Three athletes from the Jason Morris Judo Center in Glenville will be leaving for Russia Thursday to compete in the 30th World Judo Championships in Chelyabinsk, Russia.
Brad Bolen, 25, and Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake High School graduates Nick Kossor, 28, and Hannah Martin, 26, will be competing at the World Championships, which run from Aug. 25-30.
Bolen and Kossor will be competing in their fourth straight Worlds, while Martin will be going for the second straight year.
Kossor (60kg) will lead off the JMJC athletes, as he competes on Aug. 25. Bolen will compete at 66kg on Aug. 26 and Martin will anchor the JMJC contingent, competing on, Aug. 28.
All three competitors are vying for valuable ranking points to move up on the International Judo Federation ranking list, which is used to qualify for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio. The JMJC has qualified 22 athletes for the Worlds in its 14-year history.
Morris, founder of the JMJC and the coach of the three competitors, competed in five world championships, placing in the top 10 each time and reached the medal rounds three times, taking a bronze and two fifth places.
“The atmosphere will be electric, as judo is extremely popular in Russia,” said Morris, a four-time Olympian and silver medal winner. “This is a terrific opportunity for them.”