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Enfield judoka Prisca Awiti claimed a gold medal at the Sainsbury’s 2013 School Games
6:00pm Thursday 26th September 2013 in Sport
Enfield judoka Prisca Awiti insists beating a rather different international field at the Sainsbury’s 2013 School Games was one of the most satisfying outcomes of her year so far.
The 17-year-old won all three her of Pool A matches by ippon to set up a semi-final clash with England teammate Acelya Toprak, which she also came through to reach the gold-medal match.
Waiting for her in the -63kg final was Erika Ferreira – one of a contingent of Brazilian athletes invited to compete in preparation for the Rio 2016 Olympics – and she won courtesy of a yuko.
And Awiti, who attends Enfield College, believes the extra incentive to beat a Brazilian athlete, something that just one other competitor managed, was exactly what she needed to win gold.
“It feels really good to have won. I always knew the final was going to be a tough fight but I just stuck with it and got through it so I’m happy,” said Awiti, who is a member of Enfield Judo Club.
“It was a tough match. In the first minute I just tried to dominate and not get any penalties or anything and once I got the score I just had to defend so it was quite hard.
“It’s great and I don’t think I could have done it without everyone cheering me on. It was great to have the team behind me.
“It’s quite nerve-racking before you go on, your legs are shaking because everyone is watching and it is quite hard to fight.
“I got used to it after a few matches but the final was quite nerve-racking because only one person had beaten a Brazilian before in the whole competition.”
The Sainsbury's 2013 School Games, which is supported by National Lottery funding from Sport England and delivered by the Youth Sport Trust, was held in venues across Sheffield earlier this month. Visit www.2013schoolgames.com for more details.
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