Karina Bryant wins bronze at European Judo Championships

Karina Bryant (right) on her way to European bronze

Britain's Karina Bryant marked her return from injury with a bronze medal on the final day of the European Judo Championships in Russia.

The 33-year-old heavyweight missed six months last year with a neck injury.

The Surrey judoka won through her pool, but was eventually beaten by home fighter and three-time European champion Elena Ivashchenko.

But she recovered to beat Larisa Ceric of Bosnia-Hercegovina in the repechage for her seventh European medal.

"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," said the three-time Olympian.

In the same category, fellow Briton Sarah Adlington lost her first fight to Ukraine's Iryna Kindzerska.

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

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

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

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