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Daniel Powell and Lachlan Moorhead win Judo gold for England

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Daniel Powell and Lachlan Moorhead both took gold medals for England on day two of Commonwealth Games judo competition at the Coventry Arena.

Powell of Walsall clinched the 73kg title with a golden score win over Faye Njie of Gambia, while Moorhead defeated Canada’s Gauthier Drapeau in the men’s 81kg division.

England won five medals in total, with Gemma Howell taking silver in the -63kg category and bronze medals for Katie-Jemima Yeats-Brown and Kelly Peterson-Pollard, while Wales’ Jasmine Hacker-Jones also won bronze.

Lachlan Moorhead won gold in the men’s -81kg category (Nick Potts)

(PA wire)

Howell, 32, was denied a fairytale comeback after losing to Canadian Catherine Beauchemin-Pinard with a golden score.

Howell, who has undergone 10 surgeries for her sport and almost retired after missing out on a spot at the 2016 Rio Olympics, said she was proud of her achievement in reaching the podium.

“We’ve fought before this year and it went up to eight minutes, so I always knew it was going to be a close fight,” Howell said.

Gemma Howell narrowly ousted by Ippon (Nick Potts/PA)

(PA wire)

“It was always a neck-and-neck race – last time it was my turn, this time she won. I would have preferred it in the Commonwealth, but I tried my best.

“My career has been a rollercoaster ride. I thought I was going to quit in 2016, so I don’t know how I managed to keep going, but I did.”

https://www.independent.co.uk/sport/england-walsall-wales-b2136861.html Daniel Powell and Lachlan Moorhead win Judo gold for England

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