Olympics: Edinburgh judoka Sally Conway wins bronze in Rio

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EDINBURGH judoka Sally Conway has won a bronze medal at the Rio Olympics.

Conway, 29, based in Ratho, beat Bernadette Graf of Austria in a tense contest in the -70kg category, securing victory with a single throw midway through the contest.

Conway began the competition superbly with a 57-second win over Tunisia’s Houda Miled in the opening round.

The 2014 Commonwealth bronze medallist then caused a major shock by scoring an Ippon win over world champion Gevrise Emane of France in the last 16.

The Scot produced a third straight victory by Ippon against Linda Bolder, who switched from representing her native Holland to Israel in 2015.

That set up a semi-final against Colombia’s Yuri Alvear, a three-time world champion who also won bronze in the same category in London four years ago.

Conway was the aggressor throughout the four-minute bout but could not land a meaningful blow and the contest was eventually decided by a golden score when Alvear threw the British fighter onto her back.

Conway looked devastated and stayed on the mat with her hands over her face for several seconds but picked herself up impressively to grab the bronze against Graf.