Judo: Paris win can propel Sally Conway towards Rio

Sally Conway hopes to be at this year's Olympics
Sally Conway hopes to be at this year's Olympics
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Edinburgh judoka Sally Conway is targeting next month’s Paris Grand Slam as she bids to take a major step towards Rio.

Conway is bidding to become the first British fighter since Euan Burton in 2008 to gain a podium place.

If she can medal in the Under-70kg event, the Baku Grand Slam champion would all but book her Olympic ticket.

Sarah Adlington is also looking to make her mark in the Over-78kg event and the only other Scot named in the 14-strong GB team for the competition on February 6-7 is Inverurie teenager Stuart 
McWatt.

“The Paris Grand Slam is the most prestigious event in World Judo and even more important in Olympic year with this being the ‘last global event’ before Rio,” outlined Nigel Donohue, the GB performance director.

“We’ll expect that the world’s best will be on show chasing valuable Olympic qualification points, but also knowing that the Paris Grand Slam is a great opportunity to make your mark six months out from the Games.

“From a GB perspective, we are fielding our strongest team with players currently in a direct Olympic qualification position and also using this opportunity to expose our current Under-23 European Champion, Amy Livesey, and the up and coming Stuart McWatt who will gain invaluable experience in both competing in this event and taking part in the training camp.

“We are targeting Paris as a key event in our preparations for Rio as we know that performances and placings in Paris gives confidence in knowing that you can compete with and beat some of the best.”