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Judo: Karina Bryant wins European Championship bronze medal

April 28, 2012

Karina Bryant won her seventh European medal as she took bronze in emphatic fashion on the final day of the individual competition in Chelyabinsk.

The four-time European champion and three-time Olympian edged past France’s 2007 European bronze medallist Ketty Mathe and reached the semi-final with a win by yuko over Carola Uilenhoed of the Netherlands.

In the semi-final contest three-time European champion Elena Ivashchenko picked up a yuko and sealed a place in the final by ippon which saw Bryant enter the repechage to fight for bronze against Bosnia-Herzegovina’s former junior world champion Larisa Ceric.

Bryant was the aggressor and went a yuko up through a huge ippon seoi nage attempt and continued to press for further openings. The long-time standout sealed a place on the medal rostrum with a stunning harai-goshi for ippon.

After stepping off the tatami Karina said, “I am pleased with my performance, it gave me a great opportunity to see how my preparation has been going and where I am at this stage of my plan up to London.”

The +78kg category also saw Sarah Adlington exit the competition against Ukraine’s Iryna Kindzerska by ippon.

The European Championships conclude with the team event on Sunday where Britain will be represented.

Lizzie Flint, Sportsister
The Women’s Sports Magazine

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