Euan Burton mints silver in Pan American Cup

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Euan Burton narrowly missed out on another major judo title last night and had to settle for silver at the Pan American Cup in Montevideo, Uruguay.

The Edinburgh judoka, now concentrating mainly on coaching, wants to end his international career with a medal at this summer’s Commonwealth Games.

After winning the European Open in Glasgow last autumn, he underlined his credentials for Team Scotland by reaching the final of the Under-100kg event in Uruguay.

But he as just edged out of gold by Brazilian Hugo Pessanha, the world No. 30.

Burton beat Azamat Sitimov (Russia) and Horacio Antunes (Brazil) in his group and reached the final with a win over Mexican Sergio Garcia.

It could have been an all-Scottish final with James Austin in the other semi-final but he lost to Pessanha. He took some consolation when he won a bronze with victory over Antunes.

After Sarah Clark’s gold in the Under-63kg event and Louise Renicks’s silver in the Under-52kg on Monday, Scotland took their medal haul to six last night.

Edinburgh heavyweight Chris Sherrington added a silver when he beat Brazil’s Gabriel Santos to reach the final of the Over-100kg event. But the London Olympian lost in the final to Russian Soslan Bostanov.

In the Under-90kg event, Edinburgh’s Matt Purssey lost in his final group match to American Colton Brown but came back to win a won bronze in the repechage when he beat Frenchman Ludovic Gobert. There was a seventh place for Iain Feenan in the Under-81kg event with England’s Owen Livesey going on to take silver.