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Top-eight finish for Conway

April 27, 2012 16:28 pm

Edinburgh fighter Sally Conway secured a top-eight finish on what was a largely frustrating day for the British judo squad at the European Championships in Russia.

Conway, who claimed a bronze medal at the recent Olympic Test event in ExCeL, won two bouts to progress to her Pool final of the under-70kgs, but lost out to Poland's Katarzyna Klys, which sent her into the repechage.

However, Bristol-born Conway, 25, was unable to progress through to the chance for a bronze medal when she was beaten by Dutchwoman Linda Bolder.

"I am happy with my performance today, but very disappointed to not come away with a medal," said Conway.

"I felt fit, strong and focused and now I will go back to working on a few things in training so I can come back better next time."

There was more disappointment for Scotland's Euan Burton, who was aiming to break back into the top-10 world rankings for the under-81kg middleweights ahead of the Olympics with a strong performance in Chelyabinsk.

However, the 32-year-old, a three-time European bronze medallist, lost his opening fight to German Alexander Wieczerzak.

In the under-63kgs, 16-year-old Katie-Jemima Yeats-Brown, the Cadets European Champion, went out against experienced Spaniard Yahaira Aguirre De Juan, while West Essex fighter Faith Pitman lost in the first round to Finland's Johanna Ylinen and Charlton's Gemma Gibbons was beaten by former world champion Edith Bosch of Holland in the under-70kgs.

There was not much joy for the men either as Camberley fighter Danny Williams lost to Frenchman Gilles Bonhomme after being handed a bye to the second round of the under-73kg category.

Saturday's final day of the individual competition sees former world silver medallist Karina Bryant and Edinburgh's Sarah Adlington look to make an impact in the heavyweight division, while Olympic veteran Winston Gordon will also be in action at under-90kgs.

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