22nd March 2005





A Psychology student from the University of Lincoln won the British Universities Judo Championship at the weekend.


David Lamb (21), from Messingham near Scunthorpe, triumphed to win all six of his fights by ippon – the term used to describe a top score knockout – to be crowned British Universities Champion.


His achievement would have qualified David to represent the university in the World Student Games held in Turkey in August, but the host nation recently withdrew judo as an inclusive sport of the games in favour of wrestling.


The competition was held in Walsall on Saturday and Sunday.


David has already been selected to form part of the British senior elite judo team after being awarded the bronze medal at the British Senior Trials in December last year.


He also competed in his first senior international competition in Belgium in January.


David trains at the Haltemprice Judo Club in Hull two to three times a week but aims to train full-time after he completes his degree at the university.


“It’s a great shame that the World Student Games have excluded judo, as I know that David would be a great representative for Lincoln and the UK,” said the university’s Athletic Union President Phil Bell.


“The AU has supported Dave throughout his preparation and he has made us extremely proud of his achievements despite the news of the unlucky Turkish competition decision.”


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