Ashley McKenzie claims Tyumen Grand Slam silver in Russia

Ashley McKenzie
Ashley McKenzie (right) took another step toward the Rio Olympics in 2016 as he was beaten in the final by Japan's Kido Shinji

Ashley McKenzie has followed up his British Open success by winning silver at the Tyumen Grand Slam.

The 25-year-old earned valuable points towards qualification for the Rio Olympics in 2016 with his first medal at this level in the event in Russia.

McKenzie lost to Japan's Kido Shinji in the -60kg category final.

His Great Britain team-mate Alice Schlesinger, 27, beat world number one Yarden Gerbi on her way to taking bronze in the -63kg category.

McKenzie, who won his fifth British Open title last week, fell behind in the final when Shinji scored first for yuko, before the Japanese ended the contest by shime-waza.

Elite performance coach Jean-Paul Bell said: "Ashley put in an excellent performance, beating some strong opponents with an explosive brand of judo."

On her bronze, Schlesinger said: "I am happy with how I fought. I hurt myself in the semi-finals but came back strongly, and this will move me up in the world rankings."

Britain's Natalie Powell (-78kg) and Sarah Adlington (+78kg) compete in the event on Sunday.

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