Bittersweet weekend for Sarah Adlington

Sarah Adlington, left, competes with Cuba's Idalys Ortiz during the women's +78kg quarter-finals (Getty)
Sarah Adlington, left, competes with Cuba's Idalys Ortiz during the women's +78kg quarter-finals (Getty)
0
Have your say

Edinburgh judoka Sarah Adlington missed out on a medal at the prestigious Paris Grand Slam, but was compensated with the biggest win of her career.

Adlington beat current World and Olympic champion Idalys Ortiz from Cuba in the quarter-finals of the Over-78kg competition.

However, she then faced home favourite Emilie Andeol in the semi-finals, an opponent she had lost to on four of the previous five meetings.

Spurred on by a capacity 12,500 crowd, Andeol went on to claim victory by ippon with just 30 seconds of the contest left.

It means Adlington had to fight Slovenian Lucija Polavder for a bronze medal, but she again lost by ippon to finish fifth, the highest placed British athlete.

Club-mate Sally Conway, who has risen to eighth in the world rankings and was seeded, suffered a disappointing early exit in the Under-70kg event, going down by a yuko to France’s Fanny Posvite.