Silver in Barcelona for Rolandes
On the back of his recent success at the Edinburgh Open, Rolandes Janavicius from TF Fitness BJJ (Adults) Team in Berwick, travelled to Barcelona over the May Bank Holiday to compete in the IBJJF international Masters BJJ Europe 2019 with the backing of his employers and sponsors, Farne Salmon of Scotland who are based at Duns.
Travelling on Friday, he was due to compete in the purple belt u94kg with six other competitors in his division on Saturday, however, due to technical issues at the stadium , the competition ran nearly five hours late.
Having been at the venue since mid-morning, he drew on his experience in both Judo, as a black belt and in the many BJJ events he’s competed in, and remained calm, cool and patient till his division was called at 4.30 pm!
In the quarter finals against Antonio Bustorff, the silver medalist at last year’s European championships in Lisbon, Rolandes took the win by points which put him into the semi-finals.
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He then met Vatakij Savelo, disappointingly the result didn’t go Rolandes’s way, he narrowly lost at the end of the match by two points in his opponents favour , but only loosing on the day to the eventual winner of the division.
A long but enjoyable day bringing home the bronze back to the team in Berwick and to his sponsors, Farne Salmon of Scotland.