Fifth national title for Norfolk Olympian Colin Oates at British Judo Championships

Colin Oates won the under-81kg class at the British Judo Championships 2016. Picture: PA/Barrington

Colin Oates won the under-81kg class at the British Judo Championships 2016. Picture: PA/Barrington Coombs - Credit: PA Wire/Press Association Images

Norfolk Olympian Colin Oates stepped up two weight categories at the British Championships in Sheffield at the weekend – and still came away with a gold medal.

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Oates, one of two Olympians in the field, competed in the Under-81kg section and displayed fantastic judo throughout the day.

He breezed through the pool stages, with one contest lasting just seven seconds, before seeing off an inspired Owen Livesey, with a single Wazari separating them once time had expired.

It was a timely boost for the North Lopham man after a disappointing Olympics in Rio when he made an early exit from the competition.

'It was probably one of my better fighting days at any weight in terms of the judo I produced,' said Oates on his Facebook page.


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'The most important part for me was not about winning the event. It was more the fun of enjoying judo without having to do the grind of weight-cutting.

'I could fight more relaxed and open up which led to some nice pieces of judo which I was really proud of and I'm happy to become British senior champion for the fifth time.'

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