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Busy weekend for Robb

It was an eventful first weekend of September for 24-year-old karate star Calum Robb, from Haddington.

The PhD Student at Heriot Watt travelled to Keele University, near Crewe, for the inaugural BUCS 2009 Annual Conference, Awards Ceremony, where he was honoured with the prestigious ‘Sportsman of the Year’ award, presented to him by Steve Parry, the former swimmer and sports commenter.

However Calum was unable to celebrate his success with a beer and a late night, because he was scheduled to travel back to Scotland early the next day to fight at the British ‘All Styles’ Karate Championships, which were being held for the first time in Meadowbank Stadium, Edinburgh.

Calum was entered in three categories , ‘Heavyweight’, ‘Open Weight’, and the ‘Male five-man team’.

In the first round of the ‘Heavyweight’ Calum repeatedly scored and went ahead to lead by four points to nil. He then kicked his English opponent to the head causing him concussion.

The Referee then made the contentious decision to disqualify Calum for using excessive force because his opponent was unable to continue, instead of penalising him two points, which would have resulted in Calum progressing to the next round, because his opponent could not have continue fighting with concussion.

In the ‘Open Weight’ where fighters of all weight categories can compete, Calum progressed through the early rounds convincingly to reach the final.

There he met the English fighter and former World Champion, Rory Daniels.  Both fighters were evenly matched with the fight drawn two points each at the end of normal time.

An extra minute of fighting still failed to separate them but the four judges awarded Calum the victory because he adopted the more attacking style, ensuring he retained his British title, which he has now won seven times in total as an individual, and a further three times as part of a team.

In the ‘Male Team’ the Meadowbank Club reached the semi final where they met the Shindo Kai team from the Barnsley area of England. Calum and another fighter won their fights with a third fight drawn.

The match was then decided on ‘count back scoring’ system with the Shindo Kai team scoring one more point in the five fights total, giving them victory, and a place in the final. They went on to lift the gold with the Meadowbank Team having to settle for bronze.



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