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Posted 31st May 2012
European Championships Medal Success
In what was a frustrating championships for the England squad, it was down to one of the squads established members to raise morale... and register us on the medal table! So when Jonathan Mottram stepped up to win bronze medal final in the men’s senior kata, the cheer and excitement from England’s athletes, and supporters was clear for all to see (and hear!).
Jonathan had performed superbly in the eliminations on day one of the competition, and a semi-final clash with Italy’s imperious Luca Veldesi was always on the cards. Though Jonathan performed superbly, it was Valdesi that took the match. Perhaps the flags did not reflect how close the actual match was, but Valdesi is unique talent and deserved winner. At any other period of time, against other opponents, the outcome might have been different. However, it was not to be, and Jonathan who was clearly disappointed needed to pick himself up and prepare for the Bronze final against the very talented Urik from Slovakia.
The Slovakian was up first, and did an excellent Annan. Jonathan would have to be on his game. Looking determined, he exploded into an impeccable Kanku Sho demonstrating excellent rhythm and timing, with lightening turns, and crisp sharp power. There was silence and held breaths as the referee called for hantei… then after what seemed an age (and perhaps a double checking counting of the flags), Jonathan had done it. Bronze to Jonathan and England! His relief and joy obvious, and clearly had a weakening effect on his knees J
It was just reward for all his hard work over the year and previous years. Jonathan has not only had to train himself, but has also been coaching the National kata squad who have been collecting more medals than at any other time in England’s competitive kata history.
It was England’s act last act in the championship, but a wonderful way to finish.
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