Jodie Caller becomes British judo champion – again

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JUDO star Jodie Caller fought her way to glory at the British Championships once again as she picked up the third national title of her incredible young career.

The Renzoku Judo Cub ace travelled to the Ice Sheffield Arena as the current 52kg U17 British champion, so this time stepped up to the under 57kg category and again achieved fantastic success after an extremely tight final showdown.

In a group of 19 girls, Jodie received a bye in the first round due to her current ranking of number one in the country. And she fought her way through to the semi-finals where not even one of her big rivals could stop her as Jodie threw her opponent to the ground in golden score time to go through to the final.

That meant Jodie came up against a fellow European Championship competitor in the final, who has been in the 57kg section for some time.

In an extremely close match there was no score after four minutes of fighting, and still no score after a further two minutes of golden score time.

So it was down to the three referees to decide who was the most aggressive, competitive and used the better techniques, and a delighted Jodie was given the decision by all three to be crowned British champion for the second year in a row, and third time in her career.

To make it an even better day, after collecting her medal from British Judo director and personal coach, Dave Clark, Jodie was joined on the podium by 2012 Olympian Ashley McKenzie for the photographs.

Five other Renzoku members also fought at the Championships, Chris Wyne-Joyce, Matthew Ashley, Charlie Jones, Sarah Down and Jamie Caller, who came close to a medal but lost in the bronze fight and had to settle for fifth place.