Baku 2015: Rattigan will learn lessons on road to Rio

15 June 2015 / 05:19

British wrestler Yana Rattigan insists she'll learn the lessons from her first round exit at the European Games in Baku.

Rattigan was hoping for a successful return to the Azerbaijan capital, where she became the first British woman to win a European Championship medal five years ago.

But her Games experience didn't last long, beaten 4-1 in the first round of the women's 48kg event by Ukrainian rival Oleksandra Kogut.

Rattigan, 28, will now reset her sights on the qualifying process for next year's Olympics in Rio, which starts at the World Championships in Las Vegas in September.

And she will also use the Baku experience to gather vital intel on European rivals, ahead of the continental qualifying event in Serbia next April.

"It was over pretty fast, only one match," she said. "I feel very disappointed and I certainly could do better.

"I've got to analyse this now and make sure I don't make the same mistakes at the World Championships.

"I'm going to spend some time studying my rivals here because they will be my opponents if I want to qualify for the Olympics. It's important to see how they wrestle, the mistakes they make and their good points.

"I'm carrying a bit of an injury so perhaps I was cautious but that's no excuse."

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