Qingdao in China is the destination for the final Grand Prix of the year as a five British judoka look to pick up world ranking points and experience before the end of 2016.

The Qingdao Grand Prix from Friday 18-20 November is the penultimate world ranking event of the calendar year after the cancellation of the Jeju Grand Prix and with the Tokyo Grand Slam at the start of December.

To date only three British fighters have medalled at the Grand Prix; Karina Bryant (2011), Gemma Howell (2012) and Gemma Gibbons (2015), all bronze medallists.

Eric Ham (-73kg) will be making his Grand Prix debut on Saturday 19 and will take on home judoka Yifan Yang (CHN) in his first contest. The Glossop judoka has only recently made his world ranking event debut when he reached the last 16 at the Glasgow European Open in October.

Also competing on Saturday are Lucy Renshall (-63kg) and Jemima Yeats-Brown (-70kg) with players coming in off the back of medal winning performances.

Renshall was crowned Under-23 European champion last weekend in Tel Aviv to add to her Junior European title in 2015. The Merseyside judoka has a bye into the second round where she’ll face Cuijuan Shi (CHN) or Mokhee Cho (KOR).

Ryecroft’s Jemima Yeats-Brown has medalled in four of her last five competitions and got silver at the Under-23 Europeans last week. That medal winning haul also includes a gold at the Glasgow European Open and bronze at the Abu Dhabi Grand Slam. The -70kg judoka also has a bye and will take on Liu-Yu Shang (TPE) or Lijuan Deng (CHN).

Sunday will be a chance for Max Stewart and Philip Awiti-Alcaraz to make their mark before the end of the year. Max Stewart has transitioned well to -90kg since his return from injury earlier this year.

The Birmingham fighter just missed out a medal at the Abu Dhabu Grand Slam in October and could face Mongolia’s Cadet Asian bronze medallist Tsetsentsengel Odkhuu in his first contest. Awiti-Alcaraz could well face Russia’s four-time -90kg World medallist Kirill Denisov in his first contest of the day.

The full draw can be found on ippon.org and there will be live coverage on ippon.tv of the final block from 0900 UK time on each day. Follow @BritishJudo on Twitter for end of day medal and placings updates by our British judoka.