Arsenal fan Jamal Petgrave eager to show off gold medal at Emirates Stadium

Arsenal fan Jamal Petgrave delivered Commonwealth Games judo gold for England and then admitted he would love to parade the medal at the Emirates Stadium.

Petgrave went into overtime to produce a “Golden Score” victory over Mauritius judoka Remi Feuillet before his mind quickly turned to the upcoming Premier League campaign.

“I’m looking forward to the new season and the ‘All or Nothing’ documentary,” Petgrave said after his thrilling Coventry Arena win in the men’s -90kg division.

“I hope to go to more matches and I would like to show the medal in the stadium.”

Petgrave hails from Carshalton in Surrey, but competed effectively at home.

The 25-year-old studied sports management at Coventry University and could count on the support of his alma mater as well as family and friends.

He said: “I know everything about this venue and to win my first major championship here is so special.

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Jamal Petgrave (blue) and Mauritius’ Remi Feuillet in action in their men’s judo -90kg final (Joe Giddens/PA)

“I hadn’t fought him before and I had to figure him out, his strengths and weaknesses.

“When I got into Golden Score, I could see him faltering. He was getting tired and I had to take the opportunity when it came.”

England won gold again in the women’s -78kg as Emma Reid beat her ‘idol’ Natalie Powell 1-0 to deprive the Welsh judoka of a second Commonwealth title.

Powell – the first British judoka to be ranked world number one following the introduction of an official ranking list – was defending the title she won at Glasgow 2014 when judo was not on the Gold Coast Games schedule four years ago.

“I hadn’t fought her since I was 16 as we keep missing each other in tournaments as we’re both seeded,” said Royston product Reid, 27, who has battled back from elbow surgery after tearing ligaments in his leg.

“She’s always been an idol of mine, someone I’ve always looked up to.

“We’re on the same level now, but to actually beat her is amazing.”

Reid had collected two yellow cards and a third would have spelled disaster for her gold medal aspirations.

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England’s Emma Reid (blue) in action against Wales’ Natalie Powell in the women’s -78kg judo final at the 2022 Commonwealth Games (Joe Giddens/PA)

She said: “I was worried because there was a minute left and that puts you under a lot of pressure.

“I just had to be strong and defend her hold.”

Scotland’s Sarah Adlington emulated her 2014 win in the women’s +78 category in dramatic fashion.

Adlington was trailing 1-0 to India’s Tulika Maan before producing a late match-deciding Ippon.

She said: “I didn’t really realize what I had done in Glasgow and I found it harder this time because I knew what being Commonwealth champion actually meant.

“Anything but gold would have felt like a disaster. It’s just great to win again and make some history for Scottish judo.”

The English pair Rhys Thompson and Harry Lovell-Hewitt both made it to the bronze medal match at -100 kg.

Scotland’s Rachel Tytler also took a women’s -78kg bronze.

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