Tuesday 16 July 2019

Lusk legend Jack on top of the world

Paul Byrne

Lusk legend Jack Dennis returned home to a hero's welcome last week following his gold medal success at the World Veteran Judo Championships in Cancun, Mexico.

71 year old Jack shows no signs of slowing down as he followed up his gold medal success in the European Championships in Glasgow earlier this year with a fifth world gold to add to his impressive collection.

Jack who runs Lusk Judo Kan travelled to Mexico as part of a seven person Irish team which included son Johnny and daughter Ellie.

During the competition Jack defeated four judo masters in the men's 70-74 90kg category including former Olympian Terry Watt who he beat in the final.

The Dubliner, who runs Lusk Judo Kan, defeated four judo masters in the men's 70-74 90kg category, including 1972 British Olympian Terence Watt.

Johnny and Ellie also performed with great credit with Johnny unfortunately on the wrong end of a controversial decision which ended his chances of a medal while Ellie lost some very close contests due to tiny fouls.

According to Jack this latest gold medal is very special as he only decided to compete in the World's recently.

"Obviously I'm delighted to have won the gold and to do it with Johnny and Ellie there makes it all the more special. I hadn't won a gold medal in the worlds for twelve years and it was only through Ellie who pushed me to compete earlier this year that I decided to go. I won the Europeans in Glasgow earlier this year and felt good after that so I knuckled down and decided to give it my all for the World's. I have to say I was very happy with my performances and delighted to beat four very good guys to earn the gold.

"My body feels fit and supple and thankfully it can still do the things I ask from it during competition. The reaction to my win has been fantastic and I was humbled to see the locals in Lusk come out for a reception in my honour last Monday. I have also been invited down to the local GAA club as a guest of honour for their intermediate title celebrations. I'll have a bit of a rest now before deciding what to do next but this medal is one which I'll savour for a long time," stated Jack.

Fingal Independent