Conway and Adlington face world’s best judokas

Sally Conway. Pictrure:  Malcolm McCurrach
Sally Conway. Pictrure: Malcolm McCurrach
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Edinburgh judokas Sally Conway and Sarah Adlington compete in this weekend’s Tokyo Grand Slam, the final major competition on the judo calendar.

The world’s best are in Japan with seven of the top eight in Conway’s Under-70kg event and four of the world’s top five keeping Adlington company in the Over-78kg event.

Conway has been training at the Kodokan in Tokyo, widely regarded as the home of judo, and said: “Judo is a sport where you don’t always get your own way and you do lose. The margins are so slim when you get to this level and we all know you can lose a fight in 15 seconds or can win a fight in golden score. I don’t really think of the title of the event as I know I just have to fight whoever is in front of you on any given day.”

No fewer than 515 judokas from 72 nations are taking part and it goes without saying that Conway has a tough draw this weekend. She will face the winner of the clash between Cuban Onix Aldama Cortes and Japan’s Haruka Yasumatsu.

Adlington, the Commonwealth heavyweight champion and world No. 19, faces no easier a task in the heavyweight class. She opens against Japanese world No.30 Nami Inamori and, if she wins, will take on world No. 1 Idalys Ortiz from Cuba, the world and Olympic champion.