College Student Wins Bronze In Judo Tournament

PUBLISHED: 10:46 18 September 2008 | UPDATED: 10:32 04 May 2010

VAL Agafonov - a year 11 student at the City of Ely Community College - fought his way to a bronze medal in the prestigious Heart of England Judo tournament. He was fighting in the over 90kg category at under-16 level, but at 92kg was the lightest competi

VAL Agafonov - a year 11 student at the City of Ely Community College - fought his way to a bronze medal in the prestigious Heart of England Judo tournament.

He was fighting in the over 90kg category at under-16 level, but at 92kg was the lightest competitor in that category.

His first opponent weighed 185kg, and Val made a mistake with his ground technique which allowed his opponent to pin him down for 25 seconds to win.

He recovered from this setback, however, and won his next fight comfortably to claim the bronze at his first competition of the year, and 400 points towards possible selection for the 2008/2009 England squad.

Val is now looking forward to competing in the British Championships - another indication event for the England squad - in a month's time.

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