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PUBLISHED: 16:35 10 June 2009 | UPDATED: 13:35 24 August 2010

Purple patch: Brent's judo team

Purple patch: Brent's judo team

THERE was brilliant success for Brent at the London Youth Games Judo and Karate events last weekend, with some excellent performances helping to place the borough at the top of the table. Competitors from Willesden Judo Club...

THERE was brilliant success for Brent at the London Youth Games Judo and Karate events last weekend, with some excellent performances helping to place the borough at the top of the table.

Competitors from Willesden Judo Club represented the borough at the Judo event at Crystal Palace on Saturday, and they did superbly with five of the six participants picking up medals.

Jack Galvin took silver in the under-34kg category, while Brandon Orteg-Casey fought outstandingly to win gold in the under-38kg event, and Luke Bradish took bronze in the under-46kg.

Alaniese Breen - the sole female competitor from the group - battled her way to gold for the junior girls, and Cevan Hudson narrowly missed out on a place in the final, taking bronze in the semis. Sam Gulaidi-Breen also fought impressively in the under-66kg.

On Sunday it was the turn of the young competitors of Kilburn Karate Club and, under the guidance of coach Mark Tetsola with help from Kirk Kitt and Anthony Koussa, the medals flowed again.

The event started well for Brent with Antoinette Koussa winning the gold medal for the 'kata' event, involving a pattern of karate movements performed as an individual. The competition then moved onto the 'kumite' events.

Yasmine Tetsola fought off strong competition to take the bronze medal in the girl's event, and Warren Tetsola rounded off the competition by winning all his fights in the top male weight category.

The nail-biting final went down to the last few seconds, with Warren narrowly missing out on the top spot, but taking a well-deserved silver medal.


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