Anglia Ruskin student set for World Cup showdown

Published: 28 September 2011 at 15:15

Judo ace Danny Williams to face fierce competition at Liverpool event

Anglia Ruskin University student Danny Williams is preparing to face the world’s best judo stars at the GB World Cup in Liverpool this weekend (October 1-2).

Williams, who is beginning the second year of a BSc (Hons) in Sports Coaching (European Judo Union) at Anglia Ruskin in Cambridge, has been named in a 24-man squad to compete at Liverpool’s Echo Arena.

The 22-year-old, who trains full time with Camberley Judo Club, will be hoping to improve on the recent World Championships in Paris, which saw him lose in the third round to highly-rated Russian Mansur Isaev.

Williams, the reigning U73kg British Champion, will also be keen to impress the British Judo Association’s new performance director Daniel Lascau, in what will be the biggest judo competition held in the country ahead of next summer’s Olympic Games.

“Last week I was training in France which was useful as it helps to have different sessions against different faces,”

said Williams.

“The last three weeks’ training has been really intensive but during the week running up to the event I’ve been easing off a little. In the last few days you can’t really make big changes; it’s just a case of staying sharp.

“At the moment I’m not thinking too much about the Olympics as that’s not until next year. I’m just taking it one competition at a time and this weekend will be a big event – I’ve been told there will be competitors from 34 different countries.

“I wouldn’t say I’m out to prove a point after the World Championships, because I was quite happy with how I performed in Paris and I lost a very close fight against the No 1 Russian, who was ranked No 6 in the world at the time. But of course I want to do as well as I can this weekend as it’s a World Cup competition and results there will have a bearing on Olympic selection.”