Sally Conway claims gold at European Cup

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Edinburgh’s Sally Conway captured gold at the European Cup in Malaga, Spain, to lead a medal charge by Scottish judokas over the weekend.

English-born Conway, who wants to compete for Scotland at next year’s Commonwealth Games, won the Under-70kg event by beating Spain’s Maria Del Mar Paredes by ippon in the final.

At the same competition, world medallists Euan Burton and John Buchanan both won bronze medals to hopes for Glasgow 2014. Burton, the European Open champion, beat Aaron Rodriguez Santisteban to clinch a medal in the Under-100kg event and Buchanan won bronze in the Under-60kg event by beating Spain’s Joaquim Gomis after losing to eventual winner Francisco Garrigos.

Samantha Clark, who also trains at the national centre in Ratho, won bronze in the women’s Under-62kg event with a win over Spain’s Estella Lopez but Chris Sherrington lost his bronze-medal match in the men’s Under-100kg event against Portugal’s Diogo Silva by a single shido, to finish fifth.

At the African Open in Port Louis, Mauritius, Coatbridge sisters Kimberley and Louise Renicks, also based in Ratho, both marked their return from injury by winning silver medals. Kimberley reached the final of the Under-48kg event, losing to Taciana Lima (Guinea-Bissau) and Louise lost in the final of the Under-52kg event to Ireland’s Lisa Kearney.

“This was my first competition since having an operation to correct a shoulder injury,” said Louise. “Although I felt a little rusty I am very happy with the result. It always makes me proud when we both get international results together. In the case of this competition we were both not at our fittest.” Kimberley added: “I am happy to get this result, especially after being off the mat for 18 weeks with a knee injury. It always makes it better when we both medal.”

There were bronze medals for Stephanie Inglis (Under-57kg) and Jodie Mullen (Under-63kg), both beating judoka from the host nation to secure their medals