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Busy Piontek putting final preparations into place
- Updated: June 29, 2016
By Mark Etheridge
After qualifying for the Rio Olympics later this year, Commonwealth gold medallist judoka Zack Piontek is hard at work making sure he covers all bases in preparation.
Earlier this month the hpc athlete spent a week in Croatia on a training camp and then hit Hungary for a tournament in Budapest at the weekend.
And while he wouldn’t have been entirely excited at his results at the Grand Prix event, it’s all added experience for the big Pretoria fighter who campaigns in the -90kg division.
‘No, it was unfortunately not a great success,’ he told Road to Rio 2016 from Hungary where he stayed on for another training camp.
The tournament saw Piontek having a first round bye in Pool B.
‘I won my first fight against Georgia [Onise Saneblidze] with a throw, followed immediately by a hold-down.
‘But I lost both my next two fights – first against Britain [Max Stewart] and then against Israel [Li Kochman] in the repechage. So that saw me end seventh in my division.
‘So not bad overall but I could definitely have done better.’
Piontek realises thought that this is all part of a bigger preparation plan and it wasn’t vital that he get top results in Budapest.
‘It’s more a case of finding any faults before the final “fine-tuning”, he added.