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Tatami Judoka brings home 12 medals

Tatami Judoka represented Johannesburg well at the 2024 ranking trials in Pretoria.

Fifteen judokas from the Tatami Judo Club in Bryanston entered the first Judo South Africa National Ranking and trials selection event for 2024.

Members of the Tatami club performed very well at the event, bringing home 12 medals: nine gold, one silver and two bronzes.

The prestigious judo event was held at the University of Pretoria’s Groenkloof Campus on earlier this year.

Andrew Coucourakis-Vermaak, Matthew Hunt and Luca Kyriacou each won gold medals at the event.

“The Tatami judo athletes excelled in the trials with some fantastic performances and achievements on the national stage,” said club founder sensei Basil Smith. “Performing so well under pressure is also testament to fitness, discipline and fortitude which is what the sport is all about.”

Tatami Judo Club congratulates all their athletes who brought medals home.

Tatami Judoka Kenneth Acquah won gold at the event.

Gold medal winners: Adam Isabelle, Kayden Wethmar, Neo Mogase-Williams, Tyrone Sharnock, Ezekiel Jingose, Andrew Coucourakis-Vermaak, Luca Kyriacou, Kenneth Acquah and Matthew Hunt.

Silver medallist: Abbigail Le Clos

Bronze medallists: Koketso Rammutla and Dean Stern.

“The Tatami judo athletes excelled in the trials with some fantastic performances and achievements on the national stage,” Smith concluded.

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