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Judoka Jack Hatton Wins First-Ever Grand Prix Medal With Bronze In Zagreb

By Gary R. Blockus | Sept. 30, 2017, 8:40 p.m. (ET)

Jack Hatton celebrates at the IJF Zagreb Grand Prix on Sept. 30, 2017 in Zagreb, Croatia.

 

U.S. judoka Jack Hatton won a bronze medal on Saturday at the Zagreb Grand Prix in Croatia. It was the first medal for an American in the Zagreb competition, which continues through Sunday.

Hatton, a native of Wakefield, Massachusetts, who was competing in the 81 kg. division, won his first two matches in pool D before falling to Italy’s Antonio Esposito. However, Hatton came back to beat Argentina’s Emmanuel Lucenti and then Belgium’s Joachim Bottieau in repechage to take the bronze. Esposito, ranked 10th in the world, also won a bronze medal.

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The bronze was Hatton’s first medal in grand prix competition. The 22-year-old’s previous best grand prix finish was fifth this past June in Cancun, Mexico. Ranked 23rd in the world, Hatton also won two Pan American Open events this past March, one in Argentina and one in Chile.

2016 Olympians Nick Delpopolo, Colton Brown and Angelica Delgado are among the 14 U.S. athletes competing at this week’s competition.

In other competitions on Saturday, Delgado (women’s 52 kg.) and Adonis Diaz (men’s 60 kg.) finished fifth and seventh, respectively.

Gary R. Blockus is a journalist from Allentown, Pennsylvania who has covered multiple Olympic Games. He is a freelance contributor to TeamUSA.org on behalf of Red Line Editorial, Inc.

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