‘You get out exactly what you put in - and I did..’

England's Owen Livesey celebrates receiving his medal after winning the mens -81kg Judo final
England's Owen Livesey celebrates receiving his medal after winning the mens -81kg Judo final
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St Helens judo ace Owen Livesey struck gold in the all-English men’s 81kg final in Glasgow last week.

The 23-year-old, a former rugby league player who considered quitting judo after missing out on selection for London 2012, beat fellow Englishman Tom Reed.

Livesey had far too much for 28-year-old Reed on the night, beating the Wiltshire fighter by three penalties to two in the final contest of the evening.

“It’s good to beat someone from home,” said Livesey. “There’s a bit of tension there because you know each other so well. I had a year out when I was 18 and didn’t really care about judo. but I came back, got my head in and got the result.

“You get out what you put in. And I got out exactly what I put in.”

Livesey’s triumph marked St Helens’s second victory in the judo after Chris Sherrington struck gold earlier in the Games.

Sherrington, a Royal Marine who grew up in Billinge but fought for Scotland at Glasgow 2014, claimed victory in the heavyweight 100kg class - beating South African rival Ruan Snyman in the final.

Elsewhere, Newton-based cyclist Geraint Thomas claimed a dramatic victory in the men’s road race.

In horrendous conditions, Thomas looked to have sewn up the title when he streaked clear of New Zealander Jack Bauer and Englishman Scott Thwaites on the final lap of the gruelling city centre course.

But he then suffered a puncture with just six kilometres to go.

Luckily the 28-year-old, who was riding for his native Wales, had built up enough of a lead to change his front tyre and roll around the final few kilometres to victory.

Speaking afterwards, he said: “I never expected it. Coming off the Tour de France, I was tired at the end of that. I thought it would be a massive challenge to get a result here but the motivation was there.”