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Judo: Team GB’s Conway starts with win before exiting Olympics
Team GB judo star Sally Conway won her opening Olympic fight before tasting defeat in the second round at the ExCeL Arena.
Edinburgh based Conway impressed the crowd with a comprehensive win against the Chad fighter Carine Ngarledmdana sealing the victory with an ippon score to add to her earlier wazari.
The 25-year-old’s second round fight was a more difficult tie against the Dutch second seed Edith Bosch, a double Olympic medallist.
There was nothing between the two until Bosch showed her class with 30 seconds left as she went for an inner thigh throw to score a wazari which left Conway no time to respond.
Conway was clearly disappointed with the result, she said; “I always knew it was going to be a tough fight, she is the former world champion and Olympic silver medallist, but I have got closer to her past matches, so I felt I could do it today. I came here to win and was not able to.”
“One little tiny mistake cost me, and to come back from a wazari against a top fighter like that is hard.
“I tried my best, but it just did not happen this time. I am definitely going to be wanting that gold in Rio now, so I will keep working hard.”
Team GB’s female judoka continue their quest for a medal at the Excel Arena on Thursday as Gemma Gibbons takes to the -78kg category.
The Women’s Sports Magazine