Nekoda Davis won the biggest medal of her career to date as she secured second place – and Great Britain’s first silver medal since 2009 – at last weekend’s World Judo Championships.
The 25-year-old – who won bronze at last year’s Worlds – went into the competition as fifth seed, beating defending champion and world number one Sumiya Dorjsuren in the -57kg semi-final.
Nekoda’s final opponent was world number two and last year’s silver medallist Tsukasa Yoshida from Japan; the six-time Grand Slam gold medallist proved too tough for Nekoda, who was caught twice for waza-ari in quick succession to finish runner-up in Baku.
Speaking to BBC Sport, Nekoda said: “I’m absolutely over the moon. I literally couldn’t have dreamed any of this,”
“The final was tough. She didn’t give me anything, which makes it difficult. I prepared as well as I could, but she was better than me on the day.”
British Judo Performance Director Nigel Donohue commented: “Few athletes medal back-to-back at World Championships level, so to win a second World medal and get to her first World final is an incredible achievement.
“We are confident she has the potential to be the best 57kg athlete in World Judo.”
Visit the British Judo website for a full write-up of Nekoda’s performance at the World Judo Championships 2018.
Next up for Nekoda is the 2018 European Judo Open, taking place on 06-07 October at the Emirates Arena, Glasgow. In the first world-ranking event on British soil in two years, the two-day competition is a chance for nations to kickstart their qualification for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.
Visit https://www.britishjudo.org.uk/glasgow-2018-european-open/ for more information.