Judo: Isobel Kitchen takes gold at European Cup and silver at Commonwealth Judo Games

Date published: 11 October 2019


16-year-old Isobel Kitchen from Rochdale Judo Club won gold in the 57kg weight category at the Cadet European Judo Cup in Crete on Sunday 6 October.

Coach Andy Merchant said: “On the way Isobel beat world ranking opponents, including Anna Ioannou from the host nation in the quarter final, the favourite Charlotte Von Leopoldt from Germany in a tightly contested semi-final and Verena Hiden from Austria in the final.

Greek European Cup Champion and Gold medallist Isobel Kitchen with her Coach Andy Merchant from Rochdale Judo Club
Greek European Cup Champion and Gold medallist Isobel Kitchen with her Coach Andy Merchant from Rochdale Judo Club

Isobel also represented England in the Commonwealth Judo Games in the West Midlands at the end of September and won the silver medal in the under 21s as well as medalling in her own category, under 18s.

 

Isobel Kitchen Commonwealth Silver Under 21 Medalist
Isobel Kitchen Commonwealth Silver Under 21 Medalist 

 

Andy said: “After dominating the domestic calendar over the past 12 months, winning Wales, Scotland, Ireland and England Opens, this is Isobel’s best European result to date and now places her into the top world rankings in her age group.”

Isobel will next fight in Japan as part of an elite British team training squad.

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