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Jake Bensted

Jake Bensted

Athlete Biography

With multiple Australian and Oceania Championships to his name along with a Commonwealth Games medal, 23-year-old Jake Bensted will get his chance at Olympic glory in Rio.

Bensted was introduced to the sport by his uncle at the age of six and first represented his country when he was 15. He won his first of five straight junior national titles in 2010 and claimed his first senior national title in 2012.

The -73kg fighter won his first Oceania title in 2013, finished second in 2014 before being selected for his Commonwealth Games debut later that year. Bensted made the semi-finals before going down in a close fight with eventual gold medallist Danny Williams of England. He bounced back to finish with the bronze medal following a win over Scotland’s Patrick Dawson.

Needing to win both the 2015 and 2016 Oceania Championships to give himself a shot at automatic qualification for Rio, Bensted did just that. Having won the 2015 title he headed to the World Championships where he went down in his opening bout to eventual silver medallist Riki Nakaya of Japan.

He started the Olympic year with a fifth place finish in Tunisia and a seventh in Peru before going on to all but seal his debut Olympic appearance with a win over Gaston Lafon from French Polynesia in the final of the 2016 Oceania Championships.

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Olympic Information

  • Rio 2016 will be Olympic debut

Recent Performances

  • 1st - 2016 Oceania Championships (Canberra, Australia)
  • 7th – Pan American Open (Lima, Peru)
  • 1st – ACT International Open (Canberra, Australia)
  • 5th – African Open (Tunis, Tunisia)
  • 7th – 2015 Oceania Open (Wollongong, Australia)

Career Highlights

  • Qualifying for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games
  • Winning bronze at the 2014 Commonwealth Games
  • Becoming a three time national champion

Education

  • Primary
    Chilwell Primary School (VIC, Australia)
  • Secondary
    Belmont High School (VIC, Australia)

Training

  • Coach
    Dennis Iverson (2010 - current)
  • Club
    ijudo and Geelong YMCA Judo Club
  • Primary Training Base
    Melbourne, Australia
  • Secondary Training Base
    Geelong, Australia

Q&A

Favourite food
Japanese
Favourite music
80s and 90s
Dream car
Trans Am
Personal Motto
I can do this.
Star Sign
Pisces
Tattoos/Piercings
None
If I could try another Olympic sport it would be
Wrestling
Most Inspiring Olympic Performance?
Matthias Steiner at the Beijing Olympics winning gold in the weightlifting
First Olympic Memory?
Nikki Webster singing at the Sydney Olympics opening ceremony
Most Influential person in your career/life
The Little Engine Who Could
Why this sport?
I love to fight and can not kick a football very straight.