Shaw goes out with a bang

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COMMONWEALTH Games bronze medallist Mark Shaw was ‘over the moon’ to overcome a serious shoulder injury and finish his judo career with a medal.

The Horsea Island-based Royal Navy diver placed third for Wales in the over 100kg category on Saturday after beating New Zealand’s Sam Rosser.

The 35-year-old, who announced that the Glasgow event would be his swansong, was battling an injury in his right shoulder throughout the competition.

However, the Lieutenant Commander went through the pain barrier to beat Rosser in just over two minutes and delivered an Ippon by hold-down to secure the podium position.

He said: ‘I was absolutely over the moon to finish my competitive judo career with a bronze medal at the Commonwealth Games.

‘It was the perfect ending for me.

‘I can look back now and say I’m more than pleased.’

Shaw’s bronze was Wales’ second judo medal in Glasgow.

It came just moments after Natalie Powell claimed Wales’ first ever Commonwealth judo gold medal.

She beat England’s Gemma Gibbons in the final.

‘I watched her win gold just before me and that was a massive boost,’ he said.

‘There was a hell of a lot of pressure after that as I wanted to follow that up.

‘I was very apprehensive and nervous because it was my last chance.

‘I didn’t want to walk away from Glasgow without a medal, so I was so relieved.’

Shaw now retires from judo after nearly three decades in the sport.



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