Arsenal fan Jamal Petgrave delivered judo gold at the Commonwealth Games for England and then admitted he would love to parade the medal at the Emirates Stadium.
Petgrave went into overtime to claim a ‘Golden Score’ victory over Mauritius judoka Remi Feuillet before his thoughts quickly turned to the upcoming Premier League season.
“I’m looking forward to the new season and the documentary ‘All or Nothing’,” said Petgrave after his thrilling win in the men’s 90kg class at the Coventry Arena.
“I hope to go to more games and I would like to show the medal at the stadium.”
Petgrave hails from Carshalton in Surrey but competed effectively on home turf.
The 25-year-old studied sports management at Coventry University and was able to count on the support of his alma mater as well as family and friends.
He said: “I know everything about this arena and to win my first major championship here is very special.
“I had never fought him before and I had to work out him, his strengths and weaknesses.
“When I got to Golden Score I could see him faltering. He was tiring and I had to take the opportunity when it presented itself.”
England won gold again in the women’s -78kg as Emma Reid defeated her ‘idol’ Natalie Powell 1-0 to defeat the Welsh judoka for a second Commonwealth title.
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“I haven’t fought them since I was 16 as we keep missing each other in tournaments as we’re both seeded,” said Royston product Reid, 27, who has fought back after torn ligaments from bone following elbow surgery .
“She’s always been an idol of mine, someone I’ve always looked up to.
“We’re on the same level now but to actually beat them is incredible.”
Reid had collected two yellow cards and a third would have spelled disaster for her gold medal ambitions.
She said: “I was worried because there was a minute left and it puts a lot of pressure on you.
“I just had to be strong and defend their grip.”
Scotland’s Sarah Adlington dramatically repeated her 2014 win in the women’s +78 category.
Adlington trailed 1-0 to India’s Tulika Maan before producing a late game-winning ippon.
She said: “I didn’t really realize what I had been doing in Glasgow and I found it more difficult this time because I knew what it actually means to be a Commonwealth champion.
“Anything but gold would have felt like a disaster. It’s just great to win again and make a piece of history for Scottish judo.”
England pairing Rhys Thompson and Harry Lovell-Hewitt both made it into the 100kg bronze medal match.
Scotland’s Rachel Tytler also took bronze in the women’s -78 kg.
https://www.independent.co.uk/sport/arsenal-emirates-stadium-men-england-mauritius-b2137612.html Arsenal fan Jamal Petgrave wants to show off with the gold medal at the Emirates Stadium