It was a strong showing for the British judoka in Korea today, with gold for Sally Conway in the -70kg category alongside a bronze for Alice Schlesinger (-63kg). Owen Livesey (-81kg) also claimed fifth place.
It was Conway’s performance which shone through on a cold day in Korea, defeating home fighter Kim in the -70kg final to take the gold medal. It was third time lucky for Conway, who had been defeated by Kim twice previously.
In a tough final which saw plenty of action on the ground with Conway coming close to tying up Kim on more than one occasion, it was a single penalty against Kim that saw Conway on top of the podium.
In the lead up to the final Conway defeated all three of her opponents by ippon.
Speaking after the win, Conway said: “Today felt good to beat some of the top girls in my weight that I have lost to recently. This gives confidence going into next week for Japan for the Tokyo Grand Slam.”
Elite Performance Coach, Jean-Paul Bell added: “Sally was really good today and came through some tough matches. Her gripping patterns which she’s been working hard on paid off and again her ne-waza was world class. I think this year she has managed to perform consistently at a high level and this result sets her up nicely for Japan Grand Slam next week.”
Alice Schlesinger was also on the podium in Jeju, claiming a bronze medal in the -63kg category. After losing out in the quarter final to Ekaterina Valkova (RUS), Schlesinger faced Anicka Van Emden in the bronze medal match up. Schlesinger took the win with a waza-ari score against a yuko score from Van Emden.
Schelsinger said: “Today I felt strong but I know I’m still not at my best. Really happy for the result and looking forward to Japan next week.”
Elite Performance Coach Kate Howey added: “Alice’s fights today were very controlled and tactically some things she has been working on are coming off. She won a fight in ne-waza which is very pleasing as this is a target for her. This sets her up well for next week in Japan.”
Owen Livesey (-81kg) was also in action in the final block today, facing Sungho Lee (KOR) in the bronze medal contest. It was Lee who came out the winner, throwing for ippon, leaving Livesey to settle for 5th place.
Commenting on Livesey’s performance, Elite Performance Coach, Jean-Paul Bell said: “Owen capped a good year with a well earned 5th place at a Grand Prix. He showed some great attacking Judo and a high work rate and gains valuable Olympic Qualification points.”
Patrick Dawson (-73kg), Danny Williams (-73kg) and Megan Fletcher (-70kg) were also all in action today, but were unable to make it through the preliminary rounds.
Tomorrow is the final day of judo from Jeju, and will see Gemma Gibbons in action in the -78kg category, alongside Sarah Adlington (+78kg), Frazer Chamberlain (-90kg), Andy Burns (-90kg) and Philip Awiti-Alcaraz (-100kg).
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