Birmingham Commonwealth Games: Kody Andrews leads surprise Kiwis judo medal haul

Birmingham Commonwealth Games: Kody Andrews leads surprise Kiwis judo medal haul

Kiwi judoka Kody Andrews has led a surprise run of Commonwealth Games judo medals at Birmingham, capturing silver in the +100kg division final - the heaviest weight class contested.

Earlier, Sydnee Andrews and Moira de Villiers both won their bronze-medal matches, bringing the New Zealand return to three medals from the Coventry Arena.

Kody Andrews could not overcome Canadian opponent Marc Deschenes, who quickly had his opponent pinned on the mat and in big trouble. Andrews briefly escaped that initial assault, but could not withstand the attack, eventually conceding the contest via ippon. 

Kody Andrews reacts to his judo final defeat at Birmingham
Kody Andrews reacts to his judo final defeat at Birmingham. Photo credit: Getty

He reached the gold-medal match with earlier wins over Dominic Dugasse of Seychelles in quarter-finals and Sebastien Perrinne of Mauritius in the semis.

"It's one of those things," admitted Andrews. "I wish the result was different, but we've got some wok-ons, now which is brilliant, so we'll see how this goes in the next couple of years.

"Honestly, this is amazing, and the fact I get to share this experience with my team and my family, it's a good moment.

"We boost each other up in the long term. If one of us is struggling, we're all struggling, so we're always trying to raise each other up.

"I got the Commonwealth medal today, but it's all our medal - not just mine."

De Villiers' medal added to her silver at Glasgow 2014, after which she stepped away from the sport to have a family with teammate and husband Jason Koster, who was eliminated in repechages of the men's -100kg division at Birmingham.

De Villiers beat NZ teammate Hayley Mackey in her quarter-final, but lost to eventual gold medallist Emma Reid of England in the semis, before overcoming Ayuk Otay Arrey Sophina from Cameroon for her medal.

"I'm so glad I was able to represent New Zealand and get us another medal," she said. "I just knew she would gas after a minute and I had to keep going after a dogfight.

"I'm ruthless on the ground, so I knew I was going to get it.

"I didn't get what I came for, but I still wanted to achieve something. It's really important for me, because coming back from my daughter, I've only just competed internationally this year in this weight."  

Sydnee Andrews acquired her bronze with a victory over England's Sarah Hawkes, after bowing out to Indian Tulika Maan in the semis.