Lucy Renshall, whose from Eccleston was making her Senior European Championship debut in Tel Aviv. The 22 year old had previously won gold at the Junior (U21) and U23 European Championships and silver at the Cadet (U18) European Championships.
Going in as eighth seed she had a bye into the second round where she took on Russia’s Daria Davydova.
In long and tactical contest that went to golden score it was Renshall who took the win as she threw Davydova for ippon.
This put Renshall into the quarter-finals where she took on current WRL 1 and World Champion Clarisse Agbegnenou (FRA).
The British fighter more than held her own against her illustrious opponent. Agbegnenou took a waza-ari lead with just over a minute to go but Renshall still had chances to win it late on.
Her best opportunity came when she appeared to have osaekomi (hold down) secured but the French judoka showed her strength to wrestle her way out of it.
In the end though that waza-ari proved to be the difference and Renshall dropped into the repechage final where she took on Tina Zeltner (AUT).
The Austrian judoka made things difficult early on but Renshall started to take control and she threw Zeltner for waza-ari with just over 90 seconds left.
The British fighter showed good contest management to hold off her opponent and secure a place in the bronze medal match.
However, Alice Schlesinger received hansoku-make for throwing with an armlock in her semi-final, which meant that Renshall finished the day with bronze.
In this video the GB winners look back on their first European medals including their pre-event expectations, dealing with pressure and, in Lucy’s case, completing a unique quartet of European medals
Main photo – Lucy Renshall (second from right) takes Bronze in her Senior European Championship debut.