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.
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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.