Bronze medal for judo Jodie

Jodie Caller
Jodie Caller

Jodie Caller picked up a bronze medal representing Great Britain at the Cadet European Judo Championships in Estonia.

Jodie, part of the Renzoku Judo Club in Bletchley, has had a torrid season so far, with injuries hampering her progress.

Having not accrued enough points to be seeded for the competition, she had to await her fate in the early round draw.

After winning her first contest against Volha Korkhava from Belarus by submission using a strangle technique, Jodie had an epic eight minute battle with Russian Katerina Dotcenko, in which Jodie finally came out triumphant.

In the quarter finals Jodie was eventually defeated by Yuliya Khramova from Ukraine and had to fight back through the repechage for a change to reach the bronze medal fight.

After seeing off Farida Hasankhanova from Azerbaijan, she was in the in the bronze medal fight.

Jodie was up against the highly rated French girl Sarah Harachi but in a stunning performance Jodie threw her opponent onto her back and claimed the first major European medal of her career so far.

If this was not reward enough for all her hard work, this fantastic result sees Jodie qualify automatically for the Cadet World Judo Championships, which are to be held in August in Miami.

Jodie’s personal coach Dave Clarke was delighted with the result, which is the highest achievement for a player Renzoku’s history.