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World judo bronze for rugby player

14 November 2012

  • Bournville player/coach shines in Miami
  • Allen adds bronze to British and Commonwealth titles

Bournville player/coach Jason Allen won a bronze medal at the Grand Masters World Judo Championships in Miami at the weekend.

Allen, who is the Commonwealth and British Masters champion, took bronze in the M4-100kg category.

He beat Vitezslav Votruba from the Czech Republic then Frenchman Francis Votruba but was edged out by Russian Igor Deryugin in his semi-final.

Allen, 44, bounced back to beat Thierry Cardoso of France to take the bronze, one of 13 individual medals won by Great Britain at the competition.

Allen, whose judo exploits are followed with keen interest by his team-mates at National Three Midlands club Bournville, works as a community rugby development officer for the British Judo Association in the Midlands.

He played rugby for Exmouth, his hometown club, as well as in the RAF and is a popular figure at Bournville where he plays and is part of the coaching team.