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Leckmelm judo star Malin Wilson wins bronze medal for Scotland at Birmingham Commonwealth Games at Coventry Arena


By Will Clark

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Leckmelm athlete Malin Wilson has won a bronze medal in Judo at the Commonwealth Games.

Malin Wilson.
Malin Wilson.

The 27-year-old won a bronze medal at the Coventry Arena in the 57kg category after defeating Lele Nairne from England by a golden point.

Wilson beat Kamini Sri Segaran of Malaysia in the Last 16 but lost to England's Acelya Toprak in the quarter finals.

She defeated Qona Christie from New Zealand in the repechage to set up a bronze medal match with Lele Nairne from England which she won after Nairne was disqualified in a match which lasted 14 minutes.

Malin grew up at Inverbroom and Leckmelm, attended primary and high schools in Ullapool, and started her Judo career at Lochbroom Leisure Centre, where her dad Brian taught a class.

She progressed to clubs in Invergordon, Alness and Inverness, before moving to Edinburgh to train full-time with Judo Scotland.

After a period of training in France, and several visits to Japan as the home of Judo, Malin now lives, trains and competes from a base in Madrid, Spain.

Following successes at European level in 2021, Malin suffered a serious knee injury and has spent much of this year in surgery, recuperation and determined recovery; a difficult period which she has marked the end of by taking a bronze medal at the Senior European Open in Switzerland in July.


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