Sally Conway targets Glasgow gold after Games heartache

Sally Conway is aiming for revenge. Photograph: Neil Hanna
Sally Conway is aiming for revenge. Photograph: Neil Hanna
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Edinburgh judoka Sally Conway has revenge on her mind on the eve of the European Open at Glasgow’s Emirates Arena.

The world No. 6 not only has England’s Megan Fletcher – who ended her gold medal hopes at the Commonwealth Games during the summer – in her sights but Italian Jennifer Pitzanti is also in the Under-70kg competition tomorrow.

Pitzanti handed Conway a shock first-round defeat at the World Championships in Russia at the end of August.

Throw in Japan’s Haruka Yasumatsu and it is clear that Conway will need to be at her best if she is to take the title and get some more ranking points on the road to Rio 2016.

The Scot admits to disappointment at the Commonwealth Games when she lost to Fletcher in the semi-finals and the bronze medal was scant consolation.

“When you have gone to a tournament for a gold medal and you lose a fight that stops you hitting that target, it’s really difficult to build yourself back up again,” she said.

“You know you have one more fight to get a bronze and, if you lose it, you end up with nothing at all.”

Heavyweight Sarah Adlington took Commonwealth gold for Scotland and she will be out to top of podium again tomorrow in her return to the city.

World ranked 24th at Over-78kg, she is the favourite but there is plenty of danger in the draw, including England’s Jodie Myers. Stephanie Inglis and Connie Ramsay, who are also both based out of Ratho, compete in the Under-57kg event tomorrow.