WEST FIFE judo competitors Fiona Todman and Kirsty Marsh were in fine form as they both bagged British gongs at the weekend.

The Destination Judo Club duo travelled to Sheffield to compete at the British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS) Championships, and each returned home with a bronze medal.

The annual competition, which was held for a 10th year, brought together 6,000 students to compete in eight sports which, as well as judo, included indoor athletics, long course swimming, fencing, karate, climbing, rifle and badminton.

Todman, who is studying chemistry at Heriot-Watt University, has enjoyed a fine start to the 2019 season and stormed into the semi-finals of the under-52kg category with a hold-down win over Durham University's Victoria Shattock but succumbed to a swift counter-attack from the University of Wolverhampton's Molly Storey in the last four.

Despite that disappointment, the talented Dunfermline woman rallied to win the repechage final against Rebecca Menhennett, from the University of Birmingham, by throwing her opponent for ippon after just 16 seconds to guarantee her third place in the event.

That achievement added to bronze medals picked up in both the Scottish Open and the British Championships, where in the latter event she reached the podium for the third successive year while guaranteeing her continued place in the Great Britain junior squad.

She was joined in the top three by Dalgety Bay competitor Marsh, whose medal success arrived on her return to action after a lengthy injury lay-off.

Competing for the University of Edinburgh, where she is studying law, she also enjoyed two quick ippon wins before losing in her semi-final, which saw her take on the reigning European University Games champion, Jodie Caller, of the University of Wolverhampton.

But, like Todman, she bounced back well to win her bronze medal match against Durham University's Charis Tay with a pindown technique, while also helping Edinburgh win their pool in the team competition.

Despite winning her own fight in the quarter-final, against Glasgow University's Nicola Cairncross, Marsh's team lost the contest overall and ended her hopes of a second medal.

Meanwhile, at the recent Hibari Kan Open in Wishaw, more podium places were claimed by West Fife judoka.

The event, which was the latest round of the Judo Scotland Grand Prix series, saw younger members of Destination Judo continue to find the route to success, with Inverkeithing High School pupil Lesley Corbett striking gold in the girls' under-15 years under-40kg category.

She was joined on the podium by Kirsty Lawson and Jocelyn Callaghan, who won silver and bronze respectively in the under-36kg class, while brothers Isaac (boys' under-13 years under-27kg) and Jacob (boys' under-18 years under-60kg) Callaghan both won silver medals to round off a successful day for the club.

In addition, Carnegie Judo Club members also claimed medals in the senior men's categories, with Shaun Labonte leading the way with victory in the under-81kg class.

He was joined in making the medal rostrum by Scott Ferguson (under-90kg) and Darren Riddell (under-100kg), who both placed second.