Inverurie’s Stuart misses out on bronze medal

Stuart McWatt, right, in action at the 2015 Junior European Championships.
Stuart McWatt, right, in action at the 2015 Junior European Championships.

Inverurie’s Stuart McWatt just missed out on a medal at the 2015 Junior European Judo Championships in Oberwart, Austria.

On Saturday he was in action in the -81kg category and after receiving a bye into the second round produced some powerful judo to see off Yahor Varapayeu (Belarus), Idan Vardi (Israel) and Dominik Druzeta (Croatia) in his first three contests to secure a place in the final four against Dutch judoka Frank De Wit.

In an exciting encounter Stuart had a score wiped off and as a result was unable to come back, losing out by two shidos.

This put him into the bronze medal contest where he lost out in a hard-fought encounter to Joao Martinho, of Portugal.

Stuart will next be in action at the Glasgow European Judo Open at the Emirates Arena on Saturday, October 10.