Angmering judoka Peter Vincent took a hard fought Bronze medal in the Heavyweight division of the Belgian National Championships in Herstal. Peter has been working hard all year for this competition, and to come away with a bronze is a fantastic achievement.
The top four Flemish Belgians (VJF) and the top four Walloon (FFBJ) Belgians from each weight group compete is the top 8 Championships of Belgium. Peter qualified as Flemish number one and faced Edouard Capelle in the quarter final. Peter secured two scoring throws and closed the contest out taking him into the semi final against Quentin Taillefer of France. A mistake on the ground led to defeat for Peter who then faced his Flemish rival Hans De Vos in the fight for Bronze.
A big throw from De Vos gave him a wazari to lead the fight but a calm display of judo led to a wazari throw from Peter into a transition hold to take the Bronze medal.
‘That was a very tough competition but my aim was a medal and I fought hard to get it. It is unusual for a British player to secure a medal in the Belgian Nationals but I am able to compete there as I represent a Belgian Club, J C Kawaishi, Ingelmunster, in the league there’.
‘I had to go through the provincials and regionals to qualify so I am pleased with the result. I took 5th place there in under 100Kg last year so it was good to improve’.
Next year will be Peter’s move up to Olympic qualifying with European Cups and if he gets the results in these Euro ranking events he can move up to the Olympic qualifying events. There is a bit of time as the qualification period does not start until 2018 but he can gain world ranking points in advance of this.
Good luck to Peter for the rest of the year and hope he enjoys some well deserved down time over Christmas!
Peter in action against Hans De Vos in the fight for the Bronze medal.