Sally Conway wins silver at the Cancun Grand Prix

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Olympic medallist Sally Conway struck silver at the Cancun Grand Prix as she continues her build-up to the World Championships in September.

The Edinburgh judoka followed up her silver at the Bucharest Grand Prix earlier this month with another strong display in the Under-70kg event.

She eased to a win over Dunia Santo from Honduras in her opening contest and then beat Spain’s former junior champion Sara Rodriguez in the quarter-finals.

Conway followed this up with a notable win over world No.1 Elvismar Rodriguez.

The Venezuelan struggled to match Conway’s all-round judo but did well to take things into golden score. However, Conway was finally to get the decisive waza-ari score 58 seconds into golden score and booked her spot in the final.

There she faced long-time rival Maria Bernabeu of Spain with Conway leading their head to head 4-2.

The Spanish judoka had looked strong throughout the day and it proved to be the same in the final.

Conway had an early chance in newaza stopped early and after that Bernabeu took control. She went ahead by waza-ari not long after and forced Conway on the defensive with her strength and gripping.

The British judoka was forced to pick up three shidos and missed out on her first Grand Prix gold since Jeju in 2015.

“It feels great to be back competing at this level,” said Conway.

“I am happy with how I fought and looking forward to a few days in the sun. Then it’s back to training for the Worlds in September.”