Ealing's Nekoda Davis fights for Commonwealth Games gold in Glasgow this evening after surviving a semi-final about as close as you can get.
Davis’ clash with Canadian cadet World Champion Jessica Kimklait was scoreless in the regulation four minutes and so became the only semi-final of the day to be settled by a golden score in overtime.
Amid rising tension the 21-year-old kept her cool to force an infringement from her opponent which settled the contest.
Davis admitted it had been her hardest fight in a while against a technically gifted judoka and while it may not have been pretty to watch it was all about the win.
“It was such a tight match – one of the tightest I’ve had in a while.
“The Canadian is very young but she just came out of cadets where she won the world championships. I’d seen some of her junior results and I knew she was going to be a tough fight.
“She is very good at drops so if you walk onto her you leave yourself open to that. So the idea was just to get a hand on and pull her towards me and that is what I do my training on anyway, by just getting on the sleeve and trying to get control.
“It was not my best judo I would have to admit, but if it gets the job done it gets the job done.”
The semi-final triumph followed a convincing last-eight win over Wales’ Kirsty Powell and means Davis must face home favourite Stephanie Inglis for gold this evening.
Between now and then the race is on to build up lactic acid again, so an appointment with bananas was on the agenda.
She added: “I have to have a lot of rest and get my lactic acid levels up as I can’t feel my forearms at the moment.
“I have got lots of bananas and stuff – things that are easy to get down.
“Then I’ll warm up[ again like it is a new day and my first fight.”
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