Martin at Judo Worlds

tyumen Astana, Kazakhstan - Burnt Hills High School graduate, Hannah Martin (27) from the Glenville based Jason Morris Judo Center will be competing in her third World Championships on Thursday, August 27 at the Alau Ice Palace in Astana. The draw was released today and Martin who also represents the New York Athletic Club will face Phupu Khatri (Nepal) in her opening 63kg round. If Martin should win she will lock horns for the first time with one of the favorites to win and 2013 World Champ, Yarden Gerbi from Israel. Two other athletes unfortunatly had to pull out of the Worlds due to injury. Burnt Hills graduate, Nick Kossor (29) was forced out by a torn labrum in his right shoulder and Brad Bolen (26) pulled a hamstring. Both Kossor and Bolen would have been competing in their 5th world championships. This was Hannah's third trip to Kazakhstan as she competed in two other tour events in previous years. The World Judo Championships, the flagship event of the International Judo Federation's (IJF) World tour will last seven days from Aug 24-30. There is 14 total weight classes, 7 men and 7 women. Judo fans around the world can look forward to seeing 729 judoka from 120 countries competing in Kazakhstan’s capital city. The seven-day event, which will feature 432 men and 297 women, will be broadcast in 160 countries and can be followed online on the IJF’s social media channels. "This is what we are in the game for" Martin's coach, Jason Morris said. "She has another great opportunity to compete against the best" Morris continued.

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