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Judo: Gemma Howell takes gold at Glasgow European Judo Open

October 8, 2014

Gemma Howell continued her comeback from injury by taking gold at the 2014 Glasgow European Judo Open at the weekend.


Gemma represented Great Britain at the London 2012 Olympic Games but suffered a serious injury to her left knee that has effectively kept her out of the sport for two years.

But she made up for lost time with a bronze medal at the Zagreb Grand Prix in Croatia last month and followed that up with gold in Glasgow on Saturday.

“Basically I’ve been injured since London 2012,” said Gemma, who is studying for a Sport and Exercise Science degree at the University of Bath.

“It wasn’t the best performance in the world at the weekend, so I’m not back where I want to be yet,” she said. “Everything seems fixed now, but because I’ve been out for so long I need to get my judo fitness back. That takes time.

“I’m relieved to be back and to have got a gold medal,” she added.  “It was particularly nice to win in front of a home crowd.”

Howell is now aiming to improve her position in the under-63kg world rankings to increase her chance of securing a place on the GB team for the Rio Olympics.

Howell beat Sweden’s Emma Barkeling in Saturday’s final after securing victories over Japan’s Nozomi Hirai and fellow Briton Jodie Mullen in the earlier rounds.

The Women’s Sports Magazine

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