JUDO: Champion Danny Williams ready to toast hard-earned triumph

England's Danny Williams celebrates with his medal after winning the men's -73kg Judo final
England's Danny Williams celebrates with his medal after winning the men's -73kg Judo final

After a week of self-imposed drastic starvation to make the under-73kgs weight for the Commonwealth Games, Danny Williams intends to toast his hard-earned judo gold medal with a Guinness.

The 25-year-old Camberley fighter was only called up for Glasgow following injury to Ben Fletcher, but fought his way to victory over New Zealander Adrian Leat to land one of three golds for England at the SECC, where training partner Owen Livesey won the under-81kgs and Megan Fletcher took the under-70kgs title.

Scotland’s Sarah Clark claimed the under-63kgs championship in what was her last competitive international bout, adding to the two gold won by the Renicks sisters on Thursday.

There was also silver for England through Team Bath fighter Tom Reed as runner-up to Livesey, while England teenager Katie-Jemima Yeats-Brown won bronze at under-63kgs as did Faith Pitman, the Essex player also confirming afterwards her decision to retire.

Williams admitted it has been a testing experience to cut down to fighting weight for Glasgow, but one which the tattooed judoka met head on.

“I was nowhere near fighting weight and it has been a very, very hard six days,” said the London 2012 Olympian.

“You do a lot of exercise before breakfast, that really speeds your metabolism up for the rest of the day.

“I was having one meal of carbs every three days and six tiny little saucepans of food, and a lot of water.

“Obviously this was drastic because I did not know I was coming to the Commonwealth Games.. after this, now I could do with a Guinness.”