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Coventry Area hosts judo competition at the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games. Starting Monday and over three days, judokas from England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland make up 38 of the 161 competitors in vying to be crowned Commonwealth Champion.

Judo is making a welcome return to the Commonwealth Games program after last appearing at the Games in 2014 with three returning national champions.

Monday 1st

-60kg

Ashley McKenzie will look to defend the title he won in 2014. Seed 3rdMcKenzie’s main competition could come in the form of an England team-mate Sam Roomwho enters as the number one seed.

Dylan Munro and David Ferguson compete for Scotland while Callum Bennet and Dan Rabbit will fight for Wales.

Hall has a first-round bye and will face I Solomon in the second round.

Rabbit will face Zeo Agudoo (GHA) in Round 1 with the winner facing Ferguson who has a pass for the first round.

Bennet will face Thomas Mwenda (TAN) in the first round while McKenzie and Munro also have passes for the first round. Munro will face Wimukthi Premarathna (SRI).

-66kg

At 34, Gregg Varey made its Commonwealth Games debut. The Welshman has already announced that this will be his final year in the sport after taking up a full-time coaching role at Team Bath.

Varey will be joined by Scotland Alexander Short who is seeded 4e and Northern Ireland Nathon Burns which enters as 3rd plant. Callum Nash (Northern Ireland) and Finlay Allan (Scotland) are also in action.

Nas will face Georgios Balarjishvili (CYP) while Short will face Austin Chikwapula (MAW).

Varey has an opener against Bismark Yartey (GHA) with Alain against Mauro Nassone (MOZ). Burns has a first round contest against Patrick Edwin (NGR).

-48kg

england Amy Platten is seeded 3rd. Plateau recently completed her university studies at the University of Nottingham, where she obtained a 1st in neuroscience.

Plateau will be joined by Welsh judoka Ashleigh Barnikel.

Plateau will face Katryna Esposito (MLT) in the first round.

-52kg

Coventry Judo Club Yasmin Javadian will compete under the Northern Ireland flag for the first time.

The No. 6 seed will be joined by Kirsty march and 2014 Commonwealth Games Champion -48kg Kimberley Renicks.

Marsh will face Mariel Kalomor (VAN) while Renicks takes on Sofia Asvesta (CYP) in the first round.

Javadian has a first-round bye and will face Charne Griesel (RSA) in the quarter-finals.

-57kg

Second seed Acelya Toprak and fifth seed Lele Nairne lead the English charge while 7e plant, Malin Wilson will compete for Scotland.

Wilson will face Kamini-Sri Segaran (MAS) in the first round, with the winner advancing to face toprakwho has a pass for the first round.

Nairne also has a first round of exemption before facing Donne Dreytenbach (RSA).

tuesday 2n/a

-63kg

Reigning European Champion, Gemma Howell is the third seed in the -63 kg category behind world number three Catherine Beauchemin-Pinard and world number 11, Katharina Haecker (AUS). The Midland judoka is one of three local judokas in action on day two.

Jasmine Hacker Jones will compete for Wales and is seeded 6e.

howell and Hacker Jones the two have byes to the opening round before facing each other in the quarter-finals.

-70kg

england Kelly Petersen Pollard and Jemima Yeats-Brown lead the -70kg entries, seeded 1st and 3rdrespectively. Yeats-Brown won bronze in Glasgow in the -63kg category after being recalled late following an injury to Caroline Kinnane.

from Northern Ireland Rachel Hawkes is seeded 4e.

Hawkes has an opening contest against Ebony Drysdale-Daley (JAM) with the winner progressing to face Petersen Pollard in the quarter-finals, which has a first round of exemption.

Yeats-Brown will face Shanice Takayawa (FIJ) in the first round.

-73kg

england Daniel Powell is seeded 2n/a and will be joined by 4e plant green joshua from Northern Ireland and Scotland Billy Rodman.

Powell has an opener against Andrew Munnins (BAH) while Rodman will face Jake Bensted (AUS). Green meanwhile has a Round 1 contest against Jelanie Boyce (TTO)

-81kg

england Lachlan Moorhead is seeded 2n/a while Northern Ireland Eoin Fleming is seeded 4e.

Moorhead will face Fatai Muritala (NGR) while Flemish takes on Odysseas Georgakis (CYP).

wednesday 3rd

-78kg

Wales and England top entries with defending champions Natalie Powell and Emma Reid.

Powell jumped ahead Reid in the world rankings after his recent gold medal at the Zagreb Grand Prix.

The pair will be joined by Scotland Rachel Tyler who is seeded 7e.

Powell faces F Agathe (MRI) in the first round while Reid and Tyler were drawn against each other in the quarter-finals.

+78kg

Scotland Sarah Adlington will be looking to defend the title she won in 2014 in front of home fans in Glasgow. She enters as the number 1 seed after her recent gold medal at the European Cup in Winterthur. It will be joined by Northern Ireland Sarah Hawke who is seeded 4th.

Adlington has a bye to the opening round and will open their account in the quarter-finals.

Hawkes also has a bye to the first round and will face Abigail Paduch (AUS) in the quarter-finals.

-90kg

england Jamal Petgrave is seeded 3rd and will face Marius Metois (VAN) in the first round.

-100kg

Harry Lovell Hewitt and Rhys Thompson compete for England in the -100 kg category. The pair are seeded 5e and 6e respectively.

Lovell-Hewitt was drawn against Victor Ahiavor (GHA) in the first round while Thompson faces Isaac Bezzina (MLT).

+100kg

Andrew McWatt was a late addition to the Scotland squad following an injury to defending champion Chris Sherrington. The youngster is seeded 4e.

McWatt has a bye to the first round and will face Liam Park (AUS) in the quarter-finals.

Watch the preliminary rounds live on the BBC Sport website and iPlayer from 10.00am and the final block from 5.00pm.

See the full draw here

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