Livesey wins judo silver in Montreal

Livesey wins judo silver in Montreal

08 July 2019 / 14:41

Great Britain's Amy Livesey claimed silver at the inaugural Montreal Grand Prix to strengthen her bid for Olympic qualification.

The world number 21 secured her best result since the Cancun Grand Prix in June 2017 by beating Canadian world number nine Catherine Beauchemin-Pinard to finish second in the -63kg category.

South Korea's Mokhee Cho took the gold medal with a golden score victory over Livesey, with Brazil’s Alexia Casthilos and Beauchemin-Pinard taking joint bronze.

Elsewhere, Ashley McKenzie battled his way to fifth in the -60kg category, beating Australian Joshua Katz and Belgian Jorre Verstraeten before losing in two golden scores to Russian world number one Robert Msvidobadze in the semi-final and South Korea’s Harim Lee in the bronze medal match.

Eric Ham came seventh in the -73kg category, beating a man 61 places higher than him in the world rankings in German Igor Wandtke to reach the quarter-finals where he was defeated by a single score by Victor Scvortov before losing in the repechage to Eduardo Barbosa in an impressive tournament showing, which saw Ham climb 19 places in the world rankings.

Three Brits reached the second round of their respective competitions where Lubjana Piovesana was defeated by eventual gold medallist Mokhee Cho in the -63kg, Frazer Chamberlain lost to Mohab Elnahas in the -90kg and Daniel Williams was beaten by eventual bronze medallist Antoine Bouchard in the -73kg.

Kimberley Renicks and Christopher Sherrington were both knocked out in the opening round of their -48kg and +100kg categories respectively.

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