A great weekend for GB judo player Peter Vincent who became Flemish National Heavyweight Judo Champion.
Peter representing his club Kawaishi Ingelmunster and the Province of West Flanders took the first fight against Raf Heylen of Herenhout by ippon. He then faced Sebastiaan Geeraert of Samurai Ronse in the Quarter Final with another ippon.
In the semi final he faced Alan Dzangaziyev of Lummen who also succumbed to an ippon score setting up the final with Has De Vos of East Flanders who was the current Flemish Champion. The fight was close with both fighters having beaten each other this year but Peter pulled out a big throw to score ippon and take the title.
‘I had a feeling that if I got to the final Hans would be waiting. This has made all of the training worthwhile. I knew I had to go out with a plan, my plan worked but it won’t be the last time we fight as he is a top player and great sportsman’.
Due to results not going well for Peters rivals in the GB Open in Scotland on the same day Peter became British Heavyweight number 1 due to his points superiority.
‘It’s good to get to the top of the rankings in GB especially as I moved weight groups and had to start from scratch this year. I am looking forward to the Nationals in December which will be tough, there are other competitions I am not doing before the event in GB so the positions could change before December.
Angmering’s Peter Vincent started the first round of the Belgian Championships winning the West Flanders Provincial Championships held in Lenderlede.
Peter scored an ippon win in his first fight against Jonas Himpe of Ruddervoorde following up with an ippon in the semi final against Angelo Van Daele of Brugge. This set up the final with experienced Vincent Heffinck of Hooglede.
A wazari followed by an ippon gave Peter the win sealing Gold and entry into the Flemish National Championships as West Flanders Champion.
‘I had a good day today and it is always difficult fighting in a knock out rather than a pool as a slip up will mean you only fight for the Bronze so I had to keep focused’.
‘I am looking forward to the Flemish Nationals next week and it is important for me to become Flemish Champion and is a main aim for this year’.