Renicks sisters are hoping for more home comforts in Glasgow

04 February 2015 / 17:21

Scottish sisters Kimberley and Louise Renicks are hoping for a little help from the home fans at the European Championships as the duo bid to move closer to a dream Olympic outing.

The judoka siblings both won gold at last summer’s Commonwealth Games for Scotland and will return to Glasgow in April in Team GB colours for the European Championships.

It’s not just medals up for grabs either with crucial ranking points for the 2016 Rio Olympics also on offer.

And the pair admit that thoughts of Brazil will never be far from their mind as they take to the mat back in Glasgow.

"If you've got this crowd cheering you on, it gives you that wee bit extra energy," said Kimberley.

"In that last 30 seconds, you could win the fight. The louder the crowd is, the better it is for us out there.

"Europeans for judo is a big event, especially for Britain. A lot more countries will be competing than what were in the Commonwealths.

"You've got some Olympic champions and world champions. It should be a really great event."

Louise added: "It's only the top 16 in every weight category that get to go to the Olympic Games. It's not one from every country and one from every weight.

"This is the first competition that's qualifying for the big points for Rio. You have European Championships, World Championships in September, European Championships again and then your team's announced for the Olympic Games.

"You don't get as many points at all the world cup and grand slam events, but come the European Championships, it's triple the points.

"The more fights that you can win - if you can get a placing and pick up that medal - the more points you're putting on to get to qualify for the Olympic Games.

"When you add more European countries into the judo environment, it's a completely different style of fighting.

"You finish the weekend with a team event. You're always surprised by the outcome of it and there's always lots of entertainment."

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