Unexpected bronze for Sally Conway in -70kg judo category

Published: Wednesday 10th August 2016 by The News Editor

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Sally Conway secured an unexpected bronze medal for Great Britain in the judo.

The 29-year-old from Edinburgh beat Bernadette Graf of Austria in a tense contest in the -70kg category, securing victory with a single throw midway through the contest.

Conway, who was knocked out at the last-16 stage in the same category at London 2012, raised her hands above her head in delight at the end.

Conway had not been tipped as a potential medallist but she began superbly with a 57-second win over Tunisia’s Houda Miled in the opening round.

The Commonwealth bronze medallist then caused a major shock by scoring an Ippon win over world champion Gevrise Emane of France in the last 16.

The Scot produced a third straight victory by Ippon against Linda Bolder, who switched from representing her native Holland to Israel in 2015.

That set up a semi-final against Colombia’s Yuri Alvear, a three-time world champion who also won bronze in the same category in London four years ago.

Conway was the aggressor throughout the four-minute bout but could not land a meaningful blow and the contest was eventually decided by a golden score when Alvear threw the British fighter onto her back.

Conway looked devastated and stayed on the mat with her hands over her face for several seconds but picked herself up impressively to add to Britain’s growing medal tally.

Published: Wednesday 10th August 2016 by The News Editor

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