Judo: Sarah Adlington takes silver in Lisbon

Sarah Adlington, left, boosted her 2016 Olympic hopes
Sarah Adlington, left, boosted her 2016 Olympic hopes
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Commonwealth heavyweight champion Sarah Adlington led Scotland’s judo medal charge at the weekend winning silver at the women’s European Open in Lisbon.

The Edinburgh judoka boosted her Rio Olympics prospects by beating Bosnia-Herzegovina’s Larisa Ceric in the semi-finals.

But she fell short of gold, losing to Germany’s Carolin Weiss, ranked five places ahead of her in the world, in the final.

There were bronze medals for Andy Burns and Stuart McWatt at the men’s European Open at Glasgow’s Emirates Arena.

Burns laid the foundations for his bid to get to Rio 2016 with a hard-earned bronze medal in the Under-90kg event. The Glasgow judoka beat Great Britain team-mate Gary Hall in the repechage to secure his medal.

Inverurie teenager McWatt raised his game to take an unexpected bronze in the Under-81kg event. McWatt, now based at the national performance centre in Walsall, lost to GB team-mate and Commonwealth champion Owen Livesey, who went on to take gold, in the semi-finals. But he recovered to win a medal by beating Italian Antonio Ciano.

Valentino Volante secured a respectable seventh place in the heavyweight competition.