Rising judo star wins gold

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A YOUNG judo star is celebrating after winning a gold medal in just a few seconds.

Whytrig Middle School pupil Connor Smith, 12, won gold at the British Judo Association’s Schools Championships at Sheffield in the Under-50kg category.

At the same event, Stephen Nugent, 14, of Newcastle’s St Cuthbert’s School, won silver in the Under-73kg.

Stephen’s brother Michael, 17, and Sebastian Dadbin, also 17, who attends Whitley Bay High School, both just missed out on any medals with a fifth place finish in the Under-73kg and Under-55kg categories, respectively.

They all train at Lakeside Judo Club in Killingworth.