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Posted: 10/02/2020

The weekend saw two Scottish judoka head to France for the 2020 Paris Grand Slam – an event widely regarded as one of the highlights of the judo calendar. With vital Olympic qualification points at stake, Sally Conway and Sarah Adlington joined many Olympic and World Championship medallists all fighting for the chance to appear at Tokyo 2020 later this year.  The event was the second of eight Grand Prix and Grand Slam events this year where competitors can win Olympic qualifying points.

Sally Conway (-70kg) headed to the event in good form, having taken home the Gold medal from the Tel Aviv Grand Prix a couple of weeks previously. Looking to build upon this momentum, second-seeded Conway looked strong in the early rounds with convincing victories against Demos Memneloum (CHA) and Gabriella Willems (BEL). The Quarter Final saw Conway face Yoko Ono (JPN) in what was a closely-fought match. She took the lead with a big wazari score before Ono drew level, and was eventually thrown for Ippon during Golden Score. Ono went on to win the Gold medal, with Conway the only player to take points from her throughout the competition. Due to a knee niggle, Conway was forced to withdraw from her Repechage match against Anna Bernholm (SWE), as a precautionary measure, which saw her finish the event in 7th place.

Sarah Adlington (+78kg) lost out to 2019 European Junior Champion, Lea Fontaine (FRA) in the second round following an opening round bye.

Next up for the Scottish duo is the Dusseldorf Grand Slam (21-23rd February).  As Tokyo 2020 verges closer, it’s set to be another intriguing weekend of judo.

The Paris Grand Slam was featured on the BBC Sport website and digital platforms: BBC Sport app, Connected TV and iPlayer. You can re-live all the action here.