Conway and Howell claim gold at European Open in Glasgow

05 October 2014 / 11:16

Sally Conway admitted she was determined to prove a point as she defeated Italian Jennifer Pitzanti to clinch gold in the under-70kg category at the European Open in Glasgow.

Conway had suffered a shock first-round defeat to Pitzanti at the World Championships in Russia at the end of August.

But there was no repeat at the Emirates Arena on Saturday as the 27-year-old comfortably saw off her opponent by yuko to take victory in the final.

Earlier this summer, Conway won bronze at the Commonwealth Games in the same city and the judoka admitted she had enjoyed her successful return.

“In the final I had the same opponent that I had in the World Championships,” said London 2012 Olympian Conway.

“The last time that we met I was only on the mat for 15,20 seconds, so obviously I wanted to put in a good performance.

“I’m delighted with this medal. It is great to be back in Glasgow performing. I heard my dad in the audience and with everyone cheering your name and it is a really nice feeling to overcome the nerves I may have felt in the past.”

Conway’s gold was one of four medals claimed by Great Britain with Gemma Howell also taking top spot on the podium in the under-63kg category.

The 24-year-old missed the Commonwealth Games through injury but followed up her bronze at the recent Grand Prix event in Croatia by defeating Sweden's Emma Barkeling in the final.

Elsewhere Connie Ramsay and Sarah Adlington secured bronze medals in the under-57kg and over-78kg divisions respectively.

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