Brian Jacks, the Judoka – A career littered with medals and notable sporting highlights.

JUDO CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

Brian Jacks, one of the most celebrated names in the history of British Judo.

Jacks, who was the first Briton to win a medal at the World Championships, a bronze in 1967, and then went on to take European middleweight titles in 1970 and 1973, as well as a bronze medal in the 1972 Olympics.

Judo Career Timeline

1964
April 25

West Berlin, West Germany

The European Junior Championships
Gold Medal

Jacks won gold making him the 1st British to ever win a European Junior gold.
May 18

West Berlin, West Germany

European Championships
Bronze Medal


The 1964 European Judo Championships were the 13th edition of the European Judo Championships, and were held in West Berlin on 18 May 1964. Jacks first success at the European championships earned him a bronze medal in the 68Kg event.
1965
April 22

Madrid, Spain

The European Senior Championships were held in Madrid Spain this year and Jacks’s very good friend Alan Petherbridge managed the British Team. This year Jacks competed in the team event a gained a superb win against the great Frenchman Andre Bourreau. Sadly the rest of the team didn’t perform and the British team were out at the first hurdle. In the middle weight singles final Jacks swept all opponents aside as he made it to the final where he came up against Russian Vladmir Kuspish. The physically shattered Jacks didn’t have enough in his tank to beat his much older and more experienced opponent.
1967
May 18

Rome, Italy

European Championships
Bronze Medal


The 1967 European Judo Championships were the 16th edition of the European Judo Championships, and were held in Rome, Italy on 18 May 1967. Brian picked up the Bronze medal.
August 9

Salt Lake City, United States

World Championships
Silver and Bronze Medal

The 1967 World Judo Championships were the 5th edition of the World Judo Championships, and were held in Salt Lake City, United States from August 9–11, 1967. Brian followed on from his win in Rome with another Silver medal in the 70Kg event. Brian also won a Bronze medal in the 80Kg event
1970
May 23

East Berlin, East Germany

European Championships
Gold Medal


The 1970 European Judo Championships were the 19th edition of the European Judo Championships, and were held in East Berlin, East Germany on 23–24 May 1970. Brian took the Gold medal in the 80Kg event beating Martin Poglajen.
1971
May 21

Gothenburg, Sweden

European Championships
Bronze Medal


The 1971 European Judo Championships were the 20th edition of the European Judo Championships, and were held in Gothenburg, Sweden on 21–22 May 1971. Brian's continued success earned him the Bronze medal in the 80Kg event.
1972
August 26

Munich, Germany

Olympic Games
Bronze Medal

The Judo competition at the 1972 Summer Olympics was the return of the sport following its absence at the 1968 Summer Olympics in Mexico City. Medals were awarded in six weight classes, and competition was restricted to men only. Brian earned a momentous Bronze medal in the 80Kg Middle weight class.
1973
May 13

Madrid, Spain

European Championships
Gold Medal

The 1973 European Judo Championships were the 22nd edition of the European Judo Championships, and were held in Madrid, Spain on 13 May 1973. Brian successfully took the Gold medal in the 80Kg class beating Guy Affray from France.