Sally Conway heads to Brazil after gold medal in Glasgow

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Sally Conway claimed Scotland’s only gold at the women’s European Judo Open at Glasgow’s Emirates Arena and has now set her sights on Brazil.

However, not quite Rio 2016 – plenty can happen before the next Olympic Games – but she is off to a training camp in Brazil on Wednesday to prepare her for a hectic competitive spell.

The Edinburgh judoka has grand prix and grand slam events in Abu Dhabi, Korea and Japan as well as the British Championships before Christmas and she is searching for more consistency on the tatami.

A bronze medal at the Commonwealth Games and a first-round exit at the World Championships in Russia in August were not the results she was hoping for but everything came together for Conway on Saturday.

“I heard my dad shouting for me in the audience and it really does help. It’s a nice feeling when the crowd cheer when your name is announced,” she said. “In the past, I’ve maybe not dealt with that pressure too well so to come out in front of a home crowd and perform is really important for me.

“I’m now looking forward to the end of the year and competing in grand prix and grand slam events.”

Conway safely came through her first fight against Alena Eiglova from the Czech Republic and went on to beat Japan’s Haruka Yasamatsu and become the only Scot to reach a final.

Tain’s Connie Ramsay won bronze in the Under-57kg event after beating Italian Anna Righetti in golden score, when her opponent picked up a penalty. Penicuik’s Jodie Mullen fought her way to a bronze medal match in the Under-63kg but lost to German Nadia Bazynski.

Then it was left to Commonwealth heavyweight champion Sarah Adlington to finish the night on a high, beating Italian Elisa Marchio in the bronze medal conttest in the Over-78kg event.

The Edinburgh judoka had lost to Rebecca Ramanich from France in the semi-finals, with Ramanich then losing to German Carolin Weiss in the final.