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Wokingham judoka Ben Fletcher picks up a bronze medal in Turkey

Ben Fletcher bronze Antalya
Ben Fletcher won a bronze medal in Baku

BEN FLETCHER clinched a bronze medal at the Antalya Grand Prix in Turkey.

Competing for Ireland, the Wokingham-based judoka defeated Austrian Aaron Fara in his first round match of the under-100kg contest before seeing off Danilo Pantic.

But he had to go through the repecharge to try and end the day with a medal following defeat to Azerbaijan’s Zelym Kotsoiev.

Back-to-back victories secured a bronze with wins over Saidzhalol Saidov and Hungarian Miklos Cirjenic to continue his impressive start to 2018.

“A hell of a day scrapping out here in Antalya,” said Fletcher.

“Really happy with my overall performance.

“There are always things that I can improve on but I’m happy with the result, especially off the back of a disappointing weekend in Tbilisi.

“As always, thank you to everyone who supports me.

“Now for a few days training in the sun before the final preparations for the European Championships in Tel Aviv.”

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