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Final judo medals won


Canada's Nicolas Gill and Fiji's Nacani Qerewaqa were the outstanding performers on the third and final day of the Judo at Manchester 2002.

Samantha Lowe

Samantha Lowe (white) and Amanda Costello at the G-MEX Centre

Gill, who dispatched all four of his opponents in less than five minutes, looked comfortable throughout, while Qerewaqa won all of his fights by Ippon and brought Fiji their first gold of the Manchester Games.

It was a successful evening for the Fijian team, which also won a bronze with Sisilia Nasiga in the womenís 70kg category.

In the evening session Gill, the Sydney 2000 Olympic silver medallist, beat Antoni Felcite of Mauritius in the semi-final in just 13 seconds, and Sam Delahay in the gold medal final in less than three minutes.

In the three womenís categories Samantha Lowe (70kg), Michelle Rogers (78kg) and Simone Callender (over 78kg) all took gold medals for England to take the home nationís tally to eight, more than half the gold medals on offer.

Lowe was involved in an aggressive semi-final with Scot Amanda Costello which she narrowly edged, before strangling Canadian Catherine Roberge in the final to win.

In the 78kg final Rogers beat Wales' Jo Mellen by a double Yuko, while Callender outclassed all four of her rivals in a round-robin format in the over 78kg. Wales' Angharad Sweet took the silver and Stephanie Hart of Scotland the bronze.

The other bronzes came from Costello in the 70kg category, Canadian Jacynthe Maloney and Cameroons' Christelle Okodombe in the 78kg, Felicite and Australian Martin Kelly in the 100kg, and Nigerian Emeka Ouyemachi and Daniel Rusitovic of Australia in the over 100kg class.

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