Euan Burton celebrates gold in Glasgow

Euan Burton psyches himself up for his Under-100kg bid ' a tactic which ultmately proved successful. Picture: David Finch (Getty Images)
Euan Burton psyches himself up for his Under-100kg bid ' a tactic which ultmately proved successful. Picture: David Finch (Getty Images)
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Euan Burton led a five-star Great Britain show at the European Judo Open at Glasgow’s Emirates Arena.

The Edinburgh judoka captured the Under-100kg title, beating Great Britain team-mate Ben Fletcher in the final by ippon to provide a fitting finale to a spectacular event.

Burton is enjoying an Indian summer to his career after stepping up two weight categories at the age of 34, and Glasgow 2014 is now a genuine target for him even though he still maintains his priority is coaching.

Great Britain won five medals over the weekend, and Ratho-based Colin Oates also took gold in the Under-66kg event.

Fletcher won silver after losing to Burton and there were bronze medals for Scot Matt Purssey and London’s Theo Spalding-McIntosh at Under-90kg.

“That’s five medals – two golds – and four of the medallists train at Ratho. It’s healthy – for British Judo, it doesn’t really matter where the medals come from, as long as they come but it’s good for our training group,” Burton stated after his victory.

Having also struck gold at the European Cup in Belgrade last month, the world and European medallist shows he can still cut it at the top level.

Burton won both of his pool matches, beating Andrew Jacobs (USA) and Jorge Fonseca (Portugal) and reached the final by ippon with a waza-ari throw over Australian Under-21 champion Elijah Shuumans.

James Austin, who also hopes to compete for Scotland at Glasgow 2014, had to be content with seventh place in the same weight category after being thrown for ippon by Fonseca in the repechage.

There was a bronze for Purssey in the Under-90kg event. He lost to Italian Giuliano Loporchio in the semi-finals to face GB team-mate Michael Horley for bronze.

Purssey won the contest with 50 seconds left with waza-ari throw to take his medal.

In the heavyweight class, Edinburgh’s Chris Sherrington lost his bronze medal contest to Jan Pinta (Czech Republic) by an ippon arm-lock with three minutes remaining. The Edinburgh player, who lost to Pierre Alexandre Robin (France) in his pool, finished fifth.

On Saturday, Portobello’s Patrick Dawson missed out on a semi-final place in the Under-73kg when he lost to eventual winner, Italian Marco Maddaloni.

Dawson had to settle for seventh place overall after losing in the repechage to Israel’s Tomer Zakheim by ippon.