WEEKEND ROUND-UP: 2019 Tashkent Grand Prix

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WEEKEND ROUND-UP: 2019 Tashkent Grand Prix

Posted: 23/09/2019

It was a weekend of mixed fortunes for JudoScotland athletes at the weekend’s 2019 Tashkent Grand Prix, with the highlight undoubtedly being a bronze medal victory for Sarah Adlington. 

We had 5 athletes competing in Uzbekistan with crucial World Ranking points at stake; Sarah Adlington, Kim Renicks, Malin Wilson, Stuart McWatt and Chris Sherrington.  Sally Conway was absent from this event, taking some rest after her recent World Championships bronze medal success.

Sarah Adlington (+78kg) stormed through the first round, winning by ippon in 10 seconds against Kazakstan’s Maratova.  Another strong performance in the Quarter Final against Taipei’s Tsai saw Adlington cruise through to the Semi Final, where she was faced with Russia’s Chibisova. Defeat to the eventual Gold medallist resulted in a repechage contest against Spain’s Alvarez.  After the four minutes, nothing was written on the scorecard. But it only took a few seconds during extra time for Adlington to finally throw her opponent on a makikomi. This victory saw her clinch her fifth Grand Prix bronze medal, which will surely be a major confidence boost with preparations for Tokyo 2020 well underway.

Kim Renicks (-48kg) overcame Uzbekistan’s Maksetbaeva convincingly in her first contest, but missed out on a Quarter Final spot after losing to India’s Likmabam. 

Malin Wilson (-57kg) lost out in the first round to Austria’s Filzmozer by ippon.  The 39-year-old double World Championship bronze medallist proved too strong for Wilson, but it must be said that experience against established judoka like Filzmozer is incredibly valuable at this early stage of Wilson’s judo career.

Stuart McWatt (-81kg) defeated Germany’s Hunfeld by waza-ari before losing out to Uzbekistan’s Boltaboev to miss out on a Quarter Final spot. 

Chris Sherrington (+100kg) had convincing victories against South Africa’s Zaidan, and Bulgaria’s Tsiarpitski before being defeated by Uzbekistan’s Oltiboev in the Quarter Final. A waza-ari in the Repechage was not enough, as Tajikistan’s Rakhimov won by ippon to leave Sherrington finishing with a 7th place finish. It was a day of tough contests for Sherrington, with his defeats coming up against two top 20-ranked judoka but nevertheless some strong performances were on show from which confidence can be taken from.

The next events coming up include the Commonwealth Judo Championships (25-29 September), followed by the Luxembourg European Open (28-29 September).