Bronze Success for Super Sally in Tokyo
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Bronze Success for Super Sally in TokyoPosted: 29/08/2019
Sally Conway (-70kg) has added to her impressive medal tally, winning a Bronze medal at the 2019 World Championships being held in Tokyo, Japan. This is Conway's first World Championship medal, and adds to the Bronze medals she achieved and Rio 2016 and Glasgow 2014.
As Day 5 got underway, Sally defeated her first three opponents - Ukbekistan's Matniyazova, Germany's Scoccimarro and Sweden's Bernholm, taking her through to the semi-finals to meet France's Gahie - ranked no. 2 in the world, and the reigning World Championships Silver Medalist.
Unfortunately this was the end of Sally’s incredible winning streak as a mistake cost her to lose to eventual Gold medal winner, Gahie, taking her into the repechage where she met Austria's Polleres. It was at this point Sally was able to turn things around, beating Polleres to win her first ever World Championship medal.
Since her Olympic debut in London 2012, Conway has shown incredible skill and determination and this latest medal is testament to how hard she has worked, and continues to work, with Tokyo 2020 now on the horizon.
Speaking of this achievement, JudoScotland Chairman Ronnie Saez said: "It was tremendously humbling to be in Japan today and to be able to witness first hand Sally's fantastic achievement earlier on.
"Sally now joins a very short - and extremely illustrious list - of British judoka that have won medals at Commonwealth, European, World and Olympic level. Although it was Sally out there competing on the mat today, as with all competitive performances, there are a number of coaches and performance support staff working 'in the background'; I would like to take a moment to thank Sally's coaching and support team, and also the sportscotland Institute of Sport for their support of Sally, and the JudoScotland performance programme".
Lead Performance Coach, Euan Burton adds: "As a person and as a judoka I am running out of things that can be said about Sally Conway.
"Her result today is testament to the hard work and dedication she continues to shows to her development into her 30’s. Her wins today were hard fought and showed her courage to defeat some of the best in the World when she is not necessarily “firing on all cylinders”.
"More important than even the World medal is the way she achieves them – displaying every aspect of our sports moral code and with a smile never far from her face. She is a joy to work alongside and all of the team are so happy for her and so proud of her.”
With next year's Olympics fast-approaching, Conway is well placed to replicate, or even better, today's success.