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Judo heroes

Karen Briggs - England   Karen Briggs - England
Auckland 1990
 

Four times world judo champion Karen Briggs scooped the gold medal in the 1990 Games and is widely regarded as the most successful British woman in the sport.

Briggs now teaches the sport to youngster in the city of Hull at her own judo club helping to bring new kids into the sport

 
Neil Adams - England   Neil Adams - England
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Neil Adams, along with Brian Jacks, helped to introduce the British public to the art of judo. Twice Olympic silver medallist he was so fondly regarded in Japan he was awarded the name of "Happo Bigin" or "Everyone's friend".

Adams became the first Britain to ever win gold in the World Championships and now runs his own club in Coventry and teaches the sport to classes around the world.

 
Brian Jacks - England   Brian Jacks - England
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Brian Jacks was another familiar sporting face on sporting programmes in the early 1980s His regular winning appearances on the globally successful 'Superstars' series turned him into a household name in England.

Career-wise, Jacks was the youngest ever British eighth-dan and he competed in over 3000 tournaments world-wide. He is now president of a judo club in Kent, England where he continues to attract youngsters to the sport.

 
Elvis Gordon - England   Elvis Gordon - England
Auckland 1990
 

Besides his gold medal in New Zealand, Elvis represented his country at judo at three consecutive Olympic Games in the heavyweight category.

Since his success Elvis has gone on to a successful career in sumo wrestling rising quickly through the ranks in the ancient far eastern discipline.

 
Dianne Bell - England
Auckland 1990

After winning gold in Auckland Dianne Bell went on to represent Britain in the 1992 and 1996 Olympics before taking charge of the British ladies team as manager.

It was in the 61kg weight that Bell made her mark on the international scene amongst, at that time, the dominant English judo team

 
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