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Injury takes toll as Olympic bronze medallist Bryant retires

Karina Bryant admits she is finally listening to her body as she announces her retirement almost exactly one year on from winning Olympic judo b...

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Bronze for Bryant

Veteran British judo heavyweight Karina Bryant finally claimed an Olympic medal with victory in the bronze fight against Iryna Kindzerska of Ukr...

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Bryant to fight it out for bronze

Veteran judo heavyweight Karina Bryant must lift herself to fight for a bronze medal after losing to Japan's Mika Sugimoto in the semi-finals of...

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Bryant closes in on judo medal

Veteran heavyweight Karina Bryant put herself within one win of landing Britain's second Olympic judo medal in 24 hours after fighting through t...

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Sherrington claims submission win

Royal Marine Chris Sherrington moved into the second round of the men's heavyweight judo over 100kgs with a submission win against Australian Ja...

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Medal Record

London 2012
  • 0 Gold
  • 0 Silver
  • 1 Bronze

Biography

Karina Bryant took up judo to meet new people and learn self-defence and, at the age of ten, she joined the Camberley club and earned her black belt within six years.

She won European junior silver in the +72kg category in 1995 before winning the world junior title a year later. Another European junior silver also followed in 1996 before another world and another European junior gold in 1998.

Bryant transferred her junior form onto the senior stage and is a multiple world and European medallist and will make her fourth Olympic appearance at London 2012.

She may not be the oldest member of the British team but she is the most experienced and most successful. Her most memorable achievement is becoming a godparent.

At the 2012 Olympics in London Bryant won bronze in the +78kg category.