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Last Updated: Wednesday, 18 August, 2004, 17:54 GMT 18:54 UK
Howey bows out
Kate Howey
Howey was Britain's flag-bearer in Friday's opening ceremony
Kate Howey indicated she would carry on competing in 2005 after Canada's Catherine Roberge ended her gold hopes in the 70kg judo event.

The 31-year-old crashed out at the second-round stage after Roberge overpowered her with a yuko.

She responded with a koka but could not find the winning move in time and the 1997 world champion confirmed her retirement soon after her Games exit.

"I thought I could take gold this time but it didn't happen," Howey said.

Howey won silver at Sydney in 2000 and bronze at Barcelona in 1992 in a career spanning four Olympics.

"I'm going to take a holiday now and decide what to do with the rest of my life," she said.

"It's too physical to do another Olympics but I will continue for another year maximum."

Japan's Masae Ueno won the Olympic crown by defeating the Netherlands' Edith Bosch in the final of the event.

Ueno gained victory with a stunning shoulder throw.

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