Gold for Super Sally in Tel Aviv

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Gold for Super Sally in Tel Aviv

Posted: 27/01/2020

Sally Conway moved a step closer to Olympic qualification with a dazzling display of judo which saw her win Gold at the 2020 Tel Aviv Grand Prix. 

With a first-round bye, Conway (-70kg) went on to win her pool with convincing victories over Elisavet Teltsidou (GRE), Alena Prokopenko (RUS) and Kelita Zupancic (CAN).  The semi-final saw her face up-and-coming youngster Ai Tsunoda Roustant (ESP), who in 2019 became World Cadet, European Cadet and European Youth Olympic Festival Champion.  Conway’s experience shone through in this contest, her strength seeing her overcome her young opponent by waza ari awasete ippon. 

Former World Championship Bronze medallist Seongyeon Kim (KOR) was the final hurdle between Conway and her 4th career Grand Prix Gold medal. Conway meant business from the off-set and overpowered Kim by scoring ippon on a first ko-uchi-gari that she followed to tackle the Korean on her back. 

Speaking of her victory, Conway said: 

"I’m really chuffed to come away with a gold medal at the Tel Aviv Grand Prix this weekend.  I felt that throughout the day I got better and better, and was really enjoying my judo.

"Having my coach Billy in the warm-up area, in the tunnel, in the chair and around all day was brilliant. It really does make a difference.

"Although I'm really happy about my performance, the result and the points, there are still things that I need to be better at and sharpen up on. I've got a busy few months coming up and am very much looking forward to the year ahead.

Thank you to everyone for their messages and continued support".

It wasn’t to be for the other Scots fighting in Israel, with Stuart McWatt (-81kg), Sarah Adlington (+78kg) and Chris Sherrington (+100kg) all losing out in their first fights.

The Paris Grand Slam (8-9 February) is next on the agenda, with both Sally Conway and Sarah Adlington due to compete at this event.