Clark misses out on medal

26 April 2012 / 16:26

Edinburgh Ratho judo fighter Sarah Clark has narrowly missed out on a medal at the European Championships in Russia.

The 34-year-old, from South Shields, recorded two ippon victories to reach her under-57kgs pool final, where Turkish opponent Tugba Zehir was not able to fight handing the Briton a medal shot.

However, Clark, European champion in 2006 and silver medallist in 2009 at a heavier weight, could not edge out Ioulietta Boukouvala of Greece in the semi-final, and so went into the bronze match.

Miryam Roper of Germany also proved too strong for the Team GB Olympic hopeful, who had to be content with a creditable fifth place.

Meanwhile, Sophie Cox, a European bronze medallist in 2011, lost in the first round of the half lightweight under-52kgs against Portugal's Joana Ramos.

In the under-57kgs, Scotland's Connie Ramsey was beaten by Romanian Corina Oana Caprioru, the 2010 European champion.

Kimberley Renicks, from Coatbridge, went out against Russia's Liudmila Bogdanova in the first round of the under-48kgs, where 16-year-old Hayley Willis - the youngest Britain to fight at a European Championships - lost to experienced Portuguese fighter Ana Hormigo.

The extra-lightweight men did not make much of an impact either, with Ashley McKenzie, the 2010 European Under-23 champion, and Scotland's James Millar both losing their first-round contests.

Norfolk fighter Colin Oates was hoping to again medal in the under-66kgs following his 2011 bronze, but was beaten in his second bout.