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GB judo team struggles at Euros

Judo players

Great Britain's judo competitors finished out of the medals at the European Championships in Lisbon.

Peter Cousins, who won silver at last year's World Championships, finished fifth in the men's -100kg category, which was won by Holland's Henk Grol.

In the women's competition, Edinburgh 30-year-old Sarah Clark was also fifth, this time in the -63kg category.

There were also fifth-placed finishes in Portugal for Georgina Singleton (-53kg) and Sarah Adlington (+78kg).

The tournament in Lisbon was the final event in the European qualification process for the Beijing Olympics in August.

GB team member Euan Burton
And despite failing to win medals in Lisbon, Clark, Craig Fallon (-60kg), Winston Gordon (-90kg) and Michelle Rogers (-78kg) all booked Olympic places for Britain in their weight categories.

It means Britain will have seven judoka in Beijing - the same number that qualified for Athens four years ago.

Cousins, Euan Burton (-81kg) and Karina Bryant (+78 kg) had already secured places for GB at last year's world championships.

The team line-up for Beijing will be announced next week.

see also
Team GB for Beijing
29 Nov 07 |  Team GB
Judo calendar
29 Nov 07 |  Other sport...

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