Potts regroups to pick up medal after battle with Groom

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Sam Potts was pleased with his overall performance as he picked up a bronze medal at the Welsh Open on Sunday.

The Gosport judo player won three of his four fights.

His only defeat came against the current British Closed champion David Groom in the semi-final.

That contest could have gone either way.

Potts felt it was an error he made that cost him a chance to fight for gold.

But he was able to look on the positive side after some dominant displays in the under-90kg category.

Potts said: ‘My semi-final was going well and was quite even but then I made a mistake and ended up getting held down.

‘I then had the fight for bronze against Reece Calder and I won it quite comfortably.

‘I didn’t concede any score, or anything, and I threw him for wazari – the second highest score you can get.

‘Then shortly after I threw him for ippon which is the maximum score and the fight was over.

‘I had four fights in total and I won the first two by maximum score.

‘Although I lost the semi-final, people said to me “it could have gone either way”.

‘I felt like I lost it, more than he beat me. It was close.

‘He’s good and he’s a bit older than me.’

Potts is now back training in Bath at the university.

The Great Britain senior squad member has managed to find work that allows him the flexibility to keep the intensity of training he needs to compete at the top level.

His next target is a strong performance in the Senior British Championships at the English Institute of Sport in Sheffield on December 14.

He can go into that competition in confident mood.

Potts said: ‘The three fights I won in the Welsh were all quite comfortable. I felt quite dominant.

‘Even against David, I felt much better, much more comfortable against him than when I lost to him at the British Championships last year.

‘I am glad I made the mistake at the Welsh Open, and not at the British Championships.

‘The job in Bath has worked out perfectly. It allows me to do the training I need.’