Brothers Rush to claim bronze medals at the London Open

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Two brothers from Rushjudo both came home with bronze medals from the London Open competition at the weekend.

The tournament was a GB ranking event attracting competitors from all over Britain and Europe, and first up to fight was nine-year-old Lewis Fryer.

Lewis and Michael Fryer won bronze medals at the London Open judo competition

Lewis and Michael Fryer won bronze medals at the London Open judo competition

This was the first time he had competed at such a high level event, but he won each of his fights with ease to secure a spot in the semi-final.

The semi was a tense affair against a much more experienced fighter and Lewis narrowly lost out on a penalty.

This put him in the fight for third place which he won in style, picking up a brilliant bronze medal.

Next up were brother and sister duo Josh and Megan Maddison for their first experience at a ranking event.

Megan won her first fight but then lost to the eventual gold medallist, while Josh had a tough group which was littered with England squad players and internationals. He went out in the early rounds but gained valuable experience.

Last up was Michael Fryer, who fought brilliantly to get to the semi-final – beating a long term rival for the first time in the process.

In the semi-final he faced the current GB number 1. Michael had beaten him twice already this year but lost out this time in a really good contest.

This left Michael picking up a bronze – his fourth medal in four GB ranking events. He is now ranked at number 2 and receives an invite to join the England squad for the next national get together.

Rushjudo trains twice a week in Northchurch, on Tuesdays and Fridays. Details can be found at www.rushjudo.co.uk