Sally Conway Wins Dusseldorf Grand Slam Gold

Sally Conway and Lubjana Piovesana led the way for GB Judo on the second day of competition at the Dusseldorf Grand Slam in Germany with excellent displays of judo.

Conway claimed a first Dusseldorf Gold medal with a series of impressive victories on the mat which was underlined by her dominance in the Gold medal contest. Germany’s Miriam Butkereit stood in the way of Conway.

Conway received a bye in the opening round and opened her account with a routine win over Gabriella Willems from Belgium. Two waza-ari scores underlined her dominance in the early round.

A regulation win over China’s Anqi Sun in Round 3 courtesy of her trademark newaza skills set up a Quarter Final against Maria Bernabeu (ESP).

Brazil’s Ellen Santana proved to be no match for Conway on her current form as she too was swept aside to secure her route to the final.

“After going out first fight in Paris a few weeks ago, I am really happy to have won today here in Germany” Conway commented after the final.

“I took each fight one by one and focussed on delivering the judo I’m capable of in each exchange.”

Lubjana Piovesana started with a win over high ranked Polish judoka Agata Ozdoba-Blach, before defeating Olympic Champion Tina Trstenjak in Round 3.

She couldn’t quite find a way past Japan’s World No.7 Miku Tashiro in the Semi Finals though. Slovenia’s Andreja Leski awaited Piovesana in the Bronze medal contest. A single waza-ari from Leski left Piovesana without a spot on the podium but a very creditable fifth placed finish.

Coach Kate Howey was suitably impressed with the efforts of Conway and Piovesana, “Sally fought really well today and was very clinical in everything she did, especially her ground work.

“It is good to see her smiling again after the disappointment of the Paris Grand Slam.”

Stuart McWatt progressed as far the second round in the -81kg competition while Amy Livesey (-63kg) exited the competition in her opening contest.

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