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World Judo Championships: Adlington targets gold

Published Date: 01 October 2010

Edinburgh fighter Sarah Adlington is determined to make up for a disappointing World Championships by defending her title at the GB World Cup in Birmingham this weekend.

The 24-year-old lost her first-round fight to Ukraine's Iryna Kindzerska in Japan, where the British team could only secure one medal with Euan Burton winning bronze.

However, Adlington is hoping to land over-78kg gold again at the National Indoor Arena.

"I am really looking forward to getting back out there after the World Championships and defending my title at the GB World Cup," said Adlington, who won the 2010 British Open title during May.

"It is a really good event and the home crowd are there to support you.

"I have just come back from training in Japan, so have had a couple of days rest, but just looking forward to it fighting again."

Some 25 fighters will be hoping to make home advantage count, but Scotland's Sarah Clark, who won the under-63kg event last year, is not fit having suffered a neck injury in Japan.

Kimberley Renicks, from Coatbridge, North Lanarkshire, will compete to defend her under-48kg crown against some elite class opposition from around the globe as the competition forms part of the International Judo Federation's new world ranking system, which contributes towards Olympic qualification.

Sixteen-year-old Freya Dechastelain, from Wolverhampton Judo Club, will make her senior World Cup debut in the u-48kg on Saturday, having claimed bronze at the 2010 Junior European Championships earlier this month.

BJA performance operations manager Karen Roberts said: "The 2010 GB World Cup is a fantastic event for British players to gain international experience.

"Ranking points are becoming more and more important as we get closer to 2012 so international players will be attracted to the event."

The British men, meanwhile, will compete at the Rome World Cup, with Ashley McKenzie and veteran Winston Gordon looking to make an impression as the build up to London 2012 continues.
FONTE: Yorkshire Evening Post


FOTO: telegraph.co.uk

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