Golden day for Gosport duo Potts and Hopkins

Sam Potts, left, and Sarah Hopkins
Sam Potts, left, and Sarah Hopkins
Lee Bradbury. Picture: Habibur Rahman

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Sam Potts and Sarah Hopkins made it a golden double for Gosport judo club at the Western Area Open.

England squad member Potts was first to complete.

He didn’t hang around either, winning his quarter-final match in just four seconds.

Potts continued his strong form as he threw for wazari in his next contest, and finished with a hold down, completing the job in 40 seconds this time.

The final was next for the man from Locks Heath.

It was more of a challenge but Potts showed his quality to secure the victory.

Hopkins said: ‘The final took a little longer as the fighter was strong and awkward.

‘But Sam’s experience shone through and he threw his player and followed it up with the hold down.’

European Masters champion Hopkins was fighting against the youngsters and showed she’s still the woman to beat.

She picked up three wins from three fights in the under-78kg category.

Then she had to fight an over-78kg opponent and made it four out of four.

Hopkins said: ‘We were in a pool of three. Two of us were under 78kg and the other person over 78kg.

‘It was decided the under-78kg had a best-of-three fights, well I won all three fights, then had the over 78kg to fight.

‘This last fight was a test of my fitness and experience and I came away with the win.’

Hopkins will be heading to Malaga, Spain, in September, where she is aiming to defend her World Masters veteran title.

She is coached by her husband Derek at Gosport.

Her impressive performance to win the Western Area Open crown is certainly good sign ahead of the trip to Spain.