European bronze for Brit judo star Karina Bryant

European bronze for Brit judo star Karina Bryant

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20:05 GMT, 28 April 2012

Karina Bryant delivered a bronze medal for Britain on the final day of the European Judo Championships in Russia.

The 33-year-old heavyweight won through her Pool, but was eventually beaten by home fighter and three-time European champion Elena Ivashchenko.

epa03199108 Carola Uilenhoed of the Netherlands (white) in action against Karina Bryant of Great Britain (blue) during their women's +78 kg category elimination bout at the European Judo Championships at the Traktor Arena in Chelyabinsk, Russia,

Getting to grips: Holland's Carola Uilenhoed is pinned down by Karina Bryant

That put the Camberley judoka into the repechage and the chance for a bronze, which Bryant delivered with victory over Larisa Ceric of Bosnia-Herzegovina.

After recovering from a serious neck
injury which ruled her out for six months last year, Bryant has Olympic
success in her sights.

Carola Uilenhoed of the Netherlands (white) in action against Karina Bryant of Great Britain (blue) during their women's +78 kg category elimination bout at the European Judo Championships at the Traktor Arena in Chelyabinsk, Russia, 28 April 2012.

Medal winner: Great Britain's Karina Bryant won bronze in the women's +78 kg category at the European Judo Championships

'I am pleased with my performance, it gave me a great opportunity to see how my preparation has been going and where I am at this stage of my plan up to London,' she said.

In the men's under-90kg Winston Gordon, a two-time Olympian, lost his Pool semi-final to Varlam Liparteliani of Georgia.

Under-100kg fighter James Austin beat Frenchman Cyril Maret before tasting defeat against German Dino Pfeiffer by ippon, while in the +100kg category Chris Sherrington went out to France's Matthieu Bataille.

British heavyweight Sarah Adlington lost her first fight to Ukraine's Iryna Kindzerska.

Britain will fight in the team competition on Sunday, which concludes the event in Chelyabinsk.