Lucy Renshall displayed a composed day of judo on the mat throughout the second day of the Zagreb Grand Prix as she claimed a deserved bronze medal.
It was her first Grand Prix appearance of 2017 following a long injury lay off and in just her third competition back, she has claimed a first Grand Prix medal since Qingdao back in November 2016.
Renshall (-63kg) came up against Germany’s Lea Reimann in the bronze medal contest and scored with a waza-ari in the opening minute of the contest and it was enough to win the contest. The German tried numerous times to counter attack and register a score but Renshall displayed solid defence throughout and had enough to see the clock out and secure the win.
She started the day in fine fashion with an ippon victory over Croatia’s Ana Kokeza as she forced her opponent to submit following a nicely executed arm lock. This set up a Quarter Final against Anriquelis Barrios from Venezuela. The contest went the distance as Golden Score was needed to separate the two. Sustained pressure from Renshall forced Barrios to pick a shido and progress. A semi final defeat to Japan’s Megumi Tsugane dropped her into the bronze medal contest but she recovered well to win the medal.
Lucy said “I’m really happy with my performance this weekend and coming home with a medal just made it even better, I finally feel like I’m back on track after being injured”
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