddon, who now trains at the British Judo Centre of Excellence in Walsall.

Staddon, competing in the under-48kg category, started her day with a win over Krisztina Tatar, of Romania, by ippon, and then beat Finland’s Marianne Kosonen, a judoka she had twice beaten, with a waza-ari.

That set up a final meeting against former World Junior bronze medalist Alexandra Pop, also of Romania, and it proved to be a close-fought contest.

Neither judoka was able to gain much of an advantage during the bout, but with less than 30 seconds to go it was Pop who took the lead with a waza-ari.

And despite applying late pressure, Ford Judo Club member Staddon was unable to get a score back and had to settle for a well deserved silver medal.

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