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Thumb operation for Gemma Gibbons

August 4, 2012 11:50 am

Judo fighter Gemma Gibbons won an Olympic silver medal with a broken thumb, she has revealed.

The 25-year-old delivered a first British judo Olympic medal when she reached the final of the women's under-78kgs at ExCeL on Thursday.

Gibbons recovered from shoulder surgery to make the London 2012 squad and is now set for another spell out of the sport.

However, she was already preparing for the start of a new University course in Edinburgh, so it should not impact on her future career on the road towards the Rio Games in 2016.

Gibbons wrote on Twitter: "Found out a few hours ago I have broken my thumb so preparing for an operation later this week, still the most amazing week of my life!"