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Judo Wednesday, 31 July, 2002, 15:05 GMT 16:05 UK
Home nations dominate
Scotland's Graeme Randall in action against Nigeria's Ma Omagaluwaje
Scotland's Randall is the favourite for the under-81 kgs

England's fighters look on course to add to their tally of three gold medals with the host nation represented in the medal stages of all five categories on Wednesday.

However, they will face strong opposition from representatives of Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Two-time European junior champion Thomas Cousins moved through to the semi-finals of the under-81kgs where he will face Luke Preston of Wales for the chance to fight for gold.

The main contender in that division, though, was Scotland's Graeme Randall.

The 1999 world champion showed the full range of his expertise when coming from behind to defeat Nigerian Majemite Omagbaluwaje.

He will face Tim Slyfield of New Zealand in the other semi-final.

Captain's success

England captain Winston Gordon made it to the medal shake-up in the under-90kgs, with Steven Vidler of Scotland his opponent in the final if both fighters make it through.

The auld enemy could clash again in the final of the under-73kg where Edinburgh-based Englishman Lee Burbridge and Scotland's Lee McGrorty made it to the last four.

Welsh fighter Craig Ewers missed the chance of gold when he lost in the quarter-finals, but could yet take a bronze through the repechage.

In the women's under-57kg event, England's Sophie Cox takes on Scotland's Jenni Brien for a place in the final, while Wales rugby international Non Evans has the chance of bronze through the repechage.

England hope Karen Roberts and Sarah Clark of Scotland look strong in theunder-63kgs after coming through impressively from their elimination pools.


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