Gemma Gibbons and Sarah Adlington both won bronze medals on the second day
of the Korean World Cup, adding to Gemma Howell's silver the day before.
With the Tokyo Grand Slam being just a week away, the World Cup in Korea had
attracted some of the World's finest, all out vying for those all important
After a first round defeat over Polina Belousova of Russia by ippon,
Adlington progressed to the quarter final of the +78kg competition against
Eun-Kyung Kim of South Korea.
The 24-year-old was no match for the South Korean, and after scoring a yuko
early on in the fight, Adlington finished the fight with another ippon score
for a place in the semi-final.
The semi-final saw a close fight between the Brit and Song Yu of China.
Adlington lost the fight by a single yuko point and Yu went on to win the
Adlington then beat Janelle Shepherd of Australia in the bronze medal final,
by a yuko and two waza-ari points, and took a well deserved bronze.
The medal adds to three bronze medals earned this year at the GB, Orenburg
and Bucharest World Cups.
Gibbons have also had a successful year, and with a silver medal win at the
GB World Cup in October under her belt, Gibbons was one to watch on the
The 23-year-old had a bye in the first round of the -70kg weight category.
She then lost to Tomoe Ueno of Japan in the quarter final, but was brought
back into the competition through the repechage system.
Gibbons defeated Indah Setiawati of Indonesia by ippon in the repechage and
secured her place in the bronze medal final.
The final saw the Brit face Mi-Young Choi of South Korea. Gibbons fought
hard and scored a yuko and waza-ari to win the fight when the clock ran out,
earning her the bronze medal.
James Austin from Edinburgh put in a good performance, reaching the quarter
final of the -100kg competition. It was a tough fight against 2010 Junior
World Champion, Ryunosuke Haga from Japan, and Austin eventually lost,
despite looking strong.
Austin then fought for a third time, this time in the repechage, but was
unable to progress further and earned his 7th place.
Host nation South Korea topped the medal table with an impressive seven
gold, five silver and ten bronze medals, followed by China, Romania and
Japan. Great Britain finished in 7th place overall.
The British delegation out in Korea, including Gibbons, Adlington and
Austin, are soon to be heading for Tokyo to compete in the Grand Slam from
the 11-13 December. But for now, they are working hard at the high quality
training camp hosted by the Korean Judo Federation.
Courtois Straight Through to the Semis
– Pauline Courtois leads after first day