Paris Grand Slam: Nekoda Smythe-Davis & Ashley McKenzie win bronzes

Ashley McKenzie
Ashley McKenzie (centre) celebrates his bronze medal

British judoka Nekoda Smythe-Davis and Ashley McKenzie won bronze medals at the Paris Grand Slam on Saturday.

Smythe-Davis lost to world number two Tsukasa Yoshida in the semi-final of the -57kg division but won the contest for third when Israel's Timna Nelson Levy picked up three shidos.

McKenzie lost his -60kg quarter-final but won the repechage final to reach the bronze-medal contest.

He beat Brazil's Phelipe Pelim in the opening 30 seconds.

Pelim had beaten McKenzie in both their previous encounters but the Briton threw the Brazilian for ippon with a dynamite tai-otishi.

McKenzie said his six-month-old daughter had travelled to watch him. "To come away with a bronze medal in front of my little girl is a dream come true," he added.

Lucy Renshall finished fifth in the -63kg division for a second successive year in Paris, conceding a third shido in golden score to lose her semi-final to Germany's Martyna Trajdos.

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