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Karina Bryant and Euan Burton win European judo medals

Bryant (right) defeats Kocaturk
Bryant secured a submission from Kocaturk in the play-off for +78kg bronze

Britain's Karina Bryant and Euan Burton both won bronze medals at the European Judo Championships in Vienna.

Bryant was disqualified in her +78kg semi-final but fought back to beat Turkey's Gulsah Kocaturk in the play-off for the bronze medal.

It was the seventh European medal in the 31-year-old's career.

Burton, from Scotland, threw France's Antoine Jeannin for ippon in the -81kg competition to secure his third European bronze.

"Having come into the tournament to win and be European champion, it is disappointing not to be that," he said.

"I am more relieved than delighted to get the bronze. The French are strong, so I just had to go out hard."

We should acknowledge Karina's seventh senior European medal and her 20th major Championship medal

GB performance director Margaret Hicks

Burton received a bye in the first round and won his first fight against Arutyun Sarkisyan after the Ukrainian was penalised three times.

The Scot faced Dutchman Guillaume Elmont in the quarter-final. After both players received penalty warnings, Burton pressed forward and was caught for ippon, losing the bout.

He faced Sergiu Toma of Moldova in the repechage - an opponent Burton lost to at the Paris Grand Slam last year - but he maintained control to secure the win and go into the bronze-medal fight.

Daniel Williams was seventh on his European debut, as was Faith Pitman in the 63kg category.

Matthew Purssey finished seventh in his European debut in the -90kg category.

Britain's performance director Margaret Hicks said: "The performances across the team, with two bronzes and four top-eight places, are a positive sign that incremental improvements are being made.

"Euan is showing excellent consistency at present with his medal win.

"We should also acknowledge Karina's seventh senior European medal and her 20th major championship medal, taking into account European and World Championships at both a junior and senior level."



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