Kiwi Commonwealth Games judo team named

CONTENDER: Ivica Pavlinic.
CONTENDER: Ivica Pavlinic.

Nine of the 11 judoka who will represent New Zealand at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow are ranked among the top three in the Commonwealth.

The team of seven men and four women was named this afternoon.

New Zealand judo coach Robert Levy said: "Three of our athletes are permanently based offshore and have been traveling extensively to ensure they are best placed for competition in Glasgow.

"Ivica Pavlinic is No 2 in the Commonwealth and recently placed in the top 16 at the world championships in Rio, and No 1-ranked Darcina Manuel and Mark Brewer, sitting at No 4, have both been controlling their divisions in Oceania."

He said Ryan Dill-Russell was going into what was expected to be his last Commonwealth Games in good shape.

"He's never been fitter or more powerful and has been single-mindedly working towards Glasgow for two years," Levy said.

"He's currently ranked at the top of his Commonwealth field, and with judo not on the programme for the 2018 Games, he will be giving it his all at Glasgow.

"Tim Slyfield has a wealth of experience and is a Commonwealth bronze medallist.

"He's beaten the best in the world and is sitting third in the Commonwealth. He also has the ability to perform very well this July."

The team will take part in a final training camp in New Zealand at Queen's Birthday Weekend before heading for Europe and a pre-Games camp in the Netherlands.

The New Zealand Commonwealth Games team now numbers 82, with the final team expected to number about 220 athletes.

New Zealand Commonwealth Games judo team:

Men

Adrian Leat, aged 26, -73 kilograms, Commonwealth ranking, 6.

Mark Brewer, 25, -81kg, ranking, 4.

Ivica Pavlinic, 25, -81kg, ranking, 2.

Ryan Dill-Russell, 30, -90kg, ranking, 1.

Jason Koster, 31, -100kg, ranking, 1.

Tim Slyfield, 39, -100kg, ranking, 3.

Sam Rosser, 26, +100kg, ranking, 2.

Women

Chanel Kavanagh, 19, -48kg, ranking, 2.

Patti Grogan, 25, -52kg, ranking, 2.

Darcina Manuel, 21, -57kg, ranking, 1.

Moira De Villiers, 24, -70kg, ranking, 3. 

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