Sally Conway will re-focus after Euro setback

Sally Conway of Great Britain (white) and Aleksandra Samardzic of Bosnia and Herzegovina (blue) compete in the Women's Judo -70k (Getty Images for BEGOC)
Sally Conway of Great Britain (white) and Aleksandra Samardzic of Bosnia and Herzegovina (blue) compete in the Women's Judo -70k (Getty Images for BEGOC)
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Edinburgh judoka Sally Conway shrugged off her disappointment at missing out on a medal at the European Championships in Baku to re-focus on her bid for Rio 2016.

The world No.6 finished seventh in the Under-70kg event after a promising start to the competition.

She beat Aleksandra Samardzic from Bosnia-Herzegovina and Esther Stam (Georgia) but then lost to lost to Szaundra Diedrich (Germany) in her final pool match.

It put her into the repechage where she still had a chance of a bronze medal but she lost to Hungary’s Szabina Gercsak.

Conway won the Grand Slam in Baku last month and was in good shape but she was left wondering what might have been had the championships gone ahead in Glasgow in April as originally scheduled.

“I’ve never fought the Hungarian girl before, I was hoping to beat her, I believed I could but it wasn’t my day,” the Commonwealth bronze medallist said.

“We knew about the cancellation of Glasgow a long time ago, so our preparation changed a little bit.

“We went to Mongolia for a training camp and then had tournaments we might not necessarily have down if the Europeans were in April.

“But I did feel prepared and ready to go, but this is judo and these things happen. I will just take what I can for this and move on.

“There are still loads more competitions and more chances to get points to qualify for Rio. I’m in a good position at the moment and I just want to carry that on and do my best in whatever tournament I get given and hopefully qualify.”

Edinburgh clubmate Sarah Adlington, the Commonwealth champion, is scheduled to fight in the Over-78kg event today.