Dutch judo victory for Toon’s John

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A BUCHAN judo enthusiast has won a gold medal for Team GB at an international competition in The Netherlands.

Peterhead’s John Kane took on four opponents at the Shensu Championships in Venray, bringing one competitor to the ground in just fifteen seconds.

The 25-year-old, who trains twice per week at Aberdeen Judo Club, impressed judges with his exemplary technique and professional style.

The high-flying Team GB also won all three team matches in emphatic fashion as they ran out 6-1 winners in each round to take the gold medal with 12 of those victories coming by way of ippon.

Father of one John was chosen for the Great British Special Needs team last year after selectors spotted him at a competition in Bristol.

Mum Denne Thompson said: “Selectors were impressed with his technique and drive. He’s done really well so far. If you slip up, you’re off the team.”

John’s win was no mean feat after a twelve hour journey by plane and bus to the town, 115km south of Amsterdam.

Denne added: “John did really well, especially after only five hours sleep!”

Fellow Aberdeen judokas Jack Ford (11) and Greg Morrison (12) took a bronze and silver respectively.

John, who moved to Peterhead from Edinburgh eight years ago, looks forward to next returning to Holland in March.