Judo: Sally Conway wins silver in Baku Grand Slam

Sally Conway (library pic)
Sally Conway (library pic)
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Great Britain women’s judo coach Kate Howey today paid tribute to Edinburgh judoka Sally Conway after she landed silver at the Baku Grand Slam in Azerbaijan.

Conway only lost out to world No.1 Kim Polling, from the Netherlands, in the final of the Under-70kg event.

The Commonwealth Games medal hope finished a disappointing seventh at last month’s European Championships in France but Howey knows Conway has now put that behind her.

“Sally bounced back well after her disappointment at the European Championships,” she said. “She has learned from the Europeans and put some technical and tactical pieces into her judo today and it showed.

“Even though she lost to the world No.1 there are lots of positives to take from the fight. Overall it was a very good performance from Sally.”

Conway took a lot from the competition as she builds towards Glasgow 2014, only losing in the final to a waza-ari throw by the girl who won European gold last month.

“I’ve wanted to fight Polling for a while now and I got the chance. Although I lost the contest I’ve taken some positives from it,” she said.

Conway won her group by beating Poland’s Katarzyna Klys and then beat Germany’s Heide Wollert in the semi-finals.