Martin Fifth in Tashkent Grand Prix

Tashkent, Uzbekistan – New York Athletic Club (NYAC) athlete and Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake graduate, Hannah Martin (28), took 5th place at the International Judo Federation's (IJF) Grand Prix event in Tashkent. Martin lost in the bronze medal fight by a single shido (penalty) in overtime to Slovenia’s Andreja Leski. Martin received 60 points on the World Ranking List (WRL) for her efforts and now sits at #38 in the world. Martin will be back on the world tour in 2017, and her first competition will be the European Open in Sofia, Bulgaria in January

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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.

Martin Places 7th

Open AfricanTunis, Tunisia - Athletes from the Jason Morris Judo Center started out 2015 at the Tunisia World Cup. Burnt Hills High School graduate, Hannah Martin (26) was back after a 4 month layoff due to a knee injury placed 7th in 63kg losing only to the eventual Silver and Bronze medalists. Martin also represents the New York Athletic Club (NYAC). Brad Bolen (26) started with a tough draw as he was defeated in his first round by eventual 66kg champ, Kilian Le Blouch (France). Bolen is also a member of the NYAC. Ashley Hejlik (28) suffered the same fate as Bolen as she lost her opening match to eventual 48kg bronze medalist, Reka Pupp (Hungary). "Some difficult draws for the kids, but a tremendous learning experience for them" Coach and 4x Olympian, Jason Morris said. "They picked up some important info as to where they are and what they need to improve upon" Morris added.

World Cup at the Bonaventure Resort & Spa in Weston, FL

Weston1Weston, FL - Burnt Hills High School graduate, Hannah Martin (26) captured the 63kg gold medal at the International Judo Federation's (IJF) World Cup at the Bonaventure Resort & Spa in Weston, FL, Aug. 1, 2014. Martin from the Jason Morris Judo Center (JMJC) in Glenville, NY went 3-0 including a victory over Estefania Garcia (Ecuador) by submission (arm bar) in the final to win her 11th career world cup medal which includes two gold's. This win gives her another 100 points on the world ranking list which 50 will count directly towards Olympic qualification. JMJC's Brad Bolen (25) had a great day as well taking a bronze in 66kg posting a 4-1 record losing only in a controversial semis to Alonso Wong (Peru). Bolen appeared heading to the final as performed what he and the crowd on hand thought was a winning throw (switch), but the referee award the waza-ari score to the Peruvian. After further review they allowed the score to remain with Wong. Bolen recovered nicely in his bronze medal bout catching Aaron Turner (Great Britain) with his trademark "Bolen Arrow" choke. Bolen's effort earned him 40 points, 20 of which goes towards Rio.

"They picked up a bunch of matches and had an opportunity to work on some things" coach and 4x Olympian, Jason Morris said, "This was some nice prep for the Worlds" Morris continued. The pair and teammate 60kg Nick Kossor leave for the World Championships in Russia later in August.

JMJC Trio Take Fifth

San Salvador, El Salvador - Athlete's from the Jason Morris Judo Center (JMJC) fared very well at the San Salvador World Judo Cup in El Salvador on June 14th, as three were in the medal rounds and two placed seventh. Burnt Hills High School graduate, Nick Kossor (28) placed fifth in 60kg earning more valuable points toward the Olympic qualifying. Among Kossor's wins was one over Juan Perez (Chile) who eliminated him last week in Cuba. Brad Bolen (25) also placed fifth at 66kg to raise his world ranking to #33. Burnt Hills graduate, Hannah Martin was the third JMJC athlete to place fifth as she did so in 63kg. Martin lost a heartbreaker in the semis to longtime nemesis and eventual champ Hilde Drexler (Austria) in an overtime thriller. SCCC student, Alex Turner (21) continued to improve as he placed seventh in 73kg and bumped his ranking 8 slots from #180 to #172 in the world. Ashley Hejlik (27) placed seventh at only her second world cup and debuts on the world ranking list at #125. SCCC student, Maria Dhami (18) was ousted in the first round in 52kg by veteran Lisa Kearny (Ireland) and eliminated.

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